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Excellent 5/5 10 reviews

Barn | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Owl House is a peaceful retreat for two, deep in countryside, but handy for Tremough, Falmouth, coastal walks, Helford River with its coves and creeks - and not too far away from the Lizard, the beaches of the north coast and the Georgian towns of Helston and Truro. We are situated up an unmade track about 1/5 mile long - and also on the footpath to the nearest village of Constantine, a walk which takes about 30 minutes, over stiles, through fields and bluebell woods.

The heavy horses which once worked Tresahor Vean Farm were stabled in what is now Owl House. Owl is attached at the west end to a courtyard of converted mid-19th century barns. The stonework is of unusually high quality for what were once agricultural buildings. The ceiling in the living room area is almost double height and the tall arched entrances with cleverly cut key post, are now glazed, one with a double opening.

Owl has a hall, a large living room/kitchen (20' x 17') and an architect designed cedar extension with double bedroom and a bathroom. A patio garden with table and seating leads from the bedroom's double doors. ( A good place for morning coffee or a meal or a glass of wine - or take a minute's walk to our field to picnic and enjoy the views across the valley at the other side of the farm.)

The house is well equipped, with good quality linen, kitchen appliances etc. There are prints, paintings and flowers - and some textiles from our son and daughter-in-law's printing studio, Particle Press and a Thousand Paper Cranes.. Some of the furniture is from the many independent antique and retro shops in Falmouth High Street. There is central heating and a wood burner with a supply of logs. We offer a welcome pack of a loaf of bread, butter, eggs, milk, tea, coffee and a few treats, just in case you don't want to go shopping right away.

Our seven acre holding is no longer agricultural, but is mostly planted to woodland (apart from the field mentioned above!!). This is a place surrounded by green, where the stars fill the sky. You can hear the owls call, the songbirds sing and the buzzards mewing as they coast the thermal currents down the valley.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Durgan 8 km
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 4 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Newquay 48 km, Nearest railway: Penryn 8 km
Family friendly Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Owl House has its own drive with parking for at least two cars. You enter the house through a tiled entrance hall with space for boots and coats. The bathroom (with bath and overhead shower) - and the bedroom lead off the hall.

In the bedroom, there is a six foot wide double bed. Bed linen and towels are provided. Double doors from the bedroom lead onto a little patio garden with bench, chairs and table.

On the other side of the hall, through a glazed door, is the open plan living room/kitchen. The kitchen is equipped with electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, microwave etc. and a dining table for four. In the sitting area there is a woodburning stove and comfortable seating for four, a woodburner, digital TV, CD and DVD players and a selection of DVDs, books and games. A cot and highchair are also available. A washing machine and dryer housed at the end of our studio block across the yard, is for the sole use of Owl House guests.

Further details outdoors

There is parking for at least two cars.

Further details

We offer a welcome pack of milk, a good loaf of bread, butter, eggs, ground coffee and tea (and a few local treats)- enough to keep you going until you get to the shops! Paper towels, washing up liquid, salt, pepper, dishwasher tabs, soap are all provided.

Wheelchair access is possible - but please check beforehand re your individual requirements. Guests may like to note that the bathroom is standard, with a standard bathing arrangement of bath and overhead shower.

A travel cot and highchair are available and babies are welcome, but we ask them to bring their own bed linen! We regret that we cannot accommodate pets. Owl House is a non-smoking property.

The West Country region

This part of Cornwall is noted for its beautiful beaches and coves, and its woodlands and rivers. It is the ideal holiday location for outdoor pursuits, from gentle walking to abseiling, boating and fishing. There are also plenty of historical and archeological sites to explore: castles, churches, stately homes and of course the art galleries, museums and world famous Eden Project. And Cornwall is absolutely a destination for the keen gardener - lots of gardens, both grand and small to visit!


Owl House is situated in the narrowest part of Cornwall, with easy access to both south and north coasts and to the Helford River. It is an area reknowned for its watersports, birdwatching, coastal and country walking. And for manor houses and castles and gardens.

In the village there is a Spar shop and Constantine Stores, which is nationally renowned for its wine and whisky selection.The village farmer's market is on the second Saturday of each calendar month. There are gardens (Glendurgan,Trebah and Potager for example) and art galleries to visit and good cooking to sample locally, at the prize winning Trengilly Wartha pub or the Potager cafe. There are also good restaurants further afield - just ask for recommendations.

Water sport centres, boat trips, fishing and golfing and a choice of beaches are all within a 8-10 km radius The nearest town is Falmouth with its own theatre and cinemas and family friendly art gallery - and the award winning Maritime Museum. Falmouth also has lots of independent shops, restaurants, cafes and waterside and beachside bars and eateries. And the Georgian towns

of Helston and Truro are not too far away either!

If you want us to track down an activity for you - an art or craft class, a climbing or a sailing course, guided walks etc., please let us know. There is a lot to do for the visitor to Cornwall - and we will do our best to find what suits you.

