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The Old Barns

Certificate of Excellence 2014

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 34 reviews

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The Old Barns

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Barn / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

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)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Southampton airport 18 km, Nearest railway: Romsey 5 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, 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
Access Secure parking
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.

Ground Floor:

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.

First Floor:

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.

Further details

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 Hampshire 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.

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Review 1-10 of 34

9 Mar 2015


"Perfect Weekend Getaway"

My boyfriend and I booked The Old Barns for a last minute weekend getaway and the location and cottage couldn't have been more ideal. We stayed in the Damson Cottage which was very impressive. We… More

So glad you enjoyed your stay in Damson cottage and made the most of the local area. We are spoilt for great local pubs and they are all very welcoming. Thank you for your lovely review and hope to see you again soon. Rob and Sarah.

6 Jan 2015


"Wonderful Christmas get away."

Really relaxing Christmas spent here at the Old Barns. You immediately feel as if you can sell up and move in here. We wanted to get away from all the rush and hassle of Christmas 'holiday' … More

We are so glad you had a lovely Christmas stay at The Old Barns. Thank you for your lovely comments about the cottages, we try hard to make them homely and comfortable and it's lovely to hear that we have got it right. We hope to see you again. Rob and Sarah.

11 Dec 2014


"Gorgeous Barn"

A really enjoyable stay. Lovely walks and warm, cosy pubs nearby. A great place for a weekend getaway with very friendly and helpful owners.… More

Thank you for your lovely comments. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and the local area. It is a lovely friendly area and you can't get better than a lovely country walk with a pub at the end. Hope to see you again. Rob and Sarah.

18 Nov 2014


"A great place to stay!"

My girlfriend and I along with my parents rented 2 of the cottages at the Old Barns for 3 days. The cottages themselves were lovely - very clean, spacious and full of character but with all mod cons!… More

We are glad you enjoyed your stay and enjoyed the local area. Hope to see you again. Rob and Sarah.

30 Sep 2014


"really comfortable & quiet with lovely walks to the pub"

Really comfortable accommodation in the middle of the countryside.The fresh eggs from the chickens in the field upon arrival was a lovely touch and the milk in the fridge was very welcome.It was nice … More

Thank you for your lovely review and I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. We love the Test Valley and we are glad you enjoyed the area. We always try to give our guests some eggs from our chickens as you can't get better than freshly laid eggs from happy chickens. Hope to see you again. Rob and Sarah.

18 Sep 2014


"Great location and lovely accommodation"

We stayed in 'Elderberry' cottage for two nights and enjoyed our stay. Sarah was very welcoming and the accommodation was nicely furnished and very clean. Everything we needed for our shor… More

Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and the local area. The local walks are stunning and change with every season. We look forward to seeing you again. Rob and Sarah.

25 Aug 2014


"Home from home!"

This one bedroom barn conversion is perfect for a short or long stay. We stayed for 4 nights and loved it. It is in a really peaceful area just outside Stockbridge - ideal for a fly fishing trip on th… More

Thank you for your lovely review and glad you enjoyed your stay. I am glad you enjoyed the area and the fly fishing and hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Rob and Sarah.

5 Aug 2014


"So relaxing"

We stayed for a long weekend in Willow and really enjoyed it. The accommodation was of high quality and had a lovely cosy feel to it. The warm welcome includes milk and eggs which is a nice touch.It&#… More

Thank you for your lovely review and I am glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again soon. kind regards, Rob and Sarah.

3 Jul 2014


"Happy Holiday with great weather, at great location, had a great time."

Helen & myself, together with our dogs had a wonderful stay at "The Old Barns". Lovely walks, with pubs located just about right to refuel. Enjoyed the fishing at the local trout lakes. Sara… More

Thank you for your lovely review. It was lovely to meet you both and your lovely dogs. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and had successful fishing. Hope to see you both again. Rob and Sarah.

3 Jul 2014


"Weekend in the test valley"

Was recommended to stay at the old barns through the gillie I get access to the test. 2 minute drive from the test, beautiful location and outstanding rooms meant my family and I had a perfect weekend… More

Thank you for your review and I am glad you and your family enjoyed your stay and had such successful fishing. Hope to see you again. Rob and Sarah.

Review 1-10 of 34

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    Calendar last updated:02 Apr 2012

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