Holiday home Greyhound Farm House is a delightful, Grade II listed cottage in Barnsley, in the Cotswold countryside, close to the ancient Roman town of Cirencester and can sleep sixteen people. The cottage has eight bedrooms over the ground and first floors, all with en-suite shower rooms, consisting of four double bedrooms (can be twin on request), a double, a family room with 1 double and 1 single and two twin rooms, as well as a main ground floor bathroom. The cottage also has a fitted kitchen with dining area,a sitting room with doors to patio and a first floor sitting room with access to the rear garden. Outside, the cottage has off road parking for four cars and a garden to the side and rear with furniture and a barbecue. With the popular Regency spa town of Cheltenham nearby, Greyhound Farm House is the perfect base for your holiday to Gloucestershire.
Area The village of Barnsley dates back to Roman times and is situated south of the Cotswold Hills. Beautiful countryside surrounds the area and there are many unspoilt, ancient villages to visit. Barnsley also hosts a village garden festival every year.
Region Visitors to the Cotswolds have long treasured memories of charming towns and villages built from the famous honey-coloured stone, it now boasts a thriving community of contemporary artists working from studios and shops throughout the area.
Amenities Oil underfloor heating. Electric oven and hob, microwave, 3 x fridges, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, 2 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, CD, radio, Wii games console, WiFi, payphone, selection of books, games and DVDs. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Travel cot and highchair. Off road parking for 4 cars. Lawned and paved garden to side and rear with furniture. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop 3 miles, pub 2 mins walk. Note: Owner will take delivery of a pre-paid supermarket shop. Note: Mobile signal can be intermittent. Please Note: car charging is accepted at this property for an additional charge.
The cottage and facilities were perfect for the holiday we wanted, but had a more basic and institutional feel than we expected from the description and photos.. In particular the long ground floor corridor with bedrooms off it seemed clinical. Whilst this was okay for us, it would have been disappointing for someone looking for a rural Cotswold cottage. The only issue experienced that impacted our enjoyment was the unreliable internet connection, with the router regularly crashing. This combined with a lack of phone reception caused communication issues.
To be clear, we had a very enjoyable holiday and the location and building suited our needs perfectly.
We had been to the Greyhound Barn before, so we knew what to expect.. Lovely big open house with loads of space for a big party. The fact that every room has its own en-suite is a great asset. The owners were attentive and a lovely welcome pack was much appreciated, the home made scones were delicious. The only small criticism we had was that a couple of the beds had seen better days and were a bit uncomfortable for a couple of our party. We probably wont be back next year but definitely look to come again in the future.
Mr Ewen, March 2020
Fantastic holiday home for our large family get together.. Well equipped kitchen, all ensuite rooms and large upstairs lounge which was comfortable and had plenty of seating. The welcome pack was a lovely touch. Only other comments are that it could do with a bit of an update and refreshing, overall this didn't affect our visit. I would highly recommend Greyhound Barn for large parties.
The whole week was very good.. We had a couples weekend and then a group of guys for Cheltenham races. Everyone was very impressed with the space we all had, en-suite in every room and the huge living area upstairs for us all to relax. The kitchen facilities were up to the standard of our resident chef and the welcome pack was lovely, especially the home made lemon drizzle cake!!! The owner came round early on the Saturday morning to welcome us and assure us that any problems would be taken care of quickly, but no need as all was well. Will definitely like to return.
Our second visit for a family weekend so we knew what to expect and we weren't disappointed.. The house was warm and friendly and provided everything we needed (except, perhaps, good wifi) for a successful stay. We had a memorable meal at the Village Pub across the road. Great walks from the door which we did in the snow on a beautiful day.
The welcome hamper was very much appreciated.. Owner knew it was my 70th birthday celebration and included a couple of bottles of 'fizz' along with basics such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits on the dining table for us. Both tables were set in festive red and the Christmas decorations added a holiday touch.
This is our second year at Greyhound Barn and it is a lovely welcoming property; ideal for large groups and very cosy.. It was beautifully set up when we arrived with Christmas trees and the table set for dinner. Lovely touches and the owners couldn’t be more helpful and accommodating. I’m sure we’ll be back.
Greyhound Barn is really well equipped to cater for our large group of 16.. The spacious lounge and kitchen/diner were excellent and we had everything we needed with the exception of weak mobile phone connections. This is obviously beyond the control of the owners. We would definitely recommend it to friends.
We had a warm and friendly welcome from the owner, also a very generous welcome hamper, thank you! However, we were told his two family members were available next door should we need anything. We made several attempts to speak to them about a couple of minor issues but no answer despite cars present and lights on.
Communal areas are very good. Large kitchen area that easily sat 12, big, comfortable sitting room. The kitchen is very well equipped.
