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Detached Serpentine Barn Facing Poltesco River, 5 min Walk to Cove & Coast Path



Updated: 29-Nov-2016
Peaceful Romantic Barn in Poltesco Valley, Cadgwith, Lizard - 5 mins walk to sea - Lovingly Converted Barn Retaining Plenty Of Character, 10 Minute Walk To Carleon Cove & Coast Path

Our 1830's stone and cob barn has been lovingly renovated to combine the very best of traditional features with modern, stylish & comfortable living. Praze Barn borders the Poltesco river and sits within the grounds of the owners home, a 7 acre small holding bordered by National Trust Land. It is situated on the eastern side of the Lizard peninsula and is within a site of Special Scientific Interest a wonderful situation for coast path walking and exploring nature.

The south-west coast-path and Carleon Cove are a 10 minute stroll through the tranquil Poltesco Valley. This hidden valley offers fascinating ruins to explore including 17th century pilchard cellars and the remains of serpentine works as well as a working mill. The valley is a haven for wildlife including a great variety of insects and birds.

The coast path offers excellent walking from Poltesco turning left to Kennack Sands and then on to the golden sands of Coverack or, turning right reach to the unique and picturesque fishing village of Cadgwith featured in BBC's Fisherman's Apprentice. You may want to stop off for refreshment at our local pub 'The Cadgwith Cove Inn' before taking the cliff path to reach Lizard Point which is Britains most southerly point. The coast path to Lizard Point passes the 'Devils Frying Pan', the lifeboat station (visitors welcome) and the quaint and peaceful Church Cove.

Lizard has its own microclimate and is home to rare birds, plants and wildlife. It was first place in Cornwall to welcome back the Cornish Chough after an absence of many decades. You can also visit Lizard lighthouse and Heritage Centre and climb the lighthouse for breathtaking views.

Located less than 2 miles along the coast path from Lizard village lies the stunning Kynance Cove with its fantastic serpentine rock formations and beautiful sandy beach.

There are many other real hidden gems on the lizard peninsula from tree lined coves to world class surf spots. The Lizard is a wonderful place to holiday at all times of the year. Spring arrives much earlier on the peninsula with swathes of daffodils adorning the fields from January to late March. The lanes and hedges soon burst into flower with an incredible show of colour - primroses, foxgloves, violets, bluebells..... Many of the gardens are open all year and February brings fantastic displays of magnolias, camellias followed by rhododendrums and azaleas.

Summer offers opportunities for kayaking, windsurfing and pleasure boats, horse riding, walking and cycling. The hedges are teaming with montbretia, cow parsley and the cliffs draped with the exotic hotentot fig.

Autumn is milder on The Lizard with plenty of perfect spots to soak up the late summer sun.

At Christmas many villages and harbours are lit up for the season and harbours twinkle with the festive lights.

On winter evenings you can snuggle down after a bracing walk in front of a roaring log fire and dine in the great range of homely pubs, cafes and restaurants on offer. Or just take time out to relax in the peace and tranquility of Praze Barn.

A visit here offers fabulous beaches, tropical gardens, stunning views, hidden creeks and coves. You will be able to see and enjoy truly amazing wildlife and of course you will receive the friendliest of welcomes.

More Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Gerard and Clair Buxton. Wandering Geordies who have previously had careers in ICT and Education. Having seen our children having such fun in their 'gap years' we thought we'd come to Cornwall for an extended gap year before retiring.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved everything about the barn, all the welcoming touches were much appreciated. The location is peaceful & beautiful - perfect! S&J Feb '15

Many thanks for one of the best UK holidays we have had. Your friendliness & the standard of the converted barn made a perfect week. S&C October '14

Praze Barn has felt like our very lovely home for the past week. All the lovely touches were very much appreciated. The quality of the furnishings is excellent & flowers delightful. A huge thank you for your warm hospitality.

M&A August '14

We have thoroughly enjoyed your wonderful barn. You have clearly put a good deal of thought into incoorporating everything your guests could need and all so beautifully decorated! R&A May '14

The barn is full of charachter & the location wonderful, full of wild flowers & birdsong. Great to be a short walk away form the coast. H & S May '14

This was our first trip to the Lizard, we can't wait to return. Very relaxing - excellent accomod
Nov 2011
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33 Reviews

based on 33 holidaymaker reviews


Amazing Location

  • 4 of 5

This lovely cottage was immaculate and homely. Perfect for 1 person or a couple. The owners were very welcoming and the fresh flowers throughout were a lovely touch. There was a pretty private garden area, although the downstairs patio garden is shared with the owners who occasionally need access to the two outbuildings, although not intrusive. Its location so close to the coastal path meant you didn't need the car to access stunning walks as well as Lizard Point and Kynance Cove being in close proximity.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful surroundings..lovely cosy cottage though surprisingly spaceous indoors and out

