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Cookbury Court, Cookbury EX22 7YG England
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
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Updated 19/08/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 2 Speciality lodging in Cookbury
Travellers' Choice
GreenLeaders Silver level
At Puddleduck Valley we've blended great family accommodation with a petting farm. With fields, woods, ponds and stream we're the perfect location for a family break. On site we provide lots of activities for the children including indoor treasure hunts, 'farmer for the morning' where children get to feed, water and learn about the animals, nature treasure hunt, clay face modelling, bird box making, fishing and even a catapult range! We are a small site with room for just five families. We have two yurt (with a proper private bathrooms), two stone barn holiday cottages and the Appleloft suite, our 17th century annexe to the main house. We've been given a gold award from green tourism and even Airbnb's hosts of the month. Our highest accolade was from our guest's children last year - Most wanted to stay on site and play or take part in activities rather than visiting the local tourist attractions.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Complimentary instant cofffee
Kids stay free
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
BBQ facilities
Electric vehicle charging station
Car park
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Walking tours
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Gift shop
Picnic area
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Dining area
Seating area
Separate dining area
Coffee / tea maker
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Electric kettle
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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NewburyBell wrote a review Sep 2021
Newbury4 contributions7 helpful votes
My friend and I have just returned from a lovely 4 night stay at Buttermilk Cottage. We took Poppy, my energetic and slightly excitable cocker spaniel, with us too and we all had a great time. Melanie and Phil are very welcoming and the cottage is perfectly located with stunning views and has walks from the doorstep into the adjoining woods and National Trust Dunsland Park. We did a walk through the woods and park each morning before we headed out for the day. The path into the woods is however a little overgrown at this time of year and so if in any doubt as to the route I'm sure Melanie or Phil would show you the way through to get to Dunsland park and then you can walk for miles once in the park itself. There are lots of dog friendly beaches nearby but we opted for Bude for Poppy's first ever trip to the beach which is just 20-30 minutes from the cottage. Melanie's top tip was to park at Rosie's cafe which is at Crooklets Beach as this has a pay and display car park around the back which still accepts coins, you need the Park App to be able to park at the main beach car parks. We then walked the 10 minutes back to the main beach (which is a lovely walk itself overlooking the sea). The main beach accepts dogs on leads (we took an extra long line). Rosie's is also very dog friendly and has lots of seating inside and outside for lunch overlooking the beach after our walk. Also within 20-30 minutes of the cottage is the Whalesborough Trail which is perfect for a walk with children and/or dogs as it is an off road circular walk, following a well sign posted route through woods and fields. We stopped briefly at Widemouth Beach but as dogs are not permitted on the beach until after September we carried on with our walk and had lunch at the Weir Bistro and Wildlife Centre, which has lots of outside seating, a children's playground and is dog friendly (there was a dog at almost every table) and serves lovely food overlooking the lake, which is where we parked for our walk. Although we were out and about every day if travelling with children you might want to allow a day or two on site with Melanie and Phil as they run various on the farm activities. Buttermilk Cottage is tucked away and so we only really noticed the other families in the afternoons when we saw the goats running passed the cottage window followed by the children herding them from one field to another further up the farm track. We had a lovely stay in a pretty cottage, perfectly located for lots of walking and exploring nearby. We would definitely recommend Puddleduck Valley for those looking for a staycation with warm and friendly hosts. Helen, Chris and Poppy.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Response from Phil Thompson, Owner at Puddleduck Valley
Responded 4 weeks ago
Helen, Chris & Poppy, thank you so much for such a lovely and comprehensive review. You've mentioned some great tips for everyone. We're really pleased you all enjoyed your stay and we'd love to be able to welcome you back to our little bit of Devon paradise. Thanks again Phil
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Tiredmum76 wrote a review Aug 2021
Mansfield, United Kingdom17 contributions3 helpful votes
Just returned from Puddleduck Valley. We stayed in The Stables. Lovely, tidy and clean. The bathroom was pretty modern. The cottage had a homely feel. WiFi signal was good allowing us to stream movies. The TV does have Freeview though. The kitchen is well equipped. Microwave, toaster and everything you would need to cook any meal. The fridge could have done with being a little bigger. We struggled to get everything in and having two growing boys I did order alot for my Tesco delivery. Its got a decent sized freezer department though. We did book The Bickford Arms for 3 teatimes before we went. It does get busy and booked up. Every meal we enjoyed and the alcohol is reasonably priced. Free pool also which the boys enjoyed. We would love to get in the wood burning hot tub in the early evening and sit until it got dark listening to owls hooting and the bats flying about. The tub took a good 2.5hrs to get to temperature the first time but stayed warm during our stay so only needed