Mr Hayward September 2021
Great people - great accommodation - great location
Mrs Brodie August 2021
After reading reviews and looking at the photos online we were really looking forward to a relaxing week at Lavender Barn. After a long drive down to Porthleven we were greeted by Sarah and Tim. They were very welcoming and friendly. Unfortunately to be greeted with ' the barn is prone to damp and the bathroom fans do not work and you will need to keep the windows open to ventilate the rooms' wasn't the welcome we had hoped for. The barn was indeed beautifully furnished but upon opening the door the smell of damp hit us straight away. We immediately opened all the windows and kept them all open every time we were in the barn but the strong damp smells were permanent and sickly. I have to say that the desire to leave was quite strong but we had nowhere else to stay and were tired after our drive so vowed to make the most of our stay. Unfortunately the two rooms were at opposite ends of the barn and both smelt of damp and indeed there was evidence of yellow damp coming through the white paint on the walls. We were uncomfortable, for safety reasons, keeping the window open of one of the bedrooms at night as it opened straight onto the lane. My daughter ended up sleeping on the sofa in the lounge as the smell of damp was too strong with the window shut. There was no leverage to address this with the owners as their solution was to open the windows and clearly the barn requires some large scale structural improvements/damp proofing. I am honestly stunned that other guests to the barn have not raised this as a concern as they appear to give glowing reviews online. If we had known up front then we would not have booked this holiday rental, and at the price we paid. The horrible damp smell really did spoil what we hoped would be a lovely rental. Our only solution was sightseeing and exploring the stunning surrounding area and spending as little time at the barn as possible. Such a shame as it really is a beautiful spot, beautifully furnished and could've been such a lovely holiday.
Reply from Classic Cottages
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on Lavender Barn. We're so sorry that you felt that the barn was damp. Although we weren't aware of your thoughts during your stay, we arranged an inspection as soon as possible after you let us know. Unfortunately we couldn't find any evidence of damp at the time of your visit, but we do agree that older Cornish properties such as this do benefit from good ventilation. We're really sorry that your holiday experience wasn't all that we'd hoped for, but appreciate your comments on the beautiful furnishings, lovely scenery and friendliness of the owners. Julie, Customer Support
Ms Boaden July 2021
This is a gem of a place: quiet, surrounded by glorious countryside and perfectly placed between Porthleven and Helston. The hosts are very welcoming without being intrusive. The cottage is comfortable, cared for, well equipped and pretty. It's a pleasure to be in. Outside there are good spots to lap up the sunshine with soothing views of fields and sky. Truly relaxing.
Mrs Cooper June 2021
Perfect location near Porthleven yet in a quiet spot. The owners on site are super friendly & helpful.
Mrs Loadman June 2021
A delightful place to stay, with lovely flowers and grounds. Loved the pond !
Mrs Jones April 2021
A very cosy cottage in a most convenient location within walking distance of Porthleven. Very comfortable garden chairs on the suntrap patio which is now paved. The owners are lovely people who genuinely want you to have a great holiday and are very helpful.
Mr Quinnell October 2020
This comfortable, tastefully furnished barn is an ideal base for a holiday on the Lizard.
Mrs Kearnes September 2020
The cottage is in a lovely setting and a quiet location within easy reach of Helston and Porthleven. Ideal for visiting all the places of interest on the Lizard and surrounding areas.
Mrs Duff July 2020
Hotels and cottages are almost always not as good as they look on the internet or in the brochure. But this one was! It was an absolute delight and had everything you could wish for in a holiday home. Great location, beautifully furnished, and kind owners. We liked the location because it was halfway between Porthleven (small local shops, cafes etc) and Helston (large supermarket). Did you know that the owner actually puts all the kitchen equipment in the dishwasher for each new arrival? What excellent service and so reassuring in the present circumstances. The Pilates studio was something that attracted me to this property. We had two lessons with Sarah who was such a knowledgable and experienced teacher. The walks around here were stunning, not just the coastal path, but those on the Penrose Estate, where it is actually much easier to socially distance.
Mr Elson July 2020
Great location only 1 mile to Porthleven. Nice size property, well furnished. Sarah and Tim were excellent hosts.
Mrs Duggan August 2019
We have had a fantastic relaxing week at Lavender Barn and were given a warm welcome from Sarah and Tim.
