• The haindpainted front door of the yurt Snuggledown
  • A few of the goat kids relaxing in the Devon sunshine
  • A couple of shots of the superb bedrooms in our holiday accommodation
  • Children enjoying playing in the stream on their Devon family holiday
  • The relaxing lounge area of the stables holiday cottage
  • Families resting on a log on the woods
  • Inside and outside the Snuggledown yurt

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Our latest unedited feedback

  • Can't recommend highly enough!" - We stayed for 3 nights at Puddleduck Valley and didn't want to leave, a sign of a great holiday! Our hosts Melanie, Phil and girls were superb and went out of our way to make us feel welcome. within minutes of arriving our kids were off feeding baby goats, collecting eggs and walking the rabbits (yes, really!). The chocolate cupcakes on arrival were also a lovely touch. We stayed in the Stables which was perfect for our needs. The kids loved the triple bunk beds and our room was a great size with a fab bathroom. The kitchen was one of the best equipped we've had self catering so have everything we needed. It's the small things that made a difference too. The age appropriate toys in the bedrooms, pond dipping equipment, lots of ideas for activities and the highlight of the trip......the evening campfire with marshmallows and baking bread on sticks! Lots of activities nearby also, beautiful beaches, great food. All in all, we will definitely be returning! if you've got kids and love the outdoors, this is the place for you.

    Stayed in the Stables

  • What a great place - My wife and son spent 3 days at Puddleduck Valley over the Easter weekend 2016. It was great. Farmers Phil and Melanie could not be more welcoming and their daughters are a credit to them. The accommodation is clean and very nice, we stayed in the Apple loft suite which was well appointed with everything you would need. The bed is HUGE and very comfortable. Just watch your head if your tall! The farm is great with fresh eggs every day. Phil and Melanie do a morning 'feeding' session where the kids (and adults) can go and help look after the animals, feed and pet them. Overall a very enjoyable few days away! P.S. Make sure you take wellies with you!!!!

    Stayed in the Appleloft suite

  • Barley top Yurt - 3 night stay in April - 2 Adults 2 Children - Myself, my wife an 2 children stayed at in the Barleytop Yurt in April 2016. The Yurt is amazing, there is a very comfortable double bed with iron headboard and 2 single beds which the children used, also in the Yurt is a wood burner, table and chairs along with 2 comfortable lounge chairs, 2 chest of drawers, one with mirror and another set of cupboards which contains plates cups a camping kettle, cutlery etc as well as coffee tea and sugar. 2 minutes walk away to the house there is a very well equipped stone floored modern kitchen which has further plates, cutlery etc along with 2 fridge freezers, one for barley top and 1 for snuggled down, there is also a cooker and electric kettle as well as a microwave and toaster. next to the kitchen is a bright dining room which doubles as a playroom - this has two dining tables and plenty of chairs and a highchair. opposite the kitchen is your own dedicated shower facilities with toilet and sink, these are sparkling clean and very modern with lovely flag stone flooring. On arrival we received a warm welcome and the timings coincided with the feeding of the goats, rabbits, chicks and chickens which we all loved particularly the children who were encouraged to handle all the animals which made it all the more special. The accommodation was wonderful, there is no electricity in the Yurt although there are contained alter candles on either side of the bed and a battery powered lantern. The double bed was very comfortable and the toy train set under the bed was a lovely surprise for the children. the internal is wonderfully decorated in the style of a narrow boat with hand painted red beams with a clear view to the stars at the top. the door is very low - watch your head.... without leaving too much detail - The Thompsons are the most welcoming and friendly family you would ever wish to meet. The children enjoyed collecting the eggs for breakfast and feeding and learning about the individual animals / pets. - be sure to explore the lakes and walk the nature trail to the clay face table and the old knotted tree. I would recommend this 100%. The whole experience is one we will never forget as a family - we laughed, smiled, got muddy and laughed even more. Wellies are essential!! a Powerbank for your mobile phone is a good idea a few powerful torches are also a must A special thank you to Abigail and Heidi, happy stargazing x

    Stayed in Barley Top yurt

  • Last minute trip to puddleduck with our two grandchildren. - We stayed in the stables very well equipped lovely accommodation for us two adults and two children. Plenty to do the animal feeding was I think the favourite bit. Phil Melanie Abigail and Heidi couldn't have been more welcoming and informative. Delicious home made scones clotted cream and jam plus the necessities milk bread etc all waiting for us. Will definitely return as soon as possible.

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • Un lugar estupendo, sobre todo sus dueños te hacen vivir una grata experiencia.- Un lugar estupendo, sobre todo sus dueños te hacen vivir una grata experiencia. Estuvimos 4 noches. Phil es un magnífico comunicador con el que disfrutamos practicando nuestro inglés. Mis hijos se lo pasaron en grande con Heidi y Abigail, y con los hijos de otros huéspedes. Echamos de menos haber estado más noches y nuestros hijos nos piden volver de nuevo.

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • Another fantastic stay at Puddleduck! - This was our 2nd time at Puddleduck staying in the Stables this time, really lovely accommodation equipped with everything you'd need and a private garden too. My worries about whether we'd all enjoy it as much as last time were unfounded, it was brilliant.. the kids loved helping Farmer Phil feed the animals, carving pumpkins with Melanie, making Halloween decorations...

    Stayed in the Appleloft Suite t

  • Fantastic 3 night stay in October - We went as a family to Puddleduck Valley for 3 nights in October. We have a 4 and a 2 year old. The kids really loved the daily feeding of the animals and collecting the eggs from the chickens. The site is great to explore and the children loved going out on the rowing boat with me. We stayed in the Appleloft apartment which was very clean and comfortable. Phill and Melanie really went the extra mile to welcome us and the children. In short a great place that we would recommend to anyone.

    Stayed in the Appleloft Suite t

  • Lovely - I'm writing this on the way back from Puddleduck Valley where we've just stayed for 3 nights in a yurt. I was intially apprehensive having booked this at short notice due to unexpected time off work - but I shouldn't have worried. Melanie and Phil have thought of everything to make your stay as comfortable as possible - and many other little things besides which are just as appreciated. This ranged from an intial phone call to establish what time we would be arriving so that the woodburner could be lit, to milk and butter in the fridge and fresh eggs. We also got to taste some of Melanie's scones - which along with clotted cream and jam were beautiful. The yurts were fab - they came complete with woodburner stove which made them really warm and toasty, double bed and two singles. There was storage space (no wardrobe), table and chairs and plenty of candles. Melanie had also supplied a drawful of age appropriate toys for the children. One point to mention - there is absolutely no electricity, so extra torches / lanterns are needed in the night especially if staying in the autumn. The yurts have their own private bathrooms which have lovely warm showers, heated towel rails & hairdryers. These are done to a high standard. In relation to cooking - the yurts share a communal kitchen which was fully equipped with everything you need. This includes washing up liquid, dishcloths, tea towels etc. The children loved meeting the animals - their favourite being the rabbits and collecting eggs. Pictures of which had to.immediately be placed on social media for grandparents at home to see! We tried the rowing boat out, even if we did go around in circles a bit & also the tree swings. Special mention should be made of the campfire - toasting marshmallows are definitely to be recommended. Overall, it was a lovely experience that allowed us to recharge our batteries and spend some quality family time together. It was almost like something out of the famous five stories and I would certainly recommend it to anyone.

    Stayed in the Snuggledown yurt

  • Farm Frenzy - This is very belated but it's another well deserved review. We stayed for a week in the Stables and my city kids (4 and 7) progressed from being shy with the animals to almost single handedly feeding them thanks to the encouragement and phenomenal patience of Mel and Phil. The Stables were comfortable and as everyone says, homemade scones, chicken and duck eggs were a real treat. The grounds including the swings, boat, woods are really incredible and good for exploring. Our biggest thanks have to go to Heidi and Abigail who were really sweet with our kids, playing in the sprinkler, encouraging my son to ride his bike and teaching them how to swing on ropes. Thanks guys!

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • Brilliant break for kids - We spent three nights at Puddlecuk Valley in September and our 2-year-old daughter had a fantastic time (as did we). The Appleloft accommodation was excellent, and there was great attention to detail, such as free Wi-fi, excellent cookware, and cupboards full of toys for our little girl to play with. The highlight was feeding the animals and collecting eggs from the chickens. Melanie explains everything brilliantly, so the kids are learning as well as having fun. Highly recommended

    Stayed in the Appleloft Suite

  • Fantastic family holiday - Stayed in one of the yurts for four days at end of August with my wife and our two boys aged 9 and 17. We all had a wonderful time and Phil and Melanie could not have been more welcoming and friendly. Yurt was great and really comfortable king size bed with lovely linen etc. Bathroom fantastic, and kitchen and conservatory a great place to cook and hang out on those wetter mornings/evenings. Barney (9yrs) loved feeding the animals and collecting eggs every morning, and even Mylo (17yrs) said he would like to come back again (which did surprise us as we thought he might be a bit too old for this)-we all LOVED it, thank you so much Phil and Melanie and Abigail as you guys really made it something special. Will definitely recommend it to all our friends.

    Stayed in the Snuggledown yurt

  • A wonderful place - Went to puddleduck Valley at the start of Sept, 2 adults & 3 very young children. we ALL absolutely loved this place and felt sad to leave. We stayed in the stables cottage which was warm and comfortable with a triple bunkbed for the kids. Warm scones were made for us on our first day there which happened to be the best we have ever tasted. Meeting the farmers each morning to feed the animals was a lovely experience, the kids and myself looked forward to this routine each day. Kids were allowed to be hands on with the animals and were thrilled to be collecting fresh eggs from the hen house! Lovely owners who were great and very patient with the kids would do everything they could to ensure you were happy and nothing seemed to much trouble. The surroundings were lovely and we felt very chilled out, streams to play in, woods to explore, (wellies a must!)a pond and even a little boat to go on which we had fun rowing. This was the perfect choice for a chilled break and quality family time. overall we would definitely recommend puddleduck Valley, and at some point next year look forward to returning. Thank you Phil, Mel & the girls for a memorable holiday!

