Jane Field from The Linney in Chilsworthy, Cornwall chats to us about the rich history of the barn in the beautiful Tamar Valley and why she thinks it’s important to provide the very best and added extras for guests staying at their romantic getaway.
Hi Jane, tell us a bit about yourself and your beautiful property
My husband Rob and I moved to Cornwall from West Sussex in October last year, after months of searching for the ideal property in order to fulfil our dream of running a holiday letting business. Our sons had flown the nest and after both being made redundant, we decided to uproot and seek pastures new. I had holidayed in North Cornwall every summer as a child so had fond memories of the area. We spent 5 months converting The Linney, a lovely stone barn high in the beautiful Tamar Valley, into a luxurious and romantic holiday cottage. Our first summer season has far exceeded our expectations with bookings and we are now planning, cosy Autumn/Winter break offers as we are open all year round.
Can you tell us a bit about the history of the barn?
The barn dates from approximately 1850 and is a unique stone building occupying an elevated position above the beautiful village of Chilsworthy, high in the Tamar Valley. It enjoys spectacular panoramic views across the Valley, which is a World Heritage Site, right down to the River Tamar and over to Dartmoor. The building was originally an agricultural barn and has an attractive large window, where the barn doors were situated. On the outside wall under this window there is an big Ammonite Fossil dating from between 65 – 240 million years ago, which has been built into the barn wall as a decorative feature. The barn enjoys all the original characteristics with a 30 foot high ceiling in the lounge open to the rafters with lovely beams and since buying the property in October last year, we have refurbished it to a very high contemporary standard. The brand new cream and black, Shaker style kitchen has every modern appliance with induction hob, dishwasher, washer/dryer, cooker and microwave and the new bathroom, has a black marble walk in shower with rain head and built in basin and toilet. The barn is a perfect, away from it all, romantic hideaway which can be rented for short breaks or week long holidays.
What do you look for when choosing your bed linen?
When I was researching the linen for our holiday barn, I wanted to create a high end boutique look to the property and found Hilden’s site online. I spent a while looking at all the different thread counts for linen and gsm grades for towels and then called the sales team who were more than helpful with my queries. Hilden’s products ticked all the boxes for what I was looking to create and I chose the Ultimate range with a sateen finish for the bedding and the Ultimate 100% Combed Cotton towels which had a high gsm and are lovely, thick and fluffy.
What is your busiest time of the year?
This is our first season, as we only came to the market for letting at the end of May, but we are nearly fully booked from the end of July and the whole of August, so the summer months seem to be our busiest season.
How often do you replace your linen?
I will see how the linen and towels wear with use and I bought two complete sets of everything so I always have one in use and one spare ready. However, I want to retain the new feel to the barn so I will probably replace some of the products annually.
Is there any ‘finishing touches’ you provide for your guests?
As we are in Cornwall we welcome guests with a lovely, home-made cream tea with scones, Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam, which always goes down well after a long drive. We also provide locally produced, hand-made, beautifully wrapped soaps in delicious fragrances, such as Lemongrass, Honey and Oats and Cinnamon and Orange, which sound good enough to eat! There are also good quality, complimentary showergel and shampoo in the bathroom. Some of the walls in the barn have watercolours of lovely, Cornish scenes, provided by a local artist which can be purchased if so desired. Last but not least the barn is always decorated with seasonal fresh flowers to welcome our visitors as well as a welcome pack of tea, coffee, sugar and fresh milk.
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