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3 Characterful holiday homes close to the sea & coastal paths in far W Cornwall - Raftra Barn

Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking



Raftra Barn

Lovely one bedroomed granite barn conversion with open plan living area and sheltered patio garden

About the property

Raftra Cottage Holidays

We offer 3 separate but adjacent character properties:

RAFTRA BARN is a one-bedroomed barn conversion available all year round, sleeping 2 and welcoming well-behaved dogs. A beautiful patio garden; very sheltered sun trap, good walls & fences to contain pets if necessary! Open plan, slate-floored, living area well equipped for self-catering, and with a woodburner for cooler evenings, and bedroom with king size bed & en-suite shower room. This property is tastefully decorated, well-equipped and re-visited often!

RAFTRA COTTAGE is just up the lane a few metres; a tastefully decorated 2-bedroomed artist's home, available to let during holiday periods, & occasionally at other times of the year. It has a sheltered, private sun-trap of a patio and also a small, private lawned garden with fire pit/BBQ.This colourful space is a delightful holiday home for upto 4 people.(Not suitable for dogs or children under 5). Kitchen diner is fully equipped for self-catering, comfy lounge has woodburning stove & underfloor heating for winter breaks, large double bedroom and a twin room, both with deep windowseats looking out over fields to the sea. Colourful bathroom with large bath with shower attachment.

Attached, but with a good degree of privacy is our newly built, architect designed, one-bedroomed THE BOLT HOLE....also only available during the Summer, and occasionally over Christmas & New Year. Stunning vaulted ceiling in large open-plan living/dining/kitchen room. Kitchen is a joy to prepare food in, looking out through bi-fold doors spanning the whole of one side, leading out onto sheltered, private patio area & lawned graden with views across fields to the sea. Intimate lounge area with sofas surrounding woodburner. Colourful, bespoke showeroom, and bedroom with very comfy king-sized bed & TV/DVD. Underfloor heating throughout. The perfect place for a really comfortable, treat of a holiday. This is larger & has a higher spec, more luxurious feel than the Barn...which is reflected in the price.

The properties make fabulous bases from which to explore all that West Cornwall has to offer. Some of Cornwall's finest beaches are within walking distance, as are sheltered coves and breathtaking cliff paths.. St Ives, Penzance, Newlyn & Mousehole offer picturesque outings, great meals out, galleries & quirky shops. The Minack Theatre is a couple of minutes drive away. The area also has some of the richest prehistoric heritage anywhere in Europe. And for Poldark lovers it's the area where a lot of the new series was filmed!!

Please note that our properties have a Friday changeover.during the Summer, although we can be more flexible for the Barn in the winter.

More Details

Claire Lucas and Toby Ellison
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
15 December, 2017

About Claire Lucas and Toby Ellison

We (Toby and Claire) bought Raftra Barn & Cottage in 2015, and have spent a lot of time & energy making the Barn a comfortable home from home for our guests, and setting up the Cottage to be a place we can share in the quiet months with B&B guests, and rent out to you during holiday periods. In 2016 we built an extension to the Cottage, with separate access, which is gorgeous, and will be available to rent this summer for the first time. We have lived in this part of Cornwall for 25 years.... Claire running art classes and being an artist, and Toby initially running the first backpackers hotel in the area at Whitesands Lodge in Sennen, and more recently setting up a Walk & Talk counselling service. We both love the outdoors and have started to plant trees and flowering shrubs in the 4 acre field that is adjacent to the barn.....so it'll be a wildlife haven in years to come.

Claire Lucas and Toby Ellison purchased this barn in 2015

Why Claire Lucas and Toby Ellison chose Saint Levan

We love this place. It is relatively isolated, yet in such a friendly neighbourhood. Out of season you can walk for miles along the coast path and visit hidden coves without seeing a soul. And in the warmer months, although it's busier, you can still find quiet spots to spend the day, overlooking turquoise bays that make you feel like you're in the Mediterranean!

With fantastic scenery, unspoilt wild places with an abundance of wildlife....both on land and in the sea.....along with ancient sacred sites, pilgrim routes and a rich art scene...what more could we want?!

What makes this barn unique

Sheltered gardens trap the sun all day, and look out over a field towards the sea....there are even sometimes deer grazing here. Swallows swoop over the property all spring and summer, and skylarks fill the air with their song. We have owls at night, & badger tracks all over the place. And in the winter we have a murmuration of starlings. We are right near the crossroads of several old footpaths leading to wonderful hidden coves, turquoise beaches, magnificent cliffs and wild moors.

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes: Please email or call us to check availability and to make a booking. We ask for a £100 deposit per week paid at time of booking, with the balance payable 6 weeks before your holiday.

Changeover Day:
Raftra Cottage Barn is available Friday to Friday. Weekly lets begin at 3pm and end at 10am. Short breaks may be available in quieter times: please contact us to find out more. We accept upto 2 well-behaved dogs at an extra charge of £20 each per week, payable in cash on arrival.

