When LL was just a few months old, we went on our first family holiday to Scarborough in North Yorkshire. I randomly found via google a gorgeous cottage just outside of the little seaside town at a place called Humble Bee Farm. We booked and paid for it before LL was born and when we eventually did visit we had a great time- I have such fond memories of our first little break away as a family of four. Humble Bee Farm is a working farm with lots of animals to see, it's perfect for little ones- you can even collect an egg for breakfast each morning from the hens which we did the first time we were there. It's home to three amazing cottages, some pretty cool wigwams which our friend's have stayed in before, and also camping pitches too. We really loved our adventure there back in May 2013.
Therefore a few weeks ago I was really excited to receive an email asking if we would like to go back to stay at Humble Bee Farm for a couple of nights. We jumped at the chance to go back there but sadly due to Mr E having to work he wasn't able to come with us. Still we got my second favourite big person in the form of my little sister Anna, who kindly said she would come along. We were all really looking forward to our sisterly break.
We set off on Wednesday morning and didn't arrive in Scarborough until late afternoon as we unfortunately had car trouble- my car decided to break down on the side of the A1 in the pouring rain which was quite a scary experience. Luckily a knight in shining armour (in the form of the RAC man) came to our rescue, and although the car wasn't completely better, he said it was ok to go on our merry way as long as we took it slow.
Our cottage 'Merry Dale' was as gorgeous as I remembered- cosy, warm and inviting with a rather fabulous hot tub in the garden. The girls were so excited to be there with their Auntie Anna and Mummy and after a dinner out at ASK, we all settled down in front of the fire for the evening. We didn't actually end up doing all that much during our stay, it was just so wet and windy, so we spent a lot of time snuggling in the cottage and taking advantage of the 'bubbly swimming pool.' In actual fact it was just what I needed- just to chill out for a bit and not rush around.
As usual, I thought because we didn't do that much, I hadn't taken that many photos but it turns out I still have a fair few that I love.
Here is our trip to Scarborough in photos and a little video...
As soon as they woke up on our first morning they were straight in the hot tub- they loved splashing around- such a great idea for families as a little extra bonus to your stay at the cottage.
There is nothing better than watching them giggle.
They absolutely loved the bubbles.
Funnily enough when we were here last time I got a photo of Mads in the hot tub that is one of my favourites of her ever, and this one is also now one of my all time favourites too- I think it's the fact she is completely happy and natural.
She was telling the duck off for splashing.
LL is growing up so quickly all of a sudden- she still isn't talking much but is now saying about ten words. I am willing time to slow down a little.
Even though it was really cold we had to go out and visit these amazing rainbow beach huts again.
I love this one of my girlies- I think I may get it framed for somewhere, although we are running out of space on our walls!
Also looking rather grown up- and very, very cheeky!
They had so much fun running up and down, playing games and being silly.
They are really playing with each other a lot at the moment, it's very sweet to see.
We went down on to the beach for a bit as quite frankly you can't go to the seaside without going and having a little paddle in the water.
She always has a look of mischief on her face.
It got so cold so quickly, our hands and fingers went so numb. Why is the seaside in Winter always so cold?
Writing their names in the sand.
We had to go and warm up in a little tea room- and of course cake was compulsory too.
We went back and had a snuggly afternoon back at our cottage- we got these cute little gingerbread snowmen to decorate as a little rainy day activity to do while away.
It was such a treat having the hot tub in the evenings when the girls were in bed- that really is the beauty of a cottage and the fact you don't have to hide out in the bathroom or go to bed at 8.30pm like you so often have to do in hotels. One night we shared a bottle of bubbles in the bubbles. ;)
One great thing about Humble Bee Farm is how child friendly it is- they had a big box full of toys and books to keep them amused.
My children are like little magpies and are attracted to anything sparkly and bright- they love going to the 2p slot machines when we go to the seaside and to be fair I love it too, it reminds me of being little.
Having fun even though it was pouring down outside.
Here is a little video of our adventures in Scarborough...
NB: We were invited back to stay at Humble Bee Farm free of charge for two nights after paying full price for a seven night stay the previous year. Thanks so much to Humble Bee for inviting us- we loved our stay and will definitely be back again in the future. Check out their website as they have some amazing winter rates if you fancy a little break away., especially in their wigwams.