10 Years at Butterwell Farm

June 2024 brought with it a big milestone for Sam and I – 10 years at Butterwell Farm! We were very keen to celebrate this anniversary as a family and by coincidence one of the most exciting annual events in the county just happened to be the same weekend…and right on our doorstep, The Royal Cornwall Show!

Vintage tractors at the Royal Cornwall Show

When I look back over the last 10 years and the projects we’ve achieved, alongside bringing our children into the world, it’s been a very busy decade! The first project we undertook at Butterwell Farm was the building of Kingfisher Cabin, designed and built by hand by Sam himself. Since then we’ve undertaken the extensive renovation of Buzzard Barn (completely gutted) and Cobnuts Stable just last year, building a new tractor shed, various landscaping projects, and much more, including planting over 1000 new trees on the estate.

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The Royal Cornwall Show

We haven’t visited the show for over five years however this year felt like the perfect time to take our children along for a day at the show. It never fails to disappoint, a fantastic, fun filled (albeit exhausting!) day out for everyone. The Royal Cornwall Show is one of the top agricultural shows in the country with a great selection of entertainment, agriculture, shopping and competition.

Along the back roads, Butterwell Farm is only a 20-minute drive from the showground. We headed out early and sailed straight in with no traffic at all which is almost unheard of!

One of the highlights for us was the Dancing Diggers – a display of theatrical and daring stunts demonstrating the skill and flexibility of JCB operators and their machines. We of course also loved checking out all the machinery, the variety of animals and great Cornish food and drink offerings.

Dates for your 2025 calendar 5, 6 & 7 June 2025!

June Walk

The title of this blog ‘Finding Joy in June’ was a slightly vague play on words linking to my breathtaking June walk with the girls taking in the sights of Polly Joke, Crantock beach and the adjacent coastline. Located just West of Newquay, Polly Joke (also known as Porth Joke) puts on an incredible display of red poppies and other wildflowers from late May to early July. Once again we resorted to our trusty walking app, iwalkcornwall, to navigate a circular walk from the carpark.

This took us along the coastal path to Cantock Beach, a spectacular beach where the River Gannel meets the Celtic Sea. At low tide we were able to cross the beach and made our way up a series of steps that zig zag up the side of the steep slope, in between the impressive beachside properties. We arrived at our lunch destination the Fern Pit Café, with breathtaking views back across the beach and coastline. A special spot I will definitely be re-visiting with the family and recommending to guests. At high tide when the Gannel cuts the beach in half there is a little ferry that takes you across to the café steps – a magical experience.

There is also a National Trust carpark at Crantock beach for those that are members, but please be aware it can get very busy so getting there early is a good idea.

Eating out this month

One of my favourite restaurants and top recommendations if you love seafood is Prawn on the Lawn in Padstow. Last month saw the opening of their sister restaurant Little Prawn, situated on the same street in Padstow as Prawn on the Lawn. I was lucky enough to be invited to their soft launch evening with friends and what a delightful culinary treat it was! A colourful array of exciting flavours, and one of my favourite ways to eat – sharing small dishes with friends.

For more eating out suggestions don’t forget to use our bespoke guide on your next visit: Eating Out Cornwall.

Back at Butterwell Farm

The growing season continues with that perfect combination of sunshine and showers. Work on the land can be never-ending at this time of year. Sam spends much of his days out on the tractor topping the fields and paths and maintaining the riverbanks and smaller areas by strimming. Sam’s been on his second round of “balsam bashing”, racing to clear the swathes before they can flower and spread their seed. Our aim is to restore the native flora and fauna and maintain and improve our rare temperate rainforest at Butterwell Farm.

For more day-to-day updates on the estate management at Butterwell Farm, follow Sam on Instagram @butterwell_sam

In the Gardens

In the gardens at Butterwell Farm we are mostly busy keeping on top of the weeds, which, like the grass, are romping away at this time of year. We are also busy dead-heading roses, of which are plentiful at Butterwell Farm. The apples and pears are looking like they will have a good harvest this year. The mini orchard behind Kingfisher Cabin, the trees in Apple Tree Cottage garden, and the apple and pear growing against the stone walls of Buzzard Barn are all fruiting and guests are always invited to pick their own when they start to ripen.

