By the banks of Frenchman’s Creek on the Helford river, in the heart of a breathtaking Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, lies this hidden gem. Kestle Barton is an award-winning, beautifully restored Cornish farmstead, offering thoroughly contemporary eco-friendly barn conversions. It nestles between trees and farmland, with the dramatic river nearby. Footpaths lead to local villages and pubs — and beaches, fishing villages and the spectacular Lizard Peninsula are just a short drive away.

At Kestle Barton we have three contemporary barn conversions; Howthere sleeping 2, Mowhay sleeping 6 and Avallen sleeping 8 — all of which are recommended by Sawday’s. Also available for self catering holidays are Kestle Barton Farmhouse sleeping 8, and its smaller neighbour Kestle Cottage sleeping 4. The two larger properties are dog friendly. Full details of all the properties can be seen below.

Kestle Barton art gallery

Kestle Barton is the home of Kestle Barton Art Gallery. This small space is highly regarded and presents a season of four exhibitions each year, from early April to late October. All of the free exhibitions and projects are by artists who are based in or strongly connected to the area, including some internationally known and celebrated artists whose work has particular resonance in Cornwall.

 The gardens and meadows

Each holiday home at Kestle Barton has its own outdoor space, ranging from the extensive lawned garden of Avallen to the small sun terrace of Howthere. In addition, the gallery has a beautifully designed garden, an there is an orchard, a nuttery, and a far reaching wildflower meadow — all of which are there for guests and gallery visitors to enjoy, relax in and ponder.

Larger groups staying at Kestle Barton

In total Kestle Barton can sleep 28 in the various holiday homes. All changeovers at Kestle Barton are on the same day (a Friday), so it is possible to book multiple properties for larger groups. Please note that some terms apply when booking more than one property so please enquire before booking if you have a large group in mind.

The surrounding area

Kestle Barton is situated on the sheltered eastern side of the Lizard Peninsula. The area is quiet and wooded with ancient pathways meandering down to secret creeks. The farmstead is situated by Frenchman’s Creek which was made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s book and the film of the same name. A lesser known fact is that the creek features in the video for Kylie Minogue’s 2012 song Flower — you can location-spot here! The tiny village of Helford with its ancient and friendly pub The Shipwrights as well as a combined delicatessen, bakery and village shop is a ten minute walk away through woods. Bring a torch and walk back to your holiday home in the dark — unforgettable. Superb sailing waters, 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.

Kestle Barton and the environment

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. The conservation and sustainability principles used are clear to see, from the careful use of natural new materials to the painstaking reclaiming of the original ‘scantled’ roofing slates —  from the eco-friendly heating system fuelled by locally-sourced woodchips, to the beautiful landscaping. The farm itself continues its ancient role with beef cattle, orchards and a new walnut nuttery, but now managed in a benign, organic system to allows the rich and varied wildlife to thrive.

Wedding receptions and events at Kestle Barton

Kestle Barton can also host wedding receptions and special events by special arrangement. The combination of beautiful outdoor spaces and plenty of comfortable guest accommodation makes it one of the most attractive venues in the area. And of course romantic Howthere barn, with its sleeping mezzanine and sumptuous bath by the bed, makes a lovely honeymoon suite!

The meadow is very large and makes a fabulous place for a marquee. In spring pathways are mown amongst the wild flowers, making a really beautiful and natural setting for a special day.

Kestle Barton also has experienced and friendly staff who are well versed in working with marquee companies and caterers. They are on hand before the event to take deliveries and answer any queries. There is also plenty of additional car parking space that is opened up for events.

If you are interested in having a wedding reception or event at this tranquil and beautiful setting do plan well ahead — please email or phone us, or call the gallery on 01326 231811 to arrange a visit.