Set in stunning countryside, Carthew Barn is a hidden gem.
If you love to entertain then this is the perfect place for everyone to all get together whatever the season.
Wrap up warm and enjoy a bracing walk along one of the many coast paths before you head back and rustle up a hearty supper in the well-equipped kitchen before relaxing on the super-comfy sofa in front of the toasty wood-burner.
The main bedroom oozes luxury.
Carthew Barn is in a magical setting with a fabulous fire pit.
The glorious view of The Camel Estuary from Carthew Barn.
The stunning open plan living area. Steps lead up to a little landing and behind the curtain is an internal door, which is shared with the neighbouring barn. However this door is locked at all times.
The gorgeous kitchen is very well-equipped.
The barn has been designed to make the most of the estuary view, with three large bay windows, all with built-in window seats , so don’t forget your binoculars.
The kitchen is full of light thanks to all the glass and windows. The stairs take you down to the ground floor.
Welcome to Carthew Barn, nestled in the Cornish countryside.
The cute breakfast-bar is perfect for morning coffee and sweet pastries.
Snuggle up in front of the roaring wood-burner with a good book.
Five steps lead up to the internal door, which is always locked.
Make wonderful holiday memories at Carthew Barn.
The fabulous fire pit for dreamy evenings toasting marshmallows.
The breakfast-bar also doubles up as a fabulous work station.
For a more 'fine dining' experience, a trip to the exquisite Rick Stein's seafood restaurant is a must, so ladies, don't forget to pack an evening dress and heels.
The lavish en suite bathroom wouldn’t look out of place in a five-star hotel.
Don't forget to pack a warm hat for those brisk beach walks.
The terrace is the perfect spot for a pre dinner glass of wine.
Bedroom 2 has twin beds and is an oasis of calm in creams and greys. Whilst the doors do not open, opening the little windows at the top of the doors will let in the fresh air.
The desk is perfect if you have some work to do whilst on holiday.
Pretty bedroom 3 has a double bed and enjoys views across the lawn. Whilst the patio doors do not open, the windows at the top of the doors can be opened to let in a gentle breeze. The door leads into the utility-room.
The super stylish family bathroom has a bath and enclosed shower.
Bedroom three is light and airy.
Run a deep bath and soak away the sand and sea salt.
The super useful utility-room leads off from bedroom three.
Carthew Barn is semi-detached and you can see here where the neighbours reside.
Arrive and enter through this main entrance of Carthew Barn, also the perfect spot for a morning coffee listening to the bird song.
Due to its location, there are steps throughout the property.
The enclosed outdoor seating area - sit at the end of the day and watch the stars appear in the night sky.
Some feathered friends may share this far-reaching view with you.
Relax on the lawned area in front of gorgeous Carthew Barn - bring your book and a beverage....
Or, just gaze at the stunning view.
Constantine bay is stunning in the summer but as beautiful in the winter when you're wrapped up warm and cosy.
Padstow at night is very romantic, treat yourself to a candlelight supper and afterwards a stroll around the harbour to watch the sunset.
Trevone beach is a short drive away.
Take the coast path to Daymer Bay and stop and have a paddle.
Bishop's Wood is part of the Woodland Trust and is great day out for cyclists and walkers.
The Camel Trail can either be cycled or walked. You have two routes to choose from Wadebridge to Padstow, or Wadebridge to Bodmin, or maybe just do both?

Carthew Barn

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3.1 miles SE of Padstow / Sleeps 6 (no children under 8)

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

If you're in the area then this 17th century pub is worth a visit. Set in the heart of the village there's a bar, small restaurant and courtyard garden. Food is home cooked to order and popular with locals and visitors alike.

Nearest beach

Located on the westerly foreshore of the Camel Estuary, this beach sits at the southerly end of Padstow next to Dennis Cove, about 2kms from Padstow centre. It's a good place to stop off with easy access from the Camel Trail. The beach consists of sand and shingle at low tide and is very sheltered but is only suitable for swimming at high tide due to strong tidal currents on the estuary. There are rock pools to explore and dogs are allowed year round.

Nearest walk

The walk starts from the Camel Trail towards Padstow but we have joined it and followed the same route from St Breock. This is a moderate walk of just over five miles and its recommended that you wear waterproof boots to cross the stream!. Take a look at the Web site for full route details.

Nearest town

The picturesque little village of St Issey lies just two miles south of Padstow and two miles east of Wadebridge giving perfect access to both, and quick access to the rest of Cornwall. It is situated on The Saints' Way, a stunning coast to coast walk from Padstow to Fowey.

