The Old Barn, Lower Tresithick Farm

Truro, Cornwall
+44 (0)1872 864599
Visit owner's website Icon Created with Sketch.

You're on an ancient packhorse trail just a stone's throw from the coast. There's a timeless feel to this place and the peace is deep


2 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 3

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

A long, unmade road takes you through trees, eventually opening out into a small farmstead and the Barn. Its south-facing decking overlooks an orchard and the owners’ home is just next door. You can’t hear anything except the trees rustling and birds chirruping.

Mark and Bryher are warm and kind and leave you fresh flowers, butter, just-laid eggs, Cornish soaps, treats and toys for children. Your kitchen is at the end of the open-plan barn with plenty of workspace and all the gear even a fussy cook wants. You can buy pork, lamb and eggs from the farm and the fresh fish man comes on Thursdays; order a Riverford Organic veg box ahead.

There are 12 acres of farmland with woods for den building, plus animals to feed and a myriad of walking trails. Join the public footpath just beside you for a walk to the local pub then a spot of crabbing in the creek at Point Quay. Return to light the wood-burner on chilly evenings, or fire up the barbecue when it’s balmy and listen to the owls hoot as the stars make their grand entrance.

The Old Barn, Lower Tresithick Farm - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Being in such a tranquil space
  • Letting children run completely wild in total safety
  • Walking down to the creek for crabbing
The Old Barn, Lower Tresithick Farm - Gallery

You should know

  • Shower only, no bath
  • The track down is quite long and bumpy


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
5pm-10pm Friday
Check out
By 9am Friday
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs 10-minute drive.


Nightly price
from £110
Weekly price
from £765
Extra bed/sofabed available at no charge.
1 Barn for 3
From £1102 beds2 bedrooms


We booked a week at the Old Barn and it gave us everything we were looking for in a break, including sunshine! The setting is so peaceful and secluded. The barn is immaculate, incredibly spacious and finished to a very high standard with gorgeous fresh flowers and a cream tea on arrival. The kitchen was very well-equipped. We loved relaxing in the sunny courtyard and had several BBQs on the terrace. Bryher and Mark are such welcoming hosts who are on hand if needed with fresh eggs or suggestions of where to visit. It was lovely to have so many many walks from the door. Would highly recommend!

Amy and Jez, Crediton

We have just returned from a wonderful few days staying at The Old Barn. Bryher and Mark were so kind and helpful, not least in welcoming our booking at short notice. The cottage is bright, warm, extremely clean and comfortable and really well equipped. It is an excellent base with many places to walk close by or slightly further afield and large gardens to explore. The walks from the house are gorgeous, through the woods and down to the creek and the wild spring flowers were prolific and wonderful. We feel so lucky to have found this place and will definitely return, hopefully for longer

Penny and Steve, Bromyard

What a lovely spot with sunshine and flowers in bloom, we really enjoyed the local paths and coastal walks on your door step plus a great base to explore further. Mark & Bryher's cosy barn conversion tucked away also makes a nice place to relax and chill out. Somewhere we would return to.

Darren & Suzie, Dorset

Beautiful barn conversion with everything we could need, set in perfect Cornish countryside. Bryher and Mark were great hosts and it was lovely to arrive to a cream tea and flowers. Ideal spot for country walks or for exploring everything Cornwall has to offer. Very strongly recommended.

Stephen, Salisbury

We feel so lucky to have found The Old Barn for our holiday in Cornwall. It is in the perfect spot ll's most lovely to visit some of Cornwall's most lovely towns and more secluded hayes and inlets. The barn was perfect for our stay with our 2-year-old with plenty of space indoor and out. Our daughter, Evie, loved feeding the chickens and playing with Makeral the farm cat. the best thing for me was the fact we could walk out the door and do some amazing walks, perfect for those wanting longer or shorter routes (we did a walk thorugh fields to a pub with our two-year-old and no buggy).

