Although I love the occasional stay in a nice hotel (who doesn’t?), I’ve come to the realisation that holiday cottages suit us better, especially as a family of five. We need a good base camp when we’re away; somewhere we can eat, play and relax as much or as little as we want. So when I needed to attend a work event down in Somerset, it seemed like a great opportunity to make a long weekend of it and try out a property with Airbnb for the first time.
The home-from-home concept is a great one as I love exploring real houses and the range of Airbnb properties is amazing. I’m so pleased we chose Davidges Farm, where we stayed, although it was more of a dream home from home! We loved the interiors, which were the perfect combination of stye meets comfort, while the kids really enjoyed playing in the grounds and exploring the duck pond (supervised, I might add!).
The are two separate cottages available, both painted a dreamy blue colour and surrounded by lavender alive with butterflies and bees while dragonflies, water boatman and pond skaters are all present on the pond. You feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere and yet the village of Beckington with its adorable cottages, floral window boxes, cute cafe and local pub are all within a short walk while the cool town of Frome is just a short drive away. But since we were short on time that weekend, we just wanted to kick back and make the most of the property. And can you blame us?
I love the way the owner Victoria Yerbury (who is really nice by the way) has decorated these cottages. It feels sumptuous but relaxed with carefully chosen details, old and new, that are beautiful, interesting, stylish but never get in the way of comfort. And we didn’t worry that the kids couldn’t touch anything. There was nothing delicate or frivolous, but rather simple, solid and well made. So even though it may look quite Elle Deco, trust me when I say that we really did feel right at home as soon as we stepped through the door, especially thanks to the wine and cake that welcomed us!
The cottage we stayed in has three bedrooms; the first double room is on the ground floor (where there’s also a shower/WC) which our nine year old Charlie loved having all to himself. The wooden beds in each room are all different and equally beautiful. This, combined with good mattresses, lovely crisp cotton sheets and snuggly blankets, meant that we all slept really well. Everything is so well appointed without being ostentatious. Even the muted colour scheme just felt so calm and relaxing (yes, even with three kids).
The girls shared the twin bedroom, which made them feel comfortable because it mirrors our sleeping arrangements at home, and the room was spacious enough for them to play with their toys on the floor. Have I mentioned how lovely all the bed linen was? It’s the little things as they say and this place just gets them spot on, with each room feeling cosy but not fussy, decorated simply with carefully chosen, quality items. I must admit it was a breath of fresh air from our slightly cluttered busy home, but that’s one of the reasons I love going on holiday. That and the inspiration it provides!
Upstairs, there was also a bathroom with an actual bath which is crucial for my kids as they hate showers and I like to give them all a soak at the end of the day, while our master bedroom had an en suite shower plus a discreet TV. The kids loved the novelty of piling into our bed in a morning to watch it while we (tried to) read our books/papers.
Around the back of the cottage there is a great outdoor dining space and extended lawn (accessible via the patio doors in the kitchen), which we made as much use of as possible while the sun continued to shine.
Right next door there is also a wheat field with public right of way, so early the next morning (while some of us were still in pyjamas) we decided to explore it while the sun came up. It was really lovely actually as the wheat came up to our elbows and it felt like we were wading through a golden sea. Poor Bea was dwarfed by it so had a ride on Greig’s shoulders while Charlie and Florence ran on ahead. We purposefully didn’t bring any electronic gadgets with us on this mini-break and I’m glad because the kids seemed to get quite stuck into the surrounding nature that was on our doorstep here. As for me, while I was quite happy getting stuck into the selection of reading matter supplied (plus a little TV, wine and chocolate in the evenings of course).
This was such a peaceful and memorable way to kick off our summer holidays in style and it’s definitely made us want to return to Somerset and enjoy a longer break. There’s so much more to do in this part of the country too so I hope we can come back soon and if we do, I can’t think of a nicer place to stay than this. I know I say it a lot but we really didn’t want to leave this time. Soon enough though it was time for my three little ducks to say goodbye to three other little ducks. Let’s hope we’ll meet again soon!
Based on this first experience, we would really recommend Airbnb. Everything was excellent from the online booking process to the regular communication with our host. And well I think you can tell how much we liked the accommodation itself. I almost don’t want to share the details (it’s so nice!) but if you’re interested to find out more you can view this property online here. And if you’d like to try Airbnb, you can gain an introductory discount of £16 by signing up here.
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Disclosure: We were given a reduced rate by Airbnb for the purposes of this review. All opinions are honest and my own, as always.