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

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Property type barn



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
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2017

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 Wiltshire

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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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Beautifully Restored Barn; Combining Original Features & high tech for comfort
average rating of 4.9375 based on 17 reviews


  • 5 of 5

My wife and I loved our stay in Alma Barn. It is beautiful, comfortable a great location to enjoy Albourne where we lived 25 years ago. This historic village (home to Easy Company of Band of Brothers prior to D Day) is thriving and as charming as ever. We also enjoyed the lovely local walks on the Downs and certainly plan to return much sooner next time.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is really heartening to hear that you enjoyed your stay so much; thank you for letting us know. We look forward to having you back again...
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English Country Stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved our 2 nights in Aldbourne. Just as advertised - lovely converted barn with all the modern conveniences, very comfortable beds with nice bedding in the lofts, great kitchen amenities, and sheep outside the door! Very private, can walk to small market and the town. If you want the country experience off the beaten path and the feeling that you live there rather than visit, I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for a lovely review of Alma Barn. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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Just great

  • 5 of 5

Very renovation - great village - nice part of England!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely property in a great location with wonderful hosts.

  • 4 of 5

Beautifully designed and very comfortable. Relaxing, had everything we needed and great location for walking in to the center of the village. Ideal for a couple. If there are more guests it could use screens in the bedrooms to create privacy between the lofts. Bathroom is small and shower is tiny but everything else is so well done, you won't mind!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely barn

  • 5 of 5

Charming , well equipped , suited our requirements perfectly .

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is lovely to hear that you found it charming! Thank you for staying.
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Lovely Barn in the Cotswolds

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful stay at Alma Barn. The barn itself was lovely and very accommodating for our family of 4. We loved being in a real town with Aldbourne just a quick walk away to pick up groceries, eat or just look around. Charlie & Fenella were welcoming and very responsive to all our requests. A great base from which to visit other towns nearby (Salisbury, Oxford, Lacock Abbey and Bath).

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments. We are so glad that you enjoyed your time at Alma Barn and hope that one day we may have the opportunity of welcoming you back again.
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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

Marlborough Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season
Jan 3 2017 - Feb 10 2017
1 night minimum stay
High Season
Feb 11 2017 - Feb 19 2017
1 night minimum stay
High Season
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 23 2017
1 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Apr 24 2017 - May 27 2017
1 night minimum stay
High Season
May 28 2017 - Jun 4 2017
1 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 21 2017
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $183
change over and cleaning $85

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.
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Marlborough Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
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 ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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