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The Olde House – Cornwall

Posted on
April 15, 2016

During the Easter holidays we were supposed to be staying at The Olde House in Cornwall, but our car broke down just 40 minutes from our final destination and we never made it.
The Olde House is a collection of 30 self-catering holiday cottages (3- to 5-star) on a 550-acre working farm near the north coast in Cornwall. It is a family run business that recently won Gold at the South West Tourism Awards and is just a stone’s throw from the fishing villages of Padstow and Port Isaac.
Situated in the pretty village of Chapel Amble, their family cottages are surrounded by luscious countryside, perfect for family breaks. Sandy beaches like Polzeath, Rock and Daymer Bay are just a short drive away for the full Cornish coastal experience and what’s more is that the farm cottages are dog-friendly too, so four-legged friends are more than welcome to join in with the fun.
Hazel Cottage
The Olde House offers free activities for all the family during school holidays, and they also have plenty of ideas for things to do in the area which is somewhere we visit often. Some of the things you can see or do are:
The olde House

  • See lambs being born twice a year (winter and spring) and help feed lambs, pygmy goats and pigs in Pets Corner
  • Learn about falconry during school holidays with an expert who visits giving weekly lessons.
  • Take the farm trail and watch birds on wetlands from the purpose-built bird hide.
  • Lots of other activities during Easter and other school holidays – woodland den building, archery, pond dipping etc
  • Nearby are north coast walks at Polzeath, Rock and Padstow.
  • The local pub, The Maltster’s Arms, is next door in the pretty village of Chapel Amble.

The Olde House is just an 8 minute drive from the popular beach of Polzeath which is considered one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall, especially for beginners, home to their Surf Club. It’s manned by lifeguards in the summer months and is also Blue Flag rated which means it’s particularly clean and nice.
If you fancy venturing further afield we are big fans of Eden Project as there is so much to see and do for all ages. If you are an adrenalin junkie you can fly over the top on a zip wire!
Eden Project
St Michael’s Mount is also a spectacular sight and well worth a visit. It is also close to Lands End which has lots of activities for the children to get involved with.
St Michael's Mount
No visit to Cornwall would be without a visit to Newquay where you can visit Newquay Zoo, Blue Reef AquariumPirate Quest or just head to the beach to watch or join in with the surfing.
I am sorry I didn’t get to stay with the Olde House, but hopefully we will get back the soon.
Picture Credit: The Olde House and Shutterstock.

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    Lindsay At Newcastle Family Life

    April 15, 2016

    Such a shame that you never made it, fingers crossed you get to stay someday soon as it looks like such a wonderful place to stay xx

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    Erica Price

    April 16, 2016

    It is a wonderful part of the world to visit and we are overdue a family Cornwall trip.

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    April 16, 2016

    I love Cornwall
    We haven’t been in a few years

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    Baby Isabella

    April 16, 2016

    So sorry your car broke down and you never got to stay at this fab property! It looks amazing from the photos! The sort of place we’d love to visit! Hopefully you will get down there soon xxx

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    Michelle Twin Mum

    April 16, 2016

    Oh no what an absolute shame about your car and stay, it looks like a wonderful area, I hope you do get to go there. Mich x

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    Niki - Play & Learn Every Day

    April 16, 2016

    That is such a shame that you didn’t get to go, it looks like a wonderful place! Hopefully you’ll be able to go again soon 🙂

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    April 17, 2016

    Such a shame all round why you couldn’t make it. It looks a lovely place to stay in a beautiful county.

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    Mary Louise

    April 17, 2016

    I hope you get to visit soon. We have been to polzeath and it is stunning. So much to do in Cornwall and the accomodation you have mentioned sounds perfect for families x

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    Alice Langley

    April 18, 2016

    I love Cornwall so much – we go every year.This place looks fab

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    April 18, 2016

    Aw that’s such a shame as it looks lovely – hope you make it there soon xx

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    April 21, 2016

    That looks a beautiful place to stay and the photo’s make it all the more inviting. A real feel for Cornwall

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