Autumn in Cornwall

The countryside is mellowing slowly into it’s autumn colours and Cornwall is easing itself out of the summer rush into a more sedate pace.

September is always a glorious month and if we are lucky the weather holds good throughout October as well. There is still plenty to do, it’s just a bit more pleasurable without the crowds.


Autumn gardens are still alive with exotic plants such as Japanese Maples, Australian Incense Bushes and Asian Ginger Lilies all providing vibrant flames of colour.

Top of the list to visit is Glendurgan – hidden from the outside world by shelter belts of woodland in a narrow and beautiful coastal valley. Intended to be a piece of heaven on earth, this secret and special garden also gives a glorious glimpse down to the bright waters of the Helford River.

Also good with vibrant autumn colours are The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Trelissick.


We thoroughly recommend Truro’s Royal Cornwall Museum – which among other things has exhibits exploring the rich and varied nature of Poldark’s 18th Century Cornwall.  The 12 internationally bestselling Poldark novels are set in Cornwall where author Winston Graham spent much of his life.

The museum has a unique connection with Winston Graham; as they hold many of the author’s original notebooks, showing his novels written in long hand and this has resulted in the museum being a site of pilgrimage for the many fans who arrive in Cornwall from across the world looking for traces of Graham’s original work

Always worth a visit even for landlubbers are the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth and The Shipwreck Museum in Charlestown.

Food – something dear to our hearts!

There are plenty of exciting food festivals taking place this autumn – The Cornish Food Festival in Truro from the 22nd Sept for the weekend. It takes place on  Truro’s Lemon Quay, which transforms into foodie heaven for three days of eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment as the festival celebrates the food revolution that has taken place in Cornwall.

The Falmouth Oyster Festival starts 12th October in Falmouth – The weekend is packed with cookery demonstrations by leading local chefs, oysters, seafood, wine and local ale, sea shanties, and marquees brimming with Cornish produce.

As well as the above there is a pasty festival in Redruth, a honey fair in Callington and a beer festival in Falmouth… need we go on!


The coastal footpath becomes more interesting with basking sharks, seals, and migrating birds to look out for.  Try St Anthony’s Head, Towan and Porthbean Beach.

Take the binoculars and wander through the woodland and creekside walks where you will see a variety of migrating waders, maybe a great blue heron or a glossy ibis, but certainly sandpipers, red and greenshanks, stints and knots. Best spots are along the Percuil River, Tresillian River and the Fal of course.

Don’t forget at Roundhouse Barns we are on hand to advise about the best walks, gardens, activities, pubs and restaurants and even what to do on a rainy day.

So go on spoil yourselves book now for an autumn break in one of our three cosy cottages.

Happy New Year Newsletter 2017

For many years we’ve posted out an annual newsletter to our guests, where we look back on the year gone by and look forward to the year ahead. This year, we’ve gone digital! So if you’d like to find out what we’ve been up to and what’s in store for 2017 read on…

A Sunny Summer Weekend

The view 5 minutes from the end of the drive!

It’ s been a busy weekend at Roundhouse Barns but we have still managed to find some time to enjoy the glorious sunshine.

It was a busy day Friday with changeovers in all three cottages and the B&B, so finally at 5.00pm Barbara left our B&B guests enjoying their cream tea and the sun on their patio whilst she took Barney and Lucia for a walk. Turn right out of our driveway and it’s only fifteen minutes down to the river beach at Turnaware. The dogs spent a while cooling off in the river, whilst Barbara spent some time ogling a rather nice yacht that was moored by the creek.

After a busy day we didn’t feel like cooking so ordered takeaway pizza from Tatums – check out their Facebook page. Mark pootled down to Portscatho to pick them up and they were enjoyed with a bottle of Camel Valley Rose Brut! (Yes we know, pizza and pink fizz is a strange combination but our excuse is that we were celebrating the fact that Mark has a new job!)

Saturday was just as glorious so once B&B breakfasts were done and the rooms cleaned, we settled down to paying some Roundhouse bills, especially those of our cleaners – really important to keep them happy and pay them on time. However, it was not too long before we were sat outside on our patio enjoying lunch in the sun – with two hopeful dogs sat nearby.

