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The Old Barn, Organic Residence, Private Garden

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Overview
2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
4 guests
2 nights minimum 
Barn
Detailed description ' Tuscany in the Chilterns ' 200 year old country barn with Secret Garden, two fields from the Thames, beautiful views, one of a few areas in the UK where you have hills and valleys and a navigable river wrapping around them, encircled by picturesque riverside towns The old barn is set in the centre of an AONB conservation area, two fields away from where the river thames wraps around the chilterns, a unique area of the chilterns that has the benefit of the hills and valleys as well as the thames wrapping around it, and encircled by the riverside towns of Wallingford, dorchester-on-thames, Henley-on-thames, goring & Streatley, pangbourne, whitchurch-on-thames and sonning-on- thames , great for a romantic break from a stressed busy life or big city, a cultural break ...Detailed description ' Tuscany in the Chilterns ' 200 year old country barn with Secret Garden, two fields from the Thames, beautiful views, one of a few areas in the UK where you have hills and valleys and a navigable river wrapping around them, encircled by picturesque riverside towns The old barn is set in the centre of an AONB conservation area, two fields away from where the river thames wraps around the chilterns, a unique area of the chilterns that has the benefit of the hills and valleys as well as the thames wrapping around it, and encircled by the riverside towns of Wallingford, dorchester-on-thames, Henley-on-thames, goring & Streatley, pangbourne, whitchurch-on-thames and sonning-on- thames , great for a romantic break from a stressed busy life or big city, a cultural break or a relaxed walking , golfing , painting, horse riding or cycling holiday , there is of couse boating and fishing on the river Thames, if you want to stop off the world for a while, friends call it the sanctuary ! also useful if in the area for meetings or conferences and need somewhere to stay, fully fitted kitchen so self catering if you prefer and totally self contained, but house keeping services if needed Groceries - I,m very interested in organic farming and local produce, all the farm land around the barn has gone organic, and conscious of the journey you might have made to get here, i always leave in the barn, fresh loose tea (there's a nice china tea pot) and fresh organic bread, for tea and toast for your arrival, there's also fresh organic butter, organic honey and malt whisky marmalade, organic milk, organic eggs and organic biscuits , so you can just stop and relax and recenter yourself Accommodation - comprises the whole upper main vaulted and beamed floor of the barn which feels very light and airy, with fresh cut flowers in the sitting room area and amazing views across open chiltern countryside has a continental style with french greys and creams, open vaulted limed oak and elm beams give a cheerful calm relaxed feel, and makes a self contained private apartment, with its own entrance, comprising of two bedrooms , two en suite bathrooms also with baths and power showers, a central sitting room area and kitchen, Beds & Bedding - its one of the most important aspects of your stay, so with sensitive consideration, the beds are new King size large 5ft wide handmade, hand tufted, Organic lambswool and organic cotton quality 3000 individual pocket sprung divan double beds, being totally natural they support you really well and allow air to circulate, to give a better night sleep. the crisp white bed linen, sheets, duvets and pillow cases are 100% percale cotton linen, which allow air to circulate and you feel more comfortable as natural, and there is a 4.5 tog duvet and 9.5 tog duvet set for each bed, which along with the three pillows per side are all goose and down feather for more comfort and they also allow air to circulate for a deeper natural sleep. All the fresh white towels along with four extra large toweling spa robes are natural 100% cotton as well, The accommodation works really well for a couple who want to spread out across two bedrooms, and benefit from separate bathrooms, or two friends on a walking holiday needing separate bedrooms-en-suite, or a couple and one or two children if the children don't mind sharing a large double bed or two separate couples, any other guest combination please message me first before booking so we can make sure we can accommodate your needs, thanks Interaction with Guests as the barn is accessed through a shingled courtyard, surrounded by high trees and hedging, guests can enjoy a discreet and private stay, we like to show you were everything is on your arrival, then leave you to it, but only a phone call away if needed
House Rules
Kid friendlyNo smoking
Check with ownerPets
Bedrooms
2 Doubles
Bathrooms
2 Attached (ensuite)

Meet the host
alexander w
Hosting since June 2014
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 70%
Response Time: Within a few hours

