An award-winning contemporary barn conversion that has been created for inspiring holidays with family or friends. The retreat sleeps six in comfort and has spacious kitchen and living spaces. Outside is a small sunny garden, and a covered area with table-tennis. You’ll be close to Frenchman’s Creek and numerous beaches.

Mowhay Barn is a stunning reverse-level contemporary barn conversion that has been created with inspiring holidays for families and friends in mind. Hundreds of years of history has been lovingly folded together with up-to-the minute contemporary features to create a living space that simply makes you feel good, from the moment you step in. And outside you can choose between relaxing in your own sunny garden, wandering through into the sculpture garden of next-door Kestle Barton art gallery, beyond to the meadows and orchards, or a little further down footpaths to beautiful Helford village or romantic Frenchman’s Creek. You are also close to the famous Helford River, its woods and creeks, and the beaches of the Lizard Peninsula and Falmouth Bay.Mowhay 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 gallery, with its changing displays, workshops and imaginative sculpture garden. As well as Mowhay, there is also the original farm house and two further barns sleeping two, and eight — making this a great place to book separate accommodation with friends and family. You’ll find the Kestle Barton Farmhouse and the barns Avallen and Howthere 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.

Dining area at Mowhay Barn Conversion Kestle Barton Helford

Inside Mowhay Barn

Inside you find a large open-plan kitchen and dining area, opening high to a beamed ceiling. It is generously equipped with the things you’d expect like electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble-drier, dishwasher… but also original artworks by some of Cornwall’s best contemporary artists.

Opposite, and on the same level is the stunning living room, with generous sofas, high roof-beams, polished lime-plaster rendering, beautiful wide-planked oak flooring, and contemporary wood-burner.

Bravely contrasting with the heritage feel of this barn, the unashamedly modern staircase takes you downstairs…

… where you will find two double rooms, and a twin. Both doubles have very comfortable superking-sized beds, and one has a to-die-for en suite bathroom with double-ended bath and stroll-in shower. A generous family bathroom complete the accommodation. The downstairs walls tell the history of this building — with hints of an ancient granite doorway here, new heritage plasterwork there… and everywhere a lovely sense of style and space.

Double bed inside Mowhay Barn at Kestle Barton near Helford

The garden and gallery

Open the wooden gates from the car-parking area and step into your own large open storage barn. It’s great for bikes, surfboards and general holiday paraphernalia… and comes complete with a table-tennis table for extra fun when you run out of everything else to do.

Beyond this is your pretty garden. It gets the sun all afternoon, and has elegant furniture for al-fresco dining and stylish Adirondack relaxing garden chairs. Beyond is the sculpture garden of the Kestle Barton gallery (pictured below). 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. Beyond that is a  wildflower meadow and orchard — also 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…

We love the stunning combination of heritage architecture and contemporary design. Upside-down living in Mowhay Barn is great fun, and the upstairs makes a superb space for families and friends; big enough to find a quiet corner, but all connected together so a good space for socialising too.

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 Mowhay Barn and he loves it too!

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Retreat Features

  • Large private garden
  • Private parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Award-winning barn conversion
  • Contemporary woodburner and underfloor heating
  • Just a woodland walk from Helford Village
Two superking double bedrooms (both can be twinned)
Twin bedroom (75cm x 190cm beds)
All bed linen provided
Two large stylish sofas
TV/DVDs, and books
MP3 music player
Football table
Free WiFi
Well equipped kitchen
Large dining area
Electric hob and oven
Dishwasher, microwave
Washing machine and tumble drier
Tea towels provided
Family bathroom with generous shower & bath en-suite in master bedroom
Bathroom towels provided
Internal steps with handrail
Stairs to second floor
Access to bedroom on groundfloor
Access to bedroom via stairs
Not suitable for wheelchairs
Please contact us for more accessibility information
Big utility barn for storing bikes etc
Table-tennis table
Private garden
Barbecue area
Garden dining furniture
Adirondack garden chairs
Shared wildflower meadow & orchard
Art galley next door
Footpath to Frenchman’s Creek in 5 mins
Footpath to Helford Village in 10-15 mins
Underfloor heating throughout
Contemporary wood-burner in lounge
Travel cot (no linen) and highchair on request
Stair gates and non-slip bathmats
Private parking for 3 cars
Friday standard changeover
Check in after 5pm
Check out before 10am
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A return to this wonderful place Mowhay Barn, and our beloved Kestle Barton. Many years ago, my wife found Kestle Barton and we have been coming ever since. Great walks to Helford, Nare Point, St Anthony's and Manaccan. Heaven on earth! Well done Forever Cornwall team, we shall return this Christmas.
Ash & Jo — September 2021