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • Amazing family retreat - I was almost reluctant to leave a review...the more people who know how wonderful Puddleduck Valley is, the harder it will be to find availability for future visits!! I could tell you about the views, the tranquility, the gentle pace of life. I could wax lyrical about the sense of adventure we all shared... it was like being part of the famous five, exploring the woodland, building dens, making clay creatures, rowing on the pond or swinging on one of the many rope swings. And when I say we all, I refer to not only to my sons (aged 6 and 3), but also to Heidi and Abigail, who generously gave us their time and even let us be privy to their secret hideouts. And it was this that made our long weekend truly magnificent. The girls clearly follow Mel and Phil's lead - they all made us feel so incredibly welcome, always there if needed but never intrusive. I cannot recommend Puddleduck Valley highly enough, and can't wait to head back next year for another rip-roaring adventure.

    Stayed in the Barley Top yurt

  • Give the kids a holiday to remember! - My 11 year old daughter and I stayed at Puddleduck for a break in August and had a lovely time. The family of Phil, Melanie, Heidi and Abigail are very welcoming and lovely people to be around. We stayed in the Appleloft above the farmhouse which has a massive bed, bathroom, living room, kitchen with aga (loved it!) and Wi-Fi. Upon arrival we had tea, coffee, milk, bread and a homemade cream tea which was just gorgeous. Melanie has a talent and should have them for sale! This is definitely a holiday for the kids and I had jokingly referred to it as our Enid Blyton holiday when asked where we were going this summer and it lived up to the name. It’s just a lovely experience for kids to be able to play safely together, climb trees, feed the animals, collect eggs, go walking in the woods and if you are lucky occasionally wanting to spend time with the adults!  The big event was definitely the campfire, a new experience for us both with sausages, marshmallows on sticks, some impromptu singing and Abigail’s entertaining performance! However for my daughter her friendship with Heidi was a big part of the success as they just seemed to hit it off. There were a range of ages on site from babe in arms to 13 and they all got stuck in and had fun together. It was really nice to watch. My daughter’s vegetarian so it was something of an education for her to hear the practicalities of running a farm and the life of farm animals but I personally think that’s a good thing to get lots of perspectives. Phil is very committed to good animal care and sharing knowledge with the kids (human not goat!) and they all seemed to enjoy it greatly and loved their certificates and reminder of their time at puddle duck upon leaving. I have to give special mention to Melanie as I left something important behind when I left and she was so helpful in going out of her way to get it back to me. Lovely lady. So all in all, if you have never camped or done anything other than standard self-catering or hotels (like me) then go for it. I think this is an experience you will remember and without a doubt it’s the one your children will talk about the most. Sometimes the simple things are what make a great holiday. Oh and one final tip – for goodness sake take wellies and more clothes for the children than you think. Mine seemed to be attracted to mud but nothing wrong in letting them get a bit dirty and having a good time irrespective of the British weather! Book and enjoy.

    Stayed in the Appleloft suite

  • Afantastic family holiday - Having just returned from a 1 week stay in the stables at Puddleduck Valley, we have all reflected on what a fabulous time we have had. Having arrived at Puddleduck after a long drive, the accommodation was ready and we received a very warm welcome from Melanie and a guided tour of the farm. The stables is a lovely accommodation, cosy, modern, clean and and extremely well equipped. It is more than adequate for a family of four including a 1 year old and all the equipment that that entails. Our 7 year old daughter loved the bunk beds and the footprint hunt around the cottage (we only found 9 out of 10!!). Upon arrival we had bread, milk, butter, eggs, tea, coffee and all kitchen basics. Later in the week we were giving homemade scones, clotted cream and jam which were fabulous. Although we experienced a fair amount of rain in the first few days, this didn't stop the enjoyment of the site, particularly for our daughter who loved everything to do with the farm. From feeding the baby chicks by hand, calling the goats, walking the family dogs, walking the rabbit, making clay faces, general art / crafts in the communal conservatory, she literally would have been happy to stay on site all day everyday. The egg collecting is certainly the main event for most of the kids and ours was certainly no exception!!!!!! What was really nice as parents was the freedom the children had to play and make friends with other children on the site happy in the knowledge that they were safe, something they just don't get at home. The farmer mornings were terrific for the kids, informative, educational, fun and hands on. Even the adults came home with a few facts that they didn't previously know. Phil and Melanie really let the kids get involved, but its all done in a safe manner with the welfare of the animals at heart. Another highlight for our daughter was the camp fires on a couple of evenings. Toasting marshmallows, cooking sausages.....so simple but again the kids and adults loved it, something you just hardly ever do in day to day life. The family are very welcoming hosts and we all enjoyed their company at various stages of the week. Nothing was too much trouble and they were happy to offer advice about the local area. It was also nice to mix with other families on site and the children all became very friendly and had lots of fun together. The location is good for Bude and its beaches (approx. 25 mins) and we ventured as far as Padstow and Polzeath which were a further 40 - 50 mins. Most afternoons the weather was good and later in the week we had some lovely sunshine which we made the most of at the beach. The Wi-Fi is only occasionally accessible in the stables, you get more success in the communal areas. Phil said they were trying to improve this, but we have to say that it really didn't matter to us. The fact that our daughter never switched her ipad on or requested Nickelodeon on SkyGo all week is probably the best indication I can give of how much she enjoyed the Puddleduck experience! In conclusion this is a terrific location for a different type of holiday to the commercialised resorts / holiday parks. We were sad to leave and very much hope to return in the near future. Thanks for a lovely time. Dave, Lisa, Lucy & Tommy (Sheffield) Tip - Take wellingtons!!

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • Best family holiday in years! We visited Puddleduck Valley at the end of July for 7 nights with our two boys (aged 7 yrs and 20 months). I accidently stumbled across Puddleduck Valley's website when desperately trying to 'panic book' a family holiday that could accommodate our small window of possible dates and that wouldn't cost the earth - I couldn't have been more overjoyed with the results!! I felt a little nervous when booking the yurt (Snuggledown) as we had never been camping with the boys but what a pleasant surprise! Puddleduck Valley is situated in an idyllic location - if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle and unwind, relax and spend some quality time together then this is the place to do it. Our stay in the yurt was a real treat - the boys loved it and the box of toys was a godsend at times! The beds were comfortable and Phil and Mel have kitted out the yurt with everything you may need - and if you cant find it then just ask! Having our own bathroom was wonderful and the shared kitchen was well stocked with all the cooking equipment and paraphernalia that you might find in your own home. The conservatory is packed full of games, puzzles and crafty stuff for the kids as well as information about the local area and places of interest. Some days were spent exploring the coastline and others were spent at Puddleduck - one thing we never encountered during our stay was boredom!! From clay mask making to boating on the lake, feeding the animals to exploring the woodland walks, Phil and Melanie were always enthusiastic and accommodating and also very patient!! The one thing that we did find useful and ended up purchasing on our second day was a little camping stove - the shared kitchen which is situated below Appleloft is available from 7.30am to 10.30pm but after an early wake up call of 5am on our first morning (thanks to our boys!), we missed being able to make a cup of tea! For the rest of the week it didn't matter when we woke up and got the kettle on - indeed, standing on the wooden 'balcony' of our yurt waiting for the kettle to whistle was half the fun! All in all, we had a fantastic holiday and will DEFINATELY be back - thank you Mel and Phil for making it possible! Jess, Gary, Oliver and Finlay (Northampton)

    Stayed in the Snuggledown yurt

  • Excellent Week - We have had a greet week staying at the stBles cottage at puddle duck valley. The location is great in terms of access to the coast and there is lots to see and do. The actual cottage was well done and it was lovely returning from a day trip out and knowing that the kids would just be able to play and explore which gave us time to relax. I managed to read 2 books whilst we were there, which is a real achievement! Both the girls adored the animals and my youngest daughter (6yrs) loved going out with Phil every morning whilst he was carrying out his farming duras. I would recommend puddle duck valley for any family's with primary aged children, none of us wanted to leave.

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • We didn't want to leave - We were a family of four staying in the Stables. It was extremely comfortable, with towels, linens, toiletries, kitchen basics, and all of the kitchen equipment you could require. We had a lot of fun with the duck print treasure hunt also. Phil, Melanie, Heidi and Abigail were all very welcoming, and spend a lot of time with guests to ensure that all needs are met, and that people are having fun. Our sons absolutely loved doing the farming every morning (especially collecting duck eggs!), as well as making clay faces, building dams in the stream, playing on the swings, and generally having a bit more freedom than usual in the little play area and gardens at the top, running wild with the other children. The campfire was a lot of fun, and also very sociable bringing the guests together. We had two days staying at Puddleduck Valley, but also really enjoyed exploring the area. Crooklets Beach at Bude was beautiful, and Rosie's was great for food and a play area. The boys loved the rock pools and puddles that form on the beach as the tide goes out. Widemouth Bay was a good one for crabbing. We had one day with torrential rain, and Milky Way was perfect for fun under cover. There were many other activities on our list, that we will aim to get to when we return to Puddleduck Valley. We had a truly lovely holiday, and no one wanted to leave when the week was over.

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • A uniquely wonderful place - Puddleduck valley is a real find. We were recommended it by friends and it certainly exceeded expectations. The accommodation was lovely and the setting beautiful and tranquil (until we arrived!). It was excellent value for money in the peak holiday season. The use of the shared conservatory area meant that we could easily spend time with the friends we were staying with, so it would suit a couple of families (or more if you used the yurts). The farm itself has lots to do – boating on their little lake, damming the stream or making clay sculptures by the river. What makes this place unique is the way in which you are adopted by Melanie, Phil, Heidi and Abigail as part of their family. Our children had experiences that money really cannot buy: collecting fresh eggs for breakfast, spending mornings being a farmer with Mel and Phil and sitting round a camp fire cooking sausages and watching the bats come out of their roost. The care that they give to their animals is evident in how gentle and approachable they are. We fed the goats, held two day old chicks and were even allowed to borrow their dogs to take on walks. Without sounding too contrived this was a proper old fashioned, back to basics holiday that all children should experience.

