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History of Wooda

Welcome to 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 (William Kenneth), 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. Helen started a tea rooms in the 'Linney' for the visitors at Wooda, serving delicious home baked cream teas and cakes. The tea rooms progressed into a restaurant, and Helen and Gary are still running the very popular Courtyard Bar & Grill and Lodge Takeaway today. You must go and sample the delicious home cooked food and beers and wines when you visit Wooda! New for 2016, Helen and Gary, with the help of their eldest daughter Emily, started The Loft Cocktail, Coffee and Wine Bar, situated in one of the converted barns on the farm. Enjoying a cosy atmosphere with a beautiful outside terrace overlooking the countryside, here you can sample delicious homemade cocktails, coffees, wines and a great selection of spirits! A definite must!

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. As a family, 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. We even have a vintage caravan here at Wooda which marked our 40th birthday, and is named Bessie after Bessie Colwill.

Susan (Sue) is a very talented artist and has her own art studio in the Mill House here at Wooda, one of the farms converted barns. When you are here on holiday, be sure to go and see her beautiful paintings. More information on Sue's work can be found here.

Graeme's youngest daughter, Hannah, started her own beauty salon in another of the converted barns here at Wooda. More information on Hannah Rose Beauty can be found here

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. Charlotte's husband Simon is building our new eco lodges, which we are very excited to see complete for the 2018 season!

We love living and working at Wooda, and we really hope you enjoy your stay too!

Read our Environmental Statement here > 

 

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