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The Old Barn " Tuscany in the Chilterns"

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"Tuscany in the Chilterns"

Barn | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

Detailed description

" Tuscany in the Chilterns " 200 year old country barn two fields from the Thames, beautiful views, one of a few areas in the UK where you have hills and valleys and a navigable river wrapping around them, encircled by picturesque riverside towns

The old barn is set in the centre of an AONB conservation area, two fields away from where the river thames wraps around the chilterns, a unique area of the chilterns that has the benefit of the hills and valleys as well as the thames wrapping around it, and encircled by the riverside towns of Wallingford, dorchester-on-thames, Henley-on-thames, goring & Streatley, pangbourne, whitchurch-on-thames and sonning-on- thames , great for a romantic break from a stressed busy life or big city, a cultural break or a relaxed walking , golfing , painting, horse riding or cycling holiday , there is of couse boating and fishing on the river Thames, if you want to stop off the world for a while, friends call it the sanctuary ! also useful if in the area for meetings or conferences and need somewhere to stay, fully fitted kitchen so self catering if you prefer and totally self contained, but house keeping services if needed

Groceries - I,m very interested in organic farming and local produce, all the farm land around the barn has gone organic, and conscious of the journey you might have made to get here, i always leave in the barn, fresh loose tea (there's a nice china tea pot) and fresh organic bread, for tea and toast for your arrival, there's also fresh organic butter, organic honey and malt whisky marmalade, organic milk, organic eggs and organic biscuits , so you can just stop and relax and recenter yourself

Accommodation - comprises the whole upper main vaulted and beamed floor of the barn which feels very light and airy, with fresh cut flowers in the sitting room area and amazing views across open chiltern countryside has a continental style with french greys and creams, open vaulted limed oak and elm beams give a cheerful calm relaxed feel, and makes a self contained private apartment, with its own entrance, comprising of two bedrooms , two en suite bathrooms also with baths and power showers, a central sitting room area and kitchen,

Beds & Bedding - its one of the most important aspects of your stay, so with sensitive consideration, the beds are new King size large 5ft wide handmade, hand tufted, Organic lambswool and organic cotton quality 3000 individual pocket sprung divan double beds, being totally natural they support you really well and allow air to circulate, to give a better night sleep. the crisp white bed linen, sheets, duvets and pillow cases are 100% percale cotton linen, which allow air to circulate and you feel more comfortable as natural, and there is a 4.5 tog duvet and 9.5 tog duvet set for each bed, which along with the three pillows per side are all goose and down feather for more comfort and they also allow air to circulate for a deeper natural sleep. All the fresh white towels along with four extra large toweling spa robes are natural 100% cotton as well,

The accomodation works really well for a couple who want to spread out across two bedrooms, and benift from separate bathrooms, or two friends on a walking holiday needing separate bedrooms-en-suite, or a couple and one or two children if the children don't mind sharing a large double bed or two separate couples, any other guest combination please message me first before booking so we can make sure we can accommodate your needs, thanks

Interaction with Guests

as the barn is accessed through a shingled courtyard, surrounded by high trees and hedging, guests can enjoy a discreet and private stay, we like to show you were everything is on your arrival, then leave you to it, but only a phone call away if needed

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1.6 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: heathrow 59 km, Nearest railway: goring and streatley (main line from paddington, l 5.47 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
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 Double beds (2)
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Access Parking

The Central England/Cotswolds region

The chilterns are known for amazing walks, rambles and hill top views, my two Italian cousins say it looks like Tuscany, that's why i call it Tuscany in the chilterns, with picturesque brick and flint pubs and farmhouses and churches dotting the landscape, perfect for relaxed pub walks, like here we have the king William, in ipsden, with probably the best views from any pub i,ve found, worth a visit great local beer and gastro pub food,

Ancient paths and sites like the ridge-way 5000 year old road or path, intersect the oxfordshire cycleway and further on the Thames path all outside the old barn, some people say they have seen monks or pilgrims walking along it , also there's grimms dyke, a neolithic ditch or dyke, going all the way up a hill in the chilterns, separating two Waring tribes, great walk, all old ancient and very calming and restful and all around the barn, riverside walks along the thames, just a couple of fields away

Ipsden comes under the parish of walllingford and dorchester-on-thames with a huge abbey and pilgrimage centre for hundreds of years, also at checkendon there is the national horse center for riding with riding trips across the hills, taking in spectacular breathtaking views,

down in north stoke on the Thames is the springs golf course and club house, set in a capability brown grounds along the Thames, one of many golf courses in the area

theres little riverside towns and villages like goring and streatley, wallingford and Dorchester-on-thames, henley-on-thames, sonning-on-thames, whitchurch-on-thames and pangbourne, a really pretty little lifestyle area in the chilterns where the river thames wraps around the hills, so best of both worlds, navigatable river and hills, also the river thames cuts through the hills at goring & streatley creating dramatic landscape called the goring gap and home of wind in the willows, but all not far from london oxford or reading, there's many outdoor and potential lifestyle activities and places to visit , but dont worry you can just chill in the barn and relax, or take a day out in oxford , book a nice resturant, but its nice to know these things are available if you want to just do a couple of them

Wallingford

please contact me for any infomation or details you might need, for golf course costs or horse riding costs, country houses and statley home opening times, local markets, festivals and regattas, concerts etc

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6 Oct 2014

5/5

"Beautiful, relaxing, highly recommended."

What a brilliant place to stay, so happy we chose The Barn. Beautifully furnished but still managed to be comfortable and relaxing. The beds were large and very comfortable and the gorgeous linen wa… More

18 Jul 2014

4/5

"Relaxing and out of the ordinary property"

We stayed here for two nights while visiting Henley Royal Regatta. Alexander and David were very welcoming and helpful hosts, who had provided not only essential groceries but also some chocolate trea… More

Thank-you for leaving a review, as our first customer booking we are keen to improve the whole barn experiance, since your stay we have upgraded the bedrooms with new 5ft kingsize pocket sprung beds, and taken the wardrobes out of the bedrooms and in their place put in architectural vintage brass overhead railway carriage racks for hanging dresses and jackets, also fold out suitcase tables, which has made a massive difference to the size of the bedrooms, they look much bigger than before and yet also have bigger beds, we also have upholstered the beams where there are windows and the beds, to make the lower down old beams more friendly, and we are putting in a pull up oak breakfast bar with collapsible chairs, handmade to match the handmade oak kitchen, for longer stay customers, we have upgraded the groceries we leave in the barn to all organic, to reflect the organic farming all around the barn, please recommend us to your friends, thank-you again for staying :-)

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Calendar last updated:11 Nov 2014

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