Puddleduck Valley

UK England South West England Devon Okehampton

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Campfires allowed
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Laundry
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
A tiny two-yurt glamping site between Dartmoor and the North Devon Coast

Sometimes the strangest things can get you feeling all nostalgic; the sight of frogspawn, the sound of a campfire, the smell of the farm. If yours was a childhood spent outdoors, any, or all, of these things might put you in the mood to reminisce. But the “good old days” aren’t over yet – you just have to know where to look for them. Put Beatrix Potter and Enid Blyton back on the shelf, pull on your wellies and book a stay at Puddleduck Valley. This tiny two-yurt glamping site is a place where pond-dipping, egg-collecting, goat-herding and tree-climbing are all a part of daily life.

Puddleduck Valley’s two yurts are out back of the main farmhouse, a beautful old building dating back to the 1650s. The canvas structures share a little meadow but each has its own space with a fire pit and picnic bench outside and an indoor hotel-style bathroom a short walk away. Inside, the yurts are comfortably furnished with a made-up king-sized bed and two singles. You can cook on the fire or head to the farmhouse where there’s a fully-equipped kitchen that’s just for yurt guests alongside a shared conservatory with space to eat, read and play games. It’s also where you can find out about the local area – but perhaps a better way is to ask site owners Phil, Melanie and their daughters Heidi and Abigail. They’ve lived here since 2012 and are full of useful information which they’re willing to share. They’ll tell you where to find the best beaches on the North Devon coast, where to walk in Dartmoor and where to picnic in the National Trust parkland next door.

Of course, some of the most exciting adventures are right here on the farm. There are seven acres of woodland and meadows to explore with a menagerie of animals at its heart; cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and a herd of friendly goats. You can see the animals whenever you like but send the kids (of the human kind) out early if they want to play farmer and collect eggs for your breakfast. For a wilder encounter, borrow nets and head down to the pond to find frogs, newts and tadpoles. There’s a rowing boat to borrow free-of-charge, a clay pit dug-out so you can sculpt muddy faces on the trees (you’ll see) and, to help you explore, a cycle trail and nature treasure hunts. The best part of all this newly discovered, old-fashioned fun? Puddleduck Valley is as sustainable as it comes, with hot water and heating from a biomass boiler, electricity from renewable sources and a dedicated commitment to recycling. It turns out there’s little need for nostalgia here after all. In fact, the good old days are here to stay.

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Facilities

We have lakes, woodland, secluded meadows, camp fires, picnic benches, farm animals, trekking and a multitude of games and books in the library.

Suitable For

During the school holidays the site is perfect for families. We run extra activities for the children such as helping the farmer to feed the animals, camp fires, treasure hunts and mini beast safaris.

Out of the school holidays is a time for the adults. Soak up the peace and the sounds of nature all around you. We have 7 acres of woodland and ponds on site and another 250 acres of Forestry Commission and National Trust parkland right next door.

Nearby

The Torridge area of Devon is an unknown gem. It's a super rural area with lots of livestock and farming. We're 30 mins from the trekking in Dartmoor, 30 minutes from the North Cornwall beaches near Bude & 30 mins from the stunning fishing village of Clovelly. We know the area well and can tell you about all the secret spots that tourists don't find including where to get the best scallops and which beach is guaranteed to be empty even on an August bank holiday weekend!

Food & Drink

The Bickford Arms is our local pub. It's only a mile away and you can even get to it using pathways away from the road - perfect if you fancy a pint but you're driving. Further afield we like Life's a Beach in Bude and 'East of the Water Chinese' in Bideford - an absolute gem. If you fancy a proper old fisherman's pub, you won't do much better than the Half Moon at Black Torrington.

Opening Times

March–October.

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The Owner Says

We have two of the best quality Mogolian yurts available sited in a small meadow surrounded by trees looking down over the valley and lakes below. If you wanted quiet and secluded, you've just found it!

On arrival you'll get a personal welcome and freshly made scones. We're super welcoming and will help in any way that we can.

Social Distancing Measures


We remain confident of providing a great holiday for our guests and determined to do as much as possible to ensure that our guests are safe and happy.
We have conducted a thorough risk assessment and implemented mitigating controls. Full details of the controls and procedures relating to guests will also be available in pre-arrival email sent two weeks before arrival.

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Accommodation

Two yurts, each sleeping up to four people.

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Location

Contact Puddleduck Valley, Puddleduck Valley, Cookbury Court, Cookbury, Devon EX22 7YG

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Getting There

From Exeter, leave the A30 at Sourton Cross and follow directions to Holsworthy and Bude. Turn left from the A386 onto the A3079. Follow  this for 16 miles to Dunsland Cross, then turn right on to the A3071. Follow for half-a-mile to the Bickford Arms pub. Then turn left and follow signs to Cookbury. Cross the weak bridge and look for the sign to Puddleduck Valley on the left as you climb the hill.

The nearest railway station is at Exeter St Davids, from where there is a bus towards Bude that stops near the Bickford Arms, a couple of miles from Puddleduck Valley after around an hour and 40 minutes.

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