Hidden away at the end of a tree-lined drive surrounded by fields and gently rolling hills, Norton Grounds is a fabulous, rural escape. The Dovecote is one of four outstanding barn conversions that sit in seclusion in the beautiful northern Cotswolds, with an abundance of experiences on the doorstep. The owners of this truly unique property have sympathetically blended original features with modern design to create a stunning holiday home. The undeniable focal point of this is the vaulted living room housed within the original dovecote. Sleeping six guests there are three spacious ensuite bedrooms, all of which are accessed via a glass walkway that runs the length of the barn and a generously proportioned, stylish kitchen/diner. There is plenty of parking and outside space which incorporates an enclosed courtyard.
Guests are welcome to arrange hot tub hire for an additional charge. Contact details can be found in Points of Note for the recommended hot tub company.
The entrance to Norton Grounds takes you down a long drive, flanked by vivid green fields, setting the stage perfectly for your arrival. Dovecote forms one edge of the rear courtyard and is an elegant blend of old meets new. A sleek glass walkway runs the length of the barn giving a glimpse of the traditional building behind, whilst the fully restored dovecote immediately draws the eye skywards.
As you walk through the door you step into the vaulted dovecot, soaring high above you, the original beams and brickwork providing a truly unique setting for what is now the living room. The high-ceilinged kitchen-diner is a stylish, light-filled room with exposed wooden beams and plenty of space for entertaining. Along the glass walkway to your left are the three light and airy ensuite bedrooms. The Dovecote offers a very special and unique place to stay in a rather lovely location.
Outside, there is lots of space to relax in the courtyard and enjoy your surroundings. Cook up something fabulous on the barbecue and then gather around the fire pit as night draws in. Forming part of the 120-acre Norton Grounds Farm you are surrounded by enchanting Cotswold countryside with sheep, horses, and chickens as your neighbours. You’ll find herbs in your garden and around the farm, birdfeeders, bat boxes, beehives, and lots of flowers.
Step through the door into the striking glass-walled walkway. To your left, the bedrooms and to your right, a space which houses a coat rack, log basket and bench seating, where you can just relax and enjoy the warmth of the sun. The space also lends itself perfectly to indoor games in the event of inclement weather.
This is arguably one of the most striking living rooms you will see. Set in the original dovecote, the vaulted ceiling is lined with row upon row of original boulins (pigeon holes) and rises skywards with dramatic effect. The white walls and polished flagstones are the perfect foil for the unique feature above your head. A stylish wood burner fills one corner, perfect for when the night is chilly, although the stone floors are warmed by underfloor heating. Comfortable two and three-seater sofas sit at right angles to the wall-mounted Smart TV and Bluetooth soundbar along with an armchair. Occasional tables with reading lamps are set at either end of the sofas and there is a sideboard beneath the TV where you’ll find a selection of board games. An upholstered ottoman sits in the centre of the room and there’s even a workstation with USB ports squeezed into a little nook. The monochrome colour scheme of neutral shades does not detract from the distinctive element above you.
This spacious room is light and airy thanks to a beamed, vaulted ceiling and windows that look out into the glass walkway. A wooden farmhouse table comfortably seats eight with two three-seater benches on each side and two chairs. The pale kitchen units add to the feeling of space and the central island, with its two milk churn stools, is the perfect place to perch and chat. A triple pendant light hanging above adds to the modernity. Secreted away behind the clean lines of the units you’ll find a dishwasher, fridge-freezer, and a washer dryer. There’s also a large wine cooler (wine not included!) and a Nespresso machine for your morning coffee fix. There are two storage cupboards along the back wall and a cloakroom.
This spacious room features a white timber-framed king-size bed with crisp white linen and monochrome throws and cushions. There are nightstands on either side of the bed with reading lamps and a thick, soft carpet underfoot for cosy toes. The original beams of the barn are overhead and there’s a walk-in wardrobe with plenty of storage.
Behind a feature sliding timber door, you’ll find a stylish bathroom with half panelled walls and a double-ended clawfoot bathtub with a handheld shower and a bath tray, perfect for resting your book, a coffee or if you’re feeling indulgent, a glass of bubbly. The vanity unit houses the handbasin with a mirror and shaver point.
The second of the bedrooms is a reverse of the first, with a black timber framed king-size bed, made up with soft linens. The room is also furnished with twin bedside tables, reading lamps and an occasional chair. The wooden overhead beams are a reminder of the barn’s heritage and the timber sliding door reveals the stunning ensuite bathroom. There’s lots of storage with a walk-in wardrobe.
