Peace and quiet reign at your 19th-century barn, where nothing but birdsong disturbs you. Set among 20 acres of conservation land, including lakes, woods and meadows, it’s perfect for a close group of friends or a couple seeking a romantic break. You’ll feel right at home in the light-filled open-plan living/kitchen/dining area, its fun fabrics and art adding character and wood-burner making everything wonderfully cosy. Bedrooms are small but comfortable with one king-sized bed, and the shower room modern and spotless. You are warmly welcomed by owners Elaine and Adrian – who have won a gold Green Tourism award for the barn – live in the nearby farmhouse and are on hand should you need them, as are four-legged friends, with treats and towels available and even a dog shower outside for muddy days. Nature-lovers will delight in roaming the surrounding land, spotting wildlife along the way, there are Elaine’s cookery courses for the crafty and coastal paths, the Tarka trail and Bude’s wonderful surfing beaches for the adventurous. Hop in the car (you can use the EV charging point too) and try one of the great restaurants in the area; return to sit out in the garden and gaze up at the stars.