This Winter saw us discover the world of the holiday house. Though in the past I'd never looked into this accommodation before, it has proven to be like a home away from home. Regarding the budget, because we've been staying in off season it costs us a little more than a motel, while being cheaper than luxury hotel style accommodation.
The camper trailer has been having a little rest over the past few months, as I'm not quite hardy enough to enjoy waking up to frosty cold mornings. But now that it's Spring it will be coming out again soon.
We chose a roomy 50's beach house that had stunning views over the ocean. It felt amazing to wake up to a different ocean every morning. Still, choppy, or sparkling with deep blue or grey. The air was so much warmer there, so we spent a lot of time out on that deck.
We ate breakfast and dinner in every day, and a few lunches also. Mostly simple food. But I did appreciate the cast iron frypan and griddle pan. With the pile of retro china plates, cups and bowls I felt quite at home. There was even a small stash of vintage Pyrex, that made great salad bowls.
Some days we just went down the beach, coming home for lunch and then relaxing on the deck all afternoon. My knitting was never far from my side. Otherwise I was reading, often by the open fireplace at night. I bought a few new books while we were away. The Gourmet Farmer - which is everything I thought it would be and more. Also A Story of Seven Summers - the story of a high flying journalist that threw in her London life for a rambling old home in Tasmania. It's been an enjoyable read so far and perfect for holidaying.
The kids brought their lego and did quite a bit of reading while away. It makes me happy to see them splashing in the water and digging holes in the sand. Things that were a big part of my own childhood.
Have you done the holiday house thing? Or are you the hotel or camping type?