RHB Gallery

We walked the dogs along the coastal path from Porthbean to Curgurrel and back – gloriously sunny and both dogs enjoyed a swim, Barbara had a paddle – we should have taken swimming costumes and towels it was so tempting.

Dinner was pork chops from our lovely local butchers with new potatoes, broad beans and french beans all straight from our veggie patch, which is also well used by our cottage guests!

Sunday brought a changeover in the B&B so after saying goodbye to our lovely guests it was full steam ahead for a complete changeover – beds from twin to king size and a deep clean.

Midday was time for a quick Skype with Tommy our lovely digital marketing expert. The sun was still shining, so time to do our favourite Sunday walk around Messack Point, open fields, cool woodland and a scramble down the cliff for a quick dip in the sea.

Back by 4.00pm as we are expecting new B&B guests to arrive – but at least we can wait for them in the sunshine.

All in all a glorious weekend, lets hope there are many more this summer!

(As you can tell, we love it here! If you’d like to experience any of this yourself then we do have some limited availability left this summer which you can see here.)

£100 off the remaining weeks in July

The view from the end of the drive!

We only have two weeks still available for a stay at Roundhouse Barns this July and there is now £100 off both of them.

Our late availability is as follows:

Cockle Cottage from July 1 – July 8 | £845 for the week – Discover Cockle Cottage…

The Carthouse from July 8 – July 15 | £745 for the week – Discover The Carthouse…

Both these cottages are 5* rated and wonderful places to spend a sunny week enjoying and exploring the very best of the Roseland and Cornwall.

We love it here but we’re a bit biased. So don’t just take our word for it. The below is our most recent review from TripAdvisor:

“This is truly a perfect holiday home to stay! If it’s unspoilt location and accommodation you’re after and where every little detail is catered for, you’ll never go wrong with Roundhouse Barn! Mark & Barbara Sadler have nailed self catering perfection just for you! 3 fabulous cottages – The Dairy, Cockle and The Carthouse.

“My most recent stay was in the latter. Modern decor throughout but sympathetic to the traditional build. Comfortable King Size bed and fully equipped kitchen. You’ll enjoy complete privacy throughout your stay, but if anything did go wrong you’re never more than a few steps away from your hosts and help!

“Loads of brilliant places to visit are all within good driving distances; Trelissick Garden, Lost Gardens Of Heligan, St Ives, Mevagissey, Falmouth and Truro just to name a few! You’re also in the beautiful unspoilt Roseland – so plenty of opportunity to take a good walk inland and along the fabulous coastline!

“I love this place and can confidently endorse a visit to anyone else checking this review!”


Spoil yourselves…book now for an amazing break in our three luxury cottages.

Check our availability and book today

Spring into Cornwall’s Gardens

Beautiful Trebah Gardens.
Beautiful Trebah Gardens.

Enjoying the warmth of the Gulf Stream, the magical gardens in Cornwall are home to a wealth of exciting, rare and beautiful plants and trees.

From wild woodland to neatly manicured lawns, from the small and unusual to large and famous. Off the top of our heads we easily came up with at least 40 different gardens to visit! So here are just a few of the less visited gardens within 30 mins of Roundhouse Barns…

Trebah, Falmouth

A thriving sub-tropical valley garden which runs down to the Helford River near the fishing village of Durgan. Wind through the exotic gardens to meet the water’s edge. (Stroll across a couple of fields to get to the Ferry Boat Inn for a lunch with a stunning view).

Pinetum Park, St Austell

A 30 acre plantman’s paradise with over 6000 labelled rare & unusual plants. Colourful, inspired planting with fine herbaceous borders. Includes several water features, shrubberies, formal garden, cottage garden, pinetum, arboretum & a Japanese garden.

Trewithen, near Truro

Has champion trees and rare shrubs, a wildflower meadow and woodland glades, exotic fern collections and tree top viewing platforms, it would be hard to find anywhere more beautiful or more intriguing than Trewithen’s deservedly famous garden.

Lamorran Garden, St Mawes

Enjoy the glittering sea views over Falmouth Bay from this stunning Mediterranean-style garden. Lamorran boasts over four-acres of sub-tropical paradise. It is quite steep though, we gaily strolled down and then realised it is all uphill on the way back!  So avail yourself of a cream tea as a reward at the top of the hill.

