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 L-shaped 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 woodland for den building, 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.