Fancy a splash

In the barn is a small indoor heated plunge pool with training jets. Open between April and September 9:00am – 7:00pm, the pool is perfect for cooling off on those hot summer days.
Please note that this is a plunge pool only and not suitable for distance training purposes.  The plunge pool is located in the barn and in the interest of health and hygiene all guests are required to comply with the terms of use, copies of terms of use can be found in your cottage or are available upon request.
Less than 2 miles away is Torridge pool It’s a busy and friendly centre which boasts a 25-metre indoor heated swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness studio and fantastic NEW dance and exercise studio as part of its facilities. This local pool has super accessibility equipment and regular fun sessions and classes.

Wet weather back up plans.

We have a great collection of complimentary family board games & DVDs for all our guests to enjoy, just pop into reception and choose the ones you would like to borrow during your stay.

Make friends with our mascot Steven the Seagull

Many of our younger guests love to borrow Steven the Seagull who is our cute little feathered mascot, Steven often goes exploring with our younger guests during their stay with us, in recent years he has travelled far and wide in North Devon and further afield.  Show us your best Steven Seagull selfie and be in with a chance of winning a prize. 

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Lucy and David Johns
Farriers Cottage was by far the best cottage we have holidayed at in North Devon! It is perfectly finished and was absolutely perfect for our family of five, with the amazing hot tub being such a luxury for entire family!
For Younger Guests

Furry and feathery friends

With 60 acres of countryside at Duckhaven Stud, we have plenty of room for our friendly farm animals and pets! From our gorgeous goslings to our magnificent horses, we're sure you'll love getting acquainted with our furry and feathery friends.
Duckhaven Stud is a former thoroughbred racing yard, still home to many of our beloved horses! You'll often see them grazing in the fields, but they'll trot over to greet you if you wait patiently. Say hello to our mischievous pygmy goats Jack and Ben. 
 The hens are more than happy to treat you to tasty free-range eggs during your stay. Feel free to collect them from the chicken coop in the morning, but please remember to close the coop afterwards to make sure Mr. Fox can't get in! Don't worry if you're not up early enough, just pop over to our office, we may have collected some for you already.

Nature’s own playground

With oodles of coastal fields packed with wildlife, flora and fauna there are plenty of beautiful natural treasures to discover. The grounds at Westward Living are very special, they are in the UNESCO Biosphere and have been given the official status as an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).  In the summer months you may be lucky enough to discover the porpoises in the bay. We have a resident family of cheeky foxes and roe deer  who usually like to pose for photos.  If you are a true nature detective, you are welcome to borrow our bird spotting telescope and binoculars during your stay with us.

Get creative on our giant chalk boards

Our play barn and outdoor play area are some of the most popular facilities at Duckhaven Stud. Perfect for younger guests (and guests who are young at heart!), the barn is filled with fun and games for lazy days and rainy days, while the outdoor play area is fantastic for spending time out in the countryside.
Whether you're a table football pro or fancy trying your hand at pool, the play barn is the ideal place for fun and games. It's opened all year round from 9am to 7.30pm Except December and January .When our indoor barn is open, the kids have plenty of time to practice their sporting skills or they can get creative on the chalk board wall. We've kitted out the play barn with a pool table, table tennis and a basketball hoop, so you won't run out of activities too quickly!
Relaxation is a huge part of  luxury holidays at Duckhaven Stud. From the moment you arrive we want you to feel totally comfortable. If you want to chill out with a glass of wine and a good book  you can rest assured the kids are having a wonderful time in the play barn.

Be a little monkey on the climbing frame

Our outdoor play area is also hugely popular with our guests. Surrounded by nature’s own playground in 60 acres of countryside, kids will love monkeying around on the climbing frame, or kicking a ball between the posts. If you have energetic little ones in tow on your luxury break, they'll love exploring the play area. 

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