Poppy Cottage Garden, Ruanhighlanes

Covers an acre of land, themed as a series of small rooms, each a garden in themselves. Brimming with bulbs, herbaceous, grasses, shrubs and exotics with plenty of places to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake. This is a garden that we can all relate too and maybe pick up a few ides to take home. At the end of the garden is a small orchard with unusual ducks and those fluffy leg chickens!

We could mention more – Caerhays, Trelissick, Glendurgan, Heligan, Eden Project, Enys with its bluebell woods, to name but a few,but we think you can already see you are spoilt for choice!

It is rare for a week to go by when we don’t see a few plants being loaded into the back of a car as our guests depart, we can only hope that they all thrive when they get home.

So be quick, book your spring break at Roundhouse Barns, check out the Special Offers – and if you have missed your preferred dates for 2016 then why not be prepared and book ahead for 2017!

Spoil yourselves…book now for an amazing break in one of our three cosy cottages.

Check our availability and book today

20 things to try when you visit Roundhouse Barns

Things to Do in Cornwall

There are very few guarantees in life. But there’s three things we can guarantee when it comes to a holiday at Roundhouse Barns…

You’ll be able to relax and unwind in one of our lovely cottages, you’ll get a warm Cornish welcome and you won’t be stuck to find things to do.

The Roseland and surrounding areas are some of the best spots in the county for finding brilliant things to see and do. So much so that you’ll never be able to fit everything in with just one visit.

To get you started, we’ve put 20 of our favourite things together for you to work through and tick off while you’re here. See how many you can manage!

  1. Enjoy a cream tea in our gardens.
  2. Visit St Mawes and walk up to the castle.
  3. Tuck into fish and chips at Rick Stein’s Fish in Falmouth.
  4. See if you can spot sunbathing seals on Black Rock from the St Mawes Ferry.
  5. Fly down the SkyWire zip wire at the Eden Project.
  6. Let the chains take the strain on the King Harry Ferry before a gentle stroll around Trelissick Gardens. (And make sure you pose for a selfie with Phileas & Fogg!)
  7. Have a light lunch at the Hidden Hut.
  8. Lace up the walking boots and hike to St Anthony’s Lighthouse with its magical views across Falmouth Bay.
  9. Take a cooking class at the fabulous Philleigh Way Cookery School.
  10. Pop open a bottle of Camel Valley, Cornwall’s very own ‘champagne.’
  11. Get cosmopolitan with a trip to Truro with its shops, eateries and cathedral.
  12. Take your shoes and socks off and dip your feet in the sea at Carne Beach – recently named one of the best in the world!
  13. Treat yourself to a traditional pub lunch at the King’s Head in Ruan Lanihorne.
  14. Fire up the BBQ in our gardens and cook Mark’s world-famous mackerel recipe.
  15. Head further afield to the stunning north coast. We recommend Watergate Bay and lunch at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen.
  16. Watch the world go by while soaking up the ‘cafe culture’ in one of Falmouth’s coffee shops. We love Espressini and Good Vibes Cafe which you can find on the Moor.
  17. Cornwall has a great arts scene. Try and catch a show at the Hall for Cornwall, Falmouth University or the breathtaking Minack Theatre.
  18. Discover the Lost Gardens of Heligan, one of the nation’s best loved gardens.
  19. Have time out in one of Cornwall’s many galleries. Obviously there is the Tate in St Ives but we have plenty of smaller ones closer to home.
  20. Last but not least, explore Poldark Country, home of the BBC’s latest historical heartthrob!

There’s all this to do and more. Let us know what your favourite things are or if there’s anything you’ve missed.

So be quick, book your break at Roundhouse Barns, check out the Special Offers – and if you have missed your preferred dates for 2016 then why not be prepared and book ahead for 2017!

Spoil yourselves…book now for an amazing break in one of our three cosy cottages.

Check our availability and book today

Escape to Cornwall this Spring

Spring in Cornwall
Sea thrift in bloom on the north coast. Taken on one of our walks at the start of May 2015.

Finally, after what has felt like months of darkness, the evenings are gradually getting lighter again, which can only mean one thing…spring is just around the corner.

And what’s more, with Easter being earlier this year, we’ve got plenty of space in April for the perfect spring break on the Roseland Peninsula.

