VisitEngland ROSE Award for Roundhouse Barn Holidays

We’re delighted to announce we’ve received a ROSE Award from VisitEngland!

ROSE stands for Recognition of Service Excellence and the awards are designed to showcase those establishments that provide the warmest of welcomes; places where the owners really know how to delight their customers, irrespective of their star rating, style or type of accommodation.

We’ve been running our B&B and self-catering cottages for nearly 10 years now and since day one we’ve always tried to put the customer at the heart of what we do. It’s surprising and wonderful to have national recognition for our business.



What makes the perfect romantic break?

Romantic breaks in Cornwall

Cornwall is a beautiful setting for a romantic weekend away with your loved one.

From sunset walks along the beach, to sumptuous meals, to taking time to explore the hidden gems the peninsula has to offer, the Roseland is the perfect location for your romantic getaway.

While we all have different tastes, we believe there are certain elements which go into making the perfect weekend for all couples.

It’s the little things

Grand romantic gestures are great, but often it’s the small personal touches that make things really special. Have a bottle of champagne, their favourite flowers, or a hamper stuffed with your partner’s favourite treats waiting for them on arrival. These are the things your partner will remember.

Feed your love

There’s nothing quite like sharing a special meal with someone you love. The Roseland Peninsula offers an array of fabulous eateries. Enjoy a traditional cream tea for two at Trelissick gardens. Share a cookery class at Philliegh Way cookery school, tucked away in on the gorgeous Fal River. Or indulge in an experience to remember with dinner at the Michelin-starred Driftwood Hotel.

Take time for yourselves

In today’s hectic world, sometimes we over plan and try to fit too much into our schedules. The same is true of our leisure time. For a truly romantic break, make sure you give yourselves time to enjoy being away just the two of you. Spend a hour or two wandering round the beautiful gardens, there are some fantastic ones nearby we happily recommend to our guests.

Pay a visit to St Mawes and stroll through the idyllic fishing harbour or hop on the ferry to explore Falmouth. Sometime doing nothing is the best thing of all which is why all our self-catering cottages have been designed with comfort, luxury and unspoilt relaxation in mind.

Just remember, the single most important element is you and your partner and the wonderful memories you will create on the Roseland Peninsula.

Romantic breaks are just for Valentine’s Day, you can enjoy them all year round – check out our latest availability and book your stay with us.

Fabulous Weather

Grr when will the weathermen get it right? We were supposed to have heavy thunderstorms today – well we had one yesterday at 8pm and that was it. Its been glorious again today. Went to the beach with the boys and was sorely tempted to go for a swim but the tide was going out so thought better of it, although Barney still went for it! I will get in there soon, the water is warming up a treat.

Whats flowering this month?

Here are the first three Camellia to flower at Trewithen garden this year. A hybrid (Camellia ‘Yoimachi’), a japonica (Camellia japonica ‘Yuki Haki’) and a williamsii (Camellia x williamsii ‘November Pink’) all in flower in mid January!

Also in flower is Daphne bhoula ‘Darjeeling’ Originally from the Himalayas, this plant came from a seed collected in Darjeeling and planted at Wisley in 1961.
Check out the Trewithen Gadens website and stay@RoundhouseBarns to be able to visit them!

New ceilings complete

Phew! what a few weeks we have had, ceilings down in The Carthouse and The Dairy, plumbing redone, new sound insulation put in and now at last the painting has started. Furniture comes back on Thursday and the first guests to enjoy the newly soundproofed and decorated cottages arrive on Monday! (so there as never any pressure on us to be ready in time was there?…)

Green Woodpeckers, house martins and sparrows, its been a noisy summer!

The Green Woodpeckers keep appearing on the grass by Cockle Cottage, staying a while and then heading off to do some tree knocking!.

The House Martins are nesting next door at Commerrans Farm – my what noisy birds they are swooping and screeching all day in search of flies.

The sparrows usually nest in our hedge by the front door but for some reason one pair decided to have their second brood in a nest in the wisteria right by our kitchen window. From daylight to dusk the babies are twittering for food – we think there are four but maybe five. Their poor parents are flying in and out of the nest constantly to feed them – and poor us, if its not the constant twittering its the flash of brown as the adults fly past the window. A few fried eggs have nearly hit the floor as we dish up breakfast and a dart of brown goes past the window.

Hopefully the sparrows  are nearly ready to fly the nest now, the House Martins will migrate and we can have some peace……

Cornwall has started to bloom

Well it’s a little bit later than previous years but we do now have daffodils aplenty down our driveway and the snowdrops are poking their heads out too, so it feels a little as though spring is on its way……

Further afield at tThe Lost Gardens of  Heligan they report acacia and witchhazel flowering and like us they have buds on their camellias and rhododendrons so lets hope there are not too many more frosts.

The birds have been eating us out of house and home but it’s been lovely to see so many different species this winter – huge numbers of fieldfares and 0n a couple of occasions a firecrest has landed to eat seeds off the floor.

Down at Turnaware the seal is still around and is currently joined by around forty swans, a shag and several oystercatchers – there is always something to see.