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Dog Friendly Holiday Cottage, Helford, Cornwall

An Skiber Barn

On the edge of the pretty village of Constantine

Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (+ cot) Saturday arrival One well behaved dog welcome
The Retreat

An Skiber is a delightful barn conversion sleeping six and set in a beautiful and secluded private garden, right on the edge of the pretty village of Constantine, and close to the coast and beaches. The property is reverse level — the kitchen, dining area and living room are open-plan have direct access to a south facing roof-top sun terrace.

An Skiber (which just means ‘The Barn’ in the Cornish language) features ‘reverse level’ living and is cleverly laid out so that the sun-trap garden is easy to access whether you are upstairs or down. Two of the bedrooms open out into patio areas, the living area opens onto a relaxing roof terrace, and you can pop out of the kitchen to the top of the garden. You will be moments away from the secluded creeks and beaches of Helford and Falmouth — and the dramatic Lizard Peninsular and sweeping Mount’s Bay are easily accessible. You’ll approach An Skiber through a tunnel of trees on the outskirts of the village of Constantine.

The barn forms a part of what was once a farmstead, and is tucked into the side of a sheltered and intimate valley. You enter the top floor (once the hayloft) and step immediately into a generously proportioned and welcoming kitchen, with natural slate floor, central preparation ‘island’ and big American-style fridge and freezer — and a to-die-for Aga (don’t worry, for the uninitiated or less adventurous there is a standard cooker too!).

Living area at An Skiber Barn dog friendly holiday accommodation in Constantine near Falmouth

Inside An Skiber

The sociable kitchen is a place for good conversation and even better food… it blends into a dining area set for 6, and forms one end of the good sized open-plan living space. At the other end are sofas and comfy chairs, a large TV and DVD player, and a lovely contemporary wood-burner for cosy nights in the spring or autumn after garden visits or reviving coastal-path walks. From every window there are picture-perfect views of the garden which surrounds the barn… and step though the French doors from the living space and out onto your very own roof terrace. It’s the perfect place for a cappuccino, a Pimms, some birdwatching… a snooze, you choose.

Past the handy utility room and upstairs loo, and down the stairs past walls as solid as history… Original paintings adorn the walls as you go. Here you find three very nice bedrooms; two doubles (one of which is en suite) and one twin. Two of these open directly into the garden giving a delightful sense of connection between the outside and inside spaces. You also have a nice family bathroom with bath and shower… and direct access to the outside dining area and garden.

Sofas inside An Skiber Barn dog friendly holiday accommodation in Constantine near Falmouth

The Garden

This stretch of Cornwall’s coast is famed for its stunning sub-tropical gardens — indeed Trebah, Glendurgan, Carwinnion and Potager are literally only minutes away (you have to visit at least two of them). Here, the mild year-round climate and sheltered south-facing valleys allow plants to thrive that you’d associate with the Mediterranean, Chile, South Africa and Australasia. And the garden here, as well as the adjoining private gardens that the owner has nurtured, are no exception. The spring starts early and brings dashes of colour with azalea, rhododendron and camellia… and summer brings out the Chilean fire bush, gunnera and soothing ferns.

All around are mature trees – oak, sycamore and willow. The barn is situated so that there is always a sunny spot (those 15th century Cornish farmers were clearly thinking ahead when they laid the first granite blocks!). Mere paces from your garden, and past the grove of tree-ferns, lie your woods – about six acres in all. The owner uses them infrequently and you have free access for adventures. The woods are magical at all times, but breathtaking when the bluebells are in bloom. With a bit of a scramble you can access lanes and footpaths direct from the woods, leading to Polweveral creek and the Helford.


…for garden enthusiasts: The owner’s cottage is situated on the far side of the wide driveway and has further extensive gardens which are fascinating. For garden enthusiasts we can usually arrange private visits with the owner or gardener, just let us know in plenty of time before your stay.

The owner hosts garden tours at An Skiber throughout the year which are accessible to the general public. If you require further information regarding the dates of these tours please get in touch.

…about children and safety: There are one or two places in the garden where terraces drop (approximately 0.5 metres) without barriers. At the foot of the garden there is an intermittent stream which is unlikely to be flowing in summer time but can have water in it at any time of high rainfall. There is also a substantial stream ‘down in the woods’. For these reasons visitors are advised to accompany small children at all times in the garden and to exercise due care near water at all times.

Amazing garden
Thank you so very much for giving us the opportunity to stay at this wonderful house with its amazing garden and works of art throughout the house. We have enjoyed our stay and it is a sincere hope that we will be able to return.
Alan & Heather — July 2023

Retreat Features

  • Classic barn conversion
  • Woodland rooftop terrace
  • On-site parking for two cars
  • Traditional Aga
  • Cosy woodburner
  • A short walk from local shops and pub
Principal bedroom: double bed with en suite
Bedroom two: double bed
Bedroom three: twin beds
All bed linen and bath towels provided
Comfy living area
Designer wood-burner
MP3 player
Books and rainy-day games
Free wireless broadband
Large, well equipped kitchen
Aga and conventional cooker
American-style fridge-freezer
Dishwasher, microwave, etc
Dining area for six
Utility room with washing machine and tumble drier
Tea towels provided
Family bathroom with bath & shower
En suite with shower
Additional loo by utility room
Bathroom towels provided
Central heating and wood burner
Internal steps with handrail
Not suitable for wheelchairs
Please contact us for more accessibility information
Al fresco dining area
Sunny roof terrace
Chiminea and BBQ
Pond (with safety mesh)
Woods with badger sets and stream
One well behaved dog is welcome
Please note that the garden does not have secure boundaries
Stairgates, travel cot (no linen) and high chair on request
Parking for two cars
Saturday standard changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am


The lovely little village of Constantine is very close to the Helford river; just set back slightly. Its church is situated in the middle of the Cornish village and it is central to the Lizard Peninsula and Falmouth.

