Here at Rosehip Barn our aim is to make life joyful by providing opportunities for people to connect, learn new skills and escape the hum drum of modern life. Rosehip Barn is an ancient Cornish stone barn which is situated on a pilgrims route to St Clether Holy Well. It is a versatile venue offering a range of spaces and additional services to suit your needs. Rosehip Barn has a warm and friendly atmosphere, a special place where you can relax and feel at home.

Dream – Believe – Achieve

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Jumping for Joy!
Gemma describing one of the many ways the space would be used and how jubilant it made her feel
Photo by Sarah Chapman

History

Rosehip Barn is an ancient stone barn at the heart of Trefranck Farm. It is owned by Gemma Kempthorne and has been in her family since 1703. Originally built as a granary the barn featured a waterwheel on the south wall. It is situated on one of the pilgrims route to St Clether Holy Well which is a short amble away. It is recorded on the 12th Century tithe map as a ‘Mowhay’ an agricultural barn to store sheaves of wheat and corn ricks. Gemma’s Grandmother Lottie Kempthorne (nee Venning) could remember as a child the heavy horses being stabled in the barn. As a young adult Lottie used to house her Rhode Island Red poultry on the first floor. With the mechanisation of farming a corn dryer was installed to the rear of the barn. Inside a mill was installed to mill corn and barley for the cattle, the grain was then stored in silos on the first floor of the barn and occasionally small straw bales.The ground floor of the barn was a shippon where Gemma’s grandad Edward and father Jimmy Kempthorne milked cows and housed suckler calves and cows. The barn was a cosy home for many sheep, lambs, farm cats, kittens, cows, calves, sheep dogs and even a couple of pet goats – Tinsel and Tanya. In 2010 work began to renovate the barn into the venue that it is today. It was a labour of love, a team effort involving the help of many friends and family alongside a team of professional builders. It has evolved organically over the years and continues to do so. Honouring the legacy of its past whilst embracing the present and looking to the future with hope. It is a warm, friendly and special place to be which oozes character and authenticity. Gemma feels blessed to live at Rosehip Barn and loves to see the space being used and enjoyed by all.