The Barn is a beautifully renovated property on a 14 acre estate in the heart of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds. Much of the inspiration for the design of the Barn came from renowned architect Ptolemy Dean with gardens and landscaping by Jinny Blom, a Chelsea Flower Show gold winner in 2007. The owner won the HRH Prince Charles Pinnacle Award in recognition of the restoration work carried out on the property's dry stone walls.
The area offers a wealth of picturesque villages to explore, replete with tea rooms, many renowned restaurants and of course exceptional architecture from Norman churches dating from the 11th and 12th centuries to manor houses and cottages built in the warm, soft limestone that characterises the area. There are exceptional walking possibilities, most famed of which is the Cotswold Way.
There are also many activities on offer to keep the young and older entertained from Blenheim Palace and Sudeley Castle to The Cotswold Wildlife Park and Farm Park.
The property accommodates 10 people in 5 superb bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms.
- Open-plan kitchen and dining room with exposed beams and modern, professional kitchen units and facilities come with a distinction clutter free style, juxtaposed against antique paintings, a long stripped dining table that seats 12-14 and an iPod docking station that sits atop of an old Balinese wooden safe.
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- A welcoming, high-ceilinged open-plan drawing room with a wealth of interesting and practical features including a TV screen designed within a mirror, French doors that open up onto the beautifully designed courtyard and a cosy open fireplace.
- Stylish tables, formal and comfortable chairs in taupes and warm browns create an attractive sitting area which is adorned with a wealth of interesting paintings.
- Gold Room: Double bedroom with 1.80m bed which cannot be split and en suite shower room. Style: European, Tudor with contemporary elements.
- Blue Room: Double bedroom with 1.80m bed which can be split into twins and en suite walk-in shower room. An additional day bed can sleep one extra child (additional charge).
- African Room: Double bedroom with 1.80m bed which can be split into twins. African styles and en-suite bathroom with roll top bath. This room has a flat screen TV.
- White Room: Spacious double bedroom with leather sofas and 1.80m bed which can be split into twins. En-suite bathroom with roll top. This room has a flat screen TV.
- Pink Room: Definitely the room with the female touch complete with beautiful pink crystal chandelier and antique vanity set. There is slightly low headroom in this room. It comes with a 1.80m bed that cannot be split, a day bed that can take one extra child (additional charge) and an en suite bathroom with bath and low ceiling.
- Up the stairs from the drawing room area is an office area with laptop and Wi-Fi.
GENERAL ACTIVITIES IN THE COTSWOLDS
- Visit a Cotswold Garden like the Painswick Rococo Garden in Painswick. Many are open until dusk and are lit up beautifully to enhance your visit.
- Hire a Classic Car for a memorable day out or a weekend break in The Cotswolds.
- Try hot air ballooning to truly capture the beauty of the Cotswolds, this is most definitely one of the best ways of seeing the stunning countryside.
- Visit Stratford-upon-Avon – Shakespeare’s birthplace
- Drive along one of the two Romantic Roads to the most picturesque Cotswold villages.
- Experience the beauty of the nature and various outdoor activities and in the Forest of Dean.
- Explore the local cuisine - Fabulous local produce, award winning restaurants & creative chefs all make eating and drinking in the Cotswolds a truly memorable experience.
SPORTING ACTIVITIES IN THE COTSWOLDS
- Walking and cycling - Cotswold walking and cycling trails lead along Roman routes, ancient salt ways and through medieval villages.
- Horse riding – the Cotswolds is the horse country par excellence with it's own strong riding culture.
- Golf - golfing breaks are enhanced by friendly, unpretentious courses shaped by gentle Cotswold contours.
- Cricket - Gloucestershire is a First Class Cricket County, with opportunities to see top level cricket at both Cheltenham Cricket Festival and Gloucester Cricket Festivals.
- Swimming - there is a good selection of swimming pools in and around the Cotswolds, with both indoor and outdoor pools.
