BABY AND TODDLER ESSENTIALS
We know how much effort and preparation goes in to planning a holiday so we are providing some essentials to try and reduce the luggage and stress. We have two travel cots (with additional mattresses), two high chairs, a potty, a child loo seat, a nappy changer mat, a child step, a hand blender, microwave and a baby monitor as well as a selection of baby friendly tableware. The sitting room has a selection of board games, books and toys.
BABY SITTING SERVICE
We have two young children and use several trustworthy baby sitters and would be very happy to book one for you if you fancy a night out on the tiles. Please do give us a little notice to ensure that they are available.
FAMILY FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO…
Local Playgrounds – the recently upgraded Dauntsey playground and outdoor gym is literally a few hundred metres from the Cowsheds – turn left out of the gate, over the motorway bridge and it’s through the gate on your left. Sutton Benger playground is also very popular with young children (10 mins) and there is a sweet little coffee shop in the centre of the village in case you need a quick bite.
Bowood Estate (24 mins) (www.bowood.org) – offers a fantastic adventure playground, indoor soft play and a Tractor Ted farm all set in beautiful surroundings.
Cotswold Water Parks (www.waterpark.org) (Mon-Sun 9-5pm) – a wealth of activities for older children and adults.
Butts Farm Rare Breeds (25 mins) (www.buttsfarmrarebreeds.co.uk) (Mon closed, Tues-Sun 10:30-5pm) – a super activity for small children, petting animals, sitting on tractors and playing in the playground. There’s also a great butcher and small cafe.
Magic Land (25 mins) (www.magicland.co.uk) (Mon-Sun 9:30-6pm)— if you can face the excitement and mania, children love it – soft play in abundance and slides. Swindon soft play (20 mins) (www.kidzabout.com) (Mon-Fri 9:30-6pm, Sat 10-6pm, Sun 10-5:30pm, Holidays 9:30-5:30pm), recommend going early to avoid the masses.
Westonbirt Arboretum (22 mins) (www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt) – as above. Lydiard House and Park (20 mins) (www.lydiardpark.org.uk) – beautiful grounds, ideal for a walk, picnic or even just to enjoy the 2 super little playgrounds.
Roves Farm (40 mins) (www.rovesfarm.co.uk) (Mon-Sun 9-5pm)— a working farm with a small petting zoo and daily activities, ideal for entertaining children on a rainy day. They also have a farm shop and cafe.
Cotswold Wildlife Park (54 mins) (www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk) (Mon-Sun 10-6pm)— a fabulous day out offering the opportunity to see a wide variety of wildlife and play in the adventure playground, with daily activities including feeding the penguins and lemurs, riding on the narrow-gauge railway (April – October), and approaching the animals in the children’s farmyard.
Longleat Safari Park (1 hour) (www.longleat.co.uk) – arguably the best safari park in the country, a cracking day out for young and old!