If you are looking for a really special 'escape to the country' then look no further than West Barn. In the midst of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the most stunning of views overlooking miles of unspoilt countryside, this is a real get away from it all rural retreat. Hidden down a typical Cornish lane, when in spring the hedgerows promise the most stunning of displays, this spacious and comfortable south facing barn conversion is approached by steps and offers the chance to be at one with nature and embrace everything about the great outdoors.
Set on a seven acre wildlife site and surrounded by wildflower meadows, you are free to wander along the paths that meander through the meadows and grassland spotting an abundance of wildlife and birdlife who also visit or choose to make this area their home, along with the owners' friendly ponies and pygmy goats.
And if the views and wildlife weren't enough, for any historians you can wonder at the way our ancestors lived at the partly excavated Bronze Age settlements of roundhouses found at the top of the hill.
Found in the little hamlet of Northwood, two miles outside the charming village of St Neot with its impressive church, village shop and friendly village pub, the welcoming yet discreet owners of West Barn, who carefully manage the site for the benefit of human and wildlife guests, are on hand to offer any advice and help but then leave you to relax and enjoy the setting.
The entrancing view can be admired both inside and out whether you are relaxing in the sitting-room, enjoying mealtimes at the dining-table or enjoying a meal al fresco, it stretches out ahead of you and as day turns to night change the view in front of you for the one overhead to the star attraction - the night sky - well this is a designated dark sky area so you are in for a treat.
Although children are regrettably not accepted at this property, babies up to six months are welcome.
The accommodation is incredibly spacious and set on three levels, with steps from the country style kitchen down to the sitting-room and up to the galleried dining-room, where full length windows take full advantage of the wonderful countryside views. Outside your enclosed garden is the perfect spot to simply relax and enjoy the setting and will delight any four legged friends in tow.
For getting out and about Bodmin Moor is criss-crossed with walks along open moorland and wooded valleys with plenty of pretty village pubs to refuel along the way. There is a network of trails to delight cyclists and walkers at Cardinham Woods and Lanhydrock and for live entertainment, the open air moorland theatre at Sterts (seasonal), and The Rum Store at Carnglaze Caverns are two very unique venues. The cottage garden at Pinsla is a little treat and on a grander scale the gardens and historic houses at Lanhydrock and Cotehele (National Trust) are well worth a visit.
Both north and south coasts are within easy driving distance so you can enjoy days browsing around the popular harbour side town of Fowey and historic Charlestown on the south and discover gastronomic delights at renowned Padstow or ride the waves at Polzeath on the north.
Kitchen with gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge and washing machine
Bedroom with king-size double bed (5')
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC, bidet and wash-basin
6 steps to galleried Dining-room
Lower Ground Floor
Sitting-room with TV, video, DVD player and CD player
*A cot is not provided, bring your own travel cot.
- Dogs welcome (1 dog over 2 years only)
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 2 cars
- No smoking
- Pub 2 miles
- Garden furniture
- Ground source heating (under-floor)
This is a spacious and comfortable house with a lovely garden.
The kitchen, bedroom and bathroom are on the ground floor of this spacious barn conversion with stairs leading up to the dining-room and down to the sitting-room.
The views (to the south) from the cottage are wonderful.
The lovely painted kitchen is very spacious.....
....with enough room for a table.
For more formal dining step up to the dining-room where you can take in the wonderful views.
Plenty of room in the sitting-room, you can have a sofa each!
The sitting-room is the perfect place to unwind and relax.
You will never tire of the view.
There are lovely details throughout.
The comfy bedroom also enjoys views of the wonderful setting.
A quiet place to sit.
The bathroom is light and airy and has a fitted shower over the bath.
Your four legged friend will love it here, plenty of open spaces and many walks to discover right on your doorstep.
Views from the top of the drive down towards the cottage.
Looking at the side of the barn.
The views are glorious.
The owners' vegetable patch is to the side of the property.
The barn is tucked into the hill.
Relax on the loungers as you listen to the sounds of the countryside
The pretty garden area
The garden is the perfect spot to sit out with a good holiday read and spot the bird and wildlife
Enjoy meals in the best of the Cornish sunshine with that wonderful view as your backdrop
The setting will take your breath away
The moorland scenery is delightful.
Enjoy some traditional seaside fun at the pretty fishing town of Looe.
Discover wonderful Lanhydrock House, Parkland and Gardens (National Trust) which also has a great network of cycling trails.
The trails at nearby Cardinham Woods are popular with cyclists and walkers alike and there's a woodland cafe when you need to refuel.
Enjoy a walk at nearby Golitha Falls and afterwards treat yourself at Inkies Smokehouse
Enjoy a day at the trendy sailing town of Fowey with its waterside bars and cafes, shops and galleries.
Head off to Charlestown with its historic harbour and tall ships - a familiar sight for Poldark fans.
Pop over to Cornwall's spectacular north coast to walk the coastal footpath, ride the waves or simply enjoy time on the beach.