Owl’s End is a cosy, rural, two-bedroom, one-bathroom, semi-detached barn conversion that sleeps 5 guests. The cottage has a woodburner and garden and shares a large courtyard with three other holiday homes, which form part of Oosland Barns Holiday Lets at the heart of a family-run arable farm. Nestled within walking distance of the historic Warwickshire village of Bidford-on-Avon, which was famously visited by William Shakespeare on his travels from nearby Stratford-upon-Avon, just 8 miles away.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - Private parking for up to 2 cars
- Travel Cot - x1 (on request)
- High Chair - x 1 (on request)
- Bedding & towels
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Owl’s End is a red brick barn that has been converted into a cosy and comfortable, sleeps-5 holiday let that sits alongside The Granary, another Oosland Barns holiday let. The cottage is set in a gravel courtyard at the centre of a working arable farm, just half a mile from the River Avon and the pretty village of Bidford-upon-Avon.
The barns and the fields around were purchased by the owner’s family in the 1960s. In the 1980s the barns became grain stores, and the courtyard in front of the cottage was covered over with large steel bins for extra grain storage. In 2012, the grain barns were converted, and the grain store taken down, and the full conversion to Oosland Barns Holiday Lets was completed in 2015.
Inside, the cottage is decorated in a neutral, country-cottage style and comfortably accommodates five guests, with a welcoming, fully equipped kitchen-dining area and a separate living room with a log burner downstairs and two bright and spacious bedrooms (one double, one triple) and a family bathroom upstairs.
The village boasts scenic walks from the fine 15th century road bridge crossing the famous River Avon, and a picturesque church, built in 1250. The village also has shops, pubs and a supermarket – all on an exquisite riverside setting. Discover the scenic countryside of the Cotswolds, historic Stratford, with the Shakespeare Theatre, half-timbered buildings and museums and nearby National Trust properties, including Coughton Court, Warwick Castle and Hidcote Gardens.
- Sleeps 5 in 2 bedrooms across 1 standard double, 1 king-size double and 1 single
- 1 family bathroom with bath, over bath shower, toilet, basin
- Parking for 2 cars
- Private enclosed garden – safe for dogs and children
- Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied for first two fires
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Hairdryer x1
- 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 with individual thermostat controls.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Smart TV
- Dog friendly
- 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
- Oven/hob (electric)
- Washing machine
- Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied), stairgate
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture – seats 5
- BBQ – please bring your own supply of charcoal
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
- Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles
- River Avon 0.5 miles
Step in through the kitchen door into the open plan Kitchen-Dining Area, which leads to the cosy Living Room through an archway. The property is decorated throughout in a neutral, pleasing palette of colours and features exposed barn timbers in the bedrooms and bathroom.
The fully equipped kitchen has a lovely stone floor, with underfloor heating, and looks out to the courtyard from the double sink. It features an electric oven and hob, fridge-freezer, Nespresso coffee machine, dishwasher, 4-slice toaster, kettle and microwave, plus all the crockery and glasses you need for a self-catering stay.
At the far end of the Kitchen is a large, rectangular table that comfortably seats five guests and looks out to the garden to the front of the property.
Between the Dining Area and Living Room is a door out to the garden and patio with a rack for hanging coats.
The cosy, dual aspect living room features a woodburner in a feature brick fireplace with an armchair tucked in an alcove beside the fire – the perfect spot to curl up with a book and a glass of wine! The living room also two sofas, a coffee table and a smart TV.
A carpeted staircase with a banister leads upstairs and divides hallway with Bedroom 1 and the Family Bathroom to the right and Bedroom 2 to the left, passing by an impressively thick, original oak beam:
This pretty and spacious bedroom, with exposed timbers, overlooks the garden below and the farmland in the distance. The bedroom is furnished with a standard double bed with bedside tables and reading lamps, a wardrobe, chest of drawers with a mirror and has a Velux window (with a blind). Note: the main window is kept locked to prevent a risk to young children – the key to open the window is in a security case on the timber beam.)
The light and bright bathroom, which sits next to Bedroom 1, features a full-size bath with over-bath shower, a toilet, wash basin and heated towel rail.
This spacious and bright room sleeps three guests in one standard double and one single bed, both with bedside tables and reading lamps. The bedroom has a small built-in wardrobe and a chest of drawers. The head of the double bed is offset from the single, providing a little privacy.
At the front of the cottage is small, fenced garden, with a lawn, patio and seating, which looks out across the farmyard and surrounding farmland. The garden is dog friendly/dog proof (unless your dog can jump above waist height). Guests with dogs are welcome to walk them around the surrounding farm lands (please stick to the outside if the field is planted). A charcoal BBQ is provided (please bring your own supply of fuel.)
The nearest food shops are in Bidford on Avon (1 mile) and Alcester (6 miles):
- Bidford-on-Avon shops: One Stop, Co-op Local
- Alcester shops: Waitrose, Simply Fresh, Tesco Local
Local Places to eat and drink (in walking distance)
- The Frog
- The Bridge
- The Bulls Head
- The Cottage of Content
Take Away Food
- No 72
- The Balti Hot
- Pizza Place
Nearby Leisure Facilities
Big Meadow Park located on the left before the bridge on the way back into the village. Families will enjoy the big playground.
Swimming Pools: Rivers – Evesham Leisure Centre; Stratford on Avon Leisure
Bidford Grange Golf Course: a 9-hole and 18-hole course.
Welford Golf Course: pay & play family run 18-hole par 70 parkland course.
See the ‘Guidebook’ tab above for detailed information about nearby Stratford-upon-Avon.
Owl’s End, Oosland Farm, Honeybourne Road, B50 4PR. From the A46 take the B439 towards Bidford-on-Avon. At the first roundabout, turn right onto the B4085/Honeybourne Road. Continue for approximately 0.5 mile then turn right up a farm track where you see the sign for ‘Avonside Hydrotherapy’. Continue along the track, turning left in front of the green barn. Follow the track round to the right and pull into the courtyard.
The nearest mainline train station is Stratford-upon-Avon, 8 miles away, on the West Midlands line.
Taxis: Conway Cars 01789 762828 or Tom’s Taxi 07706 970544
There is parking for 2 cars. Please unload your luggage etc in front of the barn and then re-park in the area on the other side of the barn. To access this area, drive back out, with the green barn on your left, turn left at the junction with the main farm drive and park in front of the low brick wall.