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Higher Boden Barn Conversion In An Idyllic Rural Setting

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Converted Barn in Manaccan near Helford, Helston, Cornwall - Very Peaceful And Only A Mile Form Gillan Creek

The Barn is attached and part of a now non working farm called Higher Boden which comprises of a Grade 11 listed farmhouse, and outbuildings which have been converted into other dwellings. It is located on the Lizard peninsula 2 miles from the Helford River and sea, it is an ideal place for those who just want to get away from it all and also those with active families. The old stone barn has been sensitively converted to accommodate up to 10 people, it is full of simple rustic character and charm. There are plenty of beautiful walks both coastal and inland with beaches very close at hand. The stable block can provide extra space for the kids and has a full size Table Tennis table.We provide Internet Access

Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

About The Owner

I live with my husband and 4 children in the U.K. I am a GP and my husband has a company which runs adventure challenges for charities. We have a very busy lifestyle both working and lots of kids, but this place is so relaxing and safe for children with loads of things around for them to do ranging from just being wild at the farm, to exploring creeks, or more structured days out such as the Seal Sanctuary at Gweek or visiting St Ives. The Minnack Theatre, or the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2009

Why The Owner chose Helston

We were looking to buy a place with sea views but fell in love with the charm and tranquility of The Barn at Higher Boden, it is like going back in time to a piece of English countryside which has mainly disappeared .It is also very close to Gillan creek, only one mile, and only 2 miles from the more well known Helford River.

We felt that you could get the best of all world's here, not only are you close to some spectacular rugged Cornish beaches eg Kynance Cove, Mullion, Church Cove, but you also have the lushness of the South side of Cornwall with some beautiful protected creeks.

The Barn has been sensitively converted to try and maintain the character of the building and is part of a farm no longer working which is mentioned in the Domesday Book.

What makes this cottage unique

The main benefits at the house itself is the tranquility it is a great safe place to just let children run wild, there is a large garden and a stable block with Table Tennis and laundry.

St Anthony a charming coastal hamlet a mile away provides sailing lessons and canoe hire in which you can explore the creeks.

Helford has a great pub,and you can also catch a ferry across the river to Helford Passage which has an excellent pub and is a short walk to Trebar Gardens.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Many Thanks for a wonderful stay at the Barn. The house is beautiful and equipped with everything we could have wished for. The peace, tranquility and sense of natural order is pervasive."
Mar 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Helston in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered
  • Please put rubbish out on a Tuesday evening . You need to bag all bottle and rubbish as Cornwall has not got the vans to lift the wheelie bins .
  • Please pick up your dog poo from the garden and bin it
  • Please be sensitive to our neighbours who are all working and need to get up early
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , There is a Bath with a shower attachment
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , toilet , sink and large shower
  • Bathroom 1, w/c, wash basin, bath and shower, toilet Bathroom 2, w/c, wash basin, toilet and large walk in shower. We have updated both Bathrooms 2015 so now good pressure water for those who have stayed before !!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8-10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1 with twin beds which can be put together to make a superking. Bed 2 with double bed. Bed 3 with double bed. Bed 4 with triple single beds There is 1 extra bed which can be added to bedroom 1 to make triple single room if required
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • bay
  • churches
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: We now have oil fired central heating an AGA , a large open fire and a small wood burner so the house is lovely and cosy in the winter . There is a travel cot and high chair. there is a pond which is surrounded by a wooden fence , it is more of a soak away and is shallow Panasonic 26" HD TV with freeview and DVD player. Internet Access. Outside: There is a picnic bench. BBQ. Full size Table Tennis table in the stable block. Plenty of parking. There is a large garden with stable block and greenhouse, We also have a 2 acre paddock which is linked to the garden Utility Room: In the stable block, washing machine and tumble dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Towels and 100% cotton linen is provided. The house is cleaned between each letting. Other: The house has a reception hall, the ground floor is tiled The landing and bedrooms have wooden floors which adds to the rustic charm. The rooms are simply but comfortably arranged.


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Higher Boden Barn Conversion In An Idyllic Rural Setting
average rating of 4.740741 based on 28 reviews

Stunning barn in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Would recommend this property to any family or group of friends. It is in a great location and the house and its contents are just perfect. Sarah the owner was a gem answered every question I had promptly . As two families of four (teenagers) it was a perfect week .

