Where the track peters out, the hideaway begins. Surrounded by cornfields and pastures, this is sleepy-deep Cornwall. Park the car, then forget it: you can walk to the beach every day, and Padstow is a 20-minute stroll. The Barn, classic and Cornish, sturdy with stone and sea-blue shutters, has been superbly renovated in contemporary style. Downstairs: a vast space of beams, rough stone walls, cool white plaster and smooth slate heated flags. Flooded with light from French windows (opening to a terrace), it sprawls with sofas, table lamps, a real fire (logs on the house) and a handsome farmhouse table for up to 12. The kitchen oozes quality – cream units and Aga, Le Creuset cookware. An open staircase leads to three bedrooms – oak floors, rafters, more stone walls – lightly furnished in contemporary country style. One has a striking glass door leading to the old loading ramp while the children’s room is bright, with fun fabrics. Bathrooms are compact yet stylish and well-lit; there’s heaps of storage elsewhere. Brilliant for walkers, cyclists, surfers, sailors and beach bunnies – just about everyone! Lynhay Barn next door (sleeps six) is just as gorgeous with an open-plan living space with slate flags, tan leather sofas, rugs, and an Aga kitchen, terrace & garden.