“Two stunning barn conversions (sleeping 2-9), and a charming village cottage (for 2-4); perfect for free-range kids, beach lovers and walkers”
There are 2 barns - Red (sleeping 2-4) and Cob (sleeping 6-9) - plus a cottage for 2-4 (Escallonia) in the village of Poughill, 7 miles from the farm.
Nestled within 7 acres of rural farmland, the 2 stylish barns sit side by side, but are cleverly angled to feel private. Red Barn is arranged upside down, with bedrooms at the bottom and a loft-style, upper-floor living space, accessed via an enormous lawned garden. The kitchen is at one end; 2 comfy sofas and a wood-burning stove at the other. In the middle, there’s a dining table and 4 chairs, a line of neat shelving, stocked with books, games, DVDs, a picnic set and blanket. Thoughtful extras include an iPod dock, barbecue, boules and garden furniture.
A staircase drops to the ground floor where there are 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. The pretty double has an antique chest of drawers and a wall of printed wallpaper. Dual-aspect bedroom 2 is designed for children, with a navy-and-white seaside theme. The contemporary bathroom (brick tiles, tongue and groove) has a shower over a panelled tub, and REN toiletries are provided.
The Cob has seriously great credentials: designed by award-winning architects, cool, elegant styling and views to open countryside. The timber exterior and angular windows hint at the modern makeover inside, where features include bi-fold doors and underfloor heating. The main living space is a dramatic double-height living space, where white walls and a sleek kitchen emphasis stand-out pieces like the iconic, rainbow-hued Eames chairs and industrial metal light shades.
Beyond the living space there are 4 bedrooms. Downstairs is a large double with tongue and groove panels and an ensuite shower room. Upstairs, a blue-hued double has wide views across open fields, and the third can convert into a twin room. The kids’ room has bunk-beds, teddies and a playful bright-red ladder. There's also a gleaming shared bathroom.
Escallonia is the newest kid on the block; a beautifully restored cottage in the quaint village of Poughill. It has a kingsize double bedroom (with a beautiful metro-tiled ensuite), a sunny yellow twin bedroom and a snug bathroom with a tub, so it's perfect for a family, 2 couples or friends. Downstairs, a light lounge has designer sofas, there's a surprisingly big kitchen/diner and a small garden out front has bold green dining furniture. Perfect for a couple, 2 couples, friends or a family with a baby or older kids. Toddlers are of course welcome, but the barns are better suited to little'uns.
The kitchens are astonishingly well equipped. Besides the things you'd expect (hob, oven, requisite crockery and utensils) we found things like a Bialetti coffee pot and a cake whisk, plus loads of useful extras - baking trays, lasagna dishes, napkins and candles. There's a washer/dryer and a a supply of Ecover cleaning products.
In the barns, your first breakfast is provided as a welcome pack - bread, milk, local bacon and the farm’s free-range eggs. If you're staying at Escallonia, you'll get a voucher for a cream tea at Northcott Mouth beach. The nearest supermarkets are in Bude or Holsworthy. You might also like to take a special trip to Launceston (20-25 minutes’ drive) where you can combine a castle visit with a meat shop at Warrens - one of the best butchers in Cornwall.
For an evening out, there are plenty of good restaurants within driving distance (Bude's are within walking distance if you're staying in Escallonia). For ace Sunday roasts, try the The Smithy Pub at Welcombe; for casual summery dining, try Life’s a Beach at Summerleaze or the Bayview at Widemouth. Further afield, we had a fantastic lunch in the lovely garden at the St Kew Inn at St Kew (30 miles), near Trebarwith Strand.
99% of guests who stay in the barns are young families. With 2 children of their own, Conrad and Karen designed the barns as a child-friendly retreat and they are very well equipped. Escallonia is best for older kids.
The beaches around Bude are great for splashing, swimming, throwing a frisbee, learning to surf etc. There's Pirate Ship at Crooklets beach, and kids can ‘walk on water', in giant plastic globes. In Bude itself, there is a lovely seawater pool overlooking the beach (free); and a 'Splash' pool with flumes and a beach-style shallow end (small charge).
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
The Red Barn and Escallonia each have 1 double and 1 twin bedroom. The Cob is larger: 4 bedrooms, one of which is a dedicated kids’ room with bunk-beds and space for an additional rollaway bed, while 1 of the others can be set up as a twin. All 3 properties can accommodate an additional baby cot.
You can book a babysitter at extra cost (the Allens use qualified child-minders from a local nursery)
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking