Happy Family Holiday Breakfasts – win a luxury hamper via HomeAway

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This week is Breakfast Week and so the most important meal of the day is on my mind. To be truthful, it’s on my mind every day, not just during Breakfast Week, as I can’t function without a filling breakfast inside me!

When I was growing up I’d skip breakfast, as I didn’t want food before school but then be really hungry later on, and I see this happening with my teenager. However her school has much better catering facilities than mine ever did and she can get a bacon roll or some porridge at morning break when she is actually hungry, whereas I used to have to wait until lunch then I’d typically overeat – how times have changed!

The one thing that doesn’t change however is how important I believe breakfast is for a family, which is why we make a point at weekends and on holiday, to enjoy a leisurely breakfast together. It is a great bonding moment in the day where we can enjoy a meal collectively and plan out our days, and everyone appreciates the experience of normal family life and feeling united. However as my family all have differing tastes and needs, I find that by being organised in advance, I manage to satisfy everyone’s food requests and make breakfast a real occasion – even if they are none the wiser to my orchestrations!

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The author breakfasting with her family on holiday. Photo courtesy of Nadine Hill.

We all want our precious family holidays to go without a hitch, so here are my top tips for harmonious family holiday breakfasts…

  • If you are breakfasting at home or self-catering, check your supplies in advance (maybe at breakfast the day before) to stock up on the items you are missing. A happy breakfast is waking up to the smell of cooking and everything that makes your mouth water, not having to go to the shop for a loaf of bread.
  • Stick to what you know. This isn’t usually my advice for life in general. I like to encourage my family to push out of their comfort zones and try new things. However at breakfast, we are all still unfolding into the day and so comfort is key! Give everyone the foods you know they love for breakfast — fill their empty bellies and once everyone has fully woken up and been satisfied, they can try something new at lunch.
  • If you are breakfasting in a new place such as on holiday, when you arrive, explore the immediate area so you know where are the nice cafes or supermarkets to get your fresh bread and eggs. When everyone is hungry, you want to know where to get food quickly and easily without driving around on a desperate search while the are kids moaning in the back.
  • Ensure that everyone is catered for and has what they need. In my family, I usually like porridge with skimmed milk, as it is filling with fewer calories than some other breakfast choices, but not every cafe serves skimmed milk so I like to know where I can get it in advance. My son only likes one kind of cereal and if he can’t have that, then it would be toast and Nutella or some Billy Bear ham. So when we are self-catering or visiting friends, I take the cereal he likes. That way, I know that he will have what he needs. Fortunately my husband and daughter are more flexible and will both enjoy a cooked breakfast, which you can get pretty much anywhere.
  • Have a hoody handy! This may seem like an odd tip for breakfast, but if you are on holiday, you may want to dine outside as part of the “holiday” experience. Some countries are warmer than others first thing in the morning. It could be bright and sunny, yet still have a nip in the air, so have a hoody ready for all family members to slip on enabling you to breakfast “al fresco'”and stay warm!

Armed with these tips for a filling breakfast, you and your family can enjoy an active family lifestyle that will keep you fuelled for the day!

Want to keep your family happy at the breakfast table? We’re giving you the chance to win a luxury breakfast hamper courtesy of HomeAway. Tell us about your favourite holiday breakfast experience in the comments section below to be in with a chance of winning!


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!
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The winner is: Anne Dalzell

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About Nadine Hill

Nadine is a busy mum (“Is there any other kind?!”) who writes the award winning family lifestyle blog, JuggleMum and self help blog Love Yourself Slim. Working from home at a portfolio career which also includes being the Editor at BritMums, running a small business and spreading herself all over social media, she has everything under control but still feels like she's hanging on by her Gelish covered fingernails! Self employed for 12 years she's been around the freelancing block a few times, so she created a YouTube playlist called The Businessmum Interviews to have a nosey at how other work-at-home parents are doing it. Watch and see - it's a juggling act for everyone! Immensly grateful to be doing what she loves, Nadine's most important job is 'Mum' to her teen and tween who keep her up to date with Snapchat, Minecraft and how to do 'brows on fleek'. You can find Nadine on Twitter and Instagram as @Businessmum and @JuggleMumBlog.

