Last week we were on holiday in the Lake District. We had a wonderful time visiting some great places including Grizedale Forest, the Safari Park, Sizergh Castle, the Steam Railway and Aquarium, Cartmel, Ulverston and Grange-over-Sands – but what made it truly special (apart from the excellent company), was the holiday cottage we stayed in.
I’ve not met Simon in person, however, he managed to make us feel really welcomed and at home in the cottage. The email we received before we arrived detailed not only how to get there, but great places to eat and shop, the website for the cottage is full of useful information to read before you get there and when we arrived as well as all the leaflets for various places, there was a big folder full of recommendations, walks and anecdotes which was worth reading. In addition, there was milk, tea, biscuits, tea towels, bedlinen – all the kind of things you’d expect and more – the cottage was equipped for pretty much every eventuality. I’d brought things with me I didn’t need to use, like a mixing bowl, my electric scales (we can’t go a week without homemade pizza), a cheese grater, a really good knife – you get the idea -there was everything I could possibly have needed in the kitchen. There was even tools and wood glue and a tape measure, board games – you name it, it was there somewhere! And the logs for the wood burning stove of course. We felt at home right away. It was an absolutely lovely place to stay.
Then just this week, I heard about a great idea that Cahors Country House have where they have a stuffed felt owl called Oscar at the holiday home which writes to the children before they arrive, sends them emails, has a letter for them when they get there, can go places and do stuff with them when they get there and then when they leave he’ll send them a postcard to read at home too. I think that’s a brilliant idea for making children feel welcome!
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