Known for its rolling hills, historic hamlets and idyllic market towns brimming with pretty-as-a-picture cottages, it's easy to see why the Cotswolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If you're looking for somewhere that embraces slow country living yet lies within easy reach of attractions, this converted barn set on a 120-acre farm is just the ticket. Built with traditional honey-coloured stone, it's full of rustic features inside. Vaulted ceilings sport original wooden beams, while a handmade oak staircase leads to a comfortable sitting room upstairs. Downstairs, a cosy snug with a fireplace is set off from the homey kitchen – perfect for resting weary legs after a day of sightseeing. If you're not up for cooking, your hosts can arrange on-site catering, or you can dine at one of the charming pubs in nearby Chipping Campden, an eleven-minute drive away. On lazy days, stroll around the farm, taking in the panoramic views while children enjoy the outdoor play area. Or make the twenty-minute drive to Stratford-upon-Avon and explore the birthplace of the Bard.
Home truths: *The super king bed in the downstairs bedroom can be converted to two singles on request
*A car is essential to get around the area
*Your hosts can provide some lovely extras that can be arranged in advance, including catering, food shopping and special treats like wine tastings and garden tours – just let them know during booking and they'll do their best to make it happen
*Well-behaved pups are more than welcome, as long as paws are kept off the furniture and out of the bedrooms – your hosts can also organise dog-sitting or walking services for you
*There are three other cottages as well as a bed & breakfast on the farm, so you won't have the grounds all to yourself, though this home does have a private front garden
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