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Gorgeous Cornish Barn Conversion



Updated: 05-Aug-2016
barn conversion near Sennen, Penzance, Cornwall, England - Peaceful location on a farm, 10 minutes drive to the beach, centrally located in Penwith.

The Old Wash house is a beautifully converted granite barn annexe on a farm 10 minutes drive from Sennen beach. It has 1 bedroom with a double bed (sleeps 2). The property also has a wood burner, kitchen/diner/sitting room, hallway & bathroom. It has its own private courtyard garden and use of more extensive communal gardens. The property is adjacent to our house and our cookery school called Fat Hen.

Private wild food cookery courses are available during your stay or you can book on one of our set courses. We aim to live sustainably here and have photovoltaic panels for our electricity, pump our water from our well, treat our sewage on site and compost our green waste.

The property is a restored granite barn, which was converted in 2010 using traditional and ecological materials. The floors are painted timber and the roof has chunky beams of douglas fir.

The property is light, bright and well furnished with good quality furniture and fittings. The property has an antique pine kitchen table and chairs, a chunky pine double bed with a good thick new mattress, we a supply goose down duvet and pillows, a 100% lambswool blanket & 100% cotton bed linen and towels.

The kitchen has a gas hob, electric oven and fridge. There is wifi in the property and use of a communal washing machine in the neighbouring utility room.

The Old Wash House is annexed to our wild food cookery school, where we hold day courses and private foraging and cookery courses to guests.

The Old Wash house is 5 minutes walk from an ancient stone circle, down a beautiful bridleway brimming with bluebells and other wild flowers. We are 10 mins from two of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall: Sennen & Gwynver and 15mins drive from the famous Minack theatre and Porthcurno beach.

We are centrally located in the Penwith Peninsula so it's great for exploring the area and being close to both the north and south coasts. It's a good place to have a base if you want to walk the peninsula coast path.

More Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Accept Credit Cards

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About the Owner

I'm Caroline Davey and I live here with my husband Frank and our 3 children: Ella (11), Jed (7) and Sam (3) and our dog, Molly, and cat, Ninja!

I run a wild food cookery school called Fat Hen here (www.fathen.org) and my husband is a G.P in St Ives.

We love the outdoors and this part of Cornwall is fantastic for surfing, running, cycling and walking. The walks and trail running routes you can find here are absolutely stunning and the ancient sites are wonderful. It's one of the wildest parts of Cornwall with great windswept landscapes and majestic coastal cliffs.

We are renting two properties this summer E18708 and E16222. If you rent them both together you can sleep 10 here.

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Just Gorgeous

  • 5 of 5

Recently stayed here alone and it really is gorgeous, I cant fault it in any way and worth the long journey down there. The description provided by the owners is exactly what you find, though the reality offers so much more as the location is perfect for a peaceful and relaxed break. Spend the day exploring the beautiful countryside and attractions which are all easy to access and then return to the ever so cosy barn. Light the wood burner, sleep well and awake to an amazing sunrise. The owner is warm, friendly and very informative about where to go. I have already recommended this place to several people and feel it can be enjoyed all year round.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

My husband Frank bought 3 derelict barns in 1996 and since then we have built 2 of the barns, our house having just been renovated from top to bottom for the second time! The location here is totally rural, 1/2 a mile from the main road. There is no traffic noise and we are located next door to a working dairy farm. We have a beautiful view across the valley and are 5 minutes walk from an ancient stone circle. We are 3 miles from Sennen Beach which is a fantastic white sand surfing beach.

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

Cookery Courses are available during your stay. You will be next door to the Fat Hen Cookery School which specialises in wild food cookery including: Wild Food Foraging & Cookery, Fish & Shellfish, Wild Italian, Seaweed Foraging & Cookery & Game Cookery. Courses take place approximately once a week during the summer with opportunities for private cookery classes or foraging walks.


We are 10 minutes drive from Sennen Beach which is a long beautiful white sand beach fantastic for surfing. We are also within 7 miles of lots of different beaches on the Penwith Peninsula.


Nearest train station is Penzance (5 miles); Nearest airport is Newquay (46 miles). Use of a car is essential here as we are rural and the nearest bus stop is 2 miles away.


Sennen-4 miles; St Buryan-3miles; Penzance-5 miles; St Ives-13 miles; St Just-5 miles; Mousehole-5 miles

Further Details:

There are some great restaurants nearby - The Beach, Sennen, The Tolcarne, Newlyn, The Old Coastguard, Mousehole. We have some good pubs: The Old Success, Sennen and a great cafe in Sennen (The Apple Tree)


Rental rates


  • Booking Notes:
    Bookings: A deposit of 50% is required to secure the booking within 3 days of making the enquiry with the balance to be paid on arrival. I can accept cheques or can send you a paypal invoice or give you my bank details for a bank transfer.

    Changeover Day:
    Saturday Arrival after 2pm; Departure by 10am.

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Updated: 05-Aug-2016
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From the Owner

It is a totally tranquil experience staying here. We are surrounded by fields and it is incredibly peaceful. We are located in the middle of the Penwith Peninsula so are within easy reach of lots of beaches and villages/towns. This place would suit people who want to get away from it all and have a totally rural farm experience.

Property Type

  • barn


  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking


  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with a steel bath and traditional exposed chrome shower above. The shower is powerful and the bath deep. The floors are painted pine, painted with farrow & ball french gray.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: 1 Bedroom/sitting room with a double bed, two chairs for relaxing & a wood burner. There is a Dutch staircase leading to a mezzanine above with a book shelf and built in cupboards.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden

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  • Notes on accommodation: We welcome dogs but will charge a surcharge of £20/week. It may be possible to bring a baby or young child and we can provide a travel cot and a travel chair that inflates and sits on top of a normal chair. Outside: There is a private gravel courtyard with the property with a table and two chairs and a barbecue. There are also much larger gardens which you can use while you are here. There are wonderful countryside views with a great view of the sun rise across the valley. Utility Room: Use of a freezer in adjacent barn Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Goose down duvets, pillows, bed Linen and towels are included. Bed linen and towels are 100% cotton. Please bring your own towels for the beach. The property is cleaned on changeover day on Saturday morning. Other: The entrance hallway has a painted pine floor painted with farrow & ball french gray & has a large mirror and coat hooks for coats. There is plenty of space for storing any beach equipment and a dog basket.

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