Holidays in Devon with Marsdens Devon Cottages

As a child we always holidayed in the UK, with our go to places being Devon and Dorset. We spent many a day on the gorgeous beaches and visiting the wonderful attractions there. When we got married, we actually went to Devon on our honeymoon, it had the most amazing time.

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Woolacombe in Devon is one of the most beautiful locations in the UK, having been voted UK’s best beach in 2012. It is also found in the top European beaches and regularly within the top 20 beaches in the world. Woolacombe is home to a 3 mile long, beautiful sandy beach, that gently slopes down the Atlantic ocean, so it’s very popular with surfers.

Set in North Devon coast line, it is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Many areas are now owned by the National Turst meaning it will be looked after for generations to enjoy.

If you are looking for a somewhere beautiful to visit then Woolacombe is the place to go, with little shops and restaurants to visit. With lots of little villages near by to visit, and coastal walks. You will always have something to do.

My Aunty has been taking her Grandchildren to Woolacombe each year for a mini holiday, for the last 8 years. They love it. Although I have visited as a child, it’s somewhere I would love to go back to with my own children.

Marsdens, Woolacombe Cottages are gorgeous and they have so many available to choose from. I have picked out a few that I would love to stay in.

My top Marsdens Devon Cottages in Woolacombe

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This is the gorgeous Highfields, a fabulous open plan bungalow. It has recently been renovated to a high standard that gives that beachy feel from walking through the door. Highfields sleeps 4 people, with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, all bed linen and towels included. There is an enclosed garden and plenty of parking. With Fabulous see views and if you fancy a stay in the winter there is a log burning stove. Although no pets are allowed here it does make a lovely holiday home. Oh and there is wifi, a plus note for most people with families now.

Palms 1 is an awarding winning cottage, with it’s very contemporary interior and sea views. It’s just lovely. Sleeping 4 people in 2 bedrooms, bed linen and towels, open plan kitchen and living space. There is also private parking and a private garden. Palms 1 also allows you to bring a dog with you, the location is perfect for hours of dog walking.

Broadside is a lovely bungalow, which has garden of beauty, decked patio area for enjoying during the evening or for having you breakfast at. I could imagine spending hours just taking in the gorgeousness of this garden and wishing mine looked anything like it. Sleeping 4 people, it has everything you could want from a holiday get away in Woolacombe.

Number 53 is a detached bungalow, sleeping 6 people. It is a gold award winning cottage, with a fabulously large garden, sea views and a beautiful interior. Number 53 has 3 bedrooms, and not only does it have a wonderful garden there is also the decked balcony area that has plenty of seating for everyone to enjoy.

So what do you think to my picks? I would love to spend a week visiting Woolacombe and although it would be fabulous to visit during the Summer I think it would also be a great place to visit during the winter months. I am starting to think it might be the place for us to go for February half term.

 

*This is a collaborative post. Images are credited to Marsdens Devon Cottages. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

Festivals around the world

Living in the UK, when I think about festivals I think Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, Reading and Leeds, then Notttinghill Carnival, Isle of Wight and the Wilderness festival. However, they not only take place all over the UK but all over the world.

Festivals Around The World

Festivals around the world

It’s amazing how many different types of festival there is. Cheese, fairy, music, woodland, carnival, LGBTQ, snow and ice, Holi, Mardi Gras, ballon, bulls just about anything you can think of there is a festival for it. I thought I would share with you some of my favourite festivals around the world.

Coachella

Coachella has to be one of the biggest festivals in the world. Every year my social media goes crazy with celebrities attending Coachella, seeing their outfits and who is performing. Coachella has been growing in popularity of the last few years, it has some of the biggest names in music performing. Coachella takes place in Indio California.

Dubai international Jazz festival

Jazz is a very popular across the globe, and each year Dubai is home to it’s famous international Jazz festival. It takes place in February each year over 3 days. Thousands of fans attend each year to see their favourite Jazz artists. Dubai is so easy to visit now, Destination2.co.uk have a fabulous range of great holidays, why not getting booking for next years Jazz festival.

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest takes place in Munich, Germany each year. Starting towards the end of September until the first weekend of October, it lasts 16-18 days. Each year millions of people attend the fun fair and beer festival. Oktoberfest now takes place in cities across the world, but nothing compares to the original home of Munich.

Carnival, Rio De Janeiro

The Carnival in Rio De Janeiro is probably the biggest festival in the world. Taking place during February or March over 5 days to mark the Catholic lent celebrations. Over 5 million people attend each year, with people travelling from all over the world to attend. It’s home to the worlds best Samba dancers and is known for it’s spectacular show stopping outfits full of colour. It is also home to one of the biggest parades in the world. If you want to visit a carnival like no other then Carnival in Rio De Janeiro is the place to go.

Snowbombing

For the lovers of the snow then Austria’s Snowbombing festival is the place to go. It’s not all about music and snow, why not try Yoga up on the mountains, or pop to a spa. Austria’s Snowbombing is a fabulous festival for a group of friends, who love skiing in some of Europe’s best ski resorts, but who love music. With amazing headlining acts each year. Next year is due to be the best yet for their 20th anniversary festival.