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • Fab family holiday - Thank you Puddleduck Valley for another fabulous summer holiday. My children are still talking about the goats and how much they loved helping out on the farm and toasting their marshmallows on the camp fire. I love the freedom the kids can have when we come to stay with you. They can't wait to see what you make next for them to play on. The Apple loft is so comfortable and welcoming and the homemade scones and cream were a real treat! Thank you for making us feel at home. I miss that gorgeously cosy bed. We are already talking about our trip to you next summer.

    Stayed in the Appleloft Suite

  • Very beautiful place - We stayed in one of the yurts. The yurts were spacious and had all the furniture and equipment needed including in our case a travel cot and toys for our one year-old. The yurts were in their own area and sufficiently separated from each other to give privacy. There was also a separate kitchen (shared) and a bathroom each. We were unlucky with the weather and found it a little hard with our one year-old in the rain but there were other children there between three and eight who loved being able to run around and see the animals and enjoy the woods. The one day we had which was sunny was wonderful and we explored the woods, had a bbq and Phil showed our son the chicks, goats and rabbits. I would recommend a stay here to anyone with children of primary school age.

    Stayed in the Snuggledown Yurt

  • Amazing family Memories - Puddleduck Valley is an amazing place! If you have children of any age who love animals, the great outdoors and "getting stuck in" you must go. My husband and I stayed in the Stables with Jessica (4 yrs) and James (2 yrs). It is a converted barn and is beautifully furnished and decorated. I have never stayed in such a clean holiday let. So clean in fact that the owners, Melanie and Phil, actively encourage you to look under the beds and behind the furniture on the duck footprint treasure hunt...one of many lovely little touches that the children loved. There is a small lounge/diner and kitchen area. The kitchen is very well equipped and the utensils, pans and knives were really high quality, making it easy to cook family meals. The children loved sleeping in the triple bunk bed (with bedding appropriate to their age and sex) and the box of toys and games in their room was great - they hardly played with their own toys. The double bedroom was huge with ample room for a cot and the large family bathroom was very luxurious with the most amazingly powerful shower - heaven! We also had our own little garden with furniture and BBQ so that we could take advantage of the lovely weather we had whilst we were there. The attention to detail and understanding of the needs of children (and their parents) is what makes Puddleduck Valley so special. Melanie had baked us scones for when we arrived and there was bread, butter, milk, tea, coffee etc. in the kitchen ready. You can help yourselves to as many fresh eggs as you can eat and they are delicious. There is a communal kitchen area just across the courtyard from the Stables with a beautifully sunny conservatory where we found more children's games and toys, lots of information about the local area, pond dipping equipment, various nature trail sheets and the kids loved ticking off all of the things they had found whilst exploring. We stayed for three nights and we only left the site to buy a few groceries. There are so many little activities for the children (and adults) to enjoy and such a large area of outdoor space to explore that we found plenty to keep us all entertained. It made such a wonderful change from the usual highly priced, gimmicky holiday entertainment places - we simply spent time amongst the natural world and really enjoyed seeing our children learn and enjoy it too. The absolute highlight for us and the children was helping to feed the animals on the two mornings we were there. Phil took us round on the first morning and provided so much fascinating information about the goats, chickens, rabbits, guinea pig and ducks that all four of us learnt something :-) Melanie took us round on the second morning and really encouraged the children to be hands on with the animals. Both Melanie and Phil were so patient and calm with the children. It made us all feel really comfortable and I think that is why both kids enjoyed it so much. They really felt involved in caring for the animals and I have seen their confidence with and awareness of animals blossom as a result. Jessica loved walking the rabbit, stroking Marilyn the chicken and putting the hay out for the boy goats. James enjoyed pulling the duck house into the lakeside to give them their food, getting his hands sticky with the goat food and watching the girl goats run off to their pasture. So many amazing family memories that we will all treasure forever. Melanie and Phil have created a little piece of heaven at Puddleduck Valley where adults and children can come for a break from the pace of life at home and enjoy being at one with nature complete with a comfy bed, power shower, fluffy white towels, free and educational children's entertainment and a home-baked cream tea. Now that is what I call a holiday! I have and will continue to recommend this place to everyone I know. We hope to go back very soon.

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • Relaxing Family Break - Another fantastic stay! We have just returned from a 3 night stay with Melanie and Phil. This was our second stay - first staying in September 2014. We have a 3.5 year old son and we also took my partner's Mum with us this time. We stayed in the Stables. Our son James loved looking after the animals - being a farmer each morning. Also collecting the eggs and generally just playing around Puddleduck valley. The Stables are very comfortable and clean and have everything a family might need. While there we visited Bude and Dartmoor - both easily reached by car. Melanie and Phil and their daughters Heidi and Abigail made our holiday - so friendly and made our son feel so special,he didn't want to leave! We hope to visit again soon - we may try their new yurt next time.

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • WOnderful Farm Stay - We stayed in the Appleloft suite with our 2 year old and 5 month old in June. The apartment is really spacious and clean and was full books and toys for our little ones. The farm is lovely and our 2 year old loved going out with farmer Phil in the mornings and feeding the animals. We had delicious eggs from the hens everyday for breakfast and picked herbs from Melanie's wonderful herb garden- why can't mine look like that??! We loved walking round to the lake and Can't wait to return when the kids are older to make full use of the activities on offer. We went to bude, tintangel and padstow in the day and it was a lovely base to return to. Phil and Melanie were wonderful hosts and the farm is a perfect destination for families. Our daughter keeps asking to go back and see Angus the rabbit!! we can't wait to return and don't hesitate to recommend to anyone!

    Stayed in the Appleloft Suite

  • Best Holiday Ever! - We visited Puddleduck Valley at the end of May/beginning of June... Our 4 year old has still not stopped asking when we can go back! From the warm welcome upon arrival, to the happy goodbye as we left, nothing could have made this a better holiday. We made the trip with our two boys, aged 20 months and 4 years old. The accommodation (Stables), was excellent - clean, comfortable, homely and exactly what we required. Feeding the ducks, collecting eggs and visiting the baby rabbits, all added extra fun to our days. With Bude only a 30 minute drive away, we could also spend our sunny days at the beach, before returning home to the idyllic countryside retreat! Melanie and Phil, along with their lovely girls, are the perfect hosts. They made us feel welcome immediately, and really did make our holiday the best that it could be. We are definitely returning next year - we can't wait! Thank you all for making our trip so awesome! Chrissie, Mat, Wills and Jude :-) p.s - the photo shows what happens when you take your kids to Puddleduck! It exhausts them - woo hoo!

    Stayed in the Stables Cottage

  • Fabulous Stay, Kids loved it! - We stayed last week during half-term in the appleloft accommodation for 7 nights. Phil and Melanie were wonderful hosts and made us feel very welcome. Their daughters are also so very friendly and my boys had a wonderful time playing with them. The accommodation was lovely and cosy... It was a nice surprise having eggs, milk, bread, butter and freshly homemade scones waiting for us. The scones are the absolute best!!! (i want the recipe!!) My boys enjoyed joining the morning routine with phil of feeding and taking care of the animals... And loved being able to check the chickens for fresh eggs throughout the day. Phil and Melanie also took a group of us down to make 'tree clay faces' one afternoon... sooooo much fun and without a doubt I think the adults enjoyed it just as much or more than the children. We loved it and will definitely be booking again.

    Stayed in the Appleloft Suite

  • Puddleduck Valley - We stayed in May half term in a yurt, it was really well equipped and the woodburner really made it exceptionally cosy, our little boy loves sleeping in a tent, so a yurt was a good middle ground for us parents to make it a lot more luxurious. The farm was lovely and the hosts were fab, especially farmer Phil and Abi who had enormous amounts of enthusiasm and patience with our son, who already thought he was a farmer. The morning hour of meet the farmer was a massive success and he loved feeding and looking after the animals, the goats are especially cute!! The setting is idyllic and Josh loved the swings across the stream, its definitely back to nature with a huge amount of fun!!! Thanks also for the lovely scones, delicious.

    Stayed in the Snuggledown Yurt

  • 2nd visit, fantastic, fantastic, fantastic!! This was our 2nd visit to Puddleduck and to be honest surpassed our 1st if that is at all possible. We again stayed in the stables which is a most comfortable, crisp and fresh accommodation now as it was last year. The place just oozes great hospitality and friendliness, the owners welcome you into their home with a personal touch that cannot be brought. Absolutely first class! We cannot recommend a stay here highly enough. Well done and keep up the good work. Hope to see you all again soon x

    Stayed in the Stables Cottage

  • The Perfect Family Holiday - Our 3 night stay at Puddleduck Valley was without a doubt the best family holiday we’ve ever had! This was our first glamping experience and we were spoilt rotten, delicious warm scones on our arrival, the beautiful yurt Barley Top was equipped with everything we could possibly need including toys especially picked out for our 2 ½ and 7 year old, the comfiest beds, wood burner and a luxurious bathroom with gorgeous toiletries too…bliss! We’ve come away with so many special memories from the kids helping Farmer Phil feed the animals in the mornings, collecting the eggs, walking the rabbit (yes really), tree climbing, clay mask making, arts and crafts in the conservatory, water fights, toasting marshmallows on the camp fire, star gazing on the yurt deck, walking through the bluebells, rowing on the lake… the list is endless. Without a doubt, the most special part of Puddleduck Valley are the lovely hosts Melanie, Phil, Heidi and Abigail, they were so welcoming that we truly felt like we were staying with friends. Our daughter would spend hours playing with Abigail, Heidi and the other children and we were relaxed knowing that they were all having fun playing in the most tranquil setting. We’ve already decided that we will be returning to Puddleduck and can’t wait to see the new additions. Thank you all for such a gorgeous holiday!!

