The Hayloft at Walnut Farm near Tetbury is a luxurious, one-bedroom, Cotswold holiday home with exposed oak beams, a wood burning stove and stylish furnishings set in wonderfully peaceful countryside. This immaculate, restored farm building, which has been renovated with love and attention to detail by the owner, sleeps two guests in a super-king-size bed (or twin) on a mezzanine floor, with a shower room, dressing room and open plan living-dining-kitchen area on the ground floor. Outside is a delightful courtyard-garden with a patio and a covered Mediterranean-style veranda surrounded by verdant planting, with a path leading to a lily pond.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Pub within 1 mile
- Parking - Private parking for 2 cars
- Bedding & towels
Updated 25 Aug 2020
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As you approach the Hayloft, you’ll begin to get an idea of the tranquillity of its location, set within the grounds of Walnut Farm – a nine-acre farm in the Cotswolds that’s surrounded by open countryside with just a few neighbouring properties, including the owners who live in the converted barn across the courtyard. Yet despite the rural scene, the Hayloft is within a stone’s throw of the Hunter’s Hall pub and within a 10-minute drive of the two fabulous, but not-so-busy, Cotswold towns of Tetbury – an antiques lover’s dream – and Nailsworth – a foodie and house interior lover’s dream!
At the Hayloft you have your own private, enclosed, courtyard-garden with patio and lily pond, which is the perfect place to relax on hot summer days, plus a stylish Mediterranean-style, open veranda to enjoy sitting in on cooler evenings or warmer but wet days. There is private parking for two cars within a secure courtyard.
As you step through the front door, you’ll immediately feel the Hayloft’s calming ambience, with the natural tones of greys, whites and mushroom set against the unique and verdant backdrop of the courtyard garden peeking at you through the kitchen and French windows. The open-plan living-dining area is light and bright with a double-height ceiling and features a wood burning stove and spiral staircase up to the glass and oak framed, mezzanine floor bedroom. Just off the open-plan living area is a spacious dressing room and a shower room.
The Hayloft is in Bagpath, a tiny hamlet in the beautiful Ozleworth valley south of the village of Kingscote on the southern edge of the Cotswolds. There are some wonderful walking routes to explore right from the front door and several local places of interest within a 10-mile radius, including the towns of Tetbury and Nailsworth, the National Trust’s Newark Park, Westonbirt Arboretum, Owlpen Manor, the Matara Centre, Woodchester Mansion, Highgrove House, Badminton, and Gatcombe Park. (See ‘Local Amenities & Attractions’ for more details.)
- Sleeps 2 in 1 super king-size bedroom (can be twin on request)
- 1 Shower room with walk-in shower, WC, wash basin, heated towel rail
- Dressing room with dressing table/desk, sofa, wardrobe, full length mirror
- Parking for 2 cars
- Private courtyard garden with patio area, open veranda and pond
- Fireplace with wood burner with logs, kindling, fire lighter and matches
- Egyptian cotton bed linen, towels, and tea towels provided
- Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, fresh coffee, sugar, fresh milk.
- Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
- Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, shower gel
- Heating and hot water included
- Free Wi-Fi
- TV – 40-inch Sony flat screen Smart TV
- Games and books
- Dog friendly: one calm, well behaved dog welcome with prior notice
- 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, bread bin, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
- Double Oven and five-burner gas hob
- Smeg fridge with freezer compartment
- Washing machine/dryer
- Ironing board, iron, clothes airer (on veranda), clothes pegs
- Vacuum cleaner
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture – table with 4 chairs and cushions, cane furniture, parasol and stand, and lanterns
- BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
- Safety equipment: foam fire extinguisher, CO2 fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Step through the front door and head down one step where you’ll find a handy coat and shoe rack with a seat – the perfect place to take off your shoes and start your stay. The downstairs living area and dressing room have beautiful polished-wood flooring throughout.
The Living Room
The bright, double-height, generously sized living area, with exposed beams, features a large wood burning stove set on a stone hearth, with plenty of logs and a basket of fire cones to use during the chilly months. The area is furnished with a large, sink-in sofa, a coffee table, a bookcase (with lots of books), an antique armchair and a 40-inch Sony flat screen Smart TV. French doors provide a tantalising view to the truly unique outside space – a courtyard garden complete with a lily pond and a delightful covered veranda… more on this treasure below!
Just off to one side of the living area is a compact and very well-equipped kitchen, with a double oven and five-burner gas hob, a Smeg fridge with freezer compartment, a Nespresso coffee machine and a cafetiere, a dishwasher and washer-dryer – and a lovely view out to the garden. Beside the kitchen area is a dining table, which comfortably seats two and an antique pine dresser full of crockery and serving plates and dining table mats.
The Dressing Room
This unique sleeps-two holiday home benefits from a delightful dressing room furnished with a retro-style wardrobe, with hanging space and shelves, an antique dressing table with a chair and mirror, a 4-seater sofa with a reading lamp, a laundry basket, and a long wall mirror. The wardrobe houses an iron and hairdryer, while an ironing board sits to one side.
Head through the dressing room to the shower room:
The hidden-away shower room features a polished Cotswold stone floor and wall tiles, a large walk-in shower, a wash basin in a hand-built washstand, with a mirror and plenty of room for personal items, a heated towel rail and a hot air fan for extra comfort.
The sleeping area is a glass and oak framed, mezzanine floor in the eaves, accessed via a bespoke spiral staircase, which was created from the old hay store. An inviting super-king-size bed, with gorgeous Egyptian cotton bedding, sits at the centre of the space with a table and reading lamp at the head of the bed and a loft window with lovely views across the rooftops to the surrounding countryside. (The bed can be set up as a twin on request.)
Please note: The spiral staircase is narrow (approx. 45cm wide) and the room has an apex roof with restricted headroom and manoeuvrability. Guests taller than 5ft/152cm will not be able to stand up fully. However, once in bed it’s a gorgeously relaxing space to be in. Simply lie back and gaze at the star-filled skies!
The outside area is unique and a delightful surprise! Step through the French windows from the open-plan living area to a courtyard garden that’s planted with bamboo, fig, magnolia, wisteria and beautiful low-level planting, with the sound of tinkling water feeding to a delightful lily pond, creating a lush, semi-tropical feel to this secluded and tranquil area. Immediately outside the French doors is a patio with Cotswold stone paving and a table and chairs. Opposite the patio is a Mediterranean-style, open-sided, but covered, veranda with a wicker sofa, chair and table, creating the perfect space to relax, meditate, practice yoga, read or simply sit and listen to the water burbling in the background – any time of day, come rain or shine.
To the side of the courtyard is a path with a gate leading to the front of the Hayloft.
Points of Note
The Hayloft’s sleeping area is a glass and oak-framed, mezzanine floor, accessed via a bespoke, narrow, spiral staircase, which has been created from the old hay store. The area has an apex roof with restricted headroom and manoeuvrability – guests over 5ft/152cm will not be able to stand up fully. To protect the spiral steps, please do not wear outside footwear on the staircase.
The owners have a friendly husky dog who will greet you with a welcome bark when you arrive and when you walk from the Hayloft down the drive.
The nearest food shops are in Wotton-under-Edge (5 miles away) where there is a small Tesco, Coop, bakery, deli and butchers (note, parking is a bit restrictive in Wotton). Easier to access is the large Tesco in Tetbury, the large Sainsbury’s in Dursley, and the Morrisons store in Nailsworth – all only a 10-minute drive away.
Nearby Pubs / Restaurants
- The Hunters Hall pub (a 10-minute walk)
- The Gumstool & The Conservatory at Calcott (a five-minute drive)
- The Tipputs Inn (a five-minute drive)
- Wild Garlic, Nailsworth (a 10-minute drive)
- William’s Seafood Restaurant (and fishmongers/deli), Nailsworth (a 10-minute drive)
- Quayles Cornerhouse, Tetbury (a 10-minute drive)
- The Close, Tetbury (a 10-minute drive)
- The Old Lodge, Minchinhampton (a 10-minute drive)
- The Bear, Rodborough (15-minute drive)
- For something a little bit different try the fabulous café at Thistledown Campsite at Nympsfield, serving fresh, home-made food inspired by Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine (much of which is vegetarian/vegan) using locally grown produce and a clay oven. The café is open Wednesday – Sunday for food, serving brunch and lunch throughout the year, with pizza evenings on Friday and Saturday nights from April – October. Just on the doorstep is Woodchester Mansion (see below), making it an ideal spot for a walk followed by a meal (11-minute drive).
