This beautifully converted Cotswold granary lies in the grounds of Aylworth Manor, a fabulous, centuries-old manor house located in a picturesque and secluded valley surrounded by farmland, woodland and with footpaths and bridleways leading to unspoiled countryside. The Granary has a spacious, open-plan living-dining-kitchen area with an open fire and sleeps four guests in two en-suite bedrooms - all on the ground floor - with a study on a mezzanine floor. Guests have shared use of the Manor’s fabulous gardens, BBQ area and all-weather tennis court. The Granary is perfectly situated for exploring the Cotswolds on foot, with the Windrush Way passing through the grounds, or by car, with Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold and Cheltenham all nearby.
As you drive down the country lanes towards the tiny hamlet of Aylworth and then turn down the drive to the Manor House, you’ll feel the pressures of everyday life melt away as the beautifully tranquil scene unfolds in front of you. To one side is the Manor House while across the gravel courtyard is The Granary, which if you arrive in late spring or early summer will be covered in the delicate, mauve flowers of a rambling clematis.
Inside this spacious, converted barn are two ground-floor, en-suite bedrooms sitting beside a large open-plan kitchen-dining area and living room, with a hugely impressive, original timber A-frame soaring above. The room is made cosy in the winter with its open fireplace and airy and fresh in the warmer months by throwing open the French doors to the courtyard. A wooden staircase rises beside the kitchen to a mezzanine study.
The Granary is set in the grounds of Aylworth Manor - lovingly restored by the current owners to their breathtakingly beautiful state. Guests have shared use of a BBQ area (with the Manor’s B and B guests), which is situated on a lawn across the courtyard, and is surrounded by borders bursting with lupins, peonies, lavender and many more insect-loving plants with a towering walnut tree to sit under on hot days. In the far corner of the Manor’s garden is an all-weather tennis court available for guests’ use, and perfectly concealed behind a thick screen of climbers.
Large double doors open into a light and welcoming hallway where there is a large mirror and antique chest of drawers – handy for storing maps, gloves and hats. The barn has beautiful wooden flooring throughout with rugs for extra cosiness and comfort.
This super-spacious and open-plan room forms the main body of the barn and has a striking, double-height ceiling featuring the original exposed timbers of the barn’s A-frame. At the near end is a well-equipped kitchen, with every appliance needed for a self-catering getaway, and a circular dining table comfortably seating four guests. To one side of the kitchen is a small sofa, providing a lovely spot to sit and chat to the chef of the group while they busy themselves in the kitchen.
At the far end of the room is the living area furnished in a cosy, country house style, with two large sofas, a footstool and a coffee table in front of a large open fireplace. To either side of the chimney breast is a smart TV and a chest of drawers full of games, jigsaw puzzles, books and local information.
The space below the mezzanine area is home to a handy cupboard housing a washer-dryer, iron and ironing board and coat hooks.
This delightful, en-suite double bedroom is furnished with a king-size double bed on a pretty, Victorian-style brass frame, with bedside tables and reading lamps. To one side is a wardrobe with hanging space and shelves and a full-length mirror. The window is framed with flowering climbers and overlooks the courtyard.
En-suite Shower Room:
The shower room includes a step-in cubicle shower, a washbasin, WC and heated towel rail. Guests are provided with a vanity kit, shower cap, and White Company shampoo-conditioner, shower gel and body lotion.
The spacious but cosy en-suite twin room is furnished with two single beds, with bedside tables and reading lamps, a wardrobe and a full-length mirror.
Here you’ll find an inviting, extra-deep bath, with central taps and a hand-held shower. Alongside the bath, there is a washbasin, WC and heated towel rail. Guests are provided with a vanity kit, shower cap, and White Company shampoo-conditioner, shower gel and body lotion The bathroom has Jack and Jill doors, making it accessible from Bedroom Two or the back hall.
A wooden staircase rises from beside the kitchen to a mezzanine area that looks out over the open plan area below through the fabulous, ancient timbers of the A-frame. The mezzanine is furnished with a large desk, a chair and a small sofa (and has a double power point), making this an ideal workation location.