En suite bedrooms, unfortunately, were poor. Bedding is tired, flat duvets and pillows we felt were very old. One of our party stripped her bed on departure day to find a very badly stained duvet. We would suggest all bedding needs replacing.
The ensuits are extremely small and utilitarian. Only fairly small people could get into the showers and the sinks are tiny. The large bathrooms did help however. There is also a constant very unpleasant smell coming through the sinks and loos, less so in the bedrooms when ensuit doors are closed.
Parking was a bit of a challenge! An 8 bedroom house is clearly designed for large groups therefore a number of cars are likely to arrive.
Proximity to Cirencester is good and the town lovely, well worth a visit.
As a returning customer, I was pleased to find that Wifi was working much better than last year.. I was also happy that they have installed a washing machine, very useful. However, the house was not as clean as last year sadly, especially the lounge upstairs and the cutlery tray in the kitchen. That was a bit disapointing. Also in the Fox room, where I slept, the bed is very uncomfortable, sort of tilting to the edge, which it was not doing in my previous stay. It needs sorting. We are very likely to come again, certainly if the bed situation is sorted. The other guests were happy with their rooms. The redistribution of the seating works well too.
House was in a great location with a lovely pub opposite.. The living area was great and everyone could sit comfortably. The house could have been cleaner, there were cobwebs on bedside lamps and some of the kitchenware wasn't very clean.
The only negative was the WIFI.. It was a very poor connection and extremely sporadic as regards connecting at all. Some of the housemates had children at home whom they wanted to contact via mail etc but were unable . With the large house, it is likely that there will be other parties with this predicament or work pressures to keep in contact with important issues. . Wifi should be like having a kettle these days - an absolute basic requirement.
Apart from this - GB was great !
This huge property is a wonderful place for a large party to enjoy time together without being in each other’s way.. It is roomy, well equipped and clean. Each of the 8 bedrooms is en suite, some with wet rooms, others with showers plus an extra bathroom with a bath. The owners who live in the farmhouse next door are lovely people who were most helpful. Barnsley (Glos) is easy to find and there are lots of attractions and places to see within easy reach. Cirencester is close by with its variety of shops and there is a petrol station and shop just down the hill and an excellent pub in the Village. It is a rural area so do take insect deterrent and a fly swatter.
We enjoyed a family holiday at Greyhound Barn.. There were 13 of us ranging from 19 months to 72 and the property accommodated us all brilliantly.
It's a great spot for exploring the area and there's plenty to do locally within a half hour drive.
The outside area was good for playing and relaxing for all ages and we were lucky enough to have great weather so ate outside a lot too.
There were a few minor niggles with the property but nothing to stop us having a wonderful holiday and nothing that can't be rectified very easily.
The owners were very friendly and helpful and sorted out an issue we had with a shower immediately which was great.
We'd certainly recommend it as a holiday destination!
The Greyhound Barn was a lovely place to stay and just right for our group.. .. Lovely welcome box of goodies and a home made cake
This was ideal accommodation for our walking group of 8 'mature' couples.. The property is well located on the edge of the Cotswolds, very well equipped and spacious. The en suite bedrooms provide independence and privacy, with the additional downstairs bathroom (and upstairs toilet) being a real bonus. The kitchen / dining area enabled us to eat together when we wanted to, or to do our own thing at other times. The huge lounge on the first floor was an excellent place to spend the evenings after a day's walking or after a meal out; the adjacent kitchenette is also very useful, reducing the need to go downstairs for drinks etc. We were very fortunate with the weather so we were able to also make use of the outside area, which is very private and just off the kitchen. We didn't use the smaller downstairs sitting room so much, but it proved useful when setting off on a walk or when returning. As in many rural areas, the mobile phone signal strength in the village is very weak, and with so many people attempting to access the broadband wi-fi simultaneously, that can also be a challenge. Overall, a property with many commendable features.
This was a fabulous place for a large group of people.. We were amazed at the size of the property, it seemed to go on and on! Every bedroom had it's own reasonably sized shower room and in addition there was an extra bathroom on the ground floor and WC on the top floor. We had great weather during our stay so spent most of the time in the kitchen/diner which has doors leading straight out to a nice secluded area which is gated so is safe for children / dogs to run around in. We found the kitchen had plenty of equipment for all 16 of us though some of it took some finding! Two fridges was a godsend. The owners live next door and were very welcoming, we appreciated the freshly laid eggs and home made cake left out for our arrival. The only downside for some of our party was that the wifi was rather patchy (although there were some parts of the house where a fairly good signal could be obtained) and because of the great weather some of the bedrooms were rather hot. We would definitely visit again
WiFi access poor,so not good for people who need to keep in touch ie work or family member ..
Ideal large & warm house in a beautiful setting, perfect for our family gathering.. However, some of the mattresses, pillows & towels are in need of replacement.