Places to Visit
With so much to see and do in the Cotswolds, it’s hard to make a choice! If you feel like staying close to the Hayloft, here are five fantastic places to visit, plus there’s the owner’s plant nursery right on the doorstep – a hidden gem for gardening enthusiasts!
The Matara Centre for wellbeing is set in 28 acres of natural water, woodland and parkland habitats. There are magical gardens inspired by Japanese Shinto, tea gardens and Chinese scholar gardens (a ten-minute walk).
Westonbirt Arboretum is known worldwide for its spectacular autumn colour and the spring rhododendron, azalea and magnolia displays (a ten-minute drive).
Owlpen Manor is a very beautiful Tudor manor with church, barn and mill with terraced gardens in a wonderful wooded position (a ten-minute drive).
Woodchester Mansion is an unfinished Gothic masterpiece, abandoned in 1868 after 16 years of building which has been carefully preserved. The park has lovely woodland walks, lakes and ponds (a fifteen-minute drive).
The National Trust’s Newark Park is a Tudor hunting lodge with over 700 acres, the estate is a great place to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy a walk (a ten-minute drive).
Highgrove House, the family residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, is situated southwest of Tetbury. The Highgrove Shop on the High Street in Tetbury sells sustainably sourced produce, handmade china, jewellery and organic food and drink (a 14-minute drive).
Barton End Equestrian Centre is a friendly riding centre set in the beautiful Cotswold countryside approved by both the BHS (British Horse Society) and the ABRS (Association of British Riding Schools), offering lessons, off-road, hacks training sessions and competitions with more than 40 horses and ponies (a 12-minute drive).
Antique and bric à brac shopping in Tetbury – renowned for its antique and bric a brac shops, the town centre also has several independent specialist food and clothing shops (a 10-minute drive).
A gardener’s mini Eden: The owner of The Hayloft runs The Walled Garden Nursery (photo in the ‘gallery’) from Walnut Farm. A small horticultural nursery, producing and selling peat free, hardy perennials, cottage garden plants, herbs, alpines and roses – all grown on the farm. During your stay you are welcome to visit the nursery and enjoy the beautifully tranquil walled garden with its herbaceous boarders, kitchen garden and glass houses. There is also an open studio with a gallery of botanical artworks.
A Great Day Out
The beautiful city of Bath set on the southern edge of the Cotswolds is defined by its golden coloured Cotswold stone. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its imposing Abbey and Roman Baths. Packed with retailers large and small, from one-of-a-kind independent boutiques to major high street names, whatever you’re looking for – antiques, arts and crafts, books, fashion, foodie emporiums, jewellery, vintage clothing and quirky one-offs – Bath has it all! (30-minutes’ drive to Lansdown Park & Ride.)
A ‘Guidebook to Nailsworth’ is provided above and at the property.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Wotton-under-EdgeWotton-under-Edge Circular Walk Westonbirt (Arboretum) Circular Walk Stinchcombe Hill Old Sodbury Hill Fort Circular Walk Little Sodbury Circular Walk
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StroudStroud-Farmers-Market-MWS Minchinghampton-1-MWS Sir Stanley Tubbs-Stinchcombe-MWS Cam-long-Down-Circular-Walk
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Directions: The Hayloft, Walnut Farm, Bagpath, GL8 8YQ (next to The Walled Garden Nursery)
Take the turning alongside The Hunters Hall pub from the A4135, marked Newington Bagpath and follow the road as it curves around to the left for approximately 200 metres. Walnut Farm and the Hayloft is the first driveway on the left, also marked with a purple sign for ‘The Walled Garden Nursery’.
Follow the driveway, which skirts around the edge of the field, and park in the courtyard at the end of the drive.
A car is not essential for a short break, with The Hunters Hall pub, The Matara Centre and beautiful walks, just minutes from the door and Cam & Dursley Station only 7.5 miles away. But if you are here to explore the area and visit the Cotswolds a car is recommended.
The nearest train station is Cam, 7.5 miles away. Stroud station is 9.5 miles from the farm and Kemble station is 13 miles.
- The Pink Cab – Tetbury 07960 036003
- Cam & Dursley Taxis – 07475 313151
- Nailsworth Taxi Services – 07770 928046
There is private and secure, designated parking in front of The Hayloft for two cars. There is further parking available in the field.