This peaceful stone barn stands on a quiet lane surrounded by rolling countryside, overlooking the historical church of St Mary’s. The church is no longer in use, but it makes for a beautiful view and is always open for visitors to look around. With wonderful walks from the front door, an excellent pub within a short stroll, and easy access to the A40, bringing the whole Cotswolds within reach, West Barn Cottage is the perfect base for a dog-friendly countryside escape. Sitting in the grounds of West Barn, guests are treated to wonderful views of mature gardens, paddocks, and the surrounding countryside. There is space in abundance with two spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms and a sheltered sunny patio for alfresco meals.
As you turn off the main road, onto the quiet country lane, the sense of peace is tangible. The grass verges froth with cow parsley and wildflowers, the sound of birdsong fills the air and across the lane, the picture-perfect church of St Mary’s keeps a watchful gaze.
A weathered storm porch shelters the stable door, which leads into this welcoming country home spanning 1600sq ft. Inside is a large, airy open-plan kitchen diner, with underfloor heating to keep things toasty, and the well-equipped kitchen has everything needed to make meal times a breeze. The spacious living room is a bright yet calming room with a stylish, electric wood-effect stove, two comfy sofas, a large Smart TV with Netflix, and doors out to a sunny patio. Upstairs the two generously sized bedrooms and two bathrooms accommodate four guests comfortably.
There is a sheltered patio to the front of West Barn Cottage, with a six-seater wooden table and parasol - it’s a lovely spot to sit in the sunshine and listen to the birds. Follow the gravel path to the rear of the barn and it will lead you to another little patio, with views across the lane to the church. There is parking for three cars on the private driveway.
To the front of the barn, sheltering the front door, is a weathered storm porch with rustic wooden seats on either side. It provides the ideal place to remove welly boots after a muddy walk through the countryside.
Open Plan Kitchen/Diner:
A stable door opens into this large, open-plan space. The tiled floor underfoot is warmed by underfloor heating, and the room is filled with light from two huge windows to one side and double doors to the outside. The central island with four high stools is a great spot to perch with a coffee or a glass of wine, or for a casual breakfast. There’s also a dining table which seats four comfortably. The kitchen is exceptionally well equipped with an eye-level oven, electric hob, slimline dishwasher, washing machine and built-in fridge freezer. The handy cupboard under the stairs houses the tumble dryer and is where cleaning equipment and the high chairs are stored. If travelling with younger guests you’ll also find plenty of child-friendly cups, crockery and cutlery, and there’s a blender too. It’s a great, sociable space that is ideal for families.
This spacious room is calming and peaceful, with two large windows allowing light to flow throughout, and double doors to a sunny patio, which overlooks the lane and historic church. Two large three-seater sofas (one of these is a sofa bed) are placed around the stylish electric wood burner-effect stove and there’s a large Smart TV with Netflix and a DVD player. In the two chests beneath the window, there are plenty of family-friendly DVDs and games to keep you entertained. A feature wall in deep red adds a pop of colour, also reflected in the tree-themed window blinds. Plush purple cushions add contrast to the cream sofas. Occasional tables and a wooden chest mean there is always somewhere to rest a drink.
The stairs to the first floor rise from the kitchen-diner, with a fixed stair gate already in place. The landing is a large and airy space, equipped with a desk and an ergonomic, massage desk chair if there is a need to work.
With walls painted the palest shade of green and soft furnishings in teal, navy blue and violet, this spacious room is restful and light. There’s a large window to the side and a roof Velux for even more light. The wooden king-size bed is made up with crisp white linens and flanked on either side by bedside tables topped with reading lamps. Built-in cupboards along one wall give plenty of storage space, along with a dressing table. A large, silver mirror hangs on one wall and there’s also a TV.
The ensuite has a corner shower with a handrail, a WC and a large hand basin with storage beneath. Above the handbasin is a large wall mirror and lights.
