Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Bank holiday beach huts!

Do you holiday with friends? We've just spent the most fab bank holiday weekend with friends in Cornwall. We never used to be keen to holiday with other families but it has huge benefits such as sharing the cost of the accommodation and holidaying with babysitters! The children love it too as they have playmates readily available for constant entertainment - games such as 'who can stand on the post the longest' (who knew how entertaining that could be?)

The golden rule of holidaying with friends is to find the right accommodation, as friendships can become strained when our noisy boys wake up at the crack of dawn! This weekend we stayed at Rockpools Beach Chalet, which had a double bedroom, bunk room and shower room upstairs and a double bedroom, bunk room and family bathroom downstairs, perfect for two families to have their own space. The large open plan lounge was perfect to relax in, with a huge TV and massive DVD collection and had 'fold back' doors for that Californian feel! Being open plan also meant that there was always someone on hand to watch the baby, who chose this weekend to take his first five steps! 

Outside there was an enclosed decking area which was a real sun trap and there was also a shower, meaning you could get wetsuits off easily without getting sand everywhere. We fired up the barbecue for a huge feast on Saturday evening, before watching the sunset on the front deck with a glass of wine in hand, which was supplied in the welcome pack along with milk, bread and local biscuits. There was also plenty of tea, coffee, sugar, oil, kitchen and toilet roll and washing up liquid, all the little details that made this holiday so family friendly. 

We pretended that we were cool surf dudes and borrowed wetsuits and bodyboards from the chalet. On Sunday, the boys had a family surfing lesson, with not one but two amazing surfing instructors Freddie and Jackamo (who resembled a young Keano Reeves). The boys (including Pete) listened to all the safety rules and then learnt how to balance on the board before practicing in the sea. Ted stayed in the very shallow waves as he's not a very confident swimmer, whilst Alfie went in up to his waist, the instructors high-fiving them and giving them so much encouragement. Ted gave up quite quickly after getting 'wiped-out' and sat with me on the beach, whilst Alfie went on to stand up on his first attempt, I couldn't believe it! Pete unfortunately didn't quite make the 92% stand up rate of the school, but took advantage of the additional hour and a half extra board and wetsuit hire to have another go the day after and absolutely loved it ~ I fear this may be the start of a mid-life crisis! 


Freddie entertained Alfie by balancing the board on a pile of sand so he could practice after getting wiped out!


One of my favourite things this weekend was discovering the Porthmeor Cafe in St. Ives, that sits right on the beach underneath the huge Tate St. Ives. The narrow streets away from the main drag are just enchanting and getting up early for breakfast meant that not only could we park in the beachside car park, we could take advantage of breakfasting in one of the cafe's ultra cool heated pods, with blankets to keep the early morning breeze off our legs. We ordered saffron toast, crab and scrambled eggs and croissants with nutella from a menu beautifully decorated with old newspaper stories of shipwrecks. 

You probably know by now how much I love beach huts, Rockpools is the third beach hut we've stayed in and it's by far the largest and most luxurious. It was wonderful to pretend for a few days that we lived there, right by the sea!

We stayed at Rockpools courtesy of Forever Cornwall, unique and eco-friendly self-catering holiday cottages in Cornwall and our surfing lesson was courtesy of Gwithian Surf Academy

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  1. Wetsuits and can't beat it! Are you still finding sand between your toes :)

    Nina x

    1. and in the car! and I'm still doing the washing too ;0)
      Emma x

  2. Fabulous photos, looks way too cold for surfing but possibly as good as it gets in Cornwall. I live in Australia, we love our long hot summers and fun in the surf. My kids grew up surfing before school, after school and all weekend. Great healthy fun.


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