How much will you share on holiday? (Giveaway)


This is the age of over-sharing, we share pretty much anything with pretty much anyone, but I’ve been reflecting and wondering whether I want to share our holidays. As a travel blogger I happily share our trips on the internet, I don’t mean that, I mean do I want to share my accommodation with other holiday makers while I am away?  There are advantages to resorts and hotels of course, but when we have a whole holiday house, that’s when we truly relax as a family. Today I am sharing two of may favourite family holiday breakfasts, reflecting on sharing on holiday, and giving away a breakfast hamper thanks to HomeAway.

The morning Petit Déjeuner ritual had to be one of my favourite parts of our recent holiday in France. Flip flops on, padding through the dewy grass, as the sun began to warm up over the lake, off to buy a baguette and French pastries and crepes, a jar of nutella, fresh apricots and juicy nectarines. All eaten together in the morning sunshine as we slowly embraced another day away. There was a huge sense of pride at returning to our holiday home with these still warm beauties…an almost primitive sense of providing the best for my loved ones.

Part of the joy of travelling for me is gathering local treats and living like the locals. Holiday breakfast is especially good when eaten alfresco, but not always, I have happy memories of local eggs and bread bought in the deli next door to our cottage in Norfolk and turned into the most glorious boiled eggs and soldiers as the wind whooshed outside and we prepared for a bracing walk along endless swathes of sand.

A slow and lazy breakfast has to be one of my holiday highlights, a clear signal you are breaking with routine. Don’t get me wrong, I love a buffet, especially on sightseeing trips or short breaks. But self catering means no filling in a breakfast form the night before, no forcing everyone out of bed, no having to get dressed and look respectable, no waiting in line surrounded by hangry people, no worrying your kids are showing you up, no kids leaping up like yo yos to fill another bowl or plate from the buffet, no food waste – is it just mine who help themselves to everything, only to actually manage to eat a spoonful of Rice Krispies and nibble a croissant? No missing breakfast because you overslept and complete control over what is and isn’t on the menu.

It is National Breakfast Week, and Britmums and HomeAway have come together to celebrate the joy of the holiday morning feast. I have a gorgeous breakfast hamper to giveaway to one lucky reader who comments on this post.

HomeAway list over a million holiday properties to rent all over the world, but, like a good breakfast, you only share the property with your nearest and dearest. From New York to Dorset, from Tenerife to the Alps, HomeAway connects you with holiday home owners around the world and provides a secure booking system, and holiday rental insurance for a small extra fee.  A whole holiday, a whole breakfast, no sharing.

Do you like to share on holiday?



It’s easy and you could win a luxury breakfast hamper courtesy of HomeAway!
Simply leave a comment below sharing your best self-catering breakfast experience on holiday. 
All entries must be received by Sunday 31 January 2016 at 23.59 GMT.
We’ll pick one lucky winner by random to win a luxury breakfast hamper that includes a stainless steel cafetiere, Machu Picchu coffee, Indian Chai tea, Heart shape egg and omelette frying pan, jam selection, personalised biscuits, personalised baking kit, La Chinata Spanish olive oil and more!

Here are some  prize draw Terms and Conditions you should know about:

  • This HomeAway prize draw is free to enter and no purchase is necessary. It is open to residents of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), excluding employees and their families of the Promoter, its associated, affiliated or subsidiary companies and agents or anyone professionally connected with the promotion. Participants must be 18 years or over.
  • Participants enter by leaving a comment on the giveaway post on the ParentShaped blog. Participants must state their best holiday breakfast experience in the comment section on the post (link).
  • One winner will be chosen from the above entries via random drawing using The winner will receive a luxury HomeAway breakfast hamper.
  • All comments as per above will automatically be entered into the draw. It is a condition of entry that all comments are subject to the terms and conditions. Submission of a comment will be taken to mean acceptance of the rules and terms and conditions.
  • All entries must be received by Sunday 31 January 2016 at 23.59 GMT.
  • The winner will be chosen at random from users who post an eligible comment on the blog post.
  • The winner will be notified via the email address they leave on the blog comment. They have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize after being notified, after which time the prize will be considered unclaimed and will be re-assigned using a random selection method. The winner will be published on the original giveaway blog post here (LINK).
  • Prizes are administered separately from ParentShaped. ParentShaped, its partners and agents cannot be held responsible for problems related to fulfillment of prizes including non-delivery or substitution due to original prize being unavailable.
  • The Promoter may vary or amend the promotion at its absolute discretion.
  • The Promoter is HomeAway UK Ltd with its registered office at Portland House Bressenden Place London SW1E 5BH
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  • Events may occur that render the giveaway itself or the awarding of a prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Promoter and accordingly the Promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Promoter as a result thereof.

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  • Reply Ray Dodds

    Royal Windsor Hotel in Brussels someone even offered to cut tops off boiled eggs at breakfast

    25/01/2016 at 10:57 am
  • Reply emily omara

    It has to be our stay in the wonderful Sawdays treehouse in France, where our breakfast basket (filled with crossiants, breads etc) was hooked on a rope, which we pulled up to our room (picture on blog, if you cant quite picture it!)

    25/01/2016 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Tania Atfield

    Our self catering stay in cottage near Bridport one Christmas where breakfast items had been left for us to use. It was a relief to find when you have children to look after.

