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Cats Abbey in the morning sunlight

Farmhouse | 11 bedrooms | sleeps 24

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Cats Abbey is an enchanting Cotswold farm yard converted into a stunning holiday let. It is located just off the A40, about 5 miles west of Burford, with spectacular views across the Windrush Valley.

The big barn has a magnificent beamed ceiling, a gallery, a stone fireplace, wood-burning stove, and a stone floor with underfloor heating. The kitchen is a cooks dream and the dining table can seat 24.

Originally an out-farm yard, Cats Abbey has been purpose designed as a holiday let and converted to a very high standard specifically for holiday accommodation. The site is on the National Trust Estate at Sherborne, and they have overseen the conversion work. Very suitable for small corporate events.

The quality of the accommodation and the delightful setting make Cats Abbey a gem of a holiday home, and perfectly positioned for exploring the Cotswolds. Cats Abbey boasts several eco-friendly features - read on for more details.

Size Sleeps up to 24, 11 bedrooms
Nearest beach Weston-super-Mare 100 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 10 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Birmingham 70 km, Nearest railway: Shipton-under-Wychwood 10 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 11 bedrooms, 19 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 9 En suites and 9 Shower rooms
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (10), Double beds (6), Cots (3), Dining seats for 24, Lounge seats for 24
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Wheelchair users, Secure parking
Further details indoors

The en-suites are shower rooms, so the total is 10 ( not 19 as calculated by computer !)

9 double bedrooms have en suite shower, WC and basin.

1 smaller bedroom has adjoining bathroom with bath, WC, basin.

This one is more suited to children, but the bed pulls out to make a double if required.

The family room is actually 2 rooms; a double with en-suit and a children's room for 2+.

Cats Abbey has more insulation than required by building regulations, reducing the need for heating.

Underfloor heating is used throughout the building, meaning the heat stays where you want it and doesn't rise up to the ceilings. This works via a ground source heat pump, which also helps heat hot water in winter.

Passive stack ventilation is used in some bathroom. This uses no electricty.

Solar panels are used to heat the water in summer. These are set in the roof and disguised as roof lights. The heat produced from the panels can also be sent around the other buildings on a circular heat-main.

Further details outdoors

Farmyard setting with magnificent views, all set in 6 acres with woodland nature reserve.

It's part of the National Trust Sherborne Estate, with access to the estate and open farmland.

All rainwater from the main roofs is collected in an underground tank, to be used for flushing toilets, and to provide soft water to the laundry. We have plans to add filters to make it suitable for showers and general domestic purposes, possibly drinking water.

We have a septic tank, which transfers to a vertical reed bed, which removes the ammonia. Then a hoziontal ree-bed remove the nitrates. The purified water goes into an aeration pond before draining into the ground. The pond also encourages wildlife.

Further details

We can offer self catering, or bed and breakfast, or a range of catering options by arrangement. We have an account with Oxford Wine who will deliver on Fridays, and do sale or return, which much simplifies the wine decision. They are good value as well: see www.oxfordwine.co.uk

The Central England/Cotswolds region

We are very central for the Cotswolds. Oxford, Cirencester and Cheltenham are all about 20 minutes away, Bibury, Bourton on the Water and Burford, about 10 minutes. We are just 7 ½ miles from the ideal wedding venue at Cripps Barn, Bibury, and perfectly located for exploring the Cotswolds.

Local Attractions.

All around we have beautiful countryside, pretty stone villages, excellent pubs and restaurants, and all the hunting, shooting and fishing you could want.

Burford

Walk directly onto the National Trust Sherborne Estate.

Chedworth Roman Villa; one of the largest in UK.

Bibury Trout Farm; Catch your own trout (guaranteed!) have tea, admire the view.

Cotswold Water Parks, near Cirencester. Water ski by overhead wire. Sail, swim, picknick.

Cotswold Wildlife Park; Nr Burford, a great day out.

Bourton-on-the-Water; Tourist mecca, but very pretty. Birdland, Model Village, Vintage Cars inc Brum.

Also do a tour of the Perfumery, or join a day course.

Moreton in Marsh; pretty market town, largest Cotswold street market every Tuesday.

'FOXSTOCK' The free Jazz festival at The Fox Inn, on the Windrush River; August bank holiday all weekend.

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19 Jul 2014

5/5

"Fabulous Birthday Party"

Can't rate this place highly enough. Everything was superb. The location, the accommodation, the bedrooms, everything was superb. We all loved it. The adults raved about it and so did the childre… More

21 May 2014

5/5

"Fabulous place, a perfect place for a get together!"

This barn is simply stunning. The quality of the finish, the standard of the accommodation, the thought put into every aspect is superb. We had a group of 24 family and friends, youngest was 7 and t… More

20 Apr 2014

5/5

"How the posh people live!"

We hired Cats Abbey for a wedding party weekend. It was very good, but still relatively expensive even with 24 people sharing!Cats Abbey is a converted barn, with various buildings attached.The bedro… More

24 Nov 2012

5/5

"Absolutely amazing place, best weekend ever!"

We booked the lovely Cats Abbey for our wedding weekend in July last year and it really wouldn't have been the same without it! The owner was extremely friendly and hospitable, the rooms beautifu… More

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Calendar last updated:30 Aug 2014

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