Red Barn, Bude


Gorgeous upside-down barn on a smallholding near Bude; perfect for families (sleeps 4)

2 Bedrooms

1 Bathroom

Child friendly

Close to a beach

Dog friendly


Private garden


Space & setting.

A few miles inland from Bude and the N Cornwall coast lies a secret rural smallholding that’s a nirvana for families. Kids can run free, exploring 7 acres of gardens with a football pitch, woodland dens and a trampoline. Which means parents can sit in a designer deckchair and read books, or just turn their faces to the sun and bask in the peace. Better still, if you want to come with friends, there are 2 other hideaways on site: The Farmhouse and The Cob, meaning 21 of you can holiday here together.

Days will fly in the easiest of fashions. The owners can point you to golden beaches and places to hire boogie boards and take surf lessons — young and old(er) all welcome. There are glorious coastal walks (best followed by pints in pub gardens), and Bude’s home to some brilliant little restaurants. But most days you’ll just want to return to this beautiful modern barn, with its sunshine-filled living areas. Pick veg from the plot for dinner and play card games outside or in, depending on when you come. The good life, indeed.

Getting here: you’ll need to drive

“Conrad and I moved here from London in 2007 with 2 small boys in tow. We had both worked in the fashion industry for years and craved a slower pace of life and fresh air. Our house came with 7 acres of land, and the gardens have evolved over the years with some (a lot) of help from our parents. Con’s dad, an architect, also helped us plan Trefoil Barn. We renovated it from an empty brick shell, and we’ve always been passionate about design, so loved filling it with modern art and textiles.” Owner, Karen

My Kip favourites

She loves
“Sitting on the terrace with a sundowner, as fresh fish sizzles on the BBQ.”

We love
The contemporary design with its bold colours and British designers’ wallpaper.

You may not love
Adjacent to another rental. A double not kingsize bed. You’ll need to drive to shops and pubs (5 miles).

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  • Trefoil Barn Cornwall
  • Bude is surf heaven. Hire kit and book lessons if you’re a beginner; the owners’ kids are both coaches at Big Blue Surf School.
  • Or simply swim, paddle and float in Bude’s natural sea pool.
  • The owners also run Temple in Bude, an amazing little restaurant serving delicious local produce and cocktails. Come early to sit on the lovely roof terrace, with its sea views.
  • Trebarwith Strand is incredibly beautiful at low tide.
  • We love rockpooling at Northcott Mouth Beach, and admiring the rock formations at Crackington Haven. There’s a great pub at Crackington where you can sit on the wall and watch the sun go down.
  • Walk or run stretches of the South West Coastal Path, awash with stunning seascapes.
  • Pretty Port Isaac and Padstow are easy day trips — you can cycle to the latter along the Camel Trail and reward yourself with fish and chips by Rick Stein for lunch.


  • Barn on a 7-acre smallholding
  • Shared grounds with another barn
  • Downstairs: 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin)
  • Shared bathroom with shower/tub; Haekels toiletries
  • Baby cot and highchair to borrow
  • Upstairs: open-plan living
  • Full kitchen with basic supplies
  • Dining table
  • Sofa area with Smart TV, iPod dock and board games; free WiFi
  • Private lawned garden plus 7 acres of safe grounds for children to run free
  • Football pitch and dens
  • The owners live nearby, available by phone
  • Drive to pubs, shops and the beach (5 miles)
  • 1 dog welcome (additional cost)
  • Booking conditions: 3-night min stay. 7 night minimum over summer holidays and May half term, with Thursday check in. Check booking calendar for exact dates.
  • Remember to pack: fresh milk, beach towels, bikes

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