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Puddleduck Valley

Child friendly farm, Devon – Child friendly farmstay, Devon

Holiday summary

Units sleep 1 – 5
Number of units 4
Prices (Daily) £81 - 120
Short breaks
Pet friendly
WiFi
Mobility friendly

About Puddleduck Valley

A fantastic child-friendly farm and a laid back treat in a most beautiful area of Devon, with lots of back to simple, though often over-looked, play time things to do whilst you’re there. Puddleduck Valley is perfect for a fun family farm-holiday - relaxed hosts, fully equipped self-catering accommodation, a safe adventurous environment and farm animals - a child's dream. We loved it and I suspect you shall too.

Puddleduck Valley is a haven found along scenic country lanes in the Devon countryside.  In the midst of seven acres of mixed woodland sits a small, perfectly formed ‘farmyard’, an ‘it’s all happening in here’ barn and lovely accommodation; the children and you will surely benefit from a chilled out family holiday here - my girls and I after a few days certainly did.  Phil and Melanie are your hosts and along with their two daughters (read perfect playmates) you will be made welcome, settled into your accommodation and eventually introduced to the fun to be had on the farm or in the woodland or on the pond.

Accommodation

Accommodation comprises either a self-contained flat, a beautiful out-building conversion with the bestest triple bunk-bed ever and its own private garden or two stunning yurts surrounded by woodland with chilled out views, a handy compost loo and their very own bathrooms (that would fit easily into a luxury hotel anywhere).

Aggie, Lotts and I stayed in Appleloft (sleeps 4-5) - part of the owners own home though completely self-contained and with private access via external steps. With one bedroom, a cosy lounge, small yet fully-equipped kitchen and beautifully warm shower room Appleloft is charming and had all we could have wanted. There is a TV/DVD, a stash of DVDs to borrow and books and games to play. The stable door allows you to let in the sun, whilst trapping crawling babies or toddlers. The girls each had a put up bed in the HUGE bedroom whilst I luxuriated in the super-king - that’s not quite true as I had imposters but given there was so much room I shouldn’t have noticed - if only Aggie didn’t like to sleep alongside her Mum! The flat comfortably will sleep 4 sharing the bedroom alone. The lounge does have a double sofa bed if you prefer to have a separate room. A cot is available.

The view from the lounge window is lovely. Over-looking the garden, the free-range chickens, the petting area and woodland there is always something to enjoy. The window-seat was Lottie’s favourite perch.

Note there are three steps from the lounge into the bedroom. In the bedroom there are stairs down to a communal kitchen (for the yurts) and the lovely conservatory which holds books and toys/games and local info; a stair-gate is fitted at the top of the stairs and a lockable door is at the bottom. Aggie (aged seven) opened both each morning and looted the toy store!  

The Stables is contemporary and is perfectly equipped for an easy self-catering holiday. Sleeping five The Stables is on one level and comprises two bedrooms; a king-size bed and a small triple room with three singles as a bunk-bed - custom-built and fab. The bathroom has a bath with shower over. The open plan lounge, dining area and kitchen allows you to keep an eye on the children at all times. The garden is fenced and private, yet you are also close to the communal picnic and play areas so that the kids can easily meet up with their new friends and be in listening distance.

The yurts are beautiful - authentic and sensitively furnished they are a wonderful introduction to posh camping. With a double bed and two singles the yurts comfortably sleep a family of four - a cot is available if required. The yurts are warmed by the wood-burning stove (a guard is supplied) which also serves as the kettle boiling and cooking facility.  Early mornings though these things can take a while to warm up - which is where the shared kitchen (with your one neighbour yurt) comes in handy as there you will find a kettle, an oven, microwave, fridge, crocks and cutlery - which also means there’s not long to wait for a bacon sarnie!  You also have a luxurious and private bathroom for steaming hot showers when desired - Snuggledown's has a bath too.  A compost loo means a short distance to travel at night!

A welcome starter pack greets you including tea, coffee, bread and milk and cake - the girls were delighted with the fairy cakes - so was I once I'd got my cup of tea, Mel is happily a fine baker. 

Communal space is what makes Puddleduck so lovely.  The conservatory off the shared kitchen is a brilliant place to while away an hour with a big table to eat around or play at with games and books ready and waiting.

A washing machine is in the old scullery if required and is available for all guests to use.

Animal Fun

Farmer Phil meets up each morning to take his little (and big) farmers-in-training to feed the cats, the goats, the chickens of various breeds, the rabbits and the ducks. Babies of various types may be available to fawn over, depending on what’s happening on the farm; we met the most hilarious chicks with the funkiest hairstyles (you’ll agree when you see them).  We also marvelled at the successful rat-trap involving Nutella and a plastic bottle, but I shall leave Phil to tell you more about that. Feeding and petting and mucking out and egg collecting time is both fun and very informative.  You will learn of the animal’s quirky ways, the trials and tribulations of animal husbandry and breeding and the sustainable running of the farm; the girls (and I) learned lots.

