Kestle Cottage is part of the historic farmstead of Kestle Barton, which nestles in countryside above Frenchman’s Creek on the spectacular Helford River. It sleeps four and has been renovated to an exceptional standard. There are four other holiday homes here, with Helford village and numerous beaches in the area…

Kestle Cottage is one of two small terraced cottages that form one wing of a seventeenth century building. The second cottage is used by resident artists at Kestle Barton gallery and is not available as a holiday cottage. Kestle Barton Farmhouse forms the other wing of the building. This new renovation conserves the architectural heritage of the cottage, combined with thoroughly contemporary touches. You’ll find lovely design touches and hand-crafted features, both new and original, adding to the charm.

Inside Kestle Cottage

Double bed inside Kestle Cottage self catering holiday cottage near Helford village

Heading through the garden from the wooded car parking area takes you down to the pretty little cottage. Opening the door into the generous hallway you are greeted with the comfort of a stylish holiday home. Beyond is the open plan living, dining and kitchen area, complete with window seat, natural light and a wood burner. Here a décor of soft grey tones, natural wood and beamed ceilings make the perfect place for socialising and relaxing on your holiday.

There are sofas and armchairs for four, as well as a dining table and stylish modern kitchen. Upstairs you’ll find a spacious master bedroom with a king sized bed, and next to it a twin room with bunk beds. Both bedrooms have views over the farmstead and countryside, looking across the garden of the main farmhouse. Also upstairs is a family bathroom. There is a second WC downstairs, off the reception hallway. The central heating and hot water at Kestle Cottage are supplied by a biomass boiler, fuelled by locally-sourced wood pellets, making it very eco-friendly as well as cosy.

Outside and in the area

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

The garden is tranquil, and is mostly laid to lawn. A natural woven fence along one boundary, and trees and shrubs on the other ensure it’s very sheltered — and it catches the sun for most of the day, making a great place to relax or to have a barbecue. If you fancy sitting somewhere else for your morning coffee you can always pop over to the gallery where there is a beautiful sculpture garden as well as changing displays.

The whole of Kestle Barton has been lovingly restored, and the superb architectural quality 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. Because Kestle Cottage is in situated in a wing of a larger building, the living area and bedroom windows overlook the pretty front garden of adjoining Kestle Barton Farmhouse. In turn, two of the farmhouse’s windows look over the cottage’s garden.

Things we love…

We think this cottage has a really nice feel about it. The building’s story can be seen in beams and exposed timbers, and in the Cornish slate roof-lines. It’s a continuing story, as the renovation had been carried out with great care and imagination, leading to a thoughtful blending of very old and very new that works brilliantly. Kestle Barton itself is a hidden gem full of little surprises. The tiny art gallery (it’s free but note that it’s seasonal) has fascinating exhibitions from acclaimed artists, and the garden, wildflower meadows, orchards and ponds are there for all visitors and guests to enjoy. The farm itself continues its ancient role with beef cattle and a new walnut nuttery, and is managed in a benign, organic system to allows the rich and varied wildlife to thrive.

The surrounding area is one of Cornwall’s most tucked-away secrets, with its sheltered woods and ancient pathways meandering down to secret creeks. Scenic, wooded footpaths beckon in both directions from Kestle Barton. In one direction is Frenchman’s Creek (made famous by Daphne du Maurier) — and in the other direction the tiny village of Helford, with its unforgettably ancient pub and foot ferry to the other side of the river. The superb sailing waters of the Helford — as well as wooded valleys and creeks, impossibly charming fishing villages, stunning National Trust cliff-tops, pristine beaches and sweeping heathland — are all to be found within a fifteen-minute drive.

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Retreat Features

  • Cosy woodburner for colder evenings
  • Plenty of outdoor space including a private garden with furniture and a barbecue
  • Free WiFi
  • Private parking
  • A woodland walk to Helford Village
  • Shared access to Kestle Barton's wildflower meadows
Master bedroom with a king-sized bed
Twin bedroom with bunk beds (measurements 90cm x 190cm)
All bed linen provided
Comfy sofas and chairs
29″ TV and DVD player
Books and rainy-day games
Free wireless broadband
Well equipped kitchen
Slimline dishwasher
Fridge freezer
Neff convection hob
Neff electric oven
Washing machine
Extensive range of utensils and accessories
Dining area seating 4
Tea towels provided
Family bathroom with bath and shower over
Bathroom towels provided
Internal steps with handrail
Stairs to second floor
Not suitable for wheelchairs
Please contact us for more accessibility information
Sheltered lawned garden
Garden furniture
Shared meadows and orchard
Art gallery next door
Footpath to Frenchman’s Creek
Footpath to Helford Village
Biomass fuelled central heating throughout
Contemporary wood burner
Cot and high chair available on request (linen not provided for cot)
Up to two well-behaved dogs welcome
Each charged at £35 per week or part week
Sorry no other pets permitted
Please note the garden is dog-friendly but not completely secure
Private parking for one car
Friday standard changeover
Check in after 5pm
Check out before 10am
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What a fabulous, magical place Kestle Barton is. Cottage is beautiful and being part of a larger art gallery, garden, meadow and orchard with such impressive eco-art credentials felt really special. All of the staff, owners, gardeners and resident garden robin were really friendly and welcoming. We will be back. Thank you.
Elaine & David – May 2021