Also nearby

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This 15th Century village pub was once home to the masons and craftsmen who constructed the nearby church of St James the Great. Today, you will find a welcoming bar and restaurant, with blazing fire in the winter, and a large beer garden for those balmy Cornish summer evenings. Look out for the resident ghost.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2023

Great Meal

Lovely quaint country pub with excellent menu, our food was excellent, great service and we would definitely go again.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2022

Trying to be something it's not

Lovely traditional pub but not serving traditional pub food.
Expensive and menu more suited to city restaurant.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2022

Hot day

Lovely sheltered garden under trees.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2022

Excellent pub

The food was very good and the staff friendly and efficient. It is in the middle of the country so you need a car to get there. You need to book to be sure to get a place.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2021

Fantastic Dinner

We went to the St Kew for dinner, and what a dinner! Lovely atmospheric rabbit warren of a building, warm and smokey (check the menu!). Food and drink were both excellent, and the staff friendly and helpful


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2021

Sue

Due to COVID, we booked the St Kew Inn well in advance of our stay at the Carriage House.
The pub is within walking distance from the Carriage house, down hill all the way, but consequently up hill all the way back!
The food was delicious, service extremely good, and a bonus for us was meeting our waitress, Faye, who happily gave us some suggestions as to what to do whilst visiting Cornwall. The first was to cycle the Camel trail from Wadebridge to Padstow. It was a truly stunning way to visit Padstow. And on our second visit to the pub Faye suggested we could visit Charlestown. Again, we are so grateful for that advice. We wouldn’t have experienced either had it not been for Faye.
The ‘fish of the day’ was well worth it too!
We felt very safe, and all the measures to ensure that guests met the government guidance were in place. Thank you to all at the St Kew Inn.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2021

Hidden Gem

We had two meals at St Kew Inn whilst on holiday in Cornwall and thoroughly enjoyed both meals. The service was attentive but not intrusive, the food was absolutely delicious and there is a good choice to choose from. Good beers and good prices too, if we go back to Cornwall we will definitely be booking a meal at St Kew Inn.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2020

St Kew Inn

Excellent food and friendly service to our party of six. Would recommend fish meal of the day.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2020

P Boorman

excellent food very friendly staff


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2020

Very good food

Lovely food. Service was a little slow at lunchtime but they were aware of this, apologised and tried to resolve.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2019

So good we visited twice

Superb food, varied menu, good service. We were a group with 4 vegans and 2 carnivores and we all thought this Inn was top notch.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2019

A must visit

Fantastic pub, great menu for veggies, beautiful garden and loads of space


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2019

Excellent Food

The St Kew Inn does excellent food. It is not cheap but very good value for money. My wife said that the hake she had one evening was the best fish she had tasted for many years - cooked to perfection. You need to book early to get a table in the restaurant, but can also take pot luck in the bar where the tables are not reserved. The staff are very friendly and helpful.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2017

Best pub in the arae

Excellent pub food. Best in the area. Good real ale and great pub food consistent performance and very popular so need to book in season.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2012

idyllic country pub

A warm welcome and helpful staff. The food was great - the haddock kedgeree was worth the trip alone.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2009

Great country pub

Great atmosphere and food. Nice seating inside and outdoor summer barbeque.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

February 2009

Beautiful and Atmospheric

Picturesque 15th Century village pub serving beer from wooden barrels and excellent homecooked food prepared to order by hosts Paul Ripley and Sarah Allen. One of the most beautiful and atmospheric pubs in Cornwall.
- Mr and Mrs Whitten

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The Camel Trail is a 19 mile route that follows the beautiful Camel River from Padstow, where it joins the sea in a wide estuary, to Poley’s Bridge inland, where it is merely a stream running through woodland. En-route at Nanstallon you will also find the Camel Trail Tea Rooms. Bikes are for hire from either Padstow or Wadebridge and it's a brilliant area for bird watching. Visit Wenfordbridge in spring and delight in the profusion of daffodils, snowdrops and primroses.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2021

Atlantic Coast Express Buffet Car

The Camel Trail is brilliant for cycling or walking but whatever you are doing, make sure you stop by the Atlantic Coast Express Buffet Car, which is located by an old quarry site, halfway between Padstow and Wadebridge. The owners have lovingly converted an old railway carriage into a brilliant buffet stop. The best coffee, cakes, ice cream and other snacks you'll ever have! Not open Fridays - but everyone needs a day off!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2021

Good cycling by the river

Bodmin to Wadebridge leafy and easy to travel on dedicated path. Access to Camel valley vineyard. Have to use bike lanes on roads to cross Wadebridge. Several bike hire spots in Wadebridge, cycle path to Padstow is much busier and needs more care. Couple of coffee stops on trail nearer Padstow.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2012