Travel times

  • An Skiber is about 11 miles from the nearest mainline station at Camborne. Regular and convenient services run from all over the UK.
  • The pretty village of Constantine (not to be confused with Constantine Bay) is approximately six miles from Helston on the B3297. Driving time from London is just over five hours in normal traffic, while Exeter is around two hours away.

Things we love

  • Characterful barn conversion
  • A short drive from lively Falmouth
  • Plenty of great restaurants and eateries in the area - The Shipwrights Arms, Trengilly Wartha and Potager Gardens
  • Secluded gardens with chimenea and BBQ

The helford river guide

Aerial view of the Helford River close to dog friendly holiday cottage called Little Wood On The Helford

Helford Village

The picturesque Helford Village with its riverside cottages, thatched roofs and stunning views is a true countryside village, with a village shop, cafe, and a great pub… be sure to take the time to visit all three. The village shop is brilliantly stocked with fresh bread, homemade cakes and local farm produce as well as all the basics, whilst the Holy Mackerel Cafe, housed in an old church, serves delightful food and show-stopping hot chocolates, complete with toasted marshmallows. Spend an evening at The Shipwrights Arms in Helford, sit out on the waterside decking as night falls and sample Cornish spirits, local ales and an excellent choice of wines too.

Helford Village may be small but what it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in quality. In addition to the local eateries, Helford Village has a certain charm that can only be found in small, rural villages. Sit on the quayside with a crabbing line, watch the sailing club race on the river or explore the river and nearby creeks on foot. On a sunny day, the river’s waters are crystal-clear but equally captivating on a grey, dull day.

On the water

The sheltered waters of the Helford River are a haven for those seeking watersports from our holiday cottages — and when the wind picks up, they’re also a favourite with those who are after a little more adrenaline, particularly sailing. There are several sailing clubs in the area, with Helford River Sailing Club in the heart of the village offering holiday membership if you really want to get in on the action.

From sailing boats to kayaks, whether you want an afternoon of fishing, exploring or paddling, the guys at Sailaway St Anthony can sort it out for you and can drop kayaks, motorboats and canoes for you in Helford Village. If you’re after a spot of fishing, you can expect pollack, wrasse, ray or even gilthead bream, and there’s plenty of shore fishing that’s accessible via the coastal footpath from Helford Village.

Creekside walks and garden exploring

The banks of the Helford River are delightfully sheltered, allowing flora and fauna to thrive along the coast paths. From woodland carpeted with bluebells and fields bursting with the yellow of daffodils in spring, to the scent of wildflowers in the heat of the summer sun, there’s always something colourful popping up through the soil in this area of Cornwall. It’s no surprise that these creeks provided inspiration to one of the country’s greatest novelists, Daphne du Maurier, whose popular novel, Frenchman’s Creek, takes its name from the creek just a short stroll from the village.

Of course, if you’re after something a little more rugged then head further around the Lizard Peninsula to the dramatic cliffs of Coverack, Cadgwith and Lizard Point. With grazing ponies on clifftops, crashing waves below and stunning views across the Atlantic, this part of the coastal footpath will blow the cobwebs away.



From the National Trust carpark at Bosveal, it’s a 5-minute walk down to this sand and shingle river beach flanked by huge pine trees and ancient oaks (the Helford is one of the very few places in the UK where ancient woodland meets the sea). It’s a favourite swimming and paddleboard spot with beautiful views across the river. There aren’t any facilities to speak of, but you can wander along to the tiny hamlet of Durgan next door for ice cream in the little hut — the beach here is at the bottom of the National Trust’s Glendurgan Gardens

Helford Passage

Helford Passage

On the northern banks of the Helford River, this sand and shingle river beach is a picturesque spot for a swim or paddle, with the ever-popular Ferryboat Inn just behind — grab a table on the terrace and watch the boats sail by. There’s a ferry crossing which operates between here and Helford Village on the opposite bank (April to October only) — this is where the South West Coast Path crosses the river on continue its course around the Lizard Peninsula.

Porth Saxon

Right on the South West Coast Path, this little sandy cove is a 10-minute walk down through fields and woodland from the church at Mawnan. It’s off-the-beaten-path location only adds to its appeal — it’s a beautiful, sheltered spot, a favourite place for ramblers and dog walkers. As the tide recedes, a stretch of sand is revealed and there’s a small stream and a boathouse set back from the shore.

Bosahan Cove

There’s a string of pretty coves and idyllic swimming spots along the southern banks of the Helford, too. Park in Helford Village and take the South West Coast Path east and you’ll come across several pretty swimming spots within a half hour walk. A favourite is the secluded Bosahan Cove, a sand and shingle beach backed by tall pines and with wonderful rocks to clamber on. Even on a beautiful day, chances are you’ll have the whole cove to yourself.

Food & drink

Pubs and inns

The ultimate summer dining spot, the 300-year old Ferryboat Inn is right on the coastal path. Their ‘farm to table’ policy means everything is as fresh as can be, with things like mackerel tacos, seafood linguine, and an unbeatable fish and chips on the menu. Grab a table out front and watch boats sail lazily past. Over the water, The Shipwrights Arms in Helford village is a pub for all seasons. The daily changing menu features the likes of Kynance crab, lobster, monkfish and mackerel, hauled onto the pub’s own slipway outside. Check out the pizza evenings in summer. On the southern slopes of Constantine, the family-run Trengilly Wartha sits in six acres of beautiful gardens. The menu features plenty of fusion cooking as well as seafood dishes and all the pub classics. This is wonderful walking country so muddy boots and wet dogs are welcome.


