TWO young holidaymakers have become the first to take part in a new initiative designed to help other young people holidaying in the region.

Holiday lettings agency Cottages in Northumberland has launched “Kids Only” reviews so children and young people can share their views and experiences of the properties and places to go with other youngsters who might be considering a visit.

Ellie and Ben Lambert, spent three days at a self-catering holiday cottage, at Beadnell, with their parents, earlier this year – exploring the coastline, eating Craster kippers and spotting seals at the Farne Islands.

And when they returned home, the youngsters lost no time lettings their hosts know exactly what they thought.

Ten-year-old Ellie and Ben 7, sent holiday letting agency Cottages in Northumberland a trip advisor style review revealing the highlights of their trip, with comments such as ‘the Grace Darling Lighthouse was spectacular’ and ‘I loved playing Monopoly in front of the fire.’

The family stayed at 1 Smuggler’s Cove, one of over 180 coastal, countryside and city holiday properties people can rent through the agency – and the company is hoping other young visitors will follow their lead.

“We always ask our adult visitors for feedback,” said Cottages in Northumberland’s Director of Operations, Angela Mazingham, “however, as families and children make up a considerable proportion of our customers, we’ve decided it’s time we sought their opinions too.

“Northumberland has a huge appeal for families as there is so much to do and see. A large selection of our properties are family-friendly– as Ellie and Ben discovered – with plenty of information on what to do and where to go. In addition, some properties also offer board games, books, DVD’s and toys.

“1 Smuggler’s Cove is a popular cottage for families and we were very touched that Ellie had written on her drawing, ‘I wish I could live here forever.’”

To encourage other young guests to share their views, Cottages in Northumberland is asking parents to share their children’s reviews by e mail or through their Facebook page so that they can put the reviews on the website- those too young to write a review are being encouraged to draw pictures and send them in.

“Their feedback wouldn’t just be of interest to us,” said Angela. “It would also be great for other guests of a similar age to read about which properties, restaurants and activities their peers would recommend.”

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