After the success of our play barn make over with a whole new soft play centre for under 5’s, we were keen to create a wet weather day equivalent for older children too. This is something we had wanted to do for a long time but the perfect location has only just been realised. Last year we gained planning permission to turn all our remaining riverside lodges in to the contemporary Scandinavian style of Trevarno, so popular with our holiday guests. One by one the old riverside lodges are being converted, Camel became our reception and shop, Ottery the Gym and now having sold the contents of the remaining lodges at our charity sale in aid of the village Playground, we had Deer and DeLank offering a large space that would be perfect as a games room.
Creating the Games Room
Deer and DeLank were semi detached, and whilst they were tiny as 2 bedroom lodges, when stripped of their internal walls the space began to transform. I must say as partition walls came down scattering debris around and leaving wiring and sockets dangling, I wondered if we had bitten off more than we could chew with this project.
Having teenage boys comes into its own on projects like this and they worked after school and weekends to help their Dad make everything safe with a huge bonfire for all the old timbers they had knocked down. Finally we had a blank canvas to work on, well almost since the carpet had gaps and a ghastly multicolour effect from room and property divides and the wiring needed some serious attention.
Hosting a birthday party
We had a deadline in our minds to make the room safe by and that was Nick’s birthday. I had invited 18 friends, more than we could sensibly sit in our kitchen, and the new games room was beginning to look like the obvious answer. We restored one of the cookers to the kitchen area and laid new carpet on the morning of the party. With twinkle lights tacked round the edge of the room from the Christmas decoration store and garden tables cleaned up, we pulled off a wonderful Greek Taverna night.
Fitting out the Games Room
After a huge clean up from the party it was onward with the games room plan. We bought a pool table which was ridiculously heavy to lift and manoeuvre through the little lodge doors, brought the table tennis across from the craft tent and still had room for table football. All was complete just in time for half term.
A base for Activity Hour
With the tent now missing the ping pong table, which doubled up as a craft table, it seemed only sensible to move activity hour into the games room too. We enjoyed our first session in here making Valentine’s crafts and heading out on to the farm for a treasure hunt. I have now moved all my craft supplies into the locked kitchen area and kept the cooker in there too which is going to be really handy for cooking and baking.
Finally I had been after a chalk board but it just wasn’t practical in the tent, here I had the perfect space and Nick made me one which I’m thrilled with. I’ll share how to do this in April’s Trash2Treasure. I’m so excited about the possibilities ahead for activity hour for the summer season.
Now I feel we have something to offer all ages here on the farm in all weather, if you are looking to come and stay please take a look at our availability as we would love to welcome you for a family holiday. We hope to start work on one of the new lodges this autumn which will be next door, but not too close to the new games room and available to rent from next spring. In the mean time I have a large empty tent and I’m looking for inspiration on how best to use it; any ideas?
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.