Middle Barn

In Dyrham

From
£135

Per Night

6 Guests

4 Beds

2 Shower Rooms

Middle Barn is the result of a conversion and renovation of three ancient barns in a unique architectural-chic style, with exposed stone, wood and metal softened by natural textiles and inspired lighting. The property sleeps six guests across three double bedrooms and one downstairs twin, with two with quirkily stylish, open-plan ensuite shower rooms. The open-plan kitchen-dining area, the large living room, with its impressive woodburner, and the courtyard patio, make Middle Barn ideal for family or friend get-togethers. Guests are invited to explore the 500-acre farm and 70 acres of private woodland, collect eggs, meet the farm animals, walk the owners’ dogs, go wild swimming, fish for crayfish and have fun in the play area. Outdoor and art experiences can be booked separately. Middle Barn is in the village of Dyrham, 8.5 miles from Bath.
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Facilities

  • WiFi
  • Open Fire / Wood Burner
  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Shop within 1 mile
  • Parking - x3
  • Travel Cot - x1
  • High Chair - x1
  • Bedding & towels
  • BBQ

Full Description & House Rules

Turn down Sands Hill off the A46 – the main road rolling across the Cotswolds from Bath to Cheltenham – and you’ll quickly find yourself in a stunning rural landscape, with a view down to Bristol, the River Severn and the Mendips stretching away into the distance. A farm track leads you into Sands Farm courtyard where you’ll find the owners’ family home and their two fabulous holiday barns, The Bull Pen (sleeps 2) and Middle Barn (sleeps 6), separated by a large farm courtyard.

To the front of Middle Barn is a patio with outdoor seating. The patio area overlooks a farm courtyard, which leads to an enclosed garden, with a BBQ, and a fabulous children’s play area. Guests are invited to explore the farm’s 500 acres and 70 acres of woodland, go hunting for chicken’s eggs for breakfast, walk the owners’ dogs, swim in the freshwater pond and sign up for on-site art and outdoor experiences. Just a short stroll down the farm track is the entrance to one of the Cotswolds’ most beautiful National Trust properties – Dyrham Park, a fabulous late 17th-century mansion, garden and deer park perhaps recognisable to many as the filming location of several films and TV shows, including Poldark, Remains of the Day and Sanditon.

Inside, Middle Barn’s owners have retained the original centuries-old feel of three connected barns, including their exposed stone walls and a tiny gargoyle in the master bedroom, while introducing 21st century features to create a unique and stylish rural holiday home. Downstairs there is a fabulous manor house-style open-plan dining area with a long refectory table and fully equipped kitchen which leads to a spacious living room with a large woodburning stove. Off the dining area and living room is the downstairs twin bedroom (also accessed via the hallway) and cloakroom. The downstairs area has a beautiful, polished limestone flooring with underfloor heating. A bespoke steel staircase leads from the living room up to the two double bedrooms, both with king-size beds and unique open-plan, wet room-style ensuite shower rooms.

Dyrham is a tiny village in a Conservation Area on the south-west side of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The national 102-mile-long Cotswold Way long-distance walking trail runs through the village (at the bottom of Sands Farm). The village no longer has a pub or shop but does have some very pretty homes built with Cotswold stone, several of them Grade II listed. At the heart of the village is the National Trust’s magnificent Grade I listed Dyrham House. The nearest pub is The Bull at Hinton, 1.5 miles away, a 25-minute daytime walk. The Tollgate Café is at the top of the farm, on the A46, walkable in 10 minutes along the footpath. It serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and is licensed. Its evening Stonebaked pizzas are excellent. It is a wonderful place to watch the sunset over the Black Mountains of Wales over 70 miles away. On request it will deliver locally sourced breakfast boxes and their evening menu.

Facilities

  • Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms across 2 ensuite king-size doubles and 1 twin (ground floor)
  • 2 bathrooms: 2 open-plan ensuite shower rooms and 1 cloakroom (W.C.)
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Garden area with BBQ and playpark (shared with Bull Pen holiday rental)
  • 500 acres of farmland and 70 acres of private woodland for guests to explore.
  • Activities on site (bookable directly with the owner): Art Classes with Kate; Woodland Discovery with Kevin (bonfire making, marshmallow toasting and more); Pond Fishing (crayfish) and Wild Swimming; Clay Pigeon Shooting; Dog Walking (the owners’ 4 dogs); Chicken Egg Collecting; Animal Petting and Feeding (donkey, goats, horses)
  • Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied for first fire. Additional wood £5 per wheelbarrow
  • All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
  • Hairdryer x1
  • Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, instant coffee, fresh coffee pods, sugar, fresh milk, oil, S/P
  • 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 via underfloor heating (ground floor) and radiators (upstairs) with individual thermostat controls.
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Smart TV
  • Bluetooth speakers in kitchen-dining room and living room
  • Games
  • 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, kitchen paper
  • Oven/hob – Rangemaster 5-ring induction hob, Microwave, Dishwasher
  • Fridge-Freezer
  • Washing machine
  • Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not provided), stairgate
  • Outdoor patio/seating area
  • Garden furniture – seats 6
  • BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
  • Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
  • Cotswold Way at bottom of farm – 4 hours’ walk to Bath.
  • Nearest pub – The Bull at Hinton – 25 minutes’ walk

Full Property Description

Ground Floor

Entrance Hall

Middle Barn has two entrances, the front door (facing the owner’s farmhouse) which opens into a hallway, and the patio door to the side which opens into the dining area-kitchen. The hallway is the perfect place to hang coats and remove boots and shoes before heading into the main house.

