Barn | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
The Old Barns originally formed part of an old dairy farm and is surrounded by stunning English countryside. It is ideally located for exploring the outstanding countryside, wildlife and picturesque local villages and hamlets. Stockbridge is only 5 miles away with fantastic restaurants and shops, Horsebridge is a short stroll down the Test Way in one direction and Mottisfont in the other direction. The wonderful Cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury and the New Forest National Park are less than 30 minutes by car.
The Old Barns offers a luxurious romantic rural retreat with many fine restaurants and pubs in the area. An idyllic place in which to relax and unwind, the cottage is well equipped with games, a DVD and CD player, books and a TV.
With the River Test on your doorstep the area is renowned for its country pursuits and fine walks.
The property contains 4 luxury, one bedroom cottages, each with a south facing balcony, well equipped kitchen and period bathroom. Additional beds can be made available by prior arrangement, for a small additional cost, and well behaved dogs are accepted by prior arrangement (for a small additional cost).
This advert is for Cottage 1 (the largest of the 4 cottages), but please contact us to enquire about the other cottages if cottage 1 is fully booked or if you would prefer one of the other cottages.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lepe 27 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Southampton airport 18 km, Nearest railway: Romsey 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden|
|Further details indoors|
The Old Barns is a beautifully converted timber barn in the heart of the Test Valley with direct access to the Test Way it is an ideal country retreat. Luxury accommodation within a secluded courtyard with south facing balcony for alfresco dining.
We have 4 cottages for rental, so please email or call to enquire. All cottages are similar in style and design. Cottage 1 and 4 are the largest of the cottages and Cottages 2 and 3 being smaller with double beds and double aspect windows.
The Cottages consists of upside down accommodation taking full advantage of the views.
A large entrance hall with coat hooks and plenty of room for shoes etc.
All cottages have a bedroom with either a king size or double bed, bedside tables, dressing table & chair, wardrobe, luggage rack, hair dryer, shaver adaptor, lamps, iron and ironing board.
Cottage 1 is a very large bedroom with French doors opening out to the surrounding land.
All Cottages have a Period Bathroom - Cottages 1 and 4 have a double ended roll top and Cottages 2 and 3 have a roll top slipper bath, all with period taps (hand held shower), white suite and fresh towels.
Upstairs is light and airy with vaulted beamed ceilings and large double or triple aspect windows (depending on the cottage) giving access to a south facing balcony with table and chairs for alfresco dining.
Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner - Each cottage has a dining table and chairs - cottage 1 has a large marble topped dining table with 6 leather chairs, Cottage 4 has a large wooden table and 6 leather chairs, Cottages 2 and 3 have smaller tables with 4 wooden and leather chairs. All the cottages have a comfortable lounge area with a leather sofa (cottage 1 has 2 leather sofa's), Free Sat TV, DVD, CD, Stereo. The kitchens are well equipped consisting of a washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, kettle, oven, grill, hob, sink, waste disposal and a good assortment of crockery and cooking utensils.
Linen, towels, T-towels, bathmat, oven gloves, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, dishcloth, tea, coffee, sugar all provided. We normally also provide milk and fresh eggs from our eggs (subject to chickens laying).
|Further details outdoors|
The Old Barns is set in a secluded courtyard within 2 acres of paddock. Within the courtyard is plenty of secure parking, a south facing patio with tables and chairs, a large fish pond and gravelled garden area.
The surrounding paddocks contain another pond area and plenty of wildlife - we regularly see rabbits, wild birds, pheasants, partridge, sparrow hawk, woodpeckers and insects. The South paddock is home to our chickens who can be seen often hopping over the gate and having an explore around the area.
With direct access from the top of the drive onto the Test Way (44 mile track for walking, cycling and riding) it gives you access to some of the most beautiful English countryside and friendly local pubs that are dog and child friendly.
We accept bookings from 1night + and are open all year.
Check in is 4pm and Check Out is 10am.
Please leave the cottage as you expect to find it.
No smoking inside the cottage.
