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Ancient Cob Barn at Roseweek. Earth & granite built - restored as a holiday let.

Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Barn near St Austell, Cornwall, England - Holiday Let in Rural Location on Bridle Path But Near Town, Station, Beach, Golf and Cycle Route

The barn has been painstakingly restored using traditional building materials and has a huge farmhouse kitchen with a range cooker, while upstairs the spacious living area with English oak floorboards and wooden shutters converts to a cinema with video projector and surround sound for viewing stunning HD TV, Netflix movies and Sky Sports. The bedroom has adjoining wet room with WC and basin. A travel cot can be provided. The whole barn is connected to free Wi-Fi and the eating area has a Mac computer with internet and TV. The barn is supplied with its own water source, filtered and UV treated, for the perfect cup of tea.

There is a pair of Giant Revel 3 mountain bikes with helmets so you can enjoy cycling to Pentewan Sands and beyond along the beautiful Pentewan Valley Trail.

No Smoking policy and, sorry, no pets.

For more information click on link to Owner's website below.

More Details

John Smith
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
12 July, 2017

About John Smith

We are John and Sue and have lived in the farmhouse since 1978. We are both semi-retired, John having worked at the local college of FE running photography and art courses and Sue as a magazine designer. Our children have moved away now and we live here with our dog, an English Bull Terrier, two cats and our chickens.

Why John Smith chose Cornwall

We bought the disused and dilapidated barns near to the house in 1995 and have spent the intervening years repairing and restoring them with the skilled assistance of Allan and Richard, the carpenters, Les, the cob specialist and Pete, our nephew. Along with the barns came a small field, where we now have our kitchen garden and where the chickens are fenced among the trees in a copse.

What makes this barn unique

The cob barn restoration was completed in the summer of 2012 after many years of hard work. It has been a labour of love, with much attention paid to detail as our long-term aim is to live there ourselves. Cob is a mixture of clay subsoil and straw that is wetted and trampled, originally by cattle but nowadays by digger, to get the right consistency. It is laid on a base of stone, heeled in and each layer left to dry before being adzed smooth and coated in lime plaster to allow it to breath. Cob buildings can last for centuries if they have "a good hat and a good pair of boots". The thick cob walls keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

To see photos of the restoration - click on the link to our website below.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Ancient Cob Barn is an absolute gem! The House combines the old country cottage experience with all your modern needs. It's located just outside St Austell which makes it an easy location to explore Cornwall but is also hidden away to give you that countryside escape. The House was stocked amazingly - the kitchen in particular was AMAZING and made it possible to cool each night with local produce. I couldn't recommend a stay here enough, hoping to go back again soon! Six out of five stars!

Michael April 2015

We had a wonderful at the cob in March 2015. The location is really peaceful and the renovated cob is cosy, warm and quiet. The kitchen is amazing and we really enjoyed the back projection TV! John and Sue are lovely hosts, not imposing at all. They left us a welcome pack with fresh eggs from the girls in the garden, tea, coffee, milk and biscuits. The beach is about a 15 minute walk or you can use the bikes to cycle there.

Vanessa March 2015

The Cob Barn is a lovely place for a quiet retreat. Surrounded by beautiful Cornish countryside, we enjoyed the solitude and close proximity to the coast. Sue and John were excellent hosts, settling us in and providing surprise and very welcome tea, coffee, butter, milk and eggs! The barn itself has been lovingly renovated; underfloor heating and the fantastic kitchen are certainly highlights. We also enjoyed the projector/home cinema experience - perfect at the end of the day after exploring. Thank you once again - we had a great time.

Lucy February 2015

The Cob Barn is an amazing place to stay - we wanted peace and quiet and our own space, we got just that being nicely tucked away down a country lane. The barn is done up beautifully, John and Sue have thought of everything. We like cooking and the kitchen was well stocked with all the equipment we needed. We also like watching films so the comfy sofa and home cinema effect was very welcome! The place is warm, clean and beautifully designed and appointed. Simple to feel at home in quickly and John and Sue were very welcoming and helpful. This was a home from home. Simply lovely. Thank you!

