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Large dog friendly holiday cottage, Helford, Cornwall

Kestle Barton Farmhouse

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

Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms (+ cot) Friday arrival Up to two well behaved dogs welcome
The Retreat

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.

Clean and welcoming
So good to be back at Kestle Barton. We live not far away but this place just soothes us so much! Thank you for a beautifully clean and welcoming house — perfect for 50th birthday. We hope to return again with dear chums. Walking, swimming, kayaking, exploring the meadow...pure bliss!
Adam, Chris & Tom — June 2022

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
Principal bedroom: king bed
Bedroom two: king bed
Bedroom three: twin beds (91cm width)
Bedroom four: twin beds (75cm width)
All bed linen and bath towels 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
Private parking for 3 cars
Internal steps with handrail
Stairs to second floor
Access to bedroom via stairs
Not suitable for wheelchairs
Please contact us for more accessibility information
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
Friday standard changeover
Check in after 5pm
Check out before 10am


The Helford River forms one side of the Lizard Peninsula and is to the west of Falmouth, and is one of Cornwall’s most dramatic and beautiful areas. Here you’ll 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 long been one of the most important rivers in Cornwall and has a rich history. A few fishing boats still head out to sea from here and it’s a haven for wildlife as well as leisure boats and yachts. There are mussel and oyster beds here and rich farm land, giving the area a great food and drink reputation.

Travel times

  • Kestle Farmhouse 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, Kestle Farmhouse 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

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

    What a special time to gather with a new baby on the way. For three it was our third time in the Farmhouse, for two their second and for one their first. We hope to return soon (plus one).

    Duncan & family — Christmas 2022
  • Terrific

    We have had the most wonderful family holiday in this lovely spot! Coastal walks, beach swims and pasties by the harbour. Thank you for a terrific week — we'll definitely be back soon.

    The Love family — September 2022
  • Second stay

    We have had a great second stay here and been very lovely with the weather. Had some lovely meals out, our favourite being the Holy Mackerel in Helford. Love the Farmhouse, very comfortable.

    Dawn, John, Sally & Jamie — April 2022
  • A wonderful and happy stay

    Thank you for such a wonderful and happy stay over Christmas. We so appreciated the incredible tree, baubles, mince pies and crackers — what a special way to start our festive break! Our fourth time staying at Kestle Barton, but our first in the Farmhouse. We had such a restful time exploring around the creeks and beaches, and I even met up with the hugely talented Louise McClary — the lady behind much of the stunning artwork in all the properties at Kestle Barton. We'll definitely return again soon, and hope you all enjoy your future stays as much as we have.

    Sylvie, Steve & Ruby — Christmas 2021
  • Tranquil setting

    A wonderful return to such a peaceful, tranquil setting. Already looking forward to our next visit.

    The Morgans — November 2021
  • A tremendous week

    We have had a tremendous week here. The house is wonderfully comfortable and atmospheric with everything we could possibly need. The weather stayed largely dry, and we were able to walk the coast path locally and a little further away at Lizard Point and Kynance. We know the area well, and it was lovely to see old favourite places again. Thank you very much for a wonderful stay. We hope to be back soon.

    Jessica, Roger, Joseph & Thomas — October 2021
  • Absolutely loved our stay here!

    Absolutely loved our stay here! The peacefulness of the surroundings is one of my favourite things about staying here — along with the walks into the village in the morning, accompanied by the local farm dog. Gear Farm pasties — yum! I would definitely recommend a visit there. Lots of sandy walks along the beaches, a very chilly dip in the sea, and lots of great food have made this wonderful break. Sad to be leaving, but hope to return again soon.

    Louise & Alan — October 2021
  • The best time

    We all enjoyed Kestle Barton and the outstanding area! We had the best time, and sure we will come back soon.

    The Hilliers — July 2021
  • Wonderful stay

    What a beautiful, comfortable and lovely house! We had such a relaxing and wonderful stay — walking down the creek, listening to the birds, exploring the area and enjoying wonderful local food. Thank you so much!

    Bryan & Niamh — May 2021
  • Very relaxing!

    Gorgeous and very relaxing! We made friends with the gorgeous horse 'Ebony' opposite too. I particularly loved all the original artwork around the farmhouse and loved the history. Thank you!

    Ella & Will — May 2021
  • Lovely stay!

    Lovely stay! This is a beautiful part of Cornwall — we're so glad we came here and hope to be back. The gardens are really pretty and peaceful — thank you!

    The Thomsons — June 2019
  • Memories to last a lifetime!

