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Romantic Boutique Holiday Home, Helford, Cornwall

Howthere Barn

In quiet countryside by Frenchman's Creek and near Helford village

Sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom (+ cot) Friday arrival Sorry no dogs
The Retreat

Howthere barn is a romantic, boutique holiday cottage tucked away on the Helford. It is an imaginative award-winning barn conversion, including bedroom complete with super-king-sized bed and a romantic double-ended bath. Howthere opens on to the gardens of Kestle Barton art gallery. You’ll be close to Frenchman’s Creek and numerous beaches.

Howthere Barn is one of our most popular hideaways for two, and it’s easy to see why. Step through the unassuming doorway and you know that this is no ordinary barn-conversion. Howthere has been created with comfort in mind. Some guests come for a week and are seduced by the view of the garden to the extent that they barely leave the sofa. And whilst we would agree that it’s a very nice sofa, they would be missing out on the beautiful creek-side walks, cosy pubs, impossibly charming fishing villages, world-famous subtropical gardens, great restaurants, enticing art-galleries and pristine beaches that we are blessed with in this secret corner of the Helford.

Howthere Barn is a part of the ancient farmstead of Kestle Barton, the whole of which has been lovingly restored. Here you will also find the Kestle Barton galley, with its changing displays, art workshops and beautiful sculpture garden. As well as Howthere, there are two other barns sleeping six and eight, and the original farmhouse sleeping eight — making this a great place to book separate accommodation with friends and family. You’ll find Kestle Barton Farmhouse and the barns Avallen and Mowhay on our website too…

The superb architectural quality or Kestle Barton has been acknowledged with several awards including the Conservation Category in the RIBA South West Town and Country Design Awards 2011, and the Green Apple Award 2011 for The Built Environment and Architectural Heritage.

Living area inside Howthere Barn boutique holiday cottage at Kestle Barton near Helford

Inside Howthere Barn

The integrity of this historic barn has been cleverly retained by opening out the full two-storey height of the interior space and creating a modern pod of kitchen, bathroom and night-time space in the heart of the building — leaving swathes of open internal wall and double-height glazed doors to the garden. The effect is of a space that is at the same time intimate and open, old and new, cosy yet light and airy.

In the living area you will find a small but perfectly formed kitchen and dining area, fully equipped so that even the most enthusiastic cook will not feel under-tooled. Opposite this the sofa, large TV/DVD and fabulous inset wood-burner beckon for nights in, complemented by the heating beneath the oak floor boards. You’ll also find a contemporary bathroom with a nice shower tucked discretely away.

All this is nice, but there is another ‘wow’ up the open-tread stairs. You will slumber in a superking-sized bed, on an open-plan night-time sleeping platform beneath huge beams, flanked on one side by contemporary glazed screens, on the other by your romantic double-ended and free-standing bath. You may never want to leave.


Outside the property

Step out of Howthere Barn through double-height glazed doors into a small private courtyard which is a corner of the beautifully planted garden of the Kestle Barton gallery.  You can see this clearly in the last slide show picture above. You have garden seating and a barbecue. Your garden and the galley garden are south-facing and give direct access to the meadows and orchard beyond. You have full access to all these areas  at all times.

During times the gallery is open you will also find your hosts here, so you can always find someone if you need them. You can also get good coffee and often nice baked things here.

Many of the artists showcased by Kestle Barton gallery have international reputations, and exhibitions change regularly throughout the spring, summer and autumn.

Things we love…

The clever interior design makes this space a joy. Throw the huge doors open to the garden and you have an airy and spacious spring or summer retreat. Hunker down with the wood-burner and a great book or classic film and you have a perfect autumn or winter bolt-hole.

The setting of Kestle Barton is unique. You are staying not only in a beautiful barn conversion, but also in the heart of an ancient farmstead that is now both a haven for escape, and a highly reputed centre for the arts. In turn, Kestle Barton is connected to the world by footpaths that lead to woodland and village, creek and pub.

Alastair Sawday has visited and inspected Howthere Barn and he loves it too!

