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.
Top Traveller Review
Lovely converted barn
About the Owner
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.
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Lovely converted barn
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.
From the Owner
“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!”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Arthur is very knowledgeable about wildlife and birds and is always happy to discuss their locations where there is no likelihood of disturbance, including occasional rare migrants on the moors around.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. Buzzards sometimes join the throng in hope of a fallen bird but are too slow to catch them on the wing. Our bat-detector is also a source of fascination is a source of fascination to many visitors.
Trebarwith Strand (S of Tintagel, west-facing, great for BBQs, surf, swim, rock pools, cafe, pub with food, sunsets and views) and Bossinney Haven (W of Boscastle, steep rocky path, cliffs where fulmars nest on easily seen ledges and house martins nest on rock faces, one of Cornwall's hidden gems), both 4 miles, 15 min drive, best at low tide. Crackington Haven (surf, swim, sunsets, BBQs, 20 mins drive) Bude 30 mins drive; Polzeath 30 mins - Camel estuary, ferry Rock-Padstow, sometimes dolphins!
Newquay airport 30 miles; Exeter Aiport 60 miles; Plymouth ferry port 30 miles. Beach four miles away - downhill on the way there, uphill on the way home! Use of car recommended but it is possible without if you wish to walk or bring bicycles and to use taxis. We will help with occasional lifts, -the nearest bus stop is a mile away. Nearest train station Bodmin Parkway 20 miles or Exeter St Davids 50 miles, car hire available at both.
Padstow 40 mins drive. Rough Tor (Time Team on ancient archeology) and Brown Willy, Cornwall's highest hills, 3 and 3.5 miles away. Crowdy reservoir (bird-watching, walking) 2 miles. Davidstow Woods (spectacular roost for a million starlings in winter,1 mile). Wadebridge, Bude, Bodmin, Launceston equidistant 12-15 miles away; Camelford, Boscastle, Tintagel 4 miles. Sterts open-air theatre 12 miles, Minions - Cheesewring rocks and Hurlers stone circles 14 miles. Lanhydrock House + garden12 miles.
Camelford (10 minutes drive) has Co-op supermarket (bread baked daily) open 7am to 11 pm every day including Sundays; banks with cash machines; greengrocer, butcher; post office, 2 pubs which provide food, cafes, Indian restaurant and fish and chip shop. Also, leisure centre with indoor swimming pool. Further afield are many places to eat and explore. Cornwall has coast on three sides and all of the coast is encircled by the south-west coastal footpath with spectacular views and varied walking. Bodmin Moor stretches south from Davidstow - we could drop you off at historic Jamaica Inn to walk the 6 miles back to Butterwell. The Rising Sun on the way to Altarnun has a real ales and good food, as do many other pubs within a few miles. Fresh local fish can be bought from the fish vaults at the quaint village of Port Isaac, about 7 miles away, or at Widemouh Bay, on the coast road to Bude. The Farm Shop at St Endellion on the way to Rock and Polzeath has local farm produce and many delicious local foods, a cafe, space outside for children to play, Pick-Your-Own strawberries and other fruits in season. National Trust gardens and stately homes Lanhydrock and Cotehele about 20 miles. Also Pencarrow, with house, gardens and pick-your-own fruit. Local starling roost -they roost in the area, sometimes in one part of the woods, sometimes another. From mid-October to March, each evening before sunset they gather in their thousands, more than half a million at their peak, whirling and swirling like swarming bees, swooping down to the fields and the moor to feed before nightfall then rising again into weird shapes, not unlike shoals of fish, wheeling and turning together, anxious to avoid the predators that await their arrival each evening. At best, there may be a peregrine falcon or a sparrowhawk darting in to catch their supper - this can cause amazing swirls in the sky.
- 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.
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
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“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.”
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- children welcome
- near the sea
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Separate shower room with shower and wc (downstairs).
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- 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
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- 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.