Earlier this month we were invited to a short stay at the beautiful Bosinver Farm cottages near St Austell in Cornwall and from what I had heard about this place through other reviews I had read it was going to be a great little getaway. I actually studied half of my degree in Falmouth and have a real soft spot for the South of England and couldn't wait to head back down with the kids. Bosinver is made up of 20 luxurious self catering cottages, spread across beautiful and peaceful Cornish farm ready for big and little ones to explore. With so much on offer at Bosinver there was no way I could fit it all into one post so in this post I am going to focus on the accommodation and outdoor activities.
We managed to drive the whole way down without stopping as the baby fell asleep an hour into the trip meaning we made up some time as we left a little later than expected. Once we arrived we found the keys in the door of Wells Close cottage, the heating had been put on so it was lovely and toasty and absolutely spotless. As it was already starting to get dark we couldn't see the amazing view which welcomed us at breakfast time, as well as cream cake that was left in the fridge and went down a treat.
The accommodation was fantastic and more than we needed with Wells Cottage being able to sleep 6, spread over one double bedroom and two twin rooms as well as two bathrooms and a stunning open plan kitchen diner and lounge with a box full of toys, a very popular feature with the kids. These cottages have been furnished to a very high standard and with kids in mind, a large cot had been placed in one of the rooms before we arrived along along with a high chair and spill mat for meal times, there is also Nanny Pat's guide to Cornwall on the coffee table which lists all the best places to go to in the local area. Wells Close also had beautiful floor to ceiling windows in the lounge and each morning we would have breakfast here basking in the natural light flooding in and looking across fields and watching rabbits dart back and forth which provided a wonderful calm start to the day.
We all slept very well during out stay as like I said these cottage have been furnished to a very high standard and we could not fault anything about Wells Close, the only thing we had an issue with was the Wifi which we just couldn't seem to get a reliable connection too but saying that they do have a computer room next to reception with a printer for guests to use.
Each morning Farmer Dave encourages children and adults of all ages to come and help feed the farm animals, something which was a real highlight for my eldest who really enjoyed getting up close and personal with all the different chickens, ducks, sheep, goats and guinea pigs. At the end of the feed each child also gets to check the chicken run for eggs which they get to take back to their cottages for a little mid-morning snack.
As a family we are passionate about the outdoors and it's something that is really encouraged here and on our first full day we didn't leave Bosinver but instead explored the outdoor play areas, Gruffalo trail and the tranquility of the lake. Mr A made a bee-line for the Zip wire which he absolutely loved and I think he would of been more than happy to have played on all day, alongside the big enclosed slide, these are both for the slightly older children and Mr A is just about big enough to enjoy them but just down from that is the Gruffalo trail which is suitable for all ages - just remember to bring your wellies as there is plenty of mud squelching fun to be had.
There is also another playground situated near the entrance of the Farm cottages which again offers something for all ages including a very cute little wendy house which Babg G spend hours sweeping and pretending to cook food in while my eldest pretended to drive the tractor and combine harvester. There are also longer walks on offer including a Wellie hunt, woodland walk and a hidden animal trail.
They also offer pony rides once a week, usually on a Tuesday, unfortunately my eldest was a little under the weather that morning otherwise we would of done this and the great thing is all of these activities are included in the price of your stay, unlike other places which encourage you to spend more money it's fantastic to stay somewhere that really is all inclusive when it comes to activities such as their fantastic pool and indoor play barn which I will talk about more in part two. During the peak summer months they also offer Wild Kids club with pond dipping, den building and all sorts of fun things, just remember to pack your all-weathers but if you do forget they have a small shed full of waterproofs, wellies and umbrellas for guests to use.
We really recommend Bosinver as it's truly a family friendly place that encourages and inspired families to connect with nature as well as offer a peaceful environment in which to de-stress, most of the other guest we met had been before and there is a good reason for that and it's certainly a place we will be looking to return to in the future.
Thanks to Bosinver for inviting us to stay and provide an honest review.