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Hay Barn Cottage

Painswick, Gloucestershire (Ref. 1049432)



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  • Icon/Feature/Four-poster Bed Four poster bed
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
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  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "A very nice warm cottage with a lovely host who was very helpful."

    Fantastic location only pity is that it will not be available next year we loved it.

    Reviewed by JonathanNov 2021

  • "Lovely place and a very nice owner, perfect place for a family holiday in nature."

    Reviewed by MarcoOct 2021

  • "We had a lovely break at Hay Barn Cottage."

    It was really well equipped, very clean and comfortable, Brilliant walks from the cottage for the dogs, lovely enclosed garden and patio for them too. Would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by LyndaSep 2021

  • "Not really."

    We enjoyed staying there very much. It was a lovely location and very secure. The owner was next door but not at all intrusive. Basically we really enjoyed out stay

    Reviewed by RobertSep 2021

  • "The property was cosy and very clean, it did not disappoint."

    And the local walks were just amazing! Our dogs had a wonderful holiday with us and our only regret was that we were able to stay for just a couple of nights, due to our busy work schedules. Next time, we'll stay for longer.

    Reviewed by JayneAug 2021

  • "A welcome pack explaining various things like bin collection dates and which bins to use, where hang clothes to dry and how the central heating works and general info about the area etc."

    Would have been very usefull

    Reviewed by JamesJul 2021

  • "The accommodation was wonderful and good value for money."

    Very spacious and well equipped. The owner, Jennie, was extremely helpful, with great suggestions for local sights (and was also very good at entertaining my youngest with trips to the hen house to collect fresh eggs). The property is well located, close to good walks, and with great views over the valley. Quiet and with the feel of being in the middle of the countryside and yet actually pretty close to facilities in Gloucester. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by NicholasJul 2021

  • "Brilliant location with a super host!"

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2021

  • "Lovely location, very much in the countryside, but easy to get to."

    We all really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by GilbertJul 2021

  • "Misleading advert about pets."

    No mention about pets being confined to a small laminated floor area on the ground floor as not allowed upstairs. We booked for 4 weeks due to building work at home and we were not informed until after we moved in that pets were not allowed upstairs. This rendered the cottage unsuitable for our needs as we have a small dog that follows the girls around everywhere they go. Shocking experience with sykes, no refund offered and we left 7 days early. WiFi didn't work downstairs. Sky TV failed to work for half the stay. Would not recommend and will never use again

    Thank you for your review and I am very sorry that your stay with me was not as you had expected. Pets are very welcome at Haybarn and the outside space at the farm and back door access onto the Cotswold Way through Buckholt Woods are highlights for dogs. My terrier is very happy hunting daily in the woods! We do ask that dogs remain downstairs at Haybarn where they can relax in the whole ground floor area (kitchen/breakfast bar, sitting room and bathroom/hall way), in addition to the secure garden, for good reasons. The upstairs is finished with light cream carpets, white/cream/pale blue bed linen and cream curtains, and due to the cottage style of the roof the curtains sit at floor level where dogs can lie/rub/look out. I note that cleanliness is rated highly in your review and I am very keen that this remains high as it is very important to my guests. At present the changeover time is 6 hours (if guests leave promptly) and in order to be able to thoroughly clean to Covid guidance standards I need this time 100 percent. If there were additional issues of dog marks/fur on cream carpets or curtains, or picking hairs off bed throws or sheets (yes I have had this) it becomes impossible to maintain these high standards and unfair to the incoming guests. Some of my guests are not pet owners and therefore the presence of hair and fur is even more noticeable to them. I have seen dogs scratching at the ground level windows from upstairs as they can see out and of course this puts claw marks on the 18 century windows and fur/dirt on the curtains. I would welcome all pet owners to bring their dogs and cats beds with them if they can or I can provide one for you, just ask. They can lie on these as well as on the sitting room rug which is thick, and the laminate throughout the ground floor. The heating is of course at your control so you can ensure that your pet is comfortable. Since Sept 2020 Haybarn is supplied by both Vodaphone (Gigacube) and BT (Openreach). The Gigacube is located downstairs and the extendors for the main BT router are located in the upstairs bedroom. Login details are provided within the Welcome pack and coverage is 100 pc throughout the property. I believe that Mr Beacham was only using the BT system and this does not reach to the downstairs but by switching to Vodaphone this issue would not have caused a problem. This was sadly not raised during the stay and so I could not help. Haybarn no longer offers Sky TV due to the improved WiFi which means that Netflix/Amazon Prime are favoured by most of my guests. I would urge all guests to raise any issues that they have with me straight away as I am on site and readily available to you to ensure that you have a fabulous holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ChrisApr 2021

  • "While Sykes Cottages I found to be average, the Hay Barn Cottage and host were absolutely brilliant."

    She more than made our holiday special. The property, setting, and comfort were amazing and exceeded expectations. The cottage was well provisioned with all that you needed to cook and entertain like you were at home. Lots of space and yet very cozy. The setting was removed and very quiet. We got lost looking at the stars from the private gated garden. The dog loved it all! We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by CharlesApr 2021

  • "We had a great time at Hay Barn Cottage."

    ..lovely accommodation amidst beautiful scenery...very restful. Wonderful walks without having to use the car with a fascinating Roman villa over the fence! Jennie is a very helpful owner and did everything she could to keep us Covid-safe and told us about good local walks. Being there in the Autumn, we were able to enjoy apples from trees in the garden and appreciate the beautiful colours of the leaves in the adjacent beech woods. The cottage is close to Cheltenham and Gloucester. We very much recommend a visit to the nearby Cotswold town of Painswick and the village of Sheepscombe.

