Summer is Coming… but it’s not all about the beaches!

Summer in Cornwall isn’t all about lazing on beaches, clifftop walks and exploring gardens – although they are all pretty tempting! Here are some of our tips for the best pace to visit to broaden your mind and have some fun while you are here…

Discover a World Underground

Mining is an important part of Cornish Heritage, recently popularised in the hit TV show Poldark. Geevor Tin Mine at Pendeen gives you the chance to see what mining was like in days gone by. Geevor tells the story of the mine, the people and the landscape, and gives you a real taste of what a miner’s daily work life was like. Starting in the Dry where miners changed into their underground clothes,  you can walk down the shaftband and discover how good the first aid and rescue teams were. Finally, travel back through the 18th Century to see what the conditions were like for early miners. There are also lots of other things to do and explore at this Cornish Mining World Heritage Site too.

Modern Art: everyone should try it once

We can never quite decide, but whatever you think of the art, a visit the Tate St Ives is always a great experience. After being closed last year to expand the gallery you can now see, for the first time, dedicated spaces exploring the history of modern art in St Ives, giving key artists a permanent presence in the town where they lived and worked. The new display follows those artists across the 20th century, revealing their relationships to international art histories. From the unique perspective of St Ives, visitors can bridge geographical and chronological boundaries and discover new connections through familiar artists.

National and international figures relating to the practice of modern British art in the town are covered in depth – from Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon and Barbara Hepworth to Piet Mondrian, Naum Gabo and Paule Vézelay. Their links to the wider story of British art are also revealed, such as the work of Keith Vaughan, who joined Patrick Heron’s Space in Colour exhibition in the early 1950s and later came to St Ives.

If after a tour of all this you still can’t find something to love then go upstairs to the cafe which has fabulous views over the rooftops of St Ives to the beaches. Also consider getting a joint ticket and visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and the Leach Pottery on the same day.

Museums can be interesting

Our favourite exhibition at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro is ‘Cornish History and Archeology’. It has everything from Bronze Age Cornish Gold, to Roman forts, to artefacts showing industrial growth and Cornwall’s mining heritage. Don’t miss Richard Lander’s medicine chest – absolutely fascinating! The collections contain items of local, national and international importance, and many are of outstanding cultural significance. Among other exhibitions there is also a collection of Decorative Art spanning seven centuries. The collection showcases the artistry, tastes and techniques of many of the world’s leading cultures and contains an exquisite collection of ceramics, silver, glass and furniture.

Also fascinating is the Telegraph Museum at Porthcurno. Porthcurno’s golden sandy beach and azure blue waters hide an amazing secret. Right beneath your feet, messages from all corners of the globe have been buzzing through undersea cables since 1870, making Porthcurno one of the most connected places on the planet and a hub of global communications to this very day. We can guarantee you will enjoy discovering this hidden history and you will leave feeling surprised and amazed. This small museum manages to bring the communication story to life in a fun and engaging way. You can explore the underground World War 2 tunnels and experience the sights and sounds of a working telegraph station.  After you’ve finished exploring the museum you might just have to visit one of Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches – so take your swimmers and beach towels with you to Porthcurno – even if it’s just for a gentle paddle!

Castles and Dungeons

St Mawes Castle is among the best-preserved of Henry VIII’s coastal artillery fortresses, and is the most elaborately decorated of them all. One of the chain of forts built between 1539 and 1545 to counter an invasion threat from Catholic France and Spain, it guarded the important anchorage of Carrick Roads, sharing the task with Pendennis Castle on the other side of the Fal estuary.

A charming clover-leaf shape originally surrounded by octagonal outer defences, St Mawes was designed to mount heavy ‘ship-sinking’ guns. But particular care was also taken with its embellishment, and it is still bedecked with carved Latin inscriptions in praise of King’s Henry VIII and his son Edward VI. It owes its fine preservation to the fact that, unlike Pendennis Castle, it was little developed after its completion.

You can explore the grounds which stretch down to the waters of the Fal Estuary and enjoy the stunning views across to Pendennis Castle and out to sea. There are often cruise ships and other vessels which pass through this busy shipping lane. During the summer there are often outdoor theatre productions so that you be entertained in the beautiful surroundings of the grounds with the castle keep in the background. Don’t miss the the ‘gunners’ at rest in the gun room, the stunning sea views from the top of the castle keep and the oubliette where prisoners were kept captive. Check before you go as the castle is very popular for weddings in the summer so can be closed to the public.

Best of all you can walk to the Castle from Roundhouse Barns. A couple of hours of gentle strolling along the river Fal will bring you to the castle. Then it’s a short walk downhill to the centre of St Mawes, where plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants, almost all with a sea view, await you.

These are just a few of Cornwall’s many attractions and you can visit as many or as few as you like if you stay with us. Your five star luxury cottage will await your return and the courtyard garden will beckon you to sit outside and enjoy a thirst quenching cuppa (of Cornish Tea of course), a cooling gin and tonic or maybe your free bottle of champagne! Yes, we are offering a free bottle of champagne and a punnet of fresh strawberries to anyone who books a week’s stay with us in July or August.

What are you waiting for…

Oh, and if you really want to know our favourite summer beaches you’ll have to wait for the next blog!

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£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.

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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.