Colourful, wholesome, feel-good vegetarian food, much of which comes from the extensive veg gardens, is served in the beautiful converted greenhouses at the dog friendly Potager Garden Cafe. Outside, paths wind amongst the sprawling kitchen gardens, there are hammocks amongst the trees, chickens roaming about and flower gardens to explore. At the head of the Helford you’ll find the lovely Boatyard Cafe in Gweek open daily serving light lunches, such as flatbreads, bagels and chunky sandwiches, as well as craft beer and wine, coffee and cake. The courtyard garden, right on the water, is a little suntrap. The stylish cedar-clad Slice of Cornwall has become a bit of a local favourite, popular for its brunch, waffles and amazing cakes — dishes are fresh and packed with flavour. It’s a happy little place, with lovely staff, local textiles and pottery for sale on the shelves, and a terrace when the weather’s fine.

Buying local on the Helford

The Helford area is made up of lots of little country and creekside villages, each one with a strong and fiercely independent community spirit. In the villages of Mawnan Smith, Constantine, Gweek and Mawgan, the village shops support local producers and you’ll find fresh fish and meat, local milk (many have refill stations), and fruit and veg from the surrounding farms.

Find out more about buying local produce with our handy Local Food Guide to the Helford 


Things to do
Aquilegia At Glendurgan

Explore sub-tropical gardens

Take the ferry across the river to Helford Passage and visit the sub-tropical gardens of Trebah Garden or Glendurgan Gardens, and stroll through the gardens that tumble down to the riverside for a little more exotic horticulture. Come for the carpets of bluebells and primroses in spring; in summer for the cool and tranquil woodland glades, and ice cream on the beach. At Glendurgan you’ll find a second hand bookshop, plants for sale and a 180-year old maze. Trebah is packed with wild and wonderful flora and fauna, including 100-year old rhododendrons, an award-winning cafe, and a playground for children.

Discover creeks by kayak

Soak up the Helford from the water with Koru Kayaking. Although they’re based in St Agnes, they run guided kayak and paddleboarding trips from a private beach near Mawnan Smith. The two-hour trips are a great introduction to the area: paddle past oyster farms and the ancient oak woodlands that line the Helford and down Frenchman’s Creek, made infamous by Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name. Fantastic wildlife (sometimes a seal might pop up to say hello), shipwrecks, hidden creeks, and the chance for a dip on sunny days.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Located in the quiet creekside village of Gweek, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary is a great day out. It’s home to otters, sea lions, penguins and of course, seals, and is dedicated to educating people on the struggles of marine life and why conservation for these animals is so important. Visit the penguins at feeding time, become a keeper for a day and see seals on their way to recovery at the seal hospital. You’ll need a few hours to wander around the various pools, and there are nature trails, a team of brilliant, informative staff who hold interesting talks about the sanctuary and its inhabitants throughout the day, and a good cafe serving vegan food.

Guests Say
  • Home from home

    Another wonderful stay at An Skiber, our home from home. Thank you Dorothy, for a wonderful tour of the gardens, it is lovely to see how the garden is changing. Enjoyed visiting our usual favourite walks and pubs. Particular highlight was dinner at the Trengilly Wartha follows by the pub quiz.

    Jane, Andy & Ally — March 2024
  • Peaceful

    What more can we say that hasn't already been written before about this lovely place? A peaceful week!

    Isabel & Tim — March 2024
  • A warm welcome

    A wonderful birthday week in Constantine. As always, a warm welcome to An Skiber. Lovely weather for this time of year, beautiful coastal walking. We will be back! Thank you Dorothy for keeping such a wonderful place to come to!

    Pam & Ian — October 2023
  • Such a special, magical place

    Another wonderful week, thank you! Fascinating to see how the garden has evolved and changed since Spring. This is such a special, magical place and our daily walk through the woods is going to be sorely missed. Just lovely to have your beautiful art on the walls and be welcomed by scones, cream, jam and bread...oh and wine! Thank you. We leave reluctantly and look forward to our next visit.

    Sharon, Steven & billy dog Gruff
  • Breakfast in the treetops

    Two weeks staying in An Skiber was wonderful. Breakfast in the treetops on the terrace was a particular highlight. All the fantastic walks and beaches were marvellous. Recommend brunch at Slice and supper at Flora Cafe.

    Mick & Anna — August 2023
  • A real tonic

    Thank you for making this wonderful place for us to enjoy — it has been a real tonic. And your garden is just extraordinary. The welcome package was most welcome, we have enjoyed having your flowers in the home.

    Clare — September 2023
  • Beautifully placed

    Thank you so much for an amazing stay for our holiday! Loved An Skiber, beautifully placed, great facilities and the most beautiful gardens. Really appreciated the welcome pack, the bread was delicious. Thanks again and hope to see you soon.

    Leigh, Liz, Olivia, Darcy & our pooch Sennen — August 2023
  • Amazing garden

    Thank you so very much for giving us the opportunity to stay at this wonderful house with its amazing garden and works of art throughout the house. We have enjoyed our stay and it is a sincere hope that we will be able to return.

