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Beautifully Restored Barn; Combining Original Features & high tech for comfort

Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Restored Barn in Aldbourne, Nr. Marlborough - Beautiful Views, With 10 minute walk to village and within an hour of Oxford, Bath, Stonehenge and Avebury

This 1663 barn has been carefully converted to sleep four in a twin and kingsize double bedroom. The comfortable self-catering accommodation is open plan, with views onto the downs beyond and a few minutes walk into the centre of Aldbourne, an attractive village with pubs and shops. The spacious interior leads onto a private terrace and path to off-road parking. A blend of restored original features, a carefully designed interior and some of the latest technology make this recently available barn an unusual place to stay.

Fenella Elms
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Fenella Elms

Fenella Elms, ceramics artist, works in the workshop at the far end of the long cottage. You will find some of her work in the barn and by prior arrangement you are welcome to visit the workshops to find out more during your stay.

Why Fenella Elms chose Marlborough

Alma Barn is attached to the end of a cottage where the owners, the Elms family, have lived for nearly 20 years. In this time the barn has been used for horses, cattle and lambing before special listing permission was given to restore the barn to make a holiday let from 2012.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We stayed on New Years Eve, wanting peace following a difficult year. We received a very warm welcome and could not fault our stay, every little detail had been so carefully thought of. Fantastic!" (Toprooms Jan. 2013)

"That night we find rural peace in an exquisitely converted self-catering barn in the lovely village of Aldbourne, where sheep bleat and horses clop past as we eat morning croissants before a gigantic window, overlooking frost-rimmed fields" (Nicholas Roe, travel writer in The Times Dec. 2012)

"What a lovely cottage, everything all so well designed and over thought. Good energy here! We hope to back next year to satisfy our new addiction: crop circles!" (visitors from Holland and Germany, July 2012)

"A very well equipped and comfortable place to stay - thank you. We especially appreciated the little extra touches of flowers and fresh fruit. We look forward to a return visit to this little oasis!" (visitors from Scotland, October 2012)
Jan 2013
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Marlborough Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Twin and kingsize double beds with very comfortable pocket-sprung mattresses, percale cotton sheets and feather duvets. Although the bedrooms are open plan, they are on opposite ends of the barn, accessed by separate staircases.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: Children under six years, or if they are inclined to to climb, could be at risk if left unattended in the bedrooms. For this reason, we do not to accept children under six, unless in a cot. We have 2 cots and 2 high chairs; please request in advance. Outside: A cobble terrace, fenced within a field for livestock (usually traditional breed Wiltshire Horn sheep) is a pleasant place to sit in the sun on a bench or to have a BBQ and eat outside using the table and chairs provided. Utility Room: There is no utility room or washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Heated towel rails in the bedrooms ensure the very large bath towels are warm and dried. The beds are made up with percale cotton and feather duvets and pillows, unless special anti-allergy bedding is requested. Bedding/towels are changed once weekly. Other: Light floods in to the sociable ground floor through the tall barn doors. A large oak dining table sits in the centre with seating for entertaining up to 12 people.


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Beautifully Restored Barn; Combining Original Features & high tech for comfort
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Beautiful barn with beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We were recommended Alma Barn from friends and it did not disappoint. Absolutely stunning countryside and a peaceful village to match. Great pubs nearby or a short car journey to neighbouring towns. We are coming back for sure!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We are so pleased to hear this... and look forward to having you back.
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Lovely character barn short stay

  • 4 of 5

Really enjoyed the barn with its one big room with the two great bedrooms overlooking from either side. Just a bit cold inside until we turned the thermostat up from 14C. The barn is on a great location in the countryside but close to Swindon where we were going the next day.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing stay

  • 4 of 5

The barn is in a great location and it was the perfect place to relax and catch up with friends.

Unfortunately the toilet wasn't clean when we arrived, but the owner was very apologetic about this . I think they use an external cleaner who may have forgotten to clean it, also the mugs in the kitchen were dirty. I'm sure this is just a one-off.

Other than that, it was a great stay! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lucy, we are really sorry about this, particularly because we thought we were on top of the situation and clearly we are not. It is helpful to know because it needs sorting out. I’m really glad that you had a great stay! Thank you for the review.
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Lovely relaxing break!

  • 4 of 5

Thank you for a lovely stay. The barn was clean and well equipped and had everything we needed for a relaxing break.

The barn was in a great location only half a mile from local amenities. Would definitely recommend.

We hope to return again soon! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Postcard perfect

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated our Mom's 70th Birthday by taking her to England and spent 4 days at Alma Barn. The property was perfect for my Mom, sister and I. We made family dinners, sat on the porch with coffee in the morning and took leisurely walks to local pubs and the co-op for fresh pastries in the morning. It was an ideal location for visiting sites across the country side - Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Strattorford on Avon, and Oxford. We would highly recommend this property. The owner Fenella and property manager Helen were gracious and helpful before and throughout our stay. We would love to visit again someday!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: That's great to hear; thank you! We look forward to your return...
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A perfect base for our wedding weekend

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Alma Barn for 3 days following our wedding at a local barn. It was the prefect place to relax in luxury and peace after all of the wedding mayhem! The barn itself was clean, a great size and very nicely presented. It is in a lovely rural location with sheep grazing just outside the front door.

We enjoyed 2 nights in and 1 night out at the Blue Boar, a local traditional Wiltshire inn with welcoming hosts and good food.

The Alma Barn hosts were also very helpful in storing some clothes which had been left there in our rush to the airport.

We would certainly stay again, and so should you!

Joe & Izzy

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

At the other end of the property from the barn are pottery workshops where ceramics artist, Fenella Elms, works. Her artwork is in the barn and you are welcome to visit the workshops during your stay, by prior arrangement.


Rail stations: Hungerford 8 miles, Swindon 10 miles

Heathrow airport 60 miles

Bristol airport 60 miles

Southampton airport 53 miles

Gatwick airport 98 miles

Village taxi service:


Aldbourne village centre half a mile.

Local market towns, Marlborough and Hungerford , both 8 miles.

Places to visit:

Oxford 36 miles

Bath 45 miles

Salisbury 38 miles

London (Trafalgar Sq.) 75 miles

Numerous archeological sites, and White Horses, best known: Avebury 16 miles, Stonehenge 33 miles.


A byway borders the property and quickly leads to fabulous views.

The Ridgeway walk is 1 mile away and we are usually surrounded by crop circles.

Further Details:

Aldbourne, our village, is a hive of activity with two pubs, late opening Co-Op, Post office with cafe, Indian takeaway, fish & chip van. There are frequent Beer festivals, a yearly carnival, weekly film nights, mountain bike hire, as well as visiting theatres, bands and fairgrounds.

Marlborough and Hungerford are attractive market towns with busy high streets of cafes, book shops, antiques and clothes.

We supply maps and circular walk routes with pubs, ancient archeological sites and amazing open views.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

change over and cleaning $99.45
Refundable damage deposit $213.1

Booking Notes:
For booking, a first night deposit is taken and then payment in full is taken four weeks before stay.

Changeover Day:
This barn is unusually available on a nightly basis.

Notes on prices:
Low season - 1st Nov to 31st Mar.(Excl Christmas, New Year & Easter & half term holidays)First night stay £150, subsequent nights £80 each.
Mid season - 1st April - 31st July and 1st Sept - 31st Oct(Excl Easter and May Bank holiday weekends and half term holidays) First night stay £170, subsequent nights £100 each.
High season -1st - 31st August and Christmas, New Year, Easter, May bank holiday weekends, half term holidays. First night stay £190, subsequent nights £120 each.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.