The Hayloft is a stunning, three-bedroom Cotswold barn that’s oozes original, 1880’s characteristics and charm that are perfectly combined with the highest standard of 21st century amenities and furnishings. Once the actual hayloft to Postlip House, one of the grandest private homes in the Winchcombe area, this fabulous barn has been cleverly converted into a sumptuous holiday home with a breath-takingly gorgeous ensuite master bedroom, two luxury shower rooms, a fantastic open-plan kitchen and entertaining area and a superb patio with dining, relaxing and children’s play areas. The Hayloft is perfectly located to explore the historic town of Winchcombe and the north Cotswolds and enjoy the famously good walking in the area.
As you drive through the entrance gates to Postlip House Cottages and up the tarmac drive to the gravel courtyard you’ll immediately feel that you have arrived somewhere exclusive and very special. The Hayloft sits independently, to one side of its parent property, separated by the original hayloft courtyard, and across another wide gravel courtyard from its sister holiday rentals, The Paddock Cottage and The Chestnut Cottage. The Hayloft is tucked away in the folds of the Cotswolds hills yet just a mile from historic Winchcombe, home of Sudeley Castle and Gardens.
The owners have lavished great care and attention on the Hayloft’s interior, renovating it throughout to present a luxury holiday home that combines the original features of exposed timbers, stone walls, and doors, with contemporary furniture, art and amenities - all drawn together with a soothing palette of white walls, wooden flooring and soft natural greens and earthy tones in the fabrics and furnishings. The Hayloft has three double bedrooms, one off-set from the others with its own ensuite shower room (and an in-bedroom, freestanding bath), and a family shower room. Though the master bedroom is a showstopper, the beautiful, open-plan kitchen, which flows through to the dining and living area, will be the main attraction for guests, providing a spacious yet cosy and inviting cooking, dining and entertaining area.
Immediately outside the Hayloft is a large, secluded patio, overlooked by trees and bordered by a quiet corner of Postlip House’s rear garden. The patio has a dining area furnished with a large, rectangular dining table, six chairs and a cantilever parasol, and a charcoal BBQ that can easily cater for a six-guest feast. On the far side of the patio are two rattan-style sofas, armchairs and a drinks table. On the upper level, immediately inside the main entry gate, there’s a children’s play area with a wooden swing set and slide on an artificial grass surface. The owner has rescue chickens, who live beyond the Hayloft’s patio. If they have been laying, you’ll be able purchase delicious fresh eggs from the Egg honesty box located in the main courtyard.
Head up eight original, stone steps and through the front door into the magnificent open-plan kitchen-dining area and living room, with its original, exposed timbers and stone walls.
Immediately through the front door is an entrance area with a handy boot rack, coat hooks and a couple of umbrellas.
Open a door to the right of the entrance and head into a dressing area that leads to the fabulous master bedroom and its ensuite shower room. The triple aspect bedroom features the exposed timbers of the hayloft’s original A-frame and vertical posts, which frame the original exposed brick end wall. Within the bedroom is a delightful treat: a freestanding, clawfoot bath with a banquet seat next to it and a heated towel rail at hand to keep towels and robes warm and dry. The bedroom is furnished with a super king-size bed on a super-sized rug over a wooden floor, with bedside tables and reading lights and a full-length mirror. A window seat provides a delightful place to perch and enjoy the view down to the original hayloft’s hay lifting mechanism. The dressing area has inbuilt drawers and a wardrobe, plus a second cupboard for household cleaning equipment.
Ensuite Shower Room:
A sliding door opens to reveal striking, Edwardian-style floor tiles that are perfectly complemented by the royal green shower tiles. The shower room has a walk-in shower with a rainfall shower head, a wash basin with a hand-built vanity unit, a toilet and a heated towel rail.
The spacious and light kitchen has every appliance needed for a self-catering stay, whether you want to prepare something simple or cook a three-course celebratory meal. The kitchen’s design includes plenty of preparation surfaces, an oven, a five-ring hob, a dishwasher, a central granite-topped island with storage baskets and a double butler’s sink (one with an Insinkerator for all food waste), positioned under a window looking out to the courtyard and the neighbouring properties of The Chestnut and The Paddock Cottage. To one side, tucked under the eaves and concealed within matching kitchen units are the laundry appliances, with a drinks and cocktail preparation area on top. A line of units between the kitchen and the dining and living area, creates a visual partition while keeping the area connected, creating a fabulously spacious socialising area.
The dining area features a unique, upcycled, rectangular dining table with a parquet inlay, and six super comfy dining chairs. French windows behind the table open to a Juliette balcony, which looks out to the original hayloft’s winch and the rear of beautiful Postlip House.
The gorgeous living area is furnished with a six-seater, bronze-green, velvet, chaise sofa, with an upcycled coffee table, set up for guests to relax and view the Smart TV. Stylish floor lamps provide soft lighting to unwind with a book or simply stretch out while the chef of the group gets busy in the kitchen.
At the far end of the open plan living space is a door that opens to two steps down to two double bedrooms and the family shower room.
This cosy bedroom is furnished with a standard-size double bed, with bedside tables and reading lamps, a dressing table with a mirror, lamp and stool (not shown) and a tall chest of drawers all on a deep pile, grey carpet. There are three decorative hooks on the wall for hanging your clothes. The window provides a view across the courtyard to neighbouring Paddock and Chestnut Cottages and the countryside beyond.
