Swift’s Retreat is a beautifully appointed one-bedroom barn conversion with a private hot tub and enclosed garden. This lovely retreat shares a large courtyard with four other holiday homes that comprise Oosland Barns, a family run arable farm that is just half a mile, and an easy walk, from the historic riverside village of Bidford-on-Avon. This is a wonderful spot from which you can also explore Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, just 7 miles away.
Lying at the end of a farm track, surrounded by fields Swift’s Retreat is a delightful barn conversion offering a pleasingly rural place to stay yet with a multitude of attractions within easy reach.
Forming the left-hand side of the courtyard, Swift’s Retreat is a long, single level barn with bi-fold doors opening to both the open plan kitchen/living area and the bedroom. As you step through the entrance door you are welcomed by a light and airy space with a beautiful stone floor and exposed wooden roof beams framing the high ceiling. The rustic yet stylish design is perfectly in keeping with this barn’s former life as a grain store and a fresh colour scheme of pale cream, yellows and greys features throughout with soft throws and cushions, bringing a warm and welcoming feel to this lovely space. The bedroom is a restful room with a comfy king-size bed and a spacious ensuite shower room.
Outside you’ll find an enclosed garden, bordered by the green corrugated iron of a Nissan hut to one side. There’s a small lawned area, but the star of the show is the hot tub, with views through the farm to the fields beyond. This is the place to relax in the sunshine on sunny afternoons, rustle up something tasty on the BBQ and stargaze by night surrounded by the soothing bubbles of the hot tub.
The entrance door opens into the kitchen area, which is a modern and stylish, well-equipped space. The pale wooden units add to the feeling of light and there’s a window to the rear with rural views over the fields beyond. You’ll find everything you need to prepare wonderful meals, including an induction hob and electric oven, there’s also a slimline dishwasher so no-one needs to worry about being on washing up duty. Underfoot, the stunning stone floor runs the length of the barn.
The spacious breakfast bar is surrounded by high Eames-style stools and seats four comfortably. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy romantic meals, morning coffee or just perch sipping a glass of wine while culinary masterpieces are created in the kitchen. If you’re feeling the need for comfort, there’s a soft leather armchair by the bi-fold doors, where you can catnap in the sun.
Creating a natural divide from the kitchen area is a large, exceptionally comfortable corner sofa adorned with soft throws and plump cushions. It’s the ideal place to curl up with a good book or just kick back and relax after busy days of exploration. Two sets of bi-fold doors can be fully opened allowing plenty of fresh country air to flow though. From the living area there is a door to the enclosed rear garden and a door through to the bedroom.
This lovely, tranquil room is decorated in the same restful shades of cream and yellows with plenty of light from a further set of bi-fold doors. The comfy king-size bed is flanked by bedside tables with lantern-style reading lamps. There is a set of cute cubby shelves on the wall and hooks with hangers for clothes. There’s also a chest of drawers and a dressing table with a mirror.
The generously sized ensuite shower room has a large step-in shower cubicle, heated tower rail, handbasin and WC, a large window to the side overlooks the private garden.
Swift’s Retreat has a private, enclosed garden complete with a four-seater hot tub (robes and flip flops are provided) and views over the farm buildings and surrounding farmland beyond. There’s a charcoal BBQ, pretty bistro table with two chairs and a garden bench in the same style.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom across 1 king-size
1 en-suite shower room with cubicle shower, WC, hand basin
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper
Underfloor heating and hot water on demand
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, coffee machine (Nespresso), utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil and kitchen paper
Shatter-proof glasses for use with the hot tub
Electric oven and induction hob
Fridge with freezer box compartment
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied) - on request
Garden furniture: Bistro table with 2 chairs and an ornate garden bench
BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The nearest food shops are in Bidford on Avon (1 mile) and Alcester (6 miles), while Stratford-upon-Avon is just 7.5 miles away:
Bidford-on-Avon shops: One Stop, Co-op Local
Alcester shops: Waitrose, Simply Fresh, Tesco Local
The Frog (0.6 miles)
The Bridge (0.6 miles)
The Bulls Head (0.6 miles)
There are walking routes from the village of Bidford-on-Avon (0.6 miles), which can be reached foot from the property or by car (parking available in the Big Meadow Park car park by road bridge over the River Avon), including the Bidford Bridge Loop, a signposted 4.5-mile loop and the 4.5-mile Bidford Bridge to St Laurence Church Loop. If you’re visiting with children, head to the very well-equipped playground at Big Meadow Park located on the left before the bridge.
Places to Visit:
Stratford-upon-Avon (7.5 miles)
National Trust Hidcote (10 miles)
Warwick Castle (15 miles)
Train: Stratford-upon-Avon station (8 miles)
Taxis: Conway Cars, Tom’s Taxi
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
Swift’s Retreat is on a working farm, and at certain times of year, there is more activity than others. In the summer (August/September), while the owners are harvesting, tractors and a trailer will be coming backwards and forwards filling the grain stores, which are situated close to the cottage. This will not impact on your stay, but is something to aware of, particularly if you have young children
Swift’s Retreat does not accept dogs or other pets
To respect the neighbours, we ask that you only use the hot tub between the hours of 10 am and 10 pm
There is parking for 2 cars. Please park in front of the low wall. The entrance to the barn is through the small gate. Swifts Retreat is the far building on the left-hand side
Swift’s Retreat has a septic tank, therefore please do not put anything other than paper toilet tissue down the toilet. It will block the whole system for all five Oosland Barn holiday cottages. It is very time consuming to unblock the system and costs over £1000 to fix. Guests who do not adhere to this rule will be invoiced should a blockage occur
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Perfect quiet rural location. Ideal barn conversion nicely done. Couldn't ask for more and nice to have coffee and milk already there!
Booked a 2 night stay weekend break here. Nothing to fault - such an amazing property. Good links to walks and activities around there too.
The village of Bidford-on-Avon boasts a picturesque church, built in 1250 and scenic walks from the 15th century road bridge that crosses the famous River Avon. The village has shops, pubs and a supermarket - all on an exquisite riverside setting. Swifts Retreats is perfectly located to explore the scenic countryside of the Cotswolds, historic Stratford, with the Shakespeare Theatre, half-timbered buildings and museums, and nearby National Trust properties, including Coughton Court, Warwick Castle and Hidcote Gardens.
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