    25/01/2016 at 11:31 am


    25/01/2016 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Denise shepherd

    Think for me it has to be Hotel Duomo lake garda Italy…the breakfast was amazing so too was the view of lake Garda and our waiter was so funny couldn’t fail to have a wonderful day .

    25/01/2016 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Janet Humphrey

    Best self-catering breakfast experience on holiday was on our honeymoon driving the Great Ocean Road in Australia. We had been staying in hotels and B&B’s but had a wonderful self contained luxury cottage in the middle of nowhere close to Robe. We decided to pick up some groceries and when we arrived found a full cooked breakfast pack waiting for us. It was the best breakfast sat out on the porch watching the wildlife around us.

    25/01/2016 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Layla Thomas

    We had a lovely hotel room with kitchenette when we stayed in Germany and it was lovely to wake up to hubby making bacon sandwhiches.

    25/01/2016 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply cheryl price

    has to be in the raddison blu in london. amazing breakfast

    25/01/2016 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply Susan B

    Cake and coffee – two of my favourite things – for breakfast in the Greek Islands. I never worked out whether they did it just for tourists or whether that’s what they ate themselves but I thoroughly enjoyed starting the day on cake!

    25/01/2016 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply karen mcqueen

    ive got to say edinburghs novotel in the edinburgh business parks breakfast if fantastic. Your own coffee freshly brewed various pastries,loads of cereals and cooked breakfast in great surroundings.

    25/01/2016 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply karen mcqueen

    I love the novotel in edinburgh the business park hotel.There breakfasts are brill freshly brewed coffee individual pots, fresh pastries,various cereals and fresh cooked breakfast items. All in great surroundings.

    25/01/2016 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply p

    Breakfast in Benidorm Smoked salmon & Champagne

    25/01/2016 at 3:48 pm
  • Reply Roger Stanley

    During our self catering stay in Devon we arrived at the cottage to find that the owner had supplied home grown produce for the following days breakfast, it was delicious and British

    25/01/2016 at 3:48 pm
  • Reply Pam Smith

    Breakfast in our camper-van, nothing beats eating outdoors

    25/01/2016 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Ann Bird

    Sharing our family breakfast whilst sitting on a balcony overlooking the sea on the Central Coast, Australia with a family of small, friendly but very noisy and vocal parrots

    25/01/2016 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Serena La Pietra

    Having breakfast whilst sitting on a balcony in a very posh hotel, in the hot sunshine in Madrid The first time I ever tried Churros, what a delicious treat and memory I have of that holiday.

    25/01/2016 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply ElizM

    Freshly cooked doughnuts and hot chocolates from the market stalls in Prague

    25/01/2016 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply Eva Vida

    I would say the best self-catering breakfast was on our Caribbean cruise.We could choose whatever we wanted and they were delicious 🙂

    25/01/2016 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Kimberley H

    I don’t share breakfast on holiday… Why would you share breakfast?

    25/01/2016 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Lyla

    What a fab prize – I love breakfast! Best self catering breakfast/brunch was every day in Devon. Waffles with clotted cream and jam!

    25/01/2016 at 4:39 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)

    Mine has to be in a self catering lodge in Center Parcs. Great equipped kitchen and a shop within the complex so you can cook whatever you like. There are also restaurants and cafes around so if you don’t want to cook every night then you can treat yourself to dinner out!

    25/01/2016 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply Carol Eynon

    After a great day and night at a whisky distillery on the island of Islay we had and amazing breakfast the next morning at our B and B. Free range eggs from the garden, Buck’s Fizz, homemade bread and jams and locally sourced sausages. Amazing and we spent about 2hrs at the breakfast table!

    25/01/2016 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    I love the all you can eat breakfasts from Table Table, the kids get to eat free and we can enjoy a mixture of full English and continental breakfast.

    25/01/2016 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply caroline

    Holiday breakfast sitting on the balcony watching the day begin is always good!

    25/01/2016 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply Suzie W

    I stayed in a real dive in Durham once, and when I went to breakfast it was amazing. Delicious full English and I’m embarrassed to say that was washed down with a Continental!

    25/01/2016 at 5:18 pm
  • Reply Andrea Fletcher

    Breakfast in a cottage we stayed at in Whitby, the dining table overlooked the abbey and the sea, lovely.

    25/01/2016 at 5:19 pm
  • Reply Stephen Henry

    A surprise full English breakfast prepared by my darling wife.

    25/01/2016 at 5:44 pm
  • Reply Wendy Smith

    Self catering in an apartment in Cyprus, fresh bread, ham, cheese, olives and lots of coffee – bliss

    25/01/2016 at 5:56 pm
  • Reply Adam

    I once had breakfast prepared in the gardens of Edinburgh, courtesy of my partners brother. we enjoyed croissants, pan au chocolate and tea:). good experience.

    25/01/2016 at 6:05 pm
  • Reply Rachel Craig

    Don’t tend to do self catering. As I do like my food and being treated. Remember going away for holiday camping with members of church. Staff used catering sized pots for our porridge, we had to take our own crockery and cutlery for the camping experience, luckily had a cookhouse.

    25/01/2016 at 6:13 pm
  • Reply John Frost

    sat on the patio of my wooden beachside bungalow on Koh Tao eating Thai banana soup. Perfection

    25/01/2016 at 6:32 pm
  • Reply Rena Plumridge

    Sitting by the pool in a villa we stayed at in Menorca with a view over Mahon harbour eating a continental breakfast bought at the local supermarket the day before, Fabulous!

