Centrally located in the swathe of countryside that connects the beautiful cities of Bath and Bristol, Tythe Barn is the largest and grandest of the Avon Farm Cottages. Sleeping 8+4 guests across 3 bedrooms with a double sofa bed in the downstairs bedroom and a mezzanine area that can accommodate a further 2 guests on convertible reclining chair beds, Tythe Barn is ideal for families and groups looking for some extra space. Offering everything that you could want from a barn conversion and more, Tythe Barn features 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite), a wonderful open plan fully-equipped kitchen/living/dining area with a wood burner, as well as an impressive outdoor space with plenty of seating, a charcoal BBQ, and your own private 6-seater hot tub!
Avon Farm Cottages comprises five individual properties that can be booked separately or all together to accommodate larger groups and families, hen parties are also welcome – please see below for more information. As the largest of the properties, Tythe Barn is perfect for hosting and group dining, and there are trestle tables and spare chairs stored in the barn to accommodate large numbers of guests.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Hot Tub
- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - 5
- Bedding & towels
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Set within the owner’s 230-acre arable farm, the five outstanding properties that comprise Avon Farm Estate are decorated to a high standard, and each boasts a large open plan living area (except for the cute and compact Shepherd’s Hut!) There are goats and chickens on the farm, so if you are up early enough, you can help yourself to some fresh eggs or wander around the stables.
Once you have settled into your Avon Farm holiday cottage you can decide what you want to do, probably a mix of relaxing in your comfortable space and testing out the hot tub, enjoying the flora and fauna surrounding the farm and just soaking up the atmosphere. However, if you wish to explore you can walk around the estate and stroll along the Avon River to the local public house on the riverbank, or for the more active, you can hire a bicycle from Clive and Serena (pre-booking required) head down the cycle path, which was once the old train track, to either Bath or Bristol – only 2 minutes from your accommodation, how green is that? Both cities are full of interesting places to visit and activities for all ages!
Inside, Tythe Barn is a beautifully furnished and designed to provide guests with the most comfortable and luxurious experience possible. Stylish, exposed stone-walls, wooden beams, a cosy wood burner, big windows and skylights offering beautiful views and plenty of light, as well as comfy beds, rain showers, a Panasonic flat-screen TV with Xbox 360, and not to mention the wonderful outdoor space complete with private hot tub. Whether you’re looking to just unpack your bags and relax in your surroundings, or for a base to explore the diverse neighbouring cities or beautiful countryside, Tythe Barn makes for a luxurious and spacious holiday home with a difference.
Guests staying at Avon Farm have access to the 230 acres of land, which includes the River Avon, where you can do a spot of fishing (a licence is required). Take a walk through the farmland and you reach the local pub, which is situated on the bank of the river less than 1 mile away. The farm is also 2 minutes away from the Bristol and Bath cycle track, perfect for cyclists and walkers, and the property is close to Saltford Sailing Club. Surrounded by open countryside, Saltford is also known for its history and has a conservation area, with a restored brass mill (dating to 1720), an old manor house and a church with a Saxon tower. Just 6 miles away is the vibrant heritage city of Bath, which boasts the famous Roman baths, Thermae Bath spa, and the famous Royal Crescent, which is one of Bath’s most iconic landmarks. There are also several National Trust areas nearby, including Dyrham Park and Stourhead House.
Hen parties are permitted; however, we ask that Avon Farm rules are respected (see below) and where possible members of the group travel together to avoid extra traffic on the farm lane.
Avon Farm rules: respect the 10mph limit around the farm; keep to the 20mph limit on Avon Lane; no outside noise after 10pm; no hot tub use after 10pm; and lastly, please notify the owners if any outside services have been booked (e.g. a chef or supermarket delivery). When ordering a supermarket delivery choose Avon Farm on the drop down address menu, and clearly write TYTHE BARN in the delivery instructions.
- Sleeps 8+4 in 3 bedrooms across a king size double in Bedroom 1, a double bed and bunk beds in Bedroom 2, and 2 single beds in Bedroom 3. A double sofa bed is available in Bedroom 3 as well as 2 convertible chair beds on Mezzanine.
- 3 bathrooms: 2 en-suite, 1 family
- Parking for up to 5 cars
- Private enclosed garden with plenty of seating
- Hot tub – seats 6
- Robes + slippers for each guest
- Fireplace with wood burner – 1 bag of logs, fire starter + lighter provided between Oct – April. Additional logs can be purchased from Clive and Serena for £5 per bag
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Hairdryer in each bedroom
- Welcome Pack: cereal, bread, biscuits, jam, butter, milk, tea, coffee, sugar
- Kitchen essentials: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, kitchen roll, baking foil, cling film, salt + pepper
- Toiletries: Shower gel, shampoo + conditioner, hand soap, toilet roll
- Heating and hot water via underfloor heating + radiators with individual thermostat controls
- Free Wi-Fi throughout
- TV x 2 (Living Area + Bedroom 3)
- Xbox 360 that can be used to play DVDs
- Sony iPod dock and speakers
- Boardgames + books
- Trestle tables and spare chairs in addition to dining table to accommodate large group dining in the barn
- Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetière, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve, saucepans, etc).
