Barndown is a 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom, 19th Century cottage in the heart of Cotswold walking country. Surrounded by farmland, on a quiet country road, Barndown is in the ancient village of Weston Subedge in walking distance of a popular pub and just five minutes’ drive from Chipping Campden - one of the Cotswolds’ most charming towns. Barndown’s private garden and patio with BBQ, plus off-road parking for 2 to 3 cars, provides a perfect retreat for walkers and families exploring the Cotswold Way, Monarch’s Way and Heart of England footpaths, and the wider Cotswolds.
This typical Cotswold stone property was built in the late 1800s as the village Reading Room, and somewhat resembles a small chapel. The outside, with its lead-pane windows and porch doorway has changed little in the intervening years. Inside, the cottage’s original features, including a stone fireplace and exposed timbers, have been preserved, making this cottage a cosy retreat, surrounded by farmland, in a very pretty village.
Guests enter Barndown through the kitchen door, stepping on to original wooden floorboards and into a kitchen that is well equipped for a self-catering holiday, including a hob-oven, dishwasher and a fridge-freezer. A washing machine and microwave are in a small pantry off the kitchen. A typical farmhouse table and fours chairs, with plenty of room for a child’s highchair if needed, sits under original exposed wooden beams.
To the left of the Entrance Hallway is the front door, covered with a long, thick curtain, and beside that a bookcase with a good selection of novels and local interest books. Straight ahead is the staircase, below which is a handy storage cupboard where guests will find the vacuum, ironing board, iron, fireguard, and hooks for hanging coats and bags.
The cream walls and beautifully coloured and textured fabrics set the scene for the living room’s country-cottage furnishings, including a large, sink-in, feather-stuffed sofa, two armchairs, a desk and small dining table, and the stone fireplace with a gas woodburner-effect fire. A wooden sideboard and antique blanket box house children’s toys, games and local information. Sit and relax in the comfy sofa, perhaps enjoying a book in the old Reading Room, or watch a movie on the TV-DVD player.
The cream-coloured king-size double room, with accents of green that complement the garden below and the view over the fields, is furnished with a built-in wardrobe, an antique chest of drawers and dressing table, a handy luggage rack and chairs to sit and contemplate the view.
The cottage’s pretty twin bedroom, with its accents of pink, overlooks the patio and tree-lined parking area. Furnished with an antique pine chest of drawers and mirror, a shared bedside chest with a reading lamp and hanging hooks for clothes, this second bedroom is a comfortable retreat for children or a couple preferring twin beds.
The modern family bathroom has a bath and over-bath shower, sink (with shaver point and mirror), toilet and heated towel rail. A handy stool is provided to place your clothing on and there is plenty of space for your personal toiletries.
Barndown benefits from lots of private outdoor space, including a garden with a lawn large enough for children to play on and a large patio for guests of all ages to enjoy. A table, four chairs and a charcoal BBQ are located on the patio directly outside the kitchen door and the patio extends round the side of the property, making a perfect place to enjoy the morning and evening sun. Adjacent to the cottage is a large, gravelled parking area, suitable for two to three cars.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms across 1 king-size, double and 1 twin bedroom
Bathroom: 1 Family bathroom with bath and over-bath shower
Parking for 2 cars
Private enclosed garden – safe for children but need supervision as no main gate on roadside.
Fireplace with gas-fired ‘wood burner’
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Kitchen Starter Pack: teabags, instant coffee, sugar, salt and pepper.
Cleaning Starter Pack: scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, general purpose cleaner.
Bathroom starter pack: hand soap, toilet paper.
Heating and hot water via gas central heating with central thermostat control.
TV – flat screen (45”)
Kitchen equipped with toaster, kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve, saucepans)
Baby/Child Equipment: travel cot (cot linen not supplied), stairgate and highchair
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture – seats 4
BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The nearest shops can be found in Chipping Campden, just a 5-minute drive from Barndown. On the town’s High Street, you’ll find a well-stocked Co-Operative Food, well-equipped for the basic grocery amenities that you’ll need during your stay. For those in search of something a little special, Fillet & Bone (also situated on the High Street), offers beautiful artisan produce sourced from across the Cotswolds, including rare-breed meat, seasonal vegetables, fresh breads, charcuterie and freshly baked cakes and patisserie.
Seagrave Arms, Weston Subedge (0.4 mile)
Eight Bells, Chipping Campden (1.4 miles)
The Dormy House Hotel, Broadway (2 miles)
You’re truly spoilt for choice when it comes to walks in and around Weston Subedge and Chipping Campden thanks to its location at the northern-most tip of the famed Cotswold Way, a glorious 100- mile walk stretching from Chipping Campden all the way to Bath, giving you the chance to discover beautiful Cotswold villages, rolling landscapes and incredible views along the way. In Chipping Campden itself, there is a host of fantastic walks available to suit everyone, from gentle strollers to dedicated ramblers. For an easy walk, try the Chipping Campden town walk – a 2-mile stroll taking in the town’s key historical sites, found within the town guide (refer to the Cotswolds AONB, above, for walk details.). For a slightly more challenging ramble, the Cotswold Way Circular Walk from Chipping Campden covers 4.5 miles, taking you through shaded woodland, gentle hills and rewarding you with unbeatable views across the surrounding Cotswold landscape.
Places to Visit:
Chipping Campden (2 miles)
National Trust Dover's Hill (1.1 miles)
National Trust Hidcote (4.5 miles)
Train - Evesham Station (9 miles)
Taxis - Claremont Cars, ABC Private Hire
There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
?Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
It is our policy not to take bookings for single sex group celebrations, which includes Stag and Hen nights, or groups where the majority are under 25 years.
Barndown has its own enclosed garden that’s safe for children. However, the drive does not have a main gate between it and the roadside, so children must be supervised when outside.
Parking: Barndown has a private gravelled driveway, with parking for 2 to 3 cars
Barndown can be booked with Milliner's Barn and Field House for families or friends wanting to travel together but have their own space. You can share the properties between your group, but please bear in mind you would not have enough seating to sit/eat inside all together.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
An excellent property for our stay. Great situation, and characterful. Comfortable, very nicely presented, quiet and secure.
A lovely , quiet , quirky cottage with enclosed garden, quiet location , comfortable beds, friendly and helpful host
Dianne - August 2021
Lovely cottage in a great location close to Chipping Campden. We loved our stay and would visit again. Bridget was a fantastic host
We had such a lovely stay at Barndown! The house was in the perfect location for exploring the Cotswolds, and had some great suggestions and articles on local walks, things to do, and places to eat. The house itself was lovely and impeccably clean- it had everything we needed to relax and enjoy our short stay, including a fire burning for us upon our arrival! Would highly recommend staying here if visiting the Cotswolds!
Warm, well placed, easy parking, oodles of character.
Weston Subedge (also written as Weston-sub-Edge), was first recorded in the Domesday Book. It is a small village with about 180 homes, many dating back to the 16th and 17th century, lying between the Vale of Evesham and the Cotswold town of Chipping Campden. It sits at the foot of beautiful Dover’s Hill (hence ‘sub Edge’), itself named after Robert Dover, famed for the Cotswold ‘Olympick’ Games that have been held locally since 1612. Part of the Cotswold Way - the 102-mile long-distance national footpath – runs through Dover’s Hill, making Weston Subedge and Barndown an ideal place for walkers to base themselves. The village has an excellent pub - the Seagrave Arms - serving locally sourced food and drink.
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