The Barn

" Many thanks for making our stay at Penrest such a wonderful one. None of us wants to leave such a magical home from home - We've barely visited any of the local attractions - there's been no need. Each of us has been happy to enjoy life on the farm - ."

East Penrest Barn is on the farm of East Penrest in the lovely Inny valley, an area which is designated as being of "great landscape value" and is on the fringes of the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Located some 5 miles south of Launceston and about 20 miles north of Plymouth, it is one of the most unspoilt parts of Cornwall.

The Barn was renovated in 1996 and was awarded a commendation by the Cornish Buildings Group the following year for its "sympathetic conversion".

On the ground floor, where cows, pigs and hens were housed, there are four double bedrooms and two bathrooms. Two of the bedrooms have double beds and two have twin beds; bunk beds can be provided if required, allowing a total of 10 to be accommodated. There are old slate floors and massive exposed beams. Each bedroom has a stable-door opening out onto a south-facing stone terrace below which is a lawn bordered by a small stream and a pond, with a low stone wall separating this area from the farmyard.

Upstairs, in the old threshing barn, where hay and straw were also stored, the roof timbers have been left exposed and there is a lovely spacious living/ dining/kitchen area approximately 50 feet long. This has double doors at one end opening onto steps that lead down to a paved area for eating al-fresco and barbecuing, with a sheltered orchard just behind.

At the other end of the barn is a comfortable sitting-room with a large wood-burning stove and one wall entirely lined with books. Also at this level is a small extension housing a utility area and a third bathroom, which has a shower designed for the disabled. (A ramp leads up to the back door to facilitate wheelchair access.)

The Barn has full central heating, electric ceramic hob, combination microwave/oven/grill, oil-fired Nobel cooker (similar to an Aga), large fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, television, hi-fi unit and telephone. Bed-linen, is provided (inclusive with the rent), as are electricity, oil and logs. Baby-sitting can be arranged. Home-cooked meals can also be provided by prior arrangement.

Please note that we do not permit smoking in the barn or farm out-buildings. Dogs are welcome provided they are kept strictly under control and are not allowed on the furniture. They must also be up-to-date with their innoculations and have been wormed recently.

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