Hailstone Barn puts you at the heart of Cotswold country, with great walks in every direction and the town of Tetbury on your doorstep. This three bedroom Gloucestershire cottage has been refurbished in a homely and contemporary style, creating a unique holiday home in a very special rural setting.
A Cotswold holiday cottage near Tetbury, Hailstone Barn has been refurbished in a homely and contemporary style, with one, long living space which flows naturally from the kitchen to the dining and sitting rooms beyond. Large windows and French doors flood the whole space with light. There are beautiful details throughout this charming country cottage, including spiral staircases, quirky posters and lots of cushions to collapse into.
Your only problem will be choosing where to relax in this spacious pet-friendly holiday cottage. In front of the wood burning stove in the living room perhaps or perched next to the Aga in the well-equipped kitchen. If you'd prefer a little tranquillity, you will also find a snug, with books lining the walls, and a sun room with cantilevered doors opening right out onto the patio.
The garden is very special too, with a large dining table and rattan chairs, hammocks for the truly decadent and even a shepherd's hut for some privacy and contemplation. The garden has delightful woodland and the rolling Cotswold countryside views.
Hailstone Barn puts you at the heart of Cotswold country, with great walks all around you and the picturesque little Gloucestershire town of Tetbury on your doorstep. The town is famous for its antique shops where you could spend many a happy hour rooting out a bargain or two.
Hailstone Barn (6 Guests) is only available to book outside of peak season. It can be booked in conjunction with the annexe which increases sleeping capacity to ten in five bedrooms during the peak seasons, and indeed, as a large holiday cottage at any time of the year. Hailstone Barn (10 Guests) is available to book at all times throughout the year, When rented as a 5-bedroom property it comes with the added bonus of an entertainment room with Sky television and its very own bar.
Sleeps six guests. One en-suite bedroom with zip and link bed. Two double bedrooms with king size bed, one of which is en-suite. Family bathroom. Wood burning stoves and open fire. Large garden with orchard, courtyard garden and decked seating area. WiFi. Parking for up to five cars. Children and infants welcome. Up to two dogs welcome (small additional charge, see Notes). Minimum three night stay.
AGA, electric oven with separate electric hob, microwave. Combined fridge freezer. Dishwasher. Washing machine and tumble dryer. Television with Sky TV and Blu-ray player. Sonos, iPad. Tennis court with tarmac surface (please bring your own equipment). Two high chairs, cot and travel cot available on request. Garden furniture. Hammocks, fire pit, gas barbeque. Tables and chairs in the orchard (available May &ndash; September only).
There are woodland views from the decking at Hailstone Barn, but if you’d like to see some rarer specimens, head for Westonbirt Arboretum just a few miles away. The long, tree-lined avenues are a delight to walk along, and the site is a photographer’s paradise in the autumn, when the Japanese maples turn a variety of colours.
Just south of Tetbury is Highgrove House, country home of HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. The Prince is a keen organic gardener and he has transformed the gardens here. You can book to go on guided tours at certain times of the year.
A short drive away from Hailstone Barn is the Georgian spa town of Bath. One of the best views of the town is from the hillside above as you approach – the lines of Georgian terraces hug the contours. The splendour of the Royal Crescent and the hot springs of the Thermae spa are must-sees while you are here, but make sure you factor in some time for shopping and dining too.
There are walks in every direction from Hailstone Barn, but for walks with a difference head east to the Cotswold Water Park. There’s more open water here than in the Norfolk Broads, and you can stroll along the Thames River path or hunker down in a hide to do some birdwatching. There are lots of activities on offer too, including canoes, windsurfers and even zip wires.
Malmesbury is a charming town filled with history. The Abbey here dates back to the twelfth century.
If you are visiting in the early summer, then you might be lucky enough to catch the WOMAD festival just up the road.
To see how the other half lived during Roman times, we recommend a trip to Chedworth Roman Villa. The woodland setting is magical, and the mosaic floors are incredibly well preserved. Oh, and look out for giant snails; the Romans brought them with them over the Channel, and they are still living here today!
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