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We've been holidaying in York this week, just the four of us.  At some point I may post photos but right now I never want to move again.  What we did:
  • visited York's Chocolate Story
  • found a local playground for the children
  • found a man blowing enormous bubbles near the Minster
  • had lunch in the basement cafe of the Treasurer's House
  • found our way to Rowntree Park, and back again via the Millennium Bridge
  • took an evening boat tour
  • visited the National Railway Museum
  • took the bus to Castle Howard and spent a lovely day wandering the grounds
  • had a delicious meal at Mason's with an incredibly nice server
  • visited all three of the Barley Hall, Richard III Experience & Henry VII Experience, and walked around a large portion of the city walls
I couldn't help comparing with Bristol a year and two weeks earlier: short version is I was much less breathless, but much more easily tired.  However, I did at least have more stamina than in Llandudno 2.5 months ago.  I did crash one day mid-week and had to spend most of an afternoon and evening zonked out on the hotel bed.  Sadly that was the day we went to the NRM: I left early and got very little out of the time I did spend there, so I think I will need to go back again sometime.

I think that was the last time I will ever book all four of us into a single family room for more than one night; we all need more alone time than was possible to achieve, and I'm giving up on all but essential plans for the weekend as a result, plus it gets ever harder to get the children to sleep when we are still awake in the same room. (And they still wake up at least an hour before I want to.)  I think either adjoining hotel rooms or holiday cottages / apartments are the way to go, even if it does cost more.

Date: 2016-08-20 07:36 (UTC)
From: [personal profile] techiebabe
Holiday cottages are absolutely the way to go (also, check out self-catering apartments aimed at business folk, we stayed in one in Bristol which was nice). We've stayed in quite a few now, they worked out the same as a hotel room plus we got space, small garden, ability to cook (and so save on meals) etc.

A recommendation follows:

I was very happy in Sheringham. We stayed with http://www.sheringhamcottages.com/ - lovely holiday cottages just a few minutes walk from the beach, steam trains, chippy, shops - and they also do a deal with the local sports centre so you can use their pool, sauna etc for free while staying there. There was also a playground about 5 minutes away.

We stayed in "Foresters", which was ground floor with an accessible wet room (both a bath and a shower). There's a bedroom with king bed and also bunks, plus another room with a double bed. They had TVs in both the lounge and the dining area, so plenty of chance for individual space and different choices. The only issue was poor phone reception inside, but the WiFi made up for it.

I can't remember what we paid, but it wasn't too much as I recall - it was the first time we branched out into a holiday cottage. We tend to go on our wedding anniversary (October half term week) if that makes much difference to the price. Also, we got a discount because we only used the (large) family room, and so the other bedroom was out of bounds to us. There was still tons of space!

The owners were really lovely and helpful with my additional requests. I loved the town as well as the cottage.

Anyway, there's an idea for you!
Edited Date: 2016-08-20 07:43 (UTC)

Date: 2016-08-19 23:28 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] deborah_c
I shall have to pick your brains; I foresee a lot of visits to York over the next five years :-)

Date: 2016-08-24 07:26 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] deborah_c
A level results happened on Thursday; Rachel will be off to York (her first choice) to read Computer Science. Abi will be moving a whole mile down the road, to Castle Hill, which makes visiting rather simpler ;-) (Law at Fitz, with a Choral Scholarship)


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