Middle Barn is the result of a conversion and renovation of three ancient barns in a unique architectural-chic style, with exposed stone, wood and metal softened by natural textiles and inspired lighting. The property sleeps six guests across three double bedrooms and one downstairs twin, with two with quirkily stylish, open-plan ensuite shower rooms. The open-plan kitchen-dining area, the large living room, with its impressive woodburner, and the courtyard patio, make Middle Barn ideal for family or friend get-togethers. Guests are invited to explore the 500-acre farm and 70 acres of private woodland, collect eggs, meet the farm animals, walk the owners’ dogs, go wild swimming, fish for crayfish and have fun in the play area. Outdoor and art experiences can be booked separately. Middle Barn is in the village of Dyrham, 8.5 miles from Bath.
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 and reported.
Turn down Sands Hill off the A46 – the main road rolling across the Cotswolds from Bath to Cheltenham - and you’ll quickly find yourself in a stunning rural landscape, with a view down to Bristol, the River Severn and the Mendips stretching away into the distance. A farm track leads you into Sands Farm courtyard where you’ll find the owners’ family home and their two fabulous holiday barns, The Bull Pen (sleeps 2) and Middle Barn (sleeps 6), separated by a large farm courtyard.
To the front of Middle Barn is a patio with outdoor seating. The patio area overlooks a farm courtyard, which leads to an enclosed garden, with a BBQ, and a fabulous children’s play area. Guests are invited to explore the farm’s 500 acres and 70 acres of woodland, go hunting for chicken’s eggs for breakfast, walk the owners’ dogs, swim in the freshwater pond, and sign up for on-site art and outdoor experiences. Just a short stroll down the farm track is the entrance to one of the Cotswolds’ most beautiful National Trust properties - Dyrham Park, a fabulous late 17th-century mansion, garden, and deer park perhaps recognisable to many as the filming location of several films and TV shows, including Poldark, Remains of the Day and Sanditon.
Inside, Middle Barn’s owners have retained the original centuries-old feel of three connected barns, including their exposed stone walls and a tiny gargoyle in the master bedroom, while introducing 21st-century features to create a unique and stylish rural holiday home. Downstairs there is a fabulous manor house-style open-plan dining area with a long refectory table and fully equipped kitchen which leads to a spacious living room with a large woodburning stove. Off the dining area and living room is the downstairs twin bedroom (also accessed via the hallway) and cloakroom. The downstairs area has beautiful, polished limestone flooring with underfloor heating. A bespoke steel staircase leads from the living room up to the two double bedrooms, both with king-size beds and unique open-plan, wet room-style en-suite shower rooms.
Middle Barn has two entrances, the front door (facing the owner’s farmhouse) which opens into a hallway, and the patio door to the side which opens into the dining area-kitchen. The hallway is the perfect place to hang coats and remove boots and shoes before heading into the main house.
Immediately off the hallway, and two steps away from the twin bedroom, is the downstairs toilet with wash basin, hand-built vanity unit, and mirror.
A huge wooden door slides back to reveal:
The fabulous dining area, with its high ceiling, original exposed 17th Century stone wall, polished limestone flooring and long refectory style table has the feel of an old manor house but with a 21st century twist provided by the industrial-inspired copper lighting. French windows open from the dining area out to the patio, making it easy to carry food and drinks outside for alfresco entertaining.
A button-back leather sofa sits between the dining area and kitchen, providing the perfect place to sit and chat to the cook while meals are being prepared. Wireless speakers are provided in the dining, kitchen and living room.
The fully equipped, spacious kitchen features a Rangemaster oven with a 5-ring induction hob, an antique pine preparation table, a Fisher & Paykel US-style fridge-freezer and a Carrow Phoenix stone sink, as well as a dishwasher, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine and all the kitchenware to either cook for yourself or have a caterer prepare for you.
Head up three metal stairs to the spacious yet cosy living room, featuring beautiful, exposed stone walls and a big circular woodburner. To one end the room is furnished with a large corner sofa, a two-seater sofa, an armchair, and a coffee table, and smart TV. To the other end is an open area with a large desk and chair tucked in under the metal staircase and plenty of room for children to play or grownups to chill out.
