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Oldbury Barn


Sleeps 8 + 3
Family Friendly
Dog Friendly
Local Pub
Set behind private gates, this stunning, detached, 4-bedroom barn conversion in the rural hamlet of Elkstone, close to Cheltenham, is decorated and furnished to a very high standard with light and bright décor that enhances the beautiful period features to create a contemporary feel. Oldbury Barn is the perfect family residence, sleeping 8 (+3) guests across two en-suite double rooms downstairs, and two family rooms, sharing a family bathroom, upstairs. Outside there are stunning views across the countryside and a large garden and patio, including sofa, table and chairs, and a BBQ, a slide-swing set, and sandpit.
Full Description

Oldbury Barn is a typical Cotswold stone barn from the outside. However, that slightly modest exterior conceals an interior that’s stylish, comfortable, and spacious. A large, gated driveway leads up to the front door, providing plenty of space for several cars. The Barn sits high above the Cotswolds and has footpaths leading directly from the garden to the surrounding Cotswolds.

This stunning holiday home has a large garden divided into two areas: a long, side lawn with a gate to a public footpath and a low stone wall between it and a large patio and lawn with a children’s swing set and sandpit. This is a great entertaining space where older guests can dine at the table or relax on the outdoor sofas while watching younger guests play.

Oldbury Barn is the perfect choice for a family get-together, offering a great space to relax, entertain and rest. Downstairs, the large open plan kitchen and living area with woodburner overlooks the surrounding countryside and the terrace, making the most of the stunning countryside views. Guests with restricted mobility will appreciate the ground floor en-suite bedrooms, while upstairs the double room and family room provide plenty of beds to comfortably accommodate a mix of guests.

Ground Floor

Entrance Hall-Cloakroom:
Guests enter the Oldbury Barn through the front door into a handy hallway with plenty of space to hang coats and store boots and shoes. A large cupboard houses cleaning equipment and a highchair. Continue along the hallway to the cloakroom where there is a WC and washbasin.

Kitchen/Dining/Living Room:
The centrepiece of the home is the stunning, open-plan kitchen-dining-living area, which runs the full length of the barn and features a polished Cotswold stone floor (with underfloor heating), fabulous exposed beams, a 5-pane arched window with window seat, a huge woodburner, and uninterrupted views to the garden and countryside beyond. Up above the open-plan area is an impressive mezzanine balcony tucked into the original beams and running the full length of the Barn.

The Kitchen:
The fully equipped kitchen features a large island with plenty of preparation space, a breakfast bar, drinks fridge, freezer and storage, complemented by extensive kitchen units housing a fridge, Rangemaster 6-burner hob, double oven and grill, dishwasher and plenty of crockery, utensils, glassware and bakeware for a fully self-catered stay. French doors lead directly from the kitchen to the patio making it super-easy to carry food and drinks outside for al fresco entertaining.

The Dining Area:
Sitting at the centre of the open-plan area is a contemporary oak table that expands to seat up to 12 guests. The table is positioned beside the superb central arched window, giving diners a great view out to the garden. On the other side of the dining table is a long sideboard with a Sonos speaker and lots of family games.

The Living Area:
At the far end of the open-plan area is the place to relax and chill out on two three-seater, velvet sofas or an armchair perfectly positioned to enjoy the large woodburner in the inglenook fireplace or simply curl up with a good book. Oldbury Barn does not have a TV, but it has excellent WiFi allowing guests to stream their own choice of shows. (The property has a TV licence, so iPlayer, etc can also be used on guests’ own devices.)

Bedroom One:
This beautiful, spacious, apple-green en-suite bedroom is striking, yet cool and calming. Two large arched French windows (with thick blackout curtains) overlook the front of the Barn and the side garden. The bedroom is furnished with a king-size double bed with bedside tables and reading lights, a dressing table with a mirror, an armchair, and a large corner wardrobe with hanging space and shelves.

En-suite: the bright and light bathroom features a full-size bath, with central taps and hand shower, a washbasin in a hand-built vanity unit with a mirror, a WC, and a heated towel rail.