Cloakroom

Immediately off the hallway, and two steps away from the twin bedroom, is the downstairs toilet with wash basin, hand-built vanity unit and mirror.

A huge wooden door slides back to reveal:

Dining Area-Kitchen

The fabulous dining area, with its high ceiling, original exposed 17th Century stone wall, polished limestone flooring and long refectory style table has the feel of an old manor house but with a 21st century twist provided by the industrial-inspired copper lighting. French windows open from the dining area out to the patio, making it easy to carry food and drinks outside for alfresco entertaining.

A button-back leather sofa sits between the dining area and kitchen, providing the perfect place to sit and chat to the cook while meals are being prepared. Wireless speakers are provided in the dining, kitchen and living room.

The fully equipped, spacious kitchen features a Rangemaster oven with a 5-ring induction hob, an antique pine preparation table, a Fisher & Paykel US-style fridge-freezer and a Carrow Phoenix stone sink, as well as a dishwasher, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine and all the kitchenware to either cook for yourself or have a caterer prepare for you.

Living Room

Head up three metal stairs to the spacious yet cosy living room, featuring beautiful, exposed stone walls and a big circular woodburner.  To one end the room is furnished with a large corner sofa, a two-seater sofa, an armchair and a coffee table and smart TV. To the other end is an open area with a large desk and chair tucked in under the metal staircase and plenty of room for children to play or grownups to chill out.

Bedroom 3

The downstairs twin room can be accessed via the front hallway (up one step) or the through a sliding, solid oak door in the living room and then down two steps. The bedroom is furnished with two single beds with bedside tables and reading lamps, a dressing table with a light and mirror, a day chair and a wardrobe. An original, 2-foot-thick window is open to the dining area, providing a reminder of the barn’s ancient history. A large stable door in the bedroom overlooks the farm courtyard between Middle Barn and the Bull Pen. (The door is usually kept locked but can be opened.)

Upstairs

Head up the metal staircase with handrail to the two ensuite bedrooms and large landing.

Landing

The top of the stairs opens out into a spacious landing, with a wardrobe and chest of drawers for guests in either bedroom to use. The upstairs is centrally heated via radiators on the landing and in the bedrooms, with the main thermostat on Bedroom 1’s ensuite three-quarter wall.

Bedroom 1

The striking master bedroom melds the beauty of the original stone walls and exposed timbers of the A-frame with an architecturally edgy modern finish. The bedroom is furnished with a king-size double bed, bedside chests of drawers and reading lamps and overlooks the courtyard below with a Conservation skylight (with blind). Spot the ancient, tiny gargoyle nestling in the stonework!

Ensuite

Directly behind the bed head is a striking, custom built, three-quarter height wooden wall, which conceals a fabulous ensuite wet-room style shower room featuring Moroccan-style tiling, a shower with rainfall and hand-held shower heads, a toilet, a hand basin with a mirror and shaver’s point, and a heated towel rail.

Bedroom 2

From the left-hand side of the landing, slide open the big, oak door and descend three metal steps to another unique, ensuite double bedroom, featuring original stone walls and exposed timbers and a wet-room style shower room within the bedroom. The bedroom has views overlooking the farm, play area and garden to one side and the courtyard to the other. It is furnished with a king-size bed with bedside tables and reading lamps, a chest of drawers and a strikingly unusual circular mirror.

Ensuite

To one side of the bedroom is a custom-built, half-height wooden wall concealing a toilet and three-quarter-height wooden wall concealing another fabulous ensuite wet-room style shower room, featuring a shower with rainfall and hand-held shower heads, a hand basin with a pretty, ornate mirror and a shaver’s point, and a heated towel rail.

Outside

A visit to Middle Barn is as much about exploring and being immersed in the immediate natural surroundings as it is about the stunning interior. There is a patio directly outside the dining area, with seating for all, overlooking a large courtyard, which leads to an enclosed garden, with a BBQ, and a fabulous children’s play area. Beyond that guests may explore the farm’s 500 acres of land and 70 acres of woodland, collect hen eggs, interact with the farm animals (donkey, goats and horses), walk the owners’ dogs, go wild swimming in the pond, and even fish for crayfish. As a security measure, please ask for the owners’ or farm manager’s permission before heading into the woodland, collecting eggs and visiting the animals.

A short stroll up the farm track to Sands Hill brings you to the rear entrance to Dyrham Park, a late 17th-century mansion, garden and deer park, one of the Cotswolds’ most beautiful National Trust properties. To enter the Park this way (rather through the main entrance on the A46), guests should go through the gate and head to the shop and let the Park staff know they are on the premises. National Trust members can sign in here and non-Members can buy their entry tickets at the shop.  (Check before going for any entry restrictions.)

Farm activities

The owners offer the following activities at the farm:

Art – GBP60 per hour, up to 6 people: art workshops for all abilities, exploring a wide range of techniques and medium, inspired by the beautiful farm and countryside.
Woodland Activities – GBP20 per person for 2 hours: den building, fire building, animal spotting, moonlight woodland walks.
Clay Pigeon Shooting – GBP50 per person for 1 hour: suitable for the seasoned pro or a group of friends who would like to give this exciting sport a try.
Once the accommodation is booked, please contact the owner directly to check availability of activities. Fees for these activities must be paid for directly to the owner on arrival.

Local Amenities

A stay at Middle Barn isn’t just a property rental, it’s an experience too – for guests of all ages. The Barn is part of a 500-acre working farm with 70 acres of woodland where guests are free to ramble and explore on their own (keeping to signposted areas), collect eggs, interact with the farm animals (donkey, goats and horses), walk the owners’ dogs, go wild swimming in the pond, fish for crayfish and explore the play area. (As a security measure, the owner’s or farm manager’s permission must be sought before heading into the woodland, collecting eggs and visiting the animals.)

History buffs will enjoy it here too; the site has evidence of vines dating back to Roman times and the mound that rises behind the farm is believed to be a Saxon king’s burial site. Nearby is the site of the 577AD Battle of Deorham (present day Dyrham), a pivotal point in Britain’s history when post-Roman Briton rule fell to the West Saxons.

Farm activities

The owners offer the following activities at the farm:

Art – GBP60 per hour, up to 6 people: art workshops for all abilities, exploring a wide range of techniques and medium, inspired by the beautiful farm and countryside.

Woodland Activities – GBP20 per person for 2 hours: den building, fire building, animal spotting, moonlight woodland walks.

Clay Pigeon Shooting – GBP50 per person for 1 hour: suitable for the seasoned pro or a group of friends who would like to give this exciting sport a try.

Please contact Tom directly before your stay to check availability and to book. Fees for these activities must be paid for directly to the owner.

Local Pubs

  • The Bull at Hinton – 25-minute daytime walk (otherwise driving recommended)
  • The Cross House at Doynton
  • The Tollgate (see below) has an alcohol license.

Local cafés in walking distance

The Tollgate is located at the top of the farm on the A46 and walkable in ten minutes along the footpath. They serve breakfast, brunch, lunches, afternoon teas and Sunday roasts, and in the evening bakes and will deliver stonebaked pizza. You can sit in the tearoom, in the conservatory, or outside and enjoy great views and sunsets across to Bristol, the River Severn and the Welsh mountains. All food is made on the premises from locally sourced ingredients and it is licensed. On request they will deliver locally sourced breakfast boxes and their evening menu. (www.thetollgate.co)

Dyrham Park National Trust Café

Within walking distance of the barn is the National Trust’s beautiful property Dyrham Park, which has a shop and café serving breakfast, lunches and teas.

Stay-In Catering

If you’d like to eat at the barn but want a break from cooking, the perfect solution is Handmade Catering – a local business in Marshfield that cooks and delivers delicious homemade food. See www.handmadecatering.co.uk/ or call 07711 983 324.

Bristol & Bath

The historic cities of Bath and Bristol are 8.6 miles and 17 miles away respectively, with both providing plenty of sightseeing activities and shopping opportunities for all ages and interests. (See the Bath & Bristol Guidebook at the end of the Welcome Guide.) There is an excellent Park & Ride facility at Lansdown (6 miles away) with a regular service into Bath. Well worth using as parking in Bath is expensive and limited. For Bristol, head to Cabot’s Circus Mall for shopping, Millennium Square for attractions and historical tours and Clifton for independent shops and eateries.

Guide Books

By Car

Middle Barn is just 3 miles from the M4 (junction 18) along the A46 towards Bath. From the M4 follow the A46, passing the entrance to Dyrham Park. Turn right after 2.1 miles on to Sands Hill. Follow the lane down the hill for just over half an over. Turn left, opposite the rear entrance to Dyrham Park, and head down the farm track signposted to Sands Farm.

By Train

There is a choice of train stations, all within a 25-minute drive: Bath Spa (8.6 miles); Chippenham (14 miles); Bristol Temple Meads (16 miles).

Parking

There is parking for 3 cars at the far side of the barn, on the hard-standing in front of the patio doors.

Middle Barn

In Dyrham

6 Guests

4 Beds

2 Shower Rooms