Wadebridge to Padstow

The Wadebridge to Padstow section of the trail is about 6 miles. Whilst you can hire bikes easily in Wadebridge the largely flat walk, which would be possible with a pushchair, makes a lovely walk. New views open up as the Camel twists and turns and the slower pace means you can spot the wildlife en route. Set off after breakfast and you will be in Padstow for lunch. A bus to Wadebrdge leaves Padstow from the old railway station on the half hour and will take you back in about 20 minutes.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2011

Wonderful off road cycling venue, undisturbed with beautiful views and mostly flat easy cycling.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2011

Tranquil Trail

The four mile Helland to Bodmin section of the Camel Trail is much quieter than the Wadebridge to Padstow section. Park for free at Helland and follow the trail through peaceful woodland catching tantalising glimpses of the river through the canopy of trees. Wildlife abounds in this tranquil spot. Before leaving Helland go and have a look at the medieval Helland Bridge which spans the upper reaches of the River Camel.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2008

The Camel Trail

The trail is best explored from the Pooley Bridge end which is just 2 1/2 miles from daydream cottage. Shell woods are great in the autumn and cool and shaded during the summer. Wonderful for picnics by the fast flowing river.

Explore the magnificent Lanhydrock House. Steeped in history and encompassed by flowing grounds, the castle allows visitors a sneak peek into the lives of both the aristocracy and the servants who lived there. Bikes can be hired to explore the ancient woodlands and peaceful riverside paths, too.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2023

Lanhydrock

Very interesting Victorian house in lovely surroundings. The guides and volunteers were very knowledgeable and helpful. A very enjoyable visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2023

Amazing!

Beautiful preserved stately house and garden. Staff helpful and so well run by the National Trust. Well worth a visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2022

Excellent Dog Walks

The walk through the woods from The carpark at Respyn to Landhydrock house for a coffee is excellent. Our dog enjoyed the river and the shade of the woods.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2022

Mrs French

Fantastic place to spend a day


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2022

Beautiful gardens

The guides in the house were very friendly and knowledgeable. The gardens in spring are beautiful with bluebells everywhere and the spring bushes in full bloom.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2021

Beautiful and interesting

Well worth a visit. The National Trust as usual have brought this lovely house and gardens to life making it an interesting place to visit


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2020

Very interesting visit

Excellent for walks and bike trails .
Close to Bodmin but unless you like the steam railway nothing there.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2019

Great place, nice house

Top!!!!!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2019

A good day out

Lanhydrock House and Gardens are well worth a visit. The house is interesting and well presented and the gardens were a mass of colour when we visited. There are also plenty of woodland walks for those who like to be energetic


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2016

So good we went twice :-)

We're NT members so usually visit nearby sites when on holiday. Highlight of this property was the amazing mountain bike trails. We'd brought bikes with us, but did hire mountain bikes for some. Friendly and helpful staff and well marked trails made it the highlight of my 7yo's holiday! We also enjoyed gardens (including Easter egg trail) and house


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the historic Lanhydrock House. First we used the cycle paths which the children (aged 5 and 8) really enjoyed. We then visited the house and gardens and were taken back in time. The children loved following the trails and it kept them entertained. The staff were extremely helpful. A great place to visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2014

Well worth a visit

Lanhydrock has something for everyone. The house is really interesting and the friendly guides are knowledgeable about its history. Although I didn't visit the formal gardens on this occasion, I did join an organised estate walk, which was led by rangers who were most informative and, again, very friendly. We had lunch in the restaurant, which was tasty and fairly priced. We would certainly recommend a visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2013

Lanhydrock House and Estate is between Bodmin and Lostwithiel The National Trust House provides a wonderful insight into local history and you can also walk the estate, free of charge, by parking in the car park down by the river, close to Respryn. River side footpaths take you through wooded areas which are covered with wild flowers.
After a good walk you can drive towards Lostwithiel, on the back lanes, to the Duchy Nursery for lunch. Not only is it a pleasure to wander among the plants and trees but the shop and restaurant are designed to add ambience to the whole experience. 5 star


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2012

The house and grounds are beautiful, quite a sight as you walk down the drive from the car park. The grounds themselves offer lots of different walks, but the one that goes down to the river then back through the woods is my favourite.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2008

Lanhydrock

Magnificent late Victorian country house with expensive servants' quarters, gardens and wooded estate near Bodmin.
Visiting this house entails a drive, but it will provide you with a full day out. The house itself is fascinating, mostly because it has been wonderfully Victorianised in every detail - the kitchens, dairy and pantries are extensive - and the history of house, as well as that of the last generation of Robartes to live at Lanhydrock, gradually unfolds as you move around the house (with, of course, the help of National Trust volunteers). There are various options for lunch (picnic, cafe, restaurants) and the grounds are a joy to wander around afterwards. There are quizzes for children and the option of driving right up to the gate if a member of your party can't manage the walk down the drive.

