Barndown is a 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom, 19th Century cottage in the heart of Cotswold walking country. Surrounded by farmland, on a quiet country road, Barndown is in the ancient village of Weston Subedge in walking distance of a popular pub and a village bar, and just 5-minutes’ drive from Chipping Campden - one of the Cotswolds’ most charming towns. Barndown’s private garden and patio with BBQ, plus off-road parking for 2 to 3 cars, provides a perfect retreat for walkers and families exploring the Cotswold Way, Monarch’s Way and Heart of England footpaths, and the wider Cotswolds.
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- Pub within 1 mile
- Parking - 2-3 cars
- Travel Cot - x1
- High Chair - x1
- Bedding & towels
Updated 4 Aug 2019
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Barndown is a 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom, 19th Century cottage in the heart of Cotswold walking country. Surrounded by farmland, on a quiet country road, Barndown is in the ancient village of Weston Subedge in walking distance of a popular pub and a village bar, and just 5-minutes’ drive from Chipping Campden – one of the Cotswolds’ most charming towns. Barndown’s private garden and patio with BBQ, plus off-road parking for 2 to 3 cars, provides a perfect retreat for walkers and families exploring the Cotswold Way, Monarch’s Way and Heart of England footpaths, and the wider Cotswolds.
This typical Cotswold stone property was built in the late 1800s as the village Reading Room, and somewhat resembles a small chapel. The opening was described in the original village’s monthly Gazette as follows: “The Reading Room is now open for the use of men and working lads of the village and it is hoped all will do their best to keep good order, and as much quiet as possible. Lads who do not go to work are not allowed the use of the room”. The outside, with its lead-pane windows and porched doorway has changed little in the intervening years. Inside, the cottage’s original features, including a stone fireplace and exposed timbers, have been preserved, making this cottage a cosy retreat, surrounded by farmland, in a very pretty village.
Outside, Barndown has a wraparound garden with a lawn and planted borders and a patio to the side of the kitchen, where guests will find a table and seating perfect for al fresco dining. Adjacent to the cottage is a large, gravelled parking area, suitable for 2 to 3 cars.
Guests enter Barndown through the farmhouse-style kitchen-diner, which leads into a hallway and on to the cosy living room, with views out to the surrounding farmland. Stairs lead up to two double bedrooms (one king-size, the other twin) and a family bathroom with a bath and over-bath shower, WC and sink.
Weston Subedge (also written as Weston-sub-Edge), was first recorded in the Domesday Book. It is a small village with about 180 homes, many dating back to the 16th and 17th century, lying between the Vale of Evesham and the Cotswold town of Chipping Campden. It sits at the foot of beautiful Dover’s Hill (hence ‘sub Edge’), itself named after Robert Dover, famed for the Cotswold ‘Olympick’ Games that have been held locally since 1612. Part of the Cotswold Way – the 102-mile long-distance national footpath – runs through Dover’s Hill, making Weston Subedge and Barndown an ideal place for walkers to base themselves.
- Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms across 1 king-size, double and 1 twin bedroom
- Bathroom: 1 Family bathroom with bath and over-bath shower, sink and toilet
- Parking for 2 cars
- Private enclosed garden – safe for children but need supervision as no main gate on roadside.
- Fireplace with gas-fired ‘wood burner’
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Kitchen Starter Pack: teabags, instant coffee, sugar, salt and pepper.
- Cleaning Starter Pack: scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, general purpose cleaner.
- Bathroom starter pack: hand soap, toilet paper.
- Heating and hot water via gas central heating with central thermostat control.
- Free Wi-Fi
- TV – flat screen Bush 45”
- DVD player
- Games for children and adults
- Child friendly
- Kitchen equipped with toaster, kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve, saucepans)
- Oven/hob – Electrolux gas hob, electric oven, and extractor fan
- Washing machine – Indesit
- Ironing board, iron, clothes airer, clothes pegs, outdoor clothesline
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baby/Child Equipment: travel cot (cot linen not supplied) and stairgate; highchair available on request.
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture – seats 4
- BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm.
- Please note: this property does not have a dishwasher or tumble dryer
Guests enter Barndown through the kitchen door, stepping on to original wooden floorboards and into a kitchen that is well equipped for a self-catering holiday, including a hob-oven and washing machine, and a fridge-freezer and microwave in a small pantry off the kitchen. A typical farmhouse table and fours chairs, with plenty of room for a child’s highchair if needed, sits under original exposed wooden beams.
To the left of the Entrance Hallway is the front door, covered with a long, thick curtain, and beside that a bookcase with a good selection of novels and local interest books. Straight ahead is the staircase, below which is a handy storage cupboard where guests will find the vacuum, ironing board, iron, fireguard, and hooks for hanging coats and bags.
To the right head through to the Living Room:
The cream walls and beautifully coloured and textured fabrics set the scene for the living room’s country-cottage furnishings, including a large, sink-in, feather-stuffed sofa, two armchairs, a desk and small dining table, and the stone fireplace with a gas ‘woodburner’. A wooden sideboard and antique blanket box house children’s toys, games and local information. Sit and relax in the comfy sofa, perhaps enjoying a book in the old Reading Room, or watch a movie on the TV-DVD player.