- Fishing – Fish your own wild brown trout or try trout Fly fishing at one of the many lakes and rivers in the Cotswolds.
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS IN THE COTSWOLDS
- Bath, Roman Baths
- Berkeley, Berkeley Castle
- Broadway, Broadway Tower
- Broughton Castle, Banbury, Oxfordshire
- Bourton on the Water, Birdland Park Garden
- Bourton on the Water, Model Village
- Cheltenham, Sudeley Castle
- Cirencester, Royal College of Agriculture
- Elkstone - Norman church of St. John
- Gloucester, Gloucester Cathedral
- Oxford, Historical Centre
- Painswick, Britain's oldest Bowling Green
- Stow-on-the-Wold, Rollright Stones
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Church of the Holy Trinity (Shakespeare’s Grave)
- Stroud, Slimbridge Wetlands Centre
- Tewkesbury, Tewkesbury Abbey
- Warwick, Warwick Castle
- Woodstock, Blenheim Palace
PRACTICAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR HOLIDAY IN GREAT BRITAIN
Great Britain operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
English is the principal language across Great Britain.
Great Britain’s unit of currency is the Pound Sterling, divided into 100 Pence.
In Great Britain, travellers cheques are sometimes accepted as payment in larger department stored but can be easily converted into local currency at banks. Hotels, shops, restaurants and many other venues accept all major credit cards and ATM access is widespread. American Express is less widely accepted. Exchange currency only at authorised outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
Tipping IN GREAT BRITAIN
A charge for service is often added to restaurant bills but, if it’s not, a typical gratuity would be equal to 10 - 15% of the total. In pubs, tipping lounge staff is at your discretion but is generally not common practice. When paying taxi fares, it is usual to tip up to 10% and round up to the nearest pound.
The British weather has a bad reputation but in actual fact rainy days are nowhere near as common as you may expect. The seasons are marked: In summer, days are bright and usually sunny: Spring and autumn can be cool in the evenings and rain showers are more common; In winter snow is rare but it can be cold and frosty.
While jeans are acceptable, “smart casual” attire in Britain often means stylish trousers or skirt outfit for women and a shirt with collar and trousers for men. Cotton and other light fabrics are comfortable choices for summertime. Spring and autumn temperatures dictate medium-weight clothing selections and in winter warm pullovers are required.
For the countryside, bring comfortable walking shoes with low or no heels. An umbrella or light raincoat may come in handy.
For up to date information on latest health and vaccination recommendations, please contact your doctor.
Electrical service throughout Great Britain is supplied at 220 volts/50 hertz.
Just North of Cheltenham Spa and in the heart of the Cotswolds Temple Guiting provides easy access to some of the most celebrated Cotswold towns and villages such as Chipping Norton, Broadway, Stowe-on-the Wold and Burford. Stratford-Upon-Avon is close at hand for Shakespeare lovers and the dreamy spires of Oxford are also within easy reach. London is around 2 hours away.
Distances: Oxford 37 miles; London 93 miles; Cheltenham 15 miles; Stratford-Upon-Avon 21 miles;
*Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.
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- Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.
The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our Villa Only and A&K Hosted services please see our 'Villa Rental Options' page. An A&K Villas Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs - simply complete the quick 'Make an Enquiry' form or call us on 0845 618 2205.
- Cost of utilities including water, gas and electricity.
- Bottle of Champagne and flowers on arrival.
- Luxury White Company bed linen and towels.
- Midweek sheet change for 5 nights plus
- Green & Spring bathroom amenities.
- Under floor heating.
- Wi-Fi broadband internet.
- Use of the Tennis Court (rackets and balls provided).
- Private catering & drop-off meals available on request.
- Maid service on request at £20ph
- Cookery lessons.
- Wine deliveries.
- Beauty treatments.
- Tennis lessons.
- Pilates / Yoga.
- Personal training.