- J Wallwork


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2008

Popular Lanhydrock

Well worth a visit for the grounds as well as the house. The kitchens are a real eye opener with all the old utensils. Walk down through the grounds to the River Fowey and the beautiful old Respryn Bridge. If you prefer you can drive down and park beside the bridge. Lovely walks beside the river.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

When you think of a Cornish seaside destination, images of Port Isaac will come to mind. A quintessential Cornish fishing village, it is a popular holiday destination so there are plenty of self catering cottages in Port Isaac to choose from. With fisherman’s cottages forming narrow winding streets leading steeply down to the stone walled harbour, dotted with colourful vessels of all shapes and sizes. In fact many of the streets here are so traditional and narrow, including the aptly-named ‘Squeezebelly Alley’, a car is not an option so leave it behind while you take to exploring the architecture by foot. Many of the old buildings are listed as being of historical importance and certainly add to the ambience. The fishing industry is still at work here, left over from its days as a busy coastal port in the mid-19th Century.
Port Isaac cottages and Harbour Coast path near Port Isaac
The inspiration for many a painting, there are plenty of photo opportunities to be had with the lobster cages and wooden rowing boats along the harbour wall. Set down on the seashore, the surrounding area is very hilly and steep, which allows for far reaching views, and several pretty streams wind their way down to the waterfront. Take a boat trip for a spot of sea fishing or just a scenic float-along during the holiday season or walk along the coastal path for panoramic sea views and dramatic cliffs.

The village of Port Isaac, is now most recognisable as Port Wenn, thanks to being chosen as the setting for the television series, Doc Martin. However, many other movies and tv programs have been filmed here such as ‘Saving Grace’ (again, starring Martin Clunes) and ‘Amy Foster’ with Sir Ian McKellen. It was also frequently used as a set for the Poldark series. The locals are very welcoming and are a tourist attraction in their own right with the formation of Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends - a group of Cornish shanty singers with a strong following.

A holiday in a Port Isaac cottage will be an excellent way to explore the north coast as there are many good beaches nearby such as the surfing beach of Polzeath and the family-friendly wide stretch of sand at Daymer Bay, which is also dog-friendly. It’s only a short drive to bigger towns such as Padstow, famed for its Rick Stein dominated restaurants, and Tintagel with the historic castle ruins. Being on the north coast, it is close to the Camel Trail which follows the River Camel to Padstow, an excellent cycling, walking or horse riding route.
The coast around Port Isaac

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2022

Quaint

Lovely little place, well worth the visit.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2022

Lovely village

Very interesting and lovely to see all the places from 'Doc Martin' TV series, and learn how it had helped the village with funding. Got quite busy and didn't find any nice tearoom for a coffee, the only one was full.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2021

Would recommend!

Coastal walk to Portquin is very strenuous but excellent on a clear day!

Would recommend Nicky Bs pasty shop rather than others!

Obviously is a tourist trap so can get very busy and parking is a significant walk from the harbour.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2021

Boaty speedboat

Excellent trip along the coastline


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2012

Just like it is on the telly!!

Port Isaac is truey lovely to visit whether you are aware of the Doc Martin show or not, but if you love the show a visit here is a must!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2009

Doc Martin Filming in Port Isaac

They are presently filming a new series of Doc Martin in Port Isaac so keep your eyes open for Martin Clunes and the rest of the cast and crew. And when you get home it's great fun to spot the scenes you saw being filmed!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Located overlooking the Camel Estuary and open for lunch and dinner. Reservations are required to dine upstairs but you can walk in and eat downstairs or outside.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2022

Fantastic, not to be missed.

We went to the Mariners last evening, much much better than any of the reviews on another well known review site. Food was excellent and for me to drink really good beer without being frowned on in a restaurant was a total winner. Wine was very nice and doesn't have to be overly expensive. Make sure you book a taxi! MJ Taxis are great very reliable.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2022

Pub

Excellent but the nearest pub is the Fourways just up the road, very pleasant staff.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2019

Sunday Lunch, Fish and Chips

This place is well worth a visit or two. The staff are welcoming and service is excellent. The food is superb, we are still talking about it!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2017

The Mariners

Excellent menu & food.Friendly helpful staff

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