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Essentials

The important stuff

  • Check in time is 4-6pm PLEASE CALL TO LET JAMES KNOW WHEN YOU WILL ARRIVE
  • Check out time is 10:30am
  • The Ark is off grid and it will be dark at night! Please bring a torch.
  • It is not possible to park by The Ark, but James will drive your stuff down on the tractor
  • There is no power in The Ark but a paraffin lamp is provided
  • RUBBISH - please take your rubbish with you or leave it ready for recycling in the bins provided
  • There’s no TV (you’re on holiday!)
  • Phone reception is ok from most networks
  • The nearest shop is a good farm shop at the local garden centre (2 miles)
  • Don't forget to bring your own torch!
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • 1 double, 1 single and a spare mattress that slides out from underneath.

Extra space available

Space for 2 children no charge. two singles suitable for children up to 14

Kids & Pets

Kids are welcome at Puckshipton Ark, but pets cannot be accommodated.

Cooking

  • Two ring gas hob
  • Campfire pit
  • All pots and pans
  • Crockery & cutlery for four
  • Wine glasses, tumbler & water jug
  • Fridge

Washing

  • The mobile shower and loo are for the exclusive use of Ark guests.
  • The shower is heated by a large Kelly kettle which is then hoisted into the trees

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • There is no power in The Ark but candles are provided - please bring your own torch too.
  • Sheets
  • Pillows & cases
  • Please bring towels.

Entertainment

  • Playing cards
  • Scrabble set
  • Chess & Draughts

Activities

Outdoor & active

There's a lovely walk from Marlborough to Avebury that crosses the Ridgeway. It's only a few hours each way so you can arrive back in Marlborough for dinner or linger in Avebury for lunch.

Five of the eight White Horses cut into the Wiltshire hills are within ten miles of Puckshipton. There's a 90 mile trail that links them all, but that might be pushing it for a day hike!

The Bustard Inn on Salisbury Plain has spectacular views. Its isolation makes it tricky to get to but well worth it.

There are carp in the lake next to The Wagon, but anyone planning to fish here must have rods and a valid EA licence.

Reopened in 1990 after years of neglect, The Kennet & Avon canal offers all sorts of boat trips and excursions and a beam engine that's been working (albeit not continuously) since 1812.

Places to visit

Devizes Museum offers an insight into the history of the area and houses some of the very first finds from Avebury and Stonehenge.

Coral Cove adventure play centre in Devizes is a handy place to keep the kids amused out of the rain.

Longleat, recently made famous by The BBC's Animal Park series, was the first ever safari park outside Africa and has a huge variety of animals as well as the famous Hedge Maze.

Bowood House and Gardens near Calne is a stately home with an adventure playpark in the grounds. Giant rope bridges and the 'Death Slide' for kids (sorry, no-one over 12) and extensive gardens and a tea house for adults.

Lacock Abbey, in the charming village of Lacock, is a rambling old country house of various architectural styles and was used to film some of the interior scenes of the Harry Potter films.

Ten miles south of Puckshipton is Stonehenge, Britain's most famous - and most protected - Neolithic site. It's on the road to Salisbury, so you could easily make it part of a day trip.

Salisbury itself is one of those classic market towns that southern England does so well. What is truly exceptional about it is Salisbury Cathedral. Its spire pierces the clouds and dominates the town and the grounds are a lovely place to relax and take in the scope of the magnificent building.

A few miles to the north is another remarkable historical site, Avebury stone circle. Spread out over a far larger area than Stonehenge, the remains of the walkway that led up to it are visible for miles around across the neighbouring fields.

Festivals & events

Pewsey Carnival and a children's carnival take place in early September every year.

Marlborough Jazz Festival fills the town with music in mid July. Buy a Stroller pass and go from band to band, pub to pub.

Courses & classes

James can offer the chance to make your own pizza oven! See two of his existing ovens he has made and then spend time together making your oven. It's a hands-on course and you'll definitely be getting your hands dirty. Although the oven wouldn't be ready for use by the end of your stay, it is possible for you to have a go using one of the other ovens. James will provide you with your ingredients and get you started in making your own pizzas to tuck into. The total cost for this is £120 payable to James upon arrival. Please enquire on 0117 204 7830 if you are interested in doing this course as we'll need to ensure James has availability.