Let’s be honest, Cornwall is a great place to be all year round, so what makes visiting in spring so special? There’s a few things that ‘spring’ to mind…

1. Visiting in spring is the perfect opportunity to enjoy all the best the Cornwall has to offer, in weather that tends to be good more often than not, before all the summer crowds arrive. Think beaches all to yourself, clear roads and more space to breathe than in the busier summer months.

2. All the amazing gardens start to come into bloom and it’s a feast for the eyes and the senses. There’s plenty to explore close by and at the end of April the historic Tregothnan Estate are throwing the doors open for the weekend to the usually private gardens. Also close to home is Caerhays Castle where you’ll find a stunning selection of magnolias.

3. On the same weekend, April 16 and 17, there is also the annual Porthleven Food Festival. A lovely day out from Roundhouse Barns, Porthleven is quietly gaining a superb reputation for great food in a perfect setting. It’s a good day trip from us but worth it if you like discovering new places.

4. Spring is a great time to explore the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty surrounding Roundhouse Barns. Dodge the April showers discovering the Fal Estuary where it’s easy to get around with a Fal Mussel Card – Cornwall’s answer to the Oyster Card and your perfect company for enjoying the network of ferries linking Falmouth, St Mawes and Truro.

5. This spring also sees the Truro Festival make a welcome return. Inspired and created by the artistic endeavour of people from within and around Truro, the festival is brimming with events to entertain and entice.

The great thing about coming to stay with us is there’s always something to do if you want to do it. However if you don’t want to be busy every day you can kick back, relax and unwind in our beautiful cottages. All you need to do is pop the champagne in the fridge, tuck into a homemade scone and the rest will look after itself.

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7 reasons to visit Cornwall this year…

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World class beaches, a thriving foodie scene and unspoilt beauty at every turn.

These are just three of the reasons why a break to Cornwall (and especially the Roseland Peninsula!) should be at the top of your to-do list for 2016.

Ok, we’re a little bit biased but it’s not hard to see why. There are very few places in the country, if any, that can deliver the kind of break Cornwall can. We’re lucky enough to be in one the best spots. The Roseland holds all that’s great about Cornwall, from dramatic beaches and adrenaline-fuelled activities to secluded spots and historical landmarks.

Here’s why we love it so much, and why we think you’ll want to come and visit:

Beautiful Beaches. In Cornwall you’re never far away from a stunning beach and on the Roseland we have plenty to choose from. Explore the expanse of golden sand at Carne Beach, treat yourself to lunch at the Hidden Hut at Porthcurnick or escape the crowds at the secret coves of Little and Great Molunan beaches.

Foodie Feasts. We have some of Cornwall’s gems on our doorstep. From the wonderful cookery school at Philleigh Way to the award-winning Hidden Hut and the Michelin-starred Driftwood Hotel, if you love food you’ll love it here. You’ll also find great cafes, friendly pubs and an abundance of fantastic local produce. All that’s left to do is enjoy a glass of Camel Valley bubbly or wine while relaxing in our gardens.

Exciting Events. Cornwall has a thriving events scene. Falmouth Week is always popular as are the likes of the Fal River Festival, Truro Food & Drink Festival and the Falmouth Oyster Festival. Be sure to have a look at our events calendar to see what’s happening when you plan to come and stay.

Glorious Gardens. Cornwall is blessed with some simply wonderful gardens. There’s the sub-tropical paradise at Glendurgan, the year-round splendour of Trelissick, the unique beauty of the Lost Gardens of Heligan and, of course, the magical Eden Project. You could quite easily have a week’s holiday with us and spend all of it exploring Cornwall’s gardens.

Wonderful Waters. Sailing, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, rowing, swimming or just simply getting wet. If you love the water you’ll love it here. We’re perched above the Fal River and the Carrick Roads, the same sailing waters where Ben Ainslie cut his teeth. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, there’s ample opportunity to enjoy the best of the water when you stay Roundhouse Barns.

Awesome Activities. If you like keeping yourself busy while you’re away you’ll find plenty of activities nearby. There’s the National Maritime Museum Cornwall situated in Falmouth, a short ferry hop away from St Mawes, sites of cultural and historical importance to visit (from Poldark country to St Mawes Castle) and a great range of art galleries and independent shopping.

