Travelling with a baby
Cotswold in a nutshell: rolling hills, rural landscapes, enchanted fields, limestone houses.
Occasion: ‘surprise’ birthday minibreak.
Pitch: sold to mum as a relaxing getaway.
Toddler age: 21 months.
Executed version: very active occasionally charming and physical outdoorsy escape. Activities specifically: safari ticked, petting animals ticked, bicycle riding with 15 kilos of a little boy attached ticked, up and down the hills ticked, Peppa Pig 6am ticked, swimming and splashing with little things ticked, running around the manor and playing with all the games, books and arty objects (auch !) ticked.
Birthday celebration: mum’s moments to be counted on one hand, therefore feeling even more special – dad is this a strategy? 😉 15 minutes of outdoors jacuzzi, 20 minutes of reading Alain de Botton in front of our charming cottage; 20 minutes aroma therapy bath; 30 minutes sipping local cider seeing sunset from crisp bedsheets.
Areas of improvement: difficult to find much for Calcot Manor. Nursery is great and the props are numerous. The personnel is friendly and comes across very well trained. Kids kit is impressive, including bath toys, books, colouring set, their own toiletries and bathrobes – first class for little ones included. Real areas of improvement for the parents though: book massage earlier rather than impromptu and stick longer to the Manor’s baby & toddler services.
Next year birthday resolution: lovely toddler goes to his regular Montessori creche, mum goes to Mandarin Oriental spa like for half a day or books ahead the massages at Calcot Manor; spends a bit less time with her lovely boys and more time with her problematic self. Who knows, this time round maybe she’ll have the energy to actually go to Heston Blumenthal rather than just book it 3 months in advance and then cancel it.