    Alan & Heather — July 2023
  • Very comfortable and stylish cottage

    Thank you for a most peaceful and tranquil stay. Such a lovely spot and a great base from which to explore Cornwall. We have had the best family holiday. A very comfortable and stylish cottage which we looked forward to coming home to each evening after our expeditions out.

    The Jones family — June 2023
  • Well located for exploring the Lizard

    What a fantastic week we've had at An Skiber. Both us and our two children loved it. We loved the fabulous garden and the rope swing was a hit! So well located for exploring the Lizard — we especially loved Kynance Cove and Coverack. We hope to return next year. Thank you very much.

    Charlotte & family — April 2023
  • Another lovely stay

    Another lovely stay, we have lost count of how many times we have been now. I am sure we will be back before long. Thank you for another lovely stay.

    Jane & Andy — March 2023
  • A very happy Christmas

    We had a very happy Christmas at An Skiber. Thank you to Dorothy for your hospitality. Garden is so beautiful! Would love to see it in spring time. This is a beautiful spot. Thank you too for the Christmas tree and vases of fresh flowers.

    The Scarrs — Christmas 2022
  • It felt like coming home

    Thank you so much for the great time we spent in your lovely barn. It was a pleasure to finally meet you again! We enjoyed our time here, it felt like coming home. We had a wonderful walk from the Minack Theatre to Land's End direction as well as one from The Lizard to Kynance Cove. The kids loved the labyrinth in Glendurgan Gardens. Thanks again for everything!

    Martin & family — October 2022
  • Magical

    This was our third visit and every bit as perfect as the previous two. The more we walk, the more we discover — this really is a magical place. Highlights include the wooded walk to Slice, Black Umfolosi at the Tolmen Centre, the coastal path to Blackhead and taking the ferry from Helford and walking to St Anthony-in-Meneage. It was a wonderful week. Don't want to go home, but that's how you know you've had a good holiday.

    The Russells — September 2022
  • Lovely

    Thank you, lovely time had by all of us. Looking forward to our return to Cornwall...

    The Konig family — August 2022
  • Fab garden

    Dorothy you were a great host and we were all inspired and lifted by your fab garden. Thanks!

    Nick, Theo, Izzy & Alice — August 2022
  • Tranquil, retreat-like setting

    Thank you for a wonderful stay. We have so enjoyed the house, the gardens and the general ambience of this tranquil, retreat-like setting. We have made a new discovery — Helford river and Bar beach, as recommended by the super gardener. It was so quiet and calm — great for paddleboarding. When the heatwave subsided we were able to walk from Lizard point, following the spectacular coast line, taking in Kynance Cove in one direction and Church cove in the other. So hope to come back to An Skiber.

    Angela — August 2022
  • Lost count of how many times we've stayed

    Came down for our daughter's graduation, delayed from 2020 due to the pandemic! At long last visited the Minack - saw Pirates of Penzance. Escaped the heatwave in London —it was 10 degrees cooler down here. Cornwall and this cottage is lovely as always. Lost count of how many times we've stayed here. Will definitely be coming back.

    The Dells — July 2022
  • Perfect for all of us

    Thank you for a lovely stay. Everything we needed was here. Beautiful house, walks, beaches and river. Perfect for all of us which is hard to find! Special thanks for giving me a tour of your wonderful inspirational garden.

    The Leathes — July 2022
  • So special

    We had another amazing time here at An Skiber. Thank you for everything, this place is so special! Hope to be back next year!

    The Agnero family – June 2022
  • Enchanting

    Thank you for another lovely stay. An Skiber is a brilliant base from which to explore this gorgeous part of Cornwall and it's an equal joy to return to at the end of the day. We feel lucky to have been in Constantine for part of the jubilee celebrations and enjoyed the lighting of the beacon. We hope to be back again - this is a really enchanting place to stay —we've all had a ball, thank you!

    The Tarrants — May 2022
  • Very relaxed

    Thank you for a wonderful stay at An Skiber. Your house and gardens were beautiful. Feeling very relaxed.

    The Whatsizes — April 2022
  • Delightful!

    Many thanks for our week at An Skiber — we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and had a wonderful tour of the garden. Delightful! Also loved the sculpture.

    Margaret & Pat — April 2022
  • An absolute treat

    We have had a wonderful week in your gorgeous barn. It has been an absolute treat for our family of three. We love the space and artwork. Thank you for your welcome package — this makes all the difference and is very much appreciated. We hope to be back later in the year!

    The French family — March 2022
  • What a delight

    What a delight your cottage is — loved the huge (real!) Christmas tree which was the perfect welcome. Everything you need, very well equipped and so well thought through. Dorothy was welcoming and helped us navigate some lovely walks from An Skiber. My favourite was down through the woods to the creek. I would love to come back in the warmer weather to experience a summer version which I'm sure will be just as perfect. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home.

    Ian, Sarah, Olly & Fred — New Year 2022
  • The perfect base

    Thank you so much for our stay at lovely An Skiber and for being so welcoming. The cottage and gardens are wonderful. We were also impressed by your outdoor kitchen, the first that we have seen. An Skiber has been a perfect base for walking around the Lizard coast paths. We had not explored beyond Helford before and loved the many different coves and places of interest.

    Geoffrey & Frances — September 2021
  • A fabulous holiday

    We've had a fabulous holiday in such a beautiful area of Cornwall. We have been bowled over with the accommodation which is everything we dreamed of and more! The welcome you gave us was lovely, as well as all the little gestures like the fresh flowers, linen and the lovely bottle of red! The garden has been a particular highlight where we have enjoyed relaxing and playing with our dog. Thank you for the tour that you gave us of the garden. We would love to return one day!

