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.
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
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!
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.
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.