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Reviewed: Old Pear Tree Barn, North Cornwall

Old Pear Tree Barn holiday rental Cornwall

Rather than jetting off somewhere exotic post-wedding, we decided a week of rest and recovery nearer to home would be a good plan (plus I’m still struggling with the big honeymoon question). Somewhere peaceful where we could laze around among beautiful countryside would be perfect – like Cornwall. During my research I came across the website for self-catering holiday company Unique Home Stays, and ended up wasting a good few hours fantasy holiday planning (check out this beauty, sadly a bit out of our price range!). In the end we plumped for Old Pear Tree Barn, a converted barn and piggery in the Cornish countryside, surrounded by green fields, sand dunes and the old pear tree that gives it its name.

The location

Old Pear Tree Barn is just outside the tiny village of Cubert, about five miles from Newquay on the north Cornwall coast. It’s at the end of a private road out in the middle of nowhere, so is incredibly peaceful. You’re not right on the beach but can walk across the fields from there to Holywell Bay – the information sheet said it’s a 20-minute walk but we’re either very unfit or got lost as it took us more like 30–40 minutes each way! Holywell Bay is a backed by huge dunes with wild seas in a stormy September – though we couldn’t get too close to the waves as a future blockbuster was being filmed on the beach. This part of the coast is great for surfing or bodyboarding and you can take lessons in Holywell or nearby Perranporth Bay. You’re also close to Newquay, Truro and within day-trip distance of the Eden Project and Padstow.

Old Pear Tree Barn holiday rental Cornwall

Outside Old Pear Tree Barn

The rooms

The barn is ‘U’ shaped, with a topsy-turvy layout, so the kitchen/diner and bedrooms are on the ground floor and the lounge is upstairs. It sleeps four people, with an en suite double with patio doors on one side and a small twin room on the other side (so if you’ve got kids they’re far enough out of range that you won’t hear much!). There are two bathrooms which come equipped with lots of fluffy towels and Cowshed toiletries. The barn has been beautifully converted and is decorated in muted seaside colours with quirky wooden carvings and pottery. There’s plenty of outside space and the lounge has a wrap-around balcony to make the most of those stunning countryside views.

Old Pear Tree Barn holiday rental Cornwall

The main en suite bedroom

The food

All Unique Home Stays properties come with a welcome hamper – ours had prosecco, chocolates, local jam, biscuits, snacks and olives. We also got everything we needed to whip up a full cooked breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, bread and milk. There are basics like oil, herbs, tea and coffee in the kitchen too so you don’t have to bring everything with you. If you want to eat in then there’s a small shop in Cubert and larger supermarkets about five miles away in Newquay. The kitchen’s really well-equipped with everything you’ll need. There’s also the 16th-century thatched Smugglers’ Den Inn at the end of the lane where we had a great meal, with lots of fish and Cornish mussels on the menu.

Old Pear Tree Barn holiday rental Cornwall

Old Pear Tree Barn’s kitchen

The facilities

There is an orchard garden and lots of patio space outside the barn, filled with pots of colourful flowers and with recliners, a garden table and chairs and a BBQ if the weather’s good. However we mainly had September rainstorms instead of sun so ended up spending most of our time inside. The barn is really cosy though, with an environmentally friendly ground source heat pump which warms up the hot water and the underfloor heating throughout. On rainy days there are two comfy sofas and books, board games, a big TV and DVD player and an iPod dock provided to keep you occupied.

Old Pear Tree Barn holiday rental Cornwall

The upstairs lounge and balcony

My tips

  • Guests are… just you, and maybe the occasional passing sheep.
  • Staff are… friendly and helpful, though you’re only likely to see the owners at check in or if you pop up to the Smugglers’ Den Inn which they run.
  • Don’t forget… to bring shampoo and shower gel, you only get hand wash and hand cream supplied.
  • Useful to know… there’s no mobile reception at the barn but they do have a decent wifi connection.
Old Pear Tree Barn holiday rental Cornwall

Views across the countryside from the upstairs lounge

The details

A four-night, Monday–Friday rental at the Old Pear Tree Barn in September cost £365 for two people. You can also rent the barn for three-day long weekends or full weeks, with a slightly higher cost if there are four people. Prices range from £500 for a week off-season right up to £1710 during the Easter/summer holidays. There is also a £500 refundable damage deposit.

Note: all images © Unique Home Stays ( +44 (0)1637 881947), because we had awful weather, but we paid for our stay ourselves in full and all opinions are my own.

29 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lovely home

    October 7, 2013
    • Beautiful isn’t it? I found it hard to tear myself away!

      October 8, 2013
  2. My kind of holiday!

    October 7, 2013
    • Me too – I so often end up trying to see as much as I can on a trip that it was nice to really relax for once!

      October 8, 2013
  3. Congratulations and best of luck with your marriage.

    October 7, 2013
  4. I head down to north Cornwall two or three times a year but had never heard of Cubert before – sounds like you were we’ll and truly off the beaten path. Congratulations!

    October 7, 2013
    • Cubert itself is teeny but worth a visit to Holywell Bay and a walk up to the Smugglers Den for sure!

      October 8, 2013
  5. Congrats on your wedding! This looks like a really lovely spot to spend a mini-honeymoon, or just relax in general.

    October 7, 2013
    • Thank you, it was lovely – just what we needed after all that wedding stress!

      October 8, 2013
  6. How delightfu. I would love to stay there and write for a week. My character could have quite the adventure in Cornwall I believe.

    October 8, 2013
    • It would be a fantastic place to write – so peaceful but with lots of good walks if you wanted to get out and about.

      October 8, 2013
    • Wow really amazing

      October 9, 2013
  7. madeleinedeaton #

    Wow, stunning! Just the sort of place to curl up in on a cold October day 🙂

    October 10, 2013
    • Feels so much like winter today that I’d happily head back there and hibernate for the next few months!

      October 10, 2013
  8. Looks lovely, just what you needed after your busy year!

    October 10, 2013
    • Definitely, I was seriously in need of a bit of laziness!

      October 11, 2013
  9. This looks idyllic Lucy. I’ll definitely check out their website as we are going to a wedding next year and will spend a few days in Cornwall.

    October 10, 2013
    • They have a lot of gorgeous Cornwall places so hopefully you can find something good!

      October 11, 2013
  10. Wow, that looks awesome! I would love to stay there one day. Thanks for the great article!

    October 12, 2013
    • Thanks Mel, it’s a lovely relaxing place to stay if you do make it to Cornwall, really peaceful and lots of gorgeous scenery.

      October 14, 2013
  11. Looks lovely, Lucy! Back to the grind for a little while? 🙂

    October 18, 2013
    • Not for long Jo, we are Algarve bound tomorrow!

      October 18, 2013
    • Eeek! I knew it was soon and was going to ask but knew you’d be busy. Where are you staying? Rough itinerary sorted or going with the flow? Have a fabulous time 🙂

      October 18, 2013
    • We are staying in Lagos in a villa (there’s 8 of us in total with my parents, brother, sister ans partners) – not planned much yet though, will have to do some reading on the plane!

      October 18, 2013
    • It’s a good base. I’m Barcelona bound in 2 weeks. Can’t wait! 🙂

      October 18, 2013
    • Fantastic – have a great trip!

      October 18, 2013
  12. Ooohhh! Lovely! I miss the days when my family and I used to rent cottages. I love exploring other homes 🙂

    October 28, 2013
    • We do that a lot too – such good value compared with hotels and you get to pretend that you live in some gorgeous places!

      November 1, 2013

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