Manaccan, Helford, TR12 6HU,
Tel: (01326) 231811
Pretty and peaceful
Kestle Barton is an ancient farmstead in fields and woods high above Frenchman's Creek on the Lizard Peninsula. Previously ruinous farm buildings are now, after an award wining conservation project in 2013, lovingly restored to a house in an exciting gallery and very stylish holiday accommodation set in beautiful gardens.
In our gallery we run a changing programme of exciting exhibitions, events and workshops.
The garden was made in the old south-facing Mowhay by designer James Alexander Sinclair. He has created a real plantman's scheme of gauzy swathes of herbaceous plants and sweeps of tall grasses with hedges surrounding small circular spaces for sitting and dreaming. Beyond is the meadow, an ever changing carpet of wild flowers and bees.
Kestle Barton Trust has been set up to bring contemporary art to this rural setting. We see ourselves as a research project, as we continue an investigation into the ways in which artists respond to the place and the ways in which different audiences might arrive at Kestle Barton and their experiences here.
We have a small tea-hut where you can help yourself to light refreshments; we use an honesty box system. We have apple juice from our own apples and, of course, Roskilly's ice cream; great coffee, cakes and occasional lunches. Perfect after a stroll round our wild flower meadow and orchard.
Kestle Barton is situated on the footpath between Helford village and Frenchman’s Creek, on the circular walk. Walk up to Kestle Barton from Helford village, or park at Kestle Barton and take a magical circular woodland walk to Frenchman’s Creek and Penarvon Cove, allowing for a Roskilly ice cream at Helford post office before you return. Kestle Barton can also be reached from the north bank of the Helford River by ferry from Helford Passage. It is a twenty minute walk from the landing stage at Helford.
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