Barebones Farm is a fabulous, 7-bedroom (sleeps 14), 4-bathroom, dog friendly, character Cotswold home in the centre of picturesque Winchcombe that’s ideal for large families or groups of friends. The property has an en-suite ground floor bedroom, ideal for guests with mobility restrictions. Once a farm now a family home, Barebones Farm is a stone’s throw from award-winning pubs, restaurants and shops, and a short stroll to the Cotswold Way and River Isbourne. The spacious open-plan ground floor area is perfect for entertaining as a large group, while a separate snug with a wood burner and a TV/media room are ideal for quiet relaxation or more lively entertainment. A large patio and a pretty quarter-acre landscaped garden complete the home, providing a great outside dining space, with private parking for up to 5 cars.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - Private parking for up to 5 cars
- Travel Cot - One
- High Chair - Two
- Bedding & towels
- Disabled Friendly
Updated 13 Nov 2019
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Please Note: Barebones is not suitable for parties and events. The property is situated in the middle of a residential area, in consideration of our neighbours we respectfully request that noise levels are kept to a minimum after 10pm, especially outside on warmer evenings.
Barebones Farm is a 7-bedroom (sleeps 14), 4-bathroom, dog friendly, character Cotswold home in the centre of picturesque Winchcombe that’s ideal for large families or groups of friends. The property has an en-suite ground floor bedroom, ideal for guests with mobility restrictions. Once a farm now a family home, Barebones Farm is a stone’s throw from award-winning pubs, restaurants and shops, and a short stroll to the Cotswold Way and River Isbourne. The spacious open-plan ground floor area is perfect for entertaining as a large group, while a separate snug with a wood burner and the TV/media room are ideal for quiet relaxation or more lively entertainment. A large patio completes the house providing a great outside dining space framed by a pretty quarter-acre landscaped garden and private parking for up to 5 cars.
Introduction, history, location
Barebones Farm is at the heart of Winchcombe, one of the Cotswolds most popular walking towns, also famed for Sudeley Castle. The house was originally built in 1685 as a two-up-two-down home, with additional bedrooms, bathrooms, the kitchen and conservatory added in 1900 and 2008. Originally a small dairy farm, this handsome Cotswold stone property is now a spacious, wonderfully welcoming holiday home, with a lovely landscaped garden, large patio and plenty of parking to the side of the house.
The front door of the property is on North Street, a principal but quiet Winchcombe street. Guests can enter the property through the front door, or walk round to the side, through the private parking area and across the patio and in via the conservatory’s French doors. The width of the rear of the house looks over a large, beautifully planted and landscaped garden with fruit trees and herbaceous borders.
Barebones Farm is a 7-bedroom home with the perfect combination of character features – exposed beams and timbers, stone walls and an inglenook fireplace – and modern facilities, including a fully equipped kitchen, beautiful open-plan conservatory and en-suite bath and shower rooms.
Bought in 1995 by the current owners, the Stranks family, after it had lain empty for 15 years, extensive renovations were carried out, lasting almost two years. Most of the walls and floors were replaced, at one point standing in the cellar you could look up and see the sky! What is now the dining room was originally the kitchen and breakfast room – the original kitchen sink window was kept and now provides light through from the conservatory to the dining room. The 17th Century house was a 2-up-2-down home that is at the centre of today’s property, consisting of what is now the snug, the ground floor bedroom and the staircase up to today’s Bedroom 2 and Bedroom 4. The Victorian owners added the entrance hallway, what is now the TV room (this used to be the milking shed), Bedroom 3 and the Jack & Jill bathroom. In 2008, the Stranks added the conservatory, updated the kitchen, added the downstairs cloakroom and ground floor en-suite, Bedroom 1 and the family bathroom.
Winchcombe is an elegant and timeless Cotswold town with a host of amenities, making it perfectly possible to stay at Barebones Farm without the need to use a car. Venture down the narrow side streets to find a mix of Cotswold stone cottages and black and white half-timbered buildings. The town is a famous centre for walkers, with Winchcombe Welcome Walkers an important part of the town’s appeal, alongside the magnificent Sudeley Castle. (There are maps at Barebones Farm for your use and suggested walks in the ‘Walking’ section of this guide.) The town has several traditional pubs and contemporary restaurants and cafes; art galleries; boutique clothing stores and interior design and antique shops – in fact something to please everyone.