Hidden Hideaways. Sometimes the best breaks are the ones where you can just stop, unwind and relax. We know how important that is and that’s why at Roundhouse Barns you’ll find a hidden hideaway where you can get away from it all while relaxing in 5-star luxury. Have a look at our cottages and B&B suite to see what’s waiting for you.

We always fill up fast so if you’re planning a trip to Cornwall this year it’s always best to get your booking in early to avoid disappointment. You can check our availability for 2016 here.

Foodie Heaven at Roundhouse Barns

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So your holiday is booked, if you are anything like us your next thought will be what are we going to eat? So, if you do intend to cook a few meals during your stay here are our shopping suggestions:

Think about putting in a food order with The Cornish Food Market – locally sourced meat, fish, veg, artisan bread, dairy products, wine, beer, etc, all delivered to Roundhouse Barns on your arrival day. Just remember to place your order at least 48 hours before you want it delivered.

We recommend Baker Tom’s organic sourdough bread, Trewithen dairy products and the freshest vegetables you can buy.  Of course the major supermarkets deliver here as well but you can’t beat the Cornish Food Market for quality and freshness and regularly their “shopping basket” is cheaper than the supermarkets.

If you are thinking of stopping off on your way down then pop into Lobbs Farm Shop  just next to The Lost Gardens of Heligan. They produce and sell quality food with a known provenance that you can eat with confidence. Three farming brothers, Terry, Ian and Richard Lobb, each have a farm supplying beef, lamb and fresh vegetables direct to the shop. The beef and lamb are born and raised on the farm where the animals graze traditional pastures and meadows. Our favourites are the beef and the venison and Mark is very partial to a Lobbs pork pie!

Pasties & Chocolates!

Also on your way or close enough for a mid week shop is Humfrey’s Farm Shop just outside Tregony  here you will find a wide range of fresh produce on offer, locally grown fruit and vegetables, dairy products, bread, cheese, eggs, sausages, bacon, burgers and fish. They also sell homemade cakes and pies, along with apple juices, pasties and many more unusual Cornish products. If you’re not in a hurry, why not stop and relax with a cup of coffee and a slice of homemade cake in the outdoor covered courtyard. Personal favourites here are the pasties and home baked cakes and Trenance chocolates…

Nearest, (and dearest) to Roundhouse Barns is Curgurrell Farm Shop at Rosevine, just three miles away. This a seafood lover’s dream come true. Open 6 days a week the shop, run by Charlotte and Simon Taffinder, sells the very finest lobsters, crabs and fresh fish caught by sons Ben, William and Tom, and friend Chris.

Cornish produce at its best

The shop also sells local and home grown fruit and veg, free range eggs and homemade preserves. Curgurrell is truly unique, with its own tiny harbour, just below the farm, and often the day’s catch is on sale within an hour of being caught. This is Cornish produce at its very best. All fish and shellfish are caught within 5 or 6 miles of the farm, if you are lucky you will find hand line caught bass, mackerel and pollock, together with red mullet, sardines, brill, turbot, john dory lemon sole, haddock, plaice and scallops to name a few. We always buy scallops and John Dory here and they also supply us with our Christmas trees! They are now also licensed to sell wines and spirits.

Of course, as well as the above, there is a weekly market in Truro, regular food markets at Veryan, Watergate Bay and Padstow… to name but a few, anyone would think that we had a fondness for our food down here – it’s not all clotted cream and pasties you know! (Best local pasties are at the bakers on the harbour at St Mawes or Humphreys).

Check out our other blogs for local pubs and restaurants for those lazy evenings when you just want to relax and let someone else do the cooking.

Relax, recharge and rejuvenate in 2016

Winter Breaks on the Roseland

Start 2016 as you mean to go on with and relax, recharge and rejuvenate at Roundhouse Barns.

We know it’s only two weeks to go until Christmas but it’s never too early to think about enjoying a lovely break away after the madness of the festive season.

We’re starting to fill up fast for 2016 but we do still have availability through the winter months and into early spring when you can enjoy a short break as well as our full week breaks.

Winter on the Roseland is always a deeply peaceful time of year and the stillness, tranquility and quiet always helps our guests unwind and de-stress. Whether it’s enjoying the wonderful walks we have on our doorstep, curling up on the sofa with a blanket and a good book, enjoying the comforts of one of our local pubs or sinking into one of our baths armed with a glass of wine, winter at Roundhouse Barns is comfort for the soul.

