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long weekend wales winter break nature an children family travel

Something we all cease to remember is that December is just the start of Winter. In fact January and February are actually winter too. Yes two whole months of Winter with no Christmas to prepare for and no New Year to compel us to feel like we are embarking on new adventures.

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Normally when people talk about taking a winter break they are thinking about hopping on a plane and chasing some sun. Look I love vitamin D as much as the rest of us, maybe more than others but all you need to reset your soul is a holiday somewhere beautiful. This year I spent a long weekend with some friends in the stunning eco build Wild Meadow.

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wales long weekend travel with children

First off you need to check out Andrea’s instagram feed, if this post does not inspire you to book a trip her feed will.

The house was built by Andrea and her husband, the plot was nothing more than a wild meadow, hens the name, and is filled with such beautiful details such as this staircase.

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As we were going to Wales in the depths of winter I panic packed and took ALL of the jumpers and, bed socks and hot water bottles. In fact none of those were needed the place was toasty warm. You can sit on the large sofas and feel enveloped by nature due to the perfectly placed full height windows that flank the living area whilst enjoying the wood burning stove.

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long weekend wales winter break nature an children family travel kitchen garden

The whole place is so perfectly designed for you to feel at home. A perfect kitchen with all that you need, welsh blankets draped on the beds and a selection of books and magazine that invite you to embrace slow living.

long weekend wales winter break nature an children family travel kitchen garden
long weekend wales winter break nature an children family travel kitchen garden

We were 3 couples, two toddlers and a five year old and there was ample space to enjoy one another in the open plan living area and still have time apart to relax with a book on the sofa or gaze out of the window, and every window deserves a good long gaze.

long weekend wales winter break nature an children family travel kitchen garden
long weekend wales winter break nature an children family travel kitchen garden
long weekend wales winter break nature an children family travel kitchen garden

In the warmer months you can enjoy food from the kitchen garden but we still managed to enjoy it, and the pond on a frosty morning. Sebastian and I spent a morning together taking photos on the grounds.

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long weekend wales winter break nature an children family travel
long weekend wales winter break nature an children family travel
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It is such a wonderful place for children and there is even a selection of wonderful toys for little ones to enjoy, and did I mention the tyre swings that look like horses! Although we went with a gaggle of mini people I can equally see myself enjoying a trip with grown ups, reading books, painting and taking photos. If you are looking for inspiration on what you can do on your trip Andrea writes a lovely blog with lots of lovely suggestions.

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long weekend wales winter break

Sebastian was thrilled to trek up the hill and peer into the window of “the tiny house”, aka a stunning Shepherds Hut. It was unoccupied during our stay but it is far enough apart from the main house so you would not feel on top of one another.

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shepherds hut long weekend wales
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Sebastian sobbed when we left and we promised we would take him back. What do you think, are you convinced that a January holiday is for you? If the answer is yes then I cannot recommend Wild Meadow highly enough but try not to clash with us as we will return!


February 16, 2019

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32 Comments

  1. Reply

    Jen

    February 24, 2019

    oh it looks gorgeous and you’ve captured it beautifully. I do love a fabulous cottage 😉

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      Nicolette Lafonseca

      February 25, 2019

      Thank you I was blessed some great winter light. There are are some great places to explore close by too we will definitely go back

  2. Reply

    Kara

    February 24, 2019

    Anywhere with a log burner is a winner for me but this looks like a stunning place to stay

    • Reply

      Nicolette Lafonseca

      February 25, 2019

      It was so toasty the log burner was overkill but we couldn’t resist

  3. Reply

    Sam | Dove Cottage Blog

    February 24, 2019

    What a beautiful place! Lovely photos too.

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      Nicolette Lafonseca

      February 25, 2019

      Thank you between the lovely surroundings and the cute kids, (if I do say so myself) it was hard not to take great snaps

  4. Reply

    Mellissa Williams

    February 25, 2019

    You have some lovely photos. What a gorgeous place, I love places to stay like this as its all in the detail, the log burner, the stained glass window and the cosiness.