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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…

Fine Weather at last

Phew… suffering a bit from a heatwave down here!

Its been around 16c for the past week and its all set to continue.The dogs are moulting like crazy and I have an urge to do the summer bedding in pots outside the house. I won’t though as you never know when there might be a frost lurking around the corner.

Last weeks and this weeks guests in the cottages are having a fabulous time and the outside furniture has been in use – although not the barbeques as yet!

We have daffs, tulips, camellias, hyacinths out in our garden and everywhere around us are those magnificent magnolias.

So if you need a sunny break – however short – take a look at the special offers on the website and give us a call!


Storms Over for now!

Phew it’s definately been quite breezy down here for the last week and there is no doubt some places have suffered from the high spring tides, gusting winds and crashing waves but oh boy do the press like to make a drama out of it all

You would think that the whole of the South West was flooded… (sorry Somerset Levels). Well we are just fine and dandy here and have all three cottages let this week which is fantastic. In between the admittedly fierce downpours we have had some lovely sunshine and temperatures have yet to drop below 9C. That’s a whole heap better than most places!

So off for more twittering to support Cornwall  #openforbusiness in an effort to convince everyone they would like to come and stay! See our special Offers too!

Hope to see you soon!


Cornwall bathed in sunshine this Easter

Ok, so the temperature has only been around 8C but the sun has been shining all day and there is certainly no sign of any of the snow that everyone else has had.  Just taken the dogs for a lovely walk at St Anthonys Head and looked across to St Mawes Castle glinting in the early evening sunlight.

The forecast for the rest of this week is looking good and the clocks go forward tonight so that will make for longer days.

It’s a great time to do some coastal walking or visit those sheltered Cornish tropical gardens such as Trebah, Lost Gardens of Heligan or Glendurgan.

We have midweek availability in the B&B and two cottages available from the 5th April so go ahead and give us a call to get booked in!

Great special offers available  – stay three nights B&B and get a fourth night free or £100 off The Dairy and Cockle Cottage for the week of the 5th April.

Call us now on 01872 580038.

Fine Weather

Shhh don’t tell everyone but we have just had a fortnight of amazing weather – crisp mornings, had our first mini frost this morning, sunny skies and an autumnal glow everywhere.  Just the weather for a spot of coastal walking on deserted paths and beaches, followed by a retreat to a cosy pub with a real log fire burning.

Truro has gone all Christmassy with it’s lights on and the eagerly awaited skating rink opens on the 28th November beside the cathedral.

Wish you were here?

Take a look at our short break prices for autumn and the new special offer on The Dairy for Christmas week – just £525 with a real Christmas tree and lots of festive goodies included.


Bed and Breakfast open from 28th February

All painting and decorating work is finally finished and the new driveway lights look fabulous – and are more energy efficient. Just time for a quick tidy and a final spruce up, then the carpet cleaner comes on Monday – ready for B&B reopening on Tuesday 28th Feb.

Phew, and people always ask Barbara if she gets bored in the winter – no time for that! Although it’s true to say Barney and Pongo probably get longer walks in the winter.

It’s a glorious day here today, sun shining, dogs lying on the new slate front patio, daffodils nodding on a gentle breeze….

To welcome you back we have a special offer on for March – Three nights B&B for £249  – that’s  a bargain!

Glorious Sunshine

Well what a day we have had – absolutely stunning weather – it could have been June. The cleaners had their lunch outside it was so nice. The forecast for the rest of the week is not looking too bad either, considering we are nearly in November.

We have just a few short breaks left in November if you feel like escaping for a few days – check the website for details. We can always look at the local forecast for you if you want to check out the weather before you book a last minute break – not that we take a great deal of notice of them. It’s more likely to be damp if Mark has an achey back!

The Dairy is free for a four night break from the 14th November, for just £296.

Early Bird Discount for B&B 2012

Early booking for 2012 – Three nights B&B for £249

Stay for 3 nights in February, March or April 2012 in either of our B&B rooms for only £249.00

The weather in February, March and April is usually pretty good and the gardens are springing into life, best of all it’s lovely and quiet in Cornwall then!

So we’re offering guests the change to book a 3 night break in one of our two 5 star B&B rooms for only £249.00.

The package includes a complimentary home-baked cream tea on arrival and a full Cornish breakfast every morning.

These are some of the best months to see many of our beautiful gardens and to walk the coastal paths when they are still peaceful.

Additional nights can be booked at the same nightly rate. If you book online please mention this offer in the comments box and please also mention it to us if you call us direct on 01872 580038.

Offer Conditions: Valid for bookings or 3 nights or more which complete in February, March or April 2012.  Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

25% meal deal at The Tresanton

We’ve hooked up with The Tresanton Hotel to offer our self catering guests a wonderful dining offer at their restaurant overlooking the Fal Estuary and St Anthony’s Lighthouse.

Guests who book a self catering break with us for the week commencing 2 April will get 25% off the price of their food at The Tresanton Hotel Restaurant.

There are a few conditions:

  • Tables are available between 5th and 8th April only
  • Guests need to be seated in the restaurant by 7pm or after 9:30pm
  • Guests pay for their own drinks
  • We need to make your booking at The Tresanton

Apart from this small-print, sit back, relax and enjoy a wonderful meal.