This pretty room is decorated in shades of pink and pale green. The super-king size bed can be set up as a twin on request. Marble-topped night console tables are placed on either side of the bed, with fluffy-based reading lamps. The large window to the front and the roof Velux fill the room with light. There is ample storage, with built-in cupboards on one wall and a small four-drawer chest. A plush, pink occasional chair is placed beneath the roof light, creating a little nook to relax with a good book.
Bathroom / Shower Room:
The spacious family bathroom features a bath and a separate electric corner shower. There is a WC, built-in vanity with a hand basin and a bathroom mirror with integral lights above.
West Barn Cottage enjoys a sheltered private courtyard patio to the front with a six-seater wooden dining table and parasol providing a sunny spot for alfresco dining and drinks. Three steps lead down from the parking area to the entrance and a gravel path leads along the rear of the cottage to a second patio with a bistro table and two chairs, it’s a peaceful spot overlooking the beautiful architecture of the historic church across the lane. There is parking for three cars on the private drive which is shared with West Barn.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms across 1 king and 1 super-king which can be a twin room on request.
Bathrooms: 2 – one ensuite shower room and a family bathroom
Parking for 3 cars
Dog friendly – 2 well-behaved dogs are welcome for an additional fee per pet
Private courtyard area
Fireplace with electric wood burner
Bed linen, bath towels and tea towels
Hairdryer x 1
Welcome hamper (usually fresh eggs, bread, and jam – dependant on what is available on the day from the local farm shop)
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, washing machine detergent
Bathroom essentials: organic hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, shower gel
Heating and hot water via LPG central heating with individual thermostat controls and underfloor heating on the ground floor.
Free Wi-Fi (Mbps 25-49)*
42” Smart TV in the living room and a 32” in Bedroom One
DVD player and DVDs
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, cling film, kitchen paper
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer, clothes pegs,
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair x 2, travel cot x 2 (cot linen not supplied), stairgate
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture: Six seater dining table with a parasol to the front of the barn and a two-seater set to the rear with views over the church.
* Wi-Fi: Please note that Wi-Fi speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
There is a wide choice of supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, and M&S in Cheltenham (6 miles). All the major supermarket chains deliver to West Barn Cottage. There is also a well-stocked Co-op supermarket in Bourton-on-the-Water (10.2 miles).
The Frogmill Inn (0.3 miles)
The Royal Oak (0.8 miles)
The Kilkeney Inn, Andoversford (3 miles)
There are plenty of walks right from the doorstep. For a short stroll turn right out of the drive and then turn left before you reach the A40. You will see a waymarked walk signpost with an arrow. Walk through the fields and over the stream, carry on until you reach the road into the village, turn left, and follow the road back to the cottage. For a longer ramble follow the directions above however after crossing the stream, turn right on the village lane. Turn through the arrowed gate by the Old Chapel and follow the fields, over stone walls towards the A40. Turn left and then left at the traffic lights back to the cottage.
Places to Visit:
Cowley Manor for afternoon tea (6 miles)
Cotswold Farm Park (9.3 miles)
Bourton-on-the-Water (10 miles)
Train - Cheltenham Spa (8 miles) has services to/from London Paddington, the west country, the midlands, and the north of England.
Taxis - Starline Taxis Cheltenham; Andy Cars
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Points of Note
Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
2 well-behaved dogs are permitted at the cottage for an additional fee.
West Barn Cottage is not connected to the main sewage. We ask that you do not put anything down the sinks other than water, and only toilet tissue in the toilets. Sanitary bins and a nappy bin are provided to dispose of anything you may need.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Lovely hosts. Very comfortable beds and everything you would want is provided. Perfect for rest and relaxation or touring around.
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Lying on a quiet lane in the village of Shipton Oliffe, West Barn Cottage has a peaceful location, yet there are a wealth of attractions close by, including Cheltenham Spa, and Bourton-on-the-Water, there is also an excellent pub within walking distance. With countryside walks from the front door, including access to the Gloucestershire Way long-distance footpath, this is a wonderful place for a holiday in the beautiful Cotswolds.
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