Travelling with a baby changes everything and it means a lot of prior research to ensure that the place we are visiting is child friendly and that our accommodation is suitable for our little one year old, a home away from home. We recently discovered Blue Chip Holidays, who have a collection of self-catering properties which are ideal for families with babies and toddlers – think cot, baby monitor, high chair, changing mat, toys, steriliser as standard in these baby friendly properties. After looking at their selection of properties in the South West – Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, my heart was set on Cornwall, which has always been on my list of places to visit after I heard that it has sandy beaches that could rival Australia. So we packed up our bags and headed to Nursery Lodge in Likseard, Cornwall.
The drive was approximately 4.5 hours from London and we left Friday evening after peak hour traffic. The benefit of leaving in the evening was that our little one, Ava, was asleep for the most part. We drove down in a Mercedes Benz GLC 220 d Sport SUV, the same SUV we took down on an earlier trip this year to the country. The main reason we like this car is because of the ample space on the inside, the boot space and also the drive is enjoyable.
The back seat comfortably fits in Ava’s rear facing baby seat, baby bag, toys and also has plenty of room for me next to her. The boot which is automatic, is also great for space as our travel pram, suitcases and baby gear didn’t even fill half the space. The automatic full glass roof is a great feature and when open, the car feels even more spacious.
On arrival we had previously been given a pin to open the main gates and also a pin to access the key box for our property. Therefore check in was really simple and quick, as we didn’t need an actual person to check us in (or out) and we could arrive and leave as we pleased. A parking place is also available directly in front of the front door of the lodge.
The five star lodge is rather large with a scandi wooden theme, and had three bedrooms and two bathrooms (one of which was an ensuite to the master), a huge open plan kitchen and dining area overlooking rolling green hills of Likseard.
Outside there is a private terraced area with a sunken hot tub that was ready to go and also a huge out door dining setting. I appreciated the bottle of chilled wine waiting for us in the fridge which was a treat after the long drive. We also bought a bottle of champagne just in case!
The most important creature comfort, that made the lodge feel like a real home away from home was the nursery. It was decorated so beautifully and equipped with a wooden cot, changing table, chest of drawers, play mat, nursing chair, night light and baby monitor. Ava made a beeline straight for the room and played while we unpacked.
In the kitchen we also had a high chair, and I noticed a Tommee Tippee blender, a sterilizer for her bottles and children’s cutlery. As parents can understand, it is a little different when travelling with children as more planning is required, and having dedicated childrens’ amenities and accessories makes the holiday that much more stress free as I didn’t have to pack a travel cot or high chair. Needless to say both my husband and I, and particularly Ava, really appreciated these comforts.
The hot tub was a hit, constantly heated and ready to go and we set up Ava next to us in her own version of a hot tub. The view when sitting in the hot tub was lovely and unhindered, just countryside and completely relaxing. And to be honest, 80% of our holiday was spent in the hot tub with a glass of champagne in hand.
When we did venture out, we noticed that the lodge is situated in holiday type grounds with other cabins nearby, there were many other families with children everywhere so we felt right at home. It was lovely to also see there was wildlife in abundance from badgers, birds and rabbits. We drove around the local area and discovered a wonderful smokehouse, called Inkie’s near the Golitha Falls entry where we had lunch. After lunch we went on a picturesque walk to the falls through the forest trail, my advice is too bring comfortable walking shoes.
The next day, we also visited the ancient stannary town of Likseard and had a couple of Cornish pasties and lunch, and then headed to Looe village and beach which is approximately 20 minutes from Nursery Lodge.
The sandy beach was large and lovely, and there are so many restaurants to choose from who cook with local ingredients. The lodge also sent us a handy list of things to do nearby, such as exploring Carnglaze Caverns and Bodmin Moor. With the nature trails, beaches and historical sites in the area, families won’t run out of things to do.
Nursery Lodge, Likseard in Cornwall starts from £259 per night and is a self-catering property designed for families. Blue Chip Holidays also have a fabulous selection of cottages and lodges particularly in south west England and their family specific properties can be found here.
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*This post is a honest review written in collaboration with Blue Chip Holidays.
Kerstin // Lux Mumma