Peaceful location and beautiful garden!
Mrs Conkling May 2019
I cannot fault the property. 3 adults stayed at this property in early May my mother is quite limited in her mobility, With a little adaption on her part she was able to move around the cottage exceptionally well, with the use of her walker. The property was well maintained, plenty of crockery, utensils, and cleaning products. Tim and Sarah made us feel very welcomed. There was a hospitality package of essential items, such as fresh bread cake and milk. I would have no hesitation in re- booking Lavender Barn when I next visit Cornwall.
Reply from Classic Cottages
We're delighted that you were all able to enjoy such a lovely stay at Lavender Barn, and so pleased that your mum was able to get about confidently. We're always happy to speak with guests prior to booking if they have any questions about mobility or access, so that guests can make an informed choice. It's wonderful to have such glowing feedback and we very much look forward to welcoming you back for a return visit. Tanya, Customer Support
Ms McGhin April 2019
A fabulous weekend, very well organised. I would definitely return.
Ms Urmston April 2019
We so appreciated the attention to detail of our hosts in making our stay so lovely and relaxing. Everything was of the best quality: warm welcome with bread, butter, teatime treats, fruit, wine, flowers. Super bedlinen, furnishings, kitchenalia , comfort and homely touches that made us feel quite at home! The staff at classic cottages were very kind and helpful when we needed to rearrange our booking. Loved the extra itinerary suggestions too. Will certainly consider both CC and Lavendar barn again!
Mr Rose November 2018
The location is good, but the accommodation needs substantial improvements to the bathroom facilities and bedroom/clothes storage. The Internet works but is slow by current standards. The TV is small for a large living area.
Reply from Classic Cottages
Thank you for your review of Lavender Barn - we were pleased that you liked the location. The points you've raised will be checked thoroughly and we will share your thoughts with the owners for their consideration for future improvements. Alison, Customer Support
* UPDATE APRIL 2019* The shower has now been replaced.
Miss Harris September 2018
Absolutely beautiful location. Tim and Sarah made us feel most welcome. We were also given fresh home made bread and a beautiful pecan cake. The pond in their garden was a particular favourite of ours whereby we sat in the evening with a cup of tea enjoying the tranquility and sunset. We are looking forward so much to returning next year.
Mrs Lewis August 2018
Lovely barn in a beautiful peaceful location. Very warm welcome and gorgeous homemade cake, bread and marmalade. We would definitely stay here again.
Mr Honey August 2018
We had a great stay in a lovely peaceful location. The owners were friendly and helpful and the accommodation very good and just what we were looking for.
Mrs Hannah-Holes July 2018
Sarah and Tim were very welcoming, the cake, bread, milk, wine and extras were appreciated upon arrival. The setting was relaxing, just what was needed.
Miss Harris June 2018
Absolutely beautiful location in the heart of the countryside. Sarah and Tim made us feel most welcome and on our arrival we were given freshly made bread and scones with jam and cream. The Pond in their garden was especially nice for us. After a day of sightseeing it was lovely to return in the evening and sit by the pond with a cup of tea and watch the wildlife and sunset. We are looking forward to staying another week in September, and we also hope to return next year.
Mr Russell May 2018
Very peaceful surroundings, with glorious views of the rolling countryside.
Mr Copeland May 2018
This is a fantastic cottage in a wonderful location. Porthleven and Helston are both within easy walking distance, Porthleven being a particular favourite with wonderful beaches, shops and pubs.
Ms Baxter March 2018
Loved the quiet location surrounded by fields of daffodils. The hosts were very helpful, the cottage was delightful, comfortable, well equipped and the home made hot cross buns and marmalade delicious. A very welcoming home from home.
Miss Rennie February 2018
Everything! The owners were welcoming and friendly, and the barn was immaculately presented, homely and comfortable. Everything worked perfectly and nothing got in the way of us having a great time. Its position is great too, we loved walking around the lanes in the evenings and exploring further afield each day. We think this is our favourite Classic Cottage so far!
Mrs Spargo February 2018
Fantastic quiet cottage. Perfect for a relaxing break. Warm, comfortable and welcoming. High attention to detail and care from these owners is evident throughout this accomadation.
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