    Reviewed by AlistairNov 2020

  • "An excellent, well-maintained cottage in a lovely location; the friendly and helpful owner living nearby was on hand to answer any queries and do whatever was needed to make our stay as enjoyable as possible."

    I would certainly recommend this cottage for anyone wanting a 'get-away-from-it-all' break. A point to note, however, for those who don't want to be entirely out of touch (and about which nothing much can be done) is that the remote location means very weak internet and mobile phone signals; some may find this a blessing.

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2020

  • "Brilliant place, traditional cottage look."

    During Covid period was well organised and clean. Quiet secluded location, perfect for access to nature nearby on foot, or endless places nearby by car.

    Reviewed by CraigSep 2020

  • "Ideal location, with fantastic views on the driveway as you approach the cottage."

    Next door to a Roman ruin and the woods with plenty of good walks. Not far to get to local shops, fuel stations and places to eat out. Everything inside the cottage that you needed during your stay to have a nice relaxing break. Jennie was very helpful and welcoming. Plenty of space upstairs with 3 large bedrooms & 3 bathrooms.

    Reviewed by GillianSep 2020

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The property

Hay Barn Cottage is a beautiful cottage, on the grounds of the owner's farm in the Cotswolds AONB, in a breath-taking spot, surrounded by open fields and woodland, offering fantastic views across the valley to the surrounding hills and the village of Witcombe below, while being within a 10-minute drive to Cheltenham a 15-minute drive of Painswick.

On a clear day you can even see the Welsh Mountains to the west.

The cottage is well over 200 years old and is steeped in history, with many of the old features still on display, like stone walls and oak beams, giving the house a truly unique and charming feel.

Enter the property to find a well-equipped kitchen, complete with all the appliances you need to create delicious home-cooked meals, which can be enjoyed at the breakfast bar or at the dining table.

Delicious homemade meals can be pre ordered for delivery to your fridge/freezer from a local catering friend of the owner, and catered dinner parties available by arrangement to help mark those special occasions.

Please request information from the owner.

Once dinner is over, relax on one of the sofas in the sitting room, while enjoying a book from the bookcase or your favourite shows on the TV.

When it's time to get some sleep, head upstairs to find three bright and spacious bedrooms, each with Velux windows showcasing lovely countryside views, character wooden beams and ample storage space for your belongings.

Choose from a king-size double, which can be transformed into a twin on request, a stunning four-poster double with handy en-suite basin and WC, and a twin, served by the family bathroom, which offers a bath and handheld shower, while downstairs there is a shower room, for added convenience.

Outside there is a private patio garden with furniture and a barbecue, perfect for taking advantage of the good weather and dining alfresco, while the adjacent fields offer peace and quiet as well as the chance to discover local wildlife.

The Farm is situated adjacent to the Great Witcombe Park Roman Villa, thought to have been built in 250 BC, as well as a reservoir, where you can enjoy some fishing or a pretty stroll beside the water.

The picturesque town of Painswick offers the historic Rococo Garden, with a maze, vegetable patch and a café, as well as a golf course and a selection of shops and eateries.

The Cotswolds offers many picturesque walking and cycling routes, discovering honeypot villages of thatched roof cottages, rolling countryside, lush meadows, stunning woodlands and famous ancient sites; The Cotswold Way National Trail is situated straight off the farm, offering 102 miles of walking routes to explore between the market town of Chipping Campden to the Roman city of Bath, including a number of circular routes within the adjoining Cranham, Coopers, Buckholt and Beech Woods, These woods provide a paradise for children and dogs as well as keen walkers with rich habitats, safe environments and beautiful scenery. Within a very short drive of the property you will find Crickley Hill Country Park, the Forest of Dean with a multitude of activities (GoApe, Bike adventures, Sculpture Trail), Coopers Hill Nature Reserve and Reservoir, Prinknash Abbey Park, Painswick Beacon and the Iron Age Hill Fort.

Within Cheltenham there are regular festivals and racing throughout the annual calendar in addition to extensive shopping and entertainment.

The Flyup 17 Bike Park is within a mile if you need to let off some steam.

Hay Barn Cottage is an ideal property for outdoor lovers wanting to explore magnificent Cotswolds countryside.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double (zip/link can be twin on request), 1 x four-poster double with en suite basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room
  • Oil fired central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV, DVD, WiFi and selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair and stairgate available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Lawned garden with patio area, furniture and barbecue
  • Bicycle storage available
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: There are animals in adjacent fields and the owners have two dogs and a horse
  • Honey available from the beehives on site.

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About the location


Stroud 4 miles; Gloucester 7 miles; Cheltenham 10 miles.

Painswick, located only 10 miles from Cheltenham, is a town and civil parish in Gloucestershire. The town originated from the wool trade, but is now best known for its parish church’s yew trees and the local Rococo Garden. The village is mainly constructed of locally quarried Cotswold Stone. It stands on a hill in the Stroud district which overlooks one of the Five Valleys and is halfway along the Cotswolds Way National Trail. It is home to a cricket and rugby team and has a popular golf course on the outskirts of the town. There is a local pub The Royal Oak which offer real ales, real fires and a courtyard. Opposite the pub is a well-stocked village shop. A twenty minute walk from the village is the Painswick Beacon which affords vast views across Gloucester to the River Severn and the Malvern Hills. The Painswick Centre hosts many events and exhibitions and is home to the ACP Gallery. Painswick is 4 miles north of Stroud and 2 miles northwest of Slad – home of Laurie Lee, author of “Cider with Rosie”.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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