Our Torquay Mini Break & The Crowndale Hotel

Our Torquay Mini Break & The Crowndale Hotel

Last weekend we packed our bags, jumped in the car and took a long drive down to one of our favourite English seaside towns, Torquay. We have visited Torquay several times over the years and it always kind of feels like a second home every time we return. We met my Mum and Dad down there who were having a bit of a longer break than us so I was looking forward to spending some quality time with them and a Torquay holiday was the perfect opportunity.

We are lucky enough to have some family friends who run a Bed & Breakfast, so not only does the town itself feel welcoming, so does our home for the weekend.

Pat and John run the Crowndale Hotel which is about a ten minute walk from the town centre. It’s a wonderful little hotel with the best Full English Breakfast I have ever had the privilege of eating! The rooms are beautifully decorated and furnished and you won’t find more welcoming hosts anywhere, that much I am sure of.

The Crowndale have three family rooms available. Our room was perfect for us as a family of three. Staying away in hotels can be quite hard with a small child. Usually you have two beds in one room and you have to be super quiet in the evenings as the little ones sleep – that’s after you may have struggled to get them to sleep with you sat in the room with them (in the past I’ve been known to hide in the bathroom until the sweet sound of snores can be heard!). We didn’t have this problem with our room at the Crowndale. Our room was aΒ Family Suite with a single bed annex. One main door, two separate rooms. Perfect. Ethan loves staying here as he has a room with us but he’s also got his own little room – it even has it’s own TV. He felt very grown up with that!

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To see more about the Crowndale or to enquire about a stay with them, you can view their website or check out their Facebook Page. You won’t be sorry.

We spent two nights and three days in Torquay and the surrounding areas and we filled each day as full as we could. We arrived on the Friday morning and took a trip down to the pier in Paignton for the Little Man to have some fun with the penny machines. Who would have thought we would actually win him something from them – not only one Paw Patrol figurine but four! That was a good start to the holiday!

Ethan had been longing to have a go at Crazy Golf for as long as we could remember so on Saturday morning, we took him to get it out of his system. Have you ever seen a three year old attempt Crazy Golf? Highly amusing. Although I think I cheated more than he did. In fact I think he was better than me. It was really quite embarrassing how bad I am!

We took in a drive into Torquay town centre so that we could have a mooch around the shops and find some lunch, take a few pictures and make the most of a view with some sea as opposed to green countryside that we get so used to at home. Ethan loved the Big Wheel and was fascinated by it every time he saw it.

That night we took the passenger ferry from Kingswear to Dartmouth as we wanted to take my Mum and Dad for the best fish and chip meal we’ve ever had. We took them to Rockfish in Dartmouth. Admittedly for Fish and Chips it’s a tad more than you would pay in your local chippy but oh my days, they are the best you’ll ever taste. Locally sourced fish with a slogan of ‘tomorrow’s fish are still in the sea’, you really can’t get better. Kids also get given a fantastic little Fun Pack as soon as you walk in. It had in it an activity book, a pack of colouring pencils, stickers, a card game, a window sticker (or car sticker for Mumma!) and a wallet. The best children’s activity pack in a restaurant I’ve ever seen! With children’s drawings adorning the ceiling and a warm, happy atmosphere it’s a lovely little spot to enjoy this country’s favourite meal.

The next day was our last and we said goodbye to my Mum and Dad and to Pat and John and went to meet some friends of ours in Paignton. The kids played on the pier and typically, it was the nicest day of our trip, with gorgeous sunshine. It was a great opportunity to get some last few breaths of sea air.

paignton sea front

It was time to start heading home and as always when down this way, the Mr wanted to visit Trago Mills in Newton Abbott. I won’t lie. I’m not a huge fan but he wanted to let the little man have a go on all the things he used to play with when he was younger. So we took him on a steam train, he played with a digger and had great fun on some quad bikes – first with his Dad and then he went for it on his own! He was so happy! The picture says it all!

We had such a fab weekend and it was a shame it had to end. We try to go once a year for a short break away so it’s always nice to know that we will be going back soon.

Have you been to Torquay? Have you been to Rockfish? How about Trago Mills? Tell me below and if you like, give me so ideas of things to do for our next trip!


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  1. 15th October 2016 / 7:45 am

    It’s so lovely to be able to “visit” other places in far away lands via the power of the blog. Never been to the UK!

    • Jaki
      15th October 2016 / 6:52 pm

      We have some beautiful spots! Hope you get to visit the UK soon.

  2. 15th October 2016 / 2:20 pm

    The harbour looks beautiful! Torquay is quite a journey for us but we really would love to go there at some point πŸ™‚ #fortheloveofBLOG X

    • Jaki
      15th October 2016 / 6:45 pm

      On a hot day you could think you’re in the South of France. Beautiful part of the country. Thank you x

  3. 15th October 2016 / 10:34 pm

    Ahh Torquay looks beautiful. The scenery is gorgeous. I have been to trago mills, i’m not really a fan. But it does look fun for little ones xx

    • Jaki
      16th October 2016 / 2:29 pm

      God I hate Trago Mills if I’m honest!! We have to go every time we’re down that way! πŸ˜€ Ethan enjoyed it though so that’s the main thing! πŸ™‚ xx

  4. 16th October 2016 / 8:38 am

    It looks lovely! Great pictures of everyone. We have not been on a family holiday for ages. Now you made me want one! I have never been there but it’s surely beautiful x #justanotherlinky

    • Jaki
      16th October 2016 / 2:28 pm

      Family holidays can be a little stressful – I’m a sucker for a routine but it’s worth it for the change of scenery and the sea air. I hope you get away soon πŸ™‚ x

  5. 16th October 2016 / 9:35 am

    we went to Torquay a couple of years ago when b was about 9 months. I hadn’t been before and we really loved it. big enough to do lots but small enough for it to be cozy. luckily b was in the nap zone and we got to enjoy a nice glass of wine along the front in the sun πŸ™‚ #fortheloveofblog

    • Jaki
      16th October 2016 / 2:26 pm

      Even better!! It’s a lovely place. Glad you had a nice time and enjoyed it too πŸ™‚

    • Jaki
      16th October 2016 / 2:26 pm

      Thanks πŸ™‚

  6. 16th October 2016 / 2:25 pm

    Gorgeous photos! It looks like you had a lovely trip away!

