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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 […]


Local Community Fund

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A £10,000 fund is available for community projects to benefit people living in Wadebridge, St Kew, St Mabyn and Egloshayle. The money comes from the Middle Treworder Solar Farm under a “Section 106” agreement made when it was given permission to go ahead, and is available as grants to voluntary and not-for-profit organisations and community […]


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 […]


New Outdoor Play Area

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We are delighted with our new play frame, supplied by the Outdoor Play People who we bought the old play area from 25 years ago! With so many different ways to get up and come down, it really is great fun for children of all ages.  The new frame has replaced the old wooden frame […]


Our Brand New Renovation, The Barn.

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We started renovating The Barn in December 2013.  We completely gutted the building, which was previously two cottages, Barn and Elm.  Andrew and Janice converted the old farm building, which was previously a home to about 14 cattle downstairs with a hay loft upstairs, into Barn and Elm in 1978.  The cottages were mirror images […]


New Play Area

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You, but especially your children, will be pleased to know that we’re having a new outdoor play area installed at the end of June. Our current play area is 25 years old and has served us well, but sadly it has needed more and more maintenance in recent years and the never ending rain we […]


Farm Ride

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Here at The Olde House our guests have been enjoying the weekly farm ride for over 20 years. Back in the old days, Wilf would drive the tractor and Andrew talked to the visitors. Since Wilf’s retirement, Andrew’s son Olly has taken over the driving, but Andrew is still talking! But who better to tell […]


Progress update on The Barn

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The end date is in sight, everything is coming together and we’ve already had several bookings; there are only two weeks remaining for the summer holidays! We haven’t posted many photos of the progress because we want to put a storyboard together showing the transformation from start to finish, but here are a couple to […]


Woodpecker Watch

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Whilst out and about near the Chestnut Tree a couple of weeks ago, a few of us could here a woodpecker pecking at a tree in the small wooded area by Chestnut Cottage. Shaun found the tree and fitted our wildlife camera nearby to see if we could catch some footage of the woodpecker in […]


Easter Fun and Games

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What a lovely Easter Holiday we’re all having! On the past two Mondays we have been having some fun and games in the Cornish sunshine. The children gave their all in the egg and spoon race and the egg bowling and were rewarded with chocolate treats on the easter egg hunt. Then while we waited […]


The Barn

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New for 2014 is The Barn, formerly Barn and Elm cottages, now being completely renovated and upgraded ready for spring this year. This new cottage will sleep 10 people in 5 bedrooms.  Downstairs there will be an open plan kitchen and dining area with a large oak table to seat 10 people, with slate floor […]


Blue Bus Catering Co at The Olde House

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Chef Iain Shillito will be parking up his blue VW camper van to bring us a barbecue every Monday in the summer holidays. Every Monday from 5pm, Iain will be firing up the barbecue and sizzling some juicy hot dogs from the Kernow Sausage Company along with grilled Cornish fish. The barbecue is open to […]


Lambing begins at The Olde House

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With a steady stream of newborns arriving day and night, we’re in the full swing of lambing now. Beginning on 12th February 2014, this is our second lambing period of the season after we welcomed hundreds of lambs to the farm in November and December 2013. We welcome all of our guests to visit our […]


New bird hide at The Olde House

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Introducing our brand new purpose-built bird hide. Built 8ft above the ground, the new bird hide overlooks the wetlands and is a perfect viewing point for watching the birds without causing disruption. We have flooded 15 acres of our farmland to create wetlands as part of the Walmsley Bird Sanctuary to protect the Amble Marshes SSSI […]


Three Billy Goats Gruff

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In May 2013 we welcomed three pygmy goats to the Pets’ corner. The first two kid brothers were born on 4 May 2013 on the farm and were followed nine days later by their cousin.   Fully grown at around 55 centimetres tall, pygmy goats are a miniature breed of domestic goat.   After thinking […]