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Moorland Barn with Great Views, Sunsets, Large Garden, Tall Trees, Swing and Ham

Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay nights


About the property

Converted Barn near Davidstow Moor, Nr. Camelford, Cornwall - Northern Tip of Bodmin Moor, Walking, Birdwatching, Beaches, Tintagel and Boscastle 4 Miles.

Warm, comfortable converted stone-built barn, just one, with the owners farmhouse well separated, 30 metres away. Approached by the perimeter track of an old airfield with great views of the twin peaks of Cornwall from the top of our track. The track then drops below the airfield, beside a stream and over moorland with grazing horses and sheep to Butterwell, once an old smallholding, in a stand of trees and grassy banks. Rough Tor 3 miles away and on still nights in spring you can visit the marsh to hear the weird call of the peewit and other sounds of the night. Feels remote but just 15 minutes drive from the A30 at Launceston. Children are always welcome here and toys and books are provided, as are garden seats and benches for those who would rather not run around. Logs for the wood burning stove are provided at no extra charge and bedlinen is provided. Great bird-watching, walking, swimming and surfing - beaches at Trebarwith Strand, Crackington Haven, Bossinney, Bude, Polzeath. Evenings from late October to end March there are wonderful murmurations of starlings before and up to sunset nearby on the moor. The birds gather in flocks like clouds and whirl and swirl before diving down to the trees where they perch overnight. Predatory birds such as peregrine falcon, hobby and sparrowhawk can appear and catch a starling out of the sky.

Sue King
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2017

About Sue King

We love living here and our own holidays are often cottage holidays. We are always interested in seeing other holiday cottages and barn conversions - often those in wild and empty places. We believe that holidays are very special and do our best to describe our barn so that only those who will love to be here will choose to come. If you like the sea or the moors or both, they are within easy reach of Butterwell - one of us goes running on the moors, the other swims in the sea for most of the year - there is a good choice of beaches for most conditions within 15 to 30 minutes drive...and of course, plenty more beyond! We are very interested in wildlife and the natural world around us - garden plants and wildflowers, trees, birds, bats, animals, sea-life, clouds. BScs in Ecology and Biology.

Sue King purchased this barn in 1998

Why Sue King chose North Cornwall

Butterwell feels remote and cut off from the world, an hour's fast drive from Exeter on the excellent dual carriageway A30, connecting to the A30/303/M3 route to London and the east, and the M5/M4/M6 Motorway system to Bristol, the north and east. Just 20 minutes from the A30, it is easy to drive west and south to other parts of Cornwall. Better still, walk out from here onto continuous moorland or a 20 minutes drive will find one of many rocky coves or sandy beaches, all linked by a coast path with glorious sea views. When you arrive please take care at lambing time, lest a bouncing baby lamb jumps in your path. Reach the boulders which mark our track and drop down to the Barn and our house in the trees below. Up the drive, small stream beside, honeysuckle in the hedge. Welcome!

What makes this barn unique

Lovely views from the upstairs windows, on three sides of the large, light living space. North from the window through which hay was once hoisted, see the garden with swing and hammock slung from trees and a wide swathe of grass. Beyond, farmers fields and overgrown beech hedges, a distant church tower tucked below the horizon, leading up to more trees and about three pinpricks of light on a dark night. South, through an elegant arch of pitch pine woodwork, trees and shrubs, a bit of a field with lambs in spring, our stone-built house with rampant climbing hydrangea, and the old stone built woodshed, covered in ivy. West .... The Sunset! Whatever time of year, watch the sun drop below the edge of the moor, a mix of mature trees and open moorland, maybe with a tableau of grazing horses.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Davidstow in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • barn
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Separate shower room with shower and wc (downstairs).
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 + Cot (2 Bedrooms), Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with antique brass double bed (new base and mattress), mullioned window. Bedroom 2 with 2'6" single pine bed plus same-size pine under bed, makes twin beds or a second double which is comfortable but rather fills the room! Washbasin in each roo
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
Notes on accommodation: Wonderful upstairs living area with a high vaulted ceiling. It feels like a treehouse, especially in summer, with wide windows on three sides, looking out over the leafy garden and beyond, and a patch of moorland, often with grazing sheep and horses. The western windows have sunset views and to the north the outlook is over garden, fields and hedges to a distant church and trees beyond. Outside: Large grassy lawn with tall trees and soft grass, plenty of room to run around. February is snowdrop time at Butterwell with clusters of snowdrops on the mossy banks, on the lawn and tucked under shrubs. Snowdrop collection. Camellias, fuschias. Two wooden folding chairs, two soft folding chairs and a table are provided, plus a wooden bench in a sheltered alcove. Plenty of space for barbecues, flat stones provided for protection of lawn, bring your own disposable BBQ, we will recycle it. There are acres of moorland to roam from the cattle grid at the bottom of the drive. In August and September see patches of natural flowering chamomile lawn on the moor. Parking for 2 cars. We ask our visitors to please abstain from smoking in the Barn as Butterwell is a no-smoking zone. It is easier for you to book a cottage that accepts smokers as there is no provision for smoking under shelter outside. Utility Room: 25 metres beyond the Barn and well-separated there is a utility room on the end of our house, with washing machine for shared use. Excellent wooden 'kitchen maid' - type drying rack in Barn, sunny washing line in garden. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen is included but not towels, unless you are travelling from abroad. Property is cleaned before your arrival and after you leave - equipment is provided for you to care for it while you are there. Change of bedlinen provided for 2-week stay. Other: Outhouse for storage of your bicycles and surfboards and for collection of logs and kindling for the wood-burning stove. Davidstow Moor is an agricultural grazing common with unfenced grazing animals all year round. Sorry but absolutely no dogs, please.


4/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)

Northern Ireland

Lovely converted barn

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Butterwell Barn. It has everything you need and is a great base for exploring north cornwall and beyond. Has that 'off the beaten track feel' but is still only a few minutes from the main roads...Boscastle approx 15 mins away, Bude 20 mins, Widemouth 15 mins, Newquay 45 mins. Very welcoming and accommodating owners, providing a cot, highchair and stairgate for our little one. No traffic to worry about if you have young children. Hope to have a return visit in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nigel, what a lovely review; it was a pleasure to have all three of you at Butterwell.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates


  • Booking Notes:
    Deposit of 40% of full price required on booking, please, by cheque or bank transfer. Balance becomes due 6 weeks before arrival date.

    Changeover Day:
    Usually Saturday but can sometimes be flexible. Weekends and short breaks in winter. Winter short breaks start in October with weekends, midweek breaks and odd lengths of stay, please ask for more information.

    Notes on prices:
    From £30 a night until Easter and possbly beyond to £680 for a summer week


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