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' Tuscany in the Chilterns ' 200 year old country barn two fields from the thames, beautiful views, one of a few areas in the UK where you have hills and valleys and a navigable river wrapping around them, encircled by picturesque riverside towns
The old barn is set in the center of an AONB conservation area, two fields away from where the river Thames wraps around the Chilterns, a unique area of the Chilterns that has the benefit of the hills and valleys as well as the thames, a proper navigable river, wrapping around it, and encircled by the riverside towns of Wallingford, Dorchester-on-Thames, Henley-on-Thames, goring & Streatley, Whitchurch-on-thames, Pangbourne and Sonning on Thames , all with thier beautiful stone and timber bridges straddling across the Thames, great for a romantic break from a stressed busy life or big city, a walking , golfing , painting, horse riding or cycling holiday , and boating or fishing on the river Thames, if you want to stop off the world for a while, friends call it the sanctuary ! also useful if in the area for meetings or conferences and need somewhere to stay, fully fitted kitchen so self catering if you prefer and totally self contained
Groceries - I,m very interested in organic farming and local produce, all the farm land around the barn has gone organic, and conscious of the journey you might have made to get here, i always leave in the barn, fresh loose tea (there's a nice china tea pot) and fresh organic bread, for tea and toast for your arrival, there's also fresh organic butter, organic eggs, organic honey and malt whisky marmalade, organic milk, and organic biscuits , so you can just stop and relax and recenter yourself
Accommodation comprises the whole upper main vaulted and beamed floor of the barn which feels very light and airy, with amazing views across open Chiltern countryside and has a continental style with french greys and creams, open vaulted limed oak and elm beams give a cheerful calm relaxed feel, and makes a self contained private apartment, with its own entrance, comprising of two bedrooms , two en suite bathrooms also with baths and power showers, a central sitting room area and kitchen,
Beds & Bedding - its one of the most important aspects of your stay, so with sensitive consideration, the beds are new King size large 5ft wide handmade, hand tufted, Organic lambswool and organic cotton quality 3000 individual pocket sprung divan double beds, being totally natural they support you really well and allow air to circulate, to give a better night sleep. the crisp white bed linen, sheets, duvets and pillow cases are 100% percale cotton linen, which allow air to circulate and you feel more comfortable as natural, and there is a 4.5 tog duvet and 9.5 tog duvet set for each bed, which along with the three pillows per side are all goose and down feather for more comfort and they also allow air to circulate for a deeper natural sleep. All the fresh white towels along with four extra large toweling spa robes are natural 100% cotton as well,
The accommodation works really well for a couple who want to spread out across two bedrooms, and take advantage of separate bathrooms, or two friends on a walking holiday needing separate bedrooms, or a couple and one or two children if the children don't mind sharing a double bed or two separate couples, any other guest combination please message me first before booking so we can make sure we can accommodate your needs, thanks
Interaction with Guests
as the barn is accessed through a shingled courtyard, surrounded by high trees and hedging, guests can enjoy a discreet and private stay, we like to show you were everything is on your arrival, then leave you to it, but only a phone call away if needed
The Old Barn could be useful for.,
Walking holidays , painting holidays , self contained , self catering , short lets , long lets , horse riding holidays , weekend breaks , bed and breakfast , barn holidays , accommodation , regattas , weddings, festivals, golf & golfing breaks, corporate accommodation
attractions, the ridgeway , grimms ditch, river Thames , country pubs , riverside villages , views , golf
Hi, my main work is as an interior designer/furniture designer, and i just love interiors and making people feel relaxed and comfortable as possible, creating spaces that are warm and friendly, i,ve helped many private residences and Hotels, so making the barn special and comfortable for guests and sensitive to their needs is second nature to me, just here to help you enjoy your stay in the old barn and the beautiful surroundings, alexander :-)
I had The Old Barn to myself for a couple of nights and it was heavenly - every comfort in a beautiful location. Don't miss a pot of Alexander's loose leaf "medicinal" tea, or his knowledge of the area and its history. I hope to be back soon for more.
Our host Alexander could not have been more accommodating, we arrived to a wonderful welcome and all the basics in the fridge including fresh scones and clotted cream. The barn was small and it was a little challenging to accommodate 4 people comfortably but we managed. The barn was beautifully decorated, absolutely charming and we all enjoyed the luxurious bedding and bath robes. What we lacked in space was more than made up by our wonderful host.
We concur with other reviewers and appreciate the tours of the Chilterns Alexander provided! He was a wonderful host, and our family will long remember our stay here and Alexander's hospitality.
Our host, Alexander, proved to be a wonderful part of our experience. Not only did he create a wonderful retreat in the middle of Chilterns which was decorated beautifully, he gave us two different tours of the surrounding country side with all of it's amazing villages! We enjoyed the spectacular views he shared with our family and his friendship that we invited him to join us for dinner one evening. You won't go wrong if you book this historic place!
Fantastic stay! The short review -- the barn is even nicer than pictured, the area is stunning, the location convenient and central, the layout of the bedrooms (each with full ensuite) was ideal , the amenities all you could hope for and Alexander was simply the best host!!
Now for the details: Alexander is the best! He has a passion for, and extensive knowledge of, the area and his enthusiasm for the region is infectious. There is great care taken of the property and both David and Alexander took great care of us -- we felt the entire time that us enjoying our stay was a top priority for both of them! We were travelling without a car so his offer to pick us up from the train, drive us for supplies and show us a few sights was not only amazingly helpful, but truly blew our minds because it is so far above and beyond what one expects from a holiday rental (and I have stayed in dozens and dozens!).
As an interior designer, Alexander has taken great care in the finishings and it really shows. The barn is gorgeously furnished, quiet, well stocked and, because it is separate from the main house, is very private. It was the extras though that really impressed us!! The lovely baths (each bedroom has its own) with loads of hot water, the organic bedding, super comfy beds, and high quality pillows were all divine! It was seriously one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in. The basic supplies for breakfast (as well as the extras for a proper cream tea!) were very much appreciated and a really lovely touch.
For anyone travelling without a car, the barn is ideal! Lovely walking paths along the Thames or into the forest; an efficient bus service; pubs, restaurants and stores close by (we walked to Wallingford along beautiful paths to get some supplies); and a host so kind that he is willing to pick you up from the rail station: we could not have asked for more!
A final note about the area if you are not familiar with it -- we were coming from the Cotswolds, which is pretty hard to beat for natural beauty, and were simply blown away by the gorgeousness and history of the area. Not only are there stunning views, quaint villages with lovely pubs, castle remains, medieval abbeys, iron age ruins, but there is also Toad Hall (Wind in the Willows)!!
All in all a perfect stay! I highly recommend it!
We had a fantastic stay last weekend, owners were very welcoming and knowledgeable about the local area. The Barn itself was enchanting, cosy and relaxing. Very well equipped with all that we needed, the fresh bread and cream teas were a lovely touch. The beds were massive with immaculate on-suites, fresh towels, organic toiletries, we couldn't have asked for more. Very kindly, the owners let our labrador Stanley stay, he had a fantastic time exploring the local country side, got very muddy! Thank you very much for the delightful accommodation. Barbara, Jon and Stanley.
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2 night minimum stay
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