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks I am so glad you had a good time and enjoyed The Barn
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Fantastic stay in beautiful cottage, amazing walks

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed over the New Year period & we all had the most wonderful time. With 3 teenagers slightly apprehensive at keeping them occupied, we need not have worried. The surrounding countryside was so peaceful and picturesque with great walks on the doorstep. The cottage itself was very clean & well-maintained and any query was quickly answered by the owner. Would recommend walk to The Shipwrights pub in Helford for moules-frites and return for the cosiest night-in by the log fire. The cottage was very well-equipped inside and had a great outdoor area for table tennis. We will definitely be returning in the summer.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cottage as such was lovely!

  • 1 of 5

Unfortunately post code does not show the location- it was very difficult to find, especially during the night!

Cottage was freezing cold - no radiators in the kitchen, corridor or reception rooms and some bedrooms! Heating was set up as -off during the night ! Aga was broken - the landlord was not helpful at all!

The beds were without bedding!

Only 2 could have shower at any one time!!!

It was very disappointing!

All above could be easily sorted but the land lady didn’t really care!!!

If possible, find somewhere else!!!!


  • Review Submitted: 05-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I must say I find the above comments surprising after all the communication I had with the guests over this weekend stay .I send very clear instructions of how to get to the house as it is remote and can be difficult to find in the dark. Unfortunately in the high winds the Aga had blown out and I was unable to get the engineer to attend at the weekend . There is central heating and all the girls had to do was turn the knobs on the radiators as I explained a couple of times . The heating is set to turn off at night , but it is not locked and can easy be put on /altered if required. We provide plenty of logs for both fires but I got the impression they were not sure how to manage them .The beds were all made up for the people staying and I explained where they could get more bedding if required . Despite all of this I gave them £100 off as the Aga was out. Our caretaker went and spent several hours at the house to see if he could help but the guests were out, therefore he couldn't get in, and said he had had no calls . There are only two bathrooms as clearly stated so obviously only two people can shower at any one time . I hope people can read all the excellent reviews we have had in the past and make there own minds up .This is a rustic and beautifully remote location with plenty of great things to do nearby, however this might not be to everyones taste, I am deeply sorry that they did not enjoy their stay.
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Lovely cottage, would 100% recommend!

  • 5 of 5

A lovely cottage in a lovely part of the world. It was really homely and we'll equipped. Plenty of space for everyone to relax. The owner was very helpful and provided information of what to see and do in the local area. Would recommend. Thank you very much, couldn't ask for more.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Higher Boden Barn

  • 4 of 5

We have had a great holiday at Higher Boden Barn. It is a very relaxed setting, ideal for our August holiday with different members of our family coming and going over a three-week period. The house is ideally located to discover the charms of the Helford river as well as the great beaches and coastal walks around the Lizard Peninsula.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely old farm in an idyllic position

  • 4 of 5

Jane was amazingly flexible to help us attend a family wedding and couldn't have been more helpful in finding a dog sitter for us. The house was warm and comfortable and ideal for grandparents with children and grandchildren. It reminded us of staying in old Breton farms in the past - lots of barns and gardens to enjoy. It's well placed for the beaches, the Helford estuary with gardens and sailing and some great pubs. A great place to relax.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The New Inn Manaccan
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
St Anthony Gillan Creek
Car: necessary


Gillan creek is 1.5mile away, a 10 minute drive. St Anthony is a very charming small hamlet from which you can hire canoes and small dinghies. There are small very safe beaches ideal for small children. Frenchman's Creek and Helford river are both within 2 miles. Poldu /Church cove, Kynance cove are classic Cornish beaches all about 20-25 minutes drive away.


I think a car is fairly essential.


Manaccan village 0.8 miles

Helford 2 miles

Mullian 20 minutes

Lizard Peninsula 25 minutes

Further Details:

Manaccan has a , pub and restaurant. St Keverne has a shop, butchers, several pubs and a small bistro.

Helord and Helford Passage have excellent pubs to eat in , there is a Delicatessan in Helford

There is a Tesco at Helston 20 minutes away. Helston's a small town but most basics and banking can be obtained there. There are lots of things to see and do, Gweek Seal, Sanctuary, Maritime museum in Falmouth, Minack theatre 45 minutes away, St Ives 50 minutes away.

Gweek seal sanctuary is 20 minutes away.

There are lots of local attractions if weather is bad including

Flambards. Poldarks Mine. National Maritime Museum, Minac Theatre, St Ives.

Trellowarren has a great restaurant and spa where you can pay to use the pool and book massages and other Spa treatments


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £150
Pet Fee £20
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Please clear up any dog mess from the garden before you leave and try not to let your dogs roam and soil on neighbouring properties .
Rubbish days are on a Wednesday and if rubbish should be taken to the top of the drive on a Tuesday night

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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