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Elderberry Cottage - Luxury Barn Conversion in the heart of the Test Valley

Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

1 bedroom rustic barn conversion self catering cottage.

Welcome to Elderberry Cottage at The Old Barns Holiday Accommodation.

The Old Barns (originally a dairy barn) is located in the pretty hamlet of Brook, in the heart of the Test Valley.

The barn has been converted into 4 beautiful and rustic one bedroom holiday cottages and is set within 2 acres of land.

We are surrounded by beautiful country walks, the River Test and welcoming country pubs.

Brook is perfectly situated for easy access to Stockbridge, Winchester, Romsey, Salisbury, Stonehenge, The New Forest, Southampton and The South Coast.

The Test Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty and as a holiday destination offers a wealth of country pursuits including walking, fly fishing, course fishing, shooting, horse riding, and cycling.

There are many fantastic walks from our property including The Test Way, Clarendon Way and the Monarch's way.

Elderberry Cottage -

The first floor of this self catering cottage has fantastic views from its double aspect windows and gives access to the South facing balcony to enjoy alfresco dining.

The interior is light and airy with a large open plan, vaulted and beamed kitchen, diner, sitting room.

The cottage has been well equipped and furnished allowing 2 people to relax and enjoy the space.

The ground floor offers a large bedroom with a double bed and plenty of storage.

The ground floor period bathroom is equipped with a small slipper roll top bath with a hand held shower, heated towel rail, w/c and washbasin.

There is ample parking and use of the gardens.

We welcome you with fresh milk, tea, coffee and sugar and fresh eggs from our chickens (subject to them laying).

Electric, Central heating, bedding and towels all included.

Digital Freesat TV.

DVD player

CD player

We do have internet access and limited mobile signal, but due to our location these cannot be guaranteed and if this is important to you please speak to us prior to booking.

We are sorry that the stairs do not allow for wheel chair users.

We do accept well behaved dogs, subject to our terms & conditions and a small additional fee. Please note that dogs must not be left unattended in the property at any time.

We may be able to accommodate up to 1 additional child on a mattress in the bedroom. There is a small additional charge for this. Please note that although we welcome children they must not be left unattended at any time. We do have balconies, hard floors and unfenced ponds.

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2017

About Sarah

After many years living in Marlow bringing we fell in love with the Test Valley and these barns and bought them in November 2011. We live on site in an old calving shed that we converted and built in 2013 with our 2 teenage boys, our dog Indie and our growing number of chickens.

Sarah purchased this barn in 2011

Why Sarah chose Test Valley

The Test Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty. We are surrounded by stunning scenery and the River Test famous for its fly fishing and other country pursuits. We are extremely lucky to have fantastic high quality eateries and farm shops on our doorstep and fantastic independent shops in Stockbridge, Winchester and Salisbury. The whole area is surrounded by amazing things to see and do and only being a 10 minute drive into the New Forest or 30 minutes to the sea means that we can have the best of both worlds.

What makes this barn unique

The Old Barns is a beautifully converted barn consisting of 4 one bedroom cottages. If you want to get together with some friends and family it is possible to rent all 4 cottages. We welcome well behaved dogs and it is possible to accommodate additional children in some of the cottages. The barn conversion has been carried out in a rustic style while keeping all the home comforts you would expect. The cottages are very generous for 2 people and as with man of our guests I am sure you will keep coming back. We have access onto the Test Way from the top of our driveway giving you access to miles of beautiful country walks or just a short drive away is the New Forest, the coast or the cities of Winchester or Salisbury. We are absolutely spoilt for choice with good places to eat all within 5 miles and there is a lovely local pub just 1 mile from the cottage.

Mobile and wifi are available at the property, but due to our location we do not guarantee these and some mobile providers do not get good reception here.


Romsey Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Period bathroom with rustic beamed ceiling, while w/c, sink and slipper roll top bath with hand held shower. You will also find a mirror, laundry basket, and a heated towel rail.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Double bedroom with rustic beamed ceilings, terracotta tiled floor and a large window opening onto the North Paddock. Metal double bed, 2 bedside tables and lamps, dressing table, mirror and chair and wardrobe. You will also find a hairdryer, adapter plug, iron and small ironing board.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming


4.7/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)

Elderberry Cottage - Luxury Barn Conversion in the heart of the Test Valley
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews

Lovely barn conversion. Great for pubs and walking

  • 5 of 5

A warm welcome from Sarah on our arrival. Tasteful barn conversion with bath and bed downstairs which stayed nice and cool. Great layout upstairs and all set in a beautiful and peaceful location. Easy access to the test valley leading to dog walks and pubs! It chucked it down on the Saturday but we took the dog out on one of the routes provided by Sarah. Ended up at the John O'Gaunt pub and the landlord lit the fire for us to dry out and even grabbed a towel and gave the dog a rub down! Lovely warming bowl of soup consumed. Went to the Boot Inn for dinner which had a lovely atmosphere and great food especially the pork belly. Would definitely go back again.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

We booked Elderberry Cottage for a week as our daughter was getting married in Winchester. It made things very easy and we loved coming back to the peace and quiet after hectic preparations and a weekend of celebrations. It was very nice having our meals on the balcony.

