Daffodil Barn is a newly renovated, one-bedroom, single-storey bolthole that’s perfect for couples wanting to escape to the countryside, with the Cotswolds, Wye Valley and Malvern Hills all on the doorstep and Cheltenham less than 10 miles away. This spacious holiday retreat for two is furnished throughout in a contemporary and functional style, with the double-height ceiling and exposed beam providing character and light. Outside is a small patio with seating and views across the neighbouring property to distant, tree-clad hills. The barn is within 1.5 miles of two popular pubs and there is off-street parking for two cars.
Turn off a country lane and head down a quiet, residential drive to arrive at Laburnum Farm Estate, the location of a row of three, one-bedroom, self-catering getaways cleverly converted from a single barn. Daffodil Barn is the first barn at the near end.
Inside, Daffodil Barn has been furnished and decorated in a modern, polished style with neutral colours and just a hint of yellow to reflect its namesake. The high ceiling with several Velux windows makes this a light and bright holiday home. The single-level accommodation includes a spacious, open-plan kitchen-dining-living area equipped with every facility needed for a self-catering holiday, including a large smart TV, a separate bedroom with a king-size bed and a second smart TV, and a large bathroom, with a walk-in shower and bath.
The barn has a small patio by the front door, with a bistro table and two chairs where you can sit and enjoy a reviving morning cuppa or an evening drink. To the side is a large, gravelled forecourt, providing dedicated parking for guests in Daffodil Barn and its companion barns, Rose and Lily.
Step through from the front patio into the immaculately presented, spacious, open-plan kitchen-dining-living area. Daffodil Barn has wood-effect flooring throughout, softened with rugs in the living area and bedroom and a double-height ceiling, making this a light and bright retreat with a contemporary interior design.
The corner kitchen is fully equipped with an electric oven and hob, fridge with freezer compartment, washer-dryer, microwave (not shown), small appliances, plus all the crockery, glassware and cutlery needed for a self-catering holiday. To one side is a square table with four stools, providing an adaptable dining area for guests.
Tucked away from the kitchen-dining space is the living area, with a large, chaise-end corner sofa where you can snuggle up or stretch out in front of the smart TV. A window, with blinds, looks out over the patio to the front.
From the living area, head through a door into the spacious bedroom, with a feature light-yellow wall and king-size bed. The bed is complemented with bedside tables and reading lamps, with USB-power points to either side, two chests of drawers, a smart TV (32”) and a full-length mirror with a small hanging rail. A rear window, overlooking a private path, adds light to the room.
Just off the kitchen area is a roomy bathroom with a full-size bath, walk-in shower, rainfall and handheld shower heads, a W.C., a handbasin and vanity unit and a mirror with a light, demister function and shaver point. Two large Velux windows throw lots of light down into the bathroom, and a heated towel rail keeps the room warm and cosy.
Daffodil Barn has a small patio to the front that’s tucked under the wooden portico running the length of the three barns, making it possible to sit outside year-round.
Cleaning starter pack: washer pods, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper
Heating and hot water - electric, externally controlled via smart Wi-Fi connection
Smart TV x 2: Living room 40”, Bedroom 32” with Netflix (own account required)
Fully equipped kitchenette with toaster, kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil, kitchen paper
Oven/hob - electric
Fridge with freezer compartment
Ironing board, iron
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
Outdoor patio/seating area with bistro table and two chairs
Two pubs within 1.5 miles
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
There is a well-stocked Co-operative supermarket and a Warner Budgens in Winchcombe (3.1 miles), and Co-operative in Gotherington (4.5 miles). A large Tesco is in Bishops Cleeve (5.3 miles). Winchcombe also has a range of independent shops including Vale & Hills Family Butchers, which offers fantastic, local meat on the town’s high street, and North’s Bakery for those in search of a fresh morning loaf or delicious baked goodies.
The Royal Oak at Gretton (1.4 miles)
The Gardeners Arms in Alderton (1.4 miles)
5 North Street (3.1 miles)
Gretton Fields is ideally located for some excellent walking, particularly around nearby Winchcombe, which is designated as a ‘Walkers are Welcome Town’ a status only awarded to towns and villages that go above and beyond with their walking amenities. Alongside the 42-mile Winchcombe Way which loops in a figure of eight around the town, there is a 2.5-mile circular walk around Sudeley Castle.
Places to Visit:
Winchcombe (3.1 miles)
Sudeley Castle (3.7 miles)
Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway (3.9 miles)
Train - Ashchurch for Tewkesbury (6 miles) has services to/from Birmingham. Cheltenham Spa is (11.9 miles) with regular services from London Paddington
Taxis: Starline, Andy Cabs and A 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
The entrance driveway is shared with residential houses, please only park in the designated parking space for Daffodil Barn.
At the time of photography (June 2021), the landscaping and planting to the front of Daffodil Barn was in its early stages of growth.
Directly opposite Daffodil Barn is a farm animal haulage yard. It is approximately 50 metres away, with extra-high screening provided making it almost invisible to guests; however, some noise may be heard as vehicles come and go.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Beautiful brand new property, perfect for what we wanted - exploring the Cotswolds. It had everything we could of needed and the kitchen was well equipped. The bed wasn't the comfiest as it was too hard for us but thats personal preference.
I was worried about the haulage yard that I had read about that is opposite but there was no need to worry - as soon as the door is closed you cant hear a thing (including the noisy livestock). My only negative is that the towels weren't big enough to wrap around you (5ft, size 12) so maybe bring your own if you like a good towel.
Emma - August 2021
A good base to stay while exploring the Cotswolds or walking thr Cotswold Way.
Celia - July 2021
Gretton Fields is a quiet hamlet just off the Cotswold escarpment that’s close to the charming town of Winchcombe (3 miles), home to Sudeley Castle - one of the Cotswolds most popular attractions - and a wide range of independent boutiques and food shops. The pretty Cotswold village of Broadway, with the GWR steam railway station, is eight miles away whilst the charms of Regency Cheltenham Spa are less than ten miles away and Cheltenham Racecourse is just 6.5 miles away.
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