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Greyhound Barn

Barnsley near Cirencester, Gloucestershire (Ref. 19933)

4.3

Good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 16

  • Bedrooms 8

  • Bathrooms 9

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "14 of us had a very pleasant stay at Greyhound Barn!"

    After 2 years of not being able to meet up and then our booked property being taken out of commission by the owners last December it was a relief to find a property large enough for us all with en-suite rooms. We enjoyed the large lounge upstairs for the whole group to meet up in the evenings and also the cosy front lounge to relax in. Bed linen and towels fresh although a couple of bath mats needed replacement. Although clean to the eye a bit of deeper cleaning under beds and furniture moving might not go amiss. More clarification about refuse disposal would help as, coming from different authorities where rules vary, it seemed seemed out of date. An extra bin for recyclables inside would be helpful. A good location with good walks and The Village Pub for a meal out so accessible with very pleasant staff who were mega helpful. Although there is an outdoor area with rattan furniture there is no garden as such. We were able to sensibly park 7 cars on the property with no problem. Would we go again........definitely!

    Reviewed by ChrisApr 2022

  • "This was an ideal property for our large family group of 12 ( 3 generations with ages 17 months to 74 years)."

    The first floor lounge with games tables proved especially popular. Plenty of bedrooms with all of them en-suite. A couple of showers were rather slow to drain meaning care had to be taken to avoid overflowing onto the floor. The kitchen is very generously equipped with plenty of cutlery, crockery and best of all several very large saucepans. Plenty of fridge and freezer space. There are two fridges in the kitchen plus a smaller one in the first floor kitchenette. However only one small empty double wall cupboard which was insufficient for all our grocery provisions. Also we found no instructions for operating the cooker so there was some frustration involving trial and error when using the hob. However overall everyone agreed that Greyhound Barn provided perfect accommodation for our family get together, located in a beautiful part of the country.

    Reviewed by ValerieApr 2022

  • "Our family of 15 had a great time at the Greyhound Barn."

    Ensuite facilities in all bedrooms were great, a huge kitchen dining area, and, best of all, the enormous sitting room upstairs wirh plenty of settees, a snooker table and table football and still room to spare!. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by AlanFeb 2022

  • "We have stayed at Greyhound Barn on many occasions."

    This time the general standard was very much improved and a huge effort had been made to improve the showers, renew bedding and freshen the paintwork and decor throughout. Generous heating and hot water and plenty of living space for everyone. The kitchen is quite limited when catering for a large group. Phone signal is very weak, but wifi worked in most areas of the house.

    Reviewed by NicholasNov 2021

  • "Lack of communication by both Sykes and the owners exacerbated small problems and made them difficulties."

    This was a pity as the administrator very kindly did rearrange beds for us. However, no one gave us the key code so we were forced to leave the house unlocked. This despite many emails and calls to Sykes, the administrator and the owners. Sykes just kept resending their same standard email telling us to get the code from the owner. .... The heating was broken and while we understand the present situation makes it impossible to get repairs done quickly we were promised more heaters but it took more than a day and many phone calls to get just one. Most of our bedrooms and bathrooms were cold. It sounds picky but if you are promised dish washer tablets and there are none and nowhere to buy any ...hand washing for nine people is no one's favourite holiday task. 3 finally arrived with the heater. This was our group's second stay at The Greyhound Barn and we appreciated the improvements but we can't risk another.

    Thank you for your feedback following your stay at Greyhound Barn We do appreciate you coming back to stay with us. We sent out the key safe code to you by email before your stay. Sometimes, these can go to the junk mail in the inbox but we always make sure that Customers have the code before their trip starts The previous Customers had caused some damage to the shower. We did fix this as soon as we knew about it however we didn’t know it was leaking. This has been rectified now by the plumber We do pay to get all the rubbish recycled at the property. We have two bins that are labelled at the property for Customers to use. We did have a problem with the underfloor heating before your stay. This has now been fixed but we did provide adequate heating for your stay to compensate for this There should have been a small supply of dishwasher tablets for you as a starter pack, I am sorry these weren’t available for you. This was an oversight Once again, thank you for your comments regarding the property. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this for us Property Owner

    Reviewed by JillNov 2021

  • "The Greyhound barn is in a great place."

    However there are significant problems with the plumbing, showers and bath leaking onto the floor in several rooms. I have written separately to the owner/admin team highlighting problems that we identified as needing attention. There may be other problems. I would not recommend staying at this property to anyone else until these issues have been addressed

    Reviewed by NeilOct 2021

  • "Hi our stay was enjoyable very nice place the only comment would be for a large group the washing & drying of clothes was not a adequate and the barbecue could of been bigger."