The cottage was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed. The owners were charming, left fresh eggs and milk for us on arrival and lent my husband a mini saw to cut the cake dowels.

Unfortunately we didn't have time to enjoy the many nice places to visit in the area except for the Mayfly pub for supper by the river - perfect.

I'm sure we'll book it again.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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a nice comfortable place to stay for a few days

  • 4 of 5

The kitchen electrics could have been better.

Great walks direct from ther cottage.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and I am glad you had a comfortable stay at The Old Barns and enjoyed the stunning local walks. Our kitchens contain the following electric equipped; electric double oven/grill, electric hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, waste disposal, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine. We welcome any comments and suggestions on what else you would like added. Please feel free to email me or message via HomeAway.
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Car: recommended

We are rather spoilt by the wonderful pubs, restaurants and farm shops in the area.

Please find below a list of just a few of them - far too many to mention:

The John O'Gaunt Inn, Horsebridge

Just over 1 mile stroll along the Test Way you will find this dog friendly pub offering home cooked simple food.

The Boot Inn, Houghton

A good 5 - 6 mile walk or a short drive you will find this lovely pub with a fantastic garden running down to the River Test. We love the food in this pub and dogs are welcome in the pub area and garden, but not the restaurant.

The Crown Inn, King's Somborne

1.4 miles by car or a beautiful walk along the Test Way to The Crown.

Good home cooked food and friendly atmosphere.

In Stockbridge high street (5 miles away) you will be spoilt for choice of where to eat:

The greyhound Inn

The Three Cups

The White Heart

Time and Tides

Woodfire Pizza

Peat Spade, Longstock

15 minutes drive you will find another beautiful pub in a stunning village. Good food and cosy atmosphere.

The Mayfly Inn, just outside Stockbridge

15 minutes drive you will find the Mayfly located on the River Test. Offers food all day, every day. Beautiful location to sit by the river.

The Royal Oak, Fritham, New Forest (30 minutes) Beautiful part of the New Forest for a walk and then enjoy a drink and a simple lunch from local produce at The Royal Oak (thatched pub).

For fantastic local produce please visit Kimbridge Farm shop or Leckford Farm Shop.

Place To Visit:

Below are just a few suggestions on places to visit, although there are far too many to mention:

Mottisfont National Trust House and Mottisfont Abbey (5 minutes)

Stunning national trust house and gardens.

Stockbrige Village - beautiful small village (10 minutes) full of independent shops, coffee shops, pubs and restaurants.

Spitfire Clay Shoot (10 minutes) fantastic purpose made clay shoot with or without lessons.

Danebury Hill Fort (12 minutes) Stunning location for a walk on an iron age hill fort.

Broadlands (10 minutes) historic home of late Earl Mountbattern of Burma.

The New Forest - (10 minutes to 40 minutes depending where you go). So many fantastic places to visit. Beaulieu motor museum, Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu river trips, Lymington, Lyndhurst, lots of good pubs, fantastic country walks and marinas, beaches and even a ferry to the Isle of Wight.

Beautiful Beaches (40 minutes) Bournemouth Beaches or Mudeford Sand Spit is a lovely sandy beach with a pleasant walk from Hengistbury Head car park.

Paultons Park (15 minutes) theme park for children including Pepper Pig world.

Here is one for the grownups! - Bombay Sapphire Gin tour and tasting. You need to book online in advance (30 minutes) Bombay Sapphire moved near Overton in 2014 and are located in a stunning mill. The building is fantastic and the tour or workshops are well worth a visit.

Winchester (25 minutes) - beautiful City on a small scale with independent shops and eateries. The farmers market on the 2nd and last Sunday of every month is excellent selling local produce.

Salisbury (30 minutes) - another beautiful City in the neighbouring county of Wiltshire.

Stonehenge (40 minutes) Historic stone circle.

Portsmouth Gun wharf Quays and Historic Dockyard (40 minutes). The historic dockyard is great for all ages with the new Mary Rose museum and located next door is the Spinnaker tower and retail outlet store.

If you are interested in Fly Fishing we can put you in touch with booking fly fishing on the River Test or on the John O'Gaunt lakes.


Rates & Availability

Romsey Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Bank Holiday 2017
Apr 28 2017 - May 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $32 per night, per additional guest
Bank Holiday
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $32 per night, per additional guest
Bank Holiday
Aug 25 2017 - Aug 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $32 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $32 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $128.36
Pet Fee $32.09

Please ask for full details of our terms & conditions and cancellation policy.
Well behaved dogs are welcome subject to our terms & conditions and must not be left unattended at any time.
Up to 2 well behaved children are welcome subject to availability of beds (must be pre-booked) and they must not be left unattended at any time. Please note that we have hard floor surfaces, balconies and un-fenced ponds.
Strict cancellation policy

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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