Shelly and Dave from Berkshire

Skiber Spar, or Quartz Barn if you translate the name from the Cornish, is an ideal home from home. From the outside it displays its coat of stone and quartz you expect from a barn, but when you enter you find a really open, spacious and modern place to stay. It’s really well equipped with everything you need – and all kitchen utensils are new and shiny. A large open plan living area is on the top floor and roomy enough for two couples or a family of four. The owners are lovely and if you arrive at the right time of the year, you may be offered homemade jam, or veg from their small holding. If you like fresh eggs, the house along the lane has fresh duck and chicken eggs each morning, just open up the box you’ll see from the road and deposit the asking price in a little can.  From here you can plan any number of trips. It’s only an hours drive to Eden and gardens of Heligan and the coast is just 20 minutes away. It’s simply lovely and I can’t wait to come back.

Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children and  romantic getaway Rating: 5*