The Hayloft at Newbarn Farm is a delightful, reverse-living holiday cottage in an idyllic setting at the heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswold countryside. This thoughtfully renovated barn is in a breath-taking and secluded location, with only the sight and sound of wildlife all around, yet it’s just 3.5 miles from Charlbury, 5 miles from Blenheim and Woodstock and 15 miles to Daylesford. Step out of the front door, down the wooden staircase and straight out into some of the most enchanting countryside and estate walks in the Cotswolds, including a 4-mile stroll to the pubs in Charlbury. The cottage sleeps four across two bedrooms, and has a family bathroom, an outside seating area and private parking for two cars.
As you approach the Hayloft, following quiet country lanes, any feelings of stress will melt away with the rejuvenating view that greets you – a topiary-lined driveway with the owners’ centuries-old home and barns ahead, all surrounded by gorgeous gardens and woodland, with the Hayloft sitting to one side.
This immaculately presented bolthole has a reverse-living design, making the most of the double-height ceiling in the living space on the first floor, which features the original A-frame’s 300-year-old timbers. Head up an external flight of wooden steps to the front door, which opens into a light and spacious open-plan living-dining area and a fully equipped kitchen with a lovely view through the original hayloft door across the farm to the surrounding countryside. An interior staircase leads down to the ground floor where there are two comfortable bedrooms (one a king-size double and the other a twin) and a family bathroom.
The Hayloft is the perfect location for some rest and recuperation with not another property in view (other than the owners’ barn) for at least a mile in every direction. It is surrounded by woodland, gardens and the farm’s stables, with just the sounds of nature, the countryside and the owners’ horses, chickens and guinea fowl to accompany you as you sit outside on the cottage’s small but pretty, outside seating area. There are wonderful walks on the adjoining country estates of Ditchley Park and Cornbury Park, while Oxford, Burford and Stratford are all easily accessible by car.
The Hayloft is a reverse-living holiday home, with a light and bright, open-plan living-dining area and kitchen on the first floor and two bedrooms and a bathroom on the ground floor.
From the gravel courtyard, head up an external, wooden staircase (with a sturdy handrail) to the front door. Here you’ll find a small deck with a great view and a handy boot box where you can sit and remove boots and shoes before heading inside.
Step into the eaves of the A-frame of this charming, reverse-living barn where you’ll be able to touch the ancient timbers and look out through the original hayloft door – now pretty, French windows – across the rolling hills.
The dining area is furnished with a large circular table to comfortably seat four guests. The living area’s two comfy, three-seater sofas and occasional tables form a cosy, convivial sitting area where guests can relax, play games or watch the smart TV.
At the far end of the A-frame, with all its centuries-old, exposed beams is a fully equipped kitchen, spacious enough for a breakfast table and two chairs. The kitchen is equipped with an electric hob and oven, a dishwasher, microwave and all the small kitchen appliances required for a self-catering holiday. There’s plenty of well-lit worktops to prepare meals, and cupboard space to store groceries – with lighting below the beams and from above through three Velux windows.
Head down the carpeted staircase, with a handrail, to a small hallway with a window overlooking the stables and a small chicken coop – a lovely spot to pull up a chair and absorb the comings and goings of the animals outside. Off the hallway are the two bedrooms, bathroom and utility cupboard.
This charming master bedroom with its matching Sanderson bedspread and lined curtains, looks out across Newbarn Farm’s immaculate lawn, topiary bushes to the woodland beyond. The bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed, with a bedroom bench, bedside tables with reading lamps, a chest of drawers-cum-dressing table with a make-up mirror, hairdryer and table-top fan. The bedroom has a full-length mirror and a double wardrobe, with plenty of hanging space, shelves and storage. (The travel cot and highchair are stored here.)
The pretty, twin bedroom looks out to the owners’ stables – if you’re lucky you may get a glimpse of Moomin, the miniature Falabella-cross-Shetland pony. The bedroom is furnished with two full-size, single beds, each with a reading lamp over the bed, and a shared, central bedside chest of drawers. A large wardrobe provides hanging space, shelves and plenty of room to store suitcases.
The bathroom is equipped with a full-size bath with over-bath shower, a W.C. and wash basin set in a custom-built vanity unit, with a large make-up/shaving mirror with lights to one side.
Directly outside the bathroom is a handy, walk-in utility cupboard housing the washer-dryer, airer, iron, ironing board and vacuum.
