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Old Forge Barn

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Awash with beams and many other features, this former barn boasts a 40ft galleried living room and lies close to Stow’s market square.

This 16th-century Grade II listed barn has been skilfully converted to provide a unique and outstanding holiday home - with every detail having been taken into consideration from the hand-made door hinges, handles, old flagstones and oak floors, down to two doors made by Mouseman Thompson. Ancient Chinese and Roman pottery feature throughout the house, and in the entrance hall, two trees have been planted into the flagstone floor, adding an unusual touch. On the first floor, a spacious 40-foot galleried, beamed living room adds further charm. The house is furnished throughout with interesting antique furniture from the Arts and Crafts era, a movement founded by William Morris.
Old Forge Barn lies within walking distance of Stow market square, where there are excellent restaurants, old inns, galleries and many interesting shops. The towns and villages of the Cotswolds are a delight to tour, with stunning countryside in all directions. Burford has an excellent wildlife park and the pretty town itself is a pleasure to browse around, whilst at Stratford-upon-Avon, daily guided tours are offered to all the places of interest in this World Heritage City of Shakespearian fame. For alternative days out, Oxford is easily accessible, as is Cheltenham. Blenheim Palace is within 30 miles. Shops 400 yards.

Entrance hall with sitting area. Beamed living/kitchen/dining room with rug on flagstone floor. Study/well-stocked library. Two double bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom and shower attachment, each with Jacuzzi bath and toilet. Wet room and toilet. First floor: Forty-foot living room with minstrels gallery, piano, wood-burning stove and vaulted ceiling, Arts and Crafts furniture and rugs on wooden floor. Beamed twin bedroom with low ceiling. Second floor: Beamed twin bedroom with apex ceiling and en-suite bathroom with small bath and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove- initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, underfloor heating central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Plasma TV (42in)
  • DVD
  • Piano
  • Aqua steam oven
  • Microwave
  • Combi microwave/grill
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American-style fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • Shared courtyard (commercial access) with sitting-out area and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Ground floor

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  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Ground Floor FacilitiesGround Floor Facilities
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Open FireOpen Fire
  • WifiWifi
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection
  • Open PlanOpen Plan

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 09/05/2016
    A bar conversion that has a cosy feel, in a perfect location for walking to Stow's bars and restaurants.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 02/05/2016
    Charming , rustic and large accommodation close to the centre of Stow. We really enjoyed our family weekend there and it had great facilities . Confusing light switches and a few cobwebs up high but it is afterall a converted barn and i thought added to the charm of the place!

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 22/02/2016
    We parked avoiding the previous tenants rubbish, still awaiting collection. The environment of the cottage was awesome, the antiquities were beautiful though dirty and needed love and care. The open fires would have been used more but they had not been cleaned from previous occupancies. The kindling was damp and the sitting room fire was very very smoky. We were a party of 8, but there were was insufficient dinner plates and glasses to accommodate us. Three spar baths, one shower and generic loo and designer lighting. It would have been a great deal more impressive if it were cleaner.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your comments. I regret there were concerns; I appreciate the property being described as “awesome”. Grunton Refuse Collection Service removes our guest refuse on a Tuesday which unfortunately is the only day they do this in the Stow area. There really is no alternative to placing the refuse in the entrance to the courtyard. The refuse should not in any way impede our guest parking. There is a wood fire in the drawing room and the kitchen, a wood fire requires a bed of ash and then the paper and the kindling is laid on top (the ash is used as a base), perhaps this is something you were unfamiliar of. The chimneys are swept regularly and the certificate required is in the Barns file. The barn is an historic building with unique features and lots of space and character which I very much hope guests will enjoy and so do regret any concerns which have been addressed as we want our guest to have a very happy stay.

  • 3

    Confirmed guest, 15/02/2016
    No very unsatisfied. Very dirty and not up to the high standards we are used to we will never stay there again. The cleanliness let it down, it's a lovely building too!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 01/02/2016
    Large, well positioned barn style home, lovely open fire, very comfy beds, and quiet.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/12/2015
    We were a group of old school friends now in our 70's who spent a lovely weekend at the barn. No cooking was done as there are plenty of good restaurants and pubs close by. Would thoroughly recommend this accommodation for location in the Cotswolds also for amenities in walking distance.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 30/11/2015
    A perfect stay in a great location. The cottage oozes character and was very comfortable, warm and cozy on a wet weekend in November. The location, a short walk from the main square in Stow-on-the-Wold is excellent and the owner had thoughtfully included everything we could have needed to make us feel at home.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 09/11/2015
    The cottage itself is beautiful, exactly what you want for a relaxed weekend away and in an excellent position for walking into Stow-on-Wold and having dinner or doing some shopping as well as near some beautiful walks and countryside. It was warm and well heated and the kitchen was well stocked with everything you need to cook a sunday roast dinner. However, the en-suite bathrooms did not have doors which made the 2 double bedrooms very strange, and meant the toilets were unusable most of the time. The other bathrooms did not have locks which also made it a bit inconveniant for groups of friends sharing. There were a lot of notes around the house with information on how to use appliances etc. These were helpful, but it was very dissapointing that there was no note welcoming us to the house, and no welcome wine, tea or cake which is something other cottages we have stayed at offer. For this reason and the bathroom issues I probably wouldn't stay again but I did think the cottage itself was lovely and very clean.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 30/10/2015
    Old forge is a beautiful property which had been decorated with taste and style. The location is great as the town is in was walking distance.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 02/11/2015
    Fantastic house and location , but bathrooms need updating due to not being very practical (need showers instead of baths). Overall a lovely atmospheric house and would definitely go back.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 13/07/2015
    We had a great weekend break at the old Forge Barn, the location is perfect with all amenities right on your doorstep. The Barn is full of character and extremely quirky, with plenty of room for 8 people. On the downside, some of the furniture could do with updating (especially the sofas) and the top floor bedroom & bathroom really need some attention.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 07/09/2015
    A unique place to stay. Great location. Stunning lounge and fire place. Lots of space to spread out in what is obviously a well loved home. So much more fun to stay somewhere that has real character features and not a carbon copy of a hotel room. An instruction leaflet for the oven would be useful and sofa covers could do with a clean/replacement but overall would love to return.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 28/08/2015
    Absolutely beautiful barn, very comfortable with lots of space even for 4 adults, 3 children and 3 dogs! Would happily recommend and stay again. Great communication from the owner. Perfect location in Stow-on-the-Wold.

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