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Wooda Farm Holiday Park

Business Address: Wooda Farm Holiday Park, Poughill, Bude, Cornwall EX23 9HJ

Country: England,

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About Wooda Farm Holiday Park

Wooda has been owned and run by the Colwill family for nearly 100 years, and the park itself was opened in 1975.

Wooda was once a working farm, originally brought into the Colwill family by Samuel (known as Jim) and Bessie Colwill. Jim and Bessie ran a bed and breakfast at the farmhouse, looked after 200 sheep and 50 dairy cows. The original milk churns can still be seen around the farm, and some of the hand tools are on display in the Courtyard Bar, which was originally the farm's milking parlour.

Jim and Bessie had a son Ken, and daughter Honor. Ken took over the farm from his parents, and himself and Elizabeth, his wife, continued to run the bed and breakfast from the farmhouse. They had 3 children, Susan, Graeme and Helen. Graeme helped his father on the farm, lambing down their 200 sheep, and looking after the cows. 

In 1975, Ken recognised the potential of tourism in the area. He decided to convert an area of farmland into a small CL site for 5 touring caravans (now the children's play area). From there, the park then grew. More farmland was converted for touring caravans and tents, with Graeme inputting as well. Together they were still working the farm, so that and the park were running alongside one another.

The park continued to grow, with the introduction of holiday homes in 1980. Gradually Wooda built up, becoming more and more popular with its customers. We achieved our first 5 star grading in 1981, and have continued to do so every year to date. We love to reinvest and give our customers something new to see each year, whilst improving enjoyment of future stays. We now have 55 holiday homes, two cottages and pitches for touring and camping, amongst a whole host of activities and facilities for all the family to enjoy. 

Graeme's eldest daughter Charlotte has now returned to work within the business, so its in its third generation! We hope to continue running as a family business for many years to come.