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Peaceful Character Barns in 2 acres,1 mile to beach, 2 miles from Helford River - The Bantams Roost



Updated: 01-Nov-2016
Barns in Tregarne Nr Helford River, - Set In a secret leafy hamlet with gardens, meadow, ponds and hot tub. Walks from the door

The Hen House is nestled in a valley which runs up from the coast at Porthallow on the edge of The Helford river. Here you will find oodles of peace and quiet, a wild flower meadow perfect for basking in the sun,a wild life pond and duck pond with seating to watch their antics. The barns surround a courtyard garden with a central patio with relaxed seating under the cherry trees. The garden is full of fairy lights at night and here we light the chiminea in the evenings as guests gather around to share travellers tales.

Perfect location for sandy beaches,cliff top walks and Helford boating activities

Saturday change- over in high season in Bantams Roost. In Mopani studio any day and length of stay

Details for holiday barn The Bantams Roost, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

Large open plan living area which includes two comfy arm chairs and a leather sofa.New galleried kitchen with ceramic hot plate,Samsung fan assisted oven,integral larder fridge and washing machine as well as plenty of food storage cupboard space. The dining area has views of the garden and the mammoth king size bed is situated on a mezzanine floor above the living area.Two large double french doors and three sky lights flood the room with sunshine. The bathroom features a mammoth shower big enough for two! There is a hint of China to the curtains,wall hangings and artifacts. Their is a double bed settee within the lounge area that can be made up if you prefer to sleep in seperate beds. Our legendary breakfasts of local produce are bookable in The Hen House dining room.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Having "escaped" our hectic life in the Thames valley we love our simpler Cornish life.

We aim for our guests to enjoy this magical peninsula as much as do so we will spend time with you on arrival finding out what you really want from your holiday.We then recommend pubs, restaurants, walks, activities and attractions to match what you enjoy.

Ensconced in hamlet life we celebrate the old customs of the land:wassailing the apple trees, pancake racing, digging for cockles(trigging), harvest suppers, solstice barbecues and Christmas and New Year parties.

We sing with The Cadgwith singers-sea shanties and old Cornish songs in pubs,on beaches and harbours Gary races wooden gigs and does Coast watch duties and Sandy oil paints, weaves baskets and takes to the stage with The Gweek Players.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

It has been like staying in a patch of paradise on our honeymoon (July 2011)

What an idyllic retreat in such a perfect spot with all the added extras of tai-ch, delicious food and the warmest of welcomes. Going home blissfully relaxed(Victoria & Tristan. May 2011)

Wonderful. Glorious surroundings, comfortable bed and Sandy & Gary are truly hospitable and absolutely charming. (Pam & Gordon. June 2011)
Jan 2012
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely break

  • 3 of 5

We had a lovely time. Sandy and Gary were very friendly and always on hand to advise on dog-friendly places to eat, places to go, and walks. The location was very rural so be mindful of narrow roads when travelling. Lots to do locally. The only thing was that the holiday let is advertised as having a hot tub, which is one of the reasons we chose this place, but upon arrival it was noted we had to pay £20 each time we wanted to use it (which is something that wasn't put on the website) so I found this disappointing.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our own website, which most people click through to, details the fact that there is a charge for the hot tub. We choose to keep the holiday rental as low as possible and charge for therapies and the hot tub as not everyone uses them. (rentals that include private use of a hot tub are considerably more expensive than ours) The wood fired hot tub uses 3 large sacks of firewood to heat it and about 3 hours of labour hence we charge a fee. We would of course have explained this at the time had we had any idea this was an issue during the many conversations we had with our guests who told us they were having a fantastic time.
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Perfect little retreat

  • 5 of 5

I wanted somewhere quiet to relax and write and this was perfect. The converted barn was well equipped and comfortable. The owners knew I wanted peace and quiet and so kept their distance, though their company was lovely when I went to them. Most of the time, the only sounds were the birds.

A short walk to the sea and a short drive to great places to eat.

Lovely to go to bed and be able to look up at the stars too :)

Definitely planning on going back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We chose The Hen House as our home for the peace and quiet so far off the beaten track,the stunning views and a simpler lifestyle much closer to nature. The Lizard peninsula has huge areas owned by The National Trust and Natural England,is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and almost the entire coastline is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for the flora,fauna or geology.We enjoy walking on the rugged western cliffs but prefer to live on the sheltered eastern side of the peninsula close to the delightful Helford river. We aim to keep it as unspoilt as it is today whilst ensuring our guests have the best holiday ever.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Newquay at 40 Miles Nearest Barpub : 5 Pilchards at 1 Miles Nearest Restaurant : 5 Pilchards at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : Porthallow at 1 Miles

Special interest holidays:

Complimentary tai -chi workshops in meadow - no previous experience needed.