Bedroom Two:
The dark grey-blue walls of this en-suite bedroom add great drama to this inviting bedroom, with its arched French window (with thick blackout curtains) opening out to the front of the Barn. The bedroom is furnished with a king-size double bed with bedside tables and reading lights, a chest of drawers with tri-mirror, a shoe rack, and hooks on the back of the door to hang clothes.

En-suite: the ceiling of the en-suite sweeps to the full height of the Barn making this a stunning shower room with a large walk-in shower, washbasin with vanity unit, mirror and shaver point, a WC, and a heated towel rail.

First Floor

Bedroom Three:
This family bedroom sleeps 2-4 guests in two standard double beds. Each bed has a bedside table and lamp and the room has a small armchair and hooks for hanging clothes. The bright and inviting room has two floor-level windows and a Velux window (all with blinds). (Note: this room is in the eaves and so has a slight height restriction on either side of the bed. The Gigaclear router is in this room.)

Bedroom Four:
At the opposite end of the Barn to Bedroom 3 is a second double room with a standard double bed with over-bed reading lights. A single camp bed is also available on request, making it ideal for a couple with a small child or three children. The room is furnished with children in mind, with a play mat, floor cushion, and toy storage box serving as a chest of drawers. However, adult guests will also enjoy this room and the great view from the double bed through the floor-level window out across the surrounding countryside. (When set up, the camp bed has a bedside table and lamp and a chair for clothes.) Hooks on the back of the door provide a hanging place for clothes. The two floor-level windows and Velux (all with blinds) make this another sunny and bright bedroom. (Note: this room is in the eaves and so has a slight height restriction at either end.)

Family Bathroom:
Located between Bedroom 3 and the Utility Room, the spacious Family Bathroom has a full-size bath with a shower over the bath, a washbasin with a hand-built vanity unit and mirror, with lots of storage space, and a WC.

Utility Room:
The Barn has a super-handy upstairs Utility Room, with an Indesit washing machine and Zanussi dryer, iron/ironing board with plenty of space to do the ironing, a fan, a clothes airer, and the Barn’s heating control panel.


When the weather is fine, Oldbury Barn’s outdoor space really swings into its own with its long lawn to the side of the barn (approx. 10m x 28m and ideal for ball games) and the large lawn (approx. 12m x 12m) and terrace to the rear, directly outside the kitchen-dining area. The terrace is furnished with an outdoor sofa, parasol, and dining table and chairs for 10, plus a Landmann charcoal BBQ. Young children have a slide/swing set, and sandpit to enjoy. To the front of the barn is a large gravelled, circular drive with parking for at least six cars. The drive has a double gate that can be secured to ensure children are safe inside. Oldbury Barn is located on one of the highest points in the Cotswolds with far-reaching views across the surrounding countryside from every part of the garden.
Full List of Facilities
  • Sleeps 8 (+3) in 4 bedrooms: 2 ensuite king-size bedrooms (both downstairs), 1 double bedroom (plus single camp bed on request), 1 family bedroom with 2 standard double beds.
  • 3.5 bathrooms: 1 en-suite bathroom (Bedroom 1), 1 ensuite shower room (Bedroom 2), 1 Family Bathroom (upstairs), 1 W.C. (downstairs)
  • Parking for 6 cars
  • Private enclosed garden with terrace/patio, swing/slide set and sand pit
  • Dog friendly – 2 well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied for first fire
  • All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
  • Hairdryer x1
  • Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, instant coffee, sugar, fresh milk, oil, salt/pepper
  • Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
  • Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper
  • Heating and hot water - underfloor and radiator heating. On-demand hot water.
  • Free Wi-Fi: Gigaclear Full Fibre Ultra-Fast Broadband
  • TV – there is no TV at the property but it has a TV licence so anything can be watched/streamed on guests’ personal devices using the Gigaclear WiFi
  • Games – a selection of family boardgames are provided
  • Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, filter coffee machine (Moccamaster), 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.
  • Oven/hob – Rangemaster 6-burner hob, double oven and grill
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge and separate freezer (in kitchen)
    Drinks/extra fridge (in kitchen)
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Ironing board, iron, clothes airer, clothes pegs, outdoor washing line
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied), stairgate
  • Children’s play equipment: sand pit, swing-slide set
  • Outdoor patio/seating area
  • Garden furniture – seats 10
  • BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
  • Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The nearest general store (1.8 miles) is Colesbourne Stores, Filling Station and Post Office, selling a range of essentials and locally produced meats, produce and bread. The nearest large supermarkets are in Cheltenham (7 miles), Cirencester (8 miles) and Gloucester (10 miles).

