The Granary is a delightful, reverse-living, three-bedroom converted barn, with stunning views across the North Cotswold and Warwickshire countryside. It sits surrounded by the owner’s beautiful gardens and apple orchard, which guests are free to explore and enjoy. In addition, the cottage has a south-facing sundeck and a dedicated patio for outdoor entertaining. The original 1900’s exposed oak beams and stone footings blend perfectly with the modern features and facilities, including wooden flooring, two bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. The Granary is perfectly situated to explore the immediate Cotswold villages of Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water on foot or by bike or Stratford-upon-Avon and Blenheim by car.
As you approach the Granary, through the rolling North Cotswold countryside, turning down narrower yet narrower country lanes, you’ll feel like you’re a million miles from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Turn into Rectory Farm’s drive, passing the handsome farmhouse on the left, and head to the end of the drive. Here you’ll find the most unusual, reverse-living barn with its dramatically tall ground-floor windows and just the sound of nature to accompany you.
The Granary sleeps five guests across three ground-floor bedrooms (one king-size, one zip-and-link king/twin and one single), with an ensuite shower room, a family bathroom and a separate cloakroom. On the first floor there’s a spacious, open-plan living space with a living area and balcony affording breath-taking views, a study area, a kitchen, and a dining area with French windows that open to a raised sundeck that looks out over the owner’s beautiful garden and orchard.
This thoughtfully converted barn has so much outside space for guests to enjoy, including a patio with dining table, chairs and BBQ to one side, the fabulous sundeck with comfy sofa seating outside the kitchen and dining area and the owner’s beautiful gardens, with a lawn where guests can play croquet, badminton or volley ball (equipment provided). For keen cyclists, there’s a secure and immaculate garage, along with track pumps and hanging hooks. So, bring your bikes, bring your sporting gear, bring your walking gear or just bring yourself and a book and sit in the sunshine reading on the sundeck.
Step through the front door into a long hallway with stone floor tiles, off which are the bedrooms, cloakroom and a handy cupboard where you’ll find plenty of hooks for coats, room for walking boots, two guest umbrellas and a large torch.
All three bedrooms are on the ground floor, each with a view out through fabulous picture windows to the garden, patio and rear side of splendidly handsome Rectory Farm. Each room has thick, slatted wooden blinds for privacy and to ensure a good night’s sleep. The bedrooms all have beautiful, wooden flooring, providing a warm and natural feel in each room.
At the far end of the hallway is the elegant and bright ensuite master bedroom. This lovely room is furnished with a king-size bed, bedside chest of drawers and reading lamps, a large chest of drawers with a radio and a fabulous selection of novels on the shelves above, a large mirror and an antique corner chair. There is a walk-in wardrobe with a hanging rail and storage for ironing equipment and a clothes airer.
Ensuite Shower Room:
The small but well-equipped ensuite features a corner cubicle shower, with a handheld showerhead, a toilet, a wash basin with mirrors above and a shaver point to the side, a vanity unit for personal items, and a heated towel rail.
The sunny and light second bedroom features a king-size zip and link bed, which can be set up as two small singles (75cm wide) on request. To either side of the bed are bedside tables with reading lamps, one with a radio/alarm. The bedroom has a built-in wardrobe, with hanging space and a free-standing chest of drawers, and two antique chairs to sit on and watch the wildlife in the garden.
The first bedroom as you step through the front door features a full-size single bed (91cm) and a large Tintin picture, making it perfect for a child, a single friend or a playful grandparent! Bedside tables are provided to either side of the bed as well as a reading lamp. The bedroom has a built-in wardrobe, with hanging space and a chest of drawers, and an antique chair to cast your clothes onto or sit and enjoy the view.
Immediately opposite bedrooms two and three is a compact, family bathroom, with a full-size bath with overhead shower, a wash basin with a mirror over and a shaver point, and a heated towel rail.
Just to the left of the entrance is a handy cloakroom with a toilet, wash basin and a washing machine/tumble dryer.
Head up the wide, wooden staircase, with a handrail, to the fabulous, open-plan living space - cleverly designed to highlight and make the most use of the original A-frame barn, its exposed timbers and the fantastic view. Up here you’ll find the kitchen, dining area, study area and living area, with plenty of room to spread out across the four zones. The beautiful, antique pine floorboards provide style and a warm feel to the feet. A permanent stairgate is provided at the top of the stairs.
At the far end of this superb, open-plan room is the stylish living area with its stunning view out across the rolling Cotswold countryside. The living area is furnished with two large, leather sofas, an armchair, an unusual wooden coffee table, a Smart TV, foot stools, and lights to read by. A large bookcase holds a great choice of books and DVDs. French windows open onto a balcony from which guests can sit and drink in the view.
