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Old Pear Tree Barn in North Cornwall, reviewed

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

Views across the countryside from the upstairs lounge

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

Outside Old Pear Tree Barn

The details

A four-night, Monday–Friday rental at the Old Pear Tree Barn (which now known as Forelle) in autumn/winter costs £470 for two people. You can also rent it for three-day long weekends or full weeks, with a slightly higher cost if there are four people. Prices range from £680 for a week off-season right up to £2080 during the Easter/summer holidays. There is also a £500 refundable damage deposit.

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Old Pear Tree Barn (Forelle) in North Cornwall, reviewed – On the Luce travel blog

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

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29 Comments

  • Reply
    Viaggiando con Bea
    October 7, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Lovely home

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      Beautiful isn’t it? I found it hard to tear myself away!

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    Karen Johnson
    October 7, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    My kind of holiday!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      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!

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    Gerard
    October 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Congratulations and best of luck with your marriage.

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    aBitofCulture
    October 7, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    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!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 8, 2013 at 2:21 pm

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

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    Laura
    October 7, 2013 at 10:36 pm

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

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm

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

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    Darlene
    October 8, 2013 at 5:55 am

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

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm

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

  • Reply
    madeleinedeaton
    October 10, 2013 at 3:38 am

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

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 10, 2013 at 10:10 am

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

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    thegrownupgapyear
    October 10, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Looks lovely, just what you needed after your busy year!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 11, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Definitely, I was seriously in need of a bit of laziness!

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    Suzanne Courtney
    October 10, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    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.

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 11, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      They have a lot of gorgeous Cornwall places so hopefully you can find something good!

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    mellivinginstuttgart
    October 12, 2013 at 10:17 am

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

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 14, 2013 at 10:32 pm

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

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    restlessjo
    October 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Looks lovely, Lucy! Back to the grind for a little while? 🙂

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 18, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      Not for long Jo, we are Algarve bound tomorrow!

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        restlessjo
        October 18, 2013 at 1:11 pm

        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 🙂

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      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!

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        restlessjo
        October 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm

        It’s a good base. I’m Barcelona bound in 2 weeks. Can’t wait! 🙂

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Fantastic – have a great trip!

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    Arianwen
    October 28, 2013 at 3:35 am

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

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      November 1, 2013 at 11:08 pm

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

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