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A festive invitation to Coombe Mill

When I started writing Tin Box Traveller, one of the first blog linkys I came across was #CountryKids run by Fiona at Coombe Mill in Cornwall. A linky is a place where bloggers share their posts with people who have similar interests. I run the Monday Escapes linky with fellow travel bloggers Extraordinary Chaos, Mini Travellers and Travel Loving Family.

But back to #CountryKids… As the name suggests it’s all about outdoor family adventures. It was and still is somewhere I get a lot of inspiration for our day trips in the UK. It also introduced me to the wonderful holidays at Coombe Mill, which has a collection of lodges and holiday cottages nestled in a valley on the edge of Bodmin Moor. As well as providing guests with a beautiful location and family-friendly accommodation, there’s farm animal feeding, activities and model train rides almost every day.

River at Coombe Mill

Fiona who runs Coombe Mill somehow also manages to write an award-winning blog and manage the popular linky. She’s been asking us to visit for quite some time and, after meeting her in person at a blogging conference last June, I promised we would. The opportunity came at Christmas. Christmas Eve in fact.

Christmas Eve at Coombe Mill

We joined Fiona and her guests for an afternoon of festive crafts, a Christmas treasure hunt around the estate and a train ride to meet Santa ahead of his very busy night. The girls also enjoyed letting off a bit of steam on Coombe Mill’s play area, which I’m sure had something to do with a relatively easy bedtime later on.

Christmas Eve crafts at Coombe Mill

Tin Box family and Coombe Mill sign

Tin Box Baby on play equipment at Coombe Mill

Tin Box Baby on trampoline at Coombe Mill

Poppy the steam train at Coombe Mill

Tin Box Tot waving flag at Coombe Halt Coombe Mill

Tin Box Baby and train at Coombe Mill

Tin Box family on train at Coombe Mill

Grotto in train shed at Coombe Mill

It was wonderful to finally see a place and experience some of the activities I’ve read about so many times before. Thank you to Fiona and the Coombe Mill team for inviting us to share in a small part of their Christmas celebrations.

Have you holidayed at Coombe Mill? I’d love to hear about your highlights.

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