    Stayed in the Barley Top Yurt

  • We stayed in one of the yurts. The yurts were spacious and had all the furniture and equipment needed including in our case a travel cot and toys for our one year-old. The yurts were in their own area and sufficiently separated from each other to give privacy. There was also a separate kitchen (shared) and a bathroom each. We were unlucky with the weather and found it a little hard with our one year-old in the rain but there were other children there between three and eight who loved being able to run around and see the animals and enjoy the woods. The one day we had which was sunny was wonderful and we explored the woods, had a bbq and Phil showed our son the chicks, goats and rabbits. I would recommend a stay here to anyone with children of primary school age.

    Stayed in the Snuggledown Yurt

  • This was our 2nd visit to Puddleduck and to be honest surpassed our 1st if that is at all possible. We again stayed in the stables which is a most comfortable, crisp and fresh accommodation now as it was last year. The place just oozes great hospitality and friendliness, the owners welcome you into their home with a personal touch that cannot be brought. Absolutely first class! We cannot recommend a stay here highly enough. Well done and keep up the good work. Hope to see you all again soon x

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • We stayed at the Barley Top yurt for 3 nights with our kids aged 5 and 2.5. We were the only guests there and had the whole place to ourselves. The beds were fluffy and comfortable, and the wood stove kept us warm at night. Our private bathroom is luxurious and very clean, just 2 minutes' walk away. Nice and hot shower too. We came expecting lights and power plugs in the yurt, but were glad there weren't any as this made the great outdoors experience even more authentic. If you like reading before bedtime, you may want to bring a lantern as the yurt does get a tad too romantically dim once the sun goes down :) Phil and Melanie are great hosts. Their daughters Heidi and Abigail made our kids felt very welcomed. Our son - who is usually more reserved - warmed up to Phil almost instantly, who made the Farmer 101 experience very funny and interesting. All of us enjoyed and learned lots listening to his sharing about the animals and farm life there. The kids especially loved the animals feeding session and looked forward to doing that each morning. There were plenty of activities to do here and we were lucky that the weather was lovely throughout. Besides exploring nearby towns like Holsworthy and Launceston as well as visiting the Sandymouth beach, we did boating, nature trail, campfire (never knew burned marshmallows and sausages on broken twigs taste that good!) and collecting eggs from the barn. Don't forget to do some stars gazing at night; they looked amazingly bright and clear here! Overall it was a very rejuvenating getaway for all of us. A good change from the hustle and bustle of city life. Fresh air all around, and peaceful, lush woods. Greens everywhere! Great way for kids to experience the great outdoors and learn about the ins and outs of a working farm. Our son had such wonderful time here that moments before we checked out, he asked - "Can we stay here forever?" :)

    Stayed in the Barley Top Yurt

  • My husband and I have just returned from a two night stay in 'snuggle down' A beautiful yurt nestled in woodland. The yurt itself was bright spacious and warm. Well equipped with a lovely bed, table and chairs, lamp, chest of drawers, crockery and cutlery. Beautiful bedlinen and fluffy towels completed the package. We spent lazy evenings playing Scrabble and drinking a few glasses of red by candlelight whilst the log burning stove kept us toasty warm- bliss. The private bathroom was a dream- super shower and only a few minutes walk from the yurt. Little touches like homemade scones on arrival, freshly collected eggs on the table and books and games to borrow made our stay even better. We found ourselves frantically trying to work out if there was any chance we could sneak in an extra night! What you can't put a price on is the hospitality of the host family. Their passion for what they do is infectious and we were made to feel incredibly welcome. A lovely balance between leaving us to our own devices and involving us in their rural idyll. I can imagine this would be a wonderful place to stay with children and we are already planning a return trip with our 18 month old. However, for a couple wishing for a chance to step out of everyday life and have the opportunity to truly relax, we could not have asked for more.

    Stayed in the Snuggledown Yurt

  • We had a fantastic three night stay at Puddleduck Valley, the accommodation was flawless and really well thought out. Our children loved the bunk beds which were a real feature in The stables. Phil and Melanie's hospitality was fantastic from the outset, we were really well looked after and the little touches such as bread, butter and milk being provided as well as Melanie's brilliant baking were really appreciated. The grounds of the farm are lovely and very picturesque. We happily spent two days plodding around the farm and went out to Bude to the Beach one day but were pleased to get back and put our feet back up again. The simple joys of the children making friends with Phil & Melanie's children Heidi & Abi and the other family staying was lovely and my daughter commented that she was surprised she hadn't watched the tv for 3 days, choosing to spend the time playing outside and collecting the eggs. Our Children really adored the animals and getting so close to them was a fantastic experience for them and one they are begging to repeat again. Definitely worth the trip and we loved the fact it was so peaceful. Some fantastic memories were made. Thank you again.

    Stayed in the Stables

  • Phil, Melanie, Heidi and Abigail were wonderful hosts for our 4 night stay in the Stables over the Easter break. The Stables is newly converted accomodation perfect for us and our 2 boys aged 5 and 8. It is very clean, cosy, warm, modern and very comfortable and every detail has been thought of with everything you may need to make the stay comfortable from freshly made scones and fresh eggs from the farm, bread, butter and milk in the fridge on arrival to lovely toiletries in the bathroom. Everything is quality and high end. We all had a brill, relaxing time and our hosts were fantastic showing and teaching us about the animals. The children loved playing 'farmer' for the morning and collecting eggs from the hens.They also had a fab time playing with Heidi and Abigail who are such lovely girls. The family also organised a fantastic easter egg hunt for the children which was delightful..hunting eggs through their woods was magical- what a fantastic gesture. We also went on the lake in the boat and failed miserably at trout fishing! It is a great location approx 30 mins from Bude in tranquil countryside. Would stay again without hesitation. Thank you for a lovely stay!

    Stayed in Stables

  • Mel, Phil and their two girls are exceptional hosts. Nothing was too much trouble for them - they were always on hand to answer questions, provide tips on the local area, help us feed and play with all their fantastic animals (goats, chickens, dogs, cats, ducks, rabbits), and even shared their delicious home cooked brownies and scones with us. My two daughters also really enjoyed having a couple of friends to muck around with! The valley is beautiful and felt sufficiently secluded and private and we will hopefully be back in the not too distant future!

    Stayed in Barley Top the Mongolian yurt

  • Many holiday rentals purport to being a home from home - but this actually felt like it was - the welcome was warm and incredibly friendly, the Appleloft was equipped with everything you could need and nothing was too much for Melanie and Phil. We arrived late, in the pouring rain and Melanie still helped us with our bags - there were essentials in the kitchen - and delicious home-made scones. Our children loved everything about Puddleduck Valley and are already asking to go back in the Summer - when I imagine it would be even more idyllic. It really is a fabulous place to take children - where they can run free and get dirty!! We were sad to leave and could have quite happily stayed longer. There was still so much to explore and they could have stayed in the rowing boat and on the tree swing all day!! A really fabulous weekend and a real gem of a find - we will be back and we will tell all our friends. Thank you Melanie Phil Heidi and Abigail for sharing your lovely home with us ......

    Stayed in the Appleloft Suite

  • We've had the most relaxing weekend! The legendary Thompson hospitality was in full force, feel totally pampered. The Stables is incredibly comfortable, with everything you could possibly need. Gutted to be going home having found only eight of the duck footprints [Indoor treasure hunt] - will definately have to come back soon to find the others. About to leave and I've just found another one = 9. Brilliant time - DON'T WANT TO LEAVE.
    Amelie: I absolutely loved it here!

    Stayed in Stables

  • Thank you so much for a fantastic, relaxing stay! We extended our stay - we loved it so much. James, our son loved getting involved with the animals. We would definately return. Heidi & Abigail were lovely girls and spent lots of time with James. Phil & Melanie were so welcoming - thanks again - we had a blast.

    Stayed in the Stables

  • Thank you so much for a wonderful stay - the yurt is incredible, a great place to stay. A lot of thought has been given to guest's needs making for such a comfortable stay. We love it!

    Stayed in Snuugledown yurt

  • Thank you for your hospitality! We had a wonderful time at your lovely place! You are a lovely, warm and helpful family! It was so nice staying at the yurt! We liked the campfire so much, we don't forget this place! We will tell our friends!

    Stayed in the Stables

  • A massive thank you for sharing your home and your family in such fantastic surroundings, You should feel very proud of what you have achieved in terms og your farm, holiday experience offered and your two fabulous girls. Unfortunately our week has gone all too quick, but I have a sneaky feeling this won't be a final goodbye with so much more to learn, explore and chat about. Thanks again to each and every one of you for making us so welcome and making our holiday that extra bit special.

    Stayed in the Stables

  • Having not had a family holiday for a couple of years we were really looking forward to our first stay at Puddleduck Valley! It all looked good on the website and the reviews all read so well we thought there must be a catch or its "to good to be true"! But to Phil, Mel, the girls and the animals credit they provide a wonderful enviroment for a family holiday! The surrondings are beautiful, the accomidation is great, looks fresh and is clean! All these things add up to a good holiday but a stay at Puddleduck is a GREAT holiday - Phil & Mel will do what ever they can to make your stay more enjoyable and the children were made to feel part of the family. Its also all those little extras you get - the welcome pack with all those essentials like milk, bread, tea and not forgetting the wonderful cakes on arrival! Great value for money and have already booked a 2nd visit! Thanks to you all for giving us a great 1st experience! :) x By the way Wellies are essential!!

