“We chose this barn because of the promise of a heated,outside swimming pool.”
The barn and the setting was in every other respect gorgeous but we were so disappointed that we and the children were unable to use the pool as it was very cold.
The barn and the setting was in every other respect gorgeous but we were so disappointed that we and the children were unable to use the pool as it was very cold. We think the fact that it relies on a ground source heat pump and so depends on the air temperature should be made clear so if its cold then the pool will be cold and wet suits would be needed as in the sea. We have wet suits but did not bring them as we thought the pool was heated.
“The cottage was in a beautiful setting ,lovely large mature garden with three different types of apple trees all of which were edible ,swimming pool was a nice touch to the property and we made full use of it .”
There is a couple of things that could be added ,one of which was lighting outside the cottage at night it was pitch black and torches had to be used all the time .also the cottage was not short of anything which was great with a big family, but there was no tumble dryer which is a god send if the weather turns ,luckily though our fortnight as a whole was a lovely tranquil stay and views to wake up to every morning on the upstairs balcony with a cuppa was real treat.
“Beautiful peaceful house and garden”
The house is beautiful and immaculately clean and has everything you could need. The views are amazing. The garden is well tended yet looks natural rather than over manicured. It us also very private. The pool is lovely and was lovely and warm...We used it a lot as had fantastic weather. This place is ideal for a grandparent, parent and grandchildren holiday. The only downside is that there isn't a pub or shop in easy walking distance.
“Large comfortable ‘upside down’ barn with large garden in lovely rural surroundings with beautiful views.”
The only downside we would mention is that there is no shop or pub within easy walking distance. However if you want peace and quiet it is ideal.
“There were 8 Adults & 3 children in our party, everybody had a fantastic time, I was a little apprehensive about the pool with 2 very small children before arriving but absolutely no need, it is totally fenced off & there is no way the children can get access to the pool without an adult in attendance.”
The pool itself was wonderful, our weather wasn't great for the first few days of our holiday but we still managed to use the pool most days, when the sun did finally shine it was wonderful in the pool. The house itself is very comfortable & there is more than enough outside toys & DVDs & things to keep people amused. The bedrooms are very comfortable with the exception of maybe the upstairs bedroom which apparently gas a very short bed in it! But we found our bedroom, which was the bedroom with conservatory, very comfortable. The garden is totally secure & our dog was secure in it & the 7 year old in our party loved playing ball in the garden. The kitchen is well stocked & the two fridges came in very handy, we found the owners very helpful via email & the cleaners were very helpful & we knew we could contact them if we needed to although we didn't need to, thankfully! All in all everything is amazing! Thank you for letting us stay there.
“The property is in a fantastic location the views are spectacular and it is so peaceful.”
The wildlife is wonderful to watch we particularly liked the woodpeckers as it was the first time we have seen a woodpecker. There is lots of books and games at he property to keep adults and children entertained. We did not have particularly warm weather to use the pool although the children in our party could not resist but took a long time to warm up afterwards. The location although rural is a central location for visiting the area.
“Stayed in March and as you can expect the pool had not fully warmed up, but the kids went in anyway and fully enjoyed it.”
Kitchen was fully equipped and a nice welcome package was gratefully received. Because the weather was not that brilliant, the kids made the most of the included board games and the adults made good use of the TV package. If we were to stay in the area again, I would first check out the Beech Owl Barn for availability, and I would probably book with Sykes Cottages again as I managed to get £48 cashback with Top Cashback. It all helps. If we are allowed to offer suggestions on improvements; the kids would like a path or stepping stones to the pool, and the adults would like the front gate area a tad wider. Having said that we had a fantastic holiday in a fantastic property. We loved it. Nearly forgot the best bit for me coming from a town, the wildlife in and around the great garden was fantastic to see.
“Amazing, friendly house.”
The owners have thought of everything, truly a home from home. We loved it and didn't want to leave
“No-one wanted to leave at the end of the week.”
Our children found the pool warm enough every day despile being the end of March. Very relaxing.
Stoke Climsland 1.5 miles.
A superb rural barn conversion set in glorious countryside in the hamlet of Goosewell in the Tamar Valley, Cornwall.
