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The Hay Barn

(Ref. 1051836)

Chester, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely stay at our cottage with our 6 month old baby."

    The place was spotless and had everything we needed. The orchard and story trail is a fantastic addition for the little ones. Perfect area too, so close to a lot of places like Cheshire oaks. Owner contacted us beforehand and asked if we would require a high chair or travel cot which was already in the cottage when we arrived. The wildlife cams were fantastic and any visitors we had during our stay were all very impressed! I was hooked on watching the baby owl! Overall a fantastic stay, we will definitely be back ☺️

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Jul 2024

  • "Extremely nice cottage very clean!"

    Hot tub lovely! Parking is a bit tight so take a small car!

    Reviewed by Tracey4.4Jun 2024

  • "Lovely cottage with pretty much everything need for enjoying a break."

    Only comment would be perhaps a blind in the bathroom for privacy reasons at night could be added. Car is essential for exploring the surrounding area, as most things are short drive away rather than trying to walk the country lanes. Web cams showing the owls (and their chicks) was great along with showing the goats, birds feeders and alpacas, best thing seen on TV for a while :) Orchard trail with hand carvings was lovely to see and visit. Matt was friendly and welcoming. Will definitely visit again

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2024

  • "We had a perfect break at The Haybarn."

    Everything was great. Loved the tale of Fudge so bought a book as a reminder of the lovely carvings. Owl cam was brilliant. Totally beautiful cottage.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0May 2024

  • "Very pretty little cottage with everything you could possibly need!"

    The little welcome basket and personal touches within the cottage made our bank holiday weekend great. Highly recommend x

    Reviewed by Katie5.0May 2024

  • "Great holiday cottage, clean, comfortable, warm and with good facilities, even had a bike rack complete with lock!"

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Apr 2024

  • "This cottage was everything we dreamed of nothing less than fantastic what I did like were the small touches of bottle of presseco in the fridge the Easter egg these little things made our weekend I will defo be telling our friends about this place the one small thing which did not bother us was the tv in the bedroom did not work but not really a concern well thank you for a smassing stay I would give it 11 out of 10 thank you again."

    Tony and Trish

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Mar 2024

  • "Absolutely fantastic little place."

    Clean, comfy and gorgeous. Fantastic hot tub, good location. Couldn't of had a better time.

    Reviewed by Joel5.0Jan 2024

  • "Fantastic weekend here."

    Cottage was immaculate and had everything you could need. The hot tub was an amazing bonus too. Close to local amenities, and to Chester itself including the local attractions. Also great location for access to North Wales. Loved it! Would 100% recommend it! Will definitely return. I’ve been raving about it to my friends and family. Thank you so much for the best stay!

    Reviewed by Miss Hannah5.0Dec 2023

  • "Top quality on everything, beautifully decorated."

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fabulous cute ottage."

    Immaculate. Lovely grounds. Perfectly central and closw to Chester City, Zoo, Cheshire Oaks, Park & Rides and other places. Loved the link to view the hosts animals on the tele. (Sad we left before knowing if Mummy Llama managed to feed/bond with her baby) Only one very minor point. Hot tub off at 10pm is far too early for tourists on holiday. By the time you get back from activities and feed it leaves no time to enjoy. Stay in lots of hot tub places (reason we pay more for a tub) and never known this very early cut off time). We would still recommend and wish to come back with friends if the hot tub time is expanded. If you are not bothered about the hot tub it is a perfect setting.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the Hay Barn."

    Probably the best accomodation standard we have stayed in. The webcams were a bonus and we watched the owls hatching and feeding.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2023

  • "A lovely short stay in the Hay barn, bed was super comfy and the welcome bottle of fizz was a nice surprise!"

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Apr 2023

  • "This was an amazing place to stay."

    I would happily go again. It was a nice location away from everything but still close to everything you would need

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely little property."

    Easy to find whilst being close to Chester and motorway access. Clean, comfortable and timely communication with the owner when needed. Would recommend. Thanks.

    Reviewed by Freya5.0Mar 2023

  • "The owners was very friendly and helpful."

