Built in 2009 by the present owners, West Barn Cottage was designed to be a spectacular, exceptional, very comfortable and luxurious user-friendly cottage. The cottage is very conveniently situated for visiting the Cotswolds with Cheltenham, Cirencester, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, WInchcombe and many other Cotswold attractions nearby.
The whole cottage is exceptionally spacious with a large sitting room and a separate open-plan kitchen/dining and family area. The bedrooms are both very large with an en-suite shower room and separate family bathroom. It has been furnished to the highest standards and is very well equipped with quality appliances.
It is no surprise that very many guests have left reviews and comments declaring it to be the best cottage they have ever stayed in. The cottage enjoys a high level of repeat bookings.
The owners, who live in the neighbouring house, West Barn, will personally welcome you on arrival. They aim to provide you with a memorable holiday experience which exceeds your expectations.
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Updated 13 Nov 2019
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West Barn Cottage was built in 2009 and is located within the village of Shipton Oliffe, with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. It overlooks open fields and the historic, 800 year old St. Mary’s Church.
West Barn Cottage is the perfect place to relax, unwind and explore the stunning Cotswolds area and its picturesque market towns. The cottage is ideally located for touring the area with Cheltenham, Gloucester and Cirencester nearby. The beautiful Cotswold villages of Chipping Campden, Broadway, Winchcombe, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, BIbury, Burford and Northleach are all close by. The cottage is easily accessed by car from the A40 or A436, which are two of the main roads through the North Cotswolds. Shipton Oliffe is situated 5 miles east of Cheltenham just off the A40.
The cottage sleeps up to 6 people in two bedrooms, with a sofa-bed in the sitting room. There is a private patio area with table and 6 chairs and a rear patio overlooking the beautiful Church with a small table and chairs. There is a gas-fired bar-b-que and a fire pit on the patio. There is ample off-road parking, next to the cottage for 2/3 cars.
Planning conditions required the cottage to resemble a traditional Cotswold barn externally, but internally it is modern and contemporary in every way with full double-glazing throughout and exceptional levels of insulation. The cottage has ultra high-speed broadband and Wi-fi, excellent mobile phone reception with 3 flat-screen TVs (one being a 40” smart TV) with a DVD player and Bluetooth stereo system as well. The cottage is heated by gas-fired central heating, with underfloor heating throughout downstairs and radiators in the bedrooms and bathrooms. The sitting room has an electric, wood-burning stove which creates a lovely ambience without the hassle and aggravation of a traditional wood-burner.
The maximum occupancy of the cottage is 6 adults including children but up to 2 infant children (under 18 months) in cots are welcome in addition. Unauthorised over-occupancy is a breach of our Terms and Conditions and may result in the cancellation of your booking and additional charges.
Up to 2 dogs are accepted at a cost of £25 per dog. Guests must let us know that they are bringing their dog(s) at the time of booking. When booking, guests are required to accept our Terms and Conditions including the Code of Conduct for Dogs. This enables us to ensure that we keep the cottage in excellent condition for all our guests.
Any damage caused by a dog will be charged to the guest. Please see and observe our Code of Conduct for Dogs. The dogs are welcome to use the gardens but must be supervised at all times.
Dogs are very welcome but for everyone’s enjoyment we ask that you do not allow your dog on any furniture or in bedrooms. An additional cleaning fee will be incurred should there be evidence of dogs having been on beds or furniture. We strongly advise you to bring your dog’s own bedding with you.
No dog must be allowed to remain in the cottage when you are absent unless they are happy to rest in their own cage and are unlikely to bark or become distressed. A comprehensive list of walks and dog-friendly pubs is provided within the cottage.
Please wash off muddy dogs before entering the cottage by using the outside tap. A dog towel is provided – guest towels must not be used on dogs.
Dogs are welcome to use the gardens but must be under supervision at all times. Especial care needs to be taken when a dog is in close proximity to the lane.
Please clean up after your dog. We do not supply doggy bags but dog waste can be deposited in doggy bags in the wheelie bins by the parking area.
Please obey the Countryside Code whilst enjoying the area with your dog. Please keep your dog under close control at all times for their own safety as well as the comfort of others.
Much of the land around Shipton is farmland and so close control of dogs is required at all times to ensure that no damage is done to crops and that sheep, horses and cattle are not distressed by the presence of dogs.
Upon departure, please leave the cottage as you found it. An additional cleaning fee will be incurred should excessive cleaning or dry-cleaning be required following your departure.