    Reviewed by MitchJul 2021

  • "The cottage and facilities were perfect for the holiday we wanted, but had a more basic and institutional feel than we expected from the description and photos."

    In particular the long ground floor corridor with bedrooms off it seemed clinical. Whilst this was okay for us, it would have been disappointing for someone looking for a rural Cotswold cottage. The only issue experienced that impacted our enjoyment was the unreliable internet connection, with the router regularly crashing. This combined with a lack of phone reception caused communication issues. To be clear, we had a very enjoyable holiday and the location and building suited our needs perfectly.

    Reviewed by KeithAug 2020

  • "We had been to the Greyhound Barn before, so we knew what to expect."

    Lovely big open house with loads of space for a big party. The fact that every room has its own en-suite is a great asset. The owners were attentive and a lovely welcome pack was much appreciated, the home made scones were delicious. The only small criticism we had was that a couple of the beds had seen better days and were a bit uncomfortable for a couple of our party. We probably wont be back next year but definitely look to come again in the future.

    Reviewed by RobertMar 2020

  • "Fantastic holiday home for our large family get together."

    Well equipped kitchen, all ensuite rooms and large upstairs lounge which was comfortable and had plenty of seating. The welcome pack was a lovely touch. Only other comments are that it could do with a bit of an update and refreshing, overall this didn't affect our visit. I would highly recommend Greyhound Barn for large parties.

    Reviewed by SuzanneNov 2019

  • "Fantastic home for a large family get together, with ample room and a well equipped kitchen with endless amounts of cutlery and crockery, making it easy for everybody within our large party."

    The children loved the size of the property and it was great to have 2 separately located living rooms and a really large kitchen/dining area meaning everyone had their own space when required. My only comments would be some of the decor could do with updating, as could the en-suite/wetrooms which didn't really have good enough drainage where no self-contained cubicles were fitted. Overall this didn't affect our enjoyment of the property and i'd highly recommend for large parties looking for a really spacious property. We had 14 people in our party and the house was far from crowded due to the size and space available.

    Reviewed by JamesAug 2019

  • "Greyhound Barn was perfect for our large family group, well equipped, and with en suite facilities in each bedroom it meant no sharing, very rare for such a large group and very welcome."

    The owners were very friendly and welcoming and on hand if we needed anything. All in all it made for a great Easter break for the family and the hot cross buns were much appreciated

    Reviewed by LeslieApr 2019

  • "Greyhound Barn suited our family holiday perfectly."

    Our three generation gathering enjoyed the space offered inside for the children to run around and our dining arrangement was perfect. We ate inhouse all but one night. The owners were particularly obliging, and it was a pleasure talking to them. Thank you to Sykes once again for excellent service.

    Reviewed by T RApr 2019

  • "Great value for money; a little shabby in places but this property is substantially cheaper than others of its size in the area."

    We booked Greyhound Barn for a family celebration and stayed two nights. There was plenty of room for 15 people and it was well equipped. The kitchen was a little small for cooking shared family meals but there was plenty of fridge and freezer space and enough room for us all to eat together. The large upstairs lounge was comfortable and had enough seating for everyone. The owners, who live next door were very friendly and helpful and the welcome basket was a lovely touch. It was too cold to use the patio area for sitting or eating outside but this would be lovely in Summer. There was enough parking space on the property for 5 cars and a motorbike. Nice pub along the road but the drinks were pricey. I would recommend this property for large gatherings and good value for money as long as you are not expecting high end fittings.

    Reviewed by CatherineMar 2019

  • "The whole week was very good."

    We had a couples weekend and then a group of guys for Cheltenham races. Everyone was very impressed with the space we all had, en-suite in every room and the huge living area upstairs for us all to relax. The kitchen facilities were up to the standard of our resident chef and the welcome pack was lovely, especially the home made lemon drizzle cake!!! The owner came round early on the Saturday morning to welcome us and assure us that any problems would be taken care of quickly, but no need as all was well. Will definitely like to return.

    Reviewed by RobertMar 2019

  • "Our second visit for a family weekend so we knew what to expect and we weren't disappointed."

    The house was warm and friendly and provided everything we needed (except, perhaps, good wifi) for a successful stay. We had a memorable meal at the Village Pub across the road. Great walks from the door which we did in the snow on a beautiful day. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by NormanFeb 2019

  • "The welcome hamper was very much appreciated."

    Owner knew it was my 70th birthday celebration and included a couple of bottles of 'fizz' along with basics such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits on the dining table for us. Both tables were set in festive red and the Christmas decorations added a holiday touch.