  • 5 of 5

The best part of the holiday was the closeness to the coastal path...one leading to a great pub and restaurant. Though it was a good place for travelling to places like St Ives and the Eden project, we were always relieved to get back to Praze Barn. Enjoyed seeing the stars at night..never see this in our city living!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Praze Barn. The night sky can be breathtaking. We love to walk up the meadow and watch the stars on a clear evening, so romantic!
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  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful cottage, location and hosts. We cannot rate our stay at Praze Barn highly enough. Secluded and private and yet a short stroll along a tree lined lane you come to a secluded bay. Perfect to get away from it all and recharge the batteries. With wonderful walks on your doorstep and attractions in the form of National Trust properties, seaside villages and towns and attractions such as the Minack open air theatre a short drive away you are spoilt for choice. We are certainly planning a return visit.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The cottage is tastefully and very comfortably furnished and set in beautiful well tended gardens.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is a short walk from a secluded but accessible cove from which the coastal path is easily reached.

We walked, visited coves and villages, set along the coastal path, with little use of our car.

We also ate well at local restaurants and pubs specialising in sea food.

I had forgotten just how dramatic that coast is and the weather, although it might have been kinder to us, was generally quite good and did not prevent us from doing everything we'd planned to do.

This was a truly memorable week in a lovely cottage set amidst awesome scenery.

And Clair and Gerard's welcome was a homely delight.

And thank you, Gerard for the pergola building tip. I'll send you a pic of the finished structure - before christmas!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review, much appreceiated! We are delighted that you had a memorable stay at Praze Barn and that in spite of the unseasonal weather you were able to enjoy the dramatic coat path walks and views. Good luck with the pergola!
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Beautiful barn idyllic location wonderful walks

  • 5 of 5

This property has been beautifully converted & decorated throughout. It is in a stunning location, very peaceful, with beautiful walks right on the doorstep. Ideally located for exploring all the lovely coves, beaches and coastal paths on the Lizard.

The barn is spotless and very well equipped and we would certainly recommend it to our friends and relatives.

We particularly enjoyed the circular walk to Cadgwith Cove and our visit to Kynance Cove & Coverack. We would recommend The Regent Restaurant in Lizard Village, great food, very reasonably priced, friendly staff & very clean.

Gerard and Clair are the very friendly owners of the barn and provide a wealth of info on the area. We very much appreciated the home baking ( bread and cakes) by Clair on arrival together with the fresh flowers & fresh herbs from their garden. We will certainly stay at the barn again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking time to write such a lovely review. We are always delighted to hear that guests have enjoyed exploring the peninsula and feel so fortunate to have such spectacular coves and walks on the doorstep. Thanks also for the recommendation about places to eat as this is very useful to pass on to future guests. We are planning a visit to The Regent very soon as this is somewhere we haven't actually eaten at yet - looking forward to that ! Thanks for being such delightful guests, we hope to welcome you back soon.
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wonderful and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful cottage, inside and out. In such a peaceful setting, although Lizard Village is just 15 minutes away by car. It was really comfortable and everything was provided, even buns and rolls made by Clair for our arrival which were really appreciated! We visited Trebah Gardens, which were amazing. We ate in various venues in Lizard, all great food (including Mulligan's Fish & Chips) and visited Cadgwith, Kynance, Mullion, Porthleven and various other places. All well worth visiting, and not that far from Praze Barn. We would hope that we will be coming back again in the future to visit Praze, and would recommend this very highly. Clair and Gerard (and Kip the dog) made us very welcome and were on hand to answer any questions and give us recommendations. A fabulous holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us and for your recommendations which are very much appreciated. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Praze, there are so many lovely places to visit nearby you can be spoiled for choice but a visit to Trebah gardens is a favourite of ours as well. Hope you are able to return some day.
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From the Owner

In 2005 Kip, a Springer Spaniel and all round world’s best dog, came to live with us. In 2006 he insisted on a UK based dog friendly holiday. That’s how we came to the Lizard. A treasured memory of that first visit was a spectacular blue sky day walk from the enchanted Poltesco Valley along the cliff tops to Cornwall’s secret gem ~ Cadgwith Cove. We collected a beautiful red serpentine pebble from Carleon Cove as a memento. Our hosts at the time warned us that the stone would bring us back - and so it did - all the way back to Poltesco. So there you are. Kip brought us here and a pebble made us return! Sandy beaches, rocky coves, cliff tops, surfing, fishing, downs walks, tranquillity - all within 15 mins of our front door. Did I mention singing in the pub? Good choice Kip!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : The Cowshed at 800 Metres Nearest Ferry : Plymouth at 60 Miles Nearest Golf : Mullion at 3 Miles Nearest Train : Redruth at 18 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Cadgwith Cove at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : Carleon Cove at 800 Metres Car: necessary


