The Olde House
Child friendly farm, Cornwall – Child friendly cottages near Wadebridge and Padstow, North Cornwall
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About The Olde House
You might be lucky enough to see the newborn lambs take their first wobbly steps!
Planning a family holiday to Cornwall? Have you got your wish list to hand of all the facilities you are looking for and are you wondering if any place can possibly tick all the boxes? Look no further as The Olde House nestled on the North Cornwall coastline, comes packed to the rafters with fabulous things to do on-site for all the family. Problem is going to be tearing the kids away from the complex and having a day out. The Olde House offers an eclectic mix of traditional farm cottages and purpose built cottages on a 500 acre working farm. With 28 cottages to choose from there's bound be a cottage to suit your precious family time together. There's plenty to keep the most energetic of children occupied at the farm with the petting corner being a favourite with little ones, a large indoor pool complex and a farm trail with a the bird hide overlooking 15 acres of wetlands, pond dipping, den building, indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds, a snooker table and tennis courts. The Olde House is just a stone’s throw away from the coast and only moments from Wadebridge and the Camel Estuary. It is such an exceptional place, with friendly owners that really go that extra mile to ensure you have a magical and memorable holiday.
The multi-award winning Olde House is part of Penpont Farm, which has belonged to the Hawkey family through three generations. It is obvious to anyone that visits how much time and investment the owners have bestowed on the farm and how the team are dedicated to making your holiday enjoyable and stress free with all the extensive facilities. With numerous youngsters in the Hawkey family they know from their own off springs that sometimes it’s the simple pleasures of den building in the woods or learning a new skill like pond dipping that can make the best memories for little ones. They’ve created a superb farm trail which is a great walk for all the family to enjoy with your family dog as most of the cottages are dog friendly. The bird hide is a fantastic spot to sit for a breather and spot the local wildlife. As it overlooks 15 acres of wetlands and forms part of the Walmsley Bird Sanctuary it attracts many interesting feathered species. Parents get a chance to enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the surroundings whilst the children will have the opportunity to meet lots of new friends and of course the very friendly farm animals. Whatever the weather, whatever your needs, there is always heaps for your family to see and do both indoors and out.
Child Friendly Holiday Accommodation
The Hawkey family diversified into the tourist industry in the 1970’s. They first converted the farm’s suitable outbuildings, retaining many of the original and attractive features which reflect their traditional and characterful style. Providing wonderful family holidays on a working farm, demand was high. As was multiple repeat bookings, so that new purpose built cottages where later added. The Olde House now has a remarkable collection of 28 self-catering cottages, both on the farm and in the neighbouring village of Chapel Amble. Whichever of the holiday cottages you choose, you’ll be surrounded by picturesque countryside and less than a one minute’s walk to the farm’s facilities, yet enough space to ensure privacy and independence, if desired. The cottages, sleeping from 2 to 10 people, are well appointed and cosy, giving you a ‘home from home’ feel whatever the season. Linen, wifi, cots, stairgates, high chairs and put-u-ups are also provided free of charge. Dogs are welcome in most cottages.
If you have children that love animals and want to expose them to farm life this is the place to do it. This is a working farm so why not grab your wellies, explore the farm and lend a hand on the feed run. The farm is home to hundreds of cows, and to even more sheep. Over 1,000 lambs are born at Penpont Farm every year across two lambing seasons. Because of the mild climate, Penpont Farm is able to lamb in November and March so families may get chance to see lambs born at the farm if they visit around then. The pets corner is open every day and is home to guinea pigs, goats, pigs and rabbits. Young helpers are always welcome at the twice daily feeding times. The farm also harvests wheat, barley and oats, which are used to feed the animals on the farm.
During the school holidays, free activities are run by the family, including a farm ride, pond dipping, falconry, archery, woodland fun and a communal barbecue
The Farm's Outstanding Facilities
The impressive facilities on the farm mean you’ll never be stuck for something to do, whatever the weather. There’s a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, whirlpool bath, toddler’s pool, snooker table, indoor/outdoor play areas and tennis courts. The facilities are open seven days a week between 8am and 9pm. A new swimming pool is currently being built that will be opening in early Summer in 2017, however the existing swimming pool will remain open until the new one is complete. The indoor play barn is the place where you can meet your new holiday friends. The area has a large play house, a ball pool, foam padded soft play area, slides and tunnels to keep the little ones busy on a rainy day. Outside there is a large adventure playground with swings, slides and climbing frames. The fabulous Penport Store is a magical Aladdins cave packed full of useful baby and toddler equipment, beach gear with crabbing lines, board games, dvds and books to borrow. You can also purchase a hoodie as a memento from your holiday.
The Farm’s Green Credentials
The Hawkey Family are serious about taking care of the environment that sustains them. Hot on the eco-tourism front, an electric car charge point is provided for guests to use freely which is powered by the farms own yield from solar panels. An impressive array of solar panels and a clever biomass boiler heats some of the cottages and the swimming pool. This help keeps the farms carbon footprint low and your comfort levels high!
Location and things to do in Cornwall
The Olde House is situated in the small, picturesque village of Chapel Amble on the north Cornish coast. The fantastic Maltsters Arms pub and restaurant is just a short walk - family friendly and popular with locals, it’s a great place to eat. The Olde House boasts a fabulous location with just a 5 minute drive into Wadebridge and a 15 minute drive to Padstow and Port Isaac. There is so much to do in the local area, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There is an abundance of picturesque seaside villages to explore and miles of golden beaches to build sandcastles on, including the nearby renowed Polzeath and Rock. Not only that, you can get on your bike at Wadebridge and meander down the Camel Trail, a traffic free path alongside the estuary, refueling with chips or a cornish pasty at Padstow. For thrill seekers Camel Creek Adventure Park is not far away and there is an abudance of fabulous days out and things to do around and about. You’ll struggle to fit it all in!
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