Review // Bosinver Farm Cottages, Cornwall // Part One

Bosinver Farm Cottages

Back in 2014 I wrote a post featuring My top 10 child-friendly UK holiday destinations. I pulled together gorgeous baby and child-friendly destinations in the UK with offerings to suit all the family. Places that parents don’t have to sacrifice their own tastes for their childrens or return home in need of another break to recover!

One of the destinations featured was Bosinver Farm Cottages in Cornwall and having spent a brilliant week on the farm last autumn, I wanted to share our fabulous experience with you.

Tucked away between St Austell and Mevagissey, Bosinver Farm Cottages are set on a 30-acre farm complete with friendly farm animals that Phoebe and Jack adored. Offering twenty luxury self-catering properties in various shapes and sizes, Bosinver recently achieved what can only be described as the highest accolade available to any self-catering holiday provider – Gold at the national Visit England Awards for Excellence, and it’s really not hard to see why. The setting is idyllic, the cottages are comfortable and stylish and there are more family-friendly activities ‘on site’ than you can shake a stick at!

The Cottages // 

Bosinver’s 20 child-friendly holiday cottages vary in shape and size but have all been uniquely and lovingly decorated. From Coliza, that combines the charm of a traditional thatched cottage with all the modern comforts you’d expect, to Bosinver’s zero carbon, energy self-sufficent Lowen that is, in Bosinver’s words, ‘undeniably the jewel in our crown’ and having seen it first hand, it’s pretty spectacular!

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We stayed in Veronica, a four bedroom property with a traditional cottage feel but with plenty of space for the little ones to roam around. Downstairs there is the all important cloakroom/boot room (you are guaranteed to get muddy boots if you are to make the most of the grounds), two bedrooms (one double, one single), a family bathroom and an open plan living area containing a well-equipped kitchen, dining area with patio doors that overlook the garden and a cosy lounge with a lovely woodburner. On the first floor there are two bedrooms; a twin and a single and a shower room with a brilliantly powerful walk-in shower.

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The cottage is light, comfortable and like all Bosinver’s cottages is incredibly well equipped to ensure you have a relaxing, fuss-free holiday. The decor, furniture, accessories and appliances are high quality and stylish and most importantly it is incredibly child-friendly. There is child-friendly cutlery and crockery, a Delia Smith blender, night lights, plug covers, a toy box (new toys are always so much more fun to play with than familiar toys!) and a range of children’s books and DVDs; everything needed to make life easier for parents. On booking you can also order cots, stair gates, high chairs, booster seats and bed guards and on request Bosinver can also supply items such as monitors, bumbos, blackout blinds, sterilisers, McClaren strollers and both framed and soft baby carriers. This offering is invaluable if, like me, you have baby brain and regularly forget important items, or the car is packed to the rafters with other essentials.

Upon arrival at our cottage, the table was laid with a vase of pretty flowers and homemade scones, cream and jam that were very much welcomed by us all after a long drive. Impressively the fridge had been stocked with the groceries that we had pre-ordered from the village shop in Polgooth and had we wished we could have ordered one of Bosinver’s chef-made Cornish Cottage Cuisine frozen meals and a ‘veg bag‘  to be waiting for us on our arrival aswell. It’s the little touches like this that really set Bosinver apart from their competitors and enable you to enjoy your holiday from the off, instead of having to traipse to the local supermarket to buy provisions.

Outside the cottage, there is a lovely private garden for the kids to run about and an outdoor picnic bench for dining alfresco. The garden also has lovely views over an open field and is the ideal place for your little ones to spot the numerous rabbits hopping along.

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As you can see from the map below, Bosinver is vast but all the cottages are situated close to the on-site facilities which is excellent for small children. Despite there being 20 cottages, they are also laid out in such a way that they feel very private and a million miles away from each other which is brilliant (I’m not anti-social, I just like my own space on holiday!).

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Facilities // 

Aside from the lovely cottages, the child-friendly facilities at Bosinver are second-to-none. Family friendly facilities include:

Indoor heated swimming pool // 

We made use of the pool daily (often twice a day!) and the kids loved it. Complete with floats and noodles, it is the ideal temperature for little people, spotlessly clean and the family changing rooms are great. There’s also a sauna for the grown-ups and for the warmer months, the pool opens on to a sundeck patio area overlooking the tennis courts and beautiful countryside beyond.