    Stayed in Stables

  • Thank you What a wonderful place! Thank you to you all (adults AND children) for being so welcoming. Puddleduck Valley has provided us with many happy memories - THANK YOU

    Stayed in Snuggledown the yurt

  • I spent three nights with my young children (three and five) in the yurt. The peaceful, relaxed environment is exactly what we were looking for - the perfect antidote for London based city dwellers. The yurt is a beautiful authentic Mongolian construction and is way more comfortable than a normal tent. We stayed in summer so there was no need to get the internal wood burning stove fired up, although I REALLY wanted to! :-) As advertised there are lots of activities for the kids to get involved in, and Phil and Melanie were always on hand to show the children the rabbits, let them help with leading the goats to pasture and collecting hens eggs etc. The selection of games, kids toys and books is very good and really added to the enjoyment for the little ones. If you manage to leave the site there are also lots of good day trips in the local area such as a day out to the beach in Bude. Phil, Melanie and their daughters are fantastic hosts. We'll be booking another visit very soon!

    Stayed in Snuggledown the Yurt

  • Thank you for your hospitality! We had a wonderful time at your lovely place! You are a lovely, warm and helpful family! It was so nice staying at the yurt! We liked the campfire so much, we don't forget this place! We will tell our friends!

    Stayed in the Stables

  • Had three great days at the Puddledock. We all wish we had booked longer. The host family is real friendly. The kids loved being farmers in the morning taking care of goats, cats, rabbits and chickens. We stayed in the apple loft and it was real cozy. We will stay longer next year. Perfect for a family holiday with kids

    Stayed in the Appleloft Suite

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  • Can't recommend highly enough!" - We stayed for 3 nights at Puddleduck Valley and didn't want to leave, a sign of a great holiday! Our hosts Melanie, Phil and girls were superb and went out of our way to make us feel welcome. within minutes of arriving our kids were off feeding baby goats, collecting eggs and walking the rabbits (yes, really!). The chocolate cupcakes on arrival were also a lovely touch. We stayed in the Stables which was perfect for our needs. The kids loved the triple bunk beds and our room was a great size with a fab bathroom. The kitchen was one of the best equipped we've had self catering so have everything we needed. It's the small things that made a difference too. The age appropriate toys in the bedrooms, pond dipping equipment, lots of ideas for activities and the highlight of the trip......the evening campfire with marshmallows and baking bread on sticks! Lots of activities nearby also, beautiful beaches, great food. All in all, we will definitely be returning! if you've got kids and love the outdoors, this is the place for you.

    Stayed in the Stables

  • Last minute trip to puddleduck with our two grandchildren. - We stayed in the stables very well equipped lovely accommodation for us two adults and two children. Plenty to do the animal feeding was I think the favourite bit. Phil Melanie Abigail and Heidi couldn't have been more welcoming and informative. Delicious home made scones clotted cream and jam plus the necessities milk bread etc all waiting for us. Will definitely return as soon as possible.

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • Un lugar estupendo, sobre todo sus dueños te hacen vivir una grata experiencia.- Un lugar estupendo, sobre todo sus dueños te hacen vivir una grata experiencia. Estuvimos 4 noches. Phil es un magnífico comunicador con el que disfrutamos practicando nuestro inglés. Mis hijos se lo pasaron en grande con Heidi y Abigail, y con los hijos de otros huéspedes. Echamos de menos haber estado más noches y nuestros hijos nos piden volver de nuevo.

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • Another fantastic stay at Puddleduck! - This was our 2nd time at Puddleduck staying in the Stables this time, really lovely accommodation equipped with everything you'd need and a private garden too. My worries about whether we'd all enjoy it as much as last time were unfounded, it was brilliant.. the kids loved helping Farmer Phil feed the animals, carving pumpkins with Melanie, making Halloween decorations...

    Stayed in the Appleloft Suite t

  • Fantastic 3 night stay in October - We went as a family to Puddleduck Valley for 3 nights in October. We have a 4 and a 2 year old. The kids really loved the daily feeding of the animals and collecting the eggs from the chickens. The site is great to explore and the children loved going out on the rowing boat with me. We stayed in the Appleloft apartment which was very clean and comfortable. Phill and Melanie really went the extra mile to welcome us and the children. In short a great place that we would recommend to anyone.

    Stayed in the Appleloft Suite t

  • Lovely - I'm writing this on the way back from Puddleduck Valley where we've just stayed for 3 nights in a yurt. I was intially apprehensive having booked this at short notice due to unexpected time off work - but I shouldn't have worried. Melanie and Phil have thought of everything to make your stay as comfortable as possible - and many other little things besides which are just as appreciated. This ranged from an intial phone call to establish what time we would be arriving so that the woodburner could be lit, to milk and butter in the fridge and fresh eggs. We also got to taste some of Melanie's scones - which along with clotted cream and jam were beautiful. The yurts were fab - they came complete with woodburner stove which made them really warm and toasty, double bed and two singles. There was storage space (no wardrobe), table and chairs and plenty of candles. Melanie had also supplied a drawful of age appropriate toys for the children. One point to mention - there is absolutely no electricity, so extra torches / lanterns are needed in the night especially if staying in the autumn. The yurts have their own private bathrooms which have lovely warm showers, heated towel rails & hairdryers. These are done to a high standard. In relation to cooking - the yurts share a communal kitchen which was fully equipped with everything you need. This includes washing up liquid, dishcloths, tea towels etc. The children loved meeting the animals - their favourite being the rabbits and collecting eggs. Pictures of which had to.immediately be placed on social media for grandparents at home to see! We tried the rowing boat out, even if we did go around in circles a bit & also the tree swings. Special mention should be made of the campfire - toasting marshmallows are definitely to be recommended. Overall, it was a lovely experience that allowed us to recharge our batteries and spend some quality family time together. It was almost like something out of the famous five stories and I would certainly recommend it to anyone.

    Stayed in the Snuggledown yurt

  • Farm Frenzy - This is very belated but it's another well deserved review. We stayed for a week in the Stables and my city kids (4 and 7) progressed from being shy with the animals to almost single handedly feeding them thanks to the encouragement and phenomenal patience of Mel and Phil. The Stables were comfortable and as everyone says, homemade scones, chicken and duck eggs were a real treat. The grounds including the swings, boat, woods are really incredible and good for exploring. Our biggest thanks have to go to Heidi and Abigail who were really sweet with our kids, playing in the sprinkler, encouraging my son to ride his bike and teaching them how to swing on ropes. Thanks guys!

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • Brilliant break for kids - We spent three nights at Puddlecuk Valley in September and our 2-year-old daughter had a fantastic time (as did we). The Appleloft accommodation was excellent, and there was great attention to detail, such as free Wi-fi, excellent cookware, and cupboards full of toys for our little girl to play with. The highlight was feeding the animals and collecting eggs from the chickens. Melanie explains everything brilliantly, so the kids are learning as well as having fun. Highly recommended

    Stayed in the Appleloft Suite

  • Fantastic family holiday - Stayed in one of the yurts for four days at end of August with my wife and our two boys aged 9 and 17. We all had a wonderful time and Phil and Melanie could not have been more welcoming and friendly. Yurt was great and really comfortable king size bed with lovely linen etc. Bathroom fantastic, and kitchen and conservatory a great place to cook and hang out on those wetter mornings/evenings. Barney (9yrs) loved feeding the animals and collecting eggs every morning, and even Mylo (17yrs) said he would like to come back again (which did surprise us as we thought he might be a bit too old for this)-we all LOVED it, thank you so much Phil and Melanie and Abigail as you guys really made it something special. Will definitely recommend it to all our friends.

    Stayed in the Snuggledown yurt

  • A wonderful place - Went to puddleduck Valley at the start of Sept, 2 adults & 3 very young children. we ALL absolutely loved this place and felt sad to leave. We stayed in the stables cottage which was warm and comfortable with a triple bunkbed for the kids. Warm scones were made for us on our first day there which happened to be the best we have ever tasted. Meeting the farmers each morning to feed the animals was a lovely experience, the kids and myself looked forward to this routine each day. Kids were allowed to be hands on with the animals and were thrilled to be collecting fresh eggs from the hen house! Lovely owners who were great and very patient with the kids would do everything they could to ensure you were happy and nothing seemed to much trouble. The surroundings were lovely and we felt very chilled out, streams to play in, woods to explore, (wellies a must!)a pond and even a little boat to go on which we had fun rowing. This was the perfect choice for a chilled break and quality family time. overall we would definitely recommend puddleduck Valley, and at some point next year look forward to returning. Thank you Phil, Mel & the girls for a memorable holiday!

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • Amazing family retreat - I was almost reluctant to leave a review...the more people who know how wonderful Puddleduck Valley is, the harder it will be to find availability for future visits!! I could tell you about the views, the tranquility, the gentle pace of life. I could wax lyrical about the sense of adventure we all shared... it was like being part of the famous five, exploring the woodland, building dens, making clay creatures, rowing on the pond or swinging on one of the many rope swings. And when I say we all, I refer to not only to my sons (aged 6 and 3), but also to Heidi and Abigail, who generously gave us their time and even let us be privy to their secret hideouts. And it was this that made our long weekend truly magnificent. The girls clearly follow Mel and Phil's lead - they all made us feel so incredibly welcome, always there if needed but never intrusive. I cannot recommend Puddleduck Valley highly enough, and can't wait to head back next year for another rip-roaring adventure.