On the gravel courtyard, beside the parking area is a small area dedicated for guests’ use, with a table, four chairs and a large BBQ. (Please note, the lawn immediately beside this seating/dining area is not for guests’ use.) At the top of the stairs is a small deck where guests can sit on the boot box or take out a chair to enjoy the lovely view towards the surrounding hills.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms: one master room with a king-size bed and 1 twin room with two full-size single beds
1 family bathroom: bath with shower over, W.C. wash basin
Parking for 2 cars
No dogs or pets
Small gravel courtyard space with table, chairs and BBQ
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 radiators
Free high-speed Wi-Fi (100-200 Mbps)
Smart TV 38”
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, kitchen foil, kitchen paper
Oven/hob - electric
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied), stairgate
Outdoor seating area with bistro-style table and four chairs
BBQ (charcoal) and tools - please provide your own charcoal
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
Charlbury has a very well-stocked Cooperative Food Store (with a car park), selling a wide range of food and drinks. There is also a Londis convenience store in the town and the Charlbury Deli on Market Street. Woodstock (4.8 miles) also has a well-stocked Cooperative Food Store. For larger supermarkets head to Witney (9.5 miles) where there is a Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and a Marks & Spencer Food Hall, or Chipping Norton (9.5 miles) where there is a Cooperative Food Store, Aldi and Marks & Spencer Food Hall.
The Bull at Charlbury (3 miles)
The Bell at Charlbury (3 miles)
Duke of Marlborough, near Woodstock (3 miles)
The Hayloft is in the beautiful Evenlode Valley, surrounded by glorious Cotswold countryside with walks in every direction, including footpaths to Charlbury and along the River Evenlode to Ditchley Park mansion. Walkers can also join the meandering Oxfordshire Way, which also passes through Charlbury town, or follow the Finstock & Evenlode Walk - a lovely 5-mile loop that starts from the centre of Charlbury, passes the Cornbury Park Estate (a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest) with a pub about halfway around in Finstock. See www.charlbury.info/walking for this route and others.
Places to Visit:
Ditchley Park (5 miles by road, 1 mile on foot)
Woodstock, Blenheim Palace and Bladon (5 miles)
Heythrop Zoological Gardens (7 miles)
Daylesford Organic Farm and Café (15 miles)
Train - Charlbury Station (3.7 miles) has an excellent train service that runs on an hourly basis to Oxford, Reading and London Paddington, and in the other direction to Worcester and Great Malvern. Travel time is about 1hr20mins from London and 20mins from Oxford.
Taxis - Charlbury Taxis, Woody’s Taxis, Evenlode Valley 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 Hayloft does not accept any pets.
The owners have two, small and very friendly dogs who may welcome you on your arrival. There are also chickens who can be heard gently clucking and guinea fowl who may squawk loudly if they are alarmed.
The Hayloft is across a courtyard from the owners’ horse stables. Guests may hear the horses when sitting outside, with occasional stamping and whinnying as they settle for the night.
The cottage has limited outdoor space, with a small area of the gravel courtyard/driveway set aside for guests’ use, with a table and four chairs. (The lawn immediately beside this area is not for guests’ use.) To one side is a gate used by the owners (on a limited basis) to access the horse stables.
The property is in a beautiful, rural location with the nearest house, apart from the owner’s adjacent property, a mile away. It is dark in winter. There is a long drive (not lit) but the security lights will come on for your arrival.
There is parking for two cars on the private drive beside the cottage, adjacent to the wooden steps.
Please be aware that under no circumstances are additional guests above the maximum capacity allowed at the property, for day visits or overnight stays.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
We recently visited this lovely little cottage for a girly weekend away for my mum's 60th birthday. The cottage was cozy and perfect for our needs. The cottage is in a great location too. It's half an hour from Oxford, so great if you want to go shopping and also very close to Blenheim Palace. The owners of the barn and are very friendly and welcoming.
Amazing place , so cozy and well equipped . Hosts had provided everything needed, very quiet so great relaxing stay.
A lovely stay in a quaint English countryside cottage. Cozy and comfortable with close proximity to Blenheim Palace, and stocked full of all the necessities to go about life or relax on holiday.
Hayloft Barn is a lovely cottage on a small farm which the kids adored. It was in a great location too.
Fantastic little cottage - so quiet and peaceful. We absolutely loved the animals - horses, chickens, guinea fowl and your little dogs! Would definitely recommend, thank you.
The Hayloft at New Farm Barn is in a rural setting between Charlbury (3.5 miles) and Woodstock (5 miles). Charlbury is a small but lively and vibrant market town that has escaped the hordes of Cotswold tourists, making it a justifiable member of the ‘Undiscovered Cotswold Club’, yet it is only an hour from London by train and just 15 minutes’ drive from Soho Farmhouse. The town is full of historic 17th- and 18th-century buildings, has great pubs, independent shops, a local history museum and is in a beautiful setting on the meandering River Evenlode. Woodstock too is a historic and lively town with a great choice of shops, pubs, restaurants and, of course, Blenheim Palace and Churchill’s grave at Bladon on its doorstep.
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