French doors and garden at Howthere Barn boutique holiday cottage at Kestle Barton near Helford

Bright and clean accommodation
Once again a great stay. Wonderful bright and clean accommodation — everything you need. Love the gardens and quiet breakfasts in the sun. The bed and bath make for real luxury. Thank you for wine and flowers — a lovely touch. Felt like home from home (only better).
The Simms — July 2022

Retreat Features

  • Award-winning barn conversion
  • Luxury furnishings including a double ended freestanding bath
  • A private courtyard looking out over immaculate gardens
  • Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Just a woodland walk from Helford Village
Principle bedroom: super king bed
All bed linen and bath towels provided
Very comfy leather sofa looking
out to garden
Large flat-screen TV/DVD
Free WiFi
MP3 music player
Well equipped kitchen
Electric cooker and microwave
Washing machine
Tumble drier
Fridge/freezer, dishwasher
Tea towels provided
Luxury bath in the open plan bedroom
Shower-room with WC and wash-basin
Bathroom towels provided
Internal steps with handrail
Stairs to second floor
Access to bedroom via stairs
Not suitable for wheelchairs
Please contact us for more accessibility information
Courtyard garden and
barbecue area (please note: the outdoors area is overlooked by visitors to the Gallery and gardens)
Garden furniture
Shared meadows and orchard
Art gallery next door
Footpath to Frenchman’s Creek
Footpath to Helford Village
Underfloor heating throughout
Contemporary wood burner
Travel cot (no linen) and high chair on request
Private parking for two cars
Friday standard changeover
Check in after 5pm
Check out before 10am


Forming one side of the Lizard Peninsula, to the west of Falmouth the Helford River is one of Cornwall’s most dramatic and beautiful areas. Here you will find award winning sub-tropical gardens, scenic wooded creeks, typical Cornish villages and access to some of the quieter beaches of Cornwall. The river has a rich history and has long been one of the most important rivers in Cornwall. A few fishing boats still head out to sea from here too, and it’s a haven for wildlife as well as leisure boating and yachts. There are mussel and oyster beds here and rich farm land, giving the area a great reputation for food and drink.

Travel times

  • Howthere Barn is about 17 miles from the nearest mainline station at Camborne. Regular and convenient services run from all over the UK.
  • A short stroll from Frenchman’s Creek, Howthere Barn is situated near the picturesque village of Helford, just 25 minutes away from the market town of Helston. Driving time from London is five and a half hours in normal traffic while Exeter is around two and a half hours away. We’ll send you detailed route information before your departure.

Things we love

  • An utterly idyllic, secluded location - perfect for relaxing
  • The ideal retreat from which to explore the hidden beaches and villages of The Helford
  • Amazing farm shops, pubs and restaurants within a five mile radius
  • Easily spend a day discovering Falmouth or The Lizard
Guests Say
  • So modern

    Great accommodation, so modern inside. Grandchildren in another cottage loved playingi n the fields. Gardens are so quiet in the evening.

    Mike & Mary — September 2022
  • Relaxing time

    Thank you for such a wonderful relaxing time at Howthere Barn. We loved the accommodation, the wildflowers and the wildlife in the beautiful garden was just stunning. Thank you for the wine and Cornish biscuits on arrival — everything during our stay was just perfect! We have had so much fun exploring the part of Cornwall that we've decided to come back and have already booked our next stay in Kestle Barton, this time with the rest of the family and for a winter holiday!

    The Jacksons — August 2022
  • Bright and clean accommodation

    Once again a great stay. Wonderful bright and clean accommodation — everything you need. Love the gardens and quiet breakfasts in the sun. The bed and bath make for real luxury. Thank you for wine and flowers — a lovely touch. Gardener let us use compost heap for our compost too — felt like home from home (only better). Wonderful beaches and Polpeor Cafe on Lizard Point exceptional!

    The Simms — July 2022
  • Fabulous

    Thanks very much for the goodies. Have had a fabulous week here, our third visit to KB.

    Teresa & Andy — June 2022
  • Such a beautiful space

    Loved, loved, loved the Barn and gardens. Waking up each morning I had to pinch myself that I was staying in such a beautiful space. Really friendly — Sam and Ryya, both really helpful in making our stay perfect. Definitely recommend Potager restaurant in Constantine and the New Year restaurant in Trelowarren, plus kayaking up the Helford river. We will be back.

    Elaine & David — May 2022
  • A delight

    Our second stay at Howthere Barn and another lovely stay. Weather was kind and the spring flowers were a delight to behold. We will be back!

    Dione & Dave — March 2022
  • Stunning

    One word: stunning. Inside and out — perfect for my birthday week and perfect for our holiday. To top it all blue skies, sunshine, coves and creeks galore. Love all of this.

    Alex & Ian — March 2022
  • Perfect

    This is our first visit, recommended by a friend. We arrived tired and exhausted and decided to take it easy. What a lovely place to do nothing in! So cosy and warm, lots of hot water and soft bed linen — perfect. We go back home happy and invigorated. We shall definitely come back again.

    Veronica & David — January 2022
  • We love it here

    Yet another wonderful week at Howthere Barn — our little home from home. We love it here so much.

    Derek — January 2022
  • Absolute delight

    One week in Howthere Barn and we wished it was longer. Beautiful in every aspect, and we have just loved it. The garden was an absolute delight. Great to see so many visitors enjoying the walks, garden and artwork. I very much hope we'll be back. Thank you so much.

    Brenda & Mike — August 2021
  • Magical

    Thank you for the welcome goodies! Cool, chic, warm and welcoming abode. Great house and fabulous gardens which we loved having to ourselves morning and evening. Great vegetable gardens and meadow fields and walks through countryside down tree lined paths — magical.

    Jude & Andy — July 2021
  • Lovely

    A lovely week in this beautiful place — and brilliant weather too. Didn't drive anywhere at all as so many lovely walks from Kestle Barton and handy shop in the village.

    Shelia — July 2021
  • Tranquil retreat

    Kestle Barton is a beautiful, peaceful and tranquil retreat from hectic everyday life and Howthere Barn is a comfortable and well designed barn conversion. It has everything you could possibly need for a holiday home with extra luxurious touches to make your stay enjoyable and memorable.

    Maureen & Mike — June 2021
  • Seclusion

    Exactly three years since our last stay here — we have had another lovely peaceful week. The peace and seclusion along with easy access to coastal walks makes this the perfect base for a holiday. When the weather is good excellent walks are just minutes away, when the weather is bad light the fire and get the books out.

    Michael & Judith — May 2021
  • Beautiful setting

    Such a lovely place in a beautiful setting. Thank you Kestle Barton and Forever Cornwall. So many wonderful and enchanting walks — a really enjoyable holiday.

    Loreita — May 2021
  • A lovely Christmas

    Spent a lovely Christmas here. Thank you for the tree! Weather mixed but got out every day for some lovely walks with great views. Thank you.

    David — December 2020
  • Perfect

    Perfect — so peaceful...feels like home without the stress! Weather has been so kind, lots of wonderful walks and relaxing in the sunshine. Sad to leave but hoping to return soon. Thank you Kestle Barton.

    The Uptons — October 2020
  • Lovely coastal walks

    Our second stay with you but this year the weather hasn't been very kind although it hasn't stopped us doing the lovely coastal walks in the area.

    The Hale family — June 2019
  • Peace

    Sitting outside in the peace of the garden writing this and feeling really sad to leave this beautiful place. We have had an amazing week, the weather has been glorious and I have never seen so many bluebells and wild garlic — just stunning. We love everything about Helford and Kestle Barton.

    Andrew & Penny — May 2019
  • The best place for a holiday

    This is the best place for a holiday — we don't want to leave! Loved the walks into Helford through the woods and also the walk to Frenchman's Creek through the daffodil fields. The primroses, snowdrops, and red campion are out and the blackthorn about to burst. Saw our first bumblebees and butterflies of the year. The circular walk to Gillan Creek is lovely. Manaccan is like a picture book dream village. Gear Farm pasties — ring in advance for a vegan one — amazing. Can't wait to come back...rescued a bat with Jim, the gardener — now in Redruth at a bat rescue place and will be released back here in March.

    Esther & Gideon — February 2019
  • Delightful position with lovely aspect

    Delightful position with lovely aspect out onto the planted garden. Full of butterflies which kept the grandchildren occupied! The property is extremely well presented and we enjoyed our time here. The staff were very obliging.

