The Old Barn, Lower Tresithick Farm

Truro, Cornwall
+44 (0)1872 864599

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


4 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.

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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
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You should know

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


  • 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
  • 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
4pm-10pm Friday & Monday
Check out
By 10am Friday & Monday
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights. 4 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
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 £95
Weekly price
from £675
Extra bed/sofabed available at no charge.
1 Barn for 3
From £954 beds2 bedrooms


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

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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.