Things To Do On Site

We walked around the gardens freely, chatting to the animals and checking for eggs. We explored the grounds which involved taking the track into the valley (a gentle walk) and around the lovely ponds. One pond is stocked with fish and guests are welcome to try to catch them, paying for those that they take away. One was left for the wildlife and very successful it has been too. This pond has Jemima moored up, a little boat for the children and an adult to enjoy. The pond is 4 feet deep, life-jackets are available in a number of sizes thanks to Heidi and Abigail, and adult supervision is required - we didn't get chance to take Jemima out this time, I promised the girls next time.

The woodland is beautiful, filled with wild flowers and atmosphere - the girls loved the independence of being able to explore freely, climb trees, clamber on the home-made rope swings and navigate across or dam the stream. Our walk in the woods brought us to the clay faces table where you shall find a bucket of dug out clay and trees on which to whallop it - the idea is to make as ugly a face as you can manage - it’s great fun for all ages, even in the rain! Nature trails, bird-spotting cards, mini-beast kits, treasure hunts and pond-dipping equipment is available to borrow for free making for days activities that don’t involve a car journey nor any expense - always a bonus on any holiday.

Pippin and Fudge the resident and very cute dogs are happy to join you on walks, though Fudge still needs Mel’s gentle, firm hand - this is wonderful given that Mel makes for a fantastically informative and friendly guide. Pippin happily joined the girls and I on an adventure through the woods and across to Dunsland Park, a National Trust property next door; the parkland belongs in a Jane Austen novel, isquintessentially English and simply lovely.

Camp fires are wonderful, even when you’re not camping. Puddleduck has it’s own ‘sausage and marshmallow night’ when all guests can opt in to brown a sausage and melt a marshmallow or three over a communal fire, sharing a few tales and enjoying a cold drink or two. Insect repellant is required as is want in any countryside activity. The girls disappeared on the play-area - which is currently being developed further - with Abigail and Heidi to burn off the sugar! Saying that, thanks to the fact that they just didn’t stop except to eat they slept like proverbial babies and even slept in - joy of joys!!!

Days Out

Further afield (25 mins or so) are some wonderful beaches for which Devon is renowned along with charming villages and towns. There is lots to do including cycling along the Tarka trail (we did Torrington to Instow for an ice-cream), surf school in Bude, body-boarding at any number of beaches, rock-pooling at Sandymouth, horse-riding, archery, geo-caching - it goes on… your lovely hosts will give you top tips as to where to go and when.

My memory of Puddleduck though is the gentleness of it all - intermittently broken with a goat calling or the ducks quacking or the cockerel letting all know he’s there, or your child shrieking with delight - in either case all are very pleasant sounds - but there is quiet and I really appreciated it - we shall go back for more of all of the above. 

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Owner's Recommendations

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  • Bickford Arms

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  • Big Sheep

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Terms & conditions

Rates

The prices on www.puddleduckvalley.co.uk are not binding; Puddleduck Valley reserves the right to modify these prices. At the time of booking you will be informed of the prices applicable. The price stated on the confirmation is binding. Discounts and/or special offers can no longer be used after the confirmation/invoice has been sent by Puddleduck Valley.

If, after confirmation of the booking, you would like to make some alterations to the booking, Puddleduck Valley is not obliged to satisfy these requests. It is at the discretion of Puddleduck Valley whether, and to what extent, these alterations will be accepted but we will do our best to accommodate your wishes.

In the rental price of every accommodation the following is included:

Rental of accommodation.
Bed and kitchen linen.
Use of and access to the Puddleduck Valley grounds (where permitted).
Vehicle access to identified car parks.
Use of water.
VAT according to the guidelines of the VAT administration.
Final clean up.

Not included are, among other things:
Washing of the dishes and cooking utensils.
Separating recycling and waste into bags and placing it in the appropriate container.
No pets of any kind are permitted.

Cleaning of accommodation during your stay (including but not limited to private bathrooms for yurts). Cleaning may be arranged as an additional chargeable service. Please contact 01409 281399 for prices and booking.

Deposit

Booking payments are made in two stages. The deposit must be paid at the time of booking. The balance of the booking amount must be in possession of Puddleduck Valley at the latest, 3 days before the start of your stay. In the event of bookings made within 3 days before the start of your stay the entire booking amount must be paid immediately.
In the case of late or incomplete payment of the amounts invoiced to you, you are in default. Puddleduck Valley will send you a reminder of payment. If the amount, within 2 calendar days after the date of the reminder is not yet in possession of Puddleduck Valley, then we are entitled to unilaterally annul the agreement by means of an email or letter to the guest. You are responsible for all damages which Puddleduck Valley suffers or will suffer as a consequence of this, as well as all costs which Puddleduck Valley made with regard to your booking and the cancellation.

Check in & out

Procedure before arrival.
Please bring a (soft or printed) copy of your booking confirmation email.

10. Arrival and departure procedure.

On arrival at Puddleduck Valley, you need to produce your booking confirmation email.
You have access to your accommodation from 4pm on the day of arrival. On the day of departure you must vacate your accommodation by 11:00am. Kindly note that the Puddleduck Valley check in time is between 4.00pm and 7.00pm. It is in your own interest not to arrive late, but should you be unavoidably delayed, please contact us on 01409281311. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL OR TEXT. This number automatically forwards to our mobile phones if we are out and about on the land.