    Reviewed by LenaDec 2018

  • "This is our second year at Greyhound Barn and it is a lovely welcoming property; ideal for large groups and very cosy."

    It was beautifully set up when we arrived with Christmas trees and the table set for dinner. Lovely touches and the owners couldn’t be more helpful and accommodating. I’m sure we’ll be back.

    Reviewed by ValerieDec 2018

  • "Greyhound Barn is really well equipped to cater for our large group of 16."

    The spacious lounge and kitchen/diner were excellent and we had everything we needed with the exception of weak mobile phone connections. This is obviously beyond the control of the owners. We would definitely recommend it to friends.

    Reviewed by VivienneNov 2018

  • "We had a warm and friendly welcome from the owner, also a very generous welcome hamper, thank you!"

    However, we were told his two family members were available next door should we need anything. We made several attempts to speak to them about a couple of minor issues but no answer despite cars present and lights on. Communal areas are very good. Large kitchen area that easily sat 12, big, comfortable sitting room. The kitchen is very well equipped. En suite bedrooms, unfortunately, were poor. Bedding is tired, flat duvets and pillows we felt were very old. One of our party stripped her bed on departure day to find a very badly stained duvet. We would suggest all bedding needs replacing. The ensuits are extremely small and utilitarian. Only fairly small people could get into the showers and the sinks are tiny. The large bathrooms did help however. There is also a constant very unpleasant smell coming through the sinks and loos, less so in the bedrooms when ensuit doors are closed. Parking was a bit of a challenge! An 8 bedroom house is clearly designed for large groups therefore a number of cars are likely to arrive. Proximity to Cirencester is good and the town lovely, well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by DorothyNov 2018

  • "As a returning customer, I was pleased to find that Wifi was working much better than last year."

    I was also happy that they have installed a washing machine, very useful. However, the house was not as clean as last year sadly, especially the lounge upstairs and the cutlery tray in the kitchen. That was a bit disapointing. Also in the Fox room, where I slept, the bed is very uncomfortable, sort of tilting to the edge, which it was not doing in my previous stay. It needs sorting. We are very likely to come again, certainly if the bed situation is sorted. The other guests were happy with their rooms. The redistribution of the seating works well too.

    Reviewed by VivianeSep 2018

  • "The only negative was the WIFI."

    It was a very poor connection and extremely sporadic as regards connecting at all. Some of the housemates had children at home whom they wanted to contact via mail etc but were unable . With the large house, it is likely that there will be other parties with this predicament or work pressures to keep in contact with important issues. . Wifi should be like having a kettle these days - an absolute basic requirement. Apart from this - GB was great !

    Reviewed by TonySep 2018

  • "House was in a great location with a lovely pub opposite."

    The living area was great and everyone could sit comfortably. The house could have been cleaner, there were cobwebs on bedside lamps and some of the kitchenware wasn't very clean.

    Reviewed by KerrySep 2018

  • "This huge property is a wonderful place for a large party to enjoy time together without being in each other’s way."

    It is roomy, well equipped and clean. Each of the 8 bedrooms is en suite, some with wet rooms, others with showers plus an extra bathroom with a bath. The owners who live in the farmhouse next door are lovely people who were most helpful. Barnsley (Glos) is easy to find and there are lots of attractions and places to see within easy reach. Cirencester is close by with its variety of shops and there is a petrol station and shop just down the hill and an excellent pub in the Village. It is a rural area so do take insect deterrent and a fly swatter.

    Reviewed by RobertaAug 2018

  • "We enjoyed a family holiday at Greyhound Barn."

    There were 13 of us ranging from 19 months to 72 and the property accommodated us all brilliantly. It's a great spot for exploring the area and there's plenty to do locally within a half hour drive. The outside area was good for playing and relaxing for all ages and we were lucky enough to have great weather so ate outside a lot too. There were a few minor niggles with the property but nothing to stop us having a wonderful holiday and nothing that can't be rectified very easily. The owners were very friendly and helpful and sorted out an issue we had with a shower immediately which was great. We'd certainly recommend it as a holiday destination!

    Reviewed by LaurenAug 2018

  • "The Greyhound Barn was a lovely place to stay and just right for our group."

    .. Lovely welcome box of goodies and a home made cake

    Reviewed by PaulineJun 2018

  • "This was ideal accommodation for our walking group of 8 'mature' couples."