    25/01/2016 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply sarah rees

    just being able to enjoy breakfast away from home in a fabulous environment makes all the difference

    25/01/2016 at 6:43 pm
  • Reply Eva Appleby

    Fabulous giveaway. Thank you for the chance x

    25/01/2016 at 6:48 pm
  • Reply sarah evans

    sitting in a cafe in Turkey that looked out onto the ocean eating a lovely Turkish breakfast and sipping fresh juice

    25/01/2016 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Lynsie Lynn

    My best experience was when a massive group of us went camping, and we made a cooked breakfast in a firepit!! It was amazing, although we burnt the toast as we were toating it on a stick of wood!! I loved every minute of it, was a great laugh and best of all shared between all our friends 🙂

    25/01/2016 at 7:25 pm
  • Reply Louise Asekokhai

    Sitting in the sunshine in Spain by our villa pool eating fresh bread and breakfast tapas. Perfection.

    25/01/2016 at 7:27 pm
  • Reply Joanne Hutchings

    We stayed at Bluestone National Park resort and had an amazing fry-up on our first morning!

    25/01/2016 at 7:29 pm
  • Reply Sarah Cooper

    Eggs benedict

    25/01/2016 at 7:29 pm
  • Reply Hazel Rea

    Staying in a farmhouse we fried ourselves a wonderful breakfast of fresh eggs, freshly picked mushrooms (they had been checked!) and local bacon.

    25/01/2016 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply Teresa Agger

    Camping on a working farm in Somerset, every morning the children would collect eggs from the hen house opposite our tent so we could make the freshest most delicious breakfast for the family

    25/01/2016 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Rachael Medley

    I love it when a hotel has a selection of pastries and continental breakfast things as I love having a treat of a nice pain au chocolate x

    25/01/2016 at 7:48 pm
  • Reply Greig spencer

    When we went Lyon, the hotel we was staying at had a fabulous selection for breakfast!! LOts of cheeses, hams and different breads!cakes and pastries too and freshly squuezed juices too xx

    25/01/2016 at 7:48 pm
  • Reply Lindsay Felvus

    my favourite breakfast when I’m in Cyprus is fresh apricots from the local market and authentic Greek yogourt

    25/01/2016 at 7:49 pm
  • Reply frances hopkins

    I just loved making breakfast whilst camping at a festival with the kids

    25/01/2016 at 7:50 pm
  • Reply Sandra Lane

    We stayed at Summerfield Suites in Florida and there was a restaurant opposite where everything from eggs, pancakes and cereals to steak and ham was served for breakfast. It literally had any food you could wish for.

    25/01/2016 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Helen Huxley

    Having breakfast in the Florida keys, fantastic food but the highlight was sharing it with a pelican every morning

    25/01/2016 at 8:16 pm
  • Reply John McNamara

    Great memories of being in a little croft near brora Scotland making toast on the wooden fire.

    25/01/2016 at 8:17 pm
  • Reply Gwyn Sharps

    Fresh orange, cups of tea and fruit every morning on a balcony overlooking the sea on Rhodes Island.

    25/01/2016 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply Helen

    We actually had curry for breakfast in Sri Lanka and it was delicious !

    25/01/2016 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply Anita

    Croissants and coffee in nice was wonderful 🙂

    25/01/2016 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Christine Beake

    The first breakfast my son ever made me – toast with all the butter in a lump in the middle and a dollop of jam on top – the thought was there!

    25/01/2016 at 9:27 pm
  • Reply alice O'connor

    A lovely breakfast with my best friend – scrambled eggs, croissants and fruit sat looking out to sea at our holiday chalet on the beach at Branscombe, Devon.

    25/01/2016 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Sarah Casey

    Fresh local eggs with bread and jams and honey, sat on a balcony of a tiny flat overlooking the beautiful St Ives harbour a few years ago.

    25/01/2016 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply Sarah Davies

    Last year when we had a big extended family holiday staying in an old manor house with loads of rooms in Dorset, we woke up to the smell of my cousin’s husband cooking us all a big fry up. What a star!

    26/01/2016 at 12:32 am
  • Reply Lana George

    Nothing beats an early morning trip to the local boulangerie when self catering in France and returning to enjoy warm fresh baguettes and cheese. Heaven!

    26/01/2016 at 1:11 am
  • Reply harriet

    Donuts from the supermarket in Malaga

    26/01/2016 at 2:38 am
  • Reply Allan Wilson

    We always holiday in France and make sure that breakfast is daily fresh bread, croissants and pain au chocolat from the village bakery.

    26/01/2016 at 7:02 am
  • Reply donna l jones

    in thailand looking over the sea eating fresh omelettes and fruit

    26/01/2016 at 8:47 am

    All HomeAway rentals are superb – have been using them for the past 5 years throughout the world. Lovely, fully furnished family homes at prices equivalent to or less than what you would pay for a good hotel.My favourite rental location is Arizona, USA.

    26/01/2016 at 8:52 am
  • Reply Loma Wood

    It has to be Nice – nothing like French bread still warm, with strawberries and brie – magic memory1

    26/01/2016 at 8:59 am
  • Reply jodie yorke

    We go to Butlins every year and enjoy going self catering as we get to choose different thing instead of been stuck with the same half board food everyday,
    We have tried half board but it gets boring by the 2nd or 3rd day.

