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 and hope you will enjoy their legendary Welcome Pack.
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BRINGING YOUR DOG TO OUR COTTAGE
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.
Dogs must be booked and paid for in advance. Any dogs arriving without prior arrangement will need to be accommodated elsewhere at your own cost.
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.
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. 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.
Cotswold Farm Park is a firm favourite for families and animal lovers, as is the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway.
The Birds of Prey Centre at Batsford and the Crocodile Farm near Burford, as well as The Cotswold Wildlife Park, which has a huge variety of animals, are also well worth a visit.
Daylesford Farmshop and Café is an exceptional farmshop with a luxurious ambience, with Burford Garden Centre being a total shopping experience – much more than a mere garden centre.
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.
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
Bruce Friendship Trail – Beacons, Commons and Woodswalking guide_bruce_trail_circular (pdf)
Cotswolds – Korea Friendship Trip: Stinchcombe Hillwalking guide_kft_circular_walk (pdf)
Wooten-Under-Edgewalking guide_wotton_under_edge_circular_walk (pdf)
Hills and Hillforts – Cam Long Down and Uleywalking guide_cam_long_down_circular_walk (pdf)
Commons and Canals – The Selsey Circuitwalking guide_selsley_circuit (pdf)
Cranham, Cooper’s and the Beechwoodswalking guide_cranham_circular_walk (pdf)
The Leckhampton Loopwalking guide_leckhampton_loop_circular_walk (pdf)
Cleeve Hill Common Ringwalking guide_cleeve_common_circular_walk (pdf)
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.