    The Thompstones — August 2017
  • Total magic

    Second visit, beautiful apartment-style houselette. We love the position looking at the gardens in the evening, full of birds; housemartins, robins etc. One evening we took 2 chairs into the middle of the garden and watched the shooting stars — a barn owl flew past, total magic. We managed 2 epic walks: Zennor to St Ives was a bit of a killer, scrambling over boulders! The other walk from the Lizard, a ten mile round trip, was brilliant. Best place to eat was the cafe at Mullion Cove.

    The Hobsons — August 2017
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    The Thompsons — July 2017
  • We've had a lovely week

    Our first time here and we've had a lovely week. Been out and explored but loved having some quiet time in this area also. Our top favourite local spots to eat are the New Yard Restaurant, Shipwrights Arms (amazing fish and chips), Potager Garden Centre. Thank you Kestle Barton!

    The Loudons — June 2017
  • Perfect retreat

    Perfect retreat — wonderful! Enjoyed it all. Cadgwith Cove is worth a visit. We will be back. Many thanks to the ladies who clean and the smiles from the gardener and pleasant lady in the Gallery. Kestle Barton we love you.

    The Wicks family — May 2017
  • Just what we needed!

    Second time here at Howthere Barn and another wonderfully relaxing week — just what we needed! Lovely meals and walks, and everyone is so welcoming! Howthere is the perfect place to stay, we'll be back for a third time for sure!

    Chris & Katy — January 2017
  • Wonderful relaxing week

    Our third time in Howthere, wonderful relaxing week.

    Helen & David — October 2016
  • We love it

    What a wonderful week. It's our second time here at Howthere and we love it. We've booked again for next year!

    Ivonne & Marco — October 2016
  • Fabulous week

    Fabulous week in Howthere Barn, couldn't have had better weather. Brought our canoe with us and paddled up Frenchman's Creek. Everybody is so welcoming and warm.

    Jamie & Claire — September 2016
  • Beautiful environment!

    Great week in a beautiful environment! Perfect for exploring the area.

    David & Gaynor — September 2016
  • Forever Cornwall Howthere Testimonial
    Will, Katie & Harvey — July 2016
  • Everything we needed

    The cosy accommodation has everything we needed. It has been a great base for exploring the West of Cornwall and a wonderful retreat at the end of a busy day exploring.

    Nigel & Julia — June 2016
  • The house is just perfect

    We have had such a wonderful time here. the weather has been spot on for walking. The house is just perfect, everything you need.

    Ivonne & Marco — May 2016
  • A lovely place to stay

    We've all had a lovely time. A lovely place to stay with so much to do in the area. Feels very homely we would definitely like to come back again.

    Rob, Helen & Katherine — April 2016
  • Really cosy and comfortable house.

    Lovely spot for an Easter week — really cosy and comfortable house and great choice of places to explore. Really recommend the Shipwrights and the Ship Inn pubs.

    Jane, Pete, Baxter, Jane & Lol — April 2016
  • A perfect place to relax and unwind

    A perfect place to relax and unwind — escapism at its best, lovely long walks in such pretty countryside. Batteries recharged as we set off back to face 'life' we will be back.

    Margaret & Derek — March 2016
  • Nourishing for the soul!

    The whole ethos of this place from the garden to the gallery to the accommodation is nourishing to the soul. We've had a lovely lovely week of exploring all of what the Lizard has to offer and then to come back here has been a joy.

    Jenny & Pat — October 2015
  • Totally restorative

    We have spent a week here in Howthere and have relaxed by drawing, reading, writing and gardening, and it's been totally restorative.

    Jilly & Robert — October 2014
  • Beautiful cottage

    Thank you for a lovely week in this beautiful cottage. We recommend St Ives, the Lizard and Falmouth for beautiful relaxing beaches. Excellent food at the Shipwrights Arms.

    Sian & Joe — August 2014
  • An amazing barn

    Lovely relaxing break in an amazing barn. Loved the garden and surrounding countryside. Enjoyed walks down to Helford, The Shipwrights Arms for food and drink. Also recommend New Yard Restaurant, and the Ship Inn in Mawgan.

    Richard & Victoria — August 2014
  • Very comfortable

    Had a lovely time. Barn conversion beautifully laid out and very comfortable. Lots of great places to see.

    Ian & Julia — July 2014
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