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A wonderful holiday in Cornwall with Classic Cottages

Classic Cottages are a collection of holiday cottages and apartments across the South and West of England. During our recent Cornish break, we were lucky to spend the first leg of our holiday in a beautiful cottage from Classic Cottages' portfolio. The property we chose was Orchard Barn, a charming cottage, once (as the name indicates) a barn, and now converted sympathetically into a lovely, romantic bolthole. Just a short drive from St Ives and the north coast's long sandy beaches the cottage seemed the ideal base for our holiday and it totally exceeded our expectations.

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn


As we drove into Cornwall (from Enfield) the weariness of the long journey gave way to the excitement of finally visiting this part of the country. Surrounded by countryside, Orchard Barn is in a fabulous secluded setting with an abundance of serenity and calmness. We spotted a male pheasant and a pair of playful fox cubs in one of the narrow lanes leading to the property which meant there might be more chances to spot wildlife in the vicinity of the cottage. And we did. Later during our stay, we spotted a stoat and some bunnies!

Orchard Barn is a detached stone cottage at the end of a quiet farm drive and shares the location with three other cottages. There is a graveled courtyard with a pond overlooking Orchard Barn's enclosed front deck.

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

The pre-arrival information pack that had been sent to us had all the information we needed to get our holiday started. There was a key safe near the front door, the code to access which had been provided to us. So, when we turned up at the cottage we just had to retrieve the key from the safe and let ourselves in.

The Interiors


As mentioned earlier, Orchard Barn is a former barn. While the interiors have been renovated to make it a comfortable and modern accommodation, much of the original character has been retained which we quite liked. The cottage had all the essentials and mod cons for the perfect getaway. The decor was elegant and welcoming. The owners had also left a welcome pack of yummy cookies and a bottle of wine for us. A lovely way to set our holiday off to a good start!

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

The cottage is set on two levels. On the first floor (which is accessed via the main entrance) is an open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas.

The living room was tastefully furnished with comfortable sofas and a cozy wood-burner. TV/DVD player, CD player and an iPod dock were also provided. Badminton rackets, a number of board games and a picnic blanket were also supplied - these being very thoughtful touches on part of the owners.

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

The kitchen was fitted out with an electric cooker, microwave, fridge, washing machine, and dishwasher. In addition to all kinds of crockery, cutlery, pans etc., cleaning supplies and tea towels were also provided. It had everything one could practically need.

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

The ground floor had two bedrooms. The first bedroom had a double bed and an en-suite shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin. The second bedroom had twin beds. There was another bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin on the ground floor. Both the bedrooms had large doors which opened on to the front deck.

The bedrooms were tastefully decorated and had a relaxing and homely feel. The bed was very comfortable and we slept incredibly well on all nights.

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

The Garden


Orchard Barn also has an enclosed private back garden, with a picnic table and an eight-foot trampoline and safety net. It was wonderful to sit in the garden and enjoy the evening sun.

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages

Our thoughts


We loved Orchard Barn. It is ideally located in St Erth to explore many of Cornwall's attractions. St Ives is under 20 minutes by car while St Michael's Mount is less than 4 miles away. The secluded Perranuthnoe Beach is around 3 miles away. With the cottage as our base, we also explored sections of the South West Coast Path. In addition to local must-sees within easy reach, the cottage also has good access to major roads for exploring scenic attractions further afield.

In terms of the accommodation itself, we give the cottage top marks. It is an ideal countryside retreat for a sightseeing or relaxing holiday. Well kitted out, spacious and comfortable, the cottage is ideal for couples or small families. The owners, Peter and Sue, have ensured that their guests have a wonderful time. They even called in to see us on the penultimate day of our stay bringing with them some delicious Cornish scones.

Overall, Orchard Barn is the perfect place to get away and recharge your batteries whether it is for a fun weekend trip or weeks away in the beautiful Cornish countryside. We had a wonderful time at Orchard Barn and can't recommend Classic Cottages more highly.

Ready to book?


A 7 nights stay at Orchard Barn ranges from £431-£990 dependant on arrival dates. A non-refundable booking fee of £28 is payable per booking. Bed linen and towels are included in the price. For more information visit, www.classic.co.uk.

Classic Cottages take great care in selecting their properties and conducting regular checks on the same. With a website that is well-structured, easy to use and with a portfolio of hundreds of holiday cottages, you are sure to find your perfect holiday cottage with them.

Classic Cottages | Leslie House, Lady Street, Helston, Cornwall TR13 8NA
Phone | 01326 555555

Orchard Barn In Cornwall - Classic Cottages
We were guests of Classic Cottages, however, as always, all opinions are solely our own.

11 comments:

  1. This looks like a perfect weekend getaway option from London. We are considering visiting Bath and may be now we have add this to our itinerary as well

    Thanks for sharing

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    1. Cornwall is stunning. Do add it to your itinerary if you have the time. And a stay in a cottage would be a nice experience as well. You can check Classic Cottage's website for their portfolio of cottages.

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  2. Orchard Barn looks like a lovely place to stay in Cornwall. The interior is so cosy and welcoming, and I can imagine enjoying the outdoor landscape too. It's also great that it's near to the major attractions in the area. Will consider this if I ever visit!

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    1. Yes, Orchard Barn was an excellent base for our holiday. Beautiful setting, comfortable interiors, great hosts and within easy reach of many popular attractions - it has it all.

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  3. Classis Cottages looks quirky and cute place to stay in. Also it has full amenities, surrounded by nature which I liked about this place. I would surely plan to stay in this cottage.

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  4. What a lovely place to stay! I love the white exposed beams, and the garden looks like a beautiful place to relax and drink a glass of wine - what a thoughtful welcome gift! The owners really took care of you :)

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  5. I used to read novels with cottages in Cornwall as the background. And now you have stayed in one of them and wrote beautifully about it followed with pretty pictures. The Orchard Barn surely presented what I've read in the novel so far. I would like to stay here whenever I get a chance to travel to UK.

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  6. This place exceed my expectation of a cottage! I really love the open space of the living room. All the beautiful little details really make you want to spend time in the room!

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  7. While there's nothing more iconic than an English cottage, I haven't really been in one. So how cool is it to take a sneak peek inside through this article AND be able to book one for holiday? Pretty cool!

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  8. Oh I am ready to relax in those comfy beds. Love the interior too, I bet it was a lovely stay

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  9. I would love to spend my holidays in such a romantic and lovely cottage. I like the original charm and this view is just amazing!! Lucky you ;)

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