    Stayed in the Barley Top yurt

  • Give the kids a holiday to remember! - My 11 year old daughter and I stayed at Puddleduck for a break in August and had a lovely time. The family of Phil, Melanie, Heidi and Abigail are very welcoming and lovely people to be around. We stayed in the Appleloft above the farmhouse which has a massive bed, bathroom, living room, kitchen with aga (loved it!) and Wi-Fi. Upon arrival we had tea, coffee, milk, bread and a homemade cream tea which was just gorgeous. Melanie has a talent and should have them for sale! This is definitely a holiday for the kids and I had jokingly referred to it as our Enid Blyton holiday when asked where we were going this summer and it lived up to the name. It’s just a lovely experience for kids to be able to play safely together, climb trees, feed the animals, collect eggs, go walking in the woods and if you are lucky occasionally wanting to spend time with the adults!  The big event was definitely the campfire, a new experience for us both with sausages, marshmallows on sticks, some impromptu singing and Abigail’s entertaining performance! However for my daughter her friendship with Heidi was a big part of the success as they just seemed to hit it off. There were a range of ages on site from babe in arms to 13 and they all got stuck in and had fun together. It was really nice to watch. My daughter’s vegetarian so it was something of an education for her to hear the practicalities of running a farm and the life of farm animals but I personally think that’s a good thing to get lots of perspectives. Phil is very committed to good animal care and sharing knowledge with the kids (human not goat!) and they all seemed to enjoy it greatly and loved their certificates and reminder of their time at puddle duck upon leaving. I have to give special mention to Melanie as I left something important behind when I left and she was so helpful in going out of her way to get it back to me. Lovely lady. So all in all, if you have never camped or done anything other than standard self-catering or hotels (like me) then go for it. I think this is an experience you will remember and without a doubt it’s the one your children will talk about the most. Sometimes the simple things are what make a great holiday. Oh and one final tip – for goodness sake take wellies and more clothes for the children than you think. Mine seemed to be attracted to mud but nothing wrong in letting them get a bit dirty and having a good time irrespective of the British weather! Book and enjoy.

    Stayed in the Appleloft suite

  • Afantastic family holiday - Having just returned from a 1 week stay in the stables at Puddleduck Valley, we have all reflected on what a fabulous time we have had. Having arrived at Puddleduck after a long drive, the accommodation was ready and we received a very warm welcome from Melanie and a guided tour of the farm. The stables is a lovely accommodation, cosy, modern, clean and and extremely well equipped. It is more than adequate for a family of four including a 1 year old and all the equipment that that entails. Our 7 year old daughter loved the bunk beds and the footprint hunt around the cottage (we only found 9 out of 10!!). Upon arrival we had bread, milk, butter, eggs, tea, coffee and all kitchen basics. Later in the week we were giving homemade scones, clotted cream and jam which were fabulous. Although we experienced a fair amount of rain in the first few days, this didn't stop the enjoyment of the site, particularly for our daughter who loved everything to do with the farm. From feeding the baby chicks by hand, calling the goats, walking the family dogs, walking the rabbit, making clay faces, general art / crafts in the communal conservatory, she literally would have been happy to stay on site all day everyday. The egg collecting is certainly the main event for most of the kids and ours was certainly no exception!!!!!! What was really nice as parents was the freedom the children had to play and make friends with other children on the site happy in the knowledge that they were safe, something they just don't get at home. The farmer mornings were terrific for the kids, informative, educational, fun and hands on. Even the adults came home with a few facts that they didn't previously know. Phil and Melanie really let the kids get involved, but its all done in a safe manner with the welfare of the animals at heart. Another highlight for our daughter was the camp fires on a couple of evenings. Toasting marshmallows, cooking sausages.....so simple but again the kids and adults loved it, something you just hardly ever do in day to day life. The family are very welcoming hosts and we all enjoyed their company at various stages of the week. Nothing was too much trouble and they were happy to offer advice about the local area. It was also nice to mix with other families on site and the children all became very friendly and had lots of fun together. The location is good for Bude and its beaches (approx. 25 mins) and we ventured as far as Padstow and Polzeath which were a further 40 - 50 mins. Most afternoons the weather was good and later in the week we had some lovely sunshine which we made the most of at the beach. The Wi-Fi is only occasionally accessible in the stables, you get more success in the communal areas. Phil said they were trying to improve this, but we have to say that it really didn't matter to us. The fact that our daughter never switched her ipad on or requested Nickelodeon on SkyGo all week is probably the best indication I can give of how much she enjoyed the Puddleduck experience! In conclusion this is a terrific location for a different type of holiday to the commercialised resorts / holiday parks. We were sad to leave and very much hope to return in the near future. Thanks for a lovely time. Dave, Lisa, Lucy & Tommy (Sheffield) Tip - Take wellingtons!!

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • Best family holiday in years! We visited Puddleduck Valley at the end of July for 7 nights with our two boys (aged 7 yrs and 20 months). I accidently stumbled across Puddleduck Valley's website when desperately trying to 'panic book' a family holiday that could accommodate our small window of possible dates and that wouldn't cost the earth - I couldn't have been more overjoyed with the results!! I felt a little nervous when booking the yurt (Snuggledown) as we had never been camping with the boys but what a pleasant surprise! Puddleduck Valley is situated in an idyllic location - if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle and unwind, relax and spend some quality time together then this is the place to do it. Our stay in the yurt was a real treat - the boys loved it and the box of toys was a godsend at times! The beds were comfortable and Phil and Mel have kitted out the yurt with everything you may need - and if you cant find it then just ask! Having our own bathroom was wonderful and the shared kitchen was well stocked with all the cooking equipment and paraphernalia that you might find in your own home. The conservatory is packed full of games, puzzles and crafty stuff for the kids as well as information about the local area and places of interest. Some days were spent exploring the coastline and others were spent at Puddleduck - one thing we never encountered during our stay was boredom!! From clay mask making to boating on the lake, feeding the animals to exploring the woodland walks, Phil and Melanie were always enthusiastic and accommodating and also very patient!! The one thing that we did find useful and ended up purchasing on our second day was a little camping stove - the shared kitchen which is situated below Appleloft is available from 7.30am to 10.30pm but after an early wake up call of 5am on our first morning (thanks to our boys!), we missed being able to make a cup of tea! For the rest of the week it didn't matter when we woke up and got the kettle on - indeed, standing on the wooden 'balcony' of our yurt waiting for the kettle to whistle was half the fun! All in all, we had a fantastic holiday and will DEFINATELY be back - thank you Mel and Phil for making it possible! Jess, Gary, Oliver and Finlay (Northampton)

    Stayed in the Snuggledown yurt

  • Excellent Week - We have had a greet week staying at the stBles cottage at puddle duck valley. The location is great in terms of access to the coast and there is lots to see and do. The actual cottage was well done and it was lovely returning from a day trip out and knowing that the kids would just be able to play and explore which gave us time to relax. I managed to read 2 books whilst we were there, which is a real achievement! Both the girls adored the animals and my youngest daughter (6yrs) loved going out with Phil every morning whilst he was carrying out his farming duras. I would recommend puddle duck valley for any family's with primary aged children, none of us wanted to leave.

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • We didn't want to leave - We were a family of four staying in the Stables. It was extremely comfortable, with towels, linens, toiletries, kitchen basics, and all of the kitchen equipment you could require. We had a lot of fun with the duck print treasure hunt also. Phil, Melanie, Heidi and Abigail were all very welcoming, and spend a lot of time with guests to ensure that all needs are met, and that people are having fun. Our sons absolutely loved doing the farming every morning (especially collecting duck eggs!), as well as making clay faces, building dams in the stream, playing on the swings, and generally having a bit more freedom than usual in the little play area and gardens at the top, running wild with the other children. The campfire was a lot of fun, and also very sociable bringing the guests together. We had two days staying at Puddleduck Valley, but also really enjoyed exploring the area. Crooklets Beach at Bude was beautiful, and Rosie's was great for food and a play area. The boys loved the rock pools and puddles that form on the beach as the tide goes out. Widemouth Bay was a good one for crabbing. We had one day with torrential rain, and Milky Way was perfect for fun under cover. There were many other activities on our list, that we will aim to get to when we return to Puddleduck Valley. We had a truly lovely holiday, and no one wanted to leave when the week was over.

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • A uniquely wonderful place - Puddleduck valley is a real find. We were recommended it by friends and it certainly exceeded expectations. The accommodation was lovely and the setting beautiful and tranquil (until we arrived!). It was excellent value for money in the peak holiday season. The use of the shared conservatory area meant that we could easily spend time with the friends we were staying with, so it would suit a couple of families (or more if you used the yurts). The farm itself has lots to do – boating on their little lake, damming the stream or making clay sculptures by the river. What makes this place unique is the way in which you are adopted by Melanie, Phil, Heidi and Abigail as part of their family. Our children had experiences that money really cannot buy: collecting fresh eggs for breakfast, spending mornings being a farmer with Mel and Phil and sitting round a camp fire cooking sausages and watching the bats come out of their roost. The care that they give to their animals is evident in how gentle and approachable they are. We fed the goats, held two day old chicks and were even allowed to borrow their dogs to take on walks. Without sounding too contrived this was a proper old fashioned, back to basics holiday that all children should experience.

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • Fab family holiday - Thank you Puddleduck Valley for another fabulous summer holiday. My children are still talking about the goats and how much they loved helping out on the farm and toasting their marshmallows on the camp fire. I love the freedom the kids can have when we come to stay with you. They can't wait to see what you make next for them to play on. The Apple loft is so comfortable and welcoming and the homemade scones and cream were a real treat! Thank you for making us feel at home. I miss that gorgeously cosy bed. We are already talking about our trip to you next summer.

    Stayed in the Appleloft Suite

  • Very beautiful place - We stayed in one of the yurts. The yurts were spacious and had all the furniture and equipment needed including in our case a travel cot and toys for our one year-old. The yurts were in their own area and sufficiently separated from each other to give privacy. There was also a separate kitchen (shared) and a bathroom each. We were unlucky with the weather and found it a little hard with our one year-old in the rain but there were other children there between three and eight who loved being able to run around and see the animals and enjoy the woods. The one day we had which was sunny was wonderful and we explored the woods, had a bbq and Phil showed our son the chicks, goats and rabbits. I would recommend a stay here to anyone with children of primary school age.