    26/01/2016 at 10:00 am

    when we do caravan holidays in Skegness, my husband nsists on making us all a cooked breakfast every mornings..not only does he cook but also insists on ashiung all the dishes..he doesn’t like it if we invade his kitchen space, so we dont complain we just eat the delicious breakfast he serves

    26/01/2016 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Paula smith

    Having breakfast at the holiday inn in Edinburgh, looking at the mountains in front of us x

    26/01/2016 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Victoria Mowatt

    At home when my husband is off work and the kids off school we actually have time to have a proper family breakfast. He makes the best homemade pancakes ever, the kids love to decorate them with Nutella, bananas, maple syrup and sometime even smarties.

    26/01/2016 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Margaret Abram

    We parked overnight in a free motorhome space in a village square in a tiny French village. The fountain next to us kept us awake all night. In the morning staggered out of the van to find a glorious smell of baking bread wafting across the road. Rushed over there to buy croissants and a baguette for breakfast. They were still warm and with French butter and jam, they were a breakfast fit for a king!

    26/01/2016 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Sheena Widdowfield

    My best holiday breakfast was a breakfast burrito I had in Miami. It was so delicious, I could eat it right now!

    26/01/2016 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply brenda heads

    the best breakfast ever was on the Boudicca one of Fred Olsen cruise ships, everything you would want and plenty of it.

    26/01/2016 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply jayne hall

    had a self catering holiday in great yarmouth got a welcome pack and some free t bags and biscuits

    26/01/2016 at 5:02 pm
  • Reply charlotte

    Staying in a ‘glamping’ tent (one of those big bell type ones) and getting fresh eggs from the same farm to cook over the stove. Never tasted eggs so good! Not the most exciting breakfast, but certainly memorable

    26/01/2016 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Maureen Moss

    KOS Greece a very old lady climbed the fig tree in our self catering garden to pick us fresh figs for our breakfast they tasted so so good with fresh rolls and honey

    26/01/2016 at 7:01 pm
  • Reply George Pow

    You cant beat warm Baked Bread local Cheese and Fruit from the Local Grocer, all washed down with a Good Home Brewed Americana Coffee.

    26/01/2016 at 9:31 pm
  • Reply Emma Whymark

    Best breakfasts are camping gas ring fry ups. In the fresh air. They’re the best.

    26/01/2016 at 9:36 pm
  • Reply Rose Elise

    On holiday in America it was a lot of breakfasts out, but one morning we stopped at a farm shop and had the most delicious, juicy blueberries and chocolate coffee cake (to be had with coffee, not flavoured with it!). It wasn’t the healthiest, but oh my lordy, so delish!

    26/01/2016 at 9:40 pm
  • Reply John Pring

    One morning, while on holiday in Spain, going to the local bakery for rolls & cakes, bringing it back to the apartment and then sharing it with a lovely couple who’d just arrived after their flight had been delayed! 😀

    27/01/2016 at 2:03 am
  • Reply Anthony G

    Travelling the States, one of the places I stayed at provided a waffle maker for guests to use. I’d never made waffles before, so it was fun working with the waffle mix and using the appliance. Warm waffles in the morning lavished with maple syrup. Mmm! Not the healthiest or most nutritious breakfast to enjoy, but very nice all the same 🙂

    27/01/2016 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Laura Cooper

    My mum made us tuna on toast for breakfast in greece. She used to take food in her suitcase as she didn’t want to pay expensive resort prices. I always enjoyed this! So delicious and it kept us full until lunch!

    27/01/2016 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Sandra Clarke

    We take our caravan away in the summer and wake up with view of the sea and lighthouse. A fantastic breakfast treat is sitting outside cooking bacon and eggs in the open air with fresh bread & croissants from the local bakery.

    27/01/2016 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Ann Williams

    One of the best family breakfasts I recall was eaten outdoors in the garden of a Suffolk cottage we were staying at. It stood alone in the centre of an acre of land and all we could hear was the sounds of nature. Bliss.

    27/01/2016 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply Karen Walker

    My best breakfasts were the spicy egg dishes, eaten overlooking the Carribean in Mexico.

    27/01/2016 at 4:41 pm
  • Reply Tracy Ashwin

    We rented a cottage in Cornwall last year. It was wonderful as was part of a farm. The farmer used to leave us fresh ingredients for an English breakfast on our doorstep every couple of days. Was the tastiest breakfast we had ever tasted especially the eggs!

    27/01/2016 at 5:21 pm
  • Reply Vicky Online

    A holiday cottage in Mull. Not only did it come with an antiquated landrover, (You left your roadworthy car at the end of the track and took this trashed monster up and down to the cottage. We can’t have been insured – things were different in the 80s.) THERE WAS A DONKEY IN THE GARDEN. “What bliss it was that dawn to be alive but to be young was very heaven!”

    27/01/2016 at 5:39 pm

    We stayed self catering in an idyllic cottage right on the banks of Cowlands creek as it meets the sea in Cornwall. We had 270 degrees of the water and national forest on the other aspect so it was totally unspoilt; eating outside in our Indian Summer listening to the gentle movement of the tidal creek was amazing. At night the sky was so clear looking at star constellations was like nothing we had witnessed before as they are invisible to us at home in our urban home. A place we will always remember.

    27/01/2016 at 7:38 pm
  • Reply Sharon Larkin

    Walking the West Highland Way with my daughter, our breakfast of sausages on the last day, gave us the strength to climb out of Kinlochleven and walk the sixteen miles into Fort William.

