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A boutique retreat for loved-up days and starry-eyed nights.

About us

Nestled in a hidden corner of South Cornwall, close to the sea and in walking distance of the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the SW coast path, you will find Lower Barns. It is a luxury boutique retreat, a B&B with highly unique style and all about romance.  Couples love it here, it is a magical weekend getaway, a bolthole to share precious times together, just right for runaway weddings, honeymoons, hen parties – in fact anything indulgent!

You can enjoy fresh breakfasts, countryside walks, watch movies from large comfortable beds and indulge in a therapeutic massage or holistic treatments. Ours is a place unlike any other and we aim to spoil you here. For a honeymoon haven, rekindling the romance or simply a sanctuary away from the world outside, turn up, kick off your shoes, relax and enjoy an indulgent, idyllic, secret retreat here.

“Cornwall isn’t just about Padstow. For the fresh approach, head south to Lower Barn (near St,Austell), a hidden gem of a B&B perfectly located for exploring the Roseland Peninsula, fishing villages of Mevagissey and Charlestown and the Eden Project. Rooms are as stylish as you’d find in a city boutique, there’s a hot tub, chill-out room and therapies.”

BBC Olive magazine

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Bedroom Bliss

Lower Barns luxury boutique accommodation

If you have ever felt the need to be spoilt, come on in. Here at Lower Barns we have created a unique hiding place where you can rest, relax and slip away from the pressures of everyday life and discover what really matters………precious time to spend with partners, family and friends while we look after you.

The rooms are places of sheer indulgence, an extravaganza of eye popping palettes recreating colours from nature’s paintbrush from Cornwall’s fields and coastline, together with places we have visited on our travels around the world. Janie draws her inspiration from Mother Nature and has an uncanny ability to be brave with colours and textures to create bold, eye catching room designs which delight your senses. Mike has a natural eye for form and his building and carpentry skills have lovingly created the amazing buildings and furniture which complement Janie’s designs to perfection.

Room facilities

All rooms contains the following facilities:

  • Soft towelling dressing gowns to use during your stay
  • Pampering products
  • Fresh towels daily or (every other day to be more friendly to the planet)
  • Roberts Radio
  • Tea and Coffee making
  • TV, DVD + Films
  • Free WIFI
  • Comfy chairs in Lawn side, Hayloft and Hideaway
  • Sofas in Garden suite, Cranny and Nook
  • Nook suite:  Has its own Sauna & Private Garden. Breakfast is served within your room
  • Cranny Suite: Has its own wood burner. Private walled Garden. Breakfast is served within your room
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Come on in to Lower Barns…

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The Hayloft Hangout

This self contained wing has two levels. Downstairs is a super king size sumptuous bed which can also be split to provide two single beds. The en suite wet room is wheelchair friendly,  with an accessible roll in shower (shower chair provided on request) and access to the main bedroom is via a ramp. The zingy colours and easy chairs make it a place you will want to spend time in for sure. Upstairs is a further bedroom with twin beds making this space ideal for families and friends to share.

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Lawnside Suite

A double room with en suite shower room and private conservatory overlooking the deck with its pots overflowing with colour and the delightful garden. Sit back and read that book you’ve been meaning to finish for ages and just listen to the birdsong.

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Garden Suite

A delightful bedroom with super king size bed, en suite shower room and private conservatory  overlooking the deck and magical garden. Ideal for relaxing in the evenings with a chilled glass of wine discussing today and planning tomorrow.

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Come on out to our garden where you will find more hiding places…

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Sneak past the cactus in the courtyard into Nook when nobody’s looking and marvel at the craftsmanship and design flair you will find there.  There is riotous colour everywhere with echoes of South America and a simple on trend industrial feel. The snug  has a giant retro Smeg fridge and stylish chaise longue with flat screen TV and Mike’s clever recycled apple box  breakfast bar/kitchen area will surely inspire you.  Your own sauna awaits you in your private courtyard garden.

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The Hideaway

This heavenly hideout is hidden away in its own totally private garden and ideal for honeymoons. It has a beach hut feel but oozes luxury and vibrant colour from every pore. There is a super king bed with an ensuite bathroom with freestanding slipper bath and shower.

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Creep into Cranny, through your own lovely south facing courtyard with striped deckchairs, olive tree and lavender and herb borders, evocative of Provence. Tiptoe through the double doors into the lounging space with easy chairs and your own wood burner for those chilly winter evenings when you want to sip a glass of bubbly by the fire after a bracing cliff top walk. Mike’s funky breakfast bar is crafted with recycled materials and oozes style along with the giant orange retro Smeg fridge – perfect for all those celebratory bottles of bubbly!

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Wherever you choose to hide, you will never want to be found….


The Shack

Tucked away in a corner of the wildflower garden is our Shack where evening meals are served. Another enchanting building with a huge, handcrafted table and benches scattered with warm blankets and cushions of rainbow colours. Glittering fairy lights and twinkling candles coupled with a roaring log fire turn this into an intimate evening place of wonderment to delight your senses and provide a convivial atmosphere for dining together. Here, Janie and Mike will serve their legendary dinners, using a rich variety of local food and produce, highly rated by BBC Olive magazine.


Our breakfasts are legendary. They are served around the huge dining table in our conservatory overlooking the garden. The choice is vast, from smoked haddock and kippers to fresh compote of fruits, crème fraiche, warm muffins and Mr Kittows Farm sausages and of course local free range eggs cooked any way you like. Download our sample menu


We do not serve dinner every night. If you wish to eat an evening meal with us, please book before hand to avoid disappointment. Dinner is served in the Shack. This fabulous building in the Garden will delight your senses. Download our sample menu 

Indulge Yourself

You will find our jacuzzi hot tub at the far end of the deck in a private, sunny spot. It is a perfect place to gather to ease those tired muscles after clifftop rambles or gather for a chat with friends in the evening over a glass of wine whilst star gazing.

