Plan Your Stay

Downs Barn Farm is perfectly situated for a holiday in West Cornwall.  We enjoy lovely views and are in a quiet, rural location. The South West Coastal Footpath is just a 20 minute walk across the fields.  There is plenty to do in this area, we are close to the Minack Theatre, St Michaels Mount, Lands End & St Ives. Surrounded by the golden sandy beaches of Porthcurno, Porthchapel & Sennen and near many little coves and fishing villages like Mousehole, Lamorna and Porthgwarra.

We are close to St Buryan village (five minute drive or 30 minute walk on the footpath) where you will find a good selection of facilities. These include a well–stocked general store and post office with fresh produce and newspapers. A village pub serving good food and local ales, church, garage and petrol station/shop.  A farmers market is held in the village on two Saturdays a month.

There is a good bus service in the summer months – although slightly more limited out of season. The nearest bus stop is a ten minute walk.  We also have local taxis available.

There are two very good farm shops near Hayle, Trevaskis and Richards. Smaller local farm produce stalls are dotted around the area and locally produced beef is available in St Buryan. There are a good selection of supermarkets in Newlyn (5 miles) and Penzance (6 miles) some of which deliver.

Our nearest cove of St Loy is a beautiful boulder beach, quiet and peaceful, the perfect place to sit and relax. There is a lovely circular walk from the farm which takes you through the bluebell woods to the cove and takes about an hour.

Kayaking in Cornwall

A guided kayak tour is the ultimate way to discover the remote beauty that Cornwall has to offer.  Enjoy a two hour tour with an experienced guide using sit on kayaks. Guided kayaking tours are available at Trevaunance Cove, also known as ‘Poldark Country’ and Frenchmans Creek near Falmouth.

Merry Maidens

This late Stone/early Bronze Age (2500-1500BC) stone circle is renowned for both its beauty and the stories connected to it. The Merry Maidens is one of the few 'true' stone circles in Cornwall, being perfectly circular; it comprises of nineteen stones.  There are several standing stones in the nearby area, including two very large uprights known as the Pipers. All just a few minutes’ walk from the farm.

Logan Rock Inn

Just 10 minute away is the award winning Logan Rock Inn, a 16th century traditional village pub serving a variety of real ales and excellent home cooked food.      

St Loy

St Loy is perhaps best known for its wooded valley leading down to the coast. This is a beautiful walk any time of year, but is possibly at its best when bluebells carpet the floor in early Spring. It is at the bottom of this woodland walk that you will find the cove. It is a fairly wide bay between Boscawen and Merthen Points. There is nothing in the way of sand at the cove, the foreshore consists of fairly uniformly sized rounded rocks and boulders. This doesn't detract from the beauty of the spot and guarantees it is never busy.  

Nanjizal Bay

Situated near Land’s End, just a short drive from the farm and only accessible by footpath, makes it a wonderfully peaceful place to take a walk, have a swim or sunbathe. The beautiful beach is surrounded by cliffs which contain numerous caves and is often visited by seals.

Cape Cornwall

Watch the sunset at Cape Cornwall, a spectacular location where the Atlantic Ocean meets the English Channel. Rugged scenery and glorious walks.

Bakehouse and Steakhouse

The Bakehouse and Steakhouse is a popular restaurant 20 minutes away in historic Chapel Street, Penzance.  Set on two floors, each with its own atmosphere with a modern, contemporary yet warm and inviting atmosphere.    

Lamorna Wink

Just 5 minutes away at Lamorna Cove, independent freehouse Lamorna Wink serves local beer & ales on tap from the cask. Generous portions of high quality, local food with daily specials.    

Ben’s Cornish Kitchen

Ben's Cornish Kitchen, 25 minutes away at Marazion, is a very popular restaurant serving excellent food using fine local ingredients. The wine list has been put together with marked thoughtfulness so that it is easy to match food and wine. Service is knowledgeable, considerate and not intrusive.  

Victoria Inn

The Victoria Inn is an old traditional pub 30 minutes away in the pretty seaside village of Perranuthnoe near Marazion. They serve exceptionally good food and friendly service.  

The Old Coastguard

Also at Mousehole with views to St. Clement's Isle, is The Old Coastguard, the sister hotel to the Gurnards Head. Serving a traditional brasserie menu, they take good ingredients and give them a very simple but classic treatment.  Eat at scrubbed pine or oak tables on the Upper Deck and in the bar, or on the Sun Deck at sofas with just a pane of glass between you and the palm tree lined gardens. Or, best of all, eat on the terrace looking down at the sun-dappled sea.  

The Gurnards Head

Set on the rugged north coast around 35 minutes away, The Gurnards Head is a well-known gastro pub. Perfect for lunch or dinner, the menu is driven by the produce their suppliers bring to their back door.  Fish from day boats, greenery from small growers - plenty for vegetarian and vegan diets too.    

2 Fore Street

A relaxed and stylish bistro-style restaurant with a vibrant, continental feel 2 Fore Street is just 15 minutes away on Mousehole harbour front with views across Mount's Bay as well as a beautiful secluded garden to enjoy long summer days. The menu changes regularly to reflect the freshest of local produce with an array of mouth-watering options. Highly recommended and extremely popular with guests and locals alike.    

The Beach Restaurant

15 minutes away at Sennen Cove is Ben Tunnicliffe 's stunning new restaurant - The Beach Restaurant.  Ben's beach-side restaurant is one of the most impressive dining locations in the country, commanding spectacular views over the rugged and unspoilt Whitesands Bay.  


Tender and exotic trees and shrubs flourish in this sheltered and virtually frost-free garden. There are unique walled gardens with sloping beds stream and pond gardens, and a terrace with fine views across Mount’s Bay to the Lizard.