Stairs with a banister and handrail up to:
The cream-coloured king-size double room, with accents of green that complement the garden below and the view over the fields, is furnished with a built-in wardrobe, an antique chest of drawers and dressing table, a handy luggage rack and chairs to sit and contemplate the view.
The cottage’s pretty twin bedroom, with its accents of pink, overlooks the patio and tree-lined parking area. Furnished with an antique pine chest of drawers and mirror, a shared bedside chest with a reading lamp and hanging hooks for clothes, this second bedroom is a comfortable retreat for children or a couple preferring twin beds.
The modern family bathroom has a bath and over-bath shower, sink (with shaver point and mirror), toilet and heated towel rail. A handy stool is provided to place your clothing on and there is plenty of space for your personal toiletries.
Barndown benefits from lots of private outdoor space, including a garden with a lawn large enough for children to play on and a large patio for guests of all ages to enjoy. A table, four chairs and a charcoal BBQ are located on the patio directly outside the kitchen door and the patio extends round the side of the property, making a perfect place to enjoy the morning and evening sun.
Just beyond the patio is a large, private parking area suitable for 2 to 3 cars.
For drinks and a bite to eat, there are two choices in the village: the Seagrave Arms and the Village Bar in the Village Hall – both within easy walking distance of Barndown (less than one mile. The Seagrave Arms is an award-winning inn serving up tasty all-day dining options. It has a pretty beer garden, offering the perfect spot for a relaxing drink after a busy day exploring the Cotswolds. The ‘Village Bar’ is in the village’s 15th Century coaching house and is open from Thursday to Sunday, serving a wide choice of pub food at very reasonable prices (a menu is on Barndown’s kitchen noticeboard).
The nearest shops can be found in Chipping Campden, just a 5-minute drive from Barndown. On the town’s High Street, you’ll find a well-stocked Co-Operative Food, well-equipped for the basic grocery amenities that you’ll need during your stay. For those in search of something a little special, Fillet & Bone (also situated on the High Street), offers beautiful artisan produce sourced from across the Cotswolds, including rare-breed meat, seasonal vegetables, fresh breads, charcuterie and freshly baked cakes and patisserie. Nearby Broadway (a 10-minute drive) offers a Warner’s Budgens and Nisa, whilst Evesham (25-minute drive) is the closest town for major supermarkets with an M&S Simply Food, Tesco Superstore, LIDL, ALDI, Morrisons and Co-Operative Food.
If you would like to save time and take the hassle out of your stay, we recommend planning ahead with a grocery delivery; Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons all deliver to Barndown, but please note you must be at the property when the order is delivered – we are not able to accept deliveries for you.
Chipping Campden is quite simply one of the finest towns in the Cotswolds – well preserved and full of history, but also full of life and bustle. It has several notable gardens, including Hidcote and Kiftsgate, nearby and wonderful walks in the area, including the 104-mile Cotswold Way, which starts in the town and follows the escarpment all the way to Bath.
The town has a lively calendar of events, including the famous Cotswold Olimpicks, founded in the 17th century by Captain Robert Dover and still celebrated every year – a bizarre mix of sports, games and village festivities. See the ‘Guidebook’ above for lots more information about Chipping Campden and things to do for all ages of visitors.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Moreton-in-MarshCornwell-Chastleton Long-Compton-Cherington Rollright-Stones Stow-on-the-Wold Miles without Styles Walk-1-Chipping-Campden-Circular-Walk
Chipping CampdenBroadway Chipping-Campden (Circular Walk) Chipping Campden (Miles Without Styles) Ebrington Kingham Circular Laverton Mickleton Rollright-Stones Broadway Tower Circular Stanton to Snowshill
Barndown is located on Church Street, Weston-Sub-Edge, Nr Chipping Campden, GL55 6QT
From Chipping Campden (2.2 miles):
- From the Tourist Information Office on Chipping Campden High Street, leave the village with the Noel Arms Hotel on your left-hand side and the Market Hall on your right.
- At the end of the High Street the road bends sharply to the right up a steep hill.
- At the top of the hill there is a crossroad. (Take care here).
- Carry straight on past Dover’s Hill (National Trust) and down another very steep hill through woodland.
- The road bends sharply to the left, then right to become Church Street.
- Pass the church on the left and continue for approximately 200 metres (600 ft). You will see a red phone box and letterbox box on the right-hand side of the road, turn into the second driveway on the right after the phone box. You have arrived at Barndown!
The closest train station (9 miles from Barndown) is Evesham, which is on the GWR service from London Paddington. The website for the station is: www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/EVE/details.html
There is a taxi rank at the station, or you can contact:
Claremont Cars 01386 833660 or ABC Private Hire 01386 834028
Barndown has a private gravelled driveway, with parking for 2 to 3 cars.