Homemade meals, delivered to your cottage.

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Delicious Local Food For Your Holiday We understand that part of the joy of a self catering holiday is the flexibility it provides. You’ll probably eat in the cottage or BBQ a couple of nights (depending on the time of year). You may eat out at one of the many amazing local restaurants for a […]

Cornwall Tourism Awards Success

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We are very proud with our latest award, received at The Cornwall Tourism Awards. We have won Silver in the category of Sustainable Tourism, which proves we are moving in the right direction to ensure that our businesses are here to stay for future generations. Shaun and Jaime enjoyed a lovely evening at The Headland […]

Ram on the loose!

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It seems that we have a sneaky ram who has crept in with a handful of ewes!  Three mums have unexpectedly had lambs and who knows, there may be more on the way!  The newborns are enjoying balmy September weather in contrast to the usual chilly winds of February and March!  It is a mystery […]

Rare Eel Sighting

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Last summer we caught a snake-like creature during pond dipping.  We had never seen anything like it before, but a bit of investigating on the internet revealed it’s identity as a rare European Eel.  The one we caught was a juvenile at about 4cm long, apparently they can grow up to 1m in length! For more […]

Visit England Awards Finalists

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We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we are finalists in the prestigious Visit England Awards for the category of Family Friendly Accommodation. It is a new category for this year, which we thought we are perfect for!  That’s what we are about, families!  There were 27 applicants for this category, so to be selected […]

On Your Farm with BBC R4

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Last week we were visited by JB and Beatrice from BBC R4’s “On Your Farm” programme.  They spent the afternoon with us, recording a 20 minute episode all about lambing.  JB talked to Andrew, Olly and Jaime and we were fortunate to narrate a live birth, which was perfect timing!  The show went out on […]

Jack’s Lambing Diary

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Jack and his parents have just returned home after their week long holiday in Meadow View.  Jack is farming mad and would like to be a shepherd when he grows up, so when we said that Jack could help us this Autumn during our first lambing stint, the family jumped at the chance!  Jack joined […]

Award’s Success.

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We are proud to announce our recent award success at The Cornwall Tourism Awards and The South West Farm Business Awards. We have won Bronze for Self Catering Holiday Provider and Silver for Wildlife Friendly Tourism Business at the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2016/17 and Gold for Best Green Farmer at the South West Farm Business […]

Awards Finalists

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We are excited to announce that for the second year in a row, we are finalists at the Cornwall Tourism Awards! This year, we have entered two categories;  Self Catering Holiday Provider and Wildlife Friendly Tourism Business. The awards evening is to be held at the Headland Hotel on the 3rd November and we can’t […]

Swimming Pool Plans

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Exiting News!  Work will soon be starting on our new swimming pool complex! Shaun will start digging the hole on the 10th October, with the help of Olly in the tractor and trailer shifting the earth.  We’re currently having meetings with the pool supplier, finalising the timetable of work. We are planning to install a […]

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Penpont Store is open for business!

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We have added a new facility to The Olde House…….. a little store!  It is full of useful things to borrow whilst holidaying with us, including things for the beach, swimming pool, out and about and handy things to use in the cottages for little ones, and bits and pieces you might have forgotten to […]

Gold at the South West Tourism Awards

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Following on from our success at the Cornwall Tourism Awards where we won Gold, we were put through to the South West Tourism Awards, where we won a second Gold! Shaun and Jaime got dressed up and headed to Exeter Cathedral for the awards ceremony and what a spectacular venue!  The Catherdral was lit up […]

February Half Term Fun

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What an action packed week our guests have had during the recent February Half Term! We enjoyed a variety of weather, from cold and dry to wet and windy!  All our guests were invited to par-take in our activities of Falconry, Pond Dipping, Woodland Fun and Archery and a new activity, exclusive to February half […]

Visit from BBC Countryfile

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We were visited by the BBC Countryfile team during December whilst they filmed a piece about life on a Cornish farm at Christmas. It was very exciting for all of us, but particularly the Hawkey children who couldn’t believe they were actually going to be on TV! Adam joined Andrew in one of our fields […]

Swimming Pool Improvements

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Our Autumn and Winter renovation projects are well under way for this year, but we are already making plans for our big project for next year: improvements to our Swimming Pool Complex. The swimming pool was built in 1985 and was one of the first of its kind in Cornwall at the time! Thirty years […]

The Cornwall Tourism Awards

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This year, for the first time, we entered The Cornwall Tourism Awards in the category of “Holiday Resort and Large Self Catering”. We were thrilled to be notified that we had been selected as finalists and would receive at least the Bronze award!  So, we bought our tickets for the awards evening, happy in the […]

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Half Term Highlights

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What a wonderful week we have all had.  It’s been action packed with fun activities and we’ve been blessed with typical mild Cornish Autumn weather! Monday morning was a bit blustery, so the crowds gathered in the grain store to see and hear about the birds of prey.  Falconry has been a big hit with […]

Sprucing up The Stables

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Our first project of this Autumn has been refurbishing The Stables. They have both received almost identical facelifts, featuring new bathrooms with separate baths and showers, new floorings and curtains, and are both a great deal brighter after re-painting. We finished the work just in time for our 100 year celebration week.  See below for […]

Exciting New Property: The Bug Hotel!