New Hens

Due to high demand for our delicious eggs, we have introduced another eight point-of-lay hens to the brood, including two that lay blue eggs! There is a real mixture of breeds that lay all different types of eggs, but what they all have in common is their bright orange yolks and delicious flavour. We expect this is a result of their varied and sizable grazing area. Make sure to reserve your eggs in advance through our booking system or email ahead and we can make sure they are in your property on arrival.

Wooden trug full of eggs

Coastal Adventures

June is also my birthday month (the one before the big 4-0!) A surprise birthday treat was organised by friends out on the Camel Estuary. Our beautiful River Camel runs down and out to the Camel Estuary sandwiched between Rock and Padstow. We were taken out by our friends at Camel Ski School in Rock to their floating ‘Camel Ski Island’ situated in the middle of the estuary! We had a picnic of local crab sandwiches and champagne! Heaven!

Camel Ski School offer a fantastic range of water sports on the estuary, and we have had some great experiences wake surfing, waterskiing and paddleboarding with them. They also offer boat charters and kayaking. A wonderful way to see the coastline from the water.

Remaining Summer Availability

We do still have a small amount of availability this month and next month. Low occupancy discounts available in our bigger properties.

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Kingfisher Cabin:
22-31 August (7 nights from £1150, 2 nights from £575)

Cobnuts Stable:
27-29 July (1-bed £620, 2-bed £698, 3-bed £778)

Apple Tree Cottage:
15-26 July (7 nights from £743, 2 nights from £350)

Buzzard Barn:
13-19 July £1190 (2 nights from £595)
23-30 August £1850

View of Buzzard Barn over the river camel

Review of the Month

Once again we have had a month of outstanding reviews from all of our wonderful guests, and we appreciate each and every one of them. It was a tough call to choose my favourite this month! Our preferred review platform is Google reviews. To read all our reviews head to our review page. If you haven’t left a review for a previous stay and have a spare moment to write something then please do head over to Google Butterwell Farm to leave a review.

This month’s review comes from Liv Outram who stayed in Buzzard Barn:

“Our stay at Buzzard Barn at Butterwell Farm was pure perfection. The photos do not do it justice because the view when you arrive of the rolling hills on one side and the Camel Valley Vineyard in front is just breathtaking.

The house itself feels really private with your own garden which is dog safe and fenced off. Then in front you have fields with grazing sheep and the River Camel trickling through the bottom of the grounds. At night there is an unblocked view and tiny bats flying around – magical! The BBQ and outside furniture is a great added bonus.

The inside was spotless – I couldn’t fault it. The house and rooms itself are much larger than the photos suggest with an upside-down structure so you enter ‘the upstairs’ which has the sitting room, dining table and large kitchen. Everything you need to cook up a storm and enough room for 7 adults.

The bathrooms were spotless and powerful showers, the bedrooms were comfy and all were a good size – again fitting 7 with ease.

The communication from Rachel and Sam was the best I’ve experienced- they are super informative, fast, helpful and proactive, but also let me ask a lot of additional or repetitive questions at times!

I also recommend trying the Butterwell Farm lamb and eggs – AMAZING! You must go visit!! I Cannot wait to return.”

Thank you so much Liv!

Renovated Barn on the river with vineyard in background and large concrete BBQ

Fishing

We are well into the sea-trout night fly fishing season now, and this year is shaping up to be very productive. Sea-trout started to be seen in small numbers from mid-June, including some fish in the 8lb range. After a few near misses we finally started catching steadily in the last week of June. So far we have 30 sea-trout in the book with the best 5lb and it looks like it’s going to be a good year for Camel sea-trout.

We write a fishing report each month from the River Camel for Trout and Salmon magazine. We also publish this on our website and it goes out in a monthly newsletter to all our angling guests. If you would like to be included on this mailout, please just let us know. For more information about fishing at Butterwell Farm please look at the fishing pages on our website. For more day-to-day updates on fishing and the estate management at Butterwell Farm, follow Sam on Instagram @butterwell_sam

Each month I always seem to be left with a long list of things I still want to share with you about life at Butterwell Farm and beyond in Cornwall. However mindful of the busy lives we lead and what time you have available to read my monthly news (which I really appreciate) I will have to save these ideas for my quieter winter newsletters when there is always a bit more time.

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With love from Butterwell Farm in Cornwall,
Rachel x

Cow parsley on the river bank