    27/01/2016 at 9:44 pm
  • Reply Angela Paull

    Last year’s holiday in France – the boys went to the campsite shop every morning for baguettes, croissants and danish pastries. These were then smothered in acres of French Strawberry Jam

    27/01/2016 at 9:44 pm
  • Reply Kirsten Melville

    Bubble and squeak with eggs nf bacon cooked in our caravan in the great outdoors..just effect #BreakfastWeek

    28/01/2016 at 12:22 am
  • Reply Kirsten Melville

    Bubble and squeak with eggs and bacon cooked in our caravan in the great outdoors..just perfect #BreakfastWeek

    28/01/2016 at 12:23 am
  • Reply Donna Lewis

    Cooking our breakfast on the bbq whilst on holiday in Sunny Hunny in a caravan – sitting on the patio in the morning sun, lovely

    28/01/2016 at 7:03 am
  • Reply Andrea Horner

    Any breakfast in sunshine suits me, Algarve, Majorca, Barbados in my pjs early morning sun, what’s not to love!

    28/01/2016 at 8:12 am
  • Reply mrs J partridge

    Staying in a chalet in Norfolk, close to the beach, our 12 year old son got up early and collected fresh cockles from the beach. We popped them into a huge free range egg omelette with samphire. Served with toast, enough for the whole family. A magic memory.

    28/01/2016 at 5:03 pm
  • Reply Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    I love the freedom to have anything you like for breakfast – whether that be cake or a fry-up! 🙂

    28/01/2016 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply sue hoey

    The smell of bacon frying while we were camping in Anglesey last year was something that made me feel really good and the fact that hubby cooked it was even better !

    28/01/2016 at 7:18 pm
  • Reply Sheri Darby

    Best breakfast is freshly baked rolls from a local bakery

    28/01/2016 at 7:46 pm
  • Reply Caroline S

    A cottage down in Dorset – the owner provided beautiful fresh bread, local butter and eggs from her own chickens. Best eggs ever!

    28/01/2016 at 10:30 pm
  • Reply Neha Parmar

    UK is no wonder a country that has amazed me to bits with its culture,people,scenic beauty and lovely weather.Out of all the lovely places that I have visited in the UK my best experience has been in The Esplanade Hotel, in Newquay, Cornwall. Amazing self-catering holiday breakfast and stay. With hot English breakfast, Fresh fruits and juices,toasts, tea/coffee,sea side view.Can’t ask anything more for a holiday.The environment was very cosy and comfortable and Breakfast being the first and most important meal of the day.If a self catering hotel like that impresses you then your entire day goes well and makes you want to come back again and again and it becomes an example for every hotel you want to go to.

    28/01/2016 at 10:37 pm
  • Reply Jade Hewlett

    My favourite breakfast was on holiday in Cyprus eating fruit and cakes and pancakes.

    29/01/2016 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Nadia Nurdeen

    My favorite holiday food experience was eating eating a baby potato, eggs, sour cream creation called “bucket of Spuds” in a cozy brunch place called Penny Cluse in Burlington, Vermont USA!

    29/01/2016 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Michelle Wild

    A full English sets you up for a full day of sun-bathing.

    29/01/2016 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply zoe g

    Mine was staying in Paris, near canal st martin, we had different pastries everyday

    29/01/2016 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Lauren Old

    My best experience was my family and I making pancakes at our self-catering hotel in Lanzarote

    29/01/2016 at 5:02 pm
  • Reply Lindsey Loughtman

    I went to the algarve and will always remember having black coffee, croissant and an orange sitting on the balcony looking out at the sea

    29/01/2016 at 5:09 pm
  • Reply Anthea Holloway

    I remember sitting up in bed in the little cottage at Trebarwith Strand and watching the huge waves crashing on the shore and then the door opened and my son brought in some cereal and toast on a tray for me. “Happy Mother’s Day” he said proudly.

    29/01/2016 at 6:44 pm
  • Reply Simon Tinsley

    Heaphy’s cafe in Glastonbury. They do amazing breakfast crepes. Bacon. Sausage. Black pudding. Beans. Mushrooms. YUM!

    29/01/2016 at 9:19 pm
  • Reply claire toplis

    breakfast in Washington The omni Shoreham was out of this world

    29/01/2016 at 9:52 pm
  • Reply Loz

    Chocolate torsades and hot chocolate in rural France!

    29/01/2016 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Samantha Mann

    Last year we rented a villa in Malta which had a lovely outdoor space. We also got married on the holiday and on the morning of our wedding (as we didnt spend the night before apart) Me, the hubby and the two kids decided to have a picnic breakfast on the garden. We bought pastries the day before from the local shop, apple juice, toast & jam, breakfast quiche and local maltese biscuits. It was amazing and it was our last meal all together before I married my husband and the father of my children so it will forever hold a very special place in my heart.

    29/01/2016 at 10:11 pm
  • Reply Charlotte Waites

    It would be porridge with a sprinkling of brown sugar and a hot cup of tea, sat in my camping chair admiring the sunrise in Upper Booth in the Peak District.

