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Toddler friendly cottages

We like to go above and beyond to ensure toddlers and their parents have an enjoyable holiday


  • Toddler play area outside our swimming pool...
  • ...with toddler swing and slide...
  • Wendy play house...
  • ...large sandpit...
  • ...crawl through the caterpillar...
  • Little Tikes climbing frame...
  • Pretend to driving a combine harvester...
  • Petting guinea pigs...
  • ...creating memories...
  • Bottle feeding lambs...
  • ...enjoying the sunshine...
  • ...waiting patiently...
  • ...for feeding.
  • We have Jemima puddle ducks...
  • ...and Muscovy ducks...
  • ...sometimes with ducklings...
  • ...and a content mum.
  • Special for 2015 we have piglets, guinea pigs and...
  • ...often a turkey poult...
  • ...or two.

Inside our cottages

We know how much packing is needed when one travels with young children. The following is a selection of the items available for use in your cottage, at no extra charge. Please note, we only have limited numbers of some of these items, so if you need anything in particular (even a particular type of toy!) please ask in advance. Where items are limited, it is first come, first served. Cots/highchairs should be reserved at time of booking. Many other items will be in the cottage on your arrival, but if not please ask. Sometimes items have been removed for checking/cleaning/replacement, or by mistake! However, we cannot guarantee that any item will be available, unless it has specifically been reserved in advance.

Playing..

  • Baby bouncers
  • Selection of toys for children up to 5 eg, sorting/stacking toys, duplo, wooden railway etc. We try to suit toys to age of the child/children - please ask if we have not! We also try to check these are complete and clean before your arrival - if not please let us know.
  • Children's videos/books/puzzles (DVD player in all cottages, but please bring your own DVDs)
  • Stair gates in two storey cottages Owls Roost and Curlew. Fitted at top of stairs in Owls ('upside down' cottage) and bottom of stairs in Curlew only - please ask if you require any further information on these cottages. We also have single storey cottages to avoid stairs at all.
  • Socket covers (in drawer for your arrival, your choice as to where/whether fitted or not)
  • Large hexagonal Baby Dan play pen with padded base. Available at extra cost of £10 per week (must be reserved and paid for in advance only - charge due to time involved in putting up and dismantling as anybody who owns one will know!!) Please note this will limit the living area in your cottage, therefore please bear this in mind when requesting.

Sleeping..

  • Cots (but not bed linen - for hygiene and safety reasons). We have 3 wooden cots and 2 travel cots. We can only provide a travel cot in Owls Roost and Credis View. Otherwise we try to provide a wooden cot in preference to a travel cot if possible.
  • Night light
  • Baby monitor (monitor always supplied in Curlew, one other available to borrow)
  • Waterproof sheet for single beds (usually provided for the under 10s 'just in case'), however we suggest you bring your own in the 'training' period 'just in case'. Disposable 'bed mats' or night time 'training pants' available to buy on individual basis (please ask)
  • Bed guard
  • Ladder guard for bunk bed in Owls Roost, where only bottom bunk is in use (upper bunks are not suitable for children under age of 6)

Eating..

  • Plastic plates and cups (but not cups with spouts or plastic spoons etc for hygiene reasons)
  • High chairs (we ask that you bring your own 5 point safety harness as these get soiled so easily)
  • Booster seats

Bathroom..

  • Baby baths
  • Baby bath support/bath seat for child to sit in
  • Non-slip mats for baths
  • Potties and toddler toilet seats

Getting mobile..

  • Baby front carriers (Baby Bjorn or Wilkinet type)
  • Baby/toddler back carriers for children up to 3. The walk to Padstow is a 'must do', but best by carrier rather than buggy because of stiles, but you can drive to the Camel Trail from here (along lanes) and 'buggy' into Padstow on the flat.
  • Pushchair/buggy (one larger pushchair, one lightweight buggy - to borrow on daily basis)
  • Welly 'library' - sizes 4 (baby) to 3 (child). Wellies are always useful whatever the time of year, even in the warmer months grass can be dewy in the morning, and are useful to avoid dirtying shoes whilst helping to feed the animals.

Limitations..

  • Please note that our cottages have to be 'practical' for guests of all ages. Therefore, some things we cannot offer, which you may have in your own home environment, but which are not suitable for use in our cottages. We have tried to list these things here, however children in a different 'home' setting will need more supervision than in their own home environment. We hope our guests appreciate this for the safety of all.
  • We no not provide child locks on fridges or kitchen cupboard doors. We have tried these and they get broken too easily, so we could not guarantee they were "working" for your arrival. However all cottages have adequate 'out of reach space' to store things (please ask if you feel you need more - we will try to help!!).
  • We limit 'chemicals' in the cottage to the necessary cream cleaner and washing up liquid; any other cleaning products may be available on request. However for safety we do not provide anti-bacterial sprays or any kind of spray or aerosol product to guests.
  • We can't provide 'sticky pads' on table corners, but can cover (or remove if practical) any coffee tables etc for you if asked. - - The cookers in the cottage are electric and the main cooker switch will always be 'off' when you arrive (and we suggest it is kept 'off' when not in use), but we cannot provide a cooker 'guard'.
  • In cottages which have open fires or log burners, we always advise that these are used after 'bed time', as we can only provide 'moveable' fire guards rather than fixed. However we do provide alternative heating (in addition to the night storage heating) so that open fires or log burners need to be used only if you choose.
  • We do not provide electric steam sterilisers we feel this could be too much of a risk if they were 'faulty' unbeknown to us, however do have a couple of microwave models.
  • The swimming pool has seasonal opening restrictions from first Sunday of Easter holidays to end of October half term

Play areas for toddlers and under 5's...

  • Giant 'play' combine harvester. A favourite with all our younger guests. Sit in the cab and turn the wheel, or hide from mum and dad inside! (Ours have!!!)
  • Large sandpit (covered when not in use) with sand toys
  • Play house, with play food etc
  • Toddler swing and slide
  • Giant 8-in-1 Little Tikes climber
  • Large 'curly caterpillar' crawl through
  • Larger wooden climbing frame with slide
  • Lots of grassy space in which to run around, or for mum and dad to watch the little ones running around!

Inside games room...

  • Giant Little Tikes dolls house
  • large construction set
  • baby walker
  • Brio train track layout and trains
  • Dressing up clothes chest

Indoor heated swimming pool...

  • Changing room with baby change, potty, toddler toilet seat
  • Hygienic plastic padded play pen beside the pool
  • Arm bands, baby floaty seats and buoyancy aids (please ask)
  • Swim nappies available to buy
  • Pool heated to 29°C

Need more? Although you may need to drag your children away from our facilities we thought it was appropriate to mention here the 'Camel Creek' adventure park (formerly Crealy), just 3 miles away. As parents of young children we have tested out most of Cornwall's attractions for the little ones. We think Camel Creek is one of the best and it's so close! Lots of animals, outdoor play areas, several big indoor play areas - absolutely ideal for under 10s, but also has rides such as the log flume and "The Beast" that may thrill the older ones and mums and dads! Little ones under 92cm are free. We have plenty more ideas of great things to do for families - just ask. If you are thinking of going somewhere we have probably been there and are happy to share our views.