Every aspect as hoped for ,great for the 4 children aged 4 - 12 ( if the kids are happy so are the adults ).. also good walks for Rufus the springer spaniel would certainly consider this house again if we can
gather the clan in the future.
Excellent welcome.. We hired it for the family at Christmas. The house was decorated with fairy lights, two large well-decorated Christmas trees, and presents were provided for both children and adults under the tree in the main living room. The table was nicely laid up in the kitchen. Very warm, plenty of space and lovely cosy atmosphere in the main living room.
We had a very enjoyable weekend but there was on thing which may stop us from booking there again.. Two of the beds needed new mattresses and were extremely uncomfortable. Although we were only there for two nights, this was a problem and caused sore backs!
One of our party also complained about a damp smell in the wet room.
The kitchen was small and not particularly well equipped for a property of this size. There was no washing up liquid and this was a bit of a nuisance but easily remedied the next day.
There was a lovely welcome "hamper" when we arrived, including a delicious home made Yule log, and the property had been decorated with Christmas trees etc All of this was really appreciated and gave us a lovely warm welcome.
The owner lived next door and he was very friendly and helpful. Given how hard it is to find a property with 8 bedrooms all ensuite and the fact that it was reasonably priced, cosy and comfortable (apart form the beds mentioned!) it was very good value for money. Close to Cirencester and Gloucester.
I hope the bed problem can be sorted out. If I am assured that it is, I think we will book again.
Fantastic cottage in an excellent location for exploring the Cotswolds.. The pictures advertising the property don't do it justice as it was far better than expected when we arrived. The fact that each bedroom was en-suite in addition to a house bathroom and house toilet was most welcomed when everyone was getting ready for days out. A well equipped kitchen made food and drinks preparation very easy. There was a BBQ on site for a sunny afternoon outdoor meal and local eatery within 100 yards to give the chef well earned rest too! Days out to Blenheim, Bourton on the water and an outdoor swim in Cirencester were the pick of our week. Thanks for a fab week!
Comfortable cottage ideal for a large group, we were a group of 14 French, two English and one dog on an English class holiday.. There was lots of space to be together to eat and to study. Owners were just next door and helped us out when needed, thank you.
Greyhound Barn was perfect for our party. We loved the massive lounge and used this each evening. The kitchen was well equipped and the interior of the oven was spotless. We used The Village Pub opposite - it was convenient and had excellent food.
An ideal property for a large family group attending a wedding nearby. It has a large kitchen dining table that fitted 16 people and a very comfortable lounge with 7 sofas. The place was well heated throughout.
The property was well presented and very clean on arrival. It was cosy and provided our group of 16 with a good base to attend a family wedding nearby. The area is very lovely and worth a return visit sometime.
The location of Greyhound Barn in The Cotswolds was very good; near to Cirencester and Cheltenham. It was perfectly suited to our group as all 8 (very well presented) bedrooms were en-suite which made it so easy and practical. There was a large well equipped dining kitchen and huge lounge which was perfect for our large group. The owners live next door and were extremely pleasant and helpful. The Sykes website was easy to use, gave very good information about the property and the communication was very helpful.
We were a family party of 12, the Barn offered us plenty of space and provided games to occupy the children. It was in an excellent location in a very nice village, with plenty to do and see in the area. We loved the village of Bibury which is very close to Barnsley.
The property has a fantastic period look but inside has large functional living spaces. In particular the kitchen diner and the upstairs lounge. The property is close to Cirencester so supplies were easily obtained yet it was far enough away to give the country village feeling. This property is perfect for large social groups allowing for group meals all together or relaxing in the lounge but then giving bedroom and bathroom space for everyone to have some private space. This property is an absolute tardis of a building that is well maintained and requires you to take only yourselves and the food and drink you need, everything else you may need is supplied.
Everything about the accommodation was very good. Particularly liked the choice of bed linen and general standard of fabrics and furnishings.
We enjoyed our holiday very much and the size of the property was great. The area is fantastic and we all had a really good time. I would recommend to anyone.
I rented Greyhound Barn for my family as it as it was near to the wedding venue and could accommodate us all. The basic requirements were all provided and it was adequate for our purposes. The owners have obviously made as great an effort as it reasonable possible.
Well appointed, clean, reasonably well furnished and decorated.
Large property and plenty of room. Family who own property live next door and where very helpful and friendly. Barnsley is a lovely Cotswold Village.
There were fresh flowers on arrival and the bedding and towels were very clean and attractive. Plenty of rooms with individual facilities.
Friendly, flexible owner. Every room has en-suite. Good size kitchen/dining area good for large groups. Large communal lounge. Quiet, rural location.
Warm and cosy considering it was about 2 degrees outside. Excellent local village pub.
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