    • Jaki
      16th October 2016 / 2:25 pm

      We did thank you! πŸ™‚

  7. 16th October 2016 / 7:54 pm

    Sounds just lovely! I’ve never been to Torquay but would really like to go now that I’ve read your post. And the B&B sounds great too. The slot machines are always a winner (literally!) with us too! #pocolo

    • Jaki
      17th October 2016 / 6:34 pm

      It’s fabulous and I would highly recommend the B&B. I hope you get to go some day! πŸ™‚ xx

  8. 17th October 2016 / 6:27 pm

    Sounds like you all had a lovely time, love the photo of Ethan on the Paw Patrol ride!
    I love Cornwall and want to go back next year after our first family trip last month. Will definitely consider Torquay now!

    • 17th October 2016 / 6:34 pm

      Oops wrong hashtag, sorry!

      I meant #marvmondays

    • Jaki
      17th October 2016 / 6:35 pm

      Yay! You will love it. Cornwall is great too. Been many times as my husband’s family is from there. I just love being by the sea – probably stems from living the furthest point from any beach in the UK!! πŸ˜€

  9. 18th October 2016 / 1:16 pm

    Hi Jaki, it sounds like you and your family hah a fantastic break in Torquay. The hotel room setup is perfect for a family. And the fish and chips look good, you certainly get what you pay for, and a goody bag like that can make the difference between an enjoyable meal or not.

    Torquay was our haunt of choice as a teenager. I grew up in Exeter, and as an older teenager would get the train down to Torquay after work on a Friday, have a bloomin’ good weekend and get the train back first thing on the Monday.

    That was almost thirty years ago! So I think things have probably changed.

    I haven’t been to Trago Mills for years either. I did pick up a whole set of Noddy books from there, for a proper bargain.


    • Jaki
      18th October 2016 / 7:53 pm

      Fantastic. I can imagine you had some great times. Time flies!! πŸ™‚ thanks for reading and commenting. X

  10. 19th October 2016 / 5:14 pm

    Torquay was one of my family holidays! I loved it too. Was so warm in the summer on the beach. Haven’t been back in a long time but your break sounds lovely – so much to do!! Everyone looks so happy on the photos and I’m very envious of those fish and chips. the B+B sounds great too. More amazing food!! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

    • Jaki
      19th October 2016 / 8:14 pm

      It’s a lovely place ian’t it? I went one year and it was so hot you would think you were in the South of France. It’s always nice to go somewhere that feels like a home from home. Thanks for your comment, hope you’re doing well xx

  11. 19th October 2016 / 8:23 pm

    It looks like a great time was had by all! This place is definitely on our bucket list!


    • Jaki
      20th October 2016 / 5:55 pm

      Ah thanks. It really is lovely.

  12. 20th October 2016 / 9:23 pm

    This looks like a fab holiday! We absolutely love it down there and Torquay is one of my favourite places. Really love your pictures too, it looks perfect <3

    Thanks for linking up! #FriYAYLinky xx

    • Jaki
      21st October 2016 / 5:33 pm

      Thank you. We had a really lovely time πŸ™‚

  13. 21st October 2016 / 10:09 pm

    This looks like the perfect weekend away, and the weather looks great too! It’s good that you managed to get a room with an annexe that must have certainly helped. I laugh at the thought of hiding in the bathroom until they went to sleep, but it’s quite a useful tip. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    • Jaki
      24th October 2016 / 6:00 pm

      My pleasure. The annexe is amazing! And yes the bathroom trick has been done many many times in the past – thank goodness for free wifi and iPhones!! πŸ˜€ x

  14. 21st October 2016 / 10:10 pm

    I live in Paignton and it is so lovely to see you had a fab holiday in our part of the country. Your photos are great and you visited some of our fav spots – Paignton Pier, I spotted the geopark too and we love Rockfish. Having a restaurant in Brixham now is great as its only a 10 minute drive away for us. #BloggerClubUK

    • Jaki
      24th October 2016 / 5:58 pm

      Fantastic! Lucky you living somewhere to beautiful. We have friends in Brixham – gorgeous place πŸ™‚ thanks for reading.

  15. 22nd October 2016 / 10:02 pm

    Sounds lovely! Such beautiful photos. I love times like this. Thank you for linking up to #justanotherlinky

    • Jaki
      24th October 2016 / 5:45 pm

      It’s great to make memories away from home. Thank you x

  16. 23rd October 2016 / 9:08 am

    Wow it looks like you had such a brilliant visit. We love the seaside, so this would be perfect for us. And that fish and chip shop πŸ™‚ yummmm! Thank you for linking up to the #DreamTeam xx

    • Jaki
      24th October 2016 / 5:43 pm

      That fish & chip shop is amazing!! πŸ™‚ thanks so much. Xx

  17. Janet
    23rd October 2016 / 3:52 pm

    Sounds like you all had a fantastic time!

    I would love to go to those places and visit!

    Thanks for sharing, you’ve taken some great photographs!

    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes Janet

    • Jaki
      24th October 2016 / 5:40 pm

      It was wonderful thank you. Just shows you don’t have to limit holidays in the UK to Summer time. X

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