Cornwall, United Kingdom

Coombeshead Farm

Price per night from$147.32

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP120.83), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Foodie farmstead

Setting

Wild in the West Country

If it’s glorious isolation and the kind of West Country scenery you’ve craved since the last series of Poldark ended, Coombeshead Farm – set deep in the Cornish countryside amid rolling fields and oak-rich woodland – is sure to float your boat. Guests woken by rowdy cockerels or the aroma of fresh bread from the onsite bakery are rewarded with solitary sunrise strolls to the nearby stream, passing snuffling pigs, inquisitive sheep and hives that hum with native black bees along the way. Make sure to be back in time for breakfast, where farm-fresh eggs, homemade jams and just-baked bread are the order of the day.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Nine: five in the Farmhouse, four in the Grainstore.

Check–Out

10.30am, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in is at 2pm. The owners will try to let you into your room early if possible but there’s always those lovely country strolls or the courtyard café to help get you settled if not.

Prices

Double rooms from €168.55 (£145), including tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include a daily farmhouse breakfast, which features eggs from the resident chickens and honey from the farm hives. Slather homemade jams and compotes over bread baked onsite that very morning and sip drinks including fresh juices from local growers.

Also

There’s a fine selection of books to be found in the Farmhouse reading room. Grab one from the shelves. Animal Farm, perhaps. Or 20th-century classic Rebecca from local-girl-done-good Daphne du Maurier. Then while away a peaceful hour or two curled up in a comfy chair with only Mrs de Winter and a homemade lemon verbena vodka from the honesty bar for company.

Hotel closed

The hotel operates from Wednesday to Sunday only, as well as closing for a fortnight every January.

At the hotel

Restaurant, courtyard café, farm shop, reading room. In rooms: WiFi, digital radio, super-king or king-size bed, snacks such as local fudge and homemade gin on arrival, Faith in Nature toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Quirky antique furniture sourced from auction houses coupled with recycled wool blankets and welcome snacks will make you feel at home whichever room you choose. Prefer a traditional farmhouse feel? Choose rooms one to five for garden and courtyard views. Or go for a room in the revamped Grainstore if you yearn for a bit more space. We love Room 9 up in the barn’s eaves, with its exposed timbers, freestanding rolltop bath tub and glorious farmyard views.

Packing tips

Cornwall’s beaches have some of the whitest sand in the country so you’ll want a good pair of sunglasses if you hope to be dazzled by the scenery rather than the light. Yes, even in winter.

Also

Free use of the farm’s Hunter wellies and Seasalt coats means that – if you came ill-prepared for the notoriously unpredictable Cornish weather – you can still head out for a woodland yomp and remain watertight on damp days.

Pet‐friendly

Four-legged pals are welcome in Room 6 in the Grainhouse. Each pet is charged at £25 for the whole stay. See more pet-friendly hotels in Cornwall.

Children

The vibe at Coombeshead Farm is more about grown-up downtime, so it’s over-12s only here.

Sustainability efforts

A super-eco-friendly approach is par for the course on this working farm. It’s the kind of place where, when you sit down to dinner in the lovely timbered restaurant, you can be sure the out-of-this-world pork loin on your plate in fact came from one of the resident Mangalitza pigs, that your buttered sourdough was baked onsite and the foraged borage is resolutely Cornish. The two cosy main residences – a traditional ivy-clad farmhouse and converted grain barn – are chock-full of recycled blankets and local pottery, while bathrooms come with water-saving showers and ethical Faith in Nature toiletries and Who Gives a Crap toilet tissues. Coombeshead is also part of Cornwall’s major Farm Net Zero community programme which aims to hit target within five years using traditional farming methods to trap carbon in the soil. This includes not digging or tilling the land and a flat-out ban on the use of pesticides.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Every table in this atmospheric farmhouse restaurant has its charms, but we favour a position close to the huge open kitchen to build the greatest anticipation for the farm-fresh cuisine that’s destined for your belly.

Dress Code

Wellies, wax jackets and flat caps if you want to go full Cornish countryman, but really anything goes here.

Hotel restaurant

Coombeshead’s traditional British farmhouse dining experience is a foodie fantasy made flesh. Exposed wooden beams and rustic stone walls frame a huge open kitchen that fairly bustles with activity. On the menu: fresh hens’ eggs for breakfast and dinner conjured primarily from produce sourced straight from the farm. Expect life-changing warm buttered sourdough, baked artichoke, foraged seasonal herbs, piquant Mettwurst sausages with crab apple, and lashings of farmhouse cheeses and chutneys.

Lighter bites at the Courtyard Café include smoked pig cheek scrumpets, rillette with pickles, cheese and charcuterie plates and, crucially, bottles of fine Cornish cider to wash it all down.

Hotel bar

There’s an honesty bar in the Farmhouse reading room where you can mix your own drinks from homemade spirits. Hic!

Last orders

Breakfast is served 8.30am–10am; dinner at 7pm. Lunch is available from 1pm.

Location

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Address
Coombeshead Farm
Lewannick
Launceston
PL15 7QQ
United Kingdom

Sixty-six acres of lush wildflower meadows, ancient woodland and murmuring streams surround Coombeshead Farm, an off-grid country retreat deep in rural Cornwall. Pilgrims are rewarded with crisp West Country air, farm-fresh cuisine and starlit evenings.

Planes

The nearest regional airports are at Exeter and Newquay, both around an hour from the farm; Bristol Airport is a two-hour drive.

