Farmhouse / 11 bedrooms / sleeps 24

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly
  • 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 30+..

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 Barn sleeps up to 22. In addition there are now 5 Double Bedded Studio rooms each with their own "en suite" shower rooms next to the Barn. Finally there is a separate 2 Bedded Self Contained Cottage with their own bath/shower rooms and large Kitchen and Sitting Room. 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
Rooms 11 bedrooms, 34 bathrooms of which 2 family bathrooms, 15 en suites, 16 shower rooms and 1 toilet only
Nearest beach Weston-super-Mare 100 km
Access Car advised
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
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Fireplace, 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
Furniture Double Beds (13), Sofa Beds (2), Single Beds (10), Cots available (3), Dining seats for 36, Lounge seats for 30
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking, Wheelchair users
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

The 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.

Sherborne, 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.