We visited Coombe Mill Farm for a short break in March. It was just a 3 and a half hour journey from our home in Kidlington, Oxfordshire to Bodmin, Cornwall. We found it quite easily using our sat nav and the directions that are given on the Coombe Mills website.
The first thing I noticed when we got there was it’s location. It is so peaceful there – a true get away from everyday life!
We were met at reception by Fiona who owns Coombe Mill with her husband, Farmer Nick. Fiona was very friendly and welcoming as she showed us to our cottage and explained what was available from reception.
The cottage we stayed in was very well equipped with two bathrooms: one with a whirlpool bath! The beds were made up on arrival and things like toilet roll, tea towels and washing up liquid are all provided. There was also a playroom in our cottage that was filled with toys that Tyler and Jasmine enjoyed during our stay.
In the cottage was also a very handy guide which tells you how to use the cottage heating, hot water and so on. It also has information about the Farm, what happens and when and of course, all the usual information holiday makers need to know: where the nearest hosptial, doctor, pharmacy, church is etc.
The guide also has information on the home-cooked, frozen meals that are available to buy from reception which we thought was a nice idea. You can also purchase your essentials such as milk, jam and yoghurt without having to leave the Farm. Should you wish to feed the animals at the farm, you can buy animal feed from reception for a small charge. You can also hire baby monitors, cots, high chairs and for outside fun: wellies, overalls. A nice selection of books are available to borrow, if you forget to bring a holiday read with you!
If you like a spot of fishing, you can hire fishing rods, tackle and nets for a small charge. You can catch trout and salmon in the Camel River or you can try your hand at carp fishing in Carp Lake! You do need to have a fishing rod license though.
Every morning there is an animal feed run at 9.00 am. This is a fun experience for both children and adults and involves meeting all the animal and feeding them. This was a firm favourite with Tyler and Jasmine.
The Farm has lots of animals including: donkeys, sheep, ponies, deer and chickens. Jasmine and Tyler enjoyed taking turns to drive the tractor and trailer that took us around on the feed run with Farmer Nick.
The children also enjoyed egg collecting and seeing newborn lambs – awwww!
On the Farm there are play areas to keep children of all ages amused and also a soft play barn which would be excellent if you had any wet days on your holiday. If you have a lot of wet days there may not be a huge amount to do at the Farm but there is a list of places to go on on days like this in your accommodation guide.
We visited a Cornish harbour town called Padstow. It was gorgeous and had lots of Cornish charm. Bude wasn’t far away. It has a massive beach so plenty of room for Jasmine and Tyler to run around.
We also visited the local pub, The Old Inn, in St Breward as this recommended to us by Fiona. It’s just over a mile from Coombe Mill so we took our car as the walk was up hill and a little too far for Tyler and Jasmine. The pub was very family-friendly and their meals are very reasonably priced.
We really enjoyed our stay at Coombe Mill – the relaxing atmosphere and the friendliness of Fiona, Nick and their family really made it a weekend to remember.
I would definitely recommend Coombe Mill to families and couples for a countryside break where you can relax and have fun.
Reviewed by Laura, her husband, Dan, and their two children: Tyler, age 7, and Jasmine, age 6.
For more information please visit Coombe Mill’s website: