This stunning, Cotswold, Grade II listed barn conversion sleeps 10 across five bedrooms (+2 on double sofa bed) and has two ensuite bathrooms, a family shower room and separate WC. Downstairs twin room with adjacent W.C. suitable for guests with limited mobility. Features original beams, Cotswold stone walls, a wood burner fireplace and a spectacular open plan living-dining area with a vaulted ceiling. Special extras include the use of the antique pine dining table as an indoor ping pong table, a garden fire pit and private access to the village playing field. Located in the pretty Cotswold village of Poulton, in walking distance of the popular Falcon Inn local pub and with country walks on the doorstep.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Pub within 1 mile
- Parking - 6-8 cars
- Travel Cot - x1
- High Chair - x1
- Bedding & towels
Updated 25 Aug 2020
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Turn down the gravelled driveway and you’ll immediately feel like you are stepping back in time as you park and turn to face 300-year-old Butts Farm. This Grade II listed barn conversion has been in the same family since the 17th century, with the current owners converting the barn in 1992 into a beautiful property, sympathetically maintaining the traditional character of the cottage yet providing every modern convenience with a contemporary interior design.
Butts Farm is the perfect property for a family gathering or friends’ get together, with its fully equipped kitchen and spacious, yet cosy, living room and dining area. The downstairs twin room, with adjacent W.C. and downstairs shower room would suit guests with limited mobility (though not wheelchair friendly). Upstairs are four double bedrooms, one ensuite and two sharing a family bathroom and the downstairs shower room.
The owners have gone to great trouble to encourage wildlife into the garden and the outside of the building, with little owls regularly seen nesting at the end of the property and threatened insects making their home there. At the rear of the farm there is a secluded garden with a patio, fire pit and large picnic table. The garden can be accessed via the kitchen or the dining room. A path leads from the garden to Englands, the community playing field, which guests are free to use for outdoor games or to wander over to with a picnic blanket in hand to watch the local cricket club playing their matches.
Poulton is a small but thriving Cotswold village with a traditional British pub, The Falcon Inn, serving British modern food, and featuring locally brewed cask ales. The village has a church (St Michael’s and All Angels) and a children’s playground and playing field, called Englands, directly across the lane from the cottage. A traditional summer fete is held each year on the first Sunday after the August Bank Holiday. The closest food shops to the cottage are in Fairford, approximately 3 miles away (see ‘Local Amenities’).
- Sleeps 10 (+2) in 5 bedrooms across 1 king-size bedroom, 2 standard double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom, 1 children’s twin bedroom (+2 on double sofa bed in the Living Room)
- Downstairs twin room suitable for guests with limited mobility
- 3.5 bathrooms: 1 ensuite shower room, 1 family bathroom, 1 downstairs family shower room; 1 separate downstairs W.C.
- Parking for 6-8 cars
- Private garden – safe for children and dogs (under supervision)
- Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied for 1 fire – extra available for £5/sack of logs.
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Hairdryer x3
- Kitchen starter consumables: e.g. teabags, fresh coffee, sugar, fresh milk.
- Cleaning starter pack: e.g. dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
- Bathroom essentials: e.g. hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, shower gel
- Heating and hot water e.g. via gas/oil central heating with individual thermostat controls.
- Free Wi-Fi
- TV – Smart TV
- DVD player / DVDs
- Dog friendly: maximum of 2 well-behaved dogs (£25/£30 fee per dog); stairgate provided
- Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, cafetiere, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, kitchen foil, kitchen paper
- Washing machine + dryer
- Ironing board, iron, clothes airer, clothes pegs, outdoor washing line
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baby Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied), stairgate, fireguard
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture – seats 12
- BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
- Indoor table tennis (on the dining room table)
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Step through the stable doors into the spacious, fully equipped kitchen with its impressively high, vaulted ceiling, original beams, flagstone floor and country cottage kitchen units. The kitchen is dual aspect, looking out over the garden on each side and has a side door leading out to the garden and patio, making it easy to carry food outside for outdoor dining. An antique wooden table sits at the centre of the kitchen and comfortably seats 6 (the dining room is used for main meals and seats 8). The kitchen is equipped with a large, U.S.-style fridge-freezer, dishwasher, hob, oven and microwave. (Please note the Stanley Aga is only used for heating purposes, not for cooking.)
Continue up two stone steps to the inner hallway and into:
Utility Room/Downstairs Shower Room
This spacious multi-purpose room is both a Family Shower Room, with a corner shower, W.C., washbasin and heated towel rail, and a Utility Room with a washing machine, dryer, double sink, iron and ironing board.
This stunning, open-plan room is Butts Farm’s shower stopper, and what really makes it an ideal place for family or friend gatherings. The Living Room has a large wood burner set into an original stone fireplace and is furnished with three large sofas, comfortably seating all guests around a solid oak coffee table. A large, flatscreen smart TV and a bookcase with local reference books and guides is provided for rainy days and relaxing evenings. French windows open out to the gravelled parking area.
Off-set from the seating area is the beautiful Dining Room, which features a high ceiling reaching up to the gables, with original beams and stone walls. A very large, antique pine dining table comfortably seats eight guests and doubles as a ping pong table…bats, net and balls provided! The dining area also has two farmhouse chairs and a gorgeous doll’s house. French windows lead out to the garden, and a handy side door opens onto the patio and the outdoor seating area.
Through the Living Room to:
Bedroom 5 – downstairs twin room
This pretty downstairs room is carpeted and furnished with two full-size, single beds, a bedside table and reading light, a hanging rail, a rocking chair and a chest of drawers. The room features an exposed stone wall and two long castle-like windows that look out to the driveway.
At the end of the hallway, next to Bedroom 5, is a handy cloakroom with a dual flush toilet and wash basin.
Head back to the inner hallway and up the carpeted stairs, with handrail. At the top of stairs pause a moment to look down at the Dining Area and up to the fabulous vaulted ceiling before heading to Butt Farm’s four upstairs bedrooms and two bathrooms:
Featuring original beams and stone walls, this ensuite double bedroom is furnished with a standard double bed on a Victorian style, wrought iron bedframe, with bedside tables and reading lamps. A large hanging area is provided, behind thick curtains (the travel cot is stored here), and a chest of drawers with a mirror above.
Ensuite/Shared Family Bathroom
A door opens directly from Bedroom 2 in to the ensuite bathroom (can be locked on either side for privacy), with full size bath, and handheld shower (for hair washing only), wash basin with light and shaver point.
A second door opens from the landing into the bathroom (can be locked from the inside for privacy), making this bathroom available to other guests.
Follow the long landing – mind your head on the low beams – to:
This beautiful double room features a thick oak beam – originally part of a ship! – and original stone walls. The room, with its accents of gold, is furnished with a standard double bed, bedside tables and reading lamps, a chest of drawers with a mirror above, and a hanging rail.
Furnished as a children’s room, with two small twin beds (2ft 6” wide), bedside tables and a hanging rail and shelves for storing clothes and personal items. This bedroom also has an ancient ship’s timber across the width of the room – the perfect setting for a pirate’s tale or two! (This room can be made up as a double on request.)
Bedroom 1 – Master bedroom
The impressive ensuite master bedroom features a striking oriental wall hanging, a king-size double bed on a chrome bedstead and a massive ship’s timber. The room is furnished with bedside tables and reading lamps and an antique oak wardrobe.
The bedroom’s private ensuite has a large walk-in shower, wash basin, mirror, toilet and radiator.
Butts Farm is approached via a long, gravelled drive (shared with one neighbour), which leads to the parking area (to the left) and the main door into the house (to the right). At the rear of the property is a lovely private garden, with a grassy area, large picnic table with room for everyone to eat at, and a fire pit. A path through the garden leads to a gate that opens on to Englands, the village community playing field, where guests are free to use the facility to play field games and watch the locals playing cricket matches.
Butts Farm is in the heart of Poulton, a small but thriving Cotswold village with a traditional British pub, The Falcon Inn, serving British modern food and featuring locally brewed cask ales – booking strongly advised. The village has a church (St Michael’s and All Angels) and a fantastic children’s playground and village community playing field, called Englands, just behind the Farm, with direct access through the garden gate. Poulton Cricket Club is based at Englands and has a full training/match schedule and welcomes visiting spectators.