    The welcome pack they did was such a lovely suggestion and I will definitely be retuning and recommending to friends and family. Had such a lovely weekend away for my partners birthday and overall the weekend was perfect

    Reviewed by Carly5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage very well situated for all local amenities and places to visit"

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2022

  • "Great little place, enjoyed every bit of it, would highly recommend, definitely coming back in the future!"

    Reviewed by Luke5.0Jun 2022

  • "Fantastic couple of days break."

    The cottage and surrounding area was beautiful. Also not to far from Chester. The owners we more than helpful with any requests.

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0May 2022

  • "We stayed here whilst we were waiting our house sale to go through and we are so pleased we made the choice to stay here."

    Firstly the owners are really lovely genuine people who will do anything for you. I did not ask them for much as to be honest there was nothing we needed yet the young man owner who I would see regular on the farm and he was such a pleasant man and there were two men in fact who were both very nice. The accomodation was absolutely beautiful and had the very best quality furnishings from bed linen to toilet brushes everything was quality. The whole experience was fabulous for me as I've just left East Sussex where I was a Radiology Nurse and the last two years have been dreadful therefore to be at these cottages to truly relax in awesome surroundings away from hospitals and patients and Covid was just amazing. I was initially worried about my partner as he is slightly infirm being 88 years however it was perfect for him. I didn't use the jacuzzi as its not my thing however all these little quality touches made the place special. It is a spectacular hideaway in a truly awesome setting. Although I'm moving to a new home here I'd love to come back stay a night or two late Summer. Thank you to the owners and the young man who Is one of the owners,you have a really lovely well thought out amazing place. I hope to come back again just for an odd day or two. Kind regards Michael

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Mar 2022

  • "Arrived at short notice, the owner made sure the place was warm."

    Was lovely and clean , fantastic property. Loved the old beams in the bedroom, huge bed , beautifully furnished, lovely peaceful location. Would highly recommend. Thank you for a fantastic stay

    Reviewed by Hazel5.0Dec 2021

  • "Excellent quality of build, warm, clean and super location."

    Sofa cushion seating a little squishy so not good for the back.As previous people feedback, it really could do with a simple blind on the bathroom window. However, everything else was brilliant and really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2021

  • "This is a place you can visit towns and major attractions with ease, then return ..."

    This is a place you can visit towns and major attractions with ease, then return sit back and relax, we had only one issue bed loverly but mattress a bit hard Would visit again

    Reviewed by Geoffrey4.1Oct 2021

  • "Needs a blind in the bathroom, had to improvise with a towel."

    Also appeared to be no shaver socket. Extremely quiet and clean. Very well presented. Would definitely recommend to others

    Reviewed by Julia4.4Oct 2021

  • "Perrrfect!"

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Oct 2021

  • "We would have preferred there to have been a blind in the bathroom but other than that everything was just how we wanted it."

    A personal thank you to the owners for the bottle of fizz. That was a very nice surprise.

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Sep 2021

  • "Comfortable cottage in a good location for access to Chester and countryside"

    Reviewed by David4.4May 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage with high quality fixtures and furnishings set in a lovely country spot but near to all amenities."

    Felt comfortable there especially during Covid 19 pandemic, so clean, we absolutely loved it and can’t wait to go back

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Sep 2020

  • "Great accommodation great location will visit there again."

    Reviewed by Iain5.0Sep 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage set in a very peaceful and well kept property."

    Youd thought of pretty much everything amenity wise and the milk, ice and the prosecco in the fridge was a lovely little touch as well as the very tasty tea selection and biscuits! We also loved watching some of the wildlife on the cameras too!

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Sep 2020

  • "This is a beautiful cottage in an idyllic setting, adjacent to the owners house."

    The cottage was very clean, spacious, well equipped and they left a bottle of wine in the fridge, plus a big bag of ice cubes. We found the shower floor to be slippery, but on telling the owners a bathmat was supplied immediately. The cottage is adjacent to a large field containing benches and fruit trees, and we were encouraged to take some fruit home, which we did. We would not hesitate to recommend this lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Graeme4.7Sep 2020

  • "This is a new barn conversion very tastefully done, and to a high spec."