With short breaks from as little as £218 for a three-night stay, it’s also a great chance for you to enjoy a stay in a 5-star luxury holiday cottage at a great price.

If you want to find a bit more about a winter stay with us please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

Or you can simply check our availability and book online if you’d prefer!

December on The Roseland

Winter Breaks on the Roseland
A stunning winter sunset from the bottom of the drive at Roundhouse Barns.

Need a little break before the Christmas parties start or just want to do your Christmas shopping somewhere different for a change? Where better to relax and recharge your batteries than the Roseland?

Just think of blustery cliff top walks, checking out the grey seals and migratory birds, then stopping off in a cosy Roseland pub – all log fires and  special winter warming meals.

Our favourites are The Kings Head at Ruan Lanihorne, The Roseland Inn at Philleigh, The Victory in St Mawes and The Plume of Feathers at Portscatho – as you can see plenty of pubs on the Roseland to choose from!

Truro and Falmouth both have lots of little independent shops as well as the big chains for that perfect Christmas gift, late night shopping and Christmas markets abound so there is no excuse for leaving present buying until the last minute.

The King Harry Ferry runs late on Wednesdays for Truro late night shopping and not only may you be offered a free mince pie, Father Christmas has been spotted once or twice too, so let the chains take the strain.

Enjoy a short break through the winter

If you really want to get into that winter mood then take yourself to the Eden Project and as well as visiting the giant biomes you can also fly around the ice skating rink for a couple of hours, showing off your twirls and turns.

For foodies there are some great special offers around – check out Jamie Olivers Fifteen at Watergate Bay which has special Winter lunch for just £24 and the menu looks excellent.

Also The Tresanton in St Mawes always has great lunchtime offers available, including a glass of wine – it it’s sunny you can even eat on the terrace – patio heaters and blankets provided and a stunning view of the  harbour, St Antonys Lighthouse and Falmouth.

After all that walking, shopping and eating come back to your cosy cottage with full central heating, (test your fire lighting skills with the log burner in Cockle Cottage), glorious bathrooms with underfloor heating and the peace and quiet that is our speciality at Roundhouse Barns.

Don’t forget through the winter you can arrive any day as long as you stay for three nights or more, check out our latest availability for prices and keep an eye on our special offers.

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Roundhouse Barns shortlisted for three Cornwall Tourism Awards 2015

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The lounge in our new B&B Suite – shortlisted for Best Bed & Breakfast in the 2015 Cornwall Tourism Awards.

We’re off to an awards ceremony later this week after being shortlisted for three awards in this year’s Cornwall Tourism Awards.

We found out a couple of weeks ago that we’re finalists in Cornwall’s 2015 Tourism “Oscars”  for both the best self-catering accommodation and best bed and breakfast. We’ll know on Thursday evening whether we bag Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards.  We also found  out that we received a Highly Comended in the “Sustainable Tourism” category – which just goes to show that a business like ours can offer luxury accommodation and be environmentally friendly as well.

We’ve been welcoming guests to Roundhouse Barns for 8 years now and with big changes this year, including our new B&B Suite and launching a new website, it’s great to know the judges think we’re still one of the best accommodation providers in Cornwall.

What’s even more heartening to see is we’re the only holiday cottages and B&B business on the Roseland to make the shortlist. We know how hard our friends in the industry work and to make the shortlist among such fierce competition is a testament to the quality and luxury we provide.

We’re open all year round, offering short breaks through the winter and in the shoulder months as well as longer stays through the summer. Right from the start our ethos has been centred around providing our guests with uncomplicated luxury in a peaceful and tranquil setting so they can escape, unwind, relax and enjoy the natural beauty of this stunning part of the world.

The awards have seen an increase to 24 categories in the competition, reflecting the ever-increasing diversity of the industry. They have also seen an increase by 18% to 172 entries from across the Cornish tourism industry. Successful businesses in the Cornwall Tourism Awards will be fast tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2015 and possibly invited to represent Cornwall in the National VisitEngland Awards later in 2015 – something we were lucky enough to do back in 2012.

The awards take place on Thursday, November 12 at the Headland Hotel in Newquay. We’ll let you know how we get on and we’ll keep you updated through the evening on our Twitter feed.

