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The Old Byre

(Ref. 1077051)

Mawnan Smith, Cornwall Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "A wonderful place, the design and oulay of the build is top class."

    Really loved the lounge and kitchen area with those beautiful views. Nice area for walking and the roads are quiet enough to walk into the local villages.

    Reviewed by Ken5.0Dec 2023

  • "A comfortable, well appointed cottage with some interesting features and so quiet !"

    One small thing : non-slip mats in the showers would be a good idea.

    Reviewed by Penny5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had a lovely week in this gorgeous cottage."

    Great location, spotlessly clean and wonderful views. A lovely cream tea awaited us on arrival along with lovely flowers! A great place to stay, we will definitely look to return soon.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a week at the Old Byre and it was lovely the moment we walked in the door."

    The property was stunning and had all the facilities you would need, great location for exploring Cornwall and the hosts were fantastic! We cannot wait to come back for a second stay

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Sep 2023

  • "This was a beautiful property in a lovely setting which was well appointed."

    The hosts were friendly and helpful and made our arrival delightful.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2023

  • "Excellent property, well maintained, great views, lovely location."

    Reviewed by Kay5.0May 2023

  • "Full marks for this charming and well equipped property which has been finished to a high standard."

    Good to know that our hosts were on hand should need have arisen; the cream tea and fresh flowers on arrival were a lovely touch. Would not hesitate to book again.

    Reviewed by Judy5.0Apr 2023

  • "The Byre is a beautiful property in a stunning location."

    It’s also close to lots of lovely places to visit. Beautifully maintained and stocked with all essentials. The fresh flowers and cream tea was a lovely touch. Would definitely return or recommend to anyone visiting Cornwall. Thank you to the owners for making our stay very special.

    Reviewed by Danny5.0Mar 2023

  • "A fabulous property: well designed and laid out with some beautiful views of the Cornish countryside."

    Great location for visiting all of the southern end of Cornwall really easily and very quiet and peaceful - highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Feb 2023

  • "We all thought The Old Byre is a really lovely holiday property."

    Very comfortable and well equipped. Although it is off the main road along little Cornish lanes for a couple of miles, it wasn't a problem at all. We thought the local village pub was such an interesting and historic building and the menu was very good.

    Reviewed by June5.0Sep 2022

  • "Anazing stay at this property, John and Carol were lovely hosts."

    The cottage is decorated to the highest specification....from jaw dropping light fittings to high quality fixtures and fittings. We also enjoyed the cream tea and milk which greeted us on our arrival. Will defo be back....thanks again.

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Aug 2022

  • "The Old Byre is beautifully furnished,so very comfortable."

    Beautiful views,and lovely hearing and seeing the sheep. The owners are friendly and helpful,but not at all intrusive. Cream tea on arrival was such a welcome,as was the birthday card and flowers later in the week. Plenty of space for myself,my husband,teenage daughter and our little dog. Lovely walks,and so much to do. Beautiful beaches just a 15min drive away. The Old Byre is definitely a 5 star option. Cannot recommend highly enough.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2022

  • "This was a lovely home from home, everything we could possibly need in beautiful surroundings on a working farm."

    The owners made us very welcome and nothing was too much trouble for them when we mentioned a small problem with the door out onto the garden in the one bedroom. They are rightly proud of their farm and happily introduced us to their farm animals. I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a quiet, relaxing break with plenty of walking routes directly from the farm.

    Reviewed by Irene5.0Jun 2022

  • "Everything was perfect."

    Carol and John made us feel very welcome and we are looking forward to another holiday there.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jun 2022

  • "Excellent! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Mar 2022

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at the Old Byre."

    It is a little bit of heaven. The Old Byre is beautifully furnished, comfortable with everything that you could need. The setting is amazing looking out onto a field of gorgeous sheep and lambs and across stunning countryside yet very close to beautiful beaches. Carol and John, our hosts were exceptional and welcoming. We have a labrador and the walks are fabulous. We would definitely recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Mar 2022

  • "Had an amazing stay in a great location - the accommodation is superb, with everything you need for some time away."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Feb 2022

  • "It was a joy to arrive at this lovely house on a wet and cold February evening."

    The barn is very comfortable and intelligently designed to make the most of the super views and peaceful location. Lovely walks from the front door but also just a short drive to local gardens and beaches. Friendly hosts were happy to answer questions. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Bernice5.0Feb 2022

  • "What a great find for our first Christmas away with friends and our small dog."

    The Old Byre is a beautiful cottage located on a working farm. It is finished to a very high standard. Plenty of space for four adults and a small dog. Within easy reach of Falmouth, beaches and other places of interest. The family are on hand if you need anything, friendly and happy to talk about their farm life and rare breed sheep and also recommend places to visit or grab a bite to eat. You won’t be disappointed with a stay at The Old Byre.

