Mr Ward September 2021
Mowhay Barn is a spacious and beautifully-situated house in a superb part of Cornwall. We found the house provided us all with lots of space (two kitchens and two lovely lounges) having amazing and large private grounds with mature trees, shrubs and flowers and far-reaching country views. This was well beyond our expectations. We spent several lazy afternoons just soaking up sunshine and tranquility in the grounds or eating al fresco. Inside, there was plentiful equipment and some fascinating antique furniture along with delightful views. Also, hundreds of books and loads of games. A total treat.
The location was also great. All the Rame Peninsula's wonderful scenery and villages are never more than 5-8 minutes drive, including Whitsand Bay with its long golden-sand beach (and steep walk down!). We particularly liked the estate grounds of Mount Edgcumbe House with walks by Plymouth Sound or on top in the deer park with stunning 360 degree views across the sea and the countryside (even extending to distant Dartmoor).
On top of all that, there are some great eateries - particularly The Canteen at Maker Heights which has top-rank cooking at an incredibly modest price. Also, lovely pubs in the quaint fishing villages of Kingsand and Cawsand. Just up the hill on the B road is an excellent cafe (The Salty Dog) and SE Cornwall's top Cornish Pasty producer (Cornish Pod). Amazing pasties - we're now all 'pastied out'! There was a 7 minute footpath to the characterful local pub in St John and an easy drive to local shops or supermartkets in Millbrook or Torpoint.
I expect I shouldn't be raving so much about this place as it will probably now fill up with eager guests but, as a very experienced cottage finder, this is such a find!
Mrs Marshall June 2021
Perfect for a family.
Mrs Bartlett May 2021
It would be helpful to let guests know that all the bedrooms in Mowhay are accessed by winding spiral staircases - this feels like important information.
Reply from Classic Cottages
Thanks so much for your feedback - we do try to be as accurate and honest as we can with our online descirptions and photographs and we do try to show the staircases at this lovely property so that guests know exactly what to expect upon their arrival - we'll see if there is anything else we can do to make it clearer. Tressa, Customer Support
Mr Hattersley April 2021
Very convenient location if you are prepared to be slightly back from the sea.
Mrs Collins September 2020
Lovely stay at Mowhay barn set in very pretty gardens. Very comfortable with good facilities for cooking and lots of space for staying with friends or family. We would recommend a stay at Mowhay.
Reply from Classic Cottages
We're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay, and particularly the lovely gardens! Thanks for sharing your experience. The Classic Team
Mrs Reeve September 2020
Tastefully furnished, beautifully tranquil surroundings. The cottage had everything we needed.
Mrs Heal September 2020
Mowhay Barn is absolutely lovely and beautifully furnished. It is nice to have a garden and outdoor table and chairs. The owner is charming and lives very close by. You really do embrace the Cornish countryside staying here and the coast and beaches are a few miles away with the most stunning views for miles. A car is essential to explore the area.
Mrs Upton July 2020
Beautiful barn, very private with a wonderful garden and a most helpful owner.
Ms Ahmed August 2019
The host was very friendly and welcoming she was always available and assisted us when needed. The scenery was spectacular with a very peaceful atmosphere. Be prepared for very narrow roads if you are driving and take care around bends. Beaches are close by and worth visiting however, there is no wheelchair access to any of them. For walks we walked up the hills which again its worth the climb to watch the sunset and beautiful views. Definitely would visit Mowhay barn again in the near future! Oh the homemade scones and jam were a lovely welcome upon arrival!
Reply from Classic Cottages
Thanks so much for sharing your review of Mowhay Barn. It is a very rural property so reached by some archetypal country lanes, where you may well meet tractors, walkers, cyclists and horse riders so it's always sensible to drive with this in mind. There are a number of beaches in Cornwall that are more easily accessible, and some that have sand chairs available - you can check specific details on either of the following websites:
We hope to welcome you back again soon. Tanya, Customer Support
Mr Lewis June 2019
A superb property in an unspoilt part of Cornwall
Mrs Pratt June 2019
Lovely views from the house and garden. Not really any walks from the door, but plenty of good coastal walks within a few miles. Mount Edgcumbe country park is excellent to explore and the passenger ferries from Cremyll to various parts of Plymouth were useful, especially as the weather wasn't too good.
Dr Norman August 2018
Amazing barn and garden, beautiful location and beaches.
Mrs Woods July 2018
The barn is beautiful with stunning views and a wonderful garden, however it is situated right on the road which is surprisingly busy so expect some road noise. The road leading to the barn is very narrow and winding (even by Cornish standards) so be prepared to beep your horn and reverse to the nearest passing point. There was a lovely cream tea and fresh flowers on arrival and the friendly host visited later that day. We were unlucky enough to have a broken toilet on arrival and then a broken shower. These were fixed but the age of the equipment in the barn makes this a likely occurrence and it was very inconvenient for us. The downstairs floor is tiled and very cold on the feet even in a heatwave, so remember to take your slippers if you sleeping down there! There are no shops or restaurants nearby, the nearest pub is only open at weekends and only serves food on a Friday. Some of the beaches are tricky to access. There is a fish and ship shop, pub and Co Op in Millbrook (which has its own interesting road layout!). There is a footpath to the nearest village but otherwise roads are too narrow and winding for safe walking with children so it is necessary to drive. We had a lovely holiday here but have mentioned these things to help future guests.
Reply from Classic Cottages
Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Mowhay Barn - it is beautifully located as you found; we do appreciate that the access roads in this rural area are country lanes which don't usually have pavements, and they are used by local traffic to reach the lovely little towns and villages on the Rame peninsula. We're so sorry that there was an issue with the shower and loo, and thanks so much for your understanding and patience while they were fixed. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay overall. Tanya, Customer Support
Dr Celedin July 2018
Very cozy cottage close to wonderful beaches and cafes.
Mr Loveland June 2018
The barn is spacious, well maintained and equipped. It is attractively furnished, and is situated in a beautiful and quite location. The property and garden are well looked after by the owner, who we had the pleasure of meeting. A number of useful local guides and maps were available for our perusal. We enjoyed the complimentary cream tea on our arrival.
Mr Keir May 2018
I can not fault this cottage, its grounds, facilities cleanliness and setting. Its a lovely place to spend a week! I did find this part of Cornwall to have slightly fewer easy access beaches, and slightly fewer good pub restaurants. One business owner we hired bikes from joked with us it was the 'forgotten part of Cornwall' - for some people that is going to be a blessing. For us it wasn't a curse, but my ideal holiday would probably be Mowbray Barn but nearer Hayle/StIves.
Mrs Godwin May 2018
Fantastic place, would fully recommend to anyone. Facilities are fantastic,garden and property is above and beyond.
Mr Chesterton March 2018
Beautiful views, excellently equipped, everything supplied even milk and scones on arrival, beautiful furnishings, lots of space. Excellent opportunities for keen and fit walkers. Good value for money.
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