For those seeking a family holiday in total privacy, this most spacious house has a magnificent garden and 30' x 14' swimming pool that is hard to beat.
This is a wonderful house offering peace and solitude for families or couples to get away from it all and enjoy time together in a beautiful location.
You access this lovely cottage down a private lane and enter on the first floor via a small flight of steps, then pass through the well-equipped kitchen into the dining area before entering the splendid sitting room complete with a log burner and piano, perfect for family get togethers.
The far-reaching views from here are wonderful and can be enjoyed even more by stepping out onto the balcony.
There are five bedrooms, with one on the first floor and four on the ground floor with a bathroom on each.
The master double has its own conservatory leading out to the private enclosed garden and from here it’s a short stroll down through the garden to the swimming pool, great for a dip before breakfast.
The cottage is only one and a half miles from two of Cornwall's finest pubs and restaurants, the award-winning Springer Spaniel in Treburley being one, owned by a renowned former MasterChef winner, and the other being the 15th century Royal Inn at Horsebridge where Charles I is reputed to have visited and left his seal 'for services rendered'!
For gourmet dining, Olga Polizzi's (the Hotel Inspector) Hotel Endsleigh is just five miles away and The Horn of Plenty is six miles away.
Nearby Callington, a lovely market town set in the heart of the Tamar Valley and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offers a good selection of shops, inns and cafes, as well as being the home of Ginster’s Cornish pasties.
A little further afield explore either by foot, car or horseback, Bodmin moor and Dartmoor as well as the north and south coasts, both easily accessible.
There are also some beautiful gardens to explore in this area of Cornwall, including those of Cotehele, Caerhays Castle, Lanhydrock and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Not far from the cottage is Plymouth, a fabulous waterside city with a wealth of attractions, including the historic Barbican, the National Marine Aquarium and a selection of restaurants, theatres and shops.
St. Mellion International Resort is only ten miles away, offering an opportunity for non-members to play golf on the famous Nicklaus Course.
Slightly further afield near St. Austell, is the Eden Project, a popular visitor attraction that makes for an interesting day out.
This lovely cottage offers a relaxing and peaceful holiday even in the height of summer, and will have you returning year after year.
- Swimming pool
- Off road parking
- Ground floor bedroom
- Open fire
- Garden / Patio
- Cot available
- Highchair available
- Washing machine
- Broadband / WiFi
Over two floors. Five bedrooms: 1 x ground floor king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 2 x ground floor double, 1 x first floor double, 1 x ground floor twin. Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC. First floor shower room with shower, basin and WC. First floor kitchen with dining area. Utility. First floor sitting room with log burner.
- Oil central heating with log burner
- Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
- Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
- Bed linen and towels inc. in rent, please bring own pool towels
- Off road parking for 3 cars
- Private enclosed garden with furniture and full-size croquet
- Outdoor heated swimming pool
- Two well-behaved pets welcome
- Sorry, no smoking
- Shop 2 miles, pub 1.5 miles
- Note: Check-in 4pm Note: drainage from a septic tank, there is no mains drainage
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About the location
Callington 2 miles; Calstock 7 miles; Plymouth 18 miles.
Stoke Climsland, a small village on the East Cornwall-Devon border is home to the Stoke Climsland Post Office Stores, which has served at the heart of the local community since the reign of Queen Victoria. To the south of the parish is Kit Hill standing over 100 feet tall, and donated to the people of Cornwall by Prince Charles, the Duchy of Cornwall, to celebrate the birth of his first son Prince William. Kit Hill is an ideal place for walking, bird watching, kite flying and picnics. Two miles away is Callington, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and offering a good selection of shops, inns and cafes, as well as being the home of Ginsters Cornish pasties, certainly worth a visit on your way to a day’s walk on Dartmoor. A little further away, is the quaint village of Calstock clinging to the steep banks of the river Tamar and dominated by the splendid Calstock Railway Viaduct, a giant 11-arched stone construction supporting one of Britain’s most picturesque branch lines running through the Tamar Valley. A splendid base to explore south Cornwall and West Devon.
This property offers the following short breaks:
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