    The Carnalls — August 2021
  • A place of calm

    Such a beautiful house and a lovely warm welcome, we felt immediately at home. The gardens were a joy and a place of calm. The meals on the terrace were all so marvellous. That rooftop spot is uniquely brilliant and we loved it.

    John, Teresa, Beth, Sam & Izzy — August 2021
  • July 2021
  • A wonderful cottage

    What a wonderful cottage and base to explore beautiful Cornwall. The house had everything we needed and was perfectly cosy. A special thank you to Nicky for the tour of the gardens — and what wonderful gardens they are.

    Eloise, Dom, Quinn, Margot, Nigel & Jackie — July 2021
  • It was perfect

    Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely house. We were so comfortable and felt at home straight away. We were quite bowled over by the work you have done on the property and on the glorious gardens. We had a wonderful, quiet and relaxed time exploring the local area and just being together somewhere new — it was perfect.

    Liz, Barrie, Sarah, Paul & Valerie — July 2021
  • A fantastic week

    We had a fantastic week at An Skiber exploring this beautiful part of Cornwall. We enjoyed walking around the Helford and swimming in the pretty coves. Our puppy loved it too! The garden here is stunning — a perfect paradise and what a lovely tour Dorothy provided. We have absolutely loved staying here — such a tranquil spot to wind down and relax. Thank you!

    The McGuinness family — June 2021
  • Everything was perfect!

    No words can express how wonderful our stay at An Skiber was! We just want to thank you for being such a wonderful host. Everything was perfect! We will be back for sure to this magical place!

    The Agnero's — June 2021
  • An Skiber guest review May 2021
    May 2021
  • An absolute oasis

    A perfect retreat after a traumatic and challenging year. The sun shone every day — the roof terrace was an absolute oasis. Dorothy provided some great recommendations for places to visit. Chapel Porth was a favourite - absolutely stunning and well worth a visit. A week spent recharging our batteries, walking amongst the bluebells in the woods and enjoying the beauty of the Lizard. Thanks for a perfect week.

    Liz & Karen — April 2021
  • Fantastic peaceful break

    Thank you for providing us with such a fantastic peaceful break. After this latest period of lockdown and not being able to have our annual visit to Cornwall last year, this was much needed and appreciated by us all. Arriving late and being accommodated with such a wonderful property full of goodies and treasures was amazing. It is a pity we could not find the perfect moment to meet you properly on this occasion, but really loved the beautiful setting which allowed us to have the base we needed to visit all our favourite spots (Glendurgan, Perranuthnoe, Trelissick, Porth, St Mawes, Godrevy etc). We love the area and seeing so much wildlife, great for the soul with so many wonderful walks on the doorstep. Coming from the middle of the country we love to be by the sea and being based here is really special. Your garden is inspirational. We hope to be back very soon and wish you all the best for a safe, enjoyable and healthy 2021.

    Nick, Wendy, Harry & Alaric — April 2021
  • Gorgeous

    We've had a wonderful week in your idyllic retreat, thank you. What a fantastic way to end the year and see in the new one. It's been perfect. We were able to switch off the moment we arrived. Such a beautiful place to stay and we really do appreciate the very thoughtful extras — especially the beautiful Christmas tree and festive foliage. Gorgeous. We've not been out much, due to lockdown and time of year but mainly because we wanted to chill. And we've been able to do that to perfection! We've really enjoyed watching the birds (and squirrel) in your amazing garden. They're truly special. Thank you again.

    The Childs — December 2020
  • A wonderful Christmas here

    We had a wonderful Christmas here. Thanks for being so welcoming — we really appreciated all the little touches and tasty treats. We managed some impressive coastal walks despite the weather which did comply on the two most important days! We enjoyed cooking and baking bread in the aga.

    Denise & Lisa — December 2020
  • A beautiful setting

    A beautiful setting for a week where we wanted to escape everything. The warmth and comfort levels of the barn were hard to escape, but we did! Enjoyed lots of walks straight from the door and marvelled at the gardens and beautiful countryside.

    Helen, Paul, Zoe, William, Sam & Oscar — October 2020
  • We will definitely look forward to going back

    We had an amazing week in your lovely, warm cottage. The goodies that you left out for us were dearly cherished. We will definitely look forward to going back. Thank you ever so much for everything.

    Padma, Raghu, Mahin & Anvi — October 2020
  • So comfortable

    Thank you so much for a wonderful week — An Skiber has really felt like a home away from home. We have been so comfortable here and will leave feeling incredibly relaxed. Such a welcome break amid house repairs and home moves! Walks in the woods and gardens have felt almost like hitting the reset button — we've really enjoyed the tranquility. We're already thinking about when we would like to come back next year.

    Sachi, Bennet & Adelaide — October 2020
  • Beautiful gardens

    We would just like to thank you for sharing An Skiber with us — the beautiful gardens and magical pixie woods and river. A huge thank you to Nicky for giving us a very informative tour of the gardens, she is lovely and so wise on plant matters. The roof terrace is a triumph. The location was so perfect we didn't bother to venture far. We will be back!

    Maria, Kirsty & Bob — September 2020
  • A fantastic stay!

    We have had an amazing week at An Skiber celebrating my 30th birthday and our 6-month-old daughter's first holiday! We have been blessed with the great weather all week and visited some lovely beaches and been on a couple of walks. The house is lovely and we really enjoyed spending time in the garden. The bread and scones were delicious too — thank you, it was a lovely treat to walk in after a long drive from the Midlands. We hope to be back next year. Thank you for a fantastic stay!

