Travel: postcard from Cornwall

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    Rebecca Moore and family head to Cornwall for a fun-filled winter getaway

    The thought of sharing a car with a nine year old, a seven year old, and a soon-to-be one year old from London to the West Country was enough for me to run for the hills. And by hills, I mean Gatwick, where I hopped on a flight and was in blustery Cornwall within the hour.

    Met by my growing tribe of nieces and nephews, my mum and my two sisters, a long weekend by the sea full of family natter, bike rides and pasties was on the cards. Our home for the weekend was luxury self-catering resort Gwel an Mor, just outside the harbour town of Portreath. We were in need of somewhere that would keep the kids busy without having to spend the weekend navigating bendy Cornish roads, and Gwel an Mor fit the bill and more with a wildlife and conservation centre, indoor play and climbing centre, pool, restaurant and five-star lodges that boast their own hot tubs. So, in theory, we didn’t even have to leave the resort.

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    Sophie and Vicki meet the friendly reindeer

    We’d hired bikes prior to our stay, and on arrival, there they were – propped up complete with helmets. There are plenty of trails nearby to suit all types of cyclists – we headed off to get lost in the woods.

    The lodges themselves really are beautiful, and when the sun seeped through, it was such a bright space. We chose a three-bedroom lodge, which fitted seven of us with ease.

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    A long weekend on the Cornish coast proved to be the perfect pre-Christmas treat

    The highlight for Sam and my niece Sophie, and probably for me too, was the meet-the-animals wildlife experience, which takes place at Gwel an Mor’s Feadon Farm. Our ranger Gary introduced us, and a small group of other families, to snakes, foxes, owls and even the farm’s reindeer, just before their Christmas shift. The animals are well cared for and friendly, and although at first I feared Sam and Sophie would be too shy to get involved, Gary was very encouraging, and the pair were chuffed with their certificates. A second contender for them was the newly-opened Base Camp indoor play and climbing centre – the kids were up and down the climbing frames like a yo-yo.

    Day trips to Perranporth, Mevagissey and Padstow are a must, too. The Cornish coast has so much to offer families, we only wish we could have stayed longer to do some more exploring, ideally with reindeer in tow.

    A three-bed lodge starts from £619 for three nights – gwelanmor.com

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