One - two well behaved dogs by prior arrangement (small additional charge)
Owners live on site.
Outside areas are for the owners and guests.
Balcony areas are linked by gates from one cottage to the next.
Although the cottage is designed for adults and only contain a king sized or double bed, additional beds for children may be provided at a small additional cost, by prior arrangement. Please note the property has a balcony and stairs (and outside the pond areas are not fenced off).
The Central Southern England region
Hampshire is a beautiful area of the country, full of pretty countryside and close to the cost.
With easy access routes from London and the rest of England it makes it a very easy place to get to by car or public transport.
Test Valley is England at its best, enchanting with a touch of the wild and beautiful. There is something of interest all year round; aside from fishing, for which the River Test is renowned, the local area is ideal for the other country pursuits such as shooting, riding, rambling and cycling, and there are many local events such as art festivals and country shows. The local area has many fine pubs and restaurants.
The River Test is the centrepiece of the Test Valley; the river is a world renowned chalk stream of particular beauty and famous for its fishing, salmon and trout, which Lord Crickhowell (onetime chairman of the National Rivers Authority) said 'should be treated as a great work of art or music'. Home of the Houghton Fishing Club, an exclusive fishing club founded in 1822, which meets in the Grosvenor Hotel in Stockbridge.
In the picturesque landscape of the Test Valley in west Hampshire, the River Test meanders through ancient woodlands, tranquil water meadows and rolling chalk hills.
Thatched cottages and welcoming pubs in Test Valley's picturesque villages add to the area's charm and there are attractions for all ages, such as The Hawk Conservancy Trust, the rose gardens at Mottisfont and Whitchurch Silk Mill.
Enjoy the countryside:
Opportunities for walking, horse riding and cycling are abundant in the Test Valley with highlights being the 44-mile Test Way and the annual Test Valley Tour. The Old Barns is located in the heart of the Test Valley with direct access on to the Test Way it is ideal for country pursuits. The Test Way was originally a canal, then later a railway, this was removed in the mid 60's and is now a wonderful walk, cycle, bridal way that runs for 44 miles (from Inkpen to Southampton). There are many fantastic footpaths and cycleway in the area.
With the clear chalk streams the River Test and its tributaries on our doorstep famous for its fly fishing yield up an abundance of brown trout, grayling and salmon. We can provide you with links for places to go fishing.
The area is also very popular for hunting and in the hunting season there are local shoots for Deer, Pheasants and Partridge.
There are also many beautiful churches in the Test Valley which can be explored on a countryside walk.
Cities, Towns, Villages and Hamlets:
The cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury are 30 minutes away by car.
The New Forest National park is only 30 minutes away by car.
The beautiful village of Stockbridge is 5 miles away and can be reached by car or a picturesque walk, with its shops, tea rooms and restaurants, and the Houghton Club, the oldest fishing club in England.
In the pretty town of Romsey you can explore the Romsey Heritage and Visitor Centre, the magnificent Norman Abbey and Broadlands, the former home of the late Lord Louis Mountbatten.
Andover is a lively market town dating back to Saxon times and here you can visit the nearby Iron Age settlement of Danebury Hill Fort and the Andover Museum and Museum of the Iron Age.
The Wallops are attractive villages skirting a small chalk stream and one of them, Middle Wallop, is home to a World War II airfield and the Museum of Army Flying.
Horsebridge Station (saved from dereliction) is now a beautiful wedding venue or occasional afternoon tea.
Mottisfont is a stunning Village with Mottisfont National Trust House being the centrepiece.
Many visitors also flock to the small church of St Margaret's in East Wellow near Romsey, where Florence Nightingale was buried. Florence's family owned nearby Embley Park, now a school, and at the church you can see artefacts relating to her life.
Other attractions in Test Valley include the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Longstock Park Water Garden, Highclere Castle and Houghton Lodge.
With so many fantastic places to eat and drink in the area it is hard to list them all. You will find a list of some of them in your cottage along with details of places to visit in the area.