- Sleeps 14 in 7 bedrooms across: 2 super king-size rooms (can be configured as twins), 2 kings and 3 twins
- 4 bathrooms: 2 en-suite shower rooms, 1 family shower room, 1 Jack & Jill bathroom with roll-top bath and separate shower
- 1 downstairs cloakroom (handwash provided)
- Parking for 4-5 cars (additional nearby parking at £1/day)
- Private enclosed garden – safe for dogs and children
- Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied for 2 fires
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Hairdryers x 2
- Kitchen Starter Pack: teabags, Nespresso coffee pods, instant coffee, sugar, fresh milk, salt & pepper, herbs/spices, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
- Cleaning Starter Pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, kitchen paper, baking foil, cling film
- Bathroom starter pack: hand soap, toilet paper
- Heating and hot water via gas central heating with individual thermostat controls.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Flat screen TV (Panasonic) with Blu-ray surround sound system
- DVD player + huge selection of DVDs
- Games cupboard + popcorn maker
- Child / dog friendly (dog towels and poop bags provided)
- Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, cafetière, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), bakeware and extensive food preparation equipment (saucepans, grater, jug, sieve, blenders).
- Oven: Rangemaster double oven and grill with 6-ring hob and extractor fan
- Microwave (Sharp), Dishwasher (Bosch), Fridge-Freezer (Samsung)
- Washing machine and dryer (Zanussi)
- Ironing board, iron, clothes airer, clothes pegs, outdoor washing line
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baby/Child Equipment: high chair x2, travel cot (cot linen not supplied) x1,
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture – large table seats 12 with additional bistro tables which can extend seating to 14
- BBQ (large, charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal (available at local supermarkets)
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Guests enter Barebones Farm through the front door, slightly to the left of the main house (an addition made during the Victorian era), and into the entrance hall. Here you’ll find a handy hallway with original flagstone flooring and plenty of hooks to hang coats. It’s the perfect place to shug off boots and shoes while sitting on the settle.
Immediately to the left is the TV Room, a room with wow factor, with its deep claret-coloured walls and minstrels’ gallery. In Victorian times, this is where the farm’s cows would come in to be milked. During the restoration work, the current owners found several milking stalls and had to dig down deep to get to the floor. This impressive room now features a sink-in corner sofa and two comfy armchairs, a wide-screen Smart TV with Blu-Ray surround-sound system and a retro-style popcorn maker, making an evening’s cinema-style viewing complete. In addition, there is a large games cupboard with a huge selection of games, DVDs and dressing up clothes. (Please note: the minstrels’ gallery is decorative and not for guests use.)
From the TV Room walk through to the hugely impressive and welcoming open-plan dining/conservatory/kitchen area – perfect for large groups to relax, cook and entertain in…
The beautiful dining room features a long, wooden dining table with seating for 14 (plus 2 highchairs), a striking exposed stone wall, exposed beam and terracotta floor tiles. The stone wall was the outer wall of the original 17th Century house before the addition of the dining room during the Victorian era. A window looking through to the Conservatory provides a pretty feature and throws light into this fantastic entertaining room.
The large kitchen, overlooking the garden, is fully equipped to suit the most demanding of cooks, with a full complement of appliances and cookware. At the centre of the kitchen is a granite-top island with bar-style seating for three – the perfect place to sip a glass of wine and chat while the cooks prepare a meal. The kitchen features underfloor heating, a Rangemaster double oven and grill with a 6-ring hob, plenty of oak storage units housing a microwave, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) a cafetière, bakeware, and food preparation equipment (saucepans, grater, jug, sieve, blenders) and serving dishes. On the surrounding polished granite surfaces you’ll find a toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine (starter pods provided), knife set and bread bin. The kitchen has a Bosch dishwasher and large Samsung fridge-freezer. The owners leave a selection of store-cupboard items including salt, pepper, herbs, spices, oil and vinegar (please feel free to use them, contents may vary). Nespresso coffee pods, tea bags, instant coffee, sugar, kitchen roll, foil and cling film are all provided. Feel free to pick the fresh herbs growing in the garden, including chives, rosemary, bay leaves, thyme and oregano.
