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Character getaway for 2 +cot in beautiful countryside nr Gweek & Helford River

Bedrooms 1
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Couples getaway near Gweek, Cornwall, Superbly Placed For Day Trips, 10 Minutes To Lovely Beaches

Barn Cottage used to be an old cow and tractor barn, and guests tell us it has a very peaceful atmosphere. It stands on a lane in beautiful countryside, just a gentle ten minute stroll from Gweek at the head of the Helford River. It's a great place to unwind from the hurly-burly of life, with many gorgeous beaches and lovely walks close by, but is also ideally placed for touring this area of Cornwall: Falmouth, Truro, St Ives, and Penzance are all within easy reach. The cottage is welcoming and full of character, with views over lovely countryside. The bedroom is bright and airy with a comfy king size bed - we think good sleep is important on holiday! The open-plan living space features a big woodburner to keep you cosy, & painted wood floors. We keep many of our own books in the cottage, so you'll never be short of reading material, and there are games and jigsaws too, as well as a tv/dvd and a collection of great films to keep you busy all week! Barn Cottage is next door to (but very private from) the owner's house, where you will find the ancient and unique 'Tolvan Stone', dating from 4000 years ago. There are no other neighbours. We look forward to welcoming you to this special place.

Juliet Welch
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
12 April, 2018

About Juliet Welch

My husband Jon and I have lived at Tolvan Cross since leaving London in 1999. We moved to Cornwall on a whim when our kids were very young, and we've never really looked back. Tolvan Cross was the first house we looked at - once we'd been caught under its spell we didn't need to look at any more! We run our own theatre company: I am an actor and administrator, and Jon is a writer/director/musician.

Juliet Welch purchased this house in 1999

Why Juliet Welch chose Helston

We came on holiday to this area two years running when our children were very young, and loved it so much we moved here. There are so many beautiful spots around here - from bluebell woods to wooded creeks, grassy quays on the Helford River, and sandy beaches, glorious at sunset. Gweek itself is perfectly placed for access to the peace and quiet of the Lizard, and for getting to towns for a bit of civilisation! We feel very lucky to live here.

What makes this house unique

Our house has the Tolvan Stone in its back garden - a scheduled monument from the Iron Age. No-one really knows what its original purpose was, so it's endlessly fascinating. Everyone who visits has a different theory, although most people believe that it was originally linked to a burial mound in a nearby field. One man wrote to us afterwards convinced that 'what you have in your back garden is as important as Stonehenge or Giza'! Either way, it's a fabulous thing to live with.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'What a great break! Easy access to everything Cornwall has to offer, with a wonderful cottage to return to. Such a wonderful getaway.' Jeremy and Selena, Reading

'As soon as we walked through the door we felt at home in Barn Cottage. We have so much enjoyed exploring the Lizard area.' Paul and Sue, Bewdley.

'We're on our honeymoon! Great place for it - who needs Thailand? Perfect cottage - lovely books, stone walls, cosy bathroom and slept like logs in the comfy bed.' Vicky and Paul Hickman
Jan 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Helston in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Family bathroom upstairs with bath/shower, toilet and sink. Heated towel rail.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 + cot Notes on bedrooms: The bedroom is bright and airy, and open to the rafters with painted floorboards and rugs. There's a comfortable king size bed, lots of storage, books, and a full-length mirror. There is also a cot (and plenty of room for it).
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf pass optional
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Barn Cottage has storage heating for morning warmth and a lovely, snuggly woodburning stove which heats the whole cottage. There is no other heat source so if you're not happy lighting fires please think twice before booking at cooler times of the year! Electricity is included, and logs are available at cost. The cottage has a very open-plan feel to it, with the bedroom upstairs being semi-mezzanine. Wi-fi At present there is no wi-fi in the cottage. You can access ours from the driveway or outside our house. You are welcome to come into our house to use it in emergencies. Good 4G coverage. Barn Cottage has its own private garden, with a table, chairs, and parasol. There are views over the countryside, and a barbecue. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Towels and linen are included, but please bring your own beach towels. The cottage is cleaned weekly before you arrive. The staircase is open-tread so take care with crawlers/toddlers. We can provide a stairgate and highchair. We ask you never to smoke inside the cottage and I'm sorry but we don't accept pets.


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Character getaway for 2 +cot in beautiful countryside nr Gweek & Helford River
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Cosy, quirky cottage in a lovely spot

  • 5 of 5

Had a super lovely stay here. The cottage has everything you need and more. Gweek is a great base from which to explore the Lizard, we would thoroughly recommend this place!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! It was a pleasure to have you to stay, and I'm so glad you had such a lovely week. Xx
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  • 5 of 5

We'd had a personal recommendation about the cottage and we were not disappointed at all. We spent our honeymoon there, a welcome oasis of calm and immersion in nature after the stress of the wedding. The cottage is 'home from home' and Oscar the very friendly cat was further stress relief. Juliet was the perfect host and a truly lovely, kind and generous person. The Helford River area was a delight, gazing at the boats from the ShipWrights Inn in Helford - we felt like we were in a different world. Gweek is so centrally located, perfect for day trips. We'd love to return and have recommended the cottage to family and friends. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying their stay at Barn Cottage. We'll be back for sure.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. I'm so happy we contributed to your honeymoon's success! It was really lovely to meet you both - we'd love to see you again anytime.
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Lovely little cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week in Cornwall. The cottage was very well equipped with lots of little extra touches that help to make your stay more comfortable, ( including a still warm cake on arrival!) The cottage is in an excellent place to visit this area of Cornwall. We went to Lizard point, Sennen Cove, Lands End, Truro, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, The Minnack Theatre, Portreath harbour, Coverack............

