Ancient Cob Barn - Constructed of earth and granite, part of a small complex of old farm buildings tucked away in a tiny hamlet along an unspoilt farm track running alongside an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. On a bridle path joining the National Cycle Route, the barn is close to beaches and the Coastal Footpath. A pair of Giant Revel 3 mountain bikes with helmets are available for your use.
Huge farmhouse kitchen opening onto cobbled courtyard. Living room/home cinema with balcony and steps leading down to a garden. Local Delabole slate ground floors with cosy underfloor heating and walk-in wet room from bedroom.
The barn has been painstakingly restored using traditional building materials and has a large, craftsman built kitchen with 5 gas burner/electric oven range cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, toaster, kettle and quality utensils plus Sabatier knife set. Everything from quick snacks to gourmet meals served at the massive farmhouse table. The barn is supplied with lovely spring water, filtered and UV treated, for the perfect cup of tea.
Upstairs the spacious living area, which includes two daybeds, has open beams, English oak floorboards and steps down to the garden. Wooden shutters provide a blackout for viewing TV and movies via a video projector with surround sound.
The bedroom has adjoining wet room with WC and basin. The whole barn is connected to Wi-Fi and the eating area has a Mac computer with internet and TV.
All linen and towels provided. Property is cleaned and linen and towels renewed at changeover or weekly.
Although the barn is surrounded by countryside, it is only a few minutes' drive from the town, which is served by banks, post office, supermarkets and a mainline rail station. Good mobile phone coverage on all providers. Mid Cornwall is perfect for accessing all of the county's many attractions - from the rugged north coast to the far west, from the wilds of Bodmin Moor to the delights of the Eden Project and Heligan Gardens. Settings for the Rosamunde Pilcher stories within easy reach.
Transport to and from St Austell railway station can be arranged if you wish to come by train.
Narrow stairs from kitchen to living area and bedroom may be unsuitable for anyone with impaired mobility.
Access to the property is via a farm lane/bridle path which is not suitable for very low slung vehicles such as sports cars. Standard family cars are fine.
We bought the disused and dilapidated barns near to the house in 1995 and have spent the intervening years repairing and restoring them with the skilled assistance of Allan and Richard, the carpenters, Les, the cob specialist and Pete, our nephew. Along with the barns came a small field, where we now have our kitchen garden and where the chickens are fenced among the trees in a copse.
The cob barn restoration was completed in the summer of 2012 after many years of hard work. It has been a labour of love, with much attention paid to detail as our long-term aim is to live there ourselves. Cob is a mixture of clay subsoil and straw that is wetted and trampled, originally by cattle but nowadays by digger, to get the right consistency. It is laid on a base of stone, heeled in and each layer left to dry before being adzed smooth and coated in lime plaster to allow it to breath. Cob buildings can last for centuries if they have "a good hat and a good pair of boots". The thick cob walls keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
We have a no smoking policy and, sorry, no pets.
Barn to be vacated by 10:30am on leaving date to enable preparation for arrivals after 4:00 pm if there is a follow-on booking that day.
We had a lovely stay and were made to feel very welcome and at home. The barn was clean, cosy and has everything you could possibly need, especially in the kitchen and of course the projector for watching films. It is perfectly located for getting to local beaches, towns and tourist attractions. We hope to stay again soon!
The Cob Barn is a lovely place for a quiet retreat. Surrounded by beautiful Cornish countryside, we enjoyed the solitude and close proximity to the coast. Sue and John were excellent hosts, settling us in and providing surprise and very welcome tea, coffee, butter, milk and eggs! The barn itself has been lovingly renovated; underfloor heating and the fantastic kitchen are certainly highlights. We also enjoyed the projector/home cinema experience - perfect at the end of the day after exploring. Thank you once again - we had a great time.
Me and my partner had a fantastic stay at the barn! We couldn't have asked for a more perfect setting for our weekend in Cornwall. John and Sue were fantastic hosts and provided us with everything we could've asked for! A truly memorable experience thank you so much.
The Cob Barn is an amazing place to stay - we wanted peace and quiet and our own space, we got just that being nicely tucked away down a country lane. The barn is done up beautifully, John and Sue have thought of everything. We like cooking and the kitchen was well stocked with all the equipment we needed. We also like watching films so the comfy sofa and home cinema effect was very welcome! The place is warm, clean and beautifully designed and appointed. Simple to feel at home in quickly and John and Sue were very welcoming and helpful. This was a home from home. Simply lovely. Thank you!
My 4 month old son and I came to stay for a little relaxing break, it was wonderful and really beautiful. John & Sue were really friendly and helpful and the barn is as beautiful as the pictures show it to be.
Great for children too as there is Porthpean and Charlestown really close by and The Eden Project only 15 minutes down the road. Would love to visit again and bring my husband this time!
We loved absolutely everything about our time at the barn! John and Sue were so lovely and we felt really welcome from the moment we arrived. The place was better than we imagined and is set up to give travellers all the information they need to navigate the area. I had such a wonderful time there and can't wait to go back! Thanks for sharing this wonderful property with us. Sharee and Ben
My boyfriend and I stayed for short break to re-visit his favourite childhood places and we absolutely loved it!
The cottage was wonderful with beautiful views and we had a fabulous time :)
Have recommended to a friend and we will absolutely stay here again should we return.
We are John and Sue and have lived in the farmhouse since 1978. We are both semi-retired, John having worked at the local college of FE running photography and art courses and Sue as a magazine designer. Our children have moved away now and we live here with our dog, Milo, an English Bull Terrier, two cats and our chickens.