This breath-takingly beautiful five-bedroom, five-bathroom detached holiday barn is in a secluded Cotswold valley on a small, family run farm in the tiniest of hamlets, with only the sounds of nature and rural life to keep you company. This 300-year-old barn has been lovingly renovated by the owners - whose family have farmed the surrounding land for over 220 years - to create a spacious, superbly comfortable and welcoming holiday home with a glorious garden and fabulous views. The barn is in the perfect location to easily explore the Cotswolds villages, towns and countryside, including Cheltenham, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold and the Gloucestershire Way.
Please note that whilst family gatherings are welcome, parties and events including single-sex stag and hen groups are not permitted.
Head down a well-kept farm track lined by towering chestnut trees and surrounded by mixed arable and pastoral farmland, with views across the most peaceful and secluded of Cotswold valleys, to the centre of this beautiful Fair to Nature farm in the unspoilt hamlet of Hampen. Here you’ll find Tom’s Barn at the heart of an idyllic rural scene that could easily be the setting for any period film, yet it is less than 10 miles from the centre of Cheltenham.
Tom’s Barn is at once spacious and cosy, with the perfect layout to accommodate a multi-generation group. On the ground floor is a large, beamed living room with a wood-burning stove, TV, piano and plenty of comfy seating, with a separate snug area to one side, with sofa seating and a TV. To one side of the living room are two twin bedrooms, one ensuite, a family shower room, and a handy utility room. To the other side of the living room is a large and very well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room, with a garden room directly off it that leads out to the patio and outside dining area. Head up the wide, feature staircase to a beautiful gallery landing off which are three bedrooms: one large master double bedroom, with an en-suite bathroom, and two twin bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room, and a family bathroom.
Look out from the living room and garden room to a beautiful, terraced garden set on three levels; the lowest terrace has a patio with a large BBQ and dining area, the middle has a small, immaculate lawn, a lavender border and a double swing seat, and the top terrace has a wide lawn with an open-sided, corner cabin - the ideal spot to sunset or stargaze. To the side of the patio is the gravelled parking area, with the extra parking in the farmyard just beside that. Immediately outside the barn is open countryside, and the Gloucestershire Way long-distance footpath, as well as wildlife friendly Hampen Farm where you can buy the farm’s own honey, lamb, free range eggs and beautiful woven blankets and accessories using wool from the farm.
The main entrance to Tom’s Barn is through the impressive, double glass doors from the courtyard into the stunning living room. (Once guests are settled in, they generally use the garden room as the entrance where there is room to hang coats and store boots and shoes.)
The spacious living room immediately makes an impact, with its original stone wall, exposed timbers, flagstone floor and timber staircase leading to a gallery above. This welcoming room is great for socialising, with its wood-burning stove, Smart TV, baby grand piano, two large sofas and two armchairs to comfortably seat everyone, along with occasional tables and reading lamps that create a cosy ambience.
Beside the living room, but separated from it by the double width staircase, is a delightful seating area with a sofa-chaise longue, smart TV, DVD/Video player coffee table and huge collection of family friendly DVDs and videos. This is a great area for younger guests to sit apart but still be part of the main group. Three big bean bags are provided, which can be moved between the snug and living room according to where they are needed.
Just off the snug is a fully equipped utility room with a washer-dryer, sink, storage cupboards, cleaning equipment and a stairgate.
Behind the living room’s wood-burning stove is a magnificent, 2ft-thick wall into which two open doorways have been cut, providing easy access to the main entertaining area: a super spacious and very well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room featuring a beautiful flagstone floor and an impressively big country kitchen table to comfortably seat 10. The kitchen has a range cooker with a gas hob and four electric ovens, a dishwasher, a US-style fridge-freezer, separate tall fridge, microwave, double sink and all the small appliances needed to cook, bake, and prepare some fabulous meals. Two ornate dressers provide storage for extra tableware and serving plates.
Head through a wide arch from the kitchen-dining room into this light and bright, multi-functional room which also opens to the outside dining area. The garden room is the place where coats, hats and footwear can be kept as well as being the storage place for the garden cushions, games, appliance manuals, First Aid, walking maps and a CD player/radio. There’s also a long table to pop food on when extra space is needed when dining outside or it can be used for young guests to eat at when the grownups are dining in the kitchen.
Head back through the kitchen-dining room and on through to the far side of the living room where there are two ground floor bedrooms:
This spacious twin bedroom features a pretty pinkish-red, wisteria wallpaper and a charming window seat with a view towards the farm and woodland. The bedroom is furnished with dark mahogany furniture, including a chest of drawers, a triple wardrobe with hanging space and shelves and a dressing table with a triple mirror. There are two single beds with bedside tables and reading lamps, a full-length mirror and a small Freeview TV.
