Baxter's Farm

The unique and superbly-designed Grade Two listed Cotswold stone barn faces South over gorgeous gardens in a peaceful spot and is surrounded by its own land. The 75-foot long main room combines a cosy end with three huge Conran sofas by a woodburning fire, with open space around an antique snooker table at the other end. It was chosen for inclusion in the book Cotswold Stone Homes, written by the architect Michael Hill, when he was Conservation Officer of Cotswold District Council and Chairman of the Woodchester Mansion Trust and he described it as a well-judged, inventive and sensitive design. The gabled porch and a pigeon loft with a timber cupola breaking the roofline makes the barn highly picturesque. The walls have distinctive triangular air-vents, simply made with three large slabs of stone. Light was allowed into the barn by glazing the original barn doorways.

People who have stayed in the barn love the atmosphere. John Lonsdale, Series Editor of Grand Designs and a frequent visitor called it: a delightful place to stay, a sensitive conversion blending Cotswold tradition with contemporary design. It retains a tremendous open plan living and entertaining space with cosier bedrooms, modern bathrooms and a light, full spec kitchen diner with sliding doors through to the terrace, all surrounded by beautiful gardens. No question it is a very peaceful and comfortable place.

Noel Brown, a businessman from Northern Ireland who has stayed several times with his family, is equally enthusiastic and says: The minute I walk into the barn I relax. And Peter Drake, a TV executive from London, praised it like this: The barn is one of the most special places in England you could wish to stay. Spectacular and stylish inside and set in the amazing Cotswold landscape, it’s the ideal place to really get away and spend precious time in great style and comfort.
This stunning barn situated between two of the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds is perfect for a relaxing break in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
It is available for weekends or longer holidays from the beginning of November to the end of April and sleeps up to eight people.
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David Pocknell, an expert in barn conversions, designed the barn. Stone from a local quarry was used for the flooring, a lighting expert chose spotlights to highlight the magnificent roof timbers and a glass wall in the main bedroom means this can all be enjoyed from the first floor too. There are two bathrooms with white mosaic tiled walls and a sleek kitchen with stainless steel work surfaces, which is equipped for serious cooking. Bi-fold doors, used throughout the South side of the barn, make it easy to lift out chairs and a table for dining on the veranda by the rose garden. There is a double bedroom with the sensational glass wall, which contrasts with antique timbers and stone walls. A family bedroom with a king-size bed and two singles looks out to the gardens and lake. The granary, which sleeps two, looks over the main room and is reached using an angled, ladder-style staircase with a handrail. It is ideal for a family group or for two or three couples.