About the property
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Close To Superb Beaches, And Miles Of Coastal Footpaths. Great local restaurants.
Meadow Barn is in the heart of the Cornish countryside, and minutes from superb beaches at Porthleven and on the Lizard. The fishing village of Porthleven is a 3 minute drive, or 20 minute walk away and has a growing reputation for superb restaurants. It hosts an annual food festival. A bigger selection of beautiful beaches on the north and south coasts are within a 10 to 45 minute drive. Meadow Barn is fortunate to be situated close to a number of sub-tropical Cornish gardens, and National Trust properties. The gardens offer something special to see during every season, but are at their spectacular best from Easter through to the end of summer. The relative mildness of our climate means you'll see plants which are rarely seen elsewhere in the UK. Helston, home of the famous Flora Dance which takes place on May 8th, is very nearby. It's a busy, colourful day, and we can give you ideas for the best vantage point to see the thousands of dancers who stream through the town. Walkers have a wealth of footpaths to chose from right on our doorstep. The best is a 6-10 mile loop around Loe Pool and the Penrose Estate, taking in woodland, farming, clifftop and beach landscapes. Maps kept in Meadow barn, and as keen walkers ourselves you can tap into our own local knowledge for walking suggestions. We're also on hand to give recommendations to suit the precise needs of guests - from boat hire to the best beaches, and from family-friendly pubs to the best pasties.
Meadow Barn itself is a beautifully rebuilt listed farm building, with four bedrooms and modern, open plan living space. There's plenty of space in the garden, and in the yard which contains a games room. As well as table tennis, croquet, table football and a climbing wall we also keep a well stocked library of DVDs, books and board games. We leave the ingredients for a cream tea in the fridge so our visitors can revive themselves after their journey. We provide dishwasher tablets, but not washing powder, since we feel this is a more personal choice.
There are a number of great local events which visitors enjoy combining with their stays: Flora Day on May 8th in neighbouring Helston is a must-watch event, where thousands of couples dance through the streets in their finery, and there's even a touch of pagan spectacle; for aeroplane or military enthusiasts, Culdrose Air Day at the end of July is a fascinating (and loud!) day out; and right on our doorstep in Porthleven, there is an annual food and music festival held in April, and an RNLI Lifeboat Day in August.
Meadow Barn sleeps six, plus a baby in a cot. We love dogs, and have our own black lab/springer cross who often gets 'adopted' by visitors in the garden. However we have decided to keep the barn itself a dog free zone, so have a no pets policy.
We tend to stick to a Friday changeover since we like to be able to enjoy our weekends as a family. However it is possible for us to be flexible, particularly away from the peak seasons, September-May. So if you want to try for a different changeover day, please do get in touch, and we'll see what we can do.
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- Mar 22, 2018
About jane reynolds
We live in the neighbouring farmhouse with our aging but still energetic dog. Our grown-up (wish) children return from time to time to get their fill of the seaside and their mum's cooking. We enjoy doing the sorts of activities Meadow Barn's guests enjoy while on holiday: beaching, surfing, walking the coast paths, and messing about in our kayaks. We love our little corner of Cornwall, and make the very most of what it has to offer. We hope our visitors will do the same.
jane reynolds purchased this Barn in 2007
Why jane reynolds chose Porthleven
When we bought it in 2007 Meadow Barn was one of only a few unconverted sets of former farm buildings around. In its courtyard setting, with another barn, and farmhouse, and surrounded by fields, it seemed like an opportunity we couldn't miss. The conversion was a tortuous process - the farm is Grade II listed, and just before we started work we discovered the sorts of problems which would raise Kevin McCloud's eyebrows. But we're so glad we persevered. We could never have found a better location: close to the beautiful fishing village of Porthleven, yet nestled in classic lush farmland.
What makes this Barn unique
We love the fact that we are close to the bustle of Porthleven if we need it, but are otherwise quietly rural. We also have a really good choice of beaches within half an hour of us, and can chose according to tide and weather conditions. We love telling visitors about our favourites - many of which are known only to locals or to people who have been holidaying here for years. After a day exploring beaches and sights, more energetic visitors can continue their fun and games with a friendly game of croquet or table tennis. Over the years we've found Meadow Barn is particularly popular with families where grandparents come too. The older generation takes the ensuite room at one end of the barn, leaving the younger generations to share the other 'wing'. That said, we've also had couples, who've revelled in the space, and even, memorably, a crew of Estonian lifeboatmen!
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great for all ages
This accommodation satisfied the needs of people from 4 - 70+. We sat on the patio for afternoon tea or played table-tennis for active recreation. And it was perfectly located for places of interest and walking.
Amazing holiday place in a great location.
