Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (+ cot)

Mowhay Barn is a stunning reverse-level contemporary barn conversion that has been created with inspiring holidays for families and friends in mind. Hundreds of years of history has been lovingly folded together with up-to-the minute contemporary features to create a living space that simply makes you feel good, from the moment you step in. And outside you can choose between relaxing in your own sunny garden, wandering through into the garden of next-door Kestle Barton art gallery, beyond to the meadows and orchards, or a little further down footpaths to beautiful Helford village or romantic Frenchman’s Creek. You are also close to the famous Helford River, its woods and creeks, and the beaches of the Lizard Peninsular and Falmouth Bay.

Mowhay Barn is a part of the ancient farmstead of Kestle Barton, the whole of which has been lovingly restored. Here you will also find the Kestle Barton gallery, with its changing displays, workshops and imaginative garden. As well as Mowhay, there is also the original Farmhouse which sleeps eight, Kestle Cottage which sleeps four and two further barns sleeping two, and eight — making this a great place to book separate accommodation with friends and family. You’ll find the Kestle Barton Farmhouse, the Cottage and the barns, Avallen and Howthere, on our website too…

The superb architectural quality or Kestle Barton has been acknowledged with several awards including the Conservation Category in the RIBA South West Town and Country Design Awards 2011, and the Green Apple Award 2011 for The Built Environment and Architectural Heritage.


Inside you find a large open-plan kitchen and dining area, opening high to a beamed ceiling. It is generously equipped with the things you’d expect like electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble-drier, dishwasher… but also original artworks by some of Cornwall’s best contemporary artists.

Opposite, and on the same level is the stunning living room, with generous sofas, high roof-beams, polished lime-plaster rendering, beautiful wide-planked oak flooring, and contemporary wood-burner.

Bravely contrasting with the heritage feel of this barn, the unashamedly modern staircase takes you downstairs…

… where you will find two double rooms, and a twin. Both doubles have very comfortable superking-sized beds, and one has a to-die-for en suite bathroom with double-ended bath and stroll-in shower. A generous family bathroom complete the accommodation. The downstairs walls tell the history of this building — with hints of an ancient granite doorway here, new heritage plasterwork there… and everywhere a lovely sense of style and space.

The Garden

Open the wooden gates from the car-parking area and step into your own large open storage barn. It’s great for bikes, surfboards and general holiday paraphernalia… and comes complete with a table-tennis table for extra fun when you run out of everything else to do.

Beyond this is your pretty garden. It gets the sun all afternoon, and has elegant furniture for al-fresco dining. Beyond is the garden of the Kestle Barton gallery. During times the gallery is open you will also find your hosts here, so you can always find someone if you need them. You can also get good coffee and often nice baked things. The wildflower meadow and orchard are also all here for you to enjoy.

Many of the artists showcased by Kestle Barton gallery have international reputations, and exhibitions change regularly throughout the summer.

The Wow Factor

We love the stunning combination of heritage architecture and contemporary design. Upside-down living in Mowhay Barn is great fun, and the upstairs makes a superb space for families and friends; big enough to find a quiet corner, but all connected together so a good space for socialising too.

The setting of Kestle Barton is unique. You are staying not only in a beautiful barn conversion, but also in the heart of an ancient farmstead that is now both a haven for escape, and a highly reputed centre for the arts. In turn, Kestle Barton is connected to the world by footpaths that lead to woodland and village, creek and pub.



  • Double super king-sized bed
  • Double super king-sized bed
  • Twin bedroom
  • All bed linen provided


  • Family bathroom with generous shower & bath
  • Luxury en-suite in master bedroom
  • Bathroom towels provided

Cooking & dining

  • Well equipped kitchen
  • Large dining area
  • Electric hob and oven
  • Dishwasher, microwave
  • Washing machine and tumble drier
  • Tea towels provided

Living & Relaxing

  • Two large stylish sofas
  • TV/DVDs, and books
  • MP3 music player
  • Football table
  • Free WiFi

Babies & Toddlers

  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Stair gates and non-slip bathmats


  • Underfloor heating throughout
  • Contemporary wood-burner in lounge


  • Big utility barn for storing bikes etc
  • Table-tennis table
  • Private garden
  • Barbecue area
  • Garden dining furniture
  • Adirondack garden chairs
  • Shared wildflower meadow & orchard
  • Art galley next door
  • Footpath to Frenchman’s Creek
  • Footpath to Helford Village


  • Private parking for 3 cars
Booking info

Open Tuesday - Sunday 10:30am - 5pm. Closed Mondays but open for Bank Holidays