The story behind
Old Pear Tree Barn
For most of its life, the barn was an integral part of a working farm, complete with a kitchen-garden growing fruit and vegetables to supply the family and their workers, who carefully tended the surrounding fields and their cattle, sheep and pigs. With the sound of chickens fussing and scratching about the yard and laying their eggs, the old place was entirely self sufficient, complete with an old generator and its own water well. In fact, mains water and electricity, only became available in the early seventies!!
When the barn first appeared on the market, we weren’t seriously interested – just a bit nosey – but as soon as we saw it, we fell under it’s spell and were completely enchanted. We adored the location, the rural views and the tranquility and so we decided that this was where we wanted to settle.
The barn was actually in a very poor state of repair. The roof was falling in. The timbers were rotten. It was really only four stone walls and a tumble down old piggery. There was so much to do! The gardens were completely overgrown, more akin to a jungle!! Had we bitten off more than we could chew? It did seem pretty daunting at the time. Nevertheless, we had learnt that the barn already had planning permission to convert into a two bedroom dwelling and so we started to make it safe and dry and then after a little hiccup when the recession first started to bite, we eventually managed to complete our labour of love and Old Pear Tree Barn is now our pride and joy.
One of our major challenges was how to retain its character and its original features whilst using modern technology to create an environmentally friendly, liveable home. Fortunately, with the benefit of abundant outdoor space, we were able to instal a ground store heat pump, which heats the house and provides hot water by harnessing the heat in the ground and some smart technology too!! We installed under floor heating throughout and masses of insulation and so we managed to transform a damp, cold and derelict barn into a warm and comfortable, character home, fit for the twenty-first century.
Our old neighbour, long since passed, told us that he was born in our house and that when he was a little boy, many, many years ago, long before any of us were born, his mother had planted a pear tree in the orchard in front of the barn, we decided that we wanted to remember this small piece of local history and include the pear tree in the barn’s name. A brand new era had now unfolded for this unique and very special place and so Old Pear Tree Barn was born, or should we say “re-born”.
We do so hope that you enjoy your stay with us in our little gem, our enchanting and beguiling little Cornish bolthole. If there is anything that you need, please do not hesitate to ask.
A Charming Barn Conversion
EXPLORE THIS LUXURIOUS ACCOMMODATION WITH IT’S ORIGINAL RUSTIC CHARACTER!
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The glass fronted balcony provides the perfect vantage point to enjoy the extensive views and a “sundowner” before the evenings draw in and you choose your favourite movie and relax with a refreshing glass of wine on one of the comfy sofas in the stylish first floor lounge.
THE BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS
The master bedroom has a king size bed with fine linens, premium quality duvet and pillows and mattress and ensuite bathroom with bath and overhead shower. The french doors lead out on to the patio and gardens beyond.
The second bedroom has twin beds also with quality mattresses and fine linens, premium duvets and pillows and benefits from an adjacent shower room.
You will be welcomed with a complimentary hamper with a selection of Cornish goodies as well as Fresh free range eggs, dry-cured bacon, local rustic bread and scones and that all important Cornish Clotted Cream and local jam!!
Our open-plan kitchen with it’s high beamed ceiling affords plenty of space with generous granite work surfaces and is fully equipped with Bosch appliances: ceramic hob, eye-level fan oven, dish-water, washing machine, fridge, separate freezer, microwave, toaster & Nespresso coffee machine.
With lots of worktop space and plenty of storage cupboards for all you groceries, you will also find an array of kitchen essentials too: condiments, herbs and spices, some coffee pods, tea & sugar, all you need to get you going, in your holiday home-from-home.
The kitchen links with the dining area to create a convivial living space, which overlooks the pretty courtyard and patio with the lawned gardens and fields beyond.
This space is just perfect for enjoying a Cornish cream tea with the family or a home-cooked Cornish roast made with top quality local ingredients from one of the farm shops or the regular farmers’ markets.
With far-reaching rural views across the valley and fields to the distant grassy dunes and located within a large private garden, Old Pear Tree barn provides high quality self catering accommodation. Extensive patios and lawns beckon for outdoor living. Have breakfast, lunch and high-tea, all al fresco!! Fire up the BBQ for supper and savour the flavours and aromas of outdoor cooking. Enjoy your favourite holiday read undisturbed from the comfort of your recliner on one of the patios or grab a picnic rug and take a relaxing snooze on the lawn under the pear tree.
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