The downstairs twin room can be accessed via the front hallway (up one step) or the through a sliding, solid oak door in the living room and then down two steps. The bedroom is furnished with two single beds with bedside tables and reading lamps, a dressing table with a light and mirror, a day chair, and a wardrobe. An original, 2-foot-thick window is open to the dining area, providing a reminder of the barn’s ancient history. A large stable door in the bedroom overlooks the farm courtyard between Middle Barn and the Bull Pen. (The door is usually kept locked but can be opened.)
Head up the metal staircase with a handrail to the two en-suite bedrooms and a large landing.
The top of the stairs opens out into a spacious landing, with a wardrobe and chest of drawers for guests in either bedroom to use. The upstairs is centrally heated via radiators on the landing and in the bedrooms, with the main thermostat on Bedroom 1’s en-suite three-quarter wall.
The striking master bedroom melds the beauty of the original stone walls and exposed timbers of the A-frame with an architecturally edgy modern finish. The bedroom is furnished with a king-size double bed, bedside chests of drawers, and reading lamps and overlooks the courtyard below with a Conservation skylight (with blind). Spot the ancient, tiny gargoyle nestling in the stonework!
Directly behind the bed head is a striking, custom-built, three-quarter height wooden wall, which conceals a fabulous en-suite wet-room style shower room featuring Moroccan-style tiling, a shower with rainfall and hand-held showerheads, a toilet, a hand basin with a mirror and shaver’s point, and a heated towel rail.
From the left-hand side of the landing, slide open the big, oak door and descend three metal steps to another unique, en-suite double bedroom, featuring original stone walls and exposed timbers and a wet-room style shower room within the bedroom. The bedroom has views overlooking the farm, play area and garden to one side and the courtyard to the other. It is furnished with a king-size bed with bedside tables and reading lamps, a chest of drawers, and a strikingly unusual circular mirror.
To one side of the bedroom is a custom-built, half-height wooden wall concealing a toilet and three-quarter-height wooden wall concealing another fabulous en-suite wet-room style shower room, featuring a shower with rainfall and hand-held showerheads, a hand basin with a pretty, ornate mirror and a shaver’s point, and a heated towel rail.
A visit to Middle Barn is as much about exploring and being immersed in the immediate natural surroundings as it is about the stunning interior. There is a patio directly outside the dining area, with seating for all, overlooking a large courtyard, which leads to an enclosed garden, with a BBQ, and a fabulous children’s play area. Beyond that guests may explore the farm’s 500 acres of land and 70 acres of woodland, collect hen eggs, interact with the farm animals (donkey, goats, and horses), walk the owners’ dogs, go wild swimming in the pond, and even fish for crayfish. As a security measure, please ask for the owners’ or farm manager’s permission before heading into the woodland, collecting eggs, and visiting the animals.
A short stroll up the farm track to Sands Hill brings you to the rear entrance to Dyrham Park, a late 17th-century mansion, garden, and deer park, one of the Cotswolds’ most beautiful National Trust properties. To enter the Park this way (rather through the main entrance on the A46), guests should go through the gate and head to the shop, and let the Park staff know they are on the premises. National Trust members can sign in here and non-Members can buy their entry tickets at the shop. (Check before going for any entry restrictions.)
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms across 2 ensuite king-size doubles and 1 twin (ground floor)
2.5 bathrooms: 2 open-plan ensuite shower rooms and 1 cloakroom (W.C.)
Parking for 3 cars
Garden area with BBQ and playpark (shared with Bull Pen holiday rental)
500 acres of farmland and 70 acres of private woodland for guests to explore.
Activities on site (bookable directly with the owner): Art Classes with Kate; Woodland Discovery with Kevin (bonfire making, marshmallow toasting and more); Pond Fishing (crayfish) and Wild Swimming; Clay Pigeon Shooting; Dog Walking (the owners’ 4 dogs); Chicken Egg Collecting; Animal Petting and Feeding (donkey, goats, horses)
Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied for first fire. Additional wood £5 per wheelbarrow
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not provided), stairgate
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture – seats 6
BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Cotswold Way at bottom of farm – 4 hours’ walk to Bath.
Nearest pub – The Bull at Hinton - 25 minutes’ walk
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
While there is a Londis down the road, and a Waitrose and Morrisons nearby in Chipping Sodbury, you are best placed to take the short journey to either Bristol or Bath, so you can discover a wealth of high street and boutique food stores and independent shops.