    29/01/2016 at 10:27 pm
  • Reply Sheri Darby

    Freshly baked rolls from a local bakery

    29/01/2016 at 10:38 pm
  • Reply Helen Gilbert

    A lovely,relaxing,stress releasing forest cabin holiday in Perthshire where we picked berries in the morning to have with muesli and fresh milk from the nearby farm….simple but special

    29/01/2016 at 10:59 pm
  • Reply Adrian Bold

    Fresh croissants bought on Holiday in Nice, with some fantastic jam selections. Gorgeous! Good luck everyone!

    30/01/2016 at 12:08 am
  • Reply TAM P

    In Rhodes a Greek coffee and 2 cigarettes

    30/01/2016 at 6:32 am
  • Reply srephen smith

    best brekkie ever was in belgum had home made waffles with strawberries and clotted cream made by the missuses mum

    30/01/2016 at 8:41 am
  • Reply Victoria Prince

    We have only ever holidayed in the UK, so nothing exotic – but without doubt my best self-catering breakfast experience on holiday was when I was 11 and we went to the Peak District. We stayed on a smallholding, and for breakfast we had Kellogg’s Variety Pack cereal (what is it about those things, cereal is exactly the same but that was always one of the highlights of my holiday!) with fresh milk from their cows, and I got to collect the eggs from the chickens which I then had boiled!

    30/01/2016 at 9:39 am
  • Reply Kerry Smith

    I’m so with you France and its boulangerie visits for glorious treats has to be the best possible way to experience breakfasts

    30/01/2016 at 10:00 am
  • Reply Amy Robinson

    Myself and my partner love going to Hemsby in the UK and when we went there last year he made breakfast for the first time in 6 years, was a special moment.

    30/01/2016 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Helen Moulden

    Where I had a pile of toast and different jams, with a pot of tea in bed 🙂

    30/01/2016 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Kelly Ellen Hirst

    In Malta we had fresh fruit & pastries every morning, the perfect no stress & less mess self catering breakfast with no cooking involved

    30/01/2016 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply Daphne Mueller

    When away in a 4 bed chalet with another family we took it in turns cooking the full english, are excuse was it sets you up for the day

    30/01/2016 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Susan Suttie

    Driving along Route 66 many years ago and stopping at good old fashioned American diners

    30/01/2016 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply liz ferguson

    Fried oranges and pancakes (oranges were picked straight from the trees in the grounds of the villa!)

    30/01/2016 at 2:48 pm
  • Reply Donna W

    We had a lovely family holiday in the Algarve a few years ago. We were lucky enough to have our own villa overlooking the ocean.
    The weather was beautiful, as were the views and every morning we’d all get together around the dining table or the table on the balcony and eat together while taking in the stunning scenery. It’s the place my husband proposed to me too so the memories are extra special.

    30/01/2016 at 3:00 pm
  • Reply Kate Glasper

    In Florida at a villa eating breakfast outside at the pool with family which overlooked a lake we watched the ducks and wildlife in the sunshine. Fresh eggs, coffee and orange juice cooked by my husband.
    It does not get much better than that. Amazing start to our day.

    30/01/2016 at 3:00 pm
  • Reply Sarah Sanford

    Has to be last year when we went glamping, waking up to a view of the sea and sitting outside the camper eating cereal and jam on toast

    30/01/2016 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply sue mcdermott

    fresh croissants sitting outside our glamping tent in Devon

    30/01/2016 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Maria P

    very fresh watermelon bought early in the morning from a local grocery shop in a small town in Italy

    30/01/2016 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply sallyann Johnston

    Stayed in France a few years ago in a holiday home and had fresh fruit, croissants & jams every morning sat outside in the beautiful French Morning sunshine. x

    30/01/2016 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply Erica Price

    Staying in France near a bakery and getting fresh pastries for breakfast is difficult to beat.

    30/01/2016 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Spencer Broadley

    In Cornwall we had a lodge and the patio looked out over the bay and sea – Mainly a BBQ breakfast 🙂

    30/01/2016 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Amy Beckett

    5p croissants with homemade jam

    30/01/2016 at 5:42 pm
  • Reply Sophie Marie Cartwright

    Mine has to be a holiday we had in a caravan in Wales. There were 4 lots of families in seperate caravans, we decided to do a breakfast dinner date style thing each day (Each person had to provide breakfast on a particular day) I have never eaten so many sausages!! In particular on one of the days we had a sausage omelette! it was lovely! Highly recommended! And, the lack of washing up on 3 of the 4 days was bliss!

    30/01/2016 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply Pauline Wilson

    I have never had a self catering holiday experience but I do love hotels buffet breakfasts where I have a cooked breakfast followed by coffee and pastries

    30/01/2016 at 6:13 pm
  • Reply Julie

    Sitting outside our cabin in North Ontario watching chipmunks, beavers and birds on a sunny morning while eating our breakfast 🙂

    30/01/2016 at 6:43 pm
  • Reply Louise Colley

    My best self catering breakfast was at Millbrook Cottages in Devon. We ordered our shopping and it was unpacked before we arrived. The smell of bread baking greeted us. In the mornings, chickens appeared at the kitchen window waiting for our crumbs. Can’t beat fresh bread and tea of a morning.

    30/01/2016 at 6:44 pm

    A self-catering rental on a farm in Guernsey. We went to the main house for all fresh dairy produce, milk, butter, cheese and eggs. The farmer’s wife also sold her freshly baked bread. Superb holiday breakfasts.