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Indoor play areas // 

There are two indoor play areas; for older children there is a games room with table tennis, table football, pool and darts and for younger children the play barn is ideal. Based in a beautiful converted granite barn, it’s perfect for inclement weather and features bespoke soft play equipment at one end, a wide variety of toys to suit all ages and plenty of space for the little ones to roam around on the numerous ride-ons on offer. There’s also a comfy leather sofa for parents to relax on whilst the little ones tire themselves out, or if you’re feeling as equally energetic there’s currently gym equipment to use whilst keeping an eye on the kids. There are plans to move the gym equipment in the future to a self-contained gym on-site, which will be another brilliant feature for those parents that miss working out whilst on holiday.

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Outdoor play areas //

There are two excellent outdoor play areas. The play area suitable for older kids is down by the lake and features a fun zip wire, tunnel slide and a huge tyre swing. The play area situated between ‘Olearia’ and ‘Coliza’ is much bigger and was a huge hit with my two. There is a sandpit (complete with little diggers and a plethora of buckets and spades), swings, slides, a ride-on tractor and combine harvester, large trampoline and a newly installed two-storey play house.

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Wild Kids sessions //

Held once a week in the main season (subject to weather and staff availability), children of all ages can enjoy getting ‘back to nature’ with Forest School Leader Tatum at the Wild Kids sessions. I didn’t really know what to expect but Tatum’s enthusiasm was infectious and Jack and Phoebe loved getting their hands dirty foraging, playing nature games, mud painting and the icing on the cake was cosying up in Bosinver’s large purpose built ‘Hudel Hut’ and toasting marshmallows on the campfire that the children helped to gather sticks for.

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Daily animal feeding sessions //

Animal feeding and egg collecting with Farmer Dave has become a daily ritual at Bosinver and one that we took part in every morning bar one. Phoebe and Jack helped Farmer Dave and Helen (his lovely helper) feed the friendly chickens, ducks, goats and sheep and at the end of each session they were allowed to choose an egg from the coop to take home for lunch. It was such a lovely experience for the kids and despite initial apprehension at the beginning of the week (there was a lot of dropped food as soon as the animals appeared interested in the contents of their cupped hands!), they were both a lot more relaxed around the animals by the end of our stay.

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Family adventure trails //

Throughout our stay we really enjoyed participating in the adventure trails dotted around the grounds of Bosinver. Jack loves a challenge so relished in the hunt for the wellies on the ‘Wellie Hunt’ and the animals on the hidden animal trail, and was surprisingly eagled-eyed! We also loved the Gruffalo trail through the woods that brings you out at the lake which would be an amazing setting for a picnic on a summer’s day.

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Pony rides //

Unfortunately we didn’t partake in the pony rides as my two are petrified of horses, but the pony rides usually take place one morning a week after the animal feeding and children can meet the horses, give them a brush and have a little ride down the lane. (Photos courtesy of Bosinver)

Bosinver Farm Cottages Other activities //

Other on-site activities include fishing (you can borrow rods and nets from the office), tennis on the impressive tennis court and if the weather takes a turn for the worse you can always borrow Nanny Pat’s Baking Box to rustle up some sweet treats.

It’s also worth mentioning that in addition to the cottages being equipped with a plethora of high quality baby and nursery essentials, there’s also two sheds on site that house a vast array of goodies to help you enjoy your stay. The little white shed next to the office is crammed full of beach equipment, including body boards, fishing nets, crab lines, buckets and spades and the big green shed (next to the Farmhouse) has a whole host of other essential items including several pairs of spare wellies, BBQ’s, windbreaks, umbrellas, kites, balls, splashsuits and picnic rugs. These extras that you can borrow during your stay at no additional cost, really do make your holiday so effortless.

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There is also a huge DVD library onsite, laundry facilities and numerous board games available to borrow from the office. Internet access and WIFI are available in all the cottages and for the dog lovers amongst us, some of Bosinver’s cottages are dog friendly.

You can read part two of my review of Bosinver Farm Cottages that features the days out we enjoyed whilst staying at Bosinver and the restaurants that we love here.

