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Enchanting Cottage in Idyllic Setting

Bedrooms 3
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

Holiday Home in St. Neot, Liskeard, Nr. Looe, Cornwall, England - Peaceful Location, River and Moorland Walks and Easy Access to Coastal Beaches

Nestling in a wooded river valley below Bodmin Moor in a peaceful hamlet 1 mile from the village of St. Neot. Swallows Barn is a detached former barn and carthouse set in generous gardens with far reaching views. The living area is double height with a spiral staircase leading to a viewing gallery. The property has gas central heating and a wood burning stove. The kitchen is well equipped. All bedlinen and towels are provided.

Hedy Parry-Davies
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
21 February, 2017

About Hedy Parry-Davies

I am an architect specialising in the conservation of traditional buildings. Creating Swallow's Barn, using traditional granite slate and oak materials, was a labour of love.

Hedy Parry-Davies purchased this in 1998

Why Hedy Parry-Davies chose South East Cornwall

When we bought Swallow's Barn it was almost derelict but we fell in love with the setting and the buildings' potential. We set about converting it, to a simple but high standard, over a number of years. Swallow's Barn is easily accessible, from both of Cornwall's two main arterial roads, and a short drive down the winding lanes, bursting with wild flowers, leads you to the little known and peaceful hamlet of Treverbyn, a group of nineteenth century former farm buildings.

What makes this unique

Swallows Barn is very well located for exploring the beaches and fishing villages on the north and south Cornish coast as well as the numerous country homes and gardens open to the public in Cornwall and west Devon. But just outside the gate is a public footpath, the "Two Valleys Walk", leading down across the fields to the river and a woodland walk which then extends up and onto the moor before returning to St Neot - a village blessed with a medieval church, coaching inn, tea shop, holy well and a vibrant community. But what we love best are the dark starry nights and the silence, except for the sound of the spring and birdsong, to come home to after a day of adventures.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Amazing barn. It is such a beautiful space in a tranquil setting and a great base for exploring the area" Ms Torbert.

"A beautifully converted barn and a cosy and family friendly environment. The kids had a great time bug-hunting in the garden and we all loved the woodburning stove" Emma

"Had a wonderful exploring week. Loved the barn - so cosy yet spacious" Ms Loveless
May 2010
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Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)


Stunning property in an incredible location!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with two friends of mine that had come down on holiday to Cornwall. All of us were really blown away by the cottage! Everything about it was perfect! And the house is so well equipped it really felt like a home from home!

I thought that the location might be a bit too remote but I was surprised how close it was to some of the most stunning spots in Cornwall.

None of us could fault anything about this place. We were all very sad to leave our rural retreat! Would highly recommend to anyone, and truly love to stay again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely setting in beautiful Cornwall

  • 3 of 5

We stayed here for two weeks at the beginning of July (our 5th holiday in Cornwall but first in this area). The barn is lovely and has been renovated in an imaginative way. We chose this place because we have two teenagers who need their own rooms now and this barn offers three good sized bedrooms. We unfortunately had to abandon sleeping one of the rooms due to wildlife living in the roof space which rendered sleep impossible. We ended up making the two teenagers share instead! The barn itself perhaps could benefit from some tlc, I am all for a bit of wildlife but wiping up bat droppings from the kitchen floor every morning did get a bit tedious. This is nobody's fault and the owner was really apologetic. Big thanks should go our to Mike (neighbour) who was on hand to help! Lovely gardens, we actually spent our first afternoon in the garden lounging about because it was so peaceful and warm. Great base to explore Cornwall from.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry Sandra, we have now repaired all the netting around the eaves to stop any birds etc. nesting under the slates. There's lots of wildlife outside and we hope to keep it that way!
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Unique Barn!

  • 4 of 5

This cottage of great character is ideally situated in a rural and tranquil area, but close enough to explore the many places of interest. Our favourites were The Cheesewring at Bodmin, Carnglaze Caverns, The Eden Project, Golitha Falls, Adrenalin Quarry, Sibleyback Lake, (explore this by segway!) and the local walks.

When not exploring, it was lovely to just relax in the peaceful garden with a great view to look out on.My two teenage daughters also confirmed that you are never too old to trampoline!

There were a few problems with hot water and TV but the manager of the property was helpful in trying to sort things out.

Thanks Hedy for all your help with the booking and flexibility on the dates.

The Edge family

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A big hit for us!

  • 5 of 5

A real family cottage, the minute you walk through the door you feel right at home. The layout is great with the upper floor ideal for kids of all ages. My grandson loved his pad! comfortable lounge area with a lovely wood burning stove which came in handy for the cool nights. We were blessed with great weather and made use of the trampoline and sitting area. Set in lovely lush green surroundings , peaceful and relaxing with lovely walks. I cannot praise this home enough and would have no hesitation in recommending this place for families or couples.

We loved it and will return to explore some more. Thanks Hedy!

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your great comments! We think that Swallows Barn is very special and we're happy you felt the same way. We hope that you'll come again and will find it even better as we continue to improve the facilities, accommodation and surroundings.
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Stunning Barn in an amazing location!

  • 5 of 5

Do not pass up the opportunity to stay in this magnificent countryside retreat! A beautifully restored barn overlooking a lovely pastoral scene await you as you navigate the wonderfully narrow roads of Cornwall. Everything you might need has been thought of, cooking utensils, spices, towels, puzzles, games, information about the surrounding areas, a variety of cozy seating areas and a wonderful fire place. The barn is exactly as pictured on the advert, well maintained and the layout is perfect as the bedrooms are all well separated.

We wish we could have stayed longer to better explore the surrounding countryside as what we saw was beyond beautiful. Thanks to the owners for having the vision to restore this barn to its full potential and share it with the world, it is truly a little slice of paradise.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming getaway !

  • 5 of 5

Truly charming house in a very quiet rural setting, ideally located to explore Cornwall throughout. Cosy, nicely decorated and well-equipped interior made us feel at home right away and during our 2-week family stay.

Lovely garden, from which we also enjoyed some amazingly clear and starry night skies.

Overall, better than description and strongly recommended for a real getaway from hectic urban life !

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Spring holiday
1 Apr 2017 - 7 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring Half Term
27 May 2017 - 4 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early summer
5 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
School summer holidays
8 Jul 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Deposits of 50% of the fees are payable upon booking, and the outstanding amount shortly before arrival date.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday in Saint Neot in Cornwall

  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 wet rooms with shower, basin and WC.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed on ground floor. Bedroom 2 with a double bed on ground floor (with en suite) Bedroom 3 with two single beds on first floor.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue
Notes on accommodation: Wi-Fi internet access Outside: Lawn, flower beds, meadow, trampoline, table tennis table. Utility Room: Washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. The property is cleaned every week and all linen changed. Other: The viewing gallery on the first floor commands far reaching views across the river valley and can offer additional sleeping area if required.

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