    Particular attention has also been paid to the outside areas to make both family friendly, and ideal for sitting out for drinks etc. Neat & colourful flower beds around too. Being so close to Chester and the motorway junctions it is easy to strike in any direction which provides a great choice of places to visit and activities. Would love to return if the opportunity arises, Matt & Rachel are attentive hosts.

    Reviewed by Bronny5.0Aug 2020

  • "Our holiday cottage was more than amazing."

    even though we did not meet the owners they made us feel so welcomed, and have gone above and beyond, you can see the hard work put into the cottages and they really are a true asset! we will 100% be back in the feature!!

    Reviewed by Billy5.0Aug 2020

  • "Our hosts, Matt and Rachel were ever so friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them, even though we didn't need anything as it was all there."

    We had everything to make us as comfortable as we are in our own home, including a bottle of bubbly in the fridge on our arrival. When converting the farm outbuildings to holiday units they managed to keep some rustic features of a barn and still have all the modern equipment. The pubs were close, but not close enough to walk to.

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Jul 2020

  • "We had a fabulous 3-day weekend break at The Hay Barn and thoroughly enjoyed every second of it."

    The pictures don't do the place justice - it's stunning. We couldn't find anything to fault with it and the little extras that we received on our stay just topped it off. We would highly recommend and would stay here again should we have a return visit to Chester!!

    Jul 2020

  • "Stayed at the Hay Barn early December and would definitely return."

    The place was beautiful and very cosy, off road parking outside was a bonus, and the owners were very welcoming and quick to respond to any queries. The welcome parcel was a very thoughtful touch. Sykes Cottages were brilliant, very professional and communication was good throughout. They are fast becoming the go-to people for holiday breaks. Thank you to everyone.

    Jul 2020

  • "The issue of having no WiFi was a problem as I was also still having to work."

    I appreciate that this is supposedly be forthcoming. Generally the cottage was very well equipped and finished to a high standard.

    Jul 2020

  • "Due to the coronavirus epidemic we were unable to explore the local area, the cottage was ideal and we had all our needs met for a comfortable stay,."

    The cottage is in an ideal location to explore and we will definitely return when things are back to normal.

    Jul 2020

  • "We had a lovely few days in The Hay Barn, the owners left us a very nice goodie basket and a very thoughtful bottle of fizz in the fridge."

    These items were very much appreciated.

    Jul 2020

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  • One super-king-size bedroom (zip/link can be twin on request) with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge, Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Gated front courtyard with hot tub which will be ready to use as soon as you arrive
  • Carved wooden animal trail
  • Wildlife cameras are set in the grounds with viewing available in the property
  • Opportunity to meet the animals that live onsite
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking allowed
  • Shop within 1.3 miles, pub within 1.7 miles
  • Within 2 miles of Hoole
  • Four pubs serving food within 2 miles
  • Chester city centre 5 miles
  • Note: Check in is after 4pm
  • Please be advised this property is only able to accept Monday and Friday check-ins

The property

Found in on the outskirts of Chester near the homely suburb of Upton-by-Chester, is this delightful collection of holiday homes, with the end-property being The Hay Barn.

A perfect spot for a couple who need a romantic retreat to the country, but like being within a stone's throw of a bustling city, you can have the best of both worlds.

Enter into the cottage and discover the open-plan living space, complete with a plush sofa with a footstool, a gorgeous spot to snuggle up together on a tranquil evening in.

Surprise your partner by cooking up a romantic meal for two in the kitchen, making use of the electric oven and hob at your disposal, you'll be warmed by the underfloor heating as you get creative.

Sit across from your loved one at the dining table and talk over your plans for the rest of the trip.

When it's time to turn into bed, find the lovely bedroom which features a huge super-king-size bed, very inviting at the end of a fun-filled day, with beautiful exposed brick wall and wooden ceiling beams adding bags of character to this renovated barn.

The en-suite bathroom offers a large walk-in shower, so you can come to life in the morning with splash, or rinse off after a long soak in the bubbling hot tub which is located out on the courtyard.