The closest food shops to Poulton are in Fairford (3 miles) and Cirencester (6 miles) – see below and Cirencester Guidebook at the end of this Welcome Guide.
Well known for its RAF base, the site of Concorde’s maiden flight, and the Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford is an interesting market town with a selection of small supermarkets, coffee shops, a Post Office, fuel station, a butcher, Boots pharmacy, and other local-interest stores: (See below for more information on Fairford.)
- Co-Op Food Store: Market Place, GL7 4AB; open every day 7am-10pm
- Londis Convenience Store: London Rd, GL7 4AH; open 6.30am-10pm
Known by many as ‘The Capital of the Cotswolds’, Cirencester has a wide range of large supermarkets, shops, cafes, restaurants and services (see the ‘Cirencester Guidebook’ below, page 18). For a food shop choose from:
- Tesco Extra: Kings Meadow, Cricklade Rd, Cirencester GL7 1NP
- Waitrose: Sheep St, Cirencester GL7 1SZ
- Lidl Cirencester: Love Lane, Cirencester GL7 1YG
- ALDI: Cricklade Rd, Cirencester GL7 1NP
- M&S Simply Food: 42 Dyer St, Cirencester GL7 2PF
- Tesco Metro: 4 Farrell Cl, Cirencester GL7 1HW
A car is not essential but recommended if you want to explore the area. The cottage is 90 minutes from London Paddington station – taxi transfers from Kemble railway station are available, please see taxi companies and contact numbers in ‘At a Glance’ above.
Also close by is The Organic Farm Shop, Abbey Home Farm Just 5 miles from Butts Farm, this fantastic organic farm has a cafe, shop, runs courses (e.g. Willow Weaving) and has an Eco Venue for weddings and other ceremonies.
Fairford town dates to AD 850 when it developed as a safe place to cross the River Coln. Later it became a mill town (wool), with the mill still standing today, but not in operation. Today the River Coln is known for its excellent trout fishing.
The town has an impressive church, St Mary’s, known as a Late Perpendicular ‘wool’ church, with beautiful medieval stained glass and interesting wood and stone carvings.
The Market Place and High Street are where visitors will find most shops, cafes etc, with impressive 17th and 18th century stone houses lining the streets, including 7a Coffee Shop and Linwood Café.
There is free parking in the Town Car park, in the Market Place and at the top of the High Street. Other streets have one-hour restrictions.
Fairford is a ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town, the local council provides several walking suggestions and routes taking in the pretty park, water meadows and riverside trails, available to download at: www.fairfordcv.org.uk/walks/
Local Walking & Cycling
This is a great area for walking and cycling. Public footpaths and bridleways between most of the surrounding villages, including Ampney St Crucis, Ampney St Mary and St Peter, Coln St Aldwyns and, slightly further afield, Bibury. In addition to having walks on its doorstep, there are many self-guided walks to enjoy in and around Cirencester. (See ‘Walking Links’ above.)
Poulton is the home of Performance Cycling, one of the Cotswolds’ leading bike shops and hubs. Visits are by appointment only, so if you would like to drop by be sure to contact them beforehand.
Recommended Local Days Out
Butts Farm is just 5 miles from the Cotswold Water Park, with 150 lakes over 40 square miles offering every imaginable outdoor activity available from fishing and swimming to SUP and wakeboarding and much more.
Head to Lechlade (8 miles away) for a day’s boating on the River Thames. Hop on at the Trout Inn and spend an idyllic day cruising down the river with Cotswold Boat Hire to Tadpole Bridge and back.
Butts Farm is easily accessed by car and public transport, being located just off the A417 and within four miles of the A419 and A429 (Fosse Way), which are two of the main roads through the Central Cotswolds. Poulton is about 5 miles from Cirencester.
There is a large parking area at the end of the drive to the left-hand side, with space for 6-8 cars depending on the size of cars and how close together they are parked.
The nearest railway station to Butts Farm is Kemble (10.5 miles away), which has regular, direct services to London Paddington, with a typical journey time of 75 minutes.
- A2B Taxis – 01285 655651
- Cirencester Taxi – 07400 288866
- Siren Cars Cirencester – 01285 652388
- T4 Taxis – 01285 641590