This stylish shower room features dark timber-effect tiles on the walls and a spacious walk-in shower with a rainfall showerhead. There is also a W.C and a handbasin with mirror and shaver point.
This tasteful twin room can be made up as a king bed if required (please request this at the time of booking) and features soft linens and a grey and white colour scheme. There are two nightstands with reading lamps and a large, mirror hanging behind the bed. Plenty of storage comes courtesy of the walk-in wardrobe.
Behind the sliding timber door, there’s an elegant ensuite with a step-in shower with a rainfall showerhead, crisp white tiles. W.C and a vanity unit with handbasin, mirror overhead and shaver points.
Dovecote enjoys an enclosed seating area complete with an outdoor sofa, low table, and gas barbecue. Guests are also welcome to use the large courtyard and garden/terrace to the front of the barn with additional seating and a fire pit. There is access to a charging point for an electrical vehicle.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms across 2 king-size, 1 twin (which can be a king-size on request)
3 bathrooms: 3 en-suite
Parking for 3 cars
Access to a shared EVCP - Electric Vehicle Charging Point
Dog friendly – 1 well behaved dog is welcome
Enclosed seating area, large courtyard, and garden area
Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling are supplied
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, shower gel
Heating and hot water via gas central heating with individual thermostat controls.
Wi-Fi: Speed 20-35 Mb/s – please note that Wi-Fi speeds are for guidance and not guaranteed.
Workstation with desk and USB points
TV – there is a large Smart TV in the living area and the kitchen/diner. There are smaller wall-mounted TVs in the bedrooms.
DVD player / DVDs
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, coffee machine (Nespresso), utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
Baby/Child Equipment: high chair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
Outdoor patio/seating area overlooking the courtyard
Garden furniture: Outdoor lounge-style sofa and low table
Guests are welcome to organise hot tub hire at the Dovecote through Lovely Tubbly. Please note that an additional fee applies and your booking is made directly with the hot tub company.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
In Chipping Campden (3 miles) you’ll find the wonderful Fillet & Bone, an urban farm shop and food emporium, there’s also a Co-op for daily essentials. In Evesham (8 miles) there’s the full complement of supermarkets including Tesco, Aldi, an M&S Food Hall, and Waitrose. There are also some excellent farm shops in the area including Pages Farm Shop (2.5 miles) and Lower Clopton Farm Shop (3.3 miles)
Kings Arms (1.6 miles) – a characterful 17th-century inn and dining room serving excellent local produce
Michaels at Woolmarket House (1.6 miles) – celebrating traditional Greek and modern Mediterranean cuisine
The Back Garden (4.2 miles) – the best of the Cotswolds on a plate
In addition to the 120 acres of the farmland, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to walking. The Cotswolds are famed for it, and you are surrounded by glorious countryside. Chipping Campden (3 miles) is the start/finish point for the 103-mile Cotswold Way which runs all the way down to Bath and there are plenty of short sections to enjoy. Nearby Dover’s Hill is also a beautiful walk, and the views from the top are sensational. For more inspiration have a look at our walking and cycling guides.
Places to Visit:
Kiftsgate Court Garden (2.8 miles) – A family run garden of beautiful blooms which evolve throughout the year.
National Trust – Hidcote (3.1 miles) – An Arts and Craft-inspired garden filled with surprises.
Cotswold Falconry Centre (9.2 miles) – home to over 60 different species including vultures, falcons, eagles, and owls with daily flying displays.
Train – Honeybourne (4 miles) has regular direct services from London Paddington.
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.
One well-behaved dog is welcome. An additional fee applies.
If you wish to arrange hot tub hire for your stay at the Dovecote please contact the Lovely Tubbly hot tub company. Please note that an additional fee applies and your booking is made directly with the hot tub company.
Although Norton Grounds is also a wedding venue, weddings have exclusive use of the grounds and accommodation and will not be taking place during your stay.
Please be aware that Norton Grounds is a working farm with an open pond and other hazards. Children and dogs must be supervised at all times.
Wonderful stay in Dovecote, such a beautiful barn conversion. Thank you.
Although set in a peaceful and rural spot, the Dovecote is close to Cotswold treasures such as Chipping Campden and Broadway, both of which are within a 15-minute drive. The pretty village of Mickleton, home of the ‘pudding club’ where you can spend a fun evening tasting, and then voting for your favourite traditional, after-dinner treat, and a delightful pub, The Kings Arms is under 2 miles away.
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