This past weekend we went away for our first holiday in 3 years! Okay, it was only for a few days and only just over an hour away from our own home, but it was so lovely to have a change of scenery and visit some lovely places.
I will tell you more of our adventures over the next week or so but today I want to tell you about the cottage we stayed in. Well, in actual fact it was an old farmhouse, whose walls were over 3 foot thick! As you can see from the following picture it was practically in the middle of nowhere and for us, that was just perfect!
You see, living in a small valley ourselves, we are not really used to town living or all the noise that comes along with it. But here, we had the peace and quiet of being deep in the countryside, with the luxury of being close to lots of the places we have wanted to visit for a while
The owners, Brenda and John, were very welcoming. They had even left a pint of milk in the fridge and the makings of a cuppa in the cupboard, which was a lovely gesture that I wasn’t expecting. There were towels in each bedrom and everything you need in the kitchen to be able to make a meal without panicking at the last minute about some missing utensil. I have to admit here, that I did take my 9 litre saucepan so I could cook enough pasta for us all in one go, plus I wished I had taken our big frying pan so I could fry more than 4 pieces of bacon at a time. But there are 7 of us so a ‘normal’ sized family would have got on perfectly with what was supplied!
Here are all the kids a little while after we’d unpacked the car enjoying cake and a cup of tea at the kitchen table. Obviously getting them all to look in the same direction at the same time is nigh on impossible, especially when there’s cake involved, here’s the best I could manage!
And here is the moment the kids found the wifi that seemed non existent until our first morning. From that moment on we regularly found at least one of them (or us) perched on a windowsill!
We booked this holiday through Snaptrip, who contacted me a few months ago asking me to review their website. I absolutely jumped at the chance of being able to take my family away for a while and immediately started searching for somewhere perfect.
Of course, when there are seven of you, finding somewhere reasonably priced that will fit you all in is often quite difficult. In the past I have searched cottage websites, think I have found THE perfect one, then find out it only sleeps 5, isn’t baby friendly, or has some other random issue.
What I loved about Snaptrip is that the options to refine your search are really clear. You can pick the options that are perfect to you, like amount of bedrooms (as well as how many it sleeps) plus things like wifi access etc. Most importantly, for me anyway, is that you can set a budget. So if you know you only have, say £300 to spend, you can set that as your maximum so you know you are not going to be swayed into falling in love with something more expensive and spending more than you should.
What I find amazing, is that you can literally search for a property to stay in for the weekend, on Friday morning, then be staying there by that evening, or even the afternoon! How many cottage websites offer you that option? Plus, because it is last minute, there are massive savings to be made. But even if you are booking for weeks, or months away there are still lots of discounts. I’ll definitely be booking through Snaptrip again!
***Disclaimer: I was given a discount off a cottage holiday with Snaptrip in return for this post, however all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own***