    Reviewed by Vivienne5.0Dec 2021

  • "We recently enjoyed a 3 week stay in the Old Byre."

    The cottage is beautifully finished with everything you could possibly need for a short or long stay. The views are stunning and there are plenty of great walks straight from the door, perfect for dog owners. You couldn’t ask for better hosts and we wouldn’t hesitate to strongly recommend a stay.

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Nov 2021

  • "The Old Byrne is an amazing holiday home set on a working farm in a beautiful location."

    A lot of care has been taken to make the cottage feel homely and comfortable with a touch of luxury! The scones, clotted cream and jam were gratefully received. Would definitely recommend this property and the surrounding area. So much to do and see.

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0Sep 2021

  • "The cottage is beautiful, freshly decorated and all in perfect conditions."

    Very calm and peaceful environment while good positioned to get out and about in the car for nearby location. We loved it and had a great time there.

    Reviewed by Debora5.0Jul 2021

  • "Wow! We have just returned from The Old Byre after staying there for a week for our honeymoon - Carol, our host, and also her sister were so friendly and went above and beyond to ensure we had everything we needed to make our stay extra special."

    They were even kind enough to leave us with some delicious scones and local clotted cream with jam, and also some milk in the fridge, which was a lovely gesture and very much appreciated! This place is perfect if you are looking for a quiet, secluded location to relax in. We also really enjoyed learning about their rare breed sheep and met their registered ram 'Yorkie Baa'. We would not hesitate to come back for another visit, and we will surely be recommending this place to all our family and friends. If you are thinking of booking then don't hesitate, you won't be disappointed!

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2021

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  • Reverse-level
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request) with TV and en-suite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x king-size with TV and en-suite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • External utility with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Gas central heating with underfloor heating in bathrooms
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Enclosed garden with lawn a stones throw from the property
  • Two well-behaved dogs accepted
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles

The property

Resting on the outskirts of Mawnan Smith is this stunning reverse-level barn conversion, The Old Byre.

is nestled in the grounds of the owner's farm.

Set over two floors, with open-plan living and sleeping up to four guests, The Old Byre is an ideal and scenic setting for your next trip to Cornwall, within easy reach of Falmouth, the Helford River and Flambards Theme Park.

You are welcomed to the property by a well-polished old stable door where you enter into the open-plan living space, with a kitchen certain to entice any budding chefs, you can soon gather round the dining table to enjoy an evening meal, or grab some popcorn and relax in front of the TV.

The middle of the living space is split by stairs, leading down to two stylish bedrooms; one super-king bed with a TV, elephant tapestry and a yellow theme making a homely space to escape to at the end of a long day and one king-size bed with ample storage and a TV so you can make yourself feel right at home, also both these rooms come with a contemporary en-suite shower room so you can freshen up in style.

Outside there is off-road parking for two cars, and an enclosed lawn garden just a short walk across a lane, perfect for your exercising your furry friends.

The pretty little village of Mawnan Smith is located near the mouth of the Helford River in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is home to a traditional pub, a restaurant, a church and a handful of shops.

The surrounding area is perfect for ramblers, with an abundance of creekside and woodland walks, subtropical gardens at Glendurgan and Trebah, and the opportunity for kayaking, sailing and fishing at The Helford River.

Within driving distance is the maritime town of Falmouth which is a popular resort, with a range of shops and restaurants, bowling alley and the National Maritime Museum, as well as being nearby the beautiful Pendennis Castle and two breathtaking sandy beaches.

Enterprise Boats offer trips up the River Fal from Falmouth to Truro, passing iconic maritime locations and landmarks as well as several ocean-going vessels which anchor in the river, or you can take the ferry from Helford Passage to Helford Village to explore.

Also within driving distance, and for a little holiday thrill, is the Flambards Theme Park with rides, exhibitions and a Victorian village, or the Kernow Adventure Park, ideal for thrill-seekers or lovers of the watersports.

For an unforgettable trip to Cornwall, choose The Old Byre.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref: 1113824, together sleeping up to 6 guests.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Falmouth 6 miles ; Helford Passage 1.5 miles ; Helston 12.5 miles

Located near the mouth of the Helford River in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Mawnan Smith is a pretty little village. It is home to a traditional pub, a restaurant, a church and a handful of shops. The surrounding area is perfect for ramblers, with an abundance of creekside and woodland walks, and subtropical gardens at Glendurgan and Trebah. The Helford River also offers opportunities for kayaking and sailing as well as fishing. The nearby maritime town of Falmouth is a popular resort, with a range of shops and restaurants, bowling alley and the National Maritime Museum…. Or why not catch the ferry from Helford Passage to Helford Village and explore the picturesque South Helford? Enterprise Boats offer trips up the River Fal from Falmouth to Truro, passing iconic maritime locations and landmarks as well as several ocean-going vessels which anchor in the river.

Note: Please keep your dog on a lead when walking to and from the property, especially in nearby fields.