Stockbridge holiday barn rental with internet access, balcony/terrace and walking and TV

Damson Cottage - The Old Barns

from £110 /night help Price for guests, Nights

Excellent 5/5

38 reviews

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The Old Barns in the heart of the Test Valley

Barn / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 4 Home 214962

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Barn / 1 bedrooms / sleeps 4

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 retreat with many fine restaurants and pubs in the area. An idyllic place in which to relax and unwind, the cottage is well equipped for your stay.

With the River Test on your doorstep the area is renowned for its country pursuits and fine walks.

The Old Barns contains 4 luxury, one bedroom cottages, each with a south facing balcony, well equipped kitchen and period bathroom. Additional beds can be made available subject to availability by prior arrangement (for a small additional cost) and well behaved dogs are accepted by prior arrangement (for a small additional cost).

Welcome to Damson Cottage (the largest of the 4 cottages) with triple aspect windows, south facing balcony and French doors from the large rustic bedroom.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Check in time: 16:00
Check out time: 11:00
Nearest beach Lepe 27 km
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
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, King Beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

The Old Barns is a beautifully converted timber barn in the heart of the Test Valley with the Test Way on our doorstep it is the ideal country retreat. Luxury rustic accommodation within a secluded courtyard with south facing balcony for alfresco dining.

We have 4 cottages for rental, so please enquire if you have a group of friends or family that you would like to get together or if you are not sure which cottage would most suit your needs. All cottages are similar in style and design. Damson and Willow Cottage are slightly larger than Elderberry and Bramble. All the cottages are upside down accommodation taking full advantage of the views and all the cottages can be linked via the balconies for larger groups.

Welcome to Damson Cottage:

Ground Floor:

A large entrance hall with coat hooks and plenty of room for shoes etc.

Large rustic king size bedroom with French doors opening out tot he surrounding land.

The bed is a leather king size bed with Egyptian cotton bed linen, matching bedside tables, dressing table & chair, wardrobe, luggage rack, hair dryer, shaver adaptor, lamps, iron and ironing board.

Period Bathroom with large double ended roll top bath with a handheld shower attachment, white suite and fresh towels and heated towel rail.

First Floor:

Upstairs is light and airy with vaulted beamed ceilings and a large triple aspect windows taking full advantage of the views. The South facing windows open up onto a balcony area with table and chairs for alfresco dining.

Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner - Damson cottage has a spectacular marble dining table and 6 dining chairs, 2 large leather sofas, Free Sat TV, DVD, CD, Stereo. The kitchens are well equipped consisting of a 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).

There is a utility room next to Damson Cottage with a washing machine available for use by guests.

Further details outdoors

The Old Barns is set in a secluded courtyard within 2 acres of paddock. Within the courtyard offers plenty of 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, woodpeckers and insects. The South paddock is gated off as it is home to our dog and our chickens who can be seen often hopping over the gate and having an explore around the area.

With the Test Way on our doorstep (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 are open all year.

Check in is 4pm and Check Out is 11am.

Please leave the cottage as you expect to find it (extra cleaning will be charged for)

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, subject to availability and 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 coast, New Forest and the stunning river Test.

With easy access routes from London and the rest of England it makes it a very easy place to get to by car.

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 the NT Mottisfont, Whitchurch Silk Mill, Laverstoke Mill (home to Bombay Sapphire), Stockbridge and the stunning cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury as well as Stonehenge.


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 the Test Way on it's doorstep 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 with an abundance of brown trout, rainbow 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 20 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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21 May 2012


"A cosy and friendly retreat."

Well appointed. and comfortable and conveniently located for fabulous walks in the Test Valley. The owners are extremely welcoming, and helpful. We will be returning.

Thank you for your lovely review and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

9 May 2012


"Great cottage, lovely walking and places to see nearby"

I stayed in this cottage with my husband for a long weekend. The cottage was well furnished and we enjoyed the balcony overlooking the courtyard. There are several good pubs within walking distance, and great restaurants and pubs a short drive away in Stockbridge. There's loads to do locally and lovely countrysideoutside the front door. Driving to Lyndhurst in the New Forest takes about 35 minutes.

Thank you for your lovely review and I am glad you enjoyed your stay. It is always lovely to hear that you found the cottage comfortable and that you enjoyed the local area. Look forward to seeing you again in the future.

21 Apr 2012


"Excellent accommodation in a tranquil setting"

A short stay at The Old Barns on a fly fishing experience on river Test. Ideally situated for my fishing and also for my wife to visit local towns and villages. Two pubs that do excellent food can be walked to along the Test Way. This footpath is very near to The Old Barns.

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