About Puddleduck Valley


About Puddleduck Valley


The stress of everyday life falls away. Here you’ll sleep soundly and relax into the natural rhythm of Devon where life is lived at a slower pace.

Perfectly located halfway between the rugged tors of Dartmoor and the sandy beaches of North Cornwall, Puddleduck Valley is the perfect location. We have a tiny farm set in the rolling hills and lush valleys of Torridge. On site we have 7 acres of gardens, meadows, woodland and streams ideal for peace and relaxing. Right next door is National Trust Dunsland and The Forestry Commission woods giving you another 250 acres of quintessentially English parkland and woodland to explore.

Take a 20-minute drive to Dartmoor and you have the best tors to scale, incredible trekking, stunning views and fantastic cycle routes to enjoy. 20 minutes in the opposite direction brings you to Bude with Sandy beaches and the obligatory Cornish ice cream. Ask us about the secret spots and we’ll tell you of undiscovered beaches and a deserted coastline perfect for a picnic or perhaps even surfing?

Puddleduck Valley is run by Melanie & Phil Thompson along with help from daughters Heidi & Abigail. We’re passionate about the environment and consider ourselves stewards rather than owners of our land. Everything we do is permeated with the desire to create a better environment for the benefit of our local biosphere, from flora & fauna to fungi & lichens. Phil is originally from Scarborough in Yorkshire, the outdoors type with a love of wildflowers and anything environmental. Melanie, originally from Thame in Oxfordshire has a real love of animals, craft & art has passed on these passions to both of our girls.


We’re proud of what we have created, what we do and would love to share it with you. We offer a fabulous welcome and fantastic service. We look forward to welcoming you to share in our little slice of heaven.

Melanie & Phil Thompson


Discover Our Accommodation

Our five varied accommodations offer variety and relaxation in abundance. Choose a luxury yurt for glamping in the meadow, to your own private barn conversion, garden and hot tub to luxuriate in after long days exploring the tors of Dartmoor and the secret deserted beaches of North Cornwall.


Mature woodland, ponds and streams
or Manicured lawns

Our site is curated for the benefit of the local wildlife, native plants and guests. The gardens are planted with native wildflowers and perennials to feed pollinators while our woodlands are managed to promote diversity and an abundance of habitat. Immerse yourself in nature.


From sandy beaches to rugged moorland in a matter of minutes

The perfect base for you to explore the stunning scenery and tors of Dartmoor National Park, the deserted beaches of North Cornwall and the stunning cycle trails of Devon.


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