- Fridge-Freezer + additional fridge
- Ironing board + iron
- Vacuum cleaner
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture
- BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm.
Step through the front door of Tythe Barn and you’ll find yourself in the wonderfully spacious, open-plan kitchen-living-dining area that comprises the majority of the ground floor. Stylishly furnished with plenty of light and lofty, beamed ceilings, it makes for the perfect communal space for a big group or family. The Kitchen is fully-equipped and immaculately designed, featuring a central island surrounded by workspace and multiple appliances. Featuring a fan oven, electric hob, American Style fridge/freezer + additional fridge, 4 slot toaster, De’Longhi kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, microwave, dishwasher and washer/dryer, the barn is also brimming with every type of glass, crockery and utensil you could need – just take a look at the wooden kitchen dresser!
The living/dining area boasts a wonderfully high, beamed ceiling, overlooked by the mezzanine corridor leading to the bedrooms above. Featuring plenty of seating including 4 large sofas, a wall-mounted flat screen Panasonic TV with Xbox 360, a cabinet with plenty of boardgames, a Sony iPod dock and speakers, various books, a traditional wood burner and dining table with chairs and a bench to seat up to 8-9 guests (trestle tables + extra chairs stored in the cupboard next to the downstairs bathroom) – there’s plenty to keep you entertained and a perfect space for getting together!
Enter the corridor next to the fridge (mind the small step!) and go straight down to the…
A very well-presented family bathroom offering a bathtub with central mixer taps and a detachable shower hose, WC and washbasin.
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A spacious twin bedroom, featuring two single beds and a comfortable sofa that can also be transformed into a double sofa bed. Bedroom 3 also benefits from its own flat screen TV and generous storage area, offering guests plenty of hanging and drawer space in large fitted wardrobes. The bedroom is located on the ground floor and includes a door that leads to the courtyard.
Opposite Bedroom 3 you will find a storage cupboard containing the iron + ironing board, trestle tables and spare chairs and the fuse box.
Head across the mezzanine-style corridor to the mezzanine space. With two reclining chair beds, this space is perfect for relaxing with a book and admiring the farmyard and countryside views, or alternatively they can be converted into beds, creating a sleeping space for two guests. There are also two small tables and lamps.
A large bedroom that can sleep up to 4 guests, featuring a double bed and bunk beds. Sleekly furnished with exposed stone walls and beams, two wardrobes, an ornate full-length mirror and two dressing tables.
En-Suite Shower Room
A lovely en-suite shower room with a large walk-in rain shower, washbasin and WC.
This bedroom perhaps offers guests the most privacy in the house, with a comfy king size double bed, delightful lower glass panelling offering garden views, bedside tables + lamps and a small hanging cupboard.
En-Suite Shower Room
A compact en-suite shower room with a walk-in rain shower, WC and washbasin.
The outside area at Tythe Barn offers guests a great amount of space, with plenty of seating and tables for al fresco dining and relaxing. A mixture of wooden decking and artificial grass, the enclosed outside area provides guests with private use of a 6-seater hot tub and charcoal BBQ.
Enjoying the Farm and its Facilities
One of the biggest benefits about staying on a farm is there’s loads to see and do without even leaving the site, it’s great for families, friends and couples alike!
Avon Farm Cottages have secured fishing rights for their stretch of the river, just a short walk from the holiday cottages. Guests are welcome to fish in the river, own equipment and licence required.
Bicycles are available to hire from Clive and Serena.
Please help yourselves to chicken eggs. The chickens are beyond the car park through the opening onto the fields
Not far from the chickens is a family of goats. They like being fed vegetables, fruit, even bananas!
Walk past the past the goats, follow the path down to the river and take a riverside walk either way along the public foot paths.
The horses do not belong to the farm and are looked after by their owners who come daily to see them. Please do not feed the horses, but they are always happy for a stroke on the nose and a hello.
Next to the chickens is the poly tunnel, and when there is fresh produce, you’ll find some in your welcome pack, and can refill this when there is plenty. Feeling green fingered? The grounds of the farm are always in need to something, so feel free to help us keep the farm looking lovely. Whether that be a bit of weeding, dead heading, or just advice, we will welcome any help!
All around this field are many blackberry bushes, please help yourselves when they are ripe.
There are other tenants on the farm that either live with us in the converted barns, or just let a stable and field. They are all very nice, and always happy to answer any questions!
Saltford is a vibrant community of more than 4,000 residents situated on the A4 between Keynsham and Bath, alongside the River Avon and the Bath-Bristol cycle-path. Its location makes Saltford the perfect hub for activities in the Avon Valley. The village is surrounded by open countryside, with lanes, riverside walks and lovely views across the Avon Valley.