Reflexology and Reiki Healing available in our Serpentine Sanctuary. Winners of Green Business awards for providing ethical holidays. Boating activities on the Helford river


The nearest pebbly swimming beach is at Porthallow is (3 mins by car)

Sandy coves at Nare point are about 20 minutes walk or 5 minutes by car

The sheltered estuary of Gillan creek with sand banks ideal for bathing is 30 mins walk/or about 8 minutes by car. Within 10 minutes by car are Porthoustock and Porthkerris beaches. Within 15 minutes by car you will find Coverack's fine sand beach. 20 minutes by car is glorious Kynance Cove sand beach,Poldhu,Church Cove,Dollar Cove and Polurrian.


Car hire is recommended as public transport is very infrequent

Newquay is the nearest airport - one hours drive away.

Train station is at Redruth about 45 minutes drive away which has a connecting bus service to Helston


Porthallow- under a mile(beach,pub,crafts). St.Keverne-one and a half miles(butchers,grocers,P.O,doctors) Mannacan -2 miles(pub,restaurant,P.O.,deli)

Helford -3 miles(pub,tea room,sailing club,deli,grocers,newsagents). Coverack -4 miles(beach,harbour,pub,cafes,P.O.grocers). St.Martin-4 miles(pub,fishmonger,petrol,vegetable stall,organic farm shop). Mawgan-5 miles(pub,P.O,grocers). Cadgwith-8 miles(beaches,pub,restaurant,crafts). Mullion- 9 miles(beaches,chemist,P.O.grocers,bakers).

Further Details:

BOAT HIRE at St.Anthony (5 mins) and Helford(10 mins). FISHING TRIPS at Helford (10 mins),Porthkerris(5 mins),Cadgwith(20 mins) & Porthlevan(20 mins). HORSE RIDING at Poltesco(15 mins) and Mullion(20 mins). WALKING-everywhere.Loads of circular route books & OS maps to borrow. KAYAK HIRE at Coverack(15 mins) and Porthlevan(20 mins). SURFING at Porthlevan(20 mins) and Marazion(40 mins)

GARDENS to visit at Bosahan(5 mins),Bonython(10 mins), Trebah/ Glendurgan/ Carwinion(20 mins by foot ferry and 30 mins by road),Trevarno(30 mins), Trerice & Trengwainton(50 mins)Trelissick and Trewithen(50 mins). DIVING at Porthkerris( 10 mins) and Porthallow(5 mins). CRAFT SHOP at Roskillys(5 mins),Cadgwith(15 mins),Mullion(20 mins), Trelowwaren(15 mins),Helston(20 mins)

WINDSURFING at Coverack (10 mins). FLAMBARDS Victorian village/Britain in The Blitz(20 mins). TIN MINES at Poldark(20 mins),Geevor and Lelant(1 hour). MARITIME MUSEUM in Falmouth(45 mins).

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
5 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas & New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
£100 deposit payable on booking
Balance payable a month before arrival date
We charge £35 per week for the 1st dog and £21 per week for the 2nd
Changeover Day:
Saturday in the Bantams Roost.

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From the Owner

Peace, stillness and birdsong. Learn tai-chi as a beginner with specialist tuition. Watch the duck and chicken antics. Take advantage of oodles of local information and latest news on events,festivals and fetes etc in the area. Be amazed at starscapes free from light pollution. Book a fabulous local breakfast platter in The Hen House dining chalet. Enjoy and maybe take home an oil painting by your host. Come singing sea shanties with us. De-stress with a reiki or reflexology treatment. Share tales around the chiminea with other guests. Experience a taste of Africa in the artifacts in Mopani or a hint of China in The Bantams Roost. Feel good about your effect on the environment with our green credentials which minimise our effect on the local environment.

Property Type

  • barn

Accommodation Type

  • Guest House


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


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


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...


  • pets considered

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • marina
  • pond
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Very large shower


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Galleried Bedroom with King sized double


  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Outside: The property is set in two acres of land which range from flower beds in the courtyard to a wild flower meadow with fine sea views across Falmouth bay to The Roseland peninsula and St.Mawes and even as far as Dodman point and Rame head on clear days. The grounds are securely fenced should you bring a dog with you. All barns open on to a courtyard garden with a central patio with informal seating and table. Further sun loungers, wooden seats or benches are positioned in the honeysuckle arbour, next to the duck pond and in the wild flower meadow.

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