Cornwall LivingIssue #85
Nestled on the banks of Frenchman’s Creek, Kestle Barton occupies an astounding location within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Tucked away on the sheltered side of the Lizard peninsula lies Kestle Barton – a hidden gem that, to many, remains a well-kept secret. Travel down woodland roads, alongside the southerly, sun-dappled creeks of the Helford river and seek out this idyllic farmstead. Surrounded by footpaths, meadows and quiet riverside beaches, whether you’re venturing here as a day visit or as a base for your Lizard break, prepare to fall in love with this beautiful pocket of Cornwall.
“Breathe in the fresh air, perfumed by the wildflower meadows”
Pull into the gates and discover the beautifully renovated barns and cottages that form this historic farmstead. Breathe in the fresh air, perfumed by the wildflower meadows that make up the gardens, and take the time to discover the work of local and international artists in the Kestle Barton Art Gallery. The buildings, which date back to the 16th century, have had many original features restored, winning awards for their architectural design.
From Kestle Barton, stroll past the lush green field on the northwest side of the hamlet, step over a gentle stream and enter the woodland below, before reaching the tiny village of Helford. Here you’ll find a combined delicatessen, bakery and shop, plus The Shipwrights Arms, all just a ten-minute walk away. Why not bring a torch and walk back in the dark – an unforgettable experience!
The farmstead is nestled on the banks of Frenchman’s Creek – made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s eponymous novel – and only slightly further afield you’ll find superb sailing waters, stunning clifftops, pristine beaches and sweeping heathland, all within a 15-minute drive.
Forever Cornwall offers a range of holiday accommodation here, with three contemporary barn conversions and two cottages sleeping between two and eight. Some are even dog friendly, meaning your furry friend needn’t miss out on your escape to the countryside! If you’re looking for an immersive, ‘off the beaten track’ holiday experience, then Kestle Barton may just be it. To book or to find out more, be sure to contact the team at Forever Cornwall.
The Kestle Barton Art Gallery presents four exhibitions each year, from early April until late October, also offering events and workshops.
Most work shown here will be made by artists based in, or strongly connected with the area, some of whom are celebrated around the globe.
"Breathe in the fresh air, perfumed by the wildflower meadows"