    Stayed in the Snuggledown Yurt

  • Amazing family Memories - Puddleduck Valley is an amazing place! If you have children of any age who love animals, the great outdoors and "getting stuck in" you must go. My husband and I stayed in the Stables with Jessica (4 yrs) and James (2 yrs). It is a converted barn and is beautifully furnished and decorated. I have never stayed in such a clean holiday let. So clean in fact that the owners, Melanie and Phil, actively encourage you to look under the beds and behind the furniture on the duck footprint treasure hunt...one of many lovely little touches that the children loved. There is a small lounge/diner and kitchen area. The kitchen is very well equipped and the utensils, pans and knives were really high quality, making it easy to cook family meals. The children loved sleeping in the triple bunk bed (with bedding appropriate to their age and sex) and the box of toys and games in their room was great - they hardly played with their own toys. The double bedroom was huge with ample room for a cot and the large family bathroom was very luxurious with the most amazingly powerful shower - heaven! We also had our own little garden with furniture and BBQ so that we could take advantage of the lovely weather we had whilst we were there. The attention to detail and understanding of the needs of children (and their parents) is what makes Puddleduck Valley so special. Melanie had baked us scones for when we arrived and there was bread, butter, milk, tea, coffee etc. in the kitchen ready. You can help yourselves to as many fresh eggs as you can eat and they are delicious. There is a communal kitchen area just across the courtyard from the Stables with a beautifully sunny conservatory where we found more children's games and toys, lots of information about the local area, pond dipping equipment, various nature trail sheets and the kids loved ticking off all of the things they had found whilst exploring. We stayed for three nights and we only left the site to buy a few groceries. There are so many little activities for the children (and adults) to enjoy and such a large area of outdoor space to explore that we found plenty to keep us all entertained. It made such a wonderful change from the usual highly priced, gimmicky holiday entertainment places - we simply spent time amongst the natural world and really enjoyed seeing our children learn and enjoy it too. The absolute highlight for us and the children was helping to feed the animals on the two mornings we were there. Phil took us round on the first morning and provided so much fascinating information about the goats, chickens, rabbits, guinea pig and ducks that all four of us learnt something :-) Melanie took us round on the second morning and really encouraged the children to be hands on with the animals. Both Melanie and Phil were so patient and calm with the children. It made us all feel really comfortable and I think that is why both kids enjoyed it so much. They really felt involved in caring for the animals and I have seen their confidence with and awareness of animals blossom as a result. Jessica loved walking the rabbit, stroking Marilyn the chicken and putting the hay out for the boy goats. James enjoyed pulling the duck house into the lakeside to give them their food, getting his hands sticky with the goat food and watching the girl goats run off to their pasture. So many amazing family memories that we will all treasure forever. Melanie and Phil have created a little piece of heaven at Puddleduck Valley where adults and children can come for a break from the pace of life at home and enjoy being at one with nature complete with a comfy bed, power shower, fluffy white towels, free and educational children's entertainment and a home-baked cream tea. Now that is what I call a holiday! I have and will continue to recommend this place to everyone I know. We hope to go back very soon.

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • Relaxing Family Break - Another fantastic stay! We have just returned from a 3 night stay with Melanie and Phil. This was our second stay - first staying in September 2014. We have a 3.5 year old son and we also took my partner's Mum with us this time. We stayed in the Stables. Our son James loved looking after the animals - being a farmer each morning. Also collecting the eggs and generally just playing around Puddleduck valley. The Stables are very comfortable and clean and have everything a family might need. While there we visited Bude and Dartmoor - both easily reached by car. Melanie and Phil and their daughters Heidi and Abigail made our holiday - so friendly and made our son feel so special,he didn't want to leave! We hope to visit again soon - we may try their new yurt next time.

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • WOnderful Farm Stay - We stayed in the Appleloft suite with our 2 year old and 5 month old in June. The apartment is really spacious and clean and was full books and toys for our little ones. The farm is lovely and our 2 year old loved going out with farmer Phil in the mornings and feeding the animals. We had delicious eggs from the hens everyday for breakfast and picked herbs from Melanie's wonderful herb garden- why can't mine look like that??! We loved walking round to the lake and Can't wait to return when the kids are older to make full use of the activities on offer. We went to bude, tintangel and padstow in the day and it was a lovely base to return to. Phil and Melanie were wonderful hosts and the farm is a perfect destination for families. Our daughter keeps asking to go back and see Angus the rabbit!! we can't wait to return and don't hesitate to recommend to anyone!

    Stayed in the Appleloft Suite

  • Best Holiday Ever! - We visited Puddleduck Valley at the end of May/beginning of June... Our 4 year old has still not stopped asking when we can go back! From the warm welcome upon arrival, to the happy goodbye as we left, nothing could have made this a better holiday. We made the trip with our two boys, aged 20 months and 4 years old. The accommodation (Stables), was excellent - clean, comfortable, homely and exactly what we required. Feeding the ducks, collecting eggs and visiting the baby rabbits, all added extra fun to our days. With Bude only a 30 minute drive away, we could also spend our sunny days at the beach, before returning home to the idyllic countryside retreat! Melanie and Phil, along with their lovely girls, are the perfect hosts. They made us feel welcome immediately, and really did make our holiday the best that it could be. We are definitely returning next year - we can't wait! Thank you all for making our trip so awesome! Chrissie, Mat, Wills and Jude :-) p.s - the photo shows what happens when you take your kids to Puddleduck! It exhausts them - woo hoo!

    Stayed in the Stables Cottage

  • Fabulous Stay, Kids loved it! - We stayed last week during half-term in the appleloft accommodation for 7 nights. Phil and Melanie were wonderful hosts and made us feel very welcome. Their daughters are also so very friendly and my boys had a wonderful time playing with them. The accommodation was lovely and cosy... It was a nice surprise having eggs, milk, bread, butter and freshly homemade scones waiting for us. The scones are the absolute best!!! (i want the recipe!!) My boys enjoyed joining the morning routine with phil of feeding and taking care of the animals... And loved being able to check the chickens for fresh eggs throughout the day. Phil and Melanie also took a group of us down to make 'tree clay faces' one afternoon... sooooo much fun and without a doubt I think the adults enjoyed it just as much or more than the children. We loved it and will definitely be booking again.

    Stayed in the Appleloft Suite

  • Puddleduck Valley - We stayed in May half term in a yurt, it was really well equipped and the woodburner really made it exceptionally cosy, our little boy loves sleeping in a tent, so a yurt was a good middle ground for us parents to make it a lot more luxurious. The farm was lovely and the hosts were fab, especially farmer Phil and Abi who had enormous amounts of enthusiasm and patience with our son, who already thought he was a farmer. The morning hour of meet the farmer was a massive success and he loved feeding and looking after the animals, the goats are especially cute!! The setting is idyllic and Josh loved the swings across the stream, its definitely back to nature with a huge amount of fun!!! Thanks also for the lovely scones, delicious.

    Stayed in the Snuggledown Yurt

  • 2nd visit, fantastic, fantastic, fantastic!! This was our 2nd visit to Puddleduck and to be honest surpassed our 1st if that is at all possible. We again stayed in the stables which is a most comfortable, crisp and fresh accommodation now as it was last year. The place just oozes great hospitality and friendliness, the owners welcome you into their home with a personal touch that cannot be brought. Absolutely first class! We cannot recommend a stay here highly enough. Well done and keep up the good work. Hope to see you all again soon x

    Stayed in the Stables Cottage

  • The Perfect Family Holiday - Our 3 night stay at Puddleduck Valley was without a doubt the best family holiday we’ve ever had! This was our first glamping experience and we were spoilt rotten, delicious warm scones on our arrival, the beautiful yurt Barley Top was equipped with everything we could possibly need including toys especially picked out for our 2 ½ and 7 year old, the comfiest beds, wood burner and a luxurious bathroom with gorgeous toiletries too…bliss! We’ve come away with so many special memories from the kids helping Farmer Phil feed the animals in the mornings, collecting the eggs, walking the rabbit (yes really), tree climbing, clay mask making, arts and crafts in the conservatory, water fights, toasting marshmallows on the camp fire, star gazing on the yurt deck, walking through the bluebells, rowing on the lake… the list is endless. Without a doubt, the most special part of Puddleduck Valley are the lovely hosts Melanie, Phil, Heidi and Abigail, they were so welcoming that we truly felt like we were staying with friends. Our daughter would spend hours playing with Abigail, Heidi and the other children and we were relaxed knowing that they were all having fun playing in the most tranquil setting. We’ve already decided that we will be returning to Puddleduck and can’t wait to see the new additions. Thank you all for such a gorgeous holiday!!

    Stayed in the Barley Top Yurt

  • We stayed in one of the yurts. The yurts were spacious and had all the furniture and equipment needed including in our case a travel cot and toys for our one year-old. The yurts were in their own area and sufficiently separated from each other to give privacy. There was also a separate kitchen (shared) and a bathroom each. We were unlucky with the weather and found it a little hard with our one year-old in the rain but there were other children there between three and eight who loved being able to run around and see the animals and enjoy the woods. The one day we had which was sunny was wonderful and we explored the woods, had a bbq and Phil showed our son the chicks, goats and rabbits. I would recommend a stay here to anyone with children of primary school age.