The Bull at Hinton (1 mile)
The Tollgate (1 mile)
The Cross House at Doynton (1.8 miles)
Aside from the immediate woodland walks on your doorstep, Dyrham is part of many circular walks, including the Park Loop from Doynton, the Park Loop from West Littleton, and the Park Loop from Wick. Many of the walks vary in difficulty and some offer accessible paths.
At Sands Farm:
The Barn is part of a 500-acre working farm with 70 acres of woodland where guests are free to ramble and explore on their own (keeping to signposted areas), collect eggs, interact with the farm animals (donkey, goats and horses), walk the owners’ dogs, go wild swimming in the pond, fish for crayfish and explore the play area. (As a security measure, the owner’s or farm manager’s permission must be sought before heading into the woodland, collecting eggs and visiting the animals.) History buffs will enjoy it here too; the site has evidence of vines dating back to Roman times and the mound that rises behind the farm is believed to be a Saxon king’s burial site.
Places to Visit:
Nearby site of the 577AD Battle of Deorham (present day Dyrham)
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
Parking: There is parking for 3 cars at the far side of the barn, on the hard-standing in front of the patio doors
Middle Barn is on a working farm providing fantastic farm experiences for all ages. Please note, however, that the farm has some machinery/vehicles, a pond, play area, animals (including four dogs and a couple of cheeky cats) and can be muddy and farm-like at times – so please always keep young children under supervision, bring appropriate footwear and keep the cats out of sneaking into the barn if you have allergies or don't want them attempting to steal your food.
The barn has several different levels (it is a renovation of three adjoining barns), which are connected via metal stairs. Middle Barn is therefore unsuitable for guests with restricted mobility
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Amazing air bnb! Kevin the farm manager is super helpful and made us feel at home. The air bnb is beautifully kept and clean. The beds are comfy and the kitchen is great for dinner all together. We also loved the farm dogs coming in to say hi. So lovely and perfect for our 6 girl weekend. Thank you!
Polly - Sept 2021
We had a fantastic stay in the barn. The barn conversion itself is an incredible space and was a great place to relax with a group of friends. The kitchen is very well equipped and we cooked all our meals there apart from when we ordered a pizza from the Tollgate cafe (they do wood fire oven Pizza delivery Friday-Sunday). The farm has some very friendly dogs who greeted us each morning and enjoyed chilling out with us whilst we sat in the patio furniture enjoying the sunshine! Lots of beautiful walks to do in the local area and a drive into Bath is only 25 minutes away.
Francesca - Sept 2021
We had a wonderful stay, the barn was comfortable and well-equipped. There was plenty of space for the five of us - no mean feat when you have three ‘big’ kids. We particularly loved having visits throughout the day from the dogs and we were very sad to leave them behind! The situation of the barn was lovely; we enjoyed lots of walks and the local pubs were excellent. We can particularly recommend the roast dinners at the Cross Hands in Doynton - one of the best meals we have ever had.
Laura - August 2021
I could not recommend this accommodation more and would stay here again! Stunning location and beautiful property! Nothing negative to say about our stay other than unfortunately we didn’t have time to explore the local area! Everything was just so lovely and the host was very accommodating! Only thing I would say is if you do want to go into Bath/Bristol just to pre-book taxi’s and not rely on Uber’s!
Great property and location. Great for kids with the animals and land to explore. Lovely barn too full of charm and great light.
Dyrham is a tiny village in a Conservation Area on the south-west side of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The national 102-mile-long Cotswold Way long-distance walking trail runs through the village (at the bottom of Sands Farm). The village no longer has a pub or shop but does have some very pretty homes built with Cotswold stone, several of them Grade II listed. At the heart of the village is the National Trust’s magnificent Grade I listed Dyrham House. The nearest pub is The Bull at Hinton, 1.5 miles away, a 25-minute daytime walk. The Tollgate Café is at the top of the farm, on the A46, walkable in 10 minutes along the footpath. It serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and is licensed. Its evening Stonebaked pizzas are excellent. It is a wonderful place to watch the sunset over the Black Mountains of Wales over 70 miles away. On request it will deliver locally sourced breakfast boxes and their evening menu.
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