As the clocks went back at the end of October, we took our last family holiday of the year.
Durdle Door Holiday Park is nestled right by one of the most famous views in Dorset – the gorgeous shoreline of Durdle Door itself. It’s a medium-sized park, with a mixture of touring customers, camping customers, and a range of static holiday homes.
It’s family heaven and it’s so, so beautiful. I haven’t been to Dorset on holiday before. My last memory of it is driving home from Devon along the coast road with my boyfriend at the time, stopping in Dorchester for one of those sunny lunches you only really have when you’ve just fallen in love. He’s my husband now, and I thought of that lunch when I was sat in the car park of the 24 hour Dorchester Tesco at 5.30am one morning, with my teething son asleep in the back, and a garage Costa in my hand. Times have changed, but Dorset is still full of romance.
You can’t really help feeling some sort of romance on this part of the heritage coastline. The unique geographical composition of it makes for actually breathtaking views. The autumn colours and the lower sunshine made the curves of the cliffs, even the shine and smoothness of the pebbles on the beaches, look dazzling. We really loved it, fell in love with it.
We stayed in an ABI Holiday Home called The Beachcomber, which had a design refresh this year. If you’re a regular reader you’ll know we enjoy staying in this type of accommodation beyond most others. You can’t beat the privacy of a static caravan, a place that’s affordable, but still gives you the luxury of not sharing with your children, and a generous living space to relax in.
The Beachcomber was an instant hit. I loved the bleached wood and sea-spray blue styling, and the fact there was a proper table and chairs. The children loved the huge corner sofa, the floor to ceiling windows in the living area, and the TV that was bigger than ours at home!
We unpacked on arrival, had a lovely cup of Dorset tea from our welcome pack of local goods, and went straight out to Lulworth Cove, because it was such a delicious day. We didn’t go to Durdle Door itself, despite the fact it was on our doorstep, because we hadn’t come equipped for the steep climb down there.
Lulworth Cove on an October afternoon has to be one of the most relaxing places. The tiny villages meander down to the perfectly shell-shaped cove, which was sparkling in the sunlight and dotted with families soaking up each other’s company.
We enjoyed one of those perfect few hours, building pebble towers, skimming stones, eating ice cream, laughing at the baby’s first look at a stony beach. We stopped off at the visitor’s centre where I got lost in the beauty of rock formations, and bought a very lovely local lavender hand cream (my current dual obsession, lavender and hand cream).
I made dinner each night we were there, it’s so easy when you’ve got a full on kitchen and all the utensils, and, I love that staying in a holiday home means you can stick to your bedtime routine. The place was plenty big enough for us to have a travel cot in with us (actually our bedroom was massive) and Tibbs had two little beds to choose from. I really enjoyed lying opposite her doing our bedtime stories, after the baby had had his traditional rite of passage caravan holiday sink bath.
For the first time, in a long time, we didn’t automatically turn on the TV in the evening, we talked about what we’d like to do whilst we were in Dorset.
I believe you can stay in the sort of holiday homes Durdle Door has all year round, our Beachcomber had central heating and was toasty and quiet. We all slept well, but not long enough, and I was, as I mentioned, trailing the streets of the county by 5am thanks to teething. The only downside to holidaying at close quarters is trying not to have your baby wake everybody else in the family up.
We didn’t take our dog, but Durdle Door holiday park does have homes which welcome them, and out of season, the beaches were full of them, all having immense fun. I missed him, he would have loved it.
Every time we go on a caravan holiday, we talk about how we’d like to own our own one day. We usually talk about Devon, but now we’re talking about Dorset. A place like Durdle Door Holiday Park, with a little shop, and a family-friendly bar, and a playground. It’d be so nice to have somewhere to head for one day.
Thanks to ABI Holiday Homes for our weekend away. We had a truly ace time.