Food & Drink

At Puckshipton

For guests at The Wagon, there's the pizza oven to be mastered!

Pubs & restaurants

The Seven Stars, Bottlesford (1 miles). Only 35 minutes walk from The Wagon. A classic 16th-Century thatched pub serving great food including local pheasant.

The Red Lion (5.5 miles). Free house that once had Jay Rayner (surely one of the most easily displeased food critics of our time) raving about its fish.

The Barge Inn at Honeystreet (3 miles) - Recently been taken over by the local community and does good

food. In a lovely location on the Kennet and Avon canal, an hours walk from here across country.

The Millstream, Marden (2 miles). A traditional pub with great seasonal and local food.

Meet your hosts

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James's family, first his parents and then his brother, have farmed the land at Puckshipton since 1965. It forms the base not only for their bustling family home, but also for James's business, making bespoke furniture. He could even make you your very own wagon. As well as being fascinating projects, creating The Wagon and The Ark was a good way to stop old trailer bases from being thrown away and a way for James and Juliette to welcome guests to Puckshipton without building something permanent which would have too great an impact on the landscape.

It all fits in with their...

Environmental policy 

The Wagon is built around an old trailer base and made of wood which James sources very carefully and almost always locally. It's also insulated with sheep's wool. The toilet is a handmade (of course) compost loo, that acts the way nature intended. Up at the house, hot water is solar heated and general heating via a wood-burning Esse, and they'll soon be installing Photovoltaic cells that will feed any surplus power back into the grid. On top of all that, James's old Volvo is a recycling project on wheels.

Wildlife

James was very keen to ensure that The Wagon did not impact on the environment, but in researching the project, he realised that he could actually be of benefit to it. The willow trees planted to provide a renewable source of fuel for the soon-to-be-installed bread oven, have become a dense wildlife habitat and the mobility of The Wagon means that one site need never become overused, so the land can thrive. There are badgers and buzzards, carp in the lake and Muntjac deer, as well as many very well cared for trees.

Getting there

Puckshipton House, Beechingstoke, Pewsey SN9 6HG

By car - don't use Satnav as it won't take you to the house...

Approaching from the south and east: 
A342 towards Devizes, two miles after the Charlton Cat public house turn right towards Marden, through the village and over two small bridges. Having left the village the turning to the drive is approximately 300 metres on the right. Continue down the drive to the house. From Devizes, turn left off the A342 towards Marden and continue as above.

If approaching from Marlborough: Head for Woodborough and then Beechingstoke. Do not go into Beechingstoke but turn left towards Marden. The house is halfway between Beechingstoke and Marden.

By train

Pewsey is the nearest station. It's best to get a taxi from here, but this will need to be booked in advance as there is no taxi rank at the station. Try 

(07500 945928/01672 564394) or 

(07900 986813 / 0800 1707575). If for any reason you can't arrange a taxi, James or Juliette may be able to pick you up depending on their availability - please give them a call in advance.

Booking Terms

Canopy & Stars low price promise
 
Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
 
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;

and

  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.

 

The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.

 

1. Booking and payments

 

1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).

 

1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk). Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.

 

1.3 We're sorry for any inconvenience, but payments can only be made by credit and debit cards. A 2% surcharge will be applied to credit cards. We do not accept American Express, cheques or cash.

 

1.4 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.

 

1.5 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.

 

1.6 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.

 

2. Cancellation and Amendment by You

 

2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk) and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.

 

2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  

 

2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.

 

2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.

 

2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 

 

2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.

 

2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.

 

2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.

 

Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.

 

3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.

 

4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.

 

5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.

 

6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;

OR

(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;

OR

(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.

 

7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.

 

8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.

 

9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.

 

10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.

 

11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.

 

12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.

 

13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.

 

14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.

 

15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 

 

16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.

 

17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.

 

18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.