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With our latest renovations proving so popular, we have built an amazing hotel with space for hundreds,  possibly even thousands of inhabitants and it has only taken us five weeks to construct! We’ve invited our guests at The Olde House to help us to build a Bug Hotel during the recent summer holidays.  Each week […]

Completion of The Manor House

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With the deadline of last Saturday to meet, we had an incredibly busy couple of weeks doing the finishing touches to our latest renovation, The Manor House. It has had a real transformation, although we didn’t need to do any structural changes, apart from knocking down a stud wall in the room that has become […]

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Progress on The Manor House

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The finishing line is ahead, the team are working hard and we are on track to complete The Manor House for it’s first guests on the 1st August. Online booking has been opened up and we have availability from the middle of the summer holidays. The Manor House is very similar to The Barn and […]

Easter Fun at The Olde House

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What a glorious Easter we have had here at The Olde House! After a cold and windy start, the sun soon came out and we have been basking in glorious sunshine which has continued long after the children have returned to school! Our families have enjoyed our activities; catching hundreds of tadpoles at pond dipping […]

Visit the Poldark filming locations

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After much anticipation, and nearly 40 years since it was last broadcast, we’ve seen Poldark return to our screens. The BBC series is based on the novels by Winston Graham, who lived in north Cornwall for three decades. So, staying true to its roots, much of the new series has been filmed in Cornwall with […]

Half Term Activities

Pond Dipping in February Half Term

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It is a beautiful sunny day here at The Olde House in Cornwall, perfect conditions for pond dipping! Jaime was joined be seven families down by the pond and everyone did a great job of exploring the water. All the usual suspects were found; greater and lesser water boatmen, stickleback fish, newts, damselfly nymphs, pond […]

New cottage to sleep 8 + 2

Exciting New Property

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Following last year’s successful renovation of The Barn, we have decided to renovate an old house on the farm. When finished, the property will sleep 8 + 2 in four bedrooms: there’ll be a downstairs double bedroom with en suite shower room, then upstairs a large family room with a double bed and bunk beds, […]

Farm shop and store

New Store

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One of our projects we are planning to build this year is a new store.  We are looking to convert the small garage opposite Reception.  The store will be divided into four areas;  things to buy, things to hire, things to borrow and things for free. Things to buy will include toilet roll, charcoal, washing […]

Baby Goats Due?

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Our two female goats have been on a romantic holiday to a farm down to the west of Cornwall!  They went for a few weeks in late Autumn and returned to The Olde House at the beginning of December.  They are looking a little rounder, so we are hoping that they are both expecting babies […]

Cottage Improvements

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Phew, that was a really busy Autumn for us! We have been improving the interiors of many of the cottages during the time from the end of September to the beginning of December. Clover, Honeysuckle and Rose have had new kitchens fitted. New carpets have gone into 14 cottages along with new coffee tables for […]

Den building

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During the half term break, our very own Shaun will be going back to his army roots to share his best tips for building dens in the woods. We’ll be meeting at the woods by the big chestnut tree on Monday 27th October 2014 at 3pm. We’ve made sure we have lots of materials for […]

Halloween Half Term Fun and Games

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What a scream we gave everyone last week during half term!   We started off on Monday with Den Building in the woods by the big chestnut tree.  Several families joined us and made some fantastic dens with sticks and fallen branches, one even had front and back doors!     Shaun lit the campfire […]

Biomass boiler at The Olde House

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Looking after our environment is something that is very important to us, so we’re always on the look out for ways to reduce our carbon footprint. In our latest step to providing greener holidays, we’ve installed a wood chip-fuelled biomass boiler which will heat some of our cottages and the swimming pool. Last week, we […]

Combining on the Farm

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Summer is in full swing and the lovely Cornish sunshine has ripened the crops ready for harvesting. Olly is driving the Combine Harvester and Andrew, Rob and Wilf are collecting the grain in the trailers.  The grain is taken back to the farm yard and put through the dryer to get the moisture content down, […]

Pond Dipping

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Following a recent school visit and a very interesting pond dipping session, we have decided to offer the guests a chance to explore the ponds on a Tuesday morning during the summer holidays. Our first trip was on the 22nd July which was a glorious sunny day. Jaime took the children and their parents down […]