The Barn, Heath Barn House,
Barn | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Heath Barn is a period Cotswold stone detached property which has been converted in a contemporary, uncluttered style. It lies next to the adjacent farmhouse in a quiet, rural location at the end of a 1-mile shared farm track between Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh. The Barn has an outlook over fields including a wild flower meadow. The nearest pub is in Broadwell, 1 mile away. Stow and Moreton have a good selection of pubs, restaurants and shops.
Flagstone floors and vaulted oak ceiling and gallery. Garden including terrace, gravelled parking area and small lawn overlooking fields. Unlimited access to 200 acres including streams, meadows and ancient woodland.. Guests should note that occasional pheasant shoots occur in adjacent woods and fields between November and February.
Ground floor: open plan kitchen, dining and sitting areas. First staircase to galleried mezzanine landing bedroom with 3' single bed for a child (no stairgate), double bedroom with 5' bed and en suite bathroom with roll top bath. Second staircase to smaller bedroom with a 5' bed and en suite bathroom with roll top bath (no stairgate).
Underfloor central heating, woodburning stove. Fridge, freezer, dishwasher. TV, video and DVD. Sorry, no telephone. Travel cot and highchair available.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham 70 km, Nearest railway: Moreton-in-Marsh 5 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, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Central England/Cotswolds region
Visit within 20 minutes:-
The famous gardens of Hidcote Manor, Kifgate Gardens, Snowshill Lavender Farm.
Slightly further afield and within half an hour are:-
Blenheim Place, The University City of Oxford beyond, Cotswold Wildlife Park (near Burford), Chedworth Roman Villa, Stanway House, Sudeley Castle (home of Katherine Parr, Henry Eighths sixth wife), Shakespeares Stratford upon Avon, Warwick Castle, Cirencester and Cheltenham Spa(famous for its Summer Festival and Racecourse.)
Stow on the Wold
Shopping and things to do:-
We are located between the two small market towns of Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh with plenty of interesting shops and boutiques. Beyond are, Bourton on the Water (famous for its model village, perfumery and railway museum), Broadway Tower, Batsford Arboritum, Chastleton House (National Trust by appointment only). Also the famous Daylesford farmshop is very popular and well worth a visit.
Local opera house - Longborough (Summer only)
Chipping Norton Threatre - Small old fashioned theatre throughout the year
Availability Your dates are available
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9 Mar 2014
We stayed there with another couple of friends (There are 2 en-suite bedrooms). Nice size of kitchen/dining area plus sitting room. It is not facing any road, so quiet in the evening surrounded by … More
Thank you Christopher and Yuri for your nice comments, and we hope very much to welcome you back at Heath Barn in the near future for a repeat. With best wishes from all The Mander Family.
2 Mar 2014
On the positives, this barn is ideal if you want a remote location yet only within 5 minutes' drive of Stow-on-the-Wold or Moreton-in-Marsh. The track to the barn and owners farmhouse is via an unmade track with potholes, although they were being filled in when we were there, great for your 4x4 but perhaps not for your Sports car. The owners have 200 acres of land you can wander freely about with your dogs, although it is unclear where their boundary fences are but is nice just to be able to wander on private land with some nice views of the countryside. The large garden is dog friendly and secure, although we had to make it secure in one corner. The barn is warm and cosy, the beds are very comfortable and the kitchen has a good selection of white goods. It has lots of potential to be at the luxury end of the market but it's not sadly in that condition in February 2014. In the high of the season a week costs over £1600 for a barn that sleeps 5, for £1600 I'd expect a far higher standard of accommodation:-
Unfortunately, we have to agree with some of the comments made in the on site Visitors Book and also on the English Country Cottages website reviews about lots of “niggles”. Most significantly, the cleaning is not good; the owners employ a cleaner but you'd never know it. We had to spend some time on our arrival just doing some basic cleaning; the beds were made and towels put out but not convinced that the floors had been cleaned. There were remnants from previous occupiers under beds and under other furniture, the paintwork on doors, cupboards, stairs, as well as surfaces on appliances, dining table/chairs, Kitchen worktops, etc, was full of grubby finger-marks, there was a lot of dust and cobwebs throughout. The sink needs a good spray of bleach to remove tea stains as did the main bedroom toilet to remove water discolouring. The two baths also needed a good scrub. A lot of the furniture, fixtures/fittings, TV etc, is looking tired and needs replacing as that added to the general grubbiness and tiredness feel. We're sure it was once lovely, but it's now deteriorated.
It would have been useful for there to be more than 1 mug to drink out of instead of 5 tea cups, it would also have helped if the shower over bath had a curtain to stop loads of water splashing onto the paintwork and floor. There is also a lack of space to hang clothes.
However, despite the negatives, it is a relaxing place to stay. We never met the owners ourselves but the Visitors Book is full of compliments about them, so please do take this as constructive feedback.
This complaint is really unfortunate in that on this occasion we used a different cleaner to the usual contract one's due to us being away and it being too complicated to brief them properly and organise access. I'm afraid that the cleaner on this occasion was obviously not up to it and we will insure that this never happens again.
In normal circumstances the barn is always cleaned to a very high standard and we also go round double checking everything after they leave.
With regard to the television the plan is to replace this for a nice flat screen model any day now.
I do not understand the comment about the furniture being tired as many of these are antiques and would really be spoilt if we replaced them with modern pieces. The barn was redecorated last season but the problem is on the stairways that receive hard traffic when guests move baggage around and need touching up again which will be seen to. Most of the walls are in fact stone and cannot be decorated.
On the tea and coffee cup situation there are at least 12 cups of a nice china variety. We will however add to this collection some more basic coffee mugs to be kept on a spindle at surface top level.
On the baths these are slipper for one gallery bedroom and we have a large cast iron one in the main en suite bathroom and these are not designed to have shower curtains, but instead to hand hold the shower handle piece in a more traditional way.
There is some hanging space and plenty of hangers, but due to the roof lines there is not room for large wardrobes. Instead there are two large chest of drawers in each bedroom. The master bedroom has its own wardrobe. The guest bedroom a smaller one.
On the state of the drive, all the potholes have now been filled, which as you can imagine were caused by the recent severe weather conditions.
It is unfortunate that we were unable to talk to the tenants when we returned from abroad, though we tried to have a chat as they were driving past one day to see if everything was all right.
It is not correct that the barn costs over £1,600. The only reason for the high season prices is that we have to keep in tandem with our main agent www.cotages4you . Usually we offer very good last minute deals from £70 per night if you take a week.
The Barn offers twice the square footage of other locations in the area being approximately 1,500 square foot.
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