    We have had a fab time in this beautiful farmhouse. The house has everything you need for a stay and is furnished and decorated lovely. Going home heavier but happier with amazing memories to last a lifetime! Thank you!

    The Western family — May 2019
  • Lovely quirky farmhouse

    For me, a first in this lovely quirky farmhouse but for my friends — reminiscing visiting as a working farmhouse to buy eggs, complete with chickens coming in the kitchen door! I would love to come back with my family.

    The Pace Group — March 2019
  • So cosy during the storms

    Our second visit to Kestle Barton but this time to stay in the Farmhouse. Every bit as lovely and so cosy during the storms. Many adventures had, sandcastles built and fun at The Shipwrights.

    The Atkins — March 2019
  • Wonderfully relaxing

    Wonderfully relaxing week in super comfortable property. So lucky with the weather — lots of coastal walks watching lively, mesmerising seas. Here's to the next visit to Kestle Barton.

    The Morgans — February 2019
  • Really unique

    We have really enjoyed our stay this week. The house is really unique and with peaceful settings — a complete contrast to London.

    The Brown family — June 2017
  • Dazzling

    It was a wonderful house with beautiful surroundings. When it was high tide, Frenchman's Creek was dazzling. We also loved the added bonus of the horse in the garden. Every year me and my grandparents go on holiday to Cornwall. This year has been one of the best! Thank you, we would love to come again.

    The Tatchells — June 2017
  • Wonderful holiday

    We had a wonderful holiday here with our family — ferry boat trip from the Helford, Trebah Gardens, Kynance Cove, The Minack, St Ives, Frenchman's Creek, Seal Sanctuary — all fabulous! Thank you Kestle Barton, we'll be back!

    The Banks family — April 2017
  • Amazing!

    Amazing! Thank you for this wonderful place to stay. The home and setting are perfect, and the walks and weather were fabulous. I'm leaving full of ideas and energy.

    Lucy & friends — November 2016
  • Handwritten testimonial in visitor book of Kestle Barton Farmhouse
    Duncan, Mike, Nick & Becky — September 2016
  • The house was fantastic

    What a beautiful setting here, the house was fantastic too. The beds were very comfy and the kitchen very well equipped. We've had a wonderful week here in Cornwall and will be back!

    The Gould family — August 2016
  • A delightful house

    A delightful house with everything we could wish for. Sam and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Perfect!

    Tina & David — July 2016
  • A beautiful farmhouse

    A beautiful farmhouse in a stunning spot. We have loved or stay here. Helford is idyllic. Thanks for letting us stay in this very special place.

    The Turner family — June 2016
  • An idyllic spot

    What a lovely break we've had! An idyllic spot to get away from it all and very well equipped accommodation for me and my friends to stay. A perfect setting for my week long birthday celebrations! Thank you for all your hard work.

    Sophie & friends — May 2016
  • Another lovely stay

    Another lovely stay at Kestle Barton and our second time in the Farmhouse. We love the peace and tranquility, the creek, Helford and all the beautiful places to visit in this part of Cornwall. I'm sure we will be back again.

    Sally & Mark — May 2016
  • Really big garden

    It is our leaving day and we don't want to go. We love staying here and come every year for Easter. There are eight of us and it works really well. Really big garden, so it's lovely for Easter egg hunts or just playing outside, can't wait to come back!

    Ruby, Ruth, Simon, Danny, Gemma, Sonny & Lynne — April 2016
  • Delighted

    Lovely stay here at Kestle Barton; we stumbled upon this place on a walk last summer and were delighted to come back for a whole week. Daffodils and welcome tray on arrival, delicious bread, thank you! Despite gale force winds and rain we've had a great stay, mastered the log burner and made good use of the bath! Great walk from Coverack to St Keverne and back along the coast path. Coffee from Esspressini in Falmouth highly recommend. Also the pub in Helford for Sunday lunch. Thanks, we'll be back!

    Laura & Nick — February 2016
  • A lovely week

    We’ve had a lovely week here at the farmhouse. Highlights have been: hiring a boat from St Anthony, great fishing, wild swimming, surfing at Poldhu beach and walking near the Lizard.

    Sam, Steve, Harry & Grace — November 2014
  • Wonderful farmhouse

    A wonderful place to stay with the family. The most well-equipped holiday accommodation we have ever stayed in! Would definitely recommend to others as we have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this wonderful farmhouse.

    Sue & family — October 2014
  • We'll be back

    Amazing week here in beautiful weather. Church Cove/Gunwalloe beach was stunning, as was the circular walk along Frenchman’s Creek to Helford. We’ll be back.

    Ruth & family — April 2014
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