Bedroom 2 – Superking bed (can be split in to two 3 foot single beds)
Sitting Room – Kingsize sofa-bed
Family bathroom (1st floor): Bath and large electric walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin;
En-suite (1st floor): Large, walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin.
The cottage is accessed from the parking area by 4 steps – however, access can be obtained without steps from the side of the cottage. The smoke and carbon monoxide detectors operate on a sound-only basis.The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk. There is no downstairs toilet and access to the toilets is solely by means of the staircase.
There are very many excellent local pubs, gastro pubs and restaurants close to Shipton and full details are contained in a comprehensive guide which you will find in the cottage. The Frogmill is a pub and fine dining restaurant within close walking distance; delicious, all-day dining experiences. Their dishes have been designed with quality and provenance in mind. From British, home-cooked classics, to decadent plates, Head Chef Jonathon Pons and his expert team guarantee fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Their Spanish Josper coal-fired oven and American smoker are behind many of their unique, signature grill dishes – not to be missed!
We eat, ourselves, at all these places and if they fail to find favour, we delete them from the list.
There are numerous walks within Shipton and in the immediate area. The Gloucestershire Way runs through the village. Details of all good local walks, suitable for all ages and abilities (and dogs), are available in the cottage.
Must see local places include Bourton on the Water, Cirencester, Bibury, Upper Slaughter, Lower Slaughter, Upper Swell and Lower Swell, Winchcombe and Burford which are all nearby with Broadway, Chipping Campden, Blockley and Gloucester all within easy reach – all with their own attractions and character.
Children of all ages are well catered for with an award winning play area in Pittville Park, Cheltenham; a trampoline centre in Gloucester and a climbing wall at Yanworth (10 minutes away). The Trout Farm at Bibury is always popular and there are extensive leisure facilities in Cheltenham, Bourton on the Water and Gloucester.
For the adventurous and adrenalin junkies, there is a Rally Driving School where you can experience the thrill of driving a rally car 25 minutes away just outside Cirencester (advanced booking advised).
There is a very comprehensive list of local attractions in the immediate area in the cottage but you would need to stay for at least 6 weeks to visit them all!
Walking & Cycling Guides
Stow-on-the-WoldBourton Circular-WWS Cornwell-Chastleton-MWS Harford Bridge-MWS Hinchwick-WOW Kingham Station Circular Bourton and Wyck-MWS Guiting Power-MWS Stow-on-the-Wold-MWS
NorthleachAndoversford-MWS Bibury-MWS Bibury-River-Coln-MWS Great Rissington-MWS Bourton and Wyck-MWS Guiting Power - MWS Northleach-MWS Salperton-MWS Stow-on-the-Wold-MWS
CheltenhamAndoversford-MWS Charlton-Kings-MWS Cleeve-Common Cleeve-Hill-West-Downs-MWS Cleeve South-WOW Crickley-Hill-WOW Leckhampton Loop Circular Brockhampton-MWS Winchcombe-Sudeley-Valley-MWS Salperton-MWS Cleeve-Common-Circular-Walk Cranham-Circular-Walk
Bourton-on-the-WaterBourton Circular-WWS Great Rissington-MWS Harford Bridge-MWS Bourton and Wyck-MWS Guiting Power and Castlett-MWS Naunton-Circular-WWS Salperton-MWS
Travelling by car
The cottage is situated down the lane into Shipton from the A40 (Cheltenham to Oxford road) on the left hand side and is clearly signed.
Guests from the London area would approach the cottage on the A40 from Burford, turning right at the traffic lights into Shipton and will find the cottage down the lane on the left hand side.
Guests from the North and South should exit the M5 at Junction 11A, following signs firstly to Cirencester (A417) and then to Oxford. Shipton is then signed (A436) from the Seven Springs roundabouts and the cottage can be found by going straight over the traffic lights at the junction with the A40 and the cottage is down the lane on the left hand side. The cottage is approximately 10 minutes drive from Junc. 11A
Travelling by train
The nearest railway station to Shipton Oliffe is Cheltenham Spa, 8.5 miles away. There are regular, direct services to and from London Paddington, with a typical journey time of approximately 2 hours.
Travelling by plane
Shipton Oliffe is within easy reach of a number of international airports:
- Birmingham International Airport: 69 miles, approximately 1 hour 10 minute drive;
- Heathrow International Airport: 75 miles, approximately 1 hour 20 minute drive;
- Bristol International Airport: 57 miles, approximately 1 hour 10 minute drive.