Disclosure: We were very kindly invited by Bosinver Farm Cottages to stay for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own.

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  • JenRenJanuary 15, 2016 - 9:27 am

    Looks amazing!ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 17, 2016 - 2:51 pm

      It really is!ReplyCancel

  • Rosie ParsonsJanuary 15, 2016 - 1:58 pm

    Wow that looks insanely good! I’ve been looking for somewhere like this (actually didn’t imagine anything quite this good). What sort of price are we talking for a cottage? Might like to go in April xxReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 15, 2016 - 2:06 pm

      It would be ideal for your clan Rosie, especially as there is so much to do on site. The prices vary depending on which cottage you choose and at what time of year you go, check out the prices and availability here… http://www.bosinver.co.uk/availability. In addition they also have some brilliant special offers here…http://www.bosinver.co.uk/special-offers. Any other questions, give me a shout xxReplyCancel

  • Pamela | Life With MunchersJanuary 15, 2016 - 2:06 pm

    I’d love to go to Cornwall! This place looks AMAZING! It’s perfect for a family break away xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 17, 2016 - 2:52 pm

      Cornwall is sooooo beautiful and Bosinver was the perfect base to explore (when we could prise ourselves away from their facilities and activities!)ReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh DayJanuary 15, 2016 - 4:37 pm

    Looks like such a beautiful place to visit and them cottages look so cosy inside! We often visit Devon or Cornwall every summer so these may be a place we’d need to consider! ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 17, 2016 - 2:52 pm

      You should definitely, you’ll love it! xReplyCancel

  • Alex Lamb & BearJanuary 15, 2016 - 8:33 pm

    Wow, this place looks amazing! I’m blown away. I love UK family friendly holidays, and I would absolutely consider booking to stay here. Thanks for sharing this fab review. I’m off to show the hubby… xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 16, 2016 - 6:45 am

      No worries Alex, let me know what he says :) Lamb would be in his element here and there is so much to do nearby too, keep your eyes peeled for my ‘part two’ next week xReplyCancel

  • BloggerMummyLaurenJanuary 15, 2016 - 9:37 pm

    Wow, that place looks absolutely amazing! We haven’t been on holiday as a family, I think this would be the kind of place we would be looking for when we do get a chance to go away for a bit!
    The cottage looks beautiful, I would love to curl up in that living room with the kids after a busy day. Love the look of all of the play areas there too, and the fire hut looks brilliant!ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 16, 2016 - 6:43 am

      It really was brilliant and the kids had a ball xReplyCancel

  • Ickle PickleJanuary 15, 2016 - 10:06 pm

    This place looks absolutely amazing – everything that we love to do. Your review is brilliant, very comprehensive, thank you. Kaz xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 16, 2016 - 6:42 am

      Thanks Kaz, I was worried it was a bit too lengthy but you can never have too much info 😉 it is such an amazing place, your brood would love it xReplyCancel

  • Angela at DaysinbedJanuary 15, 2016 - 10:36 pm

    This looks amazing and somewhere i would love to go with my daughter. I love the quirkyness of the cottages and the pool looks fa as well as the outdoor animals and activities. it looks fabulous and I’m very impressed.ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 16, 2016 - 6:41 am

      Thanks Angela, it is a pretty special place and you can totally see why a large number of the guests are returning customers. You should definitely look into it, you’d both love it xReplyCancel

  • Helen at Casa CostelloJanuary 15, 2016 - 11:12 pm

    Oh you are so unfair showing such incredible delicious pictures when it is so icy and cold up here. ON the constant lookout for cottages (especially with pools like that for our 3 fish). They are so picture postcard – would love to know if they take families of 5?ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 16, 2016 - 6:39 am

      They have cottages that sleep up to 12 people but the majority sleep 4,5 and 6, so you will definitely be catered for as a family of five. XReplyCancel

  • Life as MumJanuary 16, 2016 - 11:23 am

    Oh wow! Those photos are fantastic. The place looks and sounds amazing!!ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 17, 2016 - 2:53 pm

      Ah thanks, it was such a lovely holiday and one that we all have such fond memories of.ReplyCancel