Natasha January 2015

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Saint Austell in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • barn
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Heated slate floored wet room adjoining bedroom with power shower, handbasin with mirror mounted shaver socket. WC, towel rail and airing cupboard.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with double bed.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: We have a no smoking policy and, sorry, no pets. Transport to and from St Austell railway station can be arranged if you wish to come by train. Outside: Doors from the living room and the bedroom lead to the garden where furniture is provided under the bullace trees for eating al fresco. Adjacent to the barn is a small field with the owners' kitchen garden and chicken run. Straw bale constructed additional WC. Utility Room: Washing machine. clothes line. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels provided. Property is cleaned and linen and towels renewed at changeover or weekly. Other: Straw bale constructed additional WC.


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Ancient Cob Barn at Roseweek. Earth & granite built - restored as a holiday let.
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

What a perfect place to stay in Cornwall

  • 5 of 5

Loved the stay it was everything that it described and more. Lovely location near Eden project and Heligan. We were shown around and then left to it which was lovely. When went there was milk, butter, fresh eggs (there are chicken there) tea and coffee which was a nice touch. There wasn't anything bad about this place, didn't want to leave. Added Extras where the large screen in the lounge and ping pong on the barn next to the building. Plus two bikes on offer to use. Can't recommend this place enough and can't wait to come back. Like other guests in their guests book who come back year after year.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What an idyllic place to stay in the Cob Barn.

The restoration of this place has been a labour of love the quality of workmanship and materials used is outstanding.

This attention to detail has continued through to the letting of this property the facilities are second to none, the kitchen is better equipped than our home and the home cinema in the lounge is a great touch.

John and Sue are great hosts not at all intrusive and are very generous ,the welcome pack of milk,eggs biscuits and butter were well received as was the invitation to help ourselves to the produce in the kitchen garden.

This is a magic place as a couples retreat and is ideally placed to visit Eden Project , Heligan the Roseland Peninsula and St Ives.

We would not hesitate in recommending The Cob Barn .

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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off the beaten track holiday gem accommodation

  • 5 of 5

A beautifully restored barn with all the requirements for a comfortable holiday getaway. Sue and John (owners) moved heaven and earth to make our stay a very happy one. Very friendly and nothing WS too much trouble for. The particular special feature of a projected mini cinema in the lounge is truly inspired..lovely touch.

We both hope very much to return for another stay. Cannot recommend more for a peacefully and relaxing holiday

Val and Keith Dingle

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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la santa lanzarote

on your bucket list !!!

  • 5 of 5

amazing place,fab views,peaceful and with every amenity you could want for a perfect relaxing holiday.2 brand new mountain bikes gave us access to all the nearby places along beautiful country lanes.i can highly recommend this place. we walked near and far to the local beaches and further away to mevagissey.great places to eat,the polgooth inn is a must,do book it gets crazy busy there but the food is fantastic..also try the cornish rattler cider..

i will return i cant say anything bad about this place except its a little too far from lanzarote !!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
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All we could want

  • 5 of 5

Very simply one of those rare places that is a stress-free haven.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
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Porthpean 30 mins walk

Charlestown Harbour 1 hrs walk along coastal path or 10 mins drive

Pentewan 90 mins walk*, 30 mins cycle*, 15 mins drive

* Pentewan Sands beach can be reached by foot and by cycle along the bridle path and cycle trail avoiding all roads.


Newquay Airport 15 miles

Plymouth Port 40 miles


St Austell 1 mile

Further Details:

Although the barn is surrounded by countryside, it is only a few minutes' drive from the town, which is served by banks, post office, supermarkets and a mainline rail station. Good mobile phone coverage on all providers. Mid Cornwall is perfect for accessing all of the county's many attractions - from the rugged north coast to the far west, from the wilds of Bodmin Moor to the delights of the Eden Project and Heligan Gardens. Settings for the Rosamunde Pilcher stories within easy reach.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Saint Austell, West Country

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
May-Sept 17
28 May 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Sept-Oct 17
17 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Oct-Dec 17
29 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas 17
22 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
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:
25% deposit on booking - remainder 1 month before date of stay or pay on arrival for last minute bookings.

Changeover Day:
No fixed changeover day.
Barn to be vacated by 10:30am on leaving date to enable preparation for arrivals after 4:30 pm if there is a follow-on booking that day.

Notes on prices:
Prices from £455 per week

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.