Have you been to a unforgettable festival? Please let me know which ones you would recommend.

 

*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

New menu launch at the Cosy Club Stamford

I love going into Stamford, it’s a beautiful little Lincolnshire town, which is about 15 miles away from my home. It is somewhere that I go with friends for lunch, out for drinks and a meal with my hubby and a great place for shopping as there are some lovely shops in the town. Stamford is sat on the river Wellend, which is a lovely spot to take the children for a picnic in the warm months. Stamford for me is a go to place for lunch, when the children are in school the Hubby and I will often head there for a wonder around and some lunch.

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The Cosy Club Stamford

When we head there for lunch and sometimes breakfast, we would normally choose the Cosy Club, the only time we haven’t been there when visiting Stamford was when the Christmas Markets were on and it was so busy we couldn’t get in.

The Cosy Club have recently launched a new set of menus, they now offer a vegan, gluten free and of course their standard menu, plus they have a new selection of puddings and cocktails. So they invited me along to try out the new menu.

I love the Cosy Club in Stamford, I have visited many times before, I love the atmosphere there. It’s has a real old English feel to it, with a large vintage union jack flag hanging in one corner. Wood panelled walls, mismatched chairs and tables, random lampshades and pictures on the walls, all working in perfect unison together.

Mocktails

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I took my sister along with me to try out the food and drinks. Looking through the drinks menu I was drawn to the cocktails, however with the school run to do later that afternoon we both went with mocktails. I will be honest, I don’t normally order a mocktail, in fact I don’t think I have had one since being a child. After trying them I am not sure why I don’t choose them more often.

I went with the watermelon and green tea cooler, my sister a virgin summer sangria. Later on during our meal we ordered another mocktail each a virgin passion fruit mojito and a St Clements they were lovely, by far my favourite one was the watermelon and green tea cooler. It was so refreshing and enjoyable, I would happily have it again and again.

Tapas

For food we opted for the Tapas, which was an unusual choice for us. We head out for lunch together quite often but we have not had a sharing meal before, but the Tapas really appealed to both of us. There were however a lot of other items on the menu we would have loved to try. 

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The Tapas is priced at £13.95 for 3 items or £4.95 each. So we decided on 6 items to share.

  • Halloumi sticks with a chipotle chilli jam.
  • Pulled chicken and chorizo with crispy potatoes.
  • Tempura king prawns with a soy and ginger dipping sauce.
  • Squid and chorizo pan fried with red wine and garlic and served with mixed leaved and butter bean aioli.
  • Crispy sesame seed chicken, with a soy and ginger dipping sauce and a coriander salad.
  • Garlic Mushrooms on a sourdough toast.

We also added a bread board of Ciabatta with dipping balsamic vinegar and oil.

We both really enjoyed the tapas, my favourite would have to be the crispy sesame seed chicken and the garlic mushrooms. Although it was all delicious, my least favourite was the squid and chorizo, mainly because I am not the biggest squid fan but it was my sisters favourite dish. The flavours all worked really well together, the halloumi sticks are very popular right now and I know why, along with the chipotle chilli jam they were so yummy.

The 6 items of tapas and the bread was more than enough for us both for lunch.

Desserts

I love a dessert, in fact I generally will look at the dessert menu first before deciding on a main course, eating at the Cosy Club was no different. There is a fabulous range of desserts on offer at the Cosy Club Stamford. My eyes were drawn to the salted caramel cheesecake, with butterscotch sauce and popcorn straight away. My sister went for the Nutella and vanilla cream doughnut, topped with candy floss and raspberry dust. When they arrived they looked amazing, and we began digging straight into them.

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I was a little disappointed with the cheesecake, I felt it was a bit warm, as though it needed another hour in the fridge to set, the base was also so thin that you hardly knew it was there. It did however taste amazing, full of caramel and butterscotch flavours. Just wish it was a bit firmer and a thicker base.

My sister is a big fan of doughnuts and nutella, so she was winning with this pudding. However, she also was disappointed with it. She felt that she couldn’t taste the nutella as it had been mixed with vanilla cream. I also tried a little bit and although there was some chocolate flavour I wouldn’t have said it had that rich nutella flavour I was expecting, it was a little disappointing.

The staff

I honestly have never had any issues with the staff at the Cosy Club, whenever I have visited they have always been helpful and welcoming, answered any questions I might have had. Our visit was no different, the manager who I have seen there a few times, was on hand to help with any questions, the staff were all happy and efficient in their work. They clearly have great mixology skills as the mocktails were all fabulous.

Although our desserts were a little disappointing, we had a wonderful meal at the Cosy Club Stamford and I wouldn’t hesiate to go back again, in fact my Hubby has a couple of days off work soon, so I thought we could go over together for lunch. He would love the tapas but also the Major-General burger, is what I would put money on him ordering.

Thank you Cosy Club for inviting me along to try out your fabulous new menu, great job.