Notes on prices:
Short breaks may be available for Raftra Cottage Barn outside the main season: please contact us for details.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Saint Levan in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
Art classes, life coaching and outdoor counselling available on site


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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Raftra Barn
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 9 reviews

nowhere better to feel the spirit of Cornwall

  • 5 of 5

New feel with design integrity and superb location. We loved the place and wished we had longer. Beautiful coast line within easy reach with exhilarating cliff walks and superb scenery. Toby and Claire made us very welcome and remained available but unassumingly so (much respect for their passion and detailed local knowledge). You could drive from here and discover beaches and pubs etc easily or just enjoy the new property, aptly named 'The Bolt Hole', with classy touches and well crafted interior. Tempting to stay put and enjoy the large terrace, facing west with distant sea view and great chilling potential! Cooking here was a joy (superb fish and seafood within easy reach) and dining at that wonderful table was memorable. Good sleeps and awakening to peace and lovely views was a treat and worked a magic,surpassing our expectations of this wonderful place. Highly recommended and doubtless will be in much demand as word spreads. They've got a smaller place too which looked cosy and a bit cheaper...

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What lovely first guests in The Bolt Hole; it is well and truly christened....let's hope we get lots of bookings for the summer so we can introduce more people to the beauty and magic of this far tip of Cornwall!
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Beautiful barn and fantastic location!

  • 5 of 5

Raftra barn is a lovely place to stay in a superb location. We were extremely fortunate to have such a glorious week! The views from the barn were so beautiful, so quiet and relaxing. It's just what we are needed.

It was lovely to meet the owner. Claire was very helpful, and it was reassuring to know we could contact Claire at any time.

We can't wait until our next visit!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cosy hideaway

  • 4 of 5

Nicely furnished cottage, perfect for our puppy's first holiday away with us. Lovely secure private patio area where the dog could be outside without worrying she was going to escape. Lots of places to visit nearby and walks direct from the cottage without having to take the car. The Cove at the bottom of the road lovely and has cafe for a treat before heading back up.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ideal base for the far west

  • 4 of 5

Peaceful location, and lovely quiet patio with sun most of the day. Good to have a decent sized shower, but a tad more space in the bedroom would have been useful - but it is only for sleeping in!

Only about 10 minutes from Porthcurno beach and the Minack Theatre, and within easy reach of Sennen.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Raftra Barn

  • 4 of 5

Excellent place to stay. So near to many beaches with amazing coastal scenery. Very peaceful location and would recommend without hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peace in lovely granite barn

  • 5 of 5

Such a fantastic week in this beautifully converted little granite barn. Well equipped and everything you need for a couple or one person wanting to take time out and enjoy some peace. Literally a few minutes drive to amazing coast, the wonderful Porthcurno beach and little tucked away gems like Porthgwarra and Penbertha. The secluded patio/garden is a real bonus. Can't wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Logan Rock
Nearest Ferry
9 Miles
Scillonian to Scillies
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Cape Cornwall Golf Club
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Ben Tunnicliffe, Sennen
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Onsite activities: Claire offers art classes and art holidays from her studio next door, and creative life coaching. Toby offers walk and talk therapy.


4 beaches are within 1 mile: Porthcurno beach has RNLI life guards, car parking, toilets and beach café. Porth Chapel is quieter, with a steep path down to the beach. The remote Nanjizal beach can only be reached on foot, a 20 to 30 minute walk: steep steps lead down to the rocky beach (currently not sandy). Porthgwarra Cove has a small beach at low water, and fabulous rock pools to explore as the tide goes out.....also great for snorkelling and spear fishing.

Sennen Cove is 4 or 5 minute’s drive away, over a mile of sandy beach plus lifeguards.

Pedn, at Treen, is a nudist beach, 5 minute's drive to the car park at Treen then a bit of a hike along pretty coastpath and down steep cliff path.


Travel: Newquay airport 45 miles, one hour drive. Penzance railway station, 9 miles, 15 minutes drive. Car hire available at Newquay and Penzance. Public transport by bus (bus stop four minutes walk). We can often arrange pick-ups for walkers.


Distances: nearest pub one mile (The Logan Rock, Treen). Nearest shops two miles (Sennen and St Buryan). Penzance is the nearest large town, 9 miles, with a wide range of shops and facilities, St Just, small town, 6 miles, has shops, galleries, ATM....loads of pubs!! Nearest petrol station at St Buryan, or Penzance

Further Details:

Activities: we have miles of spectacular walking on coast paths, wild moorland and beautiful countryside (map and guidebooks available) plus the chance to see amazing wildlife from dolphins and basking sharks to rare birds and beautiful wild flowers. This year we are also being visited regularly at Raftra by a pair of red deer!!! Golf course at Cape Cornwall (seven miles). Surfing at Sennen Cove with tuition for all ages and board hire available (two miles). Scenic flights and day trips to the Scilly Isles from Land’s End airfield (four miles).