    The property is well located on the edge of the Cotswolds, very well equipped and spacious. The en suite bedrooms provide independence and privacy, with the additional downstairs bathroom (and upstairs toilet) being a real bonus. The kitchen / dining area enabled us to eat together when we wanted to, or to do our own thing at other times. The huge lounge on the first floor was an excellent place to spend the evenings after a day's walking or after a meal out; the adjacent kitchenette is also very useful, reducing the need to go downstairs for drinks etc. We were very fortunate with the weather so we were able to also make use of the outside area, which is very private and just off the kitchen. We didn't use the smaller downstairs sitting room so much, but it proved useful when setting off on a walk or when returning. As in many rural areas, the mobile phone signal strength in the village is very weak, and with so many people attempting to access the broadband wi-fi simultaneously, that can also be a challenge. Overall, a property with many commendable features.

    Reviewed by RobertMay 2018

  • "This was a fabulous place for a large group of people."

    We were amazed at the size of the property, it seemed to go on and on! Every bedroom had it's own reasonably sized shower room and in addition there was an extra bathroom on the ground floor and WC on the top floor. We had great weather during our stay so spent most of the time in the kitchen/diner which has doors leading straight out to a nice secluded area which is gated so is safe for children / dogs to run around in. We found the kitchen had plenty of equipment for all 16 of us though some of it took some finding! Two fridges was a godsend. The owners live next door and were very welcoming, we appreciated the freshly laid eggs and home made cake left out for our arrival. The only downside for some of our party was that the wifi was rather patchy (although there were some parts of the house where a fairly good signal could be obtained) and because of the great weather some of the bedrooms were rather hot. We would definitely visit again

    Reviewed by JacquelineMay 2018

  • "WiFi access poor,so not good for people who need to keep in touch ie work or family member ."

    Reviewed by JulieMar 2018

  • "Ideal large & warm house in a beautiful setting, perfect for our family gathering."

    However, some of the mattresses, pillows & towels are in need of replacement.

    Reviewed by PaulFeb 2018

  • "Every aspect as hoped for ,great for the 4 children aged 4 - 12 ( if the kids are happy so are the adults )."

    also good walks for Rufus the springer spaniel would certainly consider this house again if we can gather the clan in the future.

    Reviewed by StephenDec 2017

  • "Excellent welcome."

    We hired it for the family at Christmas. The house was decorated with fairy lights, two large well-decorated Christmas trees, and presents were provided for both children and adults under the tree in the main living room. The table was nicely laid up in the kitchen. Very warm, plenty of space and lovely cosy atmosphere in the main living room.

    Reviewed by ValerieDec 2017

  • "We had a very enjoyable weekend but there was on thing which may stop us from booking there again."

    Two of the beds needed new mattresses and were extremely uncomfortable. Although we were only there for two nights, this was a problem and caused sore backs! One of our party also complained about a damp smell in the wet room. The kitchen was small and not particularly well equipped for a property of this size. There was no washing up liquid and this was a bit of a nuisance but easily remedied the next day. There was a lovely welcome "hamper" when we arrived, including a delicious home made Yule log, and the property had been decorated with Christmas trees etc All of this was really appreciated and gave us a lovely warm welcome. The owner lived next door and he was very friendly and helpful. Given how hard it is to find a property with 8 bedrooms all ensuite and the fact that it was reasonably priced, cosy and comfortable (apart form the beds mentioned!) it was very good value for money. Close to Cirencester and Gloucester. I hope the bed problem can be sorted out. If I am assured that it is, I think we will book again.

    Reviewed by ValerieDec 2017

  • "Fantastic cottage in an excellent location for exploring the Cotswolds."

    The pictures advertising the property don't do it justice as it was far better than expected when we arrived. The fact that each bedroom was en-suite in addition to a house bathroom and house toilet was most welcomed when everyone was getting ready for days out. A well equipped kitchen made food and drinks preparation very easy. There was a BBQ on site for a sunny afternoon outdoor meal and local eatery within 100 yards to give the chef well earned rest too! Days out to Blenheim, Bourton on the water and an outdoor swim in Cirencester were the pick of our week. Thanks for a fab week!

    Reviewed by RichieAug 2017

  • "Comfortable cottage ideal for a large group, we were a group of 14 French, two English and one dog on an English class holiday."

    There was lots of space to be together to eat and to study. Owners were just next door and helped us out when needed, thank you.

    Reviewed by MarjoryJun 2017

  • "This was a fantastic property for our large group!"

    We were all amazed by the comfort and luxury of the accommodation, and the beauty of the location too. Every one of our group has told me to convey the most effusive praise and thanks for all your work. (As a sidenote, our only minor criticism is that there was not enough hand soap or toilet paper - it's not a big deal, but in a property so beautiful, and so well-maintained, we thought you would like to know).

    Reviewed by MarkFeb 2017

  • "Fabulous place for a large family holiday."