Wish us luck!

Mark & Barbara

Romance at Roundhouse Barns

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It’s no surprise to us that Cornwall has yet again been voted Britain’s most romantic holiday destination. Cornwall captures the heart of everybody that visits and ignites a passionate love affair that lasts a lifetime.

So head to one of these romantic spots if you are planning a proposal, celebrating an anniversary, booking a honeymoon or just want some time together…

St. Just-in-Roseland Church has been described as one of the most beautiful churches in the UK and for £3 an hour you can pay for the church to be floodlight at night creating the perfect atmosphere for popping the question. With a magical ‘yes’ ringing in the air, complete the perfect proposal with a moonlit walk along the beautiful River Fal and take your pick of the Roseland’s amazing restaurants  to celebrate and ‘talk weddings’ into the small hours.

The Driftwood Restaurant, Rosevine not only has a Michelin Star for the quality of it’s food, it’s also set on the cliffs above Porthbean Beach with stunning views of Portscatho, Nare Head and blue sea stretching out into infinity. Having drinks on the candlelit terrace before your meal just adds to the romance.

St Mawes Castle, this charming and romantic castle is in a magical setting above the sea making it a winner for that sought after romantic proposal spot. You can even hire it for your wedding –  the outdoor terrace, tiered gardens and above all those breathtaking views make it a fairytale location.

Of course all of the above are within ten minutes of Roundhouse Barns – the very best place for a couples romantic break or honeymoon.

Exclusively for adults, with just three, one bedroom cottages, we are located in a quiet spot just a couple of fields away from the Fal River estuary. Without fail our guests always comment on just how peaceful it is here, it is so quiet the only thing you will hear is the birds singing.

Why not spend your time here:

  • Chilling out in our beautiful gardens with a glass of bubbly
  • Taking a romantic stroll along parts of the stunning Coastal Path
  • Relaxing with a picnic along sheltered sandy coves and beaches
  • Sampling some of the best in Cornish cuisine at some of Cornwall’s finest restaurants
  • Check out some Poldark locations – guaranteed to make hearts flutter!

We can provide those additional touches to make your stay with us especially memorable – perhaps champagne on ice with strawberries, locally made chocolates or a stunning bouquet?

We’ll do whatever we can to make your romantic break extra special, because we fell in love with the romance of Cornwall a long time ago and we just love sharing it!

Book a romantic break today and spoil yourself…

Things to do in August

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August sees regatta season in full swing across The Roseland and whilst you may not want to compete yourself, there are plenty of chances to get on the water without having to be a Master Mariner.

St Mawes Carnival is the first week in August with plenty going on – for the easy option just settle yourself in Chandlers Cafe outside area or watch from the harbour edge there is always something to see!

If you have seen all the press about Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) then Summers Beach in St Mawes is the place to give it a try. You can book a lesson and its a great place to learn as there are hardly any waves. We have tried ourselves and it really is not as hard as it looks and is great fun. If you are worried about falling in there is even a wetsuit hire stand on the beach for the summer.

If kayaking is more you, then you can hire these from St Mawes where you can potter round the harbour and beaches or head across to Place Manor. For a quiet meander you can hire at Percuil and have a lovely drift along the river valley away from the hustle and bustle and here you can expect to see little white egrets, grey herons dunlins, whimbrels and lots of other wading birds.

The second week in August is Falmouth Week with a huge variety of events – take your pick from the extensive brochure and hop on the foot ferry from St Mawes to join in the fun, without having to worry about parking your car.  The highlight for us is always the Red Arrows display – this year on the 12th August.

The joy of the estuary is that if you like crowds and atmosphere you can head over to Falmouth, but if you like peace and quiet then just find a spot on the river footpath between St Mawes Castle and St Just in Roseland Church and you can have what feels like your own personal fly past!

Not to be missed is a Fal River Boat trip from St Mawes to Truro – extra trips run in the summer and you can stop off at Trelissick Gardens on the way if you wish. We have to confess we have done this trip several times and it’s always wonderful with so much to see. If it’s low tide you are dropped at Malpas and bussed into Truro or you can just stop at the Heron Inn and have a leisurely lunch… just check to see where the later boats are leaving from. it is a lovely walk from Malpas to Truro if you need to work off the lunch before coming home.