    30/01/2016 at 6:57 pm
  • Reply Emma Fox

    After arriving late to a holiday cottage, we were about to go out the 24 hours garage to buy things for breakfast. My husband spotted a hamper of food essentials from the owner and even a pint of milk in the fridge. A wonderful surprise and a great breakfast the next morning!

    30/01/2016 at 6:58 pm
  • Reply Christina Cooke

    Last year while we were camping – the campsite was on a working farm and after we’d been chatting with the farmers the previous evening they brought us some freshly laid eggs over and a loaf of the freshest most delicious bread I’ve ever tasted.

    30/01/2016 at 7:49 pm
  • Reply jessica cook

    in spain we had a lovelt villa on the beach and i made local sausgae and eggs on toast and sat on the beach enjoying it

    30/01/2016 at 8:16 pm
  • Reply Nikki Jones

    Having dinner on the first night of our honeymoon we decided to pretend we had been married for years when, opening my handbag confetti fell out! Everyone cheered and bought us a bottle of champagne!

    30/01/2016 at 8:29 pm
  • Reply teresa sullivan

    One winter by boyfriend and I hired a narrowboat on the fens and I remember cooking bacon and eggs as we sailed along. Eating outdoors always makes food taste amazing and the cold definitely helped us work up an appetite.

    30/01/2016 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply Gemma Holland

    My favourite memory is from my childhood on holiday in Spain. We used to collect croissants and cold chocolate milk from the local shop. So delicious!

    30/01/2016 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Leanne Bell

    Me and my Mum went away for a girlie weekend in Brighton to celebrate her turning the big 5 0! The chef in our B & B made the most amazing eggs benedict which was divine. Even better was that this was included ontop of the normal continental breakfast luxuries 🙂 x

    30/01/2016 at 8:59 pm
  • Reply helen bell

    My favourite breakfast was when we stayed in a caravan in France and my husband went to buy fresh croissants every morning for us to eat for breakfast, with lashings of jam. So yummy!

    30/01/2016 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply Fiona JK42

    Friends invited us to their holiday home in Tenerife. My kids were looking forward to churros for breakfast. Turned out our friend’s holiday home was a timeshare in a horribly built up resort, where the only breakfast on the menu in any of the cafes was a full English. I drove out of the resort, took a back road and found a small grocery store, where I bought a packet of churro ready mix, a tub of Paladin thick hot chocolate, milk and oil for frying. We made churros and chocolate ourselves, the churros were misshapen and the chocolate a bit lumpy but the kids (& adults) all enjoyed having an authentic Spanish breakfast, and we made them every day after that.

    30/01/2016 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Harley

    We took a breakfast picnic to the local “beauty spot” kids loved it!

    30/01/2016 at 9:47 pm
  • Reply Pia

    Ours would probably be making our own breakfast whilst staying in a chalet at the beautiful country side in South West France, kids playing outside in the huge garden whilst us two sit and enjoy croissants and coffee ❤️

    30/01/2016 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Rachel S

    Donut shop round the corner from our room only hotel in Warsaw – perfect

    30/01/2016 at 10:25 pm
  • Reply zoe goodwin

    A yummy bagel with cream cheese and raspberry jam from the deli in new york! yum

    30/01/2016 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Amy Jo McLellan

    My Mum’s fry ups on a caravan holiday 🙂

    30/01/2016 at 10:54 pm

    We were on holiday in France and bought croissants from a local bakery and had them with a nut spread we had bought from a market. Gorgeous.

    30/01/2016 at 11:14 pm
  • Reply helen newton

    Holidaying in the Uk in a Caravan , waking up and cooking some Sausages and bacon the bbq with fresh bread 🙂

    30/01/2016 at 11:53 pm
  • Reply Sarah Louise

    Mine was staying in a cottage in Cornwall when I was a kid

    31/01/2016 at 12:47 am
  • Reply Samantha R

    A group of us went to Macedonia and rented out a large house – we then took turns to cook each other meals from our home countries. It was lovely 🙂

    31/01/2016 at 9:07 am
  • Reply Allan Fullarton

    Newquay by the sea, it was absolutely amazing. Caught my own fish and cooked them on the BBQ.

    31/01/2016 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Mary Ballard

    As a mum of 2 – I often find I have no choice but to share as it doesn’t take long before my two ask if they can bits of my breakfast (or take bits off my plate) so it can disappear before it gets to my mouth LOL Don’t they know I need it for energy to keep up with them. (I do draw the line on chocolate so I find that hard to share so have to hide to eat those LOL)

    31/01/2016 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Samantha O'D

    Our holidays at centre parcs, we take my mum who cooks an amazing breakfast, i like to eat it outdoors whilst watching the squirrels

    31/01/2016 at 11:05 am
  • Reply Louise Wain

    Fresh poached eggs plucked from the chicken’s coop on a farm in North Devon where we stayed

    31/01/2016 at 11:23 am
  • Reply samantha bolter

    Northern Brittany last October renting a Gite from NOVASOL was brilliant. The place is like visiting Cornwall but slightly nicer weather, the people are wonderfully friendly and the food, yummy! certainly recommend a look 🙂

    31/01/2016 at 11:40 am
  • Reply Matt Brasier

    I just loved making breakfast whilst camping beside a river in North Wales.

    31/01/2016 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Andrew

    Nothing better than having breakfast over a open fire while camping.The atmosphere together with the aromas and the fresh air make it magical……….
    As long as it’s not raining.