We visited in February half term and had a fantastic time playing table tennis and watching a well chosen selection of films in front of the log burner. A very comfortable house. When the sun came out we enjoyed taking walks with the dog, Bilbo, and eating ice cream in Portheleven, which has lovely restaurants, a beach and good surf. The owners, Jane and Antony, are very friendly, and offer great suggestions of things to do locally. An awesome place to have a holiday! Thank you. We're looking forward to staying again! L,R,E,W,J
Thanks Ruth, Lawrence and family. I think it's you who wrote this lovely review. We loved having you to stay, and so did Bilbo! February can look like a challenging time to visit, but wild weather on our wonderful beaches can be quite rewarding too
We have loved our stay here. Walking to the village was very do able if you don't mind the hill back. We found the village lovely to wander around and we were very central to surrounding villages. Loved the scones and cream as a welcome treat and Jane it was so lovely to meet you and your hubby. We could not ask for a better and more helpful host. No wifi was a pity but it was widely available In The village. Such a spacious home and a welcome respite after a busy day. Enjoyed the peaceful garden, great showers, warm interior, fab and ample kitchen and even a laundry - very welcome as most places didn't have one which is tricky as an overseas visitor. Thank you again, we will definitely recommend you to our friends.
Thank you! We're so glad you loved Meadow Barn and Porthleven. You're definitely our most well-travelled visitors, and we hope you have a safe, smooth onward journey.
Great week, couldn't fault it
We stayed for a week in July with friends and had a great time. The barn is huge, the photographs don't really do justice to the light and airy open plan living space, the rest of the rooms are a good size and I particularly appreciated the superking size bed. Really well equipped as well, the bbq and outside table was well used, a good choice of DVDs and books and the table football is a nice touch. The garden is great for kids and feels private and peaceful, the owners helpful and friendly. Really well situated in a beautiful area with the charm of Porthleven and the facilities of Helston a short drive away. Perfect base for our holiday in a beautiful part of Cornwall.
I think it's you who wrote this! Thank you so much for the lovely review. Lots of people say lovely things, but they rarely translate to an official review!
So glad you had such a great time. We've had five days of stunning weather here - our current visitors are as brown as berries and have been all over the place - kayaking, surfing, walking, and generally being action-packed. But today it's raining!
Jane, Antony, Jack, Tamzin and Bilbo.
Beautiful Barn extremely well equipped will return
We had a great week, the Barn is in a beautiful setting and extremely well equipped and easily accommodated our 2 families. The furnishings are to a high standard, the kitchen is very well equipped with everything thought of, especially the Cornish cream tea on arrival. The Barn has plenty of outside space for the children to play and a lovely patio area inclusive of a fire pit which our husbands enjoyed as did the children toasting marshmallows. The play barn entertained both little and big kids (adults) as did the football table in the lounge. The Barn is in a lovely location with easy access to some beautiful beaches, Perranuthnoe in particular. We can highly recommend the barn and will return next year.
Thanks for your kind review Sarah! We love it that everyone finds something to enjoy at Meadow Barn - runaround space for the children, and chatting, drinking space around the fire pit for the grown ups in your case!
Beautiful Barn extremely well equipped, great stay
We had a great week, the Barn is in a beautiful setting and extremely well equipped and easily accommodated our 2 families. The furnishings are to a high standard, the kitchen is very well equipped, with everything thought of , especially the Cornish cream tea on arrival. The Barn has plenty of outside space for the children to play and a lovely patio area inclusive of a fire pit which our husbands enjoyed as did the children toasting marshmallows. The play barn entertained both little and big kids (adults) as did the football table in the lounge. The Barn is in a lovely location with easy access to some beautiful beaches, Perranuthnoe in particular. We can highly recommend the barn and will return next year.
Coast/Beach: Porthleven beach is 2 miles away. The long sandy Praa Sands, with its gentle surf is just 7 miles away. The Lizard, which contains many beaches, coves and fishing villages is a similar distance. The North coast's bigger, more rugged beaches such as Gwithian and Newquay which often have bigger surf than the south coast are 12-30 miles away. Most of the beaches we recommend have lifeguards, but there are other, more inaccessible, quieter ones, known mainly to locals, which we can tell you about. Travel: Newquay airport - 39 Miles Camborne Rail Station - 9 miles We recommend you bring a car when you visit Meadow Barn. Distances: St Ives - 18 miles National Trust gardens at Glendurgan - 16 miles Eden Project - 38 miles Lands End - 22 miles Further Details: 3 supermarkets, major banks and post office in nearby Helston, a small supermarket and fishmongers selling local catch in Porthleven. Porthleven also has a wealth of good restaurants, cafes and pubs.
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: 25% deposit to secure your booking, with payment in full by bank transfer 8 weeks before your holiday begins. We regret we cannot accommodate dogs Changeover Day: Friday, although at quieter times of the year this may be flexible. Notes on prices: £470 - £1200 per week. Short breaks sometimes available. Please contact for prices and availability. 10% discount for repeat bookings by guests who have stayed before.