49 Responses to Happy Family Holiday Breakfasts – win a luxury hamper via HomeAway

  1. Anne Dalzell 25 January 2016 at 07:54 #

    There’s an amazing cottage called Dusty’s Place that caters for families and their doggies. This is on the stunning Innisowen peninsula in Co Donegal and is as invite ng as it is dramatic. On a arrival there’s a big welcome pack of locally baked breads and pastries as well as locally sourced meats, eggs and juice. To top it all off the doggies received freshly baked dog biscuits and treats for the furrier members of the family. Enjoy your breakfast x

  2. Tess 25 January 2016 at 11:09 #

    We holiday each year in Staithes on the Yorkshire coast, and the children have always gone by themselves (such a treat and not something they could do at home – too many bust roads to cross!) to the tiny butchers each morning, for bacon and eggs and a fresh loaf of bread, and then rush home with their treasures, ready for a hearty breakfast to fill us full of energy for beach walks and fossil hunting!

  3. Leyla Brooke 25 January 2016 at 12:38 #

    The girls loved visiting Coombe Mill. They would get up early and put on their wellington boots ready to do the farm run in the morning. An early start for them, but they were often up and wanting to get ready before me. During the farm run we would tend to the chickens and collect the eggs they had laid. The girls love egg hunting and looking under rocks and in the long grass for the eggs. After the farm run the eggs would be distributed evenly to the guests. Having returned back to our cottage we would then have fresh eggs for breakfast, as the girls warmed up from their fresh air adventure

  4. Christine Reid 25 January 2016 at 14:18 #

    On Holiday we try and head for one of the usual local National Trust properties. After a nice breakfast we spend a few hours looking at the House and gardens. If you buy a National Trust Family Pass it works out quite good value over the year.

  5. bex allum 25 January 2016 at 14:21 #

    We enjoy haven holiday parks where we can eat exactly what we want when we want 🙂

  6. EMMA FURNISS 25 January 2016 at 14:32 #

    We were lucky enough to go to Kangaroo Island a few years ago. Although it was quite cold, sun rise was beautiful as pelicans lined up across the beach. I didn’t want to miss a thing so we called in at a little shop and bought bagettes and cheese spread. Best breakfast I’ve ever had!!!

  7. Cristín Williams 25 January 2016 at 14:40 #

    We stayed at yurt camp in Devon last year and they have fantastic fire pits that you can cook on, I wasn’t brave enough to cook the sausages on it but the kids loved toasting bread on the fire, with help from mum and dad of course!

  8. Sandra Clarke 25 January 2016 at 15:59 #

    We caravan so in the summer, to start off the day, we have a big slap up breakfast sitting outside. We can cook bacon, eggs etc on our portable stove outside and we buy fresh bread from the bakery. Lovely way to start the day, which is something we don’t always have time to do at home together.

  9. Anne Nash 25 January 2016 at 16:20 #

    Holiday breakfast was ‘the works’ cooked by Dad who else

  10. Amanda Skelton 25 January 2016 at 16:36 #

    The first time we discovered how nice bacon was when cooked on a barbecue we were staying in a holiday cottage in Devon. We always barbecue our breakfast when we’re away now!

  11. karen T 25 January 2016 at 16:38 #

    We went to the Toby Carvery in Bournemouth for breakfast whilst staying in a rental house in Poole and it was amazing! The food was all self serve and was regularly replaced with fresh food. You could go up as many times as you wanted, all included in the price, and he choice was fantastic. It was amazing value for money and as you could really fill up, there was no need to eat again until the evening!

  12. June Grist 25 January 2016 at 17:39 #

    Treated to the most delicious smoked salmon breakfast which we ate on the decking of a Warmwell log cabin . A thank you from my friend who joined us for a weekend on our self catering holiday

  13. Gilla01 25 January 2016 at 17:43 #

    Holiday breakfasts taste extra good when eaten in the middle of the Norfolk Broads with only the ducks and swans for company.