Penny, London

Tastefully converted barn in very peaceful surroundings. Ideal spot for walkers since footpaths abound directly from site. Bryher and Mark are wonderful hosts . We had dogs with us who enjoyed their many countryside walks and walks to the Creek. Within a half hour pleasant walk from the barn is " The Soup Bowl and Ladle" We visited 3 times- good gastro pub with very well trained staff. All in all a wonderful holiday - thank you Bryher and Mark. The only cautionary note would be - the Barn could be difficult for anyone with mobility issues. An Oasis in the desert of Life !!!

Paul, Wrexham

We had a lovely week here in early May exploring the local area and felt very at home. Bryher left fresh made scones and a box delicious eggs from her hens which were so welcome during these covid times. Other touches that we particularly liked were the local soap and well organized rubbish system. We could walk locally without having to drive anywhere which was a huge bonus! Thank you for making us feel so welcome!

Letitia, London

A very clean, comfortable and cosy barn tucked away in a quiet rural location yet only a few mins drive to local amenities. Some great walking right from the door and two pubs both within comfortable walking distance - just a shame they weren't fully open when we were there, due to COVID. Bryher and Mark give you your space but are always happy to share their local knowledge and suggest places to visit.

Nigel, Maidenhead

Absolutely idyllic setting in a beautifully restored barn. Mark and Bryher are the perfect hosts who were very patient with our children who were very keen to help with the animals. Ideally placed to visit Cornwall. We will most definitely be returning.

Serena, St Albans

We had such a relaxing week in this lovely, peaceful location and were blessed with very good weather. The cottage had everything you could need, we felt very welcomed by Bryher and Mark and their kindnesses during the week were much appreciated. We loved being able to bring our dogs and to walk them straight out of the door into beautiful countryside. Everything was within easy reach: beaches, pubs, the odd shop and wonderful views. The highlight of our week was possibly our visit to the Minack Theatre - a bit of a drive but well worth it.

Alison, Solihull

This is a wonderful place to explore Cornwall and the perfect location to make excursions in all directions. We immediately felt at home in this quiet and beautiful nature. The house itself is lovingly furnished and very well equipped. We can highly recommend it and you'll find great hosts with Bryher and Mark!

Stefan, Berlin, Germany

A generous welcome; magnificent hospitality from Mark and Bryher; a safe space for a three year old; ideally located in a brilliant part of Cornwall. These two are very good at what they do - you won't be disappointed if you stay here.

Pete, Laura and Owen, Clevedon

Another superb visit to the Old Barn with a welcome plate of scones and clotted cream on arrival after a long journey - great! To visit here in May was wonderful and relaxing just listening to the bird song and enjoying the beautiful walks to the Quay and beyond. The location is brilliant for Truro and various National Trust houses and gardens. Bryher and Mark are lovely hosts and extremely knowledgeable on all amenities within the area. We highly recommend The Old Barn.

Liz, Leicester

The Old Barn is such a gem, in truly idyllic surroundings. Bryher and Mark make you feel at home instantly, with delicious homemade scones on arrival, to offerings of fresh farm eggs and meat. As well as the incredibly tasteful decor, the Old Barn is filled with home comforts, such as a toasty wood fired burner and a stunning kitchen range that is the envy of any chef! We were lucky enough to be there during lambing season, so got to see new born lambs 'jumping' in the field as we enjoyed a drink on the terrace at sunset. The walks and country views are spectacular making us relax instantly.

Liz, London

What a place! We stayed here on a long weekend break from London. We both love Cornwall and can honestly say you would be hard pressed to find anywhere better than this to enjoy the Cornish countryside and the nearby coast line. Surrounded by walks and a short step away from the beautiful Restronguet Creek, we found ourselves endlessly exploring the local area and discovered all the best local pubs. Mark and Bryher are fantastic hosts and the Old Barn come complete with a local walks guide to get you on your way. We loved our stay at the old barn and can't wait to book again soon.