We have a therapy room in the garden where you can spoil yourself rotten. It’s quirky( but you’re expecting that by now) and Mike has again indulged his passion for recycling spare bits of wood and making them into something amazing! There’s an earthy, native feel in here, perfect for letting go and allowing the treatments to reach the inner part of you.

Treatments must be booked in advance and our extensive list is available here.  We also have a highly regarded professional physiotherapist available, ex Arsenal team sports masseur, John Kelly.

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Hen Parties and Hen weekends in Cornwall

You will find ‘Hen Heaven’ here at Lower Barns.  Luxurious rooms, sumptuous vibrant furnishings in riotous colours and everything on hand for spoiling and sharing. Go wild in the Country,  drink lots of wine, indulge in our pampering treatments, giggle in the hot tub and have a short burst of screaming therapy!  Bring a fantastic crew of girlie friends to share your weekend with us here. Take over this south facing B&B with its wonderful gardens and sun bathing deck . Share all your secrets in “Jim Jam” times (think Bridget Jones).
We can offer all kinds of activities and themes such as vintage tea parties, foraging walks and Sarah Drew’s beach find jewellery making. Whatever you decide, we can try and make it happen. After a hectic day’s activities and chats, put on your glad rags and roll up with a bottle or two to our Shack, where we can cook up a storm…… Tapas , 3 course dinner  or supper tray. Your wish is our command so please call and we can help plan your stay to make it a memorable one.

Tripadvisor quote April 11 2014  

“Bestie’s Hen weekend” I really  don’t know  where to start…. From the very start until the very end it was amaaaaazing. We booked in January and stayed In the April. Jane and mike are a fab couple who own a little gem. Unfortunately Janie was away but mike was the hostess with the mostest ( having to entertain 11 ladies isn’t for the faint hearted but he did great). Alice ( mother- in- law) is also an absolute scream and provided us with many a giggle. We could all live there. I know that Lower Barns totally deserve every comment on trip advisor but being purely selfish I don’t want it to get too poplar else we will never be able to rebook!!  We’ll done to you, we had an absolute ball and loved every second. Far too many things to comment on but every little touch was noticed and appreciated .11 out of 10.

Runaway weddings in Cornwall

HOT OFF THE PRESS JULY 2014 ……………………. We have just been granted permission to hold small intimate ‘Runaway’ weddings here at Lower Barns. We have already let our imaginations run riot so hold your breath for something very different and very special. Sign up for our blog to hear more…….

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For more information about our events, hen and wedding venue

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On your door step…

Lower Barns is deep in the Cornish countryside and off the beaten track but with the Lost Gardens Heligan a mile up the road, the Eden Project, beaches and shopping in Truro all within 20 minute’s drive. With breathtaking coastal scenery, picturesque fishing villages and country footpaths, this area of Cornwall has superb Gardens and fine dining, not to mention amazing beaches. Mevagissey and Pentewan beach are just one mile from Lower Barns. 
The Roseland peninsula is 20 minutes’ drive away and is virtually undiscovered for walks, golden sandy beaches. Porthcurnick beach near Portscatho with its famous Hidden Hut is a ‘must do’ destination and Melinsey Mill at Veryan for a fabulous cream tea. St, Mawes is a picturesque seaside town where you can join Orca Sea Safaris for sea life cruises. Take the ferry across to Falmouth, wander round the castle or just sit in a waterside café and enjoy the view, For lots of information on local festivals and regattas check out or for overview of events to help plan your stay

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Our Tariffs

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Hideaway £140         £75
Garden Suite £115        £75
Lawnside Suite £100        £75
Hayloft £115        £75
Hayloft Family Rooms £170-200
Cranny £145
Nook £145

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Hideaway £120         £65
Garden Suite £95        £65
Lawnside Suite £80        £50
Hayloft £95        £50
Hayloft Family Rooms £170
Cranny £125
Nook £125
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All rates are per room per night including breakfast. A minimum of two nights stay is required over a weekend. Access to rooms is from 3.30 pm on the day of arrival. If you would like to come earlier then please contact us to discuss arrangements. Depart rooms by 10.30 am


A Payment of a non-refundable deposit of £100 is required to confirm your accommodation request. If your deposit is not received within this time, the accommodation may be re-let.
All major cards accepted or cash – *note We do not accept American express.


Please be aware that if a booking is cancelled within 14 days prior to arrival and we are unable to relet your room, we reserve the right to charge the equivalent of 80% of the total accommodation originally booked. This is standard in the hospitality industry and a booking is a legal contract between both parties. We advise all our guests to consider holiday insurance.

Why not call us?

If you would like to arrange a holiday with us please email or phone us on 01726 844881. Please note that a booking can not be confirmed until you have paid your deposit.

If you have any Allergies or Dietary requirements please do not hesitate to contact us

Our offers

Come to Cornwall and get sandy toes at Easter!

Call 01726 844881 to book for the Easter holidays and get 10% off.

Offer finishes 1st April 2015

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Contact us

If you have any Allergen or Dietary requirements please do not hesitate to contact us

07795 411375 (Janie)

07825 270962 (Mike)
+44 1726 844881 (Main house)
Lower Barns – Bosue – St Austell – Cornwall – PL26 6EU


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