  14. Jen Brierley 25 January 2016 at 18:12 #

    My kids and I have a campervan (called Dave) and we like to go off on as many adventures in him as we can. We try to buy meat locally and we try to cook withou electricity wherever possible. Sausage butties cooked on a bbq in the fresh air can’t be beaten! Well, unless you add in a freshly collected free range egg!! 🙂

  15. ROSANNE FRANCIS 25 January 2016 at 18:30 #

    My best self-catering breakfasts were on the Norfolk Broads with a group of 12 of us.

    Breakfasts were MADE and WASHED by the BOYS… leaving us girls time to chat and steer the boat to our next destination! 🙂 Happy days and memories!

  16. Kerry Brown 25 January 2016 at 18:31 #

    The last time I went self catering i just bought the kids a multipack of cereal each, they all had whatever they wanted and we’re happy exploring the rest of the day

  17. chris Hunt 25 January 2016 at 18:31 #

    I love having a self catering breakfast when we go to France. The boulangerie opens every morning with fresh, crusty baguettes for sale. We have confiture (jam) and some wonderful normandy butter. Freshly ground coffee or tea and warm, freshly baked croissants. I adore our french breakfasts more than any other meal.

  18. liz ferguson 25 January 2016 at 19:34 #

    In Sydney Australia. It was a buffet breakfast bar with every expected item available – but, it also had deep fried chips – served from 6 am every morning (marketed at the surfers,i think!!) xx

  19. GLENDA HANKS 25 January 2016 at 19:48 #

    We had the most amazing self catering holiday last September on the banks of Cowlands creek in Cornwall as it meets the sea, 270 degree views of the water and a beautiful cottage were our idyllic backdrop to homemade breakfasts taken outside during the Indian Summer; an experience and special memories that will last a lifetime.

  20. Zoe Holland 25 January 2016 at 20:29 #

    Our best ‘self catered’ breakfast was probably when we went camping with our local church group 2 Summer’s ago. We all mucked in making brekkie for the whole site: locally sourced sausages, free range eggs, beans bubbling over an open fire and bits of dodgily burnt toast! Not only was the food amazing but so was the company, the setting (rolling Sussex fields) and the atmosphere. Truly memorable.

  21. Rebecca Beesley (The Beesley Buzz) 25 January 2016 at 22:25 #

    One of the things the kids most love about being on holiday is that I let them get the mini multipacks of cereal and they love squabbling, ahem i mean, negotiating over who gets each pack of cereal. Our most memorable holiday breakfast has to be when I injured my back and couldn’t walk – even from one side of the tiny caravan we were staying in the holiday park to the other side of the caravan so the kids had to get breakfast prepared themselves and they had a whale of a time having free reign on eating as much as they wanted!

  22. Robyn Logan Clarke 26 January 2016 at 00:04 #

    We love having a continental breakfast when we on holiday and self catering, easy to prepare and the kids love it!

  23. kathryn ogle 26 January 2016 at 01:25 #

    Charente-maritime – La Rochelle, waking up to glorious sunshine and enjoying the traditional Fresh breads, hams and dried fruits that were purchased locally the day before. Bliss

  24. Karen Weedon 26 January 2016 at 09:00 #

    I stayed with my family (including my parents) in a log cabin in Fort William, Scotland. The kitchen was better than my own at home so we went to the local shop and bought lots of local produce. My husband then cooked us an amazing full Scottish breakfast – including porridge, local eggs and bacon, beans, mushrooms, black pudding and tattie scones!

  25. milli 26 January 2016 at 09:39 #

    Our most memorable breakfast was on a trip to California when we ate in a Pancake Restaurant. Skyscaper piles of pancakes, blueberries & crispy bacon, drizzled with maple syrup. I have never seen such generous portions but we managed to (mostly) clear our plates!

  26. Louise Edwards 26 January 2016 at 11:44 #

    Great tips there Nadine!

    I love the breakfast at the Dalmeny Hotel in Lytham St Annes – everything is fresh and delicious! We had some amazing breakfasts at the fab restaurants in Las Vegas too! It is my favourite meal of the day 🙂

  27. Deanna Thomas 26 January 2016 at 12:44 #

    We always go self catering, as I was a chef – before having kids! Once we went to a caravan park in Norfolk. I had ordered a few local delicacies from a Norfolk produce site online before we got there. The van pulled up minutes after we had arrived and unpacked, so we sat down to delicious breakfast of local eggs, bacon, jams, butter, cheese and bread. Delicious!

