A relaxing break in Ashford, Kent

Returning from a break feeling relaxed is something that’s hard to achieve. But it has happened following our stay at the newly opened Travelodge in Ashford, Kent.

The town centre located hotel constructed of metal is situated in a modernised part of the area surrounded by other modern structures that surprisingly blend in with more historic dwellings nearby. There’s a pleasingly continental feel.

We stay in an en-suite family room. Usually a Travelodge family room will only accommodate four people but we are able to shoehorn little Henry (3) inside with an oversized cot, which works well until about 2am when he wakes up and comes into our bed. Harriett (8) and Heidi (6) are comfortable in their single beds. On the first night, despite new surroundings, the children sleep well.

Travelodge offers unlimited breakfasts that we all love. Adults pay £8.95 each and children go free. Served from 7am to 10am you can choose what you like. We all have fruit juices: apple or orange from the machine. The set up allows the children to serve themselves at the drinks machine and select their own breakfast. There’s a variety of cereals, fruit salad, yoghurts, croissants, toast and of course the full English breakfast. A plethora of coffees and even hot chocolate.

During our stay we park on a private driveway, just under a mile away. We book the space through Yourparkingspace.co.uk.

When away we try to do something every day. We visit Wildwood, the park and conservation charity at Herne Bay where there are 200 animals on 40 acres of woodland.

On the second day we head for Diggerland at Strood, not really knowing what to expect and fretting that Henry might not be able to do much there due to being small. But how wrong we are. This is a truly amazing experience. One where little people get to operate diggers.

On our final day we watch Goldilocks & The Three Bears & The Mayor of Porridgeton at Hazlitt Theatre.

What a great experience.

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Tim Saunders