Take a 10 min walk following the tumbling Poltesco river through a peaceful wooded valley to Carleon Cove. This is a quiet and mysterious cove where, even on the busiest of summer days, you are likely to be the only people there. A left turn on the coast path takes you to the popular sand, surfing beach of Kennack Sands. Turn right to the fishing village of Cadgwith for singing on the beach, barbecues, folk days and regattas. All on your door step and easy walking - you'll never want to leave !


Airport at Newquay

Rail links from Redruth and Penzance.


The village of Ruan Minor is approx 1km away. Cadgwith is approx 1.5 km to the sw. Kennack Sands is .75 km to the nw. All are within walking distance and can be accessed by the coastpath. Lizard Village (most southerly point in UK), Kynance Cove, Church Cove, Mullion & Coverack and, the beautiful Helford river estuary are all a 15/20 min drive. By car Helston is 15 mins; Falmouth, Penzance, St Ives and Truro are all approx 45 mins. Eden Project & Minnack (open air theatre) approx 1 hour.

Further Details:

Price is inclusive of electricity and central heating.


The first basket of logs for woodburner is provided and thereafter can be purchased locally.

Horse riding - there are stables in Poltesco and at Mullion

Kayaking, sailing and boat trips from Mullion harbour and Helford

Surfing tuition - Kennack Sands, Poldu and Praa sands

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter 2016
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Christmas 2016
17 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early Spring 2017
25 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Easter 2017
15 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer 2017
22 Apr 2017 - 12 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer May`June2017
13 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer` July 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Booking is direct with the owner. Payment by cheque or bank transfer.
Please telephone or email to confirm availability. Bookings are subject to £100 deposit per week with the balance due 8 weeks before arrival. Full payment is required for bookings made less than 28 days in advance. On receipt of payment confirmation and details including a map & directions will be forwarded. Unbooked weeks in the low season may be available for short breaks / long weekends ( minimum of 3 nights).

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover, occasionally Friday: Standard rentals commence at 3.30pm on arrival Saturday until 10am the following Saturday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

We’ve converted Praze Barn to be a comfortable, peaceful, romantic and, we hope, inspiring hideaway. A place that we are proud to own and a place you’ll want to return to. Be it the height of summer or heart of winter, we think you’ll love it. Cornwall is a wonderful holiday destination and Praze Barn is a good base for your Cornish explorations and adventures. But what lies within walking distance is the heart and soul of what Praze barn offers.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • river
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • En suite from bedroom. This space is light, airy and fitted with shower bath,washbasin and WC. All bedlinen and towels are supplied. Hairdryer. Ironing equipment.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Beautifully converted, restful and comforting room furnished to a high standard. Double bed with plump pillows and pure cotton bed linen. Features include barn door leading to a sunny patio and porthole built into original cob wall. Ample storage.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Praze barn is our only holiday let. It is a NON -SMOKING holiday let. We regret we DO NOT ACCEPT PETS. FREE WI-FI - BT FIBRE SUPER-FAST BROADBAND INTERNET ENABLED DIGITAL TV WITH ACCESS TO INTERNET TV SERVICES EG NETFLIX, YOUTUBE AND BBC IPLAYER DVD PLAYER BOSE iPOD DOCKING STATION HEATING IS INCULDED IN THE PRICE TOWELS, LINEN AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS ARE PROVIDED Outside: Praze barn is set within 7 acres of meadows There are wild roses, orchids and gladioli and a multitude of wild plants along the surrounding lanes. A way marked path follows the river to Goonhilly Downs. Here, even in the peak of summer, you will have the place to yourself. In the immediate countryside there is an abundance of wildlife including, foxes, badgers, owls, kingfishers and buzzards. A 10 min stroll along the coast path will bring you to Ennys Head a wonderful vantage point and a good lookout for the seals dolphins and basking sharks that frequent this coast. Praze barn has access to a shared courtyard area with patio furniture, it also has its own private garden area with patio furniture. There is a spacious parking area and secure storage for bikes. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cleaned on changeover Towels. bed linen and T towels are provided and changed weekly Duvet, pillows are provided. Household items including dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, sponges, loo roll provided. Other: The barn is split level with a compact open plan kitchen/living area on the upper level. An open staircase leads down to the bedroom/en-suite bathroom. The upper living space exits onto private garden area and bedroom exits onto south facing couryard.

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