There are also festivals celebrating fish, oysters, sea shanties, town days with parades and bands..Truro City of Lights is an amazing, exuberant lantern parade. And how about Christmas shopping? Shops and Christmas fairs with lots of gifts from Cornwall's lively craft community - stuff which you would not see anywhere else. Agricultural shows in June and July and in May, Flora Day, with its traditional dances through the town of Helston.

Coming up:

In September, Falmouth hosts the SPLASH festival - drama, dance, installations 20 - 28 September

And in October, there is the Falmouth Oyster Festival 9-12 October, Falmouth River Walking Festival 17th October - 2 November,

Lowender Peran Festival, Perranporth 15-19 October (subject to confirmation, apparently)

November 19th - Truro City of Lights. . . . magical!

Trereife Christmas Fair 21-23 November in Penzance

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Review 1-10 of 10

17 Aug 2014


"restorative retreat"

Owl House is a great little bolt hole in which to relax and restore. The house is nicely appointed with a 'welcome pack' awaiting you on arrival - we quickly felt at home. Jennie and Peter a… More

16 Aug 2014


"A haven!"

We had a glorious week staying in Owl House. The house itself is immaculate and beautifully decorated; we quickly felt at home. it's location is fantastic - remote without feeling isolated, sinc… More

3 Jul 2014


"An extremely well appointed country retreat"

Situated down a quiet country lane, yet only 5 miles from Falmouth, ideal for touring west Cornwall.A very clean large well equipped converted barn, with log burning stove and everything that you need… More

30 Jun 2014


"Piece of heaven"

Owl house is a perfect place to take time out, relax and reset. It has everything you need and designed to top quality. There is a nice walk to the local pub across the fields. It is a little of t… More

29 Jun 2014


"Peaceful location retreat"

An excellent property for two in a peaceful location, well equipped and away from the road. Well placed for touring The Lizard peninsular in particular Falmouth, Helford and Porthleven. We saw Coughs … More

2 Jun 2014



we stayed at owl house constantine in may 2014 and we found this to be quality accomodation in a countryside retreat , both clean and tidy , providing a lovely base to tour cornwall ,we loved the l… More

13 Aug 2012


"Lovely Stay - Great little cottage"

We stayed at Owl House for 6 nights at the end of July/ start of August and we had a great time. We found the house easily after following directions provided to us by the owner and although it is out… More

3 Nov 2011



We decided on the spur of the moment to have a few days away in Cornwall. Owl House seemed to fit the bill and it didn't disappoint. The converted barn is an annexe to the main house. It is beautifully and newly fitted out, very warm and cosy and with a great wood burning stove. The bed was huge! We loved the peace and quiet, although we were sorry not to meet the owners as they were away at the time. But a local farmer met us in the lane and chatted for at least an hour, so we didn't feel too alone! Owl House is a great place to recharge the batteries. Only one thing - there was no signal for our phone so in an emergency, not sure how we would have summoned help - but this was only because the owners were away at the time. Can't recommend this lovely place highly enough. We will return.

25 Sep 2011


"Peace, quiet and tranquility - all can be found here."

A last minute booking, but so glad it was made.

Peter and Jenny have created beautiful self-catering accommodations in Owl House and Hafhouse, and we were fortunate enough to be able to stay in each of them.

We had a week booked in Owl House, with an additional night spent in Hafhouse. We arrived late on Friday evening, yet Owl House was very welcoming, with a couple of lights left on so we didn't turn up at a dark house (nobody likes doing that, after all). We had been left a lovely welcome pack consisting of a lovely loaf of bread, milk, cheese, butter, eggs, ground coffee and home-made chutney. Not to mention the lovely flowers positioned around the house. From the moment we arrived we felt completely at home.

Owl House and Hafhouse are well appointed, clean, tidy and spacious. The conversions from their former life as barns have been nothing but inspirational. The photo's in the listing on Holiday Lettings ( are great but really don't do it justice. Owl House anf Hafhouse are ideal 'get away from it all' places to stay, where you can forget it all, and just enjoy the wonderful surroundings and Peter and Jenny's hospitality.

From a location point of view, Owl House is pretty much half way between Falmouth and Helston, so very accessible.

Thank you for a wonderful holiday.

Thank you and we're glad you had a good time while you were staying with us! Owl is available for peaceful breaks all year round, but future customers might note that we regret that Hafhouse is no longer open for holiday bookings.

25 Sep 2011


"peace + tranquility"

We had a wonderful week of peace + tranquility at this lovely cottage.The cottage is beautiful and a credit to the owners , everything was spot on ,the milk in the fridge so we could have a cuppa after our long journey was a godsend . The owners even gave us a nice loaf of bread + eggs to start us off it was a nice gesture. The cottage was very very clean when we arrived, and pete +jenny gave us a warm welcome, they are lovely people. Location of the cottage is down a little lane but you are not far from anywhere Falmouth is just down the road ,there are beaches not to far away ,i could go on and on its just wonderful .

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