The living and dining area is neatly separated by an open space - giving the feel of a much bigger property - with a desk and chair set to one side, making this an ideal workcation zone.
A long, rectangular table comfortably seats five guests, with room for a highchair if needed. Light streams in through the Velux window above the table and the French windows to the side of the area, making this a wonderfully light and welcoming space to dine and entertain. Open the windows and bring the outside in!
Although the living space is open plan, the fully equipped kitchen feels like a separate room, with its contrasting tiled floor and a layout that’s closed on one side. Light pours in through a Velux window onto the worktops and appliances, which include an oven, hob, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and double sink.
First Floor Sundeck:
French windows open out from the dining area to a south-facing, raised sundeck, with a fabulous view over the garden. The deck has comfy, rattan-style sofa seating and a coffee table. It’s a beautiful space to relax with a drink after a day exploring the local attractions in the Cotswolds and Warwickshire. A gate (with bolt) opens to a staircase that leads down to the garden and patio.
Ground Floor Patio & Gardens:
To one side of The Granary, immediately in front of the bedroom windows, is a large patio with an outdoor table, seating for five, and a charcoal barbecue. The patio is surrounded by the owner’s stunning south-facing garden, which guests are free to use, explore and play croquet, badminton and volley ball on. Opposite the steps that descend from the sundeck, is a wooden stile that leads to a delightful, ancient apple orchard. Guests are invited to pick apples when in season to enjoy during their stay.
On the far side of the patio there is a secure garage available for guests to store their bicycles. Driveway parking for 3 (or 4 small cars) is directly outside the cottage.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms with 2 king-size bedrooms (1 can be twin on request) and 1 single
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 oil central heating with individual thermostat controls
Smart TV (46”)
DVD player / DVDs
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 etc), stick/bowl blender, saucepans, kitchen paper
Oven/hob - electric
Upright fridge-freezer (3-drawer)
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied) - on request
Stairgate (in situ at top of stairs)
Raised decking with stairgate, outdoor sofa seating and a coffee table
Courtyard patio furniture: table and seating for five
BBQ (charcoal) – some charcoal provided
Croquet, volleyball and badminton are available on request from the owner
Secure garage for bicycles with hanging rack and track pump
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
Todenham Manor Farm – The Farm Shop (2.5 miles)
Cooperative Food Store, Tesco Express, Aldi and Warner’s Budgens, in Moreton-in-Marsh (4 miles)
Cooperative Food Store and Taste of the Country deli in Shipston-on-Stour (5 miles)
M&S Food Store and Aldi in Chipping Norton (5 miles)
Red Lion, Long Compton (2 miles)
Cherington Arms, Cherington (3 miles)
Norman Knight, Whichford (4 miles)
Horse and Groom, Bourton on the Hill (5 miles)
The area contains some of England’s most beautiful countryside with miles of public footpaths striking out from either nearby Great Wolford (0.5 miles, left out of the drive) or Barton on the Heath (0.7 miles, right out of the drive). Alternatively, drive to Long Compton (3 miles) and follow the Cotswold AONB’s ‘Long Compton, Cherington and Weston Park’ Miles Without Stiles, 5-mile walk. Weston Park House was once the home of the Sheldon family, supposedly the richest commoners in the country who gained their wealth from a Flemish tapestry business in nearby Barcheston. Just a short detour from Long Compton are two protected, ancient monuments, the Rollright Stones, dating from Neolithic times, and a stone circle known as the King’s Men, dating from the Bronze Age.
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Points of Note
Two well-behaved dogs are permitted at the cottage for an additional fee.
Sheep may be present in the orchard or paddock. Dogs should always be supervised.
The property has a secure bike shed with track pumps and a hanging rack.
Bedroom Two has a zip and link bed that can be made up as a twin. Please request on booking.
Please be aware that under no circumstances are additional guests above the maximum capacity allowed at the property, for day visits or overnight stays. If you are found to be in breach of this, you will be asked to leave the property.
Walking & Cycling Guides
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The Granary is in the beautiful grounds of Rectory Farm, a handsome red-brick property dating to the 1850s, which is almost equidistant from the tiny Cotswold villages of Great Wolford and Barton-on-the-Heath. It sits atop a small hill with stunning views to the church spire of St Michael & All Angels in Great Wolford and Brailes Hill in the distance. The Granary is very much far from the madding crowd yet is just two miles from Compton village where there is a great pub - The Red Lion - and is only 30 minutes’ drive from many of the region’s most popular locations, including Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford, Chipping Campden, Bourton-on-the-Water and Blenheim Palace.
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