about an hour each time afterwards. Extra logs can be bought for £5 a bag from the farm. Melanie and Phil were lovely hosts. Always on hand if we needed anything. Phil took my youngest son on a trip around the farm when we first got there. Highlighting any dangers and what to look out for. My son then felt confident to go off and look after the animals on his own. He would love to go and pet the rabbits and Guinea pigs. Look for any eggs the chickens had laid. The Stables allowed us to take our dog. The garden is very secure and I felt safe letting her out. They gave her a dog tag to wear with the address and mobile details just in case. We found Puddleduck a very good base for day trips out. We went as far as Newquay, Padstow, Tintagel, Boscastle and Bude is only 20 mins away. It was very busy with alot of staycations this year. We found if you didn't get parked up by 10.30am we would struggle to get a spot. Especially Padstow but they had opened extra carparks which were a bit of a longer walk. Be prepared to have to download the Park App. Hardly any carparks machine accept coins or even have a contact less option which I found annoying. Be prepared for the narrow lanes. From The Bickford Arms its narrow for about 1.5 miles to the farm. Take is steady and there are little pull in bits to pass oncoming cars. Be prepared to reverse at some point though. The driveway to The Stables parking spot is very steep and actually getting up and on your spot can be quite tricky too. You will probably need to be a confident driver and hopefully your car isn't too low to get up it. We did need to reverse down the drive every day too to get out.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Puddleduck Valley, Owner at Puddleduck Valley
Responded 30 Aug 2021
Hi, thanks for taking the time to leave us a lovely review. It's really appreciated. It was great to have you to stay. The narrow lanes are just part of life in Devon. It's part of the charm! See you again soon. Phil
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Yasmin J wrote a review Aug 2021
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We booked on the recommendation of friends and weren't disappointed. We stayed in the Appleloft Suite which was clean and well furnished, and received a very warm welcome from the hosts with lots of lovely extra touches such as fresh bread, milk and cake The grounds are serene and perfect for a family getaway. My children adored grooming the animals and Abigail (the hosts daughter) was a huge hit with them. The passion of the hosts really shines through in their approach and I particularly liked their commitment to sustainability. Alongside the facilities on site, the location is perfect for access to a range of beauty spots and coastal areas.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Response from Puddleduck Valley, Owner at Puddleduck Valley
Responded 30 Aug 2021
Hi Yasmin, thanks for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review. We're pleased you enjoyed it so much. We're so lucky to be able to share it with our guests. Hopefully we'll see you again soon. Phil, Melanie & Abigail
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Denise R wrote a review Aug 2021
London, United Kingdom2 contributions4 helpful votes
We had a fantastic break at Puddleduck Valley. After a very warm greeting we were shown to The Appleloft where we were staying, which was extremely clean, spacious and comfortable. It was a nice surprise to find a loaf of bread, cake, butter and milk waiting for us. The grounds and surrounding countryside are beautiful and it was lovely to meet the resident chickens, goats, rabbits and guinea pigs. Being drivers of an electric car we were very impressed that there was an electric charger available for use. We thoroughly recommend this accommodation and thank the hosts for their hospitality.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Response from Puddleduck Valley, Owner at Puddleduck Valley
Responded 30 Aug 2021
Denise, thanks for taking the time to leave us such a great review. The car charger is very handy eh?! We look forward to welcoming you both back whenever you're next visiting the area. Many Thanks Phil & Melanie
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Luke wrote a review Aug 2021
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We were totally blown away by the bucolic beauty of Puddleduck Valley, Phil and Melanie were superb hosts and made us feel very welcome from the start. The children absolutely loved it and have not stopped talking about it since we came home. We look forward to a return trip next year. Highly recommended and will be telling my friends all about it.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Puddleduck Valley, Owner at Puddleduck Valley
Responded 30 Aug 2021
Hi Luke, firstly, thanks for leaving such a great review - We're so pleased you all enjoyed your stay in our little piece of rural heaven. We're looking forward to seeing you all next year. Melanie & Phil
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Frequently Asked Questions about Puddleduck Valley
Which popular attractions are close to Puddleduck Valley?
Nearby attractions include Dragon Archery Centre (0.9 miles), Lizzy's Larder (3.7 miles), and Arms of Old - Archery (4.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Puddleduck Valley?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and kids activities.
Which room amenities are available at Puddleduck Valley?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a dining area.
What food & drink options are available at Puddleduck Valley?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Puddleduck Valley?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Puddleduck Valley?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Black River Inn, Kings Arms, and Rydon Inn.
Is Puddleduck Valley located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the centre of Cookbury.
Are there any historical sites close to Puddleduck Valley?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Torrington 1646 (9.8 miles) and St. Michael & All Angels Church (9.9 miles).