  • AmandaJanuary 16, 2016 - 10:40 pm

    This place looks so perfect to take little ones to. I’m going to look into going there on holiday one day as it looks incredible :) xx What a lovely post and photosReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 17, 2016 - 2:50 pm

      You definitely should, it’s just brilliant xReplyCancel

  • KaraJanuary 17, 2016 - 7:04 am

    This place looks amazing, nice and small so not overrun but has so much for kids to do, I am going to look into this for sure xxReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 17, 2016 - 2:54 pm

      Do Kara, you guys would love it! xReplyCancel

  • EmmaJanuary 18, 2016 - 8:42 am

    It looks and sounds perfect. We stayed somewhere similar in Wales and loved it. It’s just the best holiday with young kids.ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 19, 2016 - 12:30 pm

      I completely agree, hassle free is the way forward! xReplyCancel

  • oana79January 18, 2016 - 9:50 am

    These look and sound like the perfect place to have a family holiday, love your pictures!xxReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 19, 2016 - 12:30 pm

      Thanks Oana, it was so lovely and very pretty to photograph! xReplyCancel

  • Zoe AliciaJanuary 18, 2016 - 7:41 pm

    I really want to go to Cornwall soon, so I love this post. It’s probably much more suited to a family than just me and a friend though 😛ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 19, 2016 - 12:29 pm

      Well you think that but Bosinver regularly have couples/friends staying as well as hen parties too! They really do cater for everyone and without kids you can just dip in and out of what you want to do xReplyCancel

  • CharlotteJanuary 18, 2016 - 8:58 pm

    This looks like a wonderful place for a holiday! The cottage is gorgeous! xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 19, 2016 - 12:28 pm

      Thanks Charlotte, it was so lovely and i’m pining to go back! xReplyCancel

  • Natalie RayJanuary 18, 2016 - 10:18 pm

    Oh my word, this is just beautiful! I love things like this, my girls adore being outside and this looks just perfect. The cottage is gorgeous too, that kitchen! But my favourite thing about it is that the cottage is called Veronica. Great name, really suits the cottage!xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 19, 2016 - 12:28 pm

      I love how above all you love the Cottage name :) xReplyCancel

  • Kerry norrisJanuary 19, 2016 - 6:40 am

    Gosh this place looks great. I love a uk break so I’m always open to new suggestions. I love the fact that it has an indoor heated swimming pool and a soft play area. It would be ideal for us xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 19, 2016 - 12:27 pm

      It was so lovely Kerry and in the most idyllic setting xReplyCancel

  • AliceJanuary 19, 2016 - 12:03 pm

    This looks amazing. Just the kind of place I want to go this year!:) got everything you need for a staycation! CReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 19, 2016 - 12:27 pm

      You would love it Alice, It’s ideal for young families (and older kids too!)ReplyCancel

  • Life as MumJanuary 19, 2016 - 3:28 pm

    Looks like such a wonderful place! The cottage looks beautifulReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 20, 2016 - 12:29 pm

      Ah thanks, it really was. I can’t wait to go back one day soon I hope xReplyCancel

  • Fritha StricklandJanuary 20, 2016 - 10:43 am

    oh wow this place looks amazing! so cute and cosy and so much to do. I really want to get away in the Spring but think with the little baby I’d only want to do UK based yet, this place looks ideal! xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 20, 2016 - 12:29 pm

      It would be perfect for you guys Fritha, Wilf would have a ball and the little lady will have lots of fun things to look at. xReplyCancel

  • Mummy Lala (Laura)January 20, 2016 - 11:03 pm

    What an amazing place. This is somewhere I’d definitely love to stay and visit. The cottages look gorgeous and the whole site and experience sounds brilliant.

    Laura xReplyCancel

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  • LouiseJanuary 23, 2016 - 10:20 pm

    We haven’t taken our two away anywhere yet but this could be perfect for them this year. I’m definitely going to look in to it. It really looks like so much fun for everyone.ReplyCancel

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  • me3boysandmudpieMay 1, 2016 - 1:51 pm

    Wow this looks really lovely. My boys would absolutely love this. I’m off to bug my husband to book us a break here!ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 1, 2016 - 7:45 pm

      Keep pestering him until he says yes! You’ll love it! xReplyCancel

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