    The en-suite rooms were all very comfortable and the large kitchen/dining room and lounge gave us plenty of relaxing space. Barnsley itself is a pretty Cotswolds village close to the other lovely villages of Bibury and Burford. We had a delicious Sunday lunch at the Tunnel View Inn, just the other side of Cirencester, which we would thoroughly recommend. All in all a lovely place to stay and would recommend Greyhound Barn if you are a large group of family or friends.

    Reviewed by RuthOct 2016

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Summary

  • Greyhound Barn has 8 bedrooms all with en-suites across the property, on the ground floor we have one bedroom which has an accessible wet room with a ziplock king-sized bed available (can be made into a twin room on request), A further 3 double-bed rooms with ziplock beds (can all be twin rooms on request), 1 twin room and a family room with a double and a single bed, Downstairs has a small cosy lounge, fitted kitchen and dining area with glass doors to an outside patio with seating, There is also a separate bathroom which includes a bath. On the first floor we have one twin room and one double room, neither of these beds can be altered, As standard we will make up all rooms as doubles unless notified at least 7 days before your stay, The first floor has a large lounge with a small kitchenette and separate toilet
  • Oil underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, 3 x fridges, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, 2 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, CD, radio, Wii games console, WiFi, payphone, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Lawned and paved garden to side and rear with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Owner will take delivery of a pre-paid supermarket shop
  • Note: Mobile signal can be intermittent
  • Please Note: car charging is accepted at this property for an additional charge.

The property

This delightful, detached, Grade II listed former hop brewery, part of which dates back to the 15th century, lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in beautiful Cotswold countryside, in the village of Barnsley, just four miles from the ancient Roman town of Cirencester.

This charming Gloucestershire holiday home boasts attractive, comfortable accommodation perfect for a get-together with family and friends in a stunning part of the country.

Offering flexible sleeping arrangements, this Gloucestershire holiday cottage has eight spacious bedrooms, all with en-suite shower rooms.

The large first floor beamed sitting room has steps down to the rear garden, whilst the ground floor sitting room has doors to the side patio and has many games, DVDs and a Wii games console for the whole family to enjoy.

A well-equipped, large fitted kitchen with dining area makes the perfect place for a long Sunday lunch or celebratory dinner.

Outside this Gloucestershire holiday cottage is a private garden with patio area, perfect for a summer BBQ and relaxing with a refreshing drink.

The thriving village of Barnsley has a classic village pub, which serves excellent food, or guests may prefer to enjoy a pre-booked relaxing spa afternoon at nearby Barnsley House.

Just a little further afield is the Regency spa town of Cheltenham, offering many visitor attractions, an extensive range of shops, restaurants, the Gold Cup horse racing and The Cotswold Water Park with its many water based activities.

The area is also popular with walkers, cyclists, horse riders and nature lovers, with the nearby National Arboretum at Westonbirt being home to one of the finest tree collections in the world.

This is a perfect Gloucestershire holiday home to be enjoyed at any time of year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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About the location

BARNSLEY, GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Cirencester 4.5 miles; Swindon 18.5 miles; Gloucester 22 miles.

The thriving village of Barnsley lies south of the Cotswold Hills and is surrounded by beautiful countryside and ancient, unspoilt villages, whilst also playing host to an annual village garden festival. Barnsley Park boasts evidence of a Roman settlement and was supposedly enjoyed by the wives of Henry VIII. The village of Barnsley has its own village pub serving excellent food, as well as the 16th century Barnsley House where you can enjoy a day at the luxurious spa or take afternoon tea on the terrace overlooking the attractive gardens. Close by is Bibury, a picture perfect Cotswold village, set in a conservation area, nestling on the River Coln and home to Arlington Row, a 12th century former wool store, now owned by the National Trust. Cirencester, known as 'The Capital of the Cotswolds' is just a short drive away and boasts a rich and well-preserved heritage with a Roman Amphitheatre, Corinium Museum and Abbey Grounds. The Brewery Arts Centre offers visitors a unique arts and crafts shopping experience or visit the Bathurst Estate, home to Cirencester Polo Club where some of the highest levels of polo can be seen. The Regency spa town of Cheltenham, with its Georgian architecture and extensive range of shops, theatres, restaurants and visitor attractions, including the famous Gold Cup horse racing is also just a short drive away, as is the unique Cotswold Water Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Britain's largest water park, offering a wide range of activities including boating, water skiing, cycling, golf and horse riding. The area is also host to three nature reserves, all offering many lovely walks. Within an hours’ drive is Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, Blenheim Place, Bath and the Malvern Hills and all are well worth a visit.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas