Restored Barn in Aldbourne, Nr. Marlborough - Beautiful Views, With 10 minute walk to village and within an hour of Oxford, Bath, Stonehenge and Avebury
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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.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Our 3 night stay was wonderful. We wish were were there now! Darling barn was very comfortable. The walk to village green for dinner was a treat.
Alma Barn is a gem!
The barn is a lovely open-plan that was beautifully restored - the timber framing is a wonder to admire! Aldbourne is a delightful village - one of our favorites in all of our travels around the UK. The location is an easy stroll into the village where we found the Blue Boar and The Post Office to be excellent experiences.
Waking up with a view of the beams of the old barn above you and the sense of history was amazing. We were always thrilled to come back "home" in the evenings. Owner very attentive. Beds great and had everything we needed.
Absolutely stunning in all ways.
We spent a week here, and the barn (which though quaint sounding, is actually a misnomer) exceeded every expectation. The accommodations are outstanding, the location gorgeous, and the hosts were attentive and yet unobtrusive, allowing us to bathe in the peace and serenity of the place. There was simply not a single thing that we found that was anything but exceptional.
And there is a cat. We do not know his formal name, but we gave him the week-long appellation of Barn Cat. There may be a few things I might forget over time about our visit, but I assure you the sheer love and joy Barn Cat lavished upon us each morning and evening will never be forgotten. :-)
5 stars which easily could / should be twenty. Cannot recommend this property highly enough.
Really lovely converted barn in a quaint village. It was centrally located for our weekend jaunts around Wiltshire, and it was a good space for our family of four. Very comfortable and had all of the amenities we needed. The only improvement I might suggest is the addition of ceiling fans in the bed/loft areas as it got a bit warm and stuffy at night.
Lovely for our family of 4
Alma Barn was a perfect place to stay while we explored the countryside. We were able to make several meals in the kitchen, the beds were comfortable and the heated floor was fantastic. The co op down the road had what we needed for groceries and the towns pubs were enjoyable.
So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Alma Barn and your time in our village. Do hope that the rest of your trip was a success, and that maybe we can look forward to welcoming you back one day.
Charlie & Fenella
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.
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.