The large, open-plan conservatory adjoining the kitchen becomes the hub of many guests’ stay here. With its view out to the patio and garden and sink-in sofa seating, with plenty of room to pull in more chairs and cushions, you will quickly appreciate why it’s Barebones Farm’s top place to relax and hang out. The cream and fern-green colour scheme make it feel like this room is an extension of the garden. In the warmer months, the windows can be opened to allow a breeze through from the garden, while in the winter the polished limestone flooring’s underfloor heating produces a cosy environment to watch the outdoor winter scene unfold.
Cloakroom & Utility Area
Off the kitchen end of the dining room is a door leading to a short corridor with a cupboard storing a Zanussi washing machine and Zanussi dryer, an iron, ironing board, clothes airer and housekeeping items. (A rotary washing line can be found in the garden.) The corridor leads to the downstairs cloakroom with a toilet and sink.
From the dining room, head back towards the front of Barebones Farm into the original 17th Century part of the building through a low stone doorway (mind your head!) and into the Snug, with its feature stone walls, pretty bay window and inglenook fireplace. Here you can snuggle up with a book, relax or plan a walk sitting in a comfy armchair or on the sink-in sofa. A wide selection of books and maps are provided for guests to use during their stay. (Wood and kindling for two fires, plus full lighting instructions are provided; extra wood may be purchased from the owners.)
Head out of the Snug, past the bottom of the stairs to the…
Ground Floor Bedroom
The spacious ground floor en-suite bedroom, which was half of the downstairs part of the original 17th Century farmstead, features a zip-linked super king-size bed (can be set up as a twin), a pretty bay window with two comfy chairs and the original inglenook fireplace (the fireplace is now for decorative purposes only). A large built-in hanging cupboard and bedside table provide plenty of space to store clothes and personal items. The en-suite bathroom has a large walk-in shower with a sliding door, a ‘comfort height’ sink and toilet and heated towel rail. Thanks to the en-suite’s wide doorway and accessible wet room, the downstairs bedroom is perfect for guests with reduced mobility.
Head up the carpeted feature staircase with its original dark stained 17th Century timbers to the first-floor landing…
Bedroom One – Master Bedroom
At the rear of the house is the spacious master en-suite bedroom, which was added by the current owners in 2008. It features a super king-size bed (can be set up as a twin) and a dramatically high, beamed ceiling. This dual-aspect bedroom has a fantastic view over the pretty, quarter-acre landscaped garden, and is furnished with a 4-door cupboard, dressing table with mirror and bedside tables with reading lamps.
The en-suite has a large walk-in, corner shower unit, toilet, sink and heated towel rail.
Back along the landing to the…
Family Shower Room
The spacious family shower room, with its refreshing chalky blue colourway, features a wet-room with a super-size overhead shower and handheld shower. A toilet, sink and large heated towel rail complete the facilities.
Head to the front of the house and the original 17th Century building to…
This cosy, king-size double bedroom, decorated with rich red fabrics, looks out over the front of the house across to other residences on North Street. It features a sink-in king size double, a 3-door hanging cupboard, a large chest of drawers, bedside tables with reading lamps and a pretty wooden rocking chair. Guests in Bedroom 2 use the adjacent family shower room.
Across the landing and up two stairs to…
This bright and airy king-size double bedroom, with floral and duck egg blue accents, was added in the 1900s. It features a pretty, brass bedstead and lovely views over the patio and landscaped garden. Furnished with a dressing table and mirror, a chest of drawers, a 3-door hanging cupboard and bedside table with reading lamp, this restful room leads through to a Jack & Jill bathroom shared with Bedroom Four.
Jack & Jill Bathroom
A Victorian addition, this inviting bathroom, with a separate door to Bedroom 3 and Bedroom 4, features a full-size roll top bath, polished oak floorboards and white, half-wall panelling offset by the deep cornflower blue walls. A toilet, sink, and electric corner shower complete the bathroom facilities.