    31/01/2016 at 12:10 pm
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  • Reply fiona butler

    We always go self catering (as we have 4 children and it’s the best option for us) and we usually go somewhere Mediterranean, so breakfasts are always a yummy combination of different pastries, scrambled egg on toast, bacon, fresh orange juice and lovely strong coffee. Add that to the sunshine & the tiled terrace looking out across the infinity pool to the sea beyond and it’s a perfect brekkie combo!

    31/01/2016 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply carol boffey

    I love making breakfast in a caravan a good old fry up

    31/01/2016 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Having breakfast with Mickey and Minnie at Disneyworld! 😀

    31/01/2016 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply olivia Kirby

    We often go on holiday the self catering way. We always have a good breakfast to set us up. We stayed in converted stables one February and made a whole load of pancakes while the kids made snowmen outside.

    31/01/2016 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Sylvia Gill

    when we get local bacon and eggs and the men do the cooking !

    31/01/2016 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply Anne Eames

    In Sydney, Australia eating freshly bought croissants and coffee overlooking the iconic Sydney harbour bridge!

    31/01/2016 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Zina Tye

    I love having breakfast with my friends each morning when we do our annual caravan break in the UK. We always have cooked breakfast or go and get freshly baked baguettes ready for the bacon. Sometimes its just the good company that make a great breakfast.

    31/01/2016 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply John Naylor

    A holiday in Devon in the mid 90s.
    We bought the bacon, sausage, eggs and mushrooms all from different farm shops within 10 miles of Paignton and cooked it using a portable stove!

    31/01/2016 at 1:55 pm
  • Reply mechelle williamson

    our easter break breakfast, kids trying to get to thier martial arts course without breakie, but they cant resist the individual cereal boxes, as they can eat these on route

    31/01/2016 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Sarah Gray

    We went to Menorca 2 years ago, and went to a local cafe for breakfast. It was the biggest full english I have ever seen!! It was the best breakfast ever and served in such an usassuming off the main road little cafe, you would never have expected it!

    31/01/2016 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Champaklal Lad

    just have breakfast in the hotel, then eat out as you travel, a s you find new and exciting snacks, meals

    31/01/2016 at 3:55 pm

    My Dad cooking us bacon and eggs on the camp stove when camping when I was small.

    31/01/2016 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply melanie betteridge

    Has to be a lazy Sunday with my little lad “helping” to make pancakes then fresh fruit and coffee, coffee for me lol not him!

    31/01/2016 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Catriona Hutchinson

    A wonderful airbnb in Venice, so close to the markets meaning we could take advantage of the phenomenal produce!

    31/01/2016 at 6:01 pm
  • Reply Eva Appleby

    A lovely BBQ in spain

    31/01/2016 at 6:18 pm
  • Reply sarah bramble

    With all y family in Bath.

    31/01/2016 at 6:19 pm
  • Reply adrian price

    porridge in the himyalas

    31/01/2016 at 6:23 pm
  • Reply Joanne Heath

    My old school friends and I have rented a cottage in wales for our friends wedding. We ordered an online shop and had a mix of continental and full English for the grown ups and children to choose from. It was September and the weather was perfect we ate in the sunshine on the decking area! Bliss!

    31/01/2016 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply karen T

    My best experience is when I have been away with my parents and my Mum has cooked us a gorgeous Full English breakfast, complete with hashbrowns, bacon, eggs, tomatoes, sausages and toast!

    31/01/2016 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply Alastair Crombie

    My best experience was enjoyed on a self-catering holiday to the Aveyron Region in France with my family – cooking our own marinated steaks and sausage on a little barbecue provided by the property owners.

    31/01/2016 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply Michelle Hughes

    we love self catering holidays, the choices are amazing and it means we can eat whenever we like. My children are picky eaters so its awesome to be able to cater to their needs

    31/01/2016 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply Liz

    A breakfast picnic on the moors (Exmoor).

    31/01/2016 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply Cerys John

    Has to be in Croatia in our self catering apartment- fresh watermelon and delicious Croatian pastries from the local bakery overlooking the most gorgeous view of the sea!

    31/01/2016 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Anna Pritchard

    A cottage in the seafront of swanage wonderfully memorable

    31/01/2016 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Hannah smith

    When I was younger we stayed in a farm house. The lady had a beautiful family and a beautiful farm.
    Every morning she would take us down to the bails of hay and let us go wild across the bails finding egg it was brilliant fun! Then we would put them in buckets to check if they were good or bad eggs. Then we would go back to the house and she would leave everything for us and she aould go back out to the farm and carry her day on.
    She had a beautiful old big kitchen and
    A big old stove and beauyiful kitchen ware!

    She would pop in every nown and again and make sure we had everything we needed.
    It was the most beautiful time I had ever had. X

    31/01/2016 at 9:40 pm
  • Reply caroline kelly

    Sara’s tea rooms in great yarmouth is lovely,

    31/01/2016 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply Natalie Gillham

    My best self catering breakfast experience was when I won a holiday to centre parks with my children and we ate breakfast alfresco cooked ourselves on a bbq on our garden patio feeling all at one with nature all around us, a far cry from our usual city lifestyle.

    31/01/2016 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Jeremy Andrews

    Last year I hired a cottage in Ireland and invited all my American family over. I have fond memories of cooking a full Irish Breakfast for them all and seeing then try and understand why we cook so many strange things in the breakfast such as Black and White pudding.

    31/01/2016 at 10:25 pm
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