There's something magical about the Cotswolds. With rolling green hills and lush pastures, this Area of Outstanding Beauty has inspired some of the greatest British writers, including Lewis Carroll, Jane Austen and JM Barrie. And we're sure this elegantly converted barn tucked away on 1500 acres of private, glorious countryside will give you plenty to write home about, too. Set on the Notgrove farm estate in Cheltenham's outskirts, this home marries the joy of rural living with modern upgrades like underfloor heating and floor-to-ceiling windows. Wake up to rolling views in the plush beds, rustle up fresh eggs from the estate's chickens in the gleaming kitchen and unwind in the evenings with a soak in the bath. On chilly evenings, snuggle up in front of the wood-burner, but on warm days, enjoy an alfresco dinner in the small courtyard garden. As much as we love the sleek design, the great outdoors is where the real beauty lies. Rent a bike and cycle through the woodland, stroll along the miles of mapped paths and makes friends with the goats, donkeys and alpaca on-site. There's also a tennis court and a communal games room with pool and table football, so you'll never get bored. Want to elevate your stay to Pulitzer-prize worthy? Your hosts can organise archery, clay pigeon shooting and rock climbing, plus an in-home chef and professional pampering sessions – now that's what we call a holiday.
Home truths: *All four bedrooms can be set up with either two single beds or one king-size bed – just let your host your preference
*We suggest having a car to make the most of exploring the Cotswolds – there's parking on-site
*There is a communal barbecue, shared tumble dryer and a separate games room for guests to share
*Dogs are welcome for a £40 fee – they must be on the lead outside of the enclosed garden
*A cot and high chair can be provided
*There are other cottages on-site that can be booked together for larger groups
*Please respect the neighbours and keep noise to a minimum
*Extra logs for the wood-burner are available for an additional cost
*During high season you'll need to book a full week, checking in and out on a Friday
Be the first one to tell us about your rental experience while staying at Author's Greens. Let us know if the listing matched your expectations. You can share your comments about the location, property owner/manager and all the unique features that made your stay a memorable one.