Columnist: Reah Marshall

Musings and thoughts on motherhood, parenting, holidays and beach days with the kids...

No customs or tantrums on our break.

According to my sources, the summer holidays with children can be very stressful at times. Not least paying extortionate prices which, a month or two beforehand, would cost you approximately half the price.

Thankfully my son is still only two, which means we can still take holidays within school term-times and at reasonable prices.

However, like all parents, we still have to concern ourselves with (the dreaded) travel, packing, food and sleeping arrangements.

My partner and I had initially discussed an overseas holiday as this was always our preference before parenthood, but as my son is at age where he still needs a travel cot, pram and constant entertainment, (the thought of controlling him on a long-haul flight was beyond comprehension), we opted for a stay in Croyde, North Devon.

Croyde is situated on the North Devon coast between Woolacombe and Barnstaple and the cottage had everything and much more than we could have asked for, with a beautiful secluded garden for my toddler to explore.

The cottage was a 10 minute walk to the amazing Croyde beach. In the town of Croyde itself, there is a local post office, a superb ice cream parlour and a couple of child-friendly restaurants and bars – all of which are spread out enough as to not wake up any of this charming, sleepy village.

For those wanting a little more energy (or with older children), there is the holiday park of Ruda situated at the end of Croyde beach.

You can walk in straight off the sands and they have an indoor swimming pool, small soft play area, arcade and an outdoor toddler park – with the best (but seemingly only) chippy in the village.

We were surprised to find that this area appeared to be frequented by many people holidaying from Derbyshire, also avoiding the jet-set vacations. I would highly recommend a North Devon break.

For us, it beats flight delays, transfers, tantrums and customs any day of the week!!