Saltford is widely known for its history, with the ‘old village’ lying within a Conservation Area and including St Mary’s Church (over 1,000 years old with a Saxon tower); Saltford Manor House, a Grade II listed building estimated to date to the Norman era and thought to be the oldest continuously occupied private house in England; and the restored Ancient Brass Mill (1720), which is a gem of industrial heritage.
At its heyday, the Brass Mill was at the cutting edge of technological and economic development. Today Saltford is a thriving community of over 200 successful businesses, many run as work-from-home enterprises. Saltford is also known for its wealth of activities and community involvement, all centred on the Saltford Community Association (www.saltfordhall.co.uk/links.html)
There is a thriving Saltford Environment Group and Saltford has been awarded Fairtrade Village Status. Saltford Golf Club has hosted the prestigious English Ladies Open Tournament and Saltford Lawn Tennis Club is a friendly, welcoming club where non-members are invited to play.
The biennial Saltford Festival in June showcases all that is best about Saltford, including music, dance, poetry, drama, comedy, exhibitions, talks, guided walks, competitions, and, of course, food and drink.
Here are some of the attractions and amenities close to Avon Farm Estate and Saltford: (see Saltford Community Association for more information)
- Historic Conservation Area (“Old village”) including St Mary’s Church and the restored Ancient Brass Mill (1720)
- Access to the Bristol and Bath railway cycle-path (13 miles of off-road cycling open to walkers and cyclists with pubs en-route)
- Access to the River Avon (Saltford Marina, Avon County Rowing Club, canal boating)
- Avon Valley Country and Wildlife Park (Pixash Lane, Keynsham)
- Open countryside and riverside walks in beautiful countryside directly from the Avon Farm Estate.
- Several character pubs and restaurants (see below)
- Sports facilities: floodlight tennis courts at Saltford Lawn Tennis Club; football and cricket at Saltford Playing Field (with licensed bar, live music and TVs) and golf at Saltford Golf Club.
- Theatre productions and other activities at Saltford Hall (Saltford Community Association)
- Library and Post Office: See saltfordhub.org/ for opening hours.
Pubs and Places to Eat in walking distance of Avon Farm Estate
Golden Moments – Fine Bengal Cuisine. Best Curry house for miles, friendly staff and super tasty food. (1 mile). Website: goldenmomentsbristol.co.uk/
The Crown in Saltford has great reviews for food, friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere, it also does the perfect gin and tonic. (1 mile from Avon Farm opposite the bus stop to Bristol and Bath). Website: thecrowninsaltford.com/
The Riverside Inn is 1 mile away, great location on the banks of the River Avon. The Shallows, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3EZ. (1mile) Website: riverside-saltford.co.uk/
The Thai Cafe – not a public house, but an extremely tasty, efficiently run Thai café with great reviews about their tasty food. Alternatively order a takeaway. (0.9miles/5mins drive). Website: thaicafesaltford.co.uk/index.html
Tesco Express: Bath Rd, Saltford, Somerset, BS31 3HQ
Tel: 0345 674 6403
Waitrose: Broadmead Lane, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1ST
Best route into Bath: take the ‘Park and Ride’ bus service at Newbridge, postcode: BA1 3NB which operates every 10-15 minutes during the day, Monday to Sunday (and on certain bank holidays). The service operates every 20 minutes after 7.30pm in the evening. It does not operate on 25th/26th December; 1st January; or Easter Sunday.
Local shops and bus stops to Bath and Bristol can be found on the A4/main road.
The postcode for Avon Farm Estate is: BS31 3ET (please note this only takes you half way up the lane, follow Avon Lane till you see two large gates)
Avon Farm Estate is in the village of Saltford, just off the A36 (Bath Road), 6.5 miles north-west of Bath and about 8 miles south-east of central Bristol.
From London, take the M4 to junction 18 then follow the A46 towards Bath. At the village of Pennsylvania, take the A420 to Warmley. At Warmley turn left onto the A4171 towards Keynsham. At the A4/Bath Road turn left and stay on this road for approx. 2 miles. As you enter Saltford, turn left on to Norman Road and then continue straight on to High Street. Follow the hill down, passing the Bird in Hand pub on your right, continue under the railway bridge then take the first turning left onto Avon Lane. (If you continued straight on here you would come to the Jolly Sailor pub in a beautiful setting on the River Avon.) Continue along Avon Lane – an unlit country lane – for approx. half a mile until you reach the Avon Farm Estate sign, which directs you straight ahead to a black wooden gate with an electronic keypad. (See ‘Keys’ above for entry instructions.)
There are number of well-connected train stations within easy reach of Avon Farm Estate. Bath Spa is 6 miles away, 20 mins by car, and operates a very regular service from London Paddington, duration approx 90 mins. Keynsham is the closest station, 3.5 miles away, 10 minute drive and connects from Bath Spa or Bristol Parkway. Bristol Temples Meads is 8 miles away, 25-30 min drive and operates a regular service from London and Birmingham.
There is ample parking in the yard for up to 5 cars just outside Tythe Barn.