So earlier this month we were really blessed by having an inset day on a Friday and thought we’d make the most of it by going away somewhere for some quality family time. We originally planned to go camping but a couple of days before we were due to go, our campervan broke down so we had to decide on something else.
We ended up booking a beautiful safari tent on Airbnb that was still available and we couldn’t wait to go. We set off early on the Friday morning and planned to stop somewhere once we’d got around the M25. Finley’s been obsessed with Stonehenge for a while (thanks to Go-Jetters) so we decided to stop there for lunch, and as we’re English Heritage members we knew we wouldn’t have to pay any entrance fee so that’s always a bonus. Finley was so excited to see it in real life and really enjoyed reading about the different types of stones that were used and also learning a little bit about the history and the summer solstice.
We didn’t actually stop for too long, but had a little walk around the site, took some photos then headed back on the bus to the entrance. We let the boys have a little run around then got some lunch from the cafe. We couldn’t leave without a quick browse in the gift shop so Finley could pick something up to show his teacher and friends at school. He chose a children’s book all about it, a couple of postcards and two little mini stonehenge figurines.
A couple of hours later and we finally arrived at the farm and it looked beautiful. There were three safari tents in one of the farm fields, opposite some cute little goats that they kept.
It was just perfect and definitely just what we needed. It had the perfect mix of being in a fantastic rural location, back to basics living, but with those extra creature comforts that we wouldn’t have had if we had been camping. The interior was gorgeous, with lovely comfortable beds and the cutest little cupboard bed for Finley. The tent could be heated using the large wood burning stove, which you also used to cook on. Then there was a separate burner for heating the water for the shower and bathroom.
The boys had so much fun being free to run and explore in the field. They loved feeding the goats and went to see them each morning we were there. We had a lot of fun cooking on the stove and toasting marshmallows on the outdoor bbq. It got pretty chilly in the night and early morning, but we stayed so cosy with the burner on, it really did heat the whole tent.
We found a lovely local pub for dinner the first night, and explored beautiful Lynmouth the following day.
We really had such a lovely weekend together, and came back feeling like we’d had some quality family time and much needed chill time too.
We will definitely be returning and hoping to plan another weekend on the farm for sometime in 2016
(This is a backdated post from June 2016)