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Reviews (13)
D H
D H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The old barn
What a lovely old barn. We were two couples staying for a weekend with two large dogs. We moved the chairs and ottoman around to accommodate two large dog beds and there was adequate room for all. The barn is well equipped and comfortable (the beds were so comfy). We were welcomed with a cream tea and quality tea and coffee. Alexander’s knowledge of the local area was great and he was very helpful showing us routes for good dog walks. The local pub (King Henry), is 1.6 miles away; the food was great and they were happy to accommodate dogs. Overall, a lovely stay. I would recommend a trip into Marlow and to the Chiltern Winery & Vineyard. We did a wine tour, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Their tour also covered Ales and Liqueurs.
Visited October 2019
Written October 21, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

kelly p
kelly p
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I'm Italian, and this truly is 'Tuscany in the Chilterns'!
It's hard to figure out where to begin in listing how excellent this place is - from Alexander's warm hospitality (which truly made a difference) to his ability to beautifully design interiors, but also his extremely suggestions and breakfast making skills (do try the eggs!). We only spent two days at the Old Barn but I feel like even if we spent two weeks we still wouldn't have enough. As an Italian, I was pleased to be reminded of my home country - this place does inspire memories of Tuscany from every corner!
Visited February 2019
Written February 21, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

emp e
emp e
Shoalhaven, Australia126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful host
We spent nine days at the Old Barn. One highlight was the friendliness of our hosts, Alexander and David. Alexander took us on several guided tours of the area, with lively accounts of its history both recent and ancient. He drove us to areas of outstanding natural beauty, and we were able to explore these in greater depth on our own during our stay. The location is great for exploring the Chilterns. The River Thames is close by and there are footpaths along the river and leading in and out of picturesque villages and small towns. The accommodation is very comfortable (both the beds and the sitting area) and the cooking facilities are fine. The hosts are immensely helpful both in terms of knowledge of the area and willingness to respond to guests’ needs.
Visited July 2018
Written July 24, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Meander764704
Meander764704
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great time around Oxford
Definitly recommand the Old Barn. Great decoration and location. Weather was nice so we could enjoy the private terrasse.
Visited May 2018
Written May 22, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Hilary R
Hilary R
East Grinstead, United Kingdom4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Delightful stay at The Old Barn
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Old Barn. It is absolutely charming and has been beautifully converted and decorated, with lots of quirky features. We had a lovely cream tea on arrival. Everything you might need for your stay has been provided - hair driers etc. We didn't get to use the garden, unfortunately, as the weather wasn't brilliant. Alexander gave us lots of information about places to visit, walks etc. We had a lovely meal at the King William pub which, as Alexander mentioned, has the most amazing view. Would love to stay again.
Visited August 2017
Written August 22, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Tricia K
Tricia K
Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Attractive and comfortable base to explore the area
We stayed two nights at the Old Barn as part of a walking holiday. It is well-suited to two couples, as each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with bath and shower and the rooms are at opposite ends of the barn. The whole barn is tastefully decorated with the many beams painted grey so not too oppressive and old and new carefully blended. However due to sloping ceilings one of each couple has to negotiate the way in and out of bed with some care to avoid the beams (which are upholstered in key places to avoid painful bumps). It was worth the effort, though, with luxurious feather pillows and real cotton sheets. The shared area is well-designed to make the most of the space but the seating area is small for four adults and there is no table, only a small breakfast bar where two people can eat. The welcome was great with the promised cream tea much appreciated after a day's walking and a generous welcome pack, including real tea and a teapot. It suited us well as a base for two days.
Visited July 2016 Travelled with friends
Written August 30, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Daydream537190
Daydream537190
Dear Tricia, thank-you for your review, if you stay again I don't know if you realised, there was a private garden with the barn with a large sofa dining area, really comfortable, and millions of fairy lights, very romantic at night, we had a Dutch couple who needed there own outside space, I'm going to add a barbeque as well, as its a private area, and photos to the site, but that is a great area also for all fresco dining and chilling out. and as you say there is the breakfast table and four chairs in the barn itself, I am trying to continuously improve the barn experience, and the private garden is a new feature, please come again, kind regards alexander :-)
Written September 1, 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Canadacalling
Canadacalling
Vancouver, Canada53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful Spot, Magical stay
Alexander is an absolute gem, from his pre stocking the Old Barn fridge with organic food to his amazing tour of the Chilterns and taking us to see "the View" he couldn't have made our stay any better. The Old Barn is beautifully decorated , cosy and has everything we needed. Its a beautiful spot to visit the Chilterns from, great walking and plenty of good pubs nearby
Visited June 2016 Travelled with family
Written July 11, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Harald D
Harald D
Alford, United Kingdom7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Very sweet
A very cosy flat and a very kind and enthusiastic owner who even filled the fridge with lovely food. I have never see so many red kites in my life before! Very comfy beds and lovely bathrooms. Blinds were a bit too thin, so struggled with sleeping-in. Views from the house are a little over-hyped but you can reach lovely areas by walking or in a few minutes by car.
Visited November 2015 Travelled as a couple
Written November 30, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Daydream537190
Daydream537190
Dear Harald, thank-you for staying, I think the blinds in the bedrooms are normal blinds not blackout, I'm going to see if I can add a second blind to the windows so guests can choose, everyone is so different, as for instance I sleep in the main farm house and have millions of fairy lights on all night against all the brick walls, as I cant cope with the dark, also I just wonder if you pulled up the blinds in the main area which incidentally are black out blinds, because they looked like they weren't touched, as you would have had lovely far reaching views across the fields, also I wish I could have shown you around the area so you could see where everything is, its so beautiful, but the weather was crazy, like being on a north sea oil rig, so your trip was limited in scope but I'm glad you had a great walk and maybe found the local pub, I,m getting my boat fixed and will let you know so you can come out on it, it really opens up the area from a different dimension kind regards alexander
Written December 1, 2015. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

