The Olde House Blog

Weekly Farm BBQs

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We’d like to say a huge thank you to all our lovely customers who have visited The Olde House this year. The proceeds from our weekly school holiday BBQs totalled just under £4000 which we are donating to two very worthwhile organisations. Wadebridge Cricket Club has a large junior section (including a few of the […]


Padstow Christmas Festival 2019

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View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Olde House (@the_olde_house) on Oct 22, 2019 at 4:31am PDT We are fortunate to be close to one of the best foodie festivals this country has to offer – The Padstow Christmas Festival which is now in its 12th year. This four day event (Thursday […]


Homemade meals, delivered to your cottage.

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Delicious Local Food For Your Holiday We’ve teamed up with a local Cornish company Angels in the Kitchen, to offer families the choice to order delicious homemade meals direct to the cottage. Angels in the Kitchen offer a fantastic range of restaurant quality freshly frozen meals available for pre-order.  Wherever possible they source the best of […]


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 […]


Energy Storage

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Energy Storage with RedT   We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with energy storage firm RedT to install a large storage system on the farm.  This will take excess electricity from our 250kw solar array and store it for use when we have higher demand but when our solar isn’t generating. […]


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 […]


The New Pool Build Continues!

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September: The summer has been spent tiling the pool and installing the sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. We’re almost ready to start filling, which has to happen very slowly to avoid “shocking” the pool.   July: With the windows in & the building fully water tight, the work continues preparing the pool for tiling. Watch […]


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 […]


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 […]


Fully Responsive Booking Process

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We have had a responsive website for the last couple of years, but with more and more people using mobile and tablet devices to search the internet, we are thrilled that our booking system provider Anytime Booking from Helston, has last week upgraded our online system to be fully responsive. So now our customers will […]


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 […]


Padstow Christmas Festival

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Three weeks to go until Padstow Christmas Festival From 3-6 December, nearby Padstow welcomes star chefs and visitors from across Cornwall and the UK for its annual festival, one of the biggest food events in Cornwall, with 45,000 visitors expected across the four days.It’s also free to attend. The main marquee hosts the traditional Christmas market […]


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 […]


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 […]


Getting to us this summer

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Roadworks on the A30 before Bodmin. Cornwall Council and the Highways Agency have started work on the long awaited improvements to the A30 at Temple near Bodmin.  This will improve the road from single lane to dual carriageway and is expected to be finished ready for the school holiday in the summer 2016. Due to this work […]


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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 […]


Our top five things to do in North Cornwall in June

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June is a great time to visit Cornwall; it’s perfect for making the most of warm weather without the summer crowds. With longer evenings and plenty going on, there are so many family-friendly things to do, all near to our cottages at The Olde House. From beach polo at Watergate Bay, to cycling along the Camel […]


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 […]