    Becky, Rob & Rose — September 2020
  • A little piece of heaven and a real gem

    What a wonderful week we have had! We have all loved staying in your beautiful barn An Skiber; it has seemed like a little piece of heaven and a real gem. We have all felt at home straight away and have loved all your personal touches. Your gardens are amazing and the surrounding woodland is just magical. Thank you for the gifts, we hope to come again very soon and thank you again for a wonderful week!

    The Robson family — August 2020
  • A wonderful, peaceful and pretty retreat

    An Skiber has been a wonderful, peaceful and pretty retreat in a really stunning setting — the gardens are really fabulous. A very comfortable house, everything provided for and in a really lovely part of Cornwall. Despite the weather we made it to several beaches, managed a coastal walk, had a fabulous meal at Hooked on the Rocks in Swanpool, and saw a few other sights. A shame to go home really. Many, many thanks for a lovely week.

    The De Nardi family — August 2020
  • Idyllic location
    The Russell family — August 2020
  • Wonderful relaxing stay

    Thank you for a wonderful relaxing stay in your beautiful barn. We enjoyed visiting Trebah, Roskilly's Farm (good for young children) and all the beaches. Kynance Cove spectacular but very crowded — recommend visiting at low tide then moving onto a clifftop walk.

    Jess, Jenny, Jonny & Sophie — July 2020
  • We will be back!

    Another lovely stay at An Skiber, shame about the weather — very Cornish. Still enjoyed the lovely walks in the beautiful countryside. We will be back, it is such a lovely home from home.

    The Dells — October 2019
  • Peaceful

    We have had a great time here at An Skiber. Would recommend the Potager Garden at High cross, which is an easy 10 minute walk. Also, the Ferryboat Inn and the Shipwright Arms in the Helford passage. Really enjoyed kayaking with Koru on the estuary. From the Ferryboat there are lots of lovely walks around. Peaceful place to stay with lots to do, thank you.

    Jenny, Sandra, Steve & Jenny — September 2019
  • Beautiful home!

    We have thoroughly enjoyed our week in An Skiber, thank you for all the lovely gifts and flowers in the rooms! We felt at home straight away and thoroughly enjoyed the artwork and decor very much! It is so peaceful here and it was lovely to come back at the end of a busy day on the beach. Our favourite beach is Church Cove which was amazing for bodyboarding and swimming. Gwithian beach was also amazing for surfboarding. You have a beautiful garden here which was a pleasure to walk around. Thank you very much.

    The Billingham family — August 2019
  • Absolutely fabulous holiday

    Thank you for another wonderful break. We have had a great time, very comfortable cottage – three generations have now enjoyed it! Loved Church Cove and Kynance Cove and had wonderful food at the Fisherman's Inn. Absolutely fabulous holiday.

    The Harris family — July 2019
  • Peaceful

    Thank you once again for a peaceful stay. Wall to wall sunshine all week! Just relaxed all week and we are so grateful to be here again.

    The Deleon family — July 2019
  • The most beautiful setting

    We've had a lovely week at An Skiber, all of the home comforts in the most beautiful setting. We've explored the woods and footpaths, had many picnics on the beach and relaxed in the fantastic gardens. We are sad to go but are looking forward to a return trip next year!

    Mr & Mrs Rosey — July 2019
  • An enchanting cottage

    A great break in an enchanting cottage. Thanks for the welcome goodies. A perfect place to get away and relax, a very cosy and well equipped property! The gardens are like something out of a fairy tale; the house is like an art gallery! Thank you very much.

    Mr & Mrs Bouron — June 2019
  • Lovely base

    A great week in Cornwall despite the typical British weather! We have really enjoyed exploring this area and this was a lovely base to stay. Thank you for the welcome gifts, very kind!

    Mr & Mrs Rigby — June 2019
  • Relaxing break

    A very relaxing break in a lovely house, in our favourite county! Thank you!

    Ms Shenton — June 2019
  • Lovely peaceful area

    Beautiful home, amazing gardens, friendly gardener and maintenance man! Thank you for all of your assistance — what a lovely peaceful area. Thank you!

    Mr and Mrs Pullin — May 2019
  • A fantastic choice

    We made a fantastic choice when deciding on An Skiber. The accommodation was very comfortable, the gardens were beautiful and the location was great for us. Thank you for the lovely goodies that were awaiting us and the tour of the garden was a nice extra. We look forward to returning and seeing how the gardens have evolved.

    Mr & Mrs Last — May 2019
  • A perfect week

    Thank you for a wonderful barn, lush green surrounding gardens and perfect Cornish weather! We have walked miles, driven through the walled lanes of Cornwall and marvelled at coastlines while gorging on cream teas and the ever-present clotted cream. A perfect week of refreshment, revitalising experiences and happiness to see so much beauty in our lovely England. Thank you for welcoming us and making your barn such a wonderful base, refuge and home for us and our visiting friends.

    The Honnywills — May 2019
  • We hope to be back

    We've had beautiful weather to enjoy your lovely barn and gardens and this special part of Cornwall. Until now, Penwith has been our favourite place but the Lizard and surroundings provide stiff competition. We hope to be back, perhaps in the autumn to enjoy a different perspective of the natural beauty.

    The Sales family — May 2019
  • Heaven on earth

    We arrived in Hurricane Hannah and left in glorious sunshine. Thank you for sharing your wonderful home, beautiful surroundings and homely creature comforts — have enjoyed using an AGA again. All the welcome goodies have been enjoyed too! Lots of amazing walks around the Helford Passage and Trebah was exceptional. I'm sure future visitors will find their own favourite places to visit but ours have included: Mullion, Coverack, Trebah, Glendurgan, Marazion, St Ives, Sennen, Porthcurno, The Minack Theatre, Godrevy and the Helford River....a small piece of heaven on Earth. Thank you so much Dorothy for your generosity and hospitality.