The Granary is in the grounds of beautiful Aylworth Manor, which dates back five centuries and is located in a secluded Cotswold valley surrounded by 165 acres of its own farmland. Guests staying at The Granary have shared use (with the Manor’s B&B guests) of the Manor’s enchanting gardens, a BBQ area and an all-weather tennis court, cleverly screened by a rugosa rose hedge and a mix of pretty climbers. In addition, the surrounding farm is home to numerous animals that guests may enjoy, including dogs, ducks, chickens and horses. There is direct access from the grounds to many bridleways and footpaths leading to local villages, the local pub at Naunton and many footpaths, including The Windrush Way.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms across one king-size double and one twin
2 bathrooms: 1 en-suite shower room, 1 ensuite bathroom with Jack/Jill entrance
Parking for up to 4 cars
Dog friendly – maximum 2 dogs
Garden, BBQ area and all-weather tennis court (shared)
Open fireplace – logs and kindling supplied
Bed linen, bath towels and tea towels
Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, sugar only
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo-conditioner, shower gel, body lotion
Heating and hot water via eco-friendly biomass boiler
Free Wi-Fi - high speed Fibre 300 GB download and upload
Smart TV (32”)
Games and jigsaw puzzles
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, cafetiere, kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin.
Oven/hob - electric
Under counter fridge with freezer compartment
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
Baby/Child Equipment: travel cot on request - please bring own cot bedding. (No highchair available)
Shared outdoor seating area with table and four chairs
BBQ (gas) – a gas bottle is provided
Pub in walking distance (1.5 miles)
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The nearest supermarket is the award-winning Cooperative Food Store in Bourton-on-the-Water (4 miles). Alternatively, head to Stow-on-the-Wold (6 miles) where there is a Tesco and Marks & Spencer mini store at the BP fuel station on the A429.
The Black Horse, Naunton (1.5 miles)
The Plough, Cold Aston (2 miles)
The Hollow Bottom, Guiting Power (2.3 miles)
The Granary is in the grounds of Aylworth Manor, with access to the Manor’s beautiful garden and grounds, and to the footpaths and bridleways that lead directly from the holiday cottage through the surrounding unspoiled countryside, including out on to the Windrush Way – a fabulous 13-mile trail that connects the Cotswold Way with the Oxfordshire Way, beginning at Winchcombe and ending in Bourton-on-the-Water.
Places to Visit:
Cotswold Farm Park (4 miles)
The Model Village and Birdland at Bourton-on-the-Water - the Venice of the Cotswolds (4 miles)
Sudeley Castle (7 miles)
Train - The nearest railway station is Kingham (12 miles) with regular services from London Paddington.
Taxis - Jay Taxi Service, Bourton Private Hire, Stow-on-the-Wold Taxis.
There is so much to explore and experience when visiting the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
The Granary does not have its own garden, but instead guests have the use of the Manor’s beautifully manicured and maintained gardens, shared (with B&B guests) BBQ area and an all-weather tennis court
Parents of young children and dog owners please be aware the garden has a pond
The owners have their own, friendly, well-behaved dogs who will come to meet your car and who roam freely around the estate
Guests have use of the owners’ all-weather tennis court. Please bring racquets and balls
There are steps to the front door, but a ramp can be provided for guests with mobility issues. (Please advise if required on booking.) Internal doors are not, however, wide enough for wheelchair access.
The Granary only accommodates four guests in the dining and living area. However at Aylworth Manor, where The Granary is located, there are four bed and breakfast rooms. If you are interested in booking these in addition to The Granary, please contact Aylworth Manor directly.
The Granary accepts two, well-behaved dogs. A pet fee of £25 applies for each dog
Parking: there is secure, driveway parking for 4 cars
The eco-electricity at the property is powered through photovoltaic cells, otherwise known as solar cells. It requires daylight to charge, so if possible please can you run major electrical appliances such as the washing machine and dishwasher during the day when the cells can charge
Walking & Cycling Guides
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The Granary is in a rural setting that’s perfectly situated for exploring the Cotswolds, with Naunton 1 mile, Bourton-on-the-Water 4 miles, Stow-on-the-Wold 7 Miles and Cheltenham 12 miles away. The cottage is in the grounds of Aylworth Manor and has access to the Manor’s beautiful garden and grounds. Footpaths and bridleways lead directly from the holiday cottage through the surrounding unspoiled countryside, including out on to the Windrush Way – a fabulous 13-mile trail that connects the Cotswold Way with the Oxfordshire Way.
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