Harry, London

Staying in the Old Barn was like finding a treasure. Neither the photographs, nor the description could do it justice. Bryher and Mark were perfect hosts - so friendly and welcoming. There was a cream tea ready for our arrival, the barn was warm and cosy, and they made an effort to ensure we were comfortable and felt at home. The Barn was clean, comfortable, well equipped and easy to get to; a perfect spot for exploring. The walks in the local area were superb, and it was very easy to commute further afield and visit the rest of Cornwall. I will definitely be returning!

Kathy, london

Bryher’s barn is situated in a lovely quiet spot, which is ideally situated near Truro and Falmouth. We spent Christmas here and our stay was made extra special by arriving to a fully decorated Christmas tree and pre-ordered produce from the farm. Bryher and her husband were very welcoming and helpful, assisting with food deliveries and making great suggestions for our stay. Look in the information folder provided as there are some brilliant walks in the local area.

Elsa, London

I had a lovely visit to The Old Barn and was made really welcome. It's a gorgeous and charming bolthole for adults and families who want to really escape, but near the footpath so a walkers and wildlife lovers paradise. A 20-minute walk takes you to the sublime setting of Point Creek. Its not totally isolated, the owners live near but not attached and its not far to get supplies or get out and about. The Old Barn exudes charm, is arranged upside down to make best use of space and is equally great as a base to explore or a lovely space to just curl up and relax at home.

Valerie, Sawday's inspector

We have been coming to Tresithick twice a year for eight years and it’s like a home from home. It seems to get better each time if that’s possible! Mark,Bryher and their family are so welcoming and always on hand if you need anything, the Barn is beautiful, has everything you need and more, the surrounding farmland is wonderful , our children adore the animals and helping with the daily farm chores! There are lots of lovely places to visit nearby, and Truro is only a short drive away. We cannot recommend it enough!

Lorraine, Portsmouth

Read more reviews


The neighbourhood

You can walk to the village shop at Carnon Downs in about 20 minutes. Equidistant is Point - a small, very pretty village with a chapel on a promontory where Penpol Creek meets Restronguet Creek. Truro is a short drive for really good restaurants, Falmouth just a bit further for the National Maritime Museum and the ferry to St Mawes. You're near to gentle beaches on the south coast for days out with a picnic or wavy north coast sands for surfing and bodyboarding.

Local points of interest from Bryher & Mark Hole

  • Amble down the various footpaths to the creek. Then walk along the old tramway marvelling at the sheer beauty and the abundant birdlife. The Old Quay Inn at historic Devoran is well placed for a good lunch.
  • Loe Beach is a great watersports beach where you can hire kayaks and boats or have lessons. Alternatively, you can soak up the local, nautical atmosphere in the excellent beach café. (5 mins away by car or 45 mins walk alongside the creek.)
  • NT Trelissick is 5 mins away and has a beautiful country house and garden set in an old Cornish estate with stunning maritime views and lovely woodland walks. From the jetty you can hop on a Fal river boat to discover Falmouth by sea.
  • The award winning 13th Century Pandora Inn is 15 min drive. Its spectacular setting on the edge of Restronguet Creek, it's thatched roof and low beamed ceilings are timeless. The jetty is the perfect spot for kids to go crabbing making everyone happy.
  • Cycle along nearby Bissoe Trail on traffic free paths through Cornwall’s historical mining landscape. From the calm of Devoran on the S Coast to the rugged fishing village of Portreath on the N coast with a great Cornish pub halfway.
  • The King Harry Ferry allows you to avoid congested roads and enjoy a short scenic river crossing to the beautiful Roseland Peninsula. Here you can explore the quiet sandy beaches, and quaint fishing villages.


Bryher & Mark Hole

Mark and Bryher have been here for quite some time now. They first of all renovated their own lovely home then started work on the Barn. Bryher is always out and about on the farmstead looking after her animals and the garden. They both love sharing their place with like-minded country lovers who will enjoy all that they've got to offer. You'll also meet Madge the terrier, Lurcher cross Isla and lots of sheep and hens.