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Old Forge Barn

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Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
Grade 5 Star rating
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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, 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 wood burner and 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 burner- initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, underfloor heating central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Plasma TV (42in)
  • DVD
  • Piano
  • Aqua steam oven
  • 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 facilities

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  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Wifi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle
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    Celebration Houses

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 18/05/2018
    We had a fabulous four night stay in The Old Forge Barn and enjoyed our time there. It is very spacious and the living room is especially attractive and comfortable. We used the facilities to eat in for two nights but the location is within easy walking distance of several first-rate eating places. All in all we were very happy with our break in Stow-on-the-Wold and the accommodation was a large factor in that.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 30/04/2018
    What am amazing place to stay in! Went for a hen weekend I organised for my best friend. She wanted a traditional English cottage and was amazed with all the little details, exposed beams and the general quirkiness of the place! We loved the open fire which was ready for us to light. The rooms were nice and cosy and the kitchen extremely well equiped. If I had one improvement to make it would be to have a microwave in there. I would definitely go back to this place to have more time to spend in the lovely village and surrounding area.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 26/03/2018
    A fantastic weekend with friends to celebrate our 40ths. We had everything on our doorstep, fabulous walks, local pubs, great restaurants, take away options, amazing shops, a beautiful place to explore. The Old Forge Barn felt very special & unique, it offered everything we needed, we felt super cosy as well as being surrounded by historical luxury. Thank you for our stay!

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 16/03/2018
    Great facility 4 bedrooms (2 twin) means four couples or 6 singles easily accommodated Well provided in terms of kitchen facilities Definitely stay again

  • 2

    Confirmed guest, 04/01/2018
    Lovely barn, delightful setting, but do not consider staying here in the winter. Yes we were advised it could be chilly, but that means we can snuggle by the fire wrapped up in cozy blankets and retire to beds with warm down comforters or lots of blankets, right? Or shower in a warm bathroom and dry off with a thick warm towel. WRONG! No effort was made to make the barn cozy or even comfortable. There are no extra blankets for the beds, so we piled our coats & jackets on top of ourselves at night. There are no blankets or throws in the living room to snuggle in and the furniture is so dirty you don't really want to spend time there, anyway. The towels are so old and thin they no longer absorb moisture, so now you are not only cold but still wet. And for this we paid a premium because of the time of the year. We had a delightful visit to the castles, manors and museums, but the barn experience was Ritz pricing for Motel 6 quality.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Old Forge Barn is a 17th century Grade II listed historic building. It has been granted 5 star status and meets the 5 star rating requirements necessary to ensure the 5 star status is maintained. I was sorry our guests from California, perhaps more used to warmer climes and modern buildings, were cold when it snowed during their stay. The Barn does have underfloor central heating. There is a wood fire in the drawing room and a supply of wood is provided. Unusually, there is also a wood fire in the kitchen which is thought to have been used for cooking in earlier centuries. It is always hoped that guests will be comfortable and enjoy staying at the Barn and so to ensure this, some extra bedding will be made available.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 27/11/2017
    A beautiful holiday home to spend time with your friends or family. We loved it and would love to rent again in the future.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 17/11/2017
    Loved our stay

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2017
    We only had a problem with the hot water that was solved shortly after it was communicated to the owner. Lights are a bit quirky but by no means a problem. A pleasure to be 2 minutes walk from all amenities in Stow.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 10/07/2017
    Have stayed before and came back wasn't disappointed. Great house for a break in Stow.

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8.4 out of 10 – based on 15 reviews collected by Reevoo
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