  28. clara cort 26 January 2016 at 14:10 #

    Last year we’ve spent a few days in a lovely cottage in Salcombe, Devon to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The company was very attentive to our needs and surprised us with a welcome hamper hat contained all the neccesaries like milk, water, bread, coffee and tea, plus a homebaked cake and bottle of wine. Everything was locally sourced or super delicious and we had a fab relaxing time.

  29. Gwen Maynard 26 January 2016 at 20:12 #

    When I was a child my parents would take us out the countryside every Easter Sunday. We took decorated hard boiled eggs and had a race down hill with them. Afterwards Mum would cook us breakfast on the cm camping stove and we ate it outdoors with hot tea from a flask.

  30. Samantha Mann 26 January 2016 at 21:54 #

    We find it so much easier going self catering because of the breakfasts and how fussy our boys can sometimes be! In May 2015 we hired a villa in Malta, it had a lovely outdoor area where we had breakfast every morning. One morning we decided to do a picnic breakfast, we threw down a couple of towels on the grass and had traditional maltese parties with juice, toast and jam. It was such a fun breakfast we did it a couple of times when we got home too (when the weather allowed of course)

  31. Joanne Mallon 26 January 2016 at 22:34 #

    My favourite self-catering holiday breakfast is always when we’ve been to France and you can collect freshly baked croissants first thing in the morning. Always tastes so much better than at home!

  32. MummyNeverSleeps 27 January 2016 at 01:07 #

    Eating jars and jars of Nutella while in Italy as a child 🙂

  33. Shahida kola 27 January 2016 at 11:56 #

    Centre Parcs at Woburn forest over looking the lake , the birds chirping away. Me, hubby and the 4 musketeers enjoyed breakfast of fried eggs, toast, scrambled eggs, polony, chicken slices , tea and orange juice. All made by me. Sitting and watching the children enjoy themselves whilst discussing the day’s events to come, priceless !

  34. Pippa Ainsworth 27 January 2016 at 14:05 #

    We stayed on a site in France which had early morning swimming lessons for 3-5 year olds. My little boy and partner loved going swimming first thing then calling into the site bakery on the way back for fresh baguettes and croissants to eat on the terrace before a day spent exploring.

  35. Neha Parmar 27 January 2016 at 15:15 #

    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.

  36. Claire Tucker 27 January 2016 at 16:08 #

    Got to be in the Loire Valley France, cycling into the village every morning to pick up fresh bread and crossiants for breakfast …and maybe a cake too

  37. Helen Laidlaw 27 January 2016 at 18:11 #

    When we go to Puerto Cabopino and stay in the lovely apartments, we love to get our breakfast items from the local supermarket. We walk over the bridge to the supermarket and go to the deli counter and bakery in there; getting some delicious Spanish meats, cheese and breads. We also get some fresh eggs and cook them we get back and serve them with the meats, cheese and breads. This all washed down with some fresh orange juice and served out on the balcony makes the best self catering breakfast ever!

  38. Katy Spence 27 January 2016 at 20:52 #

    Definatly Spain! Waking up early and picking up fresh bread and butter to take back to eat on the terrace with fresh squeezed juices and cold meats…bliss

  39. Heather Jenkinson 27 January 2016 at 21:20 #

    Depending on where we go, it’ll be fruit and yoghurt on holiday abroad, or local pastries from a bakery, always delish! In the UK, we’ll go for a Full English and one of the best we had was in Bridlington, we still talk about the breakfast 10 years later!

  40. Janice Papworth 28 January 2016 at 13:57 #

    Our best self catering breakfast when away was during a glamping holiday. We went to see the chickens to see if there were any eggs for breakfast and actually saw an egg being laid. We found some more eggs still warm from being laid so recently and collected them for our breakfast. With home-made bread we have brought from home, the fresh air and the incredibly fresh eggs, we feasted like kings.

