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The Old Barn

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Backwell, near Bristol, Somerset
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Just 10 miles away is a wealth of amazing attractions and nearby cities, this holiday cottage is a great family base.

Shared swimming pool

This detached holiday cottage enjoys shared use of an outdoor swimming pool and is situated on a working smallholding, amongst 2,000 acres of natural forest, with many footpaths meandering through, making an ideal base for walking and cycling, and is accessed by an unmade and uneven track. The medieval village of Backwell has a long history, appearing in the Domesday book in 1086, and is close to Bristol airport, 3 miles, and only 10 miles from the cosmopolitan city of Bristol, with its wealth of visitor attractions including Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol Zoo, the interactive adventure centre, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the lively harbourside area. Also within easy reach of the Georgian city of Bath, Chew Valley, the Mendips, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, Glastonbury Tor, Wells Cathedral and Clarks Village retail outlet at Street. Visit the coastal resort of Weston-super-Mare, Ashton Court Estate and deer park, Tyntesfield National Trust Country House and Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, all of which make great days out. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

3 steps down to entrance (alternative level access). Ground floor: Living room with flagstone floor. Dining room with flagstone floor. Kitchen. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Shared use of outdoor swimming pool (9m x 4.5m, depth 1m to 2.5m), open May-September. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Working Farm
    Working Farm
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 04/09/2017
    This looked like a fantastic getaway, down an unmade track and surrounded by woodland but ruined by being on the flightpath to Bristol airport. The accommodation, whilst clean also needed a bit of a makeover. Returning at night there was no lighting or handrail by the 3 steps to get to the cottage gate and whilst it said there was plenty of parking it was all rather 'rough and ready', with a large willow tree that could easily scratch a car and damp grass rather than a defined area to step out on to. Has potential but needs TLC. At the top end of the price range for what it is.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2017
    Lovely clean cottage. Very rural and quite isolated. Use of a pool which my grandchildren and children thoroughly enjoyed the use of. Best holiday for a long time and would happily return.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2017
    This cottage is lovely and is well equipped with lots of little touches, but this doesnt appear to be a working farm apart from a couple of goats, and seems to have been a bit neglected. It all just needs a bit of time spent on it. It also has a paintball site round the back which is noisy at weekends. The courtyard garden is full of old pots with dead plants and flowers, but could be so lovely, and although the swimming pool was spotless, the area where the pool is was neglected with old wooden furniture that had seem better days. There are nice walks, but it's hard to find them. The main issue is the aeroplanes as they take off from 5.30am overhead, although you do get used to them halfway through the week. The unmade road is also very potholed so take a sturdy car with you!

  • 1

    Confirmed guest, 18/08/2017
    Unfortunately we found the property so disappointing that we only managed to stay a matter of hours. Despite being warned that the approach road was unmade and uneven we were not prepared for the size, depth, and frequency of potholes that made the journey to the property an absolute nightmare, with grave concerns about the car suspension. Arriving at the parking area there were many abandoned and disused vehicles and no clear signage as to which building was the rental cottage or where to park. The inside of the property was not welcoming as it had a very damp, musty feel/smell. The property did not look clean as the slate floors were stained, spiders and cobwebs were dangling from every ceiling and there were dead spiders and flies behind the television. The furnishings were dated and smelly. Upstairs the smaller bedroom was optimistic to fit 2 adults comfortably and from sitting on the beds they were not comfortable. The noise from the nearby airport was regular and very loud. The aeroplanes were immediately overhead and the property was in the direct flight path. There was also limited and intermittent phone signal and no wifi. We could not recommend this property to anyone and we were very disappointed.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 11/08/2017
    We had a great week, we were lucky with the weather and went out every day. We didn't have time to be bored or even use the pool, we found it a comfortable stay except the single beds. My daughter loved the goats and my son inlaw loved the walks and photo oppertunities. Easy to clean floors, but going forward we feel the cottage will need work doing on it, as a tidy up. New mattresses on single beds, and pot holes filled in the track leading to the cottage.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 05/06/2017
    Perfect if you are looking for a remote location to get away from everything, limited mobile signal and no data connection or wifi. Not a place to come if you aren't travelling with pets as there are pet smells within the cottage and courtyard, but we didn't mind that and felt much more at ease with our dogs than we would have been if the place was immaculate. To reach the cottage you do have to travel up a pot holed, long driveway, but that is due to the rural location, it's only an inconvenience for 2 minutes. It is on a main route from the airport and the planes fly above quite low and loud from early hours to late at night, but didn't really bother us saying that. The woods are lovely nearby and a good place to walk your dogs. We did have a tick issue on returning home though, so it may be wise to protect your pet before you go. The cottage is filled with everything you could need, far more than usual self catering accommodation that I've been to before. Lovely kitchen, complete with dishwasher and washing machine and all cleaning products provided, and a lovely clean bathroom. We had biscuits and tea making groceries provided on arrival and even a bunch of flowers set out on the table for us. We would go back, as we enjoyed our stay, but don't expect the Ritz as it's a place that accepts multiple dogs.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 30/01/2017
    Yes you hear the planes but isn't that pretty obvious due to its location!? We had an amazing time chilling and walking with our dogs! Cottage was clean, tidy, warm and well equipped! Couldn't have asked for much more!

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