Monthly Archives: October 2015

Our favourite ideas to keep the whole family happy during your Christmas holiday

The build up to the Christmas holidays is nothing short of hectic!  You’ve had to make a last minute school nativity costume, you’ve elbowed your way around the shops for the perfect Christmas gifts, not to mention all the phone calls and emails to arrange who’s seeing who, on what day, this year…

It’s no wonder that many families consider a break away from home at Christmas-time!

There is so much fun to be had on a Christmas holiday in the UK.  Here are some of our top ideas for the whole family to share in a fun-filled break:

  • Start a collection. Take yourselves out on a wintery walk and as you’re wandering through the woodland, why not get the kids to start a collection! There are a variety of leaves, feathers, pinecones and other interesting things for the children to find at this time of year. You could even hide some Christmas chocolates in amongst the leaves and send them on a treasure hunt!
  • Make a feeding station. With the pine cones the kids have found, you could make some hanging peanut butter cones, to pop in the trees for the local birds. Perhaps decorate a tree nearby as a feeding station with a few ribbons too; not only will it look pretty, but our little winged friends won’t go hungry and you can watch them from your accommodation.
  • Get creative with the Grandchildren. If it’s really too cooooold outside, why not get creative indoors with the grandchildren. Make some snip-out snowflakes, cook up some salt-dough angels to paint and hang around your cottage or lodge, and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, making and decorating a Gingerbread Mansion with lots of edible yumminess will be hours of fun.
  • Start a new Christmas family tradition. Ask everyone to make a home-made gift to put on the tree to open on Christmas eve (who doesn’t like to open a present the night before Santa arrives!?), or wrap up and attend a local carol service. You can sing along to ‘Silent Night’ as you enjoy a hot chocolate or a warm mulled wine. You could even start your own sing along carol service in your holiday home and invite your neighbours!
  • Spa time girls? Mums, aunties and grannies could treat themselves to a little spa time, leaving the children to enjoy a wintery walk on the beach with Grandpa! There’s nothing like a facial, or a foot massage to ease away the stress, so that you can really enjoy the festivities with the family.
  • A family Christmas film night is a perfect way to spend an evening, wrapped up with warm drinks and a big bowl of chocolate! We choose the classics every time; It’s a wonderful life, Miracle on 34th Street and Scrooge…the kids will love it!
  • Don’t forget the board games! Pictionary is always great fun, and we love Charades, especially watching Grandpa try to act out ‘the night before christmas’, it’s sure to get you all giggling.
  • Check out where Santa is delivering his presents. If you have any technical wizards amongst you, why not track Santa around the globe? Of course, he won’t come if everyone is still awake, so it’s a perfect activity for getting sleepy little ones to go to bed. You can follow him at
  • Visit Santa…no Christmas would be complete without a visit from Santa himself, there are lots of beautiful places that he visits over the Christmas period, so find out where he is and let him know how good you’ve been this year.

Here at Lancombe, we love to celebrate Christmas morning knee deep in wrapping paper, followed by warm clothes, welly boots, a flask of special coffee and a wintery walk on the beach.  We have all the facilities you need to make the perfect Christmas meal too, so you can still be sure of turkey and all the trimmings when you get back!

If you fancy a Christmas break away with all the family this year, get in touch on 01300 320 562.  We have some beautiful cottages and lodges available and would love to welcome you and your family to celebrate with us.

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We are Finalists!

Dorset Tourism AwardsWe are very proud and delighted to announce that after only our second year, Lancombe Country Cottages & Lodges is one of the finalists in the Self Catering category in the 2015 Dorset Tourism Awards.


We will find out whether we have been awarded either a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Special award at the Dorset Tourism Awards ceremony on Thursday 15th October at the Tank Museum in Bovington. 

The awards celebrate excellence in tourism across the South West with linked schemes in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset, aiming to promote and reward businesses and individuals in the tourism industry, whatever their sector and size.

Awards spokesperson Robin Barker is delighted to see the success of the awards: “The Awards have hit new heights this year, breaking previous records again following the region’s success in May’s national awards, when we were England’s top region. It is especially good to see businesses showing year-on-year improvements and numerous first time entrants.”

We are especially proud as there was an increase of 10% in this year’s entries, so we are excited that we have been selected as finalists.

The judging took account of our entry form, along with a combination of web searches, review sites, emails, telephone calls and visits, plus all available additional evidence.

For the finalists, the panel was looking for all elements of the business to be excellent, with some of them outstanding. So to get to this stage, it is a very significant achievement.

We will of course keep you updated on how we did, so fingers crossed!

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What do you look for in a dog friendly holiday?

dog-friendly-holidays-dorset-1600x400Pet-friendly accommodation in Dorset is in increasingly high demand. It’s less about whether the property accepts pets, and more a case of whether the accommodation will make a perfect base for families who holiday with their pets. This means looking beyond the accommodation itself and checking out the on-site amenities and local attractions to ensure there is everything you need for a fun-filled holiday, with your furry friend.

We conducted a survey with some of our guests, to understand what they look for in their dog friendly holiday, and to see whether we are providing the right services to dog owners here at Lancombe.  Here’s some of their feedback:

 “What do you look for in a UK break, when you’re taking the pooch with you?”

“It’s really important for me to know that there is a vet nearby, in the unlikely event that there is an emergency; it just gives me peace of mind” – Sam

“We own a little Houdini!  She has bags of energy and likes to make a run for it whenever she gets the opportunity. We look for a place where there’s plenty of grounds for her to run and roam, which are fenced off securely to ensure that she can’t do a disappearing act” – Graham & Sue

“Somewhere that is relatively easy to let the dogs out to stretch their legs; local woodland or marshland where we can take the dogs for a walk first things in the morning with minimal effort” – Emma

“We love bringing the dogs on holiday with us. We like them to be part of the holiday and not left behind whilst we have a day out.  We look for local attractions that allow dogs. Well, we can’t go for cream tea and let the dogs miss out!” – Mandy

“All we want are miles of coastal walks as far as the eye can see… on the doorstep.  And comfy beds for all of us” – Phil


Doggy Facilities at Lancombe

Here at Lancombe we genuinely love dogs! We know that they are part of the family and deserve a holiday too. That’s why we make every effort to ensure that whilst you’re enjoying your break, your pooch is too.  Here are some of the doggy friendly things you can expect here:

  • Pet-friendly accommodation inclusive of doggy bed, doggy bowls and a little doggy treat bag. All deep-cleaned before your arrival
  • A woodland area onsite; this is perfect for a quick walk in the morning or evening. The dogs can sniff and play in the leaves and hedgerows whilst you enjoy the beautiful scenery
  • A large meadow and an orchard, the perfect place to allow the dogs to really run and stretch their legs, and even play fetch!
  • Lots of dog friendly local attractions including Swanage Railway; they allow dogs on the trains, and at Forde Abbey & Gardens, dogs are allowed in the tearooms – there are so many more, which can be found here
  • Dog friendly coast and country walks in abundance!

We look forward to welcoming you and your dogs here at Lancombe. Get in touch to book your pet-friendly autumn/winter break on 01300 320 562.

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