BlueButterfly2014
BlueButterfly2014
Amsterdam, The Netherlands3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Host with the most!
My husband, myself and my cousin and his wife spent a delightful 3 nights at The Old Barn. Alexander, the host went out of his way to make us feel welcome. His tour of the region, complete with witty, insightful history that he gave us went above and beyond our expectations. The Barn is simply charming, decorated in a cosy, homely fashion by Alexander, with each item, clearly very thoughtfully placed. Food items for breakfast were supplied, and were enjoyed by all. The beds were comfortable to sleep on, secure parking for our hire car and bucolic scenery. We highly recommend The Old Barn, and would be delighted to stay there again.
Visited July 2015 Travelled with family
Written July 21, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Blowers79
Blowers79
London, United Kingdom10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
English charm for a long weekend!
We spent four nights here with a young baby, looking for a getaway and this was exactly what we were looking for. Living in a city we wanted a country cottage type feel where we could relax and take in some country air. As we have a very young child it was important to have the mod cons that we enjoy at home and have everything that we have access to at home, on our vacation. This place was perfect as it does have a Tuscany style feel whilst only being an hour and a half away from London. The owners Alexander and David are friendly and thoughtful, and was some other reviewers have stated stocked the place with the essentials. When we have rented places in the past, one of the issues is that you need to get things like oils, spices etc to cook with. Here you don't and to be honest if there was anything that we needed we could probably just ask the guys. The barn itself is essentially a two bedroom granny flat, where Alexander has watched people operate and therefore modified accordingly. As such whilst it is small (we don't think that you would want too many people in there) it works really well with two large bathrooms, two amazing bedrooms and a living come kitchen. It was warm and cosy and the kind of place you would want to hunker down for a few days when it is cold outside. The location is great in the oxfordshire countryside, so that we could visit local towns and villages, go for walks and enjoy the beautiful English countryside. For us this is the type of place that you would use as a weekend getaway whenever you wanted a few days away rather than getting your own place in the country. Alexander has described the place as Tuscany in the Chilterns - I can see what he means in terms of natural beauty. I would however say it is more English charm given that it is more Range Rovers, Cream teas, Sunday Roasts and pints of bitter by the fire. Beautiful England at its best!
Visited January 2015
Written January 26, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Cycling areas
Outdoor amenities
  • Private yard
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Television
Location info
  • City getaway
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 15 min walk)
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Parking
  • Secure parking available
Kitchen and dining
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
Bathroom and laundry
  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Indoor amenities
  • Central heating
  • Internet access
  • Cable television

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About the neighbourhood
please contact me for any infomation or details you might need, for golf course costs or horse riding costs, country houses and statley home opening times, local markets, festivals and regattas, concerts etc
Access
Car advised
How to get there
please ring first and i can advise depending on which direction you are coming from
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableGolf course (within 15 min walk)Horse riding facilities

Things to know
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed

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