Sensitively restored and retaining its historic character, this property provides spacious and cosy accommodation for larger families of up to eight. With private gardens and plenty of space it makes a great base to explore Helford River with its woods and creeks, as well as local beaches and bays.

Kestle Barton Farmhouse is at the heart 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, workshops and imaginative sculpture garden. As well as the farmhouse, there are three barns here that have each been converted into stunning contemporary retreats sleeping two, six or eight — making this a great place to book separate accommodation with friends and family. You’ll find the barns AvallenMowhay and Howthere on our website too…

The superb architectural quality of 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.

Twin beds at Kestle Barton Farmhouse holiday cottage

Across the daisy and buttercup-strewn lawn and through the entrance porch of warm local stone — roof held high on hand-hewn granite plinths that may once have held up a hayrick — you will step into a welcoming interior that invites exploration, conversation, and happy memory-making.

There are two living areas inside; first the generous and sunny family living and dining room, with its huge inglenook fireplace housing a contemporary wood-burner, sofas and armchairs, a big flat-screen TV, lovely scrubbed-pine dining table with benches, chairs and a window-seat where you will enjoy meals with family and friends. Secondly you have the snug, a great escape from (or for) kids and teenagers, with its two 3-seat sofas, and a further large TV/DVD.

Beyond the living areas find the original farmhouse kitchen, with ancient flag-stoned floor, Cornish ‘range’, ‘cloam oven’, and gigantic walk-in larder. Don’t worry, alongside these fascinating original features you have a wonderfully equipped contemporary kitchen, with granite work-tops, convection hob, electric over, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and so on. By the window is an additional breakfast seating area to seat six. There is also a massive utility room, with washing machine, tumble-drier, and space to hang and dry (note the ceiling with original lime-wash and hooks!).

Up the front stairs (yes there are back stairs too) you’ll find four bedrooms, two double and two twins. All have original pine floor boards, comfy beds and carefully-chosen furnishings — some have original fireplaces, others window-seats or Georgian wooden panelling. There are also two bathrooms – one with a lovely big double-ended bath to linger in, the other with a big walk-in shower.

Lawn with garden table and chairs outside Kestle Barton Farmhouse

The Garden

To the front of Kestle Barton Farmhouse is a large lawned garden, with elegant garden table and chairs for eight. It’s south-facing, and a lovely place to relax. Behind the farmhouse, and accessed though a side gate or direct from the kitchen, is a further large garden with barbecue area, surrounded by mature ash, beech, alder and sycamore trees.

Opposite Kestle Barton Farmhouse, across the old farmyard you will find the delightful (and free) Kestle Barton gallery. When open, you will also usually be able to find your hosts here, so you can always find someone if you need them. You can also get good coffee and often nice baked treats here too. Beyond the gallery the beautiful and imaginative sculpture garden, wildflower meadow and orchard are all here for you to enjoy. Many of the artists showcased by Kestle Barton gallery have international reputations, and exhibitions change regularly throughout the summer.

Things we love…

Stepping into Kestle Barton Farmhouse feels like stepping into the pages of Country Living. And the wonderful thing is, it’s the real thing — a grand Cornish farmhouse, meticulously restored. We love the kitchen. Find the old cloam oven, where bread would have been baked by first lighting a gorse fire inside the oven to heat it. Enjoy having not one staircase but two! Come in the autumn or early spring to light a fire and hunker down, farmer-style after a cliff-top or creek-side ramble…The setting, too, is very special.

You will have reached this tiny hamlet via a wiggly Cornish lane, but your first venture out should be by footpath… down to the village for a creekside pint, a family lunch, or just a loaf of freshly-baked artisan bread…Find out more about Frenchman’s Creek, Helford Village, the local area, Kestle Barton’s history, the gallery and gardens, and the Lizard peninsular.

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Retreat Features

  • A countryside stroll to the stunning Frenchman's Creek
  • Just a woodland walk from Helford Village
  • Luxury furnishings including a double ended freestanding bath
  • Free WiFi
  • Front and back garden with furniture and a BBQ
  • Shared use of orchards and wildflower meadow
Two king double bedrooms
Twin bedroom (91cm width beds)
Twin bedroom (75cm x 190cm beds)
All bed linen provided
Two living rooms
Comfy sofas and chairs
Two big TV/DVDs
Free Wi-Fi
MP3 music player
Fridge freezer
Additional fridge
Hob and oven
Two dining areas
Utility room
Washing machine
Tumble drier
Tea towels provided
Two bathrooms
Bathroom towels provided
Garden front and back
Barbecue area
Garden furniture
Shared meadows and orchard
Art gallery next door
Footpath to Frenchman’s Creek
Footpath to Helford Village
(Garden is not secure for dogs)
Central heating
Wood burner
Travel cot (no linen) and high chair on request
Up to two well behaved dogs welcome
Each charged at £30.00 per week or part-week
Private parking for 3 cars
Friday standard changeover
Check in after 5pm
Check out before 10am
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Lovely stay!
Lovely stay! Really enjoyed visiting the Lizard point and the lovely cafe overlooking the sea, visiting the Seal Sanctuary, Coverack, The Shipwrights, The Square at Porthleven and the Twisted Currant tea rooms. P.S. The gardens are really pretty and peaceful - thank you!
The Thomsons - June 2019