Tucked away on a picturesque family-run farm, The Calf Pens is a peaceful and secluded getaway with far reaching countryside views. Sympathetically restored from an existing farm outbuilding, the owners have kept some of the original features in place making this a wonderfully unique bolthole. Two bedrooms sit at either end of a spacious split level open plan living area. With a wood burning stove inside and a quaint cottage garden it is perfect for any season. At The Calf Pens you get all the benefits of a rural stay while only being a short drive from the buzz of Cheltenham and Cotswold hot spots including Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water.
Arriving along quiet country lanes, having to wait for the sheep to move out of the way and spotting raptors flying above you, The Calf Pens greets you with its calming and peaceful surroundings. Views of the surrounding farmland spread for miles around you. You may spot the resident donkeys as you park before making your way up into the garden.
Built into the shape of the land, The Calf Pens has been wonderfully restored using parts of its heritage. Floor to ceiling windows and doors look out to the garden from the open plan living area which is split across three levels. The stone steps used between each level were originally the steps up to the calf pens at the rear of the building. You will also notice the wooden beams above and the large wooden doors which have been reused. With high ceilings and something interesting catching your eye at every turn this is a wonderfully comfortable space. The main sitting area gathers around the masonry surround of the wood burning stove, up one level to the kitchen/diner and down one level to the TV area. There is a bedroom at either end of this space giving guests their own privacy and a family shower room. From the statement lilac sink in the twin bedroom to the freestanding kitchen units and the quirky pops of colour throughout this is a stylishly eclectic home from home.
The cottage garden suits all seasons. Surrounding you with colour in Spring and Summer with grape vines twining around the walls and lavender filling the air with its scent. In Winter you can bundle up with blankets under the tin roof listening to the rain before warming in front of the fire. To the side of the cottage is off road parking for 3 cars and walking routes including the Gloucestershire Way lead from the farm.
Open Plan Kitchen/Dining/Sitting: Bringing the outdoors in through the floor to ceiling windows this room is spacious and airy. The high ceilings showcase the exposed beams, and the stone flooring is warm underfoot. Split into three levels there is space for everybody. The kitchen/diner has freestanding units full of character and a dining table to serve your meals made using produce from the farm.
The first sitting area is perfect for an evening drink or curling up with a good book. The sofa and chair sit before the woodburning stove which is set into a masonry surround. It holds the heat incredibly well and will be a comforting addition in the colder months.
The lower seating area has a smart TV so you won’t miss out on your favourite programmes while you’re staying here.
Bedroom One: Exposed stones act as a reminder of the history of this building in this fresh, country styled room. A king-size bed is accompanied by miss-matched wooden furniture and a neutral colour scheme.
Bedroom Two: This vintage chic twin room has the additional quirky benefit of a lilac sink. With a glass top bedside table and antique wardrobe this room is full of character. From the window you can look out to the cottage garden and watch the buzz of wildlife.
Shower Room: Next door to the twin room is the family shower room. With a spacious shower, sink and WC you have everything you need.
This delightful spot lets you soak in the atmosphere of farm life. With a wooden table and chairs set under the old tin roof you are surrounded by planted flower beds and old farmyard equipment becomes works of art. The dining set seats four and there is also a bistro set for two. You are wonderfully secluded and get a lovely view of the passing birds and local bees. The Gloucestershire Way runs through the farm giving you access to miles of walking routes, perfect for taking the dog out for a tiring hike.
Full List of Facilities
Bedroom One - King-size
Bedroom Two - Twin
1 Bathroom - Shower room
Hair dryer - 1
Fire - Logs are provided for an initial fire (1st October - 31st March)
Freezer - Compartment in fridge
WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed
TV - Smart
Travel cot (cot linen not provided)
Dog friendly - One well-behaved dog welcome for an additional fee
Garden - Fully enclosed but not suitable for small children
Outdoor dining area
BBQ - Initial supply of coal provided
Parking - Off road parking available for 3 cars
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The Three Turnips Farm Shop at Hampen Farm open on Saturdays (10am-1pm) sells fruits and vegetables, lamb and mutton, jam and honey, eggs and more. The nearest supermarkets are in Cheltenham (8-12 miles, depending on which store you choose), where there is a Waitrose, M&S Food Hall, Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Morrisons and independent food shops, including Dunkertons and Root and Shoots. Alternatively, head to the award-winning Cooperative Food Store in Bourton-on-the-Water (8.5 miles)
Frogmill (2 miles)
Royal Oak, Andoversford (2 miles)
Dunkerton's Cider Barn (6 miles)
The 94-mile Gloucestershire Way long distance footpath is immediately outside the Barn and can be followed either east towards Bourton-on-the-Water or west towards Gloucester and eventually the Wye Valley. The Way runs through the Forest of Dean, Severn Plain and Cotswolds and links the Wye Valley Walk and Offa's Dyke Path National Trail to the Severn, Cotswold, Oxfordshire and Heart of England Ways.
Places to Visit:
Cheltenham (8-12 miles)
Bourton-on-the-Water (8.5 miles)
Cotswold Farm Park (8 miles)
Train - the nearest station is Cheltenham Spa (9.5 miles) with a regular service to London Paddington.
One well-behaved dog is permitted at the cottage for an additional fee.
Please keep your dog on a lead in the farmyard due to the free-range hens and nearby sheep. Please follow the Countryside Code of Conduct.
The garden is fully enclosed, however please supervise dogs who have a tendency to jump fences.
There are a number of stone steps up to the property and two sets of three stone steps within. Children are to be supervised and this property may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.
This property has a strictly no-smoking/no-vaping indoors policy. If you do smoke outside, please extinguish properly and respect future guests by removing cigarette litter.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
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Lower Hampen Farm is a small, family-run, working farm in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has been farmed by the family for over 220 years. The farm is a ‘Fair to Nature’ mixed arable and livestock farm and has a flock of rare breed pedigree sheep (Devon Closewools), Ruby Red Devon cattle, two donkeys (a mother and daughter named April and May), free range hens and seven beehives. The farm is very wildlife friendly and is always working to improve the biodiversity of flora and fauna and is home to many rare species. Birdlife on the farm is fantastic, with raptors and owls, including breeding Barn owls, Little owls and Tawny owls.
With this rural idyl on your doorstep, you might think you’ll be miles from any town or facilities. In fact, Cheltenham is only eight miles away, the A40 (the main arterial road through the Cotswolds) is less than five miles away, there are three excellent golf courses within a few minutes’ drive and some of the Cotswolds’ most picturesque villages - Bourton-on-the-Water, Lower Slaughter and Stow-on-the-Wold - are all within a 20-minute drive.