Meadow Barns Today

Just 6 minutes by car from the renowned Eden Project and close to the main A390 road, the meadow at Penpell is nevertheless a little oasis of peace and calm. Traffic noise dims to a distant hum, replaced by a chorus of bird songs, including skylarks and kites high above. At night, bright lights fade to distant twinkles, eclipsed by stars and planets in a huge dark canopy overhead. It makes a great escape from the pressures of 21st century life! In keeping with the peaceful atmosphere, the barns have been thoughtfully developed according to green principles, to offer a range of activities and accommodation.

Key Features of The Meadow Barns

  • Exceptional panoramic coastal views
  • Unique local history stories (Treffry Tales)
  • Whole day walk and story experiences
  • Waterwheel learning centre.
  • Green energy (solar & biomass) systems
  • Continental breakfast, including vegan, veggie & gluten-free options

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. Like Rowena, she has worked tirelessly for many years, to bring her vision for Meadow Barns to reality, and is excited to welcome like-minded guests, who share her interests in caring for the planet, sustainable energy and creativity. Being a typical Gemini, Caroline also has a whole other ‘persona’. In her main career as musician, teacher and inventor of a Rhythm Fun app she is known as Mrs Beat. She will happily explain this in person, or suggests that you visit the music website at www.betterways2learn.co.uk/films.

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!

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 for a yellow sign on a telegraph pole saying BARNS; turn right opposite the sign and then finally left into Meadow Barns.

Directions from the North

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 approx 150m, where you will pass a farm track going down to the right. After a further 50m, turn right down a tarmac road, drive 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 for a yellow sign on a telegraph pole saying BARNS; turn right opposite the sign and then finally left into Meadow Barns.