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The Apple Loft Suite at Puddleduck Valley has big rooms, welcoming hosts activities and wifi

Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

Dating back to the 1650s, the Apple Loft Suite is awash with period features such as oak beams and massively thick cob walls. There's a huge bedroom with a super king bed, a seperate lounge, kitchen and bathroom. The double bedroom can be optionally refitted as a twin or with an additional single bed (or cot) as you require. The lounge has a double sofa bed. The apple loft suite can sleep a family of 5.

Located on the first floor of the main house, the Appleloft suite has private access via outdoor steps and has its own kitchen (fully equipped with an Aga cooker, microwave, fridge, pans, crockery and cutlery) and bathroom and . The Appleloft suite also has its own lounge / dining room. Guests have the use of a washing machine in the old scullery and a communal indoor dining area in our conservatory if you prefer not to use the dining facilities in the suite.

The Appleloft suite has the best views over the gardens, the wooded valley, the free range chickens and the animal petting area.

Please note that we cannot accept pets staying with guests as we have lots of vulnerable livestock including free range hens, and rabbits.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 1 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame
Access Parking

The West Country region

Activities available on site:

Trout Fishing

We have a large fully stocked trout pond on site where guests can use traditional or fly rods. We just ask that guests pay for what they catch.

Bird Spotting

With open fields, heavily wooded slopes, large ponds and the stream running past the site we have a wide range of habitats for birds. Try and spot some while exploring or hole up to see the more elusive species. Free activity.

Nature Trails - Coming Soon

Explore the grounds on our nature trails. Discover trees you've never noticed before, butterflies, and mini beasts you've never even heard of. Free activity.

Mini Beasts & Microscopes

Discover the mini beasts that live in the undergrowth and under the logs and stones. In this session we collect up the wee beasties and then use microscopes to take a closer look. Did you know that worms do actually have a head end? Chargeable activity.

Collecting Eggs

Twice a day we collect the eggs from our flock of chickens. Ever felt how warm an egg is when you take it from under a chicken? You'll be surprised! Free activity.

Clay Faces

An activity everybody enjoys. Join us in decorating the trees with grotesque clay faces made from ground clay dug on site. Take a picture quickly as they get washed off after about a week in the rain. Chargeable activity.

Boating

We have a beautiful little rowing boat on the pond we leave for the wildlife (no introduced fish). We have a number of different size life jackets too just in case although the pond is only 4 feet deep. We do ask that all children are supervised by an adult at all times. Free Activity - Deposit required for life jackets.

Pond Dipping

Although our ponds are originally man made in the '80s the wildlife has really moved in. Dip your net and see all the invertebrates that make the pond home. We empty our nets into shallow plastic trays with water in so that we can view the beasties up close and see what's what. Free activity.

Dressing Up Box

For Toddlers and Eddie Izzard alike, our dressing up box is sure to entertain. What will you be today? A princess? A farmer? How about a fairy? All garments are cleaned on a regular basis. Free activity.

Meet the animals

A family holiday at Puddleduck Valley isn't complete without spending some time petting the animals here. You are sure to meet the our friendly moggies but we also have a rabbit, guinea pig, dogs and of course the goats and kids who always entertain. Free Activity.

Treasure Hunts

Our own children don't allow us to host their own birthday parties without including a treasure hunt. Designed for specific age groups, the treasure hunts are non chargeable. Just put the clues back please!

Feed the fish - Coming Soon

We set aside one of our smaller ponds for some of our smaller and tamer fish. We don't allow fishing in this pond so that the fish become more tame and guests can feed the fish with fish food pellets. A small charge is made for the fish food.

Catapults

On the odd occasion we use one of our barns as a catapult range using soft clay as balls. Closely supervised, this activity is arranged on an ad hoc basis and a firm favourite with the boys, tom-boys, and Bart Simpson wannabes. Please note that anyone who fails to obey the instructor will be asked to leave the range immediately.

Puppets

Join Melanie for an hour or two of puppet making with the bonus of taking your creations home to wow your friends and family. A firm favourite on rainy days. Chargeable activity.

Family Cycling

We are currently in the process of building a circular cycle track around the ponds and back through the woods. Suitable for all ages (younger guests require supervision). Free activity. Watch our blog for progress.