    • Reply

      Nicolette Lafonseca

      February 25, 2019

      The post is the tip of the iceberg in terms of the little details

  5. Reply

    Lin Warwick

    February 25, 2019

    What a fabulous place to stay – such amazing views – would love to go there.

    • Reply

      Nicolette Lafonseca

      February 25, 2019

      it really was lovely and there are a range of stays and prices to make it affordable

  6. Reply

    Catherine Cornelissen

    February 25, 2019

    These photos are absolutely precious! Everyone looks very happy, cosy and warm! The scenery too looks incredible — I will have to check it out and see if I can venture out there one weekend!

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      Nicolette Lafonseca

      February 25, 2019

      Highly recommended, Andrea is such a great host it as if your mate has said here stay at my country home.

  7. Reply

    Donna Ford

    February 25, 2019

    So gorgeous! I love that you embraced the season (I kind of love this time of year) and encounter nature at this time of year. Some lovely images too. Will remember this place for the future x

    • Reply

      Nicolette Lafonseca

      February 25, 2019

      It is a stunner. The winter landscape was breathtaking there is a large pine wood close by too. I cannot wait to explore in Summer

  8. Reply

    Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    February 25, 2019

    I must confess that I rarely think about booking a winter getaway, but actually, it is the perfect time to get away from it all and see the beautiful countryside in a different season

    • Reply

      Nicolette Lafonseca

      February 25, 2019

      So much to explore any season I don’t know why I did not think of it sooner

  9. Reply

    Keira

    February 25, 2019

    What a find! Love the simplicity of it. I’m sure you felt well rested x

  10. Reply

    Keira

    February 25, 2019

    What a find! Love the simplicity of it. I’m sure it left you feeling well rested x

    • Reply

      Nicolette Lafonseca

      February 25, 2019

      We really did it was like pressing control alt delete on my brain I hit 2019 with new vigor after that

  11. Reply

    Lins Drabwell

    February 25, 2019

    Oh my goodness this sounds absolutely idyllic!! And I totally agree, a break no matter where is a wonderful opportunity to rest and recharge X

    • Reply

      Nicolette Lafonseca

      February 26, 2019

      Agreed and the fact it was such a short drive from home was an added bonus

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    michelle twin mum

    February 25, 2019

    What an amazing place to stay, you captured all the litle details beautifully and I’d happily snuggle up in front of the wood burner. Mich x

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    Jess Howliston

    February 26, 2019

    WOW what a beautiful building, all of the little details are amazing and the views absolutely stunning! This looks like the perfect winter escape after a hectic Christmas time to me!

  14. Reply

    Jenni

    February 26, 2019

    Oh it looks like such a beautiful place to stay. Definitely putting on my staycation list

  15. Reply

    Jennifer Gladwin

    February 26, 2019

    It looks beautiful! We try and go away for a few days in January to combat the post christmas blues!

  16. Reply

    Anne Marie

    February 26, 2019

    It looks like the perfect get away place. I love the wood, the beams and the whole house feels like a dream home to be honest 😍

  17. Reply

    Fatima

    February 27, 2019

    Sounds like an amazing place to stay and love the fact that there’s outdoor space for kids to explore

  18. Reply

    Laura Dove

    February 27, 2019

    Oh how lovely!! This looks like the perfect winter getaway! So snug, and gorgeous photos !

  19. Reply

    Nicola Capper

    March 2, 2019

    What a magical little place! I would love a weekend like this right now and your photos are gorgeous x

  20. Reply

    Maria

    March 2, 2019

    What a fabulous place and your wonderful photos have captured it perfectly!

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    Mary Middleton for Hello Peagreen

    March 10, 2019

    This is great to know about as I’ve been looking for more UK spots to visit. Glad to hear you didn’t need your layers, we went to the Goodlife Experience in September in Wales and I was FROZEN at night ❄️

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      Nicolette Lafonseca

      March 13, 2019

      Oh no being cold is a nightmare. I was surprised at just how cosy it was

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