Trains

Exeter St David’s station, around 50 miles from the hotel, is well connected to major rail hubs around the UK. From there, you can travel onwards to Liskeard and Bodmin Parkway, but both trains are slow and overshoot Coombeshead Farm by some way, meaning you still have to find your way there from up to 20 miles out. Sure the countryside views are nice but, unless you’re a slow-travel fetishist, this may not be the transportation method for you.

Automobiles

Rural West Country destinations are notoriously difficult to reach by public transport. But that’s part of the appeal, right? Do yourself a favour and hire a set of wheels for your adventure. This will also open up day trips to Bodmin Moor and the cracking Cornwall coast. There’s free parking in the farm’s courtyard. Pro-tip: enter ‘Coombeshead Farm’ rather than the postcode into your GPS for the most accurate directions.

Worth getting out of bed for

There’s more than enough to fill a long weekend here without leaving the immediate environs of Coombeshead Farm. Skimming dreamily through book after book in the reading room, for example. Strolling the verdant paths of the farm’s 66 acres. Singing along with the birds as you frolic through the ancient Trelaske Wood, looking for all the world like a cartoon character from a 1950s Disney feature.

Drag yourself kicking and screaming from this rural idyll and you’ll find the very best of Cornwall within easy reach. Hike the foreboding wild landscapes of Bodmin Moor, just south of the hotel. Or board an old-fashioned steam train at nearby Launceston, to puff and chuff your way over the unspoilt Kensey Valley’s fields, meadows and viaducts. 

The north and south coasts are both around 45 minutes away. Head north for picture-postcard Bude’s beguiling beaches. Or venture south to Fowey, where colourful houses crowd the waterfront and fishing boats bob gently in the harbour. It’s here that a young Daphne du Maurier was first inspired to put pen to paper, and it’s not difficult to see why. Seek out atmospheric sheltered coves along the coastline and take the ferry out to Bodinnick to spot her first Cornwall home: a whitewashed quayside building with brightly painted wooden shutters. Du Maurier was also known to take afternoon tea at the Fowey Harbour Hotel, so it would be frankly unthinkable for you not to also do just that.

Local restaurants

Coombeshead Farm’s nearest pub is a mere 15-minute stagger along country lanes in the tiny village of Lewannick. With timbered ceilings and open fires, The Archer Arms is a great place for a pie, a pint and a natter with the friendly locals. Nominate your designated driver and take a spin up to The Springer Spaniel in Treburley, where you’ll want to sample some of those foaming local ales and ciders. This 18th-century inn with rustic bare-brick walls and exposed beams also serves up hearty gastropub fare such as roast beef and beer-battered fish and chips.

There’s a beautiful coastal path that winds from Boscastle Farm Shop on the north coast across dramatic cliffs and down to the cute fishing village below. Pause here for lunch at The Rocket Store, a tiny seafood restaurant with a menu that changes daily based on the morning catch, and where the fish is so fresh it might have leapt straight from the sea and onto your plate. Fuel up for the return leg back up the hill where you may well have recovered your appetite just enough to warrant a bonus cream tea at the farm shop restaurant.

It’s practically a criminal offence to go to Cornwall and fail to sample Rick Stein’s near-legendary fish and chips while you’re there. So, if you needed an excuse to visit the celebrity chef’s beloved Padstow, this is surely it. Stein’s Fish & Chips serves the usual traditional chippy fare with lashings of salt, vinegar and mushy peas, plus a small and somewhat unexpected range of curries for the more adventurous palate. Eat on the waterfront for the maximum Cornish (or Punjabi) experience.

Local cafés

Proximity to the Devon border makes for easy access to the likes of windswept Dartmoor and the sunkissed sands of the English Riviera. It also means the delicious prospect of researching for yourself which of jam (Cornwall) or cream (Devon) should be applied to a scone first when preparing a traditional cream tea. Restaurants, tearooms and National Trust cafés the length and breadth of these two counties will be only too happy to furnish you with the ingredients you need to help resolve this bitterest of rivalries. In other words: when in Cornwall, stuff yourself silly.

Liberty Coffee in nearby Launceston is worth a visit for its excellent range of speciality coffees, coupled with brownies, bakewells and teacakes baked on the premises, plus savouries including sausage rolls.

Head up to Electric Bakery in Bude for a cinnamon roll or bacon bap with coffee to go, then wander down to the beach for a dip in the Bude Sea Pool, a natural tidal lido at Summerleaze Beach.

Reviews

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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from their remote West Country idyll and unpacked the spoils of their farm-shop trolley dash – still-fresh sourdough, homemade pork scratchings and a quart of Cornish gin – a full account of their off-grid break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Coombeshead Farm in rural Cornwall…

Coombeshead Farm’s delightfully eclectic country-chic decor and furnishings – all antique armoires, recycled wool blankets and deep leather sofas that practically beg to be lounged on – are carefully designed to make you feel right at home. And we challenge you not to hoover up the adorable welcome gift of homemade goodies like sloe gin and clotted-cream fudge the second you set foot in your room. 

The nine bedrooms are split between a traditional 19th-century Farmhouse and recently converted grain barn, both with sociable living areas, including a book lovers’ reading room and an honesty bar crammed with local spirits. Most of the larger Grainstore rooms come with bathrooms big enough to accommodate freestanding rolltop tubs, for maximum post-hike downtime.

The rustic restaurant’s zero-kilometre policy means pretty much that, with most of the ingredients sourced straight from the farm or foraged in the nearby fields. Think tender pork chops, herby potatoes and beeswax ice cream. Better still, you can take some of the farm’s fine produce home with you thanks to the little shop crammed with pickles, chutneys, jams, spirits and more.

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