In Porthleven there is an excellent fish and chip shop ( Roland's happy plaice) and we would recommend a meal at Rick Steins fish restaurant too. (Also in Porthleven)

  • Review Submitted: 23-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jane! I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay in Barn Cottage. It was lovely to meet you both.
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Beautifully tranquil

  • 5 of 5

Although a lovely place to hide away, Barn Cottage is also a good base from which to explore this part of Cornwall and The Lizard. You have the very best of both worlds close to hand - the wildness of the Lizard and its enchanting coves and the beautiful gentle landscapes of trees and hills around Gweek, Falmouth and the Helford estuary.

Barn Cottage is homely, arty and rustic and we fell in love with it instantly. My (very discerning) husband told me it was the best holiday home I had chosen! There was a welcoming home baked cake on the table, plus jug of milk and butter. We had all the facilities we required with lots of extra touches. The barn felt sheltered and we had the use of a small garden, plus a good parking space. I felt this property was loved, clean and well maintained.

I have to say that the bedroom was very spacious yet cosy and we had the best nights sleep we could ever wish for. If you want a place which is secluded but not completely isolated then Barn Cottage may be the place for you. The owners are close by, friendly but do not intrude on your privacy at all.

The owners provide good information on the area, right down to routes to the local supermarkets, recommended places to eat, etc. We would definitely recommend a trip to Kynance Cove - our first trip to this beautiful, natural and magical place. We also enjoyed a trip to The Lizard village nearby. There are many lovely coves (including Coverack and Mullion) around the Lizard and you can explore the length of the River Fal on boat trips with 1, 2 and 3 day price saver tickets. The Penzance/St Ives areas are not too far if you want to go a bit further, nor is St Austell. However, we enjoyed the beauty, wildness and tranquility of the local area. We were able to walk to the seal sanctuary at Gweek in just a few minutes. We will definitely return as there is much more to see.

Highly recommended! We would recommend to friends and family. The communication was excellent from our first contact to follow up email.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: April 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We're really glad you enjoyed your holiday so much, and 1and loved Barn Cottage as much as we do. It was a real pleasure to meet you - see you again perhaps!
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Train
16 Miles
Truro or Redruth
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Church Cove
Car: necessary


Our favourite beaches are Church Cove/Dollar Cove (NT) which are about a ten minute drive away, and are wonderful for catching the evening sun - take a barbecue with you and watch the sunset after everyone else has gone. Beautiful Kynance Cove (NT) is just 20 minutes drive, and there are loads of other hidden gems which we can direct you to. Even though we're on the south coast, the north coast beaches are very accessible too.


Newquay is the nearest airport and is about 45 minutes away. Plymouth docks are about an hour and a quarter. Truro or Redruth are the nearest train stations - about 25 minutes away. Public transport from the village is very limited so I would say that use of a car is essential.


Gweek village is half a mile down the road - a pleasant stroll. Helston (home of the Flora Dance) is 5 miles distant; Falmouth and the Maritime museum 9 miles; the Cathedral city of Truro 16 miles; Penzance, St Michaels Mount, and St Ives are all about a 35 minute drive. Many of Cornwall's best gardens are close by, or you can explore all of the Lizard, with its diverse landscape. In addition the moors of Penwith or the big north coast sandy beaches are very easy day trips. Eden Project 1hr.

Further Details:

We are five minutes drive (or 45 minutes stomp across fields) from award-winning pub the Trengilly Wartha. Gweek has a village pub too, the Black Swan, which does good pub grub and a nice pint. It also has a very good village shop/PO selling pretty much everything you could need. Helston (5 miles) is the nearest town with supermarkets and banks. Many of our past guests have arranged online grocery deliveries in advance. We can direct you to the many excellent restaurants close by, or any other facilities you require.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Helston, Cornwall

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early spring
6 Apr 2018 - 17 May 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
Spring 2018
18 May 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
Early summer 2018
29 Jun 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
High summer 2018
20 Jul 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
Late Summer 2018
7 Sep 2018 - 27 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
To book please call us. We prefer to take whole week bookings but may offer shorter breaks out of season or at the last minute. We ask you to pay one quarter of the cost to secure your booking, with the balance payable 4 weeks before your holiday. If you book your holiday within 4 weeks of its start, we ask for full payment. We don't ask for a security deposit, but you are responsible for any damage during your stay. If you can't come, we may not refund unless we can re-let.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Friday. Arrival time is 4pm onwards. You are welcome to arrive earlier and leave luggage if that helps. Departure time at the end of the week is 10.30am.

Deposit of one quarter, then balance one month before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.