    The Taylors — May 2019
  • An ideal retreat

    We always enjoy Cornwall and this was an ideal retreat.

    The Carters — April 2019
  • It is beautiful around here

    Thank you so much for letting us use your wonderful barn. This is new territory to us, we have always gone to Gwithian/Praa/Hayle. It is beautiful around here, we have loved your barn/gardens and exploring in the woods. Weather was exceptional over Easter. Found many new places now — Helford Passage, Coverack, Porthleven and some lovely little cafes. Bluebells in the woods look like a carpet — thank you so much for all the things you left for us when we arrived too.

    The Rimmer family — April 2019
  • Would love to come back!

    Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful barn. Lovely gardens, and a great spot to be in to see our other favourite places in Cornwall. Would love to come back in the summer to see the gardens in their full glory! Enjoyed sitting by the fire in the evenings!

    The Fraser & Page families — New Year 2019
  • Surrounded by nature

    Thank you for a wonderful stay at An Skiber. We have enjoyed being surrounded by nature and hearing the birds each morning. We loved sitting around the log fire in the evening along with some board games and the scones were delicious.

    The Baldwin family — December 2018
  • Lovely, well equipped property

    We've had a lovely week here, a well equipped property with beautiful surroundings. We've walked some of the coastal path and the highlight for us was seeing choughs twice! The staff at the Queen's Arms were friendly and the food was good 'pub grub.' We'd also recommend Potager and the Trengilly Wartha Inn. Anne's Pasties from the Lizard or Helston are the best! And Roskilly's ice cream is our favourite, with plenty of flavours to chose from. Seeing the cows being milked is interesting too, if you don't mind the 'country smell!' The weather has been kind to us and the spring flowers are wonderful. All in all a lovely break.

    The Horne family — May 2018
  • Blissful week

    Another blissful week in Cornish heaven! Thanks Dorothy.

    The Dodd family — May 2018
  • Amazing week

    We've had an amazing week staying here! We've loved the barn and beautiful gardens. Loved cooking in the AGA and picking/cooking wild garlic. Many thanks!

    The Dinsdale family — April 2018
  • Relaxing place

    We enjoyed our week in this relaxing place. Beautiful gardens, even the weather didn't disappoint! The bluebells were stunning. The breakfast at Potager is a must, you can even walk there to build up an appetite. The Trengilly Wartha Inn was a great place for dinner. So many wonderful walks, especially Lizard Point to Kynance. Our thanks for a great week!

    Ms Starkey — April 2018
  • Another lovely stay

    Thank you for another lovely stay in this beautiful setting. Potager is well worth a visit, and a new cafe has just opened in Gweek Boat Yard. Fat Apples at Porthallow — lovely people, as are the others too, and delicious simple food.

    Ms Jeavons — April 2018
  • A wonderfully relaxing week

    We've had a wonderfully relaxing week in your cottage — just what we needed! The walk from the Lizard to Kynance Cove was stunning. We enjoyed visiting Coverack and St Ives. We had a lovely meal at Trengilly Wartha and enjoyed their pub quiz. Another nice meal was at The Rising Sun in Truro.

    The Smiths & friends — February 2018
  • Ideal for a family Christmas

    Thank you for a brilliant stay in your cottage which was ideal for a family Christmas, especially with the Aga!

    The Brown family — December 2017
  • The most wonderful early Christmas

    We had the most wonderful early Christmas here at An Skiber! After years of living in Cornwall and bringing up the girls down here, it was wonderful to be back with the family and able to spend time together, with the grandchildren in such a beautiful environment. It is a true home from home, with all the little touches. From the Designer's Guild magazines, the lovely cushions and towels, the fully equipped kitchen (and I say that as someone who is a passionate cook!) the eclectic artwork and of course the wood burner and AGA. The extra Christmas touches were perfect; the huge tree which the children loved decorating, the champers, scones, clotted cream, panettone, Christmas napkins and pretty candles. It has been a joy to stay here and we will return!

    The Cocuzzi family — December 2017
  • Delightful and special area

    I can only echo previous comments. You have created such a wonderful welcoming home and garden in this delightful and special area, and done so with such generosity. Thank you so very much! I have never seen such an abundance of wild flowers in Cornwall as this Spring — truly wonderful, especially bluebells, they are everywhere. Hope to return.

    Jo — April 2017
  • Wonderful home and garden

    We could have spent the whole week enjoying your wonderful gardens and woods. Hope to return to An Skiber to see if you have more beautiful sculptures and to enjoy the garden and accommodation again.

    Sue & Ann — April 2017
  • Going to come back

    We loved our week here. The kids never enjoyed holidays as much than in your house and would rather like to stay — like us! Your garden was amazing, colourful, relaxing and quiet. Going to come back, that's for sure. We love Cornwall and we loved your An Skiber.

    Martin, Lisa, Jim & Melanie — April 2017
  • Delightful house

    We have had a wonderful stay in your delightful house. Comfortable and homely.

    Jackie, Daniel & Colin — April 2017
  • Comfortable barn

    We've had a lovely week in this comfortable barn. Having the warmth of the Aga has been lovely to come back to at the end of the day.

    Debbie & Dave — October 2016
  • Just perfect

    We have truly had a wonderful time. The accommodation has been amazing. It has provided us with everything we needed and more. The attention to detail made the barn just perfect.