En-suite Shower Room:
This en-suite would suit a guest with mobility problems as it features a wet room-style shower room with an overhead and handheld showerhead, a corner seat and grab handles. It also has a toilet, washbasin and heated towel rail.
Though this is the smallest bedroom in the house it is nonetheless delightful with its wisteria wallpaper and two single beds on pretty, oak bed frames with a central bedside table and reading lamp. The bedroom has a chest of drawers with a Freeview TV on top, a dressing table with a stool, a mirror and make-up mirror and hooks with hangers to hang up clothing.
Family Shower Room:
Immediately outside Bedroom Two is the family shower room with a cubicle shower, washbasin, toilet, heated towel rail and plenty of shelving to keep personal items.
Head up the double-width, feature staircase to the spectacular mezzanine-style landing. You’ll get a real sense of the age of the properties as you gaze up to the exposed a-frame timbers. This lovely area creates the cosy feel of the living room below and is also a great space for practicing yoga, playing a board game or simply enjoying the view!
Bedroom Three/Master Bedroom:
This beautiful dual aspect bedroom features earthy-red walls, exposed timbers and a fabulous picture-frame window overlooking the farm and woods. It is furnished with a super king-size bed with bedside tables and lamps, a dressing table with a large mirror and make-up mirror, a chest of drawers and fitted wardrobe with hanging space and shelves.
In the same delicious earthy-red, the master bedroom’s en-suite features a P-shaped bath with an over-bath shower, a toilet, washbasin, heated towel rail and a dressing table.
This delightful light and bright twin bedroom, with long, exposed timbers, has a lovely view overlooking the garden, and the two donkeys - if you’re lucky. It is furnished with two single beds, a central bedside chest of drawers, with a reading lamp, a dressing table with a chair and mirror, a small Freeview TV, a chest of drawers, a full-length mirror and hooks with hangers for hanging longer clothes.
At the end of the landing is a beautiful en-suite, twin bedroom, featuring dashes of plum colouring and Edwardian-era furniture. The bedroom has two single beds with bedside tables and reading lamps, an Edwardian chest of drawers and dressing table, with a pretty swing-back mirror, plus a Freeview TV, a large, square mirror and hooks with hangers for hanging clothing.
En-suite Shower Room:
Bedroom Five’s en-suite features a large, step-in, corner shower, a washbasin with a vanity unit and mirror, a toilet, a heated towel rail and a wide windowsill for personal items overlooking a lovely view over the garden.
This spacious bathroom has a full-size bath, with an over-bath shower, a washbasin with a vanity unit, a toilet and a heated towel rail.
To the rear of the Barn is a beautiful garden that’s set on three levels. A large patio, with a BBQ and dining area, form the lower level, which sits directly outside the garden room, making it easy and practical to entertain outside. Take three steps up to the next level where there is a small, immaculate lawn, a lavender border, and a double swing seat - the ideal spot to swing away your stress. Finally head up three more stone steps to a wide lawn that slopes up to an iconic Cotswold drystone wall. You may be lucky enough to see the owners’ two donkeys peaking over the wall. In the corner of the lawn is a delightful corner ‘cabin’ with stone seating - this is a fabulous spot to sit and watch the sun going down or wrap up and star watch in the clear sky where the only lights around are those shining from inside the barn. To the side of the patio is the gravelled parking area, with the extra parking in the farmyard just beside that. Head out the front door and you’re immediately in open countryside, with the Gloucestershire Way signposted right on the doorstep. And, of course, all around you is wildlife friendly Hampen Farm where you can buy honey produced from the farm’s beehives, lamb, free range eggs, and beautiful woven blankets and accessories using wool from the farm directly from the owners.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms across 1 super king-size double room and 4 twin rooms (2 ground floor)
5 bathrooms: 3 en-suite shower rooms, 1 family bathroom and 1 family shower room (ground floor)
Parking for 5 cars (additional spaces available in the farmyard)
No dogs or pets
Private enclosed garden – safe for children (with steps in places)
Fireplace with wood burner and tools – basket of logs, kindling, firelighters provided
BBQ (gas) – fuel provided (Camping Gaz 4 Series - for 10 people)
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The nearest food stores 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)
Craven Arms (2 miles)
Frogmill (2 miles)
Royal Oak, Andoversford (2 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.
Taxis - Starline Taxis, Dial-a-Cab
The garden is terraced with some steps in places, and there is an unfenced duck pond in the farmyard.
Dogs and other pets are NOT permitted in Tom’s Barn.
The ground floor is all on one level and has two twin bedrooms – one ensuite with a wheelchair-accessible wet room.
Whilst family celebrations are welcome, parties and events including stag and hen groups are not permitted.
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 Handy 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 (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. You can find out more about the farm and details of the conservation projects and interests at Home Grown Hampen
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, Stow-on-the-Wold - are all within a 20-minute drive.
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