  41. Karen hutchinson 28 January 2016 at 14:58 #

    It’s nice to have breakfast when you want it and not to have to rush to school/ work . Love cereal variety packs

  42. Nicola 29 January 2016 at 10:02 #

    We love a self catering holiday, and go all out for breakfast. We either cook a hot breakfast or go out to a cafe for something yum. When we were in Bruges we stayed in amazing apartments where we could order our bread and pastries to be delivered from the local bakers via an iPad in the apartment! My top tip would be to take any creature comforts – like baked beans – but don’t be afraid to explore the local breakfast cuisine too. My husband always says that a holiday isn’t a holiday without a good breakfast each morning!!

  43. fiona haward 29 January 2016 at 11:00 #

    We were on a Trust the tractor holiday on a lovely Somerset farm. The children were invited to go and collect their own eggs from hens inside the chicken house. It was a real education that the eggs we’re from the hens and still warm to touch. The children then helped to cook their own back at the cottage and it was a very special breakfast! They weren’t that happy to find out where the bacon came from though!

  44. Shahnaz 29 January 2016 at 17:16 #

    We went to Marrakesh last year and had some of the most amazing pancakes ever, it was delightful, there defiantly something about eating your breakfast outside in the blazing sunshine.

  45. sian hallewell 31 January 2016 at 15:56 #

    Many years ago took the family to Centre Parcs, I made sure I packed all our usual breakfast favourites so we could have a leisurely breakfast eating what the children were familiar with. What made it so special was the wildlife, (squirrels birds & even though perhaps its a false memory a deer) thatwe could see from the table, the kids loved it.

  46. Denise Slater 31 January 2016 at 16:13 #

    We were in the Cairngomes a couple of years ago, and purchased a selection of Scottish meats, breads and coffees on the way. We had a BBQ one evening, and we decided to BBQ our breakfast the next day. We cooked sausages, bacon, mushrooms, haggis slices and toast, and sat outside as the early morning mist cleared, watching deer and red squirrels whilst eating our breakfast. Perfect ?

  47. Jo Bryan 31 January 2016 at 16:54 #

    Our best self catering breakfast has got to be in a cottage in Cornwall overlooking a creek, while we dine on fresh baked bread from the owners oven, freerange sausages and bacon, we overlook the water and grounds and see foxes, squirrels, egrets on the creek, eider and its like bing in a wonderland. All this on the holiday and not even left the accommodation for the beach

  48. Sara Sudbury 31 January 2016 at 17:45 #

    Our family holidays, when the children were young were in a static caravan in South Devon. We lived very busy lives, the children always at playgroup, school and after school clubs. My husband used to work all the hours possible, sometimes night shifts and sometimes days – he often worked over the weekend too. Life was hectic, but we always made sure we had our annual holiday. The caravan always seemed magical, perched on the cliffs looking out to sea.

    After unpacking the first thing we always did was pop off to the local supermarket for the essentials. For some reason breakfast always seemed a more important meal than any other. We would buy sausages, eggs, bacon, beans and bread – and lots of it.

    Every morning we would all sit round the table and usually Daddy would do the cooking, not sure why it would be him, but it was the way we always did it!

    Everyone would have something different, bacon sandwiches, sausage sandwich, bacon and egg, eggy bread, toast and marmalade, beans on toast! That was the joy of being on holiday though, we could all have whatever we wanted.

    We used to laugh, at the non stick frying pan, where the eggs would always stick and burn, the thin horrid saucepan, where we had to stir the beans every single second or they would stick and burn. As a family of 5 we got through loads of toast, no toaster, just a small grill, cooking the meal would take ages, but it was always such a happy time.
    All five of us would sit round the table and plan our day ahead, other than Christmas time at home I can rarely remember us all sitting down to breakfast together, at least for more than a few minutes at a time.

    We would make plans for our day ahead, chat about the day before and then tackle all the washing up together.

    Gloriously happy memories of my lovely family, when my children were small. Such happy times.

  49. Sandy 31 January 2016 at 17:55 #

    We took the kids to Philly a couple years ago. They always used to get up super early, so one morning we decided to watch the sunrise, snuggled in a blankets and then ate breakfast in the garden, or as they like to say yard. It was the most wonderful, memorable morning.