Take your time to meander through the surroundings and see if you can spot some special visitors, the owner of The Hay Barn has published a Children’s bedtime storybook called Fudge’s Evening Adventure, the idea from this story came after the Owners Daughter was treated at Alder Hey Childrens Hospital.

The tale follows Fudge, a miniature dachshund, as she embarks on a quest to find a cozy place to rest her head for the night.

Along the way, she encounters various animal friends on and around the family farm.

A beautiful wooden sculpture trail to accompany the story can be enjoyed by guests, all proceeds from the book will go to Alder Hey Children's Charity, to thank them for their wonderful service, the book is able to be purchased directly from the owner, and so far over £13000 has been raised for this amazing charity.

To add to the wonder there is also a carved animal bug hunt, and guests can watch the wildlife in comfort as wildlife cameras have been set up and can be viewed live in the property.

The animal adventures don’t stop there, as guests will have the opportunity to meet the animals that live onsite, and with ample space and areas for children to play The Hay Barn really is a great choice for animal lovers and families alike.

The surrounding area is great for walks, visiting the wonderful Chester Zoo, or take a trip to the nearby Cheshire Oaks Outlet Village for some excellent shopping.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 974556, 974561, 1051835, together sleeping up to 12 people.

Lower Farm Holiday Cottages

Resting in the peaceful hamlet of Picton are the four charming terraced dwellings of Lower Farm Holiday Cottages. Suitable to sleep up to twelve people, they provide captivating accommodation for a family gathering or getaway with friends, ideal for exploring both the countryside and the historic excitement of Cheshire. Each of the properties boasts an open-plan living space with high ceilings and traditional features, making great spots to gather in individual groups for some quiet family time or to come together to celebrate a wonderful holiday. Two of the properties also benefit from hot tubs, so you can soak in your scenery from the relaxing waters, or choose to spend some time on the lawned area with a picnic in the summer months when youre not exploring the local delicacies of the area. With exposed brick walls, beams and wooden furnishings, each of the properties holds its own rustic charm amongst contemporary fixtures and features to assist you in your self-catering requirements. Wander up the steps to the owners Orchard where you can relax in the sun and when in season sample the fruit or take some back home with you. Later on do some star gazing at night, but make sure to keep an eye out for the Barn Owls, as there are several mating pairs in the area. Within close reach by car is the Roman city of Chester well known for being one of the best preserved walled cities in Britain; complete the circuit of the Walls, wander along the Rows with their black and white timbered galleries, visit the historic Amphitheatre, or have a classic day out at Chester Races. A wide range of attractions are ideally situated near these lovely dwellings including Chester Zoo, one of the top attractions and most visited zoo in the UK, Blue Planet Aquarium show-casing Europes largest collection of sharks through their 71 metre underwater tunnel, or indulge in some shopping at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet and Coliseum Leisure Park, where you can pick up some bargains and then catch a film at the cinema after or maybe a game of ten-pin bowling. Lower Farm Holiday Cottages provide the best of both the tranquil countryside and bustling city life, perfect for your retreat to this area of Cheshire.

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About the location


Liverpool 17 miles; Manchester 36 miles.

Chester has quite rightly been described as 'the jewel of the North-West of England'. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the city is that within a very small area there is evidence of every period of history - from the old walls and amphitheatre of Roman times, through medieval churches, Elizabethan timber-framed townhouses and Georgian terraces, to Victorian restorations and 21st century architecture. The city has much to offer the tourist, including excellent shopping in and around the famous Tudor 'Rows' and lovely walks along the Roman Walls, beside the River Dee and through the picturesque Grosvenor Park. Explore Chester's beautiful medieval cathedral, visit Chester Racecourse or spend a day at the world renowned Chester Zoo. Further afield, the stunning Welsh mountains and coastline, the quaint market towns and villages of Cheshire and the Wirral Peninsula with its first class golf courses, are all within easy touring distance, whilst frequent rail services make Liverpool, Manchester and the North Wales coast readily accessible.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas