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Owls Nest Barn


Family Friendly
No Pets
50-99 Mbps
Owls Nest is a fabulous barn conversion on a small working dairy farm in the beautiful Painswick Valley. Every which way you look there are green fields filled with happy cows grazing on the lush grass. Forming part of the family farm, this lovely barn offers a comfortable countryside escape, with myriad Cotswold and Forest of Dean attractions nearby. With four spacious bedrooms, including two on the ground floor, four bathrooms and a beautiful open-plan kitchen, diner, and cosy living room with a log burner to ward off the chill of a winter evening, Owls Nest is ideal for family gatherings and groups of friends looking to escape to the country. The farm is also home to four coarse fishing lakes, so keen anglers should pack their fishing rods too.
Full Description
As you wend your way along the hedgerow-lined lanes leading to the quiet hamlet of Harescombe and Owls Nest, you will feel as though you are miles from anywhere. There are, however, a multitude of attractions within easy reach, and so although the setting is blissfully bucolic, everything you need is close at hand. The farmyard is a rural reminder of your location on this family farm, but within the pale Cotswold stone walls of the barn, you’ll find a beautifully finished, warm, and welcoming place to stay.

The rustic, covered courtyard provides a sheltered space for parking as well as an all-weather area to enjoy. The simple lines of the barn belie the attention to detail and as you step inside, you’ll find a beautiful kitchen, dining area and a comfortable living room with a cosy log burner in one corner. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the ground floor, offering flexible sleeping arrangements. Upstairs are two further bedrooms and bathrooms. The style and décor are light and contemporary, offering a delightful, modern feel, in this most rural of locations.

Outside space comes in the form of the clever use of the covered courtyard. There’s outside seating, a ping pong table and festoon lighting were you can relax with a drink after a day of exploring listening to the birds singing and the cows gently grazing across the lane. Keen fishermen and women will enjoy the easy access to the Harescombe Fisheries, which form part of the farm and sit at the top of the valley. There is covered parking for 4 cars.

Ground Floor

Guests enter through the covered courtyard and there are steps up from the decking to the door.

Pale stone flooring and pale walls all add to the sense of light and space. The hub of this lovely barn is the gorgeous kitchen with everything practical needed for a self-catering stay including a dishwasher, fridge-freezer, and microwave. The budding Nigella’s or Jamie Oliver’s in your group can whip up wonderful meals to be enjoyed at the large farmhouse table, which seats 10 comfortably. It’s a wonderfully sociable space to gather.

Living Room:
The far end of the barn forms the living room which boasts windows on either side. Two plump sofas and a comfortable armchair provide plenty of seating, whilst in the corner is a wood-burning stove. Whilst the barn is warm and toasty, there is something very special about the glow from a real fire. A wall-mounted Smart TV means you can keep up to date with all your favourite shows.

There is a ground-floor cloakroom and a small hallway that leads to bedrooms three and four.

Bedroom Three:
This lovely bedroom boasts high vaulted ceilings, and lots of natural light from the window, which overlooks the lane beyond, and the Velux. An oak-framed super-king size bed is flanked by bedside tables with reading lamps and there is plenty of room to unpack with a wardrobe and a chest of drawers.

Adjoining bedroom three is a spacious and well-appointed en-suite bathroom with a shower cubicle featuring both rainfall and hand-held shower head, W.C., hand basin and de-mist mirror.

Bedroom Four:
Offering flexible sleeping arrangements, this spacious family room can be configured with three single beds or as a king-size and one single. Featuring high ceilings and a window overlooking the farmyard, this is a calm space to relax after a day of exploring. The bedroom also features a wardrobe and a chest of drawers.

The large en-suite bathroom has a generously sized shower with a huge rainfall shower head and a hand-held shower attachment, W.C. and a de-mist mirror.

First Floor

Bedroom One:
With wonderful rural views over the cow fields to the village church and rolling hills beyond, this spacious king-size bedroom is decorated in pale shades of grey, green, and blue. An upholstered ottoman sits at the foot of the bed and there’s a half-height wardrobe with hanging space and shelves as well as a chest of drawers. Pull the soft armchair up to the window and sit for a while watching the birds flitting in and out of the hedgerow opposite.

The en-suite to bedroom one boasts a large walk-in shower with a rainfall showerhead, W.C., handbasin and de-mist mirror.

Bedroom Two:
The second bedroom on the first floor is a charming king-size room with views over the farmyard to the fields beyond. The large window is a lovely spot to watch the wagtails as they swoop and dive from the building opposite. There are bedside tables with reading lamps, a chest of drawers, a full-length floor mirror and a half-height wardrobe.

This bathroom features a bath with a shower attachment overhead, WC, hand basin and mirror.


An all-weather covered courtyard provides parking and a charmingly rustic open-air space. There is decking and garden furniture for guests to enjoy in this area, a gas barbecue and a ping pong table.
Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - King
  • Bedroom Two - King
  • Bedroom Three - Super king
  • Bedroom Four - King (can be twin on req at time of booking) and a single
  • 4 Bathrooms - 3 en-suite shower rooms and a family bathroom
  • Hair dryer - 4
  • Fire - Logs are provided for an initial fire (1st October - 31st March)
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Coffee machine - Nespresso CitiZ
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed - 50-99 Mbps
  • TV - Smart
  • Travel cot (cot linen not provided)
  • Highchair
  • Ping pong table


  • BBQ - Gas
  • Parking - Space for 4 vehicles
  • EV Charger - Local charges apply
On your Doorstep
Farm shops, delis, and shopping: There are a couple of excellent farm shops nearby including Pound Farm and Shop (3 miles) they offer a great selection of local produce, meats, and cheese. Eastington Farm Shop (8 miles) there is a real focus on locally sourced products (Claire one of the Owls Nest owners makes some of the cakes in their café!). Frocester Fayre (10 miles) offers a brilliant selection of local meat including some of the best sausages around, and delivery to Owls Nest is available in advance. Stroud Farmer’s Market (5 miles) is one of the best in the country and a great way to spend a Saturday morning. Gloucester Quays Outlet Shopping is 6 miles away.

Cafes, pubs, and restaurants:
  • The Edgemore Inn, Edge – classic pub food. (2 miles)
  • St Michaels Bistro, Painswick – popular bistro, pre-booking essential (3 miles)
  • The Bell, Selsey – 16th century country inn, great pub with excellent food. Pre booking is essential (6 miles)
  • The Brasserie at Calcot – wonderful for a special occasion and superb Sunday lunches – booking is essential (12 miles)

Gloucester Quays (6 miles) has a wide selection of independent and chain restaurants.

Walks: Walk or drive up to the course fishing lakes based on the farm at the top of the valley. To get there follow the cattle grids up the gravel track. If you would like to have a go at fishing – please speak to Andy who runs the fishing lakes on 07896 959071 for all advice. Owls Nest is in the Painswick Valley and there are numerous walking trails to follow, including sections of the Cotswold Way National Trail which runs close by.

Places to Visit:
  • Painswick and Painswick Rococo Garden – often referred to as the queen of the Cotswolds (3 miles)
  • Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre – a fun day out for the whole family (4.5 miles)
  • Gloucester Cathedral – magnificent cathedral and film location for the Harry Potter films (6.5 miles)
  • Giffords Circus – one of the best-loved circuses in the country and their home base is nearby (7 miles)
  • Woodchester Valley Vineyard – multi-award winning single estate vineyard offering tours and tastings (8 miles)
  • Miserden Estate – 17th-century garden and deer park with woodland walks, seasonal workshops, and a café (9 miles)


Train - Stroud and Stonehouse railway stations (5 miles) have a frequent and direct service to London Paddington. Gloucester (6 miles) has direct services to Bristol, Birmingham and beyond.
Taxis - Andy Cars; 5 Star Taxis Gloucester

There is so much to see and do in the Cotswolds, why not take a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
  • Book with us to get exclusive discounts to top attractions and experiences
  • Brook Farm is a small working family farm
  • Unfortunately, this property does not permit hen and stag parties, party groups, or all adult groups under the age of 25. This property is ideal for family groups.
  • If you require the beds in the family room to be configured as singles, please request this at the time of booking
  • Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted
  • Owls Nest is one of our pet-free properties and therefore dogs and other pets are not permitted
  • There is easy access to the fishing lakes which are payable locally



A beautiful, modern, high quality and comfortable house in a stunning location. The owners are very warm and friendly and very helpful. Highly recommended as a place to spend a weekend with family or friends.

| 17/11/2023

We have just had a wonderful family break at Owls Nest Barn. It's a fabulous place, spotlessly clean, warm, comfortable, with everything you could possibly need and the owners were so friendly and very helpful. Absolutely recommend this place for a large group stay.

| 14/11/2023

The house is surrounded by green Cotswold hills, located on a small farm. Friendly owners who welcomed us on arrival. The house was so well equipped and is newly furnished to a very high specification. Large kitchen with everything you need to cook up a feast. Generous-sized bedrooms with comfortable beds and five bathrooms.Also comes equipped with a wood burner and EV charger.

| 10/11/2023

Our stay at Owls Nest Barn was nothing short of spectacular! The place itself is even better than the photos and is in immaculate condition, with every thing you could possibly need during your stay was available in the property. The area is beautiful and would definitely suggest exploring the many walks in the area. David, the owner was lovely and was extremely responsive, going the extra mile to provide everything we needed. I would highly recommend staying at Owls Nest and we will be back for sure! :)

| 03/11/2023

The property was very comfortable and spotless with everything provided. The owners are very helpful and courteous. Would highly recommend this property.

| 27/10/2023


The peaceful village of Harescombe lies in the Painswick Valley, it’s a gloriously rural setting yet only a few miles from junction 12 of the M5, making it easily accessible. There are walks in abundance and the closest pub is just 2 miles away in the nearby village of Edge. Beautiful Painswick, with its magnificent Rococo gardens and choice of places to eat, is a 3 mile drive. This is Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie country, and there are numerous tiny villages to explore, including Slad, and his favourite watering hole, the Woolpack Inn.