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Upper Mill Barn

(Ref. 988604)

Coln St Aldwyns, near Bibury, Gloucestershire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "Upper Mill Barn is beautiful and amazing!"

    My son loved the tree house so much him and my husband slept in it one night. Thanks to David for supplying futons. The fresh eggs were very tasty. We have already booked again for next year as we loved it so much and there is more to explore.

    Thank you very much for this message. We loved having you three with us and greatly look forward to welcoming four next year! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Upper Mill Barn, it was our first holiday for a while and couldn’t have been more perfect."

    It was very clean and tidy and looked just like it does in the photos, so peaceful. The tree house and zip wire were great fun even for our big kids.. David is a lovely man who made us feel very welcomed. The added bonus for us were the lovely animals, the pigs, chickens and their amazing dogs, just added to our stay. The location is perfect for planning days out with so many great places to visit not too far away.

    Thank you very much indeed for this feedback. Greatly appreciated. You were lovely guests and you certainly embraced everything our home and area has to offer. The dogs loved the extra attention. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely property, fantastic surroundings and a friendly host."

    Thank you for coming to stay with us, Steven. It was a pleasure to meet you all and we are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Aug