One of the great things about having a wedding was that it meant my family could visit. I haven't seen my big brother and his family in over two years as they live in Orkney and before that they lived in Durham. I used to grumble that the north east might as well be a different country due to it's distance from Bristol until they moved to tiny island off the coast of Scotland!
The worst part is it's actually fairly painless getting to the coast of Scotland but actually getting to the island by air costs hundreds. Therefore we haven't seen each other in actual years, which is even sadder as we have kids only 7 months apart.
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Thankfully they were able to take a few days off and booked this Airbnb place in Clifton to spend the duration of their stay in. Tom and I stayed in an Airbnb place when we went to Paris and I think they are brilliant for getting a real idea of what a place is like. As someone who loves good interior design I love that you can pick places to stay that are so aesthetically pleasing. This flat was furnished with brilliant Scandi chic items such as Eames reproduction chairs and sixties style lighting.
Whats brilliant about staying in a place like this is that it feels like coming home whilst you are away. You can cook your own dinner and make leisurely breakfasts that don't need to be eaten between 8-10am (or that can be eaten without having to make sure your toddler sits and stays in his chair the whole time!).
On that note when you are staying away with a little one it's so nice to have more than one room to hang out in. When we were staying in Paris we actually booked a place with a child's room that was full of toys. This flat had one bedroom which meant my brother and SIL could put their toddler to sleep and then go watch a movie in the living room without waking her.
My family received a discounted rate with Airbnb but all words and thoughts are my own and I really do rate them