    Neil & Jacqui — September 2016
  • What an amazing place

    What an amazing place An Skiber is! It has the most magical feel about it, together with its peacefulness, calm and tranquility. It truly is a wonderful place to spend a holiday.

    Emma, Nige, Evan & Phoebe — September 2016
  • Lovely walks in the area

    We have had a lovely week. Lovely walks in the area, beaches beautiful as always and enjoyed seeing the seals at Godrevy.

    Amy, Richard, Ella & Anna — July 2016
  • Paradise

    We had a great time in your wonderful paradise.

    The Wiggemeyer family — July 2016
  • Beautiful cottage!

    We have had a wonderful stay in your beautiful cottage! So many places to see and things to do.

    Sarah, Chris, Connor, Emily & James — July 2016
  • Beautiful

    Thank you for having us to stay in your beautiful barn! So peaceful and such a lovely garden.

    Kirsty, Tom, Barney & Rachel — June 2016
  • Yet again, we have had an amazing time!

    Thank you so much for everything. Yet again, we have had an amazing time! This is easily our favourite place to come to as it is just so beautiful, tranquil and relaxing. We will definitely be back next year.

    Laura, Mark & Harry — June 2016
  • Exceeded expectations

    An Skiber exceeded expectations from the moment we crossed the threshold! Although on the edge of the village, it feels secluded in its tranquil setting.

    Ian, Pam Carli & Deb — May 2016
  • Everything on hand to make life so easy

    How we wish we could have stayed longer in this lovely, comfortable home with everything on hand to make life so easy. Sitting on the roof terrace with a glass or two after a busy day exploring the county was the 'cream on the cake'. Dorothy was an excellent host and her tour of the garden and advice on good local spots to visit was an added pleasure.

    Pat & Mike — May 2016
  • Lovely house

    Thank you for a wonderful stay in this lovely house.

    Lucy, Darren, Eleanor & Constance — March 2016
  • Magical Cornwall!

    Magical Cornwall! Rarely have we come across a more beautiful, tranquil place. As frequent visitors to this part of the country we have been amazed and transfixed by the beauty of An Skiber!

    Emma, Mark, Jo, Rosie & Tilly — October 2015
  • Such a beautiful area

    We had such a lovely week here. Our little puppy has enjoyed being outdoors and on the coastal walks. Such a beautiful area with so much to see and do. We are really hoping to come back next Spring and discover some more beautiful places. Can't wait!

    Jane & David — October 2015
  • Absolutely stunning

    We have had the most amazing week in your beautiful house. An Skiber is an absolutely stunning property and it felt like home from home. Our little ones have had the most wonderful first holiday. The gardens are outstanding and we look forward to returning with the boys when they are older and can properly investigate the garden.

    Laura & family — June 2015
  • Really convenient location

    A lovely cottage — home from home and so well equipped. Really convenient location for exploring the Helford River and Lizard Peninsula. The second time we have stayed in a Forever Cornwall property and we were not disappointed.

    The Ahmad family — May 2015
  • A real joy

    This has been a real home-from-home holiday. We have enjoyed staying in An Skiber and thank you Dorothy for making us feel so welcome. Exploring the gardens in this part of Cornwall has been a real joy - just hope we can return…

    John — May 2015
  • Tranquil week

    Thank you Dorothy for a wonderfully relaxing and tranquil week’s stay at An Skiber. It is a perfect place to be, inside and out. We have loved the beautiful garden, listening to the sound of the stream, and the song of the blackbird whilst enjoying a glass of wine on the terrace. Great location — not far from anywhere…we definitely hope to be back.

    Tracy & John — May 2015
  • We don’t want to leave

    We had a truly lovely time staying at An Skiber. It is a delightful place for adults and children alike. My three boys had a great time exploring the nooks and crannies and wandering around the garden and woods. The first time we have stayed anywhere near the Helford River and we have come to love exploring the river and surrounding area. All in all, a great holiday — we don’t want to leave.

    The Wright family — January 2015
  • The loveliest and most pleasing home

    In all the years we’ve traveled An Skiber is by far the loveliest and most pleasing home we’ve rented. The house, the garden, the village of Constantine and, of course, the coastal walks and surroundings have made this a most enjoyable and peaceful time.

    Unknown — September 2014
  • Totally appreciated

    The effort and energy that you have put into An Skiber must have been colossal and the result is visible everywhere we turned…the attention to detail, design, colour and furnishings has been totally appreciated. It is difficult when booking a holiday accommodation to pick among a myriad of offerings and so good to have booked a place that is exactly what the advert says it is. Thank you so much.

    Peggy — September 2013
  • Restful and peaceful

    Found An Skiber and its garden quite restful and peaceful. Hardly a sound to be heard. The area, as ever, so beautiful.

    The Cunninghams — August 2013
  • A most welcoming holiday cottage!

    Had a lovely week. It was a joy after a day out to return to our barn. Beds were really comfortable. A most welcoming holiday cottage – so well equipped and loved your natural garden. Our favourite beach was Kynance Cove – so unspoilt. Would love to return.

    The Caddy family — August 2013
  • Truly idyllic surroundings

    An Skiber is set in truly idyllic surroundings. We loved our time staying there.

    Stephen, Kaye, Brian, Audrey, Rachael & Hannah — August 2013
  • Magical place

    What a lovely and magical place An Skiber is. We’ve had the best holiday ever, so the children have said…the cottage and grounds are absolutely beautiful.

    Simon, Emma, Laura & Charley — August 2013
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