Hatching Hut - Coming Soon

Our hatching hut is where we hatch and rear our chicks and ducklings. If you're patient you may be lucky enough to see a chick hatching. You may be surprised to learn that a chick often takes more than 4 hours to hatch. Free Activity

Sausages & Marshmallows

Camping (even posh camping) isn't really camping until you cook a sausage on a stick over a camp fire followed up with a gooey roasted marsh mallow. In the late evenings of summer we often start up a camp fire and supply the sausages and marshmallows. This event also often seems to include some impromptu singing. (Participation is not obligatory!). Chargeable event.

Star Gazing

If you live in the city you will be gobsmacked by how bright the stars shine in Devon. We often bring out the telescope to gaze at the more easily identifiable stars, planets and constellations. We're not experts but enjoy this activity as much as our guests. Free Activity

BBQ - Phil's Grill - Coming Soon

Although all of our holiday accommodation has it's own BBQ, if the weather is good we arrange a special BBQ known as Phil's grill. Despite the corny name we serve steaks, burgers, salads etc and the drinks seem to appear pretty regularly too! Chargeable event.

Farmer for the morning

Not reserved just to children, the farmer for a morning event (around 30 mins from 08:00) is probably our most requested activity. A maximum of two guests (parents may be required) assist us feeding and watering all the animals. We also lead the goats and kids out to the pasture for the day and make sure that the animal housing is clean and has fresh bedding. Coveralls supplied. Chargeable activity. Available on a first come first served basis.

Holsworthy

The following activities and sites are in the local area:

•Trekking

There are a number of trekking routes located close by including the Ruby Way , a reclaimed railway line through the Devon countryside open to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. A little further away is the South West Coast path and the hills and mountains of Dartmoor (around 30 mins by car).

•Cycling

Great cycle routes are available for use free of charge at Cookworthy forest, Holsworthy woods The Ruby Way and at Dartmoor. A number of routes in Cookworthy Forest and Holsworthy woods are relatively level and perfect for family cycling with younger members of the family.

•Picnics

With such great landscape around it would be a sin to not enjoy a lazy sunny picnic. Dunsland Park National Trust site next door is perfect as are a number other 'secret' spots we know you will love. We can supply fully stocked wicker picnic hampers on request. Ask us about food and drink options.

•Geocaching

We are aware of a number of geo-caches within walking distance of Puddleduck Valley. If you fancy a spot of orienteering with the children this is the perfect opportunity without having to get in the car.

•Horse riding

The surrounding area has a variety of bridleways for horse riders to try in addition to a number of riding stables that lead out pony treks around the year. Let us know in advance and we can arrange the booking for you.

•Beaches

Devon and nearby Cornwall are blessed with some of the best beaches in the U.K. If want a busy town based beach head for Summerleaze. If you fancy a bit of rock pooling, beach coming and amazing rock formations head to Sandymouth or if you want somewhere rather secret and quiet just ask us...

•Vineyards

Believe it or not there is a local vineyard within 4 miles of Puddleduck Valley.

•Archery

Archery is available within a 5 minute drive of Puddleduck Valley at Dragon Archery.

•Surfing & body boarding

The nearby beaches at Bude, Widemouth and Sandymouth (around 25min drive) are all famous surfing beaches with RNLI lifeguards. Body boarding is hugely popular with particpants aged 6 to 80. Our Information blackboard at the house lists high and low tide times and weather forecasts for the coming days.

•Clovelly

Famous for it's quaint beauty, Clovelly is a National Trust village on the North coast of Devon within around 35 minute drive from Puddleduck Valley. A firm favourite with older guests.

•RHS Rosemoor

Equally stunning in spring, summer and autumn RHS Rosemoor's gardens and education workshops are a real gem. Based just to the east of Torrington, RHS members and one guest can enter free of charge.

•Sea Fishing

Based in Bude, fishing boats can be chartered for serious sea anglers or family mackerel jaunts. We will happily freeze your catch for you ready for your return home.

•Golf

Nearby Holsworthy golf club nearby offer day passes to golfers.

•Dartington Crystal

Located close to Torrington (around a 25 minute drive). The world famous Dartington Crystal centre runs factory tours and demonstrations of glass blowing.

•Boat trip to the isle of Lundy

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28 Aug 2014

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"Give your kids a chance at the childhood you once had!"

We spent just two nights at Puddleduck Valley but wished we'd been able to stay longer. Within minutes of arriving our kids were off playing with the other children and making friends with Abi a… More

10 Aug 2014

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"A super place to unwind and forget about life for a while"

On the border of Devon/Cornwall nestled down a sleepy country lane is Puddleduck. If you want to stay somewhere that is quite unique and will leave a lasting impression then this is the place for you.… More

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