The Old Stables is a contemporary, self-catering barn conversion in a rural location on the Cotswold Way at the heart of a family-run farm just seven miles from the historic city of Bath. This countryside getaway sleeps five guests in three bedrooms, with two bathrooms, and has a spacious, open-plan living space with a fully equipped kitchen, wood burning stove and a dining area with bi-fold doors that open to a raised deck with a table and seating area and open views to the surrounding pasture and countryside. The property is perfectly located to explore the cities of Bath and Bristol, nearby Lacock, Castle Combe, Badminton Horse Trials, the Kennet & Avon Canal and Longleat Safari Park.
The Old Stables is approached along, and sits on, the Cotswold Way, a national long-distance trail that crosses the Cotswolds from Bath to Chipping Campden. As you pass through the farm gates into the parent property’s farmyard, you’ll find the Old Stables tucked to one side of the farm with its own garden and patio overlooking pasture, a livery yard and the distant Hamswell Valley.
Built in 2020 from the farm’s original hay barn, the Old Stables is now a contemporary, light and spacious single-storey holiday home with an open plan living space that includes a large kitchen, roomy dining area and a living area with a wood burning stove. Along the hallway from the living room is a large utility room, three bedrooms - one single and two with king-size beds - an ensuite shower room and a family bathroom with an inviting, freestanding bath.
The Old Stables is on one of the most popular walking routes in the Cotswolds and is part of a farm with a horse livery, which guests can watch in action from the comfort of the barn and the garden, alongside the owner’s beef farming operation. The dining area’s bi-fold doors open to a raised deck, with a large refectory-style table and two long, solid wood benches and a BBQ. A step leads down to a lawn. To one side is a large gravel courtyard with space for three vehicles, while to the other is a hedge and trees, providing a natural screen between the Old Stables and the neighbouring property’s garden. The whole area has a wooden fence surround, making it secure for children and small dogs.
Step through the front door into the multi-functional hallway/utility room where there are hooks for your coats and room to leave shoes and walking boots, as well as having laundry facilities, baby equipment (travel cot and highchair), a sink and storage space.
Open-plan living space
The combined living-dining and kitchen area, with its double-height ceiling, underfloor heating, wood-effect flooring and pale grey, white and clay colour scheme, creates a spacious and bright yet cosy living space where guests can spread out and enjoy the facilities.
The seating area has a three-seater sofa, with an occasional table and reading lamp beside it, a two-seater sofa, and a coffee table - all positioned to enjoy the smart TV and the wood burning stove.
The C-shaped kitchen is fully equipped with all the appliances, small and large, needed for a self-catering stay, including an oven and hob, a fridge and freezer, a dishwasher and microwave. Stand at the double sink and enjoy the views to the tranquil scene of open Cotswold countryside beyond.
A long, rectangular dining table with six chairs sits between the kitchen and the double bi-fold doors, making it the perfect place to enjoy either a cosy meal inside or welcome the outside in with the bi-fold doors open.
Head down the corridor, back past the entrance/utility room, to the bedrooms and bathrooms:
The single bedroom has a lovely view to the garden, pasture and horse livery. It is furnished with a full-size single bed, with a bedside chest of drawers and reading lamp. A hanging rail (not shown) is provided for guests to hang clothes.
The good-sized bathroom features a free-standing, clawfoot bath with central taps and a hand-held shower, a walk-in corner shower with a rainfall shower head, a washbasin in a vanity unit with a mirror over, and a toilet.
This spacious bedroom is furnished with a king-size bed with bedside tables and reading lamps, a free-standing wardrobe with hanging space and drawers and a full-length mirror. The bedroom looks out to the garden, gravel courtyard and on to the pastures beyond.
The master, ensuite bedroom sits at the end of the hallway and is furnished with a king-size bed with bedside chest of drawers and reading lamps and a chest of drawers. A hanging rail (not shown) is provided for guests to hang clothes. The bedroom window looks out to the comings and goings of the livery stable and the parent farm buildings and beef cattle operation.
Ensuite Shower Room:
The ensuite to Bedroom Three features a walk-in shower with a rainfall shower head, a washbasin in a vanity unit with a mirror over, and a toilet.
Directly in front of the Old Stables, outside the double bi-fold doors, is a raised deck with an outdoor dining area and BBQ, which looks out to a lawn and on to far-reaching views across the livery fields and rolling countryside – the perfect spot for alfresco entertaining. To one side is a large gravel courtyard with space for three vehicles, while to the other is a hedge and trees, providing a natural screen between the Old Stables and the neighbouring property’s garden. Sit in the garden and watch the comings and goings of the liveried horses and the beef farming operation. The whole area has a wooden fence surround, making it secure for children and small dogs.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms across 2 king-size beds and 1 standard single
2 bathrooms: 1 en-suite shower room, 1 family bathroom (walk-in shower and bath)
Parking for 3 cars
Dog friendly: max. 1 small dog. Additional pet fee applies
Private enclosed garden – safe for dogs and children
Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied for first fire
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets (x4), scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, washing machine detergent (x2)
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper
Heating - underfloor with individual room thermostats
Free Wi-Fi (*70Mbps)
Smart TV 40”
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, cafetiere, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, kitchen foil, kitchen paper
Oven/hob - electric
Fridge with water dispenser
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture: table and benches
BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
* WiFi: Please note that Wi-Fi speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
Just two-minutes’ drive away, along the A46 towards the M4, is a Shell petrol station shop selling a good range of basic items. For a better choice, head to Marshfield Central Stores, High Street, SN14 8LP (3 miles), which stocks a fabulous range of bread, fruit, vegetables, meats, deli items and more. And for a larger supermarket shop head to Waitrose in Bath (6 miles) or Chipping Sodbury (9 miles), or Sainsburys in Bath (5 miles).
The Charlcombe Inn, Lansdowne, Bath (2.6 miles)
The Bull, Hinton (2.8 miles)
The Cross House, Doynton (1.7 miles)
The Old Stables is on the Cotswold Way, so you can walk directly out of the house and join this 102-mile national long-distance trail. For a long, out-and-back walk, head south on the Cotswold Way then north-west, striking cross country to Doynton where you can have lunch at The Cross House Inn. Or head north on the Cotswold Way to the National Trust’s 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.
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 small dog (up to the size of a cocker spaniel) is permitted at the cottage for an additional fee. Your dog should be accustomed to horses, as they pass close to Old Stables’ fence from the paddocks to the livery yard.
The Old Stables is on a working beef cattle farm and beside a livery yard. For their safety, guests should not visit the farm or livery yard, unless accompanied by the owners.
Walking & Cycling Guides
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The Old Stables
We really enjoyed our recent stay at The Old Stables!
Lovely location, very clean and comfortable accommodation, well equipped throughout.
We look forward to visiting again!
Great farm location with stunning views. The accommodation was perfect for our needs and felt very homely while we stayed.
We absolutely loved staying at The Old Stable … it’s gorgeous, a great location and there is so much to see and do. The owners couldn’t have been more helpful. The house itself is a beautiful conversion and is kitted out with everything you could possibly need. We loved that it was on the edge of their farm - seeing horses, cows and sheep from the windows every day. Wouldn’t hesitate to go back!
The Old Stables is on the Cotswold Way just west of the village of Cold Ashton, which lies seven miles north of the historic city of Bath. As well as the easy access to Bath, it is perfectly located to explore National Trust Dyrham Park, Bristol and its vibrant harbourside and Balloon Festival, the American Museum & Gardens, Badminton Horse Trials and the villages of Lacock and Castle Combe. Just five miles away is the Avon and Kennet Canal – perfect for easy walking and bike rides, starting from the village of Batheaston from where you can head all the way into Bath. For guests wishing to visit Bath, there is an excellent Park & Ride facility at Lansdown (five miles) with a regular service that is well worth using as parking in Bath is expensive and limited.
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