Meadow Barns Today

Although you can find the Meadow at Penpell by driving away from the busy A390 road for just 2 minutes, or walking for less than 10, when you arrive you find a beautiful oasis of peace and calm. Even a few moments gazing at the breathtaking views of the coast and St Austell Bay can act like a real tonic. But there is much more you can engage with here … read on and plan yourself a visit. After all, you deserve a treat sometimes!

Key Features of The Meadow Barns

  • Exceptional panoramic coastal views
  • Unique local history stories (Treffry Tales)
  • Woodland walk and story experiences
  • Waterwheel learning centre.
  • Green energy (solar & biomass) systems
  • Limited availability, B & B or budget self catering options
Artist impression
View to Gribben Head

Front patio of cottage

One of wild flower areas
Model of Luxulyan Valley
Overshot water wheel

Meet your host

The photo of your host, Caroline Stephenson, dates from Easter 2018, when she took up the reins as project manager of her own ‘Grand Design’! (If you are a guest in the Woodland Suite you’ll be interested to see how the bedroom space looked, at that time). Friends have compared Caroline with Rowena Cade, the lady who almost single-handedly built and ran the famous Minack Theatre. There are certainly some similarities, but this Minack will only open for large scale public events once or twice a year, with a special licence and parking arrangements.

No, the important thing about Caroline is her background in creativity and learning. You can find out more on the site that is linked to this one – http://www.betterways2learn.co.uk

What our supporters say

“At Meadow Barns you are perfectly placed to tell the story, paint the BIG picture! “

Sir Tim Smit

“So pleased that you want to inform people about Joseph Thomas Austen Treffry”

Jonathan & Sarah Treffry

Finding Us – DO NOT FOLLOW SAT NAV! Use Google Maps

Directions from the South & West

Drive 2 miles from St Blazey towards Lostwithiel on the main road, A390. You will go over a level crossing and drive about 1 mile on the level (called TYWARDREATH HIGHWAY).

Start to ascend the hill and immediately pass a left turn to PONTSMILL. Keep going up. It’s about 3/4 mile or so til the LEFT TURN that you need to take.

Look for 4 cottages beside the road – the turning drops away in front of the first house. There is no sign, other than saying WEAK BRIDGE. Turn into the country lane, then immediately go down into a dip (take care it is narrow here), then up and reach a slightly wider level area. Look out for a turning to the right and a large wooden sign. Meadow Barns is up the farm track and left.

Directions from the North

This route is different from Google Maps, in order to avoid a challenging right turn across 2 lanes of fast traffic.

Take the main A390 road from Lostwithiel towards St Blazey. After 3 miles, arrive at the top of Penpillick Hill – on a fine day you should see a clear view of St Austell Bay.
Start to descend the hill and slow down, looking ahead for a left turn to Treesmill and Tywardreath. Take the left turn and drive past one small lane on the right at approx 150m. Go a further 50m and take the 2nd turn right, all the way to the bottom of the hill. Look carefully then enter a waiting box to cross lanes then go back up the hill. Keep in the left lane and take the next left turn, before a group of 4 cottages. There is no sign, other than saying WEAK BRIDGE. Turn into the country lane, then immediately go down into a dip (take care it is narrow here), then up and reach a slightly wider level area. Look out for a turning to the right and a large wooden sign. Meadow Barns is up the farm track and left.