At the far end of the property, this large twin bedroom is furnished with two single (2’6”) beds, which can be made up as a king-size bed on request, with bedside tables and reading lamps. The room has plenty of space for younger guests to relax in, for a couple to set up a travel cot or grandparents to retreat to for some quiet time. The dual aspect affords views across the courtyard and on to the woods beyond, while the stunning blue, woodland wallpaper provides a beautiful backdrop behind the beds. The bedroom has a dressing table with a touch light make-up mirror and two double wardrobes, and a cosy deep pile, grey carpet.
Family Shower Room:
This luxury family shower room features a walk-in shower with a large, round shower head and grey tiles, a wash basin with a vanity unit and mirror above, a toilet and a heated towel rail - all surrounded by stylish cream-coloured tiles.
The Hayloft has a fabulous outside entertaining and play area directly outside the front door, which is bordered by a hip-height wooden fence that separates it from a quiet area of Postlip House’s gardens. It includes a wide patio with a dining area furnished with a large, rectangular dining table, six chairs and a cantilever parasol, and a charcoal BBQ that easily cooks enough food for six guests. To the far side of the patio is an area for relaxing with two rattan-style sofas, armchairs and a drinks table. On the upper level, immediately inside the main entry gate from the gravel courtyard, is a children’s play area with a wooden swing set and slide positioned on artificial grass. Please respect all gates signposted ‘Private’.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms with one super-king bed, one standard double and two singles (can be made up as a king-size bed on request)
2 bathrooms: 1 en-suite shower room, 1 family shower room, 1 freestanding bath in master bedroom
Parking for 4 cars
Dog friendly – maximum 1 dog (for an additional fee)
Private enclosed patio with children’s play area with swing set, slide and climbing frame
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, laundry detergent
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper
Heating and hot water via central heating with individual thermostat controls and Nest control
Free Wi-Fi - please note that Wi-Fi speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed
Smart TV 55”
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, coffee machine (Nespresso), utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), cocktail making set, cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, kitchen paper
Oven/hob - electric
Fridge and freezer
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied) - available on request
Garden furniture: large, rectangular dining table with six rattan-style seats, large parasol, two rattan-style sofas and two armchairs
BBQ (coal) with tools (please bring own charcoal)
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The nearest food shop is a very well-stocked Mid-Counties Co-op in Winchcombe (1.2 miles). For a larger shop head to Bishop’s Cleeve (4.3 miles) where there is a Tesco and Aldi, or Prestbury (5.7 miles) where there is a Sainsburys, or Cheltenham (6.9 miles) where there is a large Waitrose. Winchcombe also has a few independent food stores, including Vale & Hills Family Butchers, selling local meats, North’s Bakery, selling a great selection of bread, pastries and baked goodies, and Food Fanatics deli, wholefood store and café, which sells a wide range of specialty foods.
The Lion Inn, Winchcombe (1.1 miles)
The Wesley House, Winchcombe (1 miles)
No. 5 North Street, Winchcombe (1.1 miles)
The area around Winchcombe, with its rolling Cotswold countryside, is a true walkers’ paradise, with plenty of options for casual, seasoned, and hardy walkers. Winchcombe itself is a “Walkers are Welcome” town, a special status awarded to towns and villages which go above and beyond with their walking amenities, making it a fantastic destination for groups in search of a walking break. The small lane leading to the entrance to Postlip House is also a public footpath, which leads to the Cotswold Way and Winchcombe.
Taxis - Cleeveline Taxis; Taylor Private Hire; Abbey Private Hire
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 dog is permitted at the property for an additional fee. Please keep your dog on-lead when outside at the property at all times.
There is an eight-step, stone staircase up to the front door.
The Hayloft has low beams in places.
Parents of young children should note that there is a children’s play set in the outside area.
EV Charging: the property does not have an EV charger. We ask that guests do not charge their EV cars from the property’s mains electricity.
The Hayloft is one of three Postlip House Cottage holiday lets that can be booked with Paddock Cottage and Chestnut Cottage for families or friends wanting to travel together but have their own space. You can share the properties between your group, but please bear in mind you would not have enough seating to sit/eat together.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Fabulous, can’t wait to visit again with my family.
We had a wonderful stay at the Hayloft. The property is spotless and furnished to a high standard. The setting is lovely, peaceful and quiet, outdoor space is well thought out. WiFi signal is good, if that is your thing! Warm and cosy throughout. Local pub is a very handy 10 min walk away and local attractions are stunning. Who could ask for more!
Great accommodation and good base for exploring Cotswolds
We very much enjoyed our stay at the Hayloft. It is beautifully appointed and very comfortable. We cooked several meals; the kitchen was well equipped and definitely a wonderful space to work in. We intended to do some Cotswold Way walking and were so pleased that the trail system was easily accessible nearby. Highly recommend this great property!
The Hayloft is truly stunning, great value for money and a fabulous location. Thank you so much...amazing! The grounds are just as stunning as the property.
The Hayloft sits alongside, and in the grounds of, its parent property - the grand 1880’s residence of Postlip House, located just a mile from the historic Cotswold town of Winchcombe, home of Sudeley Castle & Gardens and the more recent addition of the Winchcombe Meteorite. The town has a wide range of excellent pubs, restaurants, food shops and independent galleries, boutiques and antique centres - all easily accessible from the Hayloft via country footpaths or car. This is also one of the best walking areas in the Cotswolds, with the Cotswold Way, the Winchcombe Way and the Isbourne Way all on the doorstep. The Hayloft is also perfectly located to explore popular towns and places of interest further afield, including Cheltenham Spa and the Racecourse, Broadway, Cotswold Farm Park, and the GWSR Steam Train.
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