Child friendly farm, Cornwall – Boswarthen Farm, Madron, Penzance, Cornwall
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About Boswarthen Farm
Simply one of those perfect times Away with the Kids. Luxe tents with sea views on a real working farm.
Boswarthen Farm is a haven in an already idyllic part of Cornwall. It's not your average family holiday. Picture this - sat at the front of your glamping tent - or gypsy caravan - with a glass of wine purchased from the honesty shop, admiring the sea views of St Michael's Mount and The Lizard, perched on your cosy chair, watching the kids checking out the chicken coop for eggs – or making friends in the sand pit – or perhaps visiting the Shetland with your host Madeliene - you just might take a deep breath, as I did, and realise that life can be very good!!!
Open from - Easter Weekend.
Boswarthen is about the outdoors, about family and relaxation – savouring the fresh air, listening to the canvas walls flapping in the wind and the sounds of the country, watching the kids get filthy and running riot without a care in the world – just stepping down a pace or two or three and watching things happen rather than doing.
Boswarthen is a perfect place to go about getting to that third pace down! Your hosts Madeliene and Adrian are not only extremely hard working and dedicated dairy farmers, they also happen to be a very gregarious, very interesting and incredibly friendly couple who are more than happy to chat about and show you their working of the farm, tell you where best to body-board, eat fish and chips, go rock-pooling and inform you of the must see sites – our girls were like little sponges and hung on every word!
Choose from a tent, a two storey lodge tent or a gypsy caravan. Our tent was spotless, quirky and very well-equipped – and importantly for those like my friend Mel, it's off the ground. Our 'standard' tent (it isn;t the slightest bit standard by the way) had three bedrooms comprising a double, a bunk-bed and a cupboard, yes a cupboard in which there is room for two children easily – or two girls and one Mom (our first night) whilst Dad fell asleep with Aggie in the lower bunk. What a waste of a huge double bed! Pillows and duvets are supplied.
There is a sink with cold running water in which to wash the dishes, the veg, dirty hands and faces etc, lots of pots, utensils and storage space, a couple of impressively over-sized chairs to crash on, a spacious table to eat at, chat at, play games on and a huge crate in the corner to keep your supplies relatively cool and out of the way - cooled incidentally by the now freezing hot water bottles stored in the freezer in the honesty shop. And a toilet – your very own – with a chain that flushes. Oil lamps and candles provide perfect ambient lighting.
There is an ample number of tents for you to take a group of friends, as well as a sauna and a hot tub – perfect venue me thinks for my baby sisters big birthday!
Our short break began in a very excited vein - getting our stuff to the tents via the wheel-barrows – a couple of trips in and after a tousle with Aggie who sat in a barrow to and fro-ing several times – I decided the best course of action was for me to get the beds made up (crisp linen provided at extra cost) and the fire going. Fire started easily given that paper, firelighters, kindling and logs were all supplied – took about an hour to gain enough heat to get a cuppa and start our tea but who was counting and the tent was consequently very cosy, the stock pot eventually bubbling. A very wholesome scene though in hind sight what I should have done is ordered one of Maddy's delicious meals and had it ready and waiting – bear that in mind it's a top tip!
The girls were delighted to be introduced to the hens who were strutting around their coop in the middle of the field. This conveniently sits next to the sand pit and forms the communal kid gathering area – all playing beautifully – all in full view. Maddy kindly showed them how best to pick up the very fast little cluckers and Bob and I spent the best part of an hour laughing our heads off at Eve and Lotts trying to catch one! We had our very own hens in a coop next to the tent – they were well fed and petted and even laid an egg that was promptly dropped by Aggie and eaten – by the hens! Fortunately the communal coop was far more productive and we enjoyed scrambled eggs for breakfast and tortilla for tea - NOT on the same day!
You have gorgeous and extremely clean showers to freshen up in, just a stroll away from your field. An honesty shop holds all sorts of essentials and tasty things to tempt you, including some pre-prepared meals, fresh veg, prepared salads, wine and beer and cheese boards – our show around cost me a tenner due to the fudge and the cider and the burgers and the cheese! Delicious meals are available to order, as well as simple fare such as baked spuds for tea. Fresh bread and croissants can be delivered for breakfast too – perfect with home made jam – as are the scones and clotted cream!
Communal camp fires and pizza nights are organised and seasonal maize mazes and farm trails are set up to entertain the children. There's that field spa experience as mentioned earlier which is available for all ages but perhaps more suited to mine! Should you wish to go out alone then baby-sitting can be arranged with Madeliene.
Heaps – beautiful beaches on both the north and south coasts, go rock-pooling, visit St Michael's Mount and take lunch at The Godolphin Arms, visit the stunning Minack Theatre though not suitable for toddlers, walks galore, lovely villages to explore, there are endless possibilities. Alternatively sit in that darned tent and enjoy the Feather Down experience – let the kids have their space and read a book!
A stay here is always going to be a personal affair and you will take from it what you will – we were given a tour of the farm (it is a working farm and caution must be had), saw the cows being herded in, fed and milked, had the privilege of watching Adrian birth a bullock, met the calf twins, watched the babies have breakfast and generally got an air of what this life is about – you get to share a little of it – it's a must do in my opinion.
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