There are lots of spots to hire small motor boats for a day or half day and then you can go where you like on the water at your own pace or for the really extravagant you can hire Pinuccia, the most stunning, sleek and very fast yacht owned by the Tresanton Hotel, hire includes the crew and the most glorious picnic.  We are still saving for this one but are determined to do it one day!

Of course if your enjoyment of the water ends at a quick paddle there are plenty of beaches for you to sit back and relax on, just check our earlier blogs for the best beaches in Cornwall.

Only two weeks left this summer!

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We only have two weeks left at Roundhouse Barns this summer so if you want to enjoy the best part of Cornwall and escape from the crowds then be sure to book them up quick before they go.

The last week of August (Friday, August 28th to Friday, September 1st) is currently free in both Cockle Cottage and The Dairy. Head away for the Bank Holiday weekend and enjoy the last blast of summer in the peace and tranquility of Roundhouse Barns.

Cockle Cottage is a gorgeous setting; open plan and full of character and charm. It’s the perfect place to escape the stress and hassle of day-to-day life. With sumptuous soft furnishing, a beautiful bathroom and a kitchen full of all the appliances you need it’s the perfect place for a romantic couples break.

The Dairy is a beautiful little gem. Snug, cosy and perfect for ultimate relaxation. Sink into the bed after a soak in the free standing bath and enjoy time to just be.

You’ll be tucked away in our beautiful corner of the Roseland Peninsula which happens to be one of the most unspoilt and relaxing places to stay in Cornwall.

Book now so you don’t miss out…

Romantic Spots for a Picnic in Cornwall


What could be nicer than setting out for a coastal or river walk, settling down with a glorious view and treating yourself to a luxurious romantic picnic for two?

Here are a few of our favourite spots –

Messack Point

Just a two mile walk from Roundhouse Barns this fabulous walk encompasses fields of grazing sheep, woodland walks and right in the middle of your journey you arrive at the Point.

Depending on the tide ,you can picnic down on the rocks or up on the grassy area by the big pine trees. Gaze over the Fal estuary in all it’s glory, there is plenty to see – watch out for shags, cormorants and oyster catchers, watch the sailing, motor boats and windsurfers pottering about, you can even see the Falmouth to St Mawes ferry making its journey back and forth across the river.

Or if it all gets too much just have a quiet read of the papers or a gentle snooze…. this spot is great for lunch and even better for sunset watching with a glass of something chilled!

St Anthony Head

A five mile drive from Roundhouse Barns – it’s busy here during the day with coastal path walkers, birdwatchers and sightseers but come here in the evening and you can have the whole headland to yourself .

A fabulous place to watch the sun go down and toast your partner with a cocktail made of one of our local gins – Tarquins or Elemental or if you are not a gin lover how about a bottle of fabulous award winning Camel Valley Brut.

Porthcurnick Beach

A four mile drive from Roundhouse Barns, by day a busy beach for families, with the Hidden Hut dispensing drinks, lunches and ice creams. The Hidden Hut evening sessions are big communal affairs so if that’s not for you just pick a quiet glorious summer evening and head on down.

If you are lucky here you may see seals on an incoming tide but apart from them you will have the beach to yourself. You could even try a romantic evening swim to work up an appetite – just check the tide is coming in and avoid the edges of the beach where there are rocks.

St Agnes Head and Chapel Porth Beach

If you are spending the day on the north coast this is a great spot to stop off for a picnic, and you are still only forty minutes from Roundhouse Barns in the car. Choose a calm day, as it’s very exposed and on a windy day your blanket might well blow away!

In sunny weather, however, this expanse of National Trust-owned grassland atop St Agnes Head has grand views along the north coast. A vast low tide beach and a sea of glowing heather make it hard to believe this area was once an industrial landscape.

The enigmatic buildings perched on the cliffs provide a reminder, though, of St Agnes’ tin and copper mining past. After your picnic, you can go for a stroll around the network of paths at Wheal Charlotte, Wheal Coates or Trevellas to discover more of this World Heritage Site.

We are always on hand to advise you where to pick up your picnic goodies – both food and drink and we even have one picnic rucksack we can lend you for the day.

Of course you could always stay here and picnic in our glorious courtyard gardens…

Check our availability and book your break today