This twin bedroom is entered from the main landing along a passageway past Bedroom 3. It is one of the two original, 17th Century upstairs rooms, which also has access to the Jack & Jill bathroom. The central chimney breast (rising up from the Snug) that forms a wide, ornate shelf behind the two single beds, and the exposed beams give this front aspect, twin room lots of character. It is furnished with a hanging cupboard, chest of drawers and central bedside table with reading lamp.
(Please note, when the fireplace is in use in the Snug, there is very occasionally a smoky smell in this bedroom. For this reason, there is a carbon monoxide detector in this room.)
On upstairs via a wide, carpeted staircase, with walls featuring 17th Century exposed timbers, to the attic’s two twin bedrooms…
At the top of the stairs turn right into the first of the attic’s two twin bedrooms, furnished with two single beds, a small hanging cupboard with drawers and a central bedside table with a reading lamp. Two dormer windows provide lots of light and a great view out over the ancient rooftops of Winchcombe. Blinds are fitted to ensure a good night’s sleep. Please note that the ceiling is low above both beds.
Cross the little landing with a dormer window to…
The last bedroom of the house, the attic’s second twin bedroom, furnished with two single beds, a chest of drawers and a central bedside table with a reading lamp. Two dormer windows provide lots of light and the same interesting view out over the ancient rooftops of Winchcombe. Both the windows have blinds to ensure a good night’s sleep. Please note that the ceiling is low above both beds.
Barebones Farm has a very attractive quarter acre, landscaped garden with a large central lawn, mature fruit trees and herbaceous borders. It is perfect for rolling out a blanket and lazing in the sunshine or reading in the shade of the fruit trees, for children to play on, and for dogs to frolic on the grass. Adjoining the conservatory is a wide patio area with a large table seating 12 with additional bistro tables which can extend seating to 14 and plenty of space for outdoor entertaining. A charcoal BBQ is provided for guests to use. To the side of the patio is a gravelled parking area with space for 4-5 cars.
Set above the River Isbourne, Winchcombe really is a shining example of a traditional Cotswold market town, filled with boutique shops, antique treasures, cafes and pubs and overlooked by the magnificent Sudeley Castle. Wander down Castle or Vineyard Street towards the 1000-year-old Sudeley Castle or venture into Dent’s Terrace for a view of one of the finest rows of cottages in the land; these almshouses are the work of Emma Dent (Sudeley Castle – 1850’s) who forged strong links between the town and the castle
Winchcombe has several food shops, including a Co-Operative Food store and a Warner’s Budgens, both well-stocked with fresh produce and store cupboard essentials. Vale & Hills Family Butchers sells local meat, North’s Bakery sells a great selection of bread, pastries and baked goodies and Food Fanatics deli, wholefood store and café sells a wide range of specialty foods. For a larger or more varied shop, Tesco Superstore in Bishop’s Cleeve is just a 15-minute drive away, whilst Cheltenham’s impressive selection of stores, eateries and amenities are just a 20-minute journey away. The major supermarkets offer home delivery to the house, including Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrison’s and ASDA.
Doctor and Dentist: Contact telephone number for the local doctor is 01242 602 307 and the dentist is 01242 602 381.
Hospital: The nearest Accident and Emergency Department (A&E) is Cheltenham General Hospital T: 0300 422 2222 Address: Sandford Rd, Cheltenham GL53 7AN
Vets practice: Abbey Green Vets, Abbey Cottage, Abbey Terrace, Winchcombe, GL54 5LW. T: 01242 602 235
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The postcode is GL54 5PS. The house is located on the second driveway down from the old police station on the corner of Greet Road and North Street, Winchcombe.
Please note: Barebones Farm is situated in the centre of Winchcombe. It used to be a farm, but no longer is, so please don’t look for a barn or farm animals!
There is private parking at Barebones Farm for 4-5 cars.
The closest train station to Barebones Farm is Cheltenham Spa, about 20 minutes’ drive to Winchcombe.
A bus service operates between Winchcombe and Cheltenham or Broadway. You can also travel to Winchcombe with Marchants Coaches, on their W1, W2 & 606 Services.
Please contact Marchants on 01242 257 714 for more information.