    Stayed in the Snuggledown Yurt

  • This was our 2nd visit to Puddleduck and to be honest surpassed our 1st if that is at all possible. We again stayed in the stables which is a most comfortable, crisp and fresh accommodation now as it was last year. The place just oozes great hospitality and friendliness, the owners welcome you into their home with a personal touch that cannot be brought. Absolutely first class! We cannot recommend a stay here highly enough. Well done and keep up the good work. Hope to see you all again soon x

    Stayed in the Stables cottage

  • We stayed at the Barley Top yurt for 3 nights with our kids aged 5 and 2.5. We were the only guests there and had the whole place to ourselves. The beds were fluffy and comfortable, and the wood stove kept us warm at night. Our private bathroom is luxurious and very clean, just 2 minutes' walk away. Nice and hot shower too. We came expecting lights and power plugs in the yurt, but were glad there weren't any as this made the great outdoors experience even more authentic. If you like reading before bedtime, you may want to bring a lantern as the yurt does get a tad too romantically dim once the sun goes down :) Phil and Melanie are great hosts. Their daughters Heidi and Abigail made our kids felt very welcomed. Our son - who is usually more reserved - warmed up to Phil almost instantly, who made the Farmer 101 experience very funny and interesting. All of us enjoyed and learned lots listening to his sharing about the animals and farm life there. The kids especially loved the animals feeding session and looked forward to doing that each morning. There were plenty of activities to do here and we were lucky that the weather was lovely throughout. Besides exploring nearby towns like Holsworthy and Launceston as well as visiting the Sandymouth beach, we did boating, nature trail, campfire (never knew burned marshmallows and sausages on broken twigs taste that good!) and collecting eggs from the barn. Don't forget to do some stars gazing at night; they looked amazingly bright and clear here! Overall it was a very rejuvenating getaway for all of us. A good change from the hustle and bustle of city life. Fresh air all around, and peaceful, lush woods. Greens everywhere! Great way for kids to experience the great outdoors and learn about the ins and outs of a working farm. Our son had such wonderful time here that moments before we checked out, he asked - "Can we stay here forever?" :)

    Stayed in the Barley Top Yurt

  • My husband and I have just returned from a two night stay in 'snuggle down' A beautiful yurt nestled in woodland. The yurt itself was bright spacious and warm. Well equipped with a lovely bed, table and chairs, lamp, chest of drawers, crockery and cutlery. Beautiful bedlinen and fluffy towels completed the package. We spent lazy evenings playing Scrabble and drinking a few glasses of red by candlelight whilst the log burning stove kept us toasty warm- bliss. The private bathroom was a dream- super shower and only a few minutes walk from the yurt. Little touches like homemade scones on arrival, freshly collected eggs on the table and books and games to borrow made our stay even better. We found ourselves frantically trying to work out if there was any chance we could sneak in an extra night! What you can't put a price on is the hospitality of the host family. Their passion for what they do is infectious and we were made to feel incredibly welcome. A lovely balance between leaving us to our own devices and involving us in their rural idyll. I can imagine this would be a wonderful place to stay with children and we are already planning a return trip with our 18 month old. However, for a couple wishing for a chance to step out of everyday life and have the opportunity to truly relax, we could not have asked for more.

    Stayed in the Snuggledown Yurt

  • We had a fantastic three night stay at Puddleduck Valley, the accommodation was flawless and really well thought out. Our children loved the bunk beds which were a real feature in The stables. Phil and Melanie's hospitality was fantastic from the outset, we were really well looked after and the little touches such as bread, butter and milk being provided as well as Melanie's brilliant baking were really appreciated. The grounds of the farm are lovely and very picturesque. We happily spent two days plodding around the farm and went out to Bude to the Beach one day but were pleased to get back and put our feet back up again. The simple joys of the children making friends with Phil & Melanie's children Heidi & Abi and the other family staying was lovely and my daughter commented that she was surprised she hadn't watched the tv for 3 days, choosing to spend the time playing outside and collecting the eggs. Our Children really adored the animals and getting so close to them was a fantastic experience for them and one they are begging to repeat again. Definitely worth the trip and we loved the fact it was so peaceful. Some fantastic memories were made. Thank you again.

    Stayed in the Stables

  • Phil, Melanie, Heidi and Abigail were wonderful hosts for our 4 night stay in the Stables over the Easter break. The Stables is newly converted accomodation perfect for us and our 2 boys aged 5 and 8. It is very clean, cosy, warm, modern and very comfortable and every detail has been thought of with everything you may need to make the stay comfortable from freshly made scones and fresh eggs from the farm, bread, butter and milk in the fridge on arrival to lovely toiletries in the bathroom. Everything is quality and high end. We all had a brill, relaxing time and our hosts were fantastic showing and teaching us about the animals. The children loved playing 'farmer' for the morning and collecting eggs from the hens.They also had a fab time playing with Heidi and Abigail who are such lovely girls. The family also organised a fantastic easter egg hunt for the children which was delightful..hunting eggs through their woods was magical- what a fantastic gesture. We also went on the lake in the boat and failed miserably at trout fishing! It is a great location approx 30 mins from Bude in tranquil countryside. Would stay again without hesitation. Thank you for a lovely stay!

    Stayed in Stables

  • Mel, Phil and their two girls are exceptional hosts. Nothing was too much trouble for them - they were always on hand to answer questions, provide tips on the local area, help us feed and play with all their fantastic animals (goats, chickens, dogs, cats, ducks, rabbits), and even shared their delicious home cooked brownies and scones with us. My two daughters also really enjoyed having a couple of friends to muck around with! The valley is beautiful and felt sufficiently secluded and private and we will hopefully be back in the not too distant future!

    Stayed in Barley Top the Mongolian yurt

  • Many holiday rentals purport to being a home from home - but this actually felt like it was - the welcome was warm and incredibly friendly, the Appleloft was equipped with everything you could need and nothing was too much for Melanie and Phil. We arrived late, in the pouring rain and Melanie still helped us with our bags - there were essentials in the kitchen - and delicious home-made scones. Our children loved everything about Puddleduck Valley and are already asking to go back in the Summer - when I imagine it would be even more idyllic. It really is a fabulous place to take children - where they can run free and get dirty!! We were sad to leave and could have quite happily stayed longer. There was still so much to explore and they could have stayed in the rowing boat and on the tree swing all day!! A really fabulous weekend and a real gem of a find - we will be back and we will tell all our friends. Thank you Melanie Phil Heidi and Abigail for sharing your lovely home with us ......

    Stayed in the Appleloft Suite

  • We've had the most relaxing weekend! The legendary Thompson hospitality was in full force, feel totally pampered. The Stables is incredibly comfortable, with everything you could possibly need. Gutted to be going home having found only eight of the duck footprints [Indoor treasure hunt] - will definately have to come back soon to find the others. About to leave and I've just found another one = 9. Brilliant time - DON'T WANT TO LEAVE.
    Amelie: I absolutely loved it here!

    Stayed in Stables

  • Thank you so much for a fantastic, relaxing stay! We extended our stay - we loved it so much. James, our son loved getting involved with the animals. We would definately return. Heidi & Abigail were lovely girls and spent lots of time with James. Phil & Melanie were so welcoming - thanks again - we had a blast.

    Stayed in the Stables

  • Thank you so much for a wonderful stay - the yurt is incredible, a great place to stay. A lot of thought has been given to guest's needs making for such a comfortable stay. We love it!

    Stayed in Snuugledown yurt

  • Thank you for your hospitality! We had a wonderful time at your lovely place! You are a lovely, warm and helpful family! It was so nice staying at the yurt! We liked the campfire so much, we don't forget this place! We will tell our friends!

    Stayed in the Stables

  • A massive thank you for sharing your home and your family in such fantastic surroundings, You should feel very proud of what you have achieved in terms og your farm, holiday experience offered and your two fabulous girls. Unfortunately our week has gone all too quick, but I have a sneaky feeling this won't be a final goodbye with so much more to learn, explore and chat about. Thanks again to each and every one of you for making us so welcome and making our holiday that extra bit special.

    Stayed in the Stables

  • Having not had a family holiday for a couple of years we were really looking forward to our first stay at Puddleduck Valley! It all looked good on the website and the reviews all read so well we thought there must be a catch or its "to good to be true"! But to Phil, Mel, the girls and the animals credit they provide a wonderful enviroment for a family holiday! The surrondings are beautiful, the accomidation is great, looks fresh and is clean! All these things add up to a good holiday but a stay at Puddleduck is a GREAT holiday - Phil & Mel will do what ever they can to make your stay more enjoyable and the children were made to feel part of the family. Its also all those little extras you get - the welcome pack with all those essentials like milk, bread, tea and not forgetting the wonderful cakes on arrival! Great value for money and have already booked a 2nd visit! Thanks to you all for giving us a great 1st experience! :) x By the way Wellies are essential!!

    Stayed in Stables

  • Thank you What a wonderful place! Thank you to you all (adults AND children) for being so welcoming. Puddleduck Valley has provided us with many happy memories - THANK YOU

    Stayed in Snuggledown the yurt

  • I spent three nights with my young children (three and five) in the yurt. The peaceful, relaxed environment is exactly what we were looking for - the perfect antidote for London based city dwellers. The yurt is a beautiful authentic Mongolian construction and is way more comfortable than a normal tent. We stayed in summer so there was no need to get the internal wood burning stove fired up, although I REALLY wanted to! :-) As advertised there are lots of activities for the kids to get involved in, and Phil and Melanie were always on hand to show the children the rabbits, let them help with leading the goats to pasture and collecting hens eggs etc. The selection of games, kids toys and books is very good and really added to the enjoyment for the little ones. If you manage to leave the site there are also lots of good day trips in the local area such as a day out to the beach in Bude. Phil, Melanie and their daughters are fantastic hosts. We'll be booking another visit very soon!

    Stayed in Snuggledown the Yurt

  • Thank you for your hospitality! We had a wonderful time at your lovely place! You are a lovely, warm and helpful family! It was so nice staying at the yurt! We liked the campfire so much, we don't forget this place! We will tell our friends!

    Stayed in the Stables

  • Had three great days at the Puddledock. We all wish we had booked longer. The host family is real friendly. The kids loved being farmers in the morning taking care of goats, cats, rabbits and chickens. We stayed in the apple loft and it was real cozy. We will stay longer next year. Perfect for a family holiday with kids

    Stayed in the Appleloft Suite