Cancellation policy

In the event of a cancellation more than 4 weeks before the commencement of the stay, 10% of the rental amount will be payable with a minimum of £100 if we cannot rebook the accommodation with another customer.

In the event of cancellation is within 4 weeks before the start of the stay 40% of the entire rental amount will be payable if Puddleduck Valley does not successfully rebook the accommodation with another customer.

In the event of cancellation is within 1 week before the start of the stay 80% of the entire rental amount will be payable if Puddleduck Valley does not successfully rebook the accommodation with another customer.

Other

Puddleduck Valley only accepts bookings from persons over 18 years of age. We reserve the right, at all times - without statement of reasons - to refuse a booking. Puddleduck Valley will confirm the booking via e-mail within 24 hours. The confirmation must be checked immediately on receipt for any errors. Possible or claimed inadequacies must always be notified by email or phone within 10 days following the date of the confirmation/invoice and in any case before the start of the stay. If, within 10 days after the booking, you are not in possession of a confirmation email, you must get in touch with Puddleduck Valley by email or telephone.

In order to make the stay on the farm for all guests as pleasant as possible, all guests must keep to the determined rules of behaviour laid down in the Domestic Regulations. You can ask for the Domestic Regulations on arrival. Breaching the Domestic Regulations can lead to removal from the farm without a refund of the rental sum or a part of it. Puddleduck Valley reserves the right to make alterations in the set-up and opening hours of the facilities and supplies at Puddleduck Valley. We would also bring your attention to the fact that it is possible that maintenance activities may be carried out during your stay on the grounds or to the accommodation(s) without you being entitled to any compensation.

It is the right of Puddleduck Valley to refuse group bookings if we feel this may be of detriment to other guests staying on the farm. Single gender groups are only permitted by telephone confirmation. It is our right to refuse entry to any group bookings not authorised via telephone or email and any monies paid will not be reimbursed. In case of query regarding groups please call us on 01409 281311 or bookings@puddleduckvalley.co.uk.

Force majeure on the side of Puddleduck Valley exists if the implementation of the agreement is entirely or partially, temporarily or permanently, prevented due to circumstances which are beyond the control of Puddleduck Valley, including but not limited to threat of war, staff strikes, blockades, fire, floods and other disruptions or events.

Puddleduck Valley accept no liability for:
theft, loss or damage, of whatever nature, during or as a result of a stay on one of our affiliated farms.
Falling into defect or putting out of action of technical equipment and loss or closure of utility supplies.
The tenant and those who accompany him or her, are jointly and severally responsible for all loss and/or damage to all goods, fixtures, fittings, equipment and property owned or leased by Puddleduck Valley which arises, for Puddleduck Valley and/or any third party as a direct or an indirect consequence of their stay, irrespective of whether this was caused through actions or refraining from actions by themselves or by third parties, who are at Puddleduck Valley through their making, as well as of all damage which is caused by any animal and/or matter which they have under their responsibility and you agree to a charge by Puddleduck Valley for the repair or replacement of the aforesaid damaged items including any postage where applicable.


If you leave your accommodation in an improper condition, additional (cleaning) costs may be charged.

Despite all the care of Puddleduck Valley it may occur that you have a genuine complaint. You must take up this complaint with us immediately, in order to allow us to solve the matter as soon as possible.

Remember that you will be staying on a working farm with live animals and potentially dangerous farm equipment amongst other hazards such as but not limited to steep slopes, slippy surfaces, ponds and fast flowing streams. Also you must be aware that some of the equipment on site may be dangerous if misused. Whilst we take great care to keep you safe, accidents can happen and neither we nor the farm are responsible for such accidents (to the greatest extent permitted by law). It is your responsibility to supervise any children. If you notice that any equipment looks faulty and/or unsafe you must inform a representative of Puddleduck Valley as soon as possible. We strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance against the risk of accidents and your stay being cut short.

In principle, it is permitted for you to receive visitors during your Puddleduck Valley stay. These visitors must report themselves to the owners. Visitors will be charged £20 per car.

Your contract partner is Puddleduck Valley LLP a limited partnership registered in England. These general conditions are applicable to all reservations, directly or indirectly made with Puddleduck Valley. Alterations are reserved on the contents of our publications. Obvious printing errors do not bind us.

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NOTE: Bookings for guests with dogs will be accepted in the Stables cottage & Appleloft Suite for arrival on and after 1st March 2017. Additional terms and conditions apply for those bringing pets. Our minimum stay is 3 nights. We offer the following stays: Long weekend (Friday to Monday - 3 nights) Midweek (Monday to Friday - 4 nights) Week (Friday to Friday or Monday to Monday)

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NOTE: Bookings for guests with dogs will be accepted in the Stables cottage & Appleloft Suite for arrival on and after 1st March 2017. Additional terms and conditions apply for those bringing pets. Our minimum stay is 3 nights. We offer the following stays: Long weekend (Friday to Monday - 3 nights) Midweek (Monday to Friday - 4 nights) Week (Friday to Friday or Monday to Monday)

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