Eating Out:
  • The Green Dragon (1.4 miles)
  • Colesbourne Inn (3.7 miles)
  • The Ivy (7 miles)
Oldbury Barn is right at the heart of great walking country. A 4.5-mile moderate walk takes you from the Barn to Cowley, through the woods, along the River Churn and back again. Time it right and you can stop for lunch at the Green Dragon pub in Cowley.

Places to Visit:
  • C-Side Spa (2 miles)
  • Great Witcombe Roman Villa (7 miles)
  • Prinknash Abbey (8 miles)
  • Train - Kemble (12 miles)
  • Taxis - A2B Taxis, Cirencester Taxi, Siren Cars Cirencester, T4 Taxis
There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
  • It is our policy not to take bookings for single sex group celebrations, which includes Stag and Hen nights, or groups where the majority are under 25 years
  • Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
  • Parking: on the gravel drive at the front of the house, where there is space for 6 vehicles
  • Pet friendly: Two well-behaved dogs are permitted at an additional fee 
  • Parents of young children, please be aware of the following: Oldbury Barn has a mezzanine balcony running along the full length of the upper floor, with the upstairs bedrooms, family bathroom, and utility room directly off the balcony. It has an approx. 3ft high rail but could represent a fall risk to young children if left unattended. A secure stair gate is provided for the foot of the stairs to prevent young children from going upstairs unattended
  • Oldbury Barn has two downstairs double, en-suite bedrooms, making it suitable for guests with mobility problems. Bedroom 2’s en-suite has a walk-in shower. Please note, there is a small step up from the front door into the main hall and from the patio into the open plan kitchen/living area
  • The use of drones and filming, including by drone, is not permitted without prior agreement
  • A gardener visits the property every other Wednesday afternoon from the late spring to early autumn. (He does not need to have access to the house.)


Exactly as described. Had a great weekend there.
| 04/05/2022
My family and I had a wonderful time at Oldbury Barn - it was the perfect location for us. It’s out of the way but there’s a pub 5 mins down the road by car (Green Dragon) and the rolling countryside is literally on the doorstep! The Barn itself has been beautifully restored. The living space is open and large. The two downstairs bedrooms are a great size, with smaller rooms upstairs in the eves. There is a laundry room upstairs too which is really useful! We had a great time and will definitely consider staying again .
| 26/04/2022
We stayed at Oldbury Barn near Elkstone and everything was perfect. The house is beautiful, clean and warm (in winter) and there are plenty of great walks and pubs nearby. The Bolthole team was always available, friendly and helpful.
| 07/03/2022
We stayed in Oldbury Barn as a group of 30 something year olds and had a magical time. The Barn is set in beautiful countryside and feels like a proper escape. Inside it is very well equipped and has a huge, comfortable open-plan living space perfect for socialising. The only very small critique was it was very warm inside and we couldn't find the thermostat! But overall, a really great stay and would thoroughly recommend it. Thank you!
| 27/02/2022
Thank you so much for having us stay, we had an amazing time! The property was perfect and had everything we needed for our stay!
| 27/11/2021


The hamlet of Elkstone was first mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086) and is one of the highest settlements in the Cotswolds, affording it breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside and valleys. Lying halfway between Cirencester and Cheltenham, just off the A417, the village is the perfect location to explore both of these Cotswolds’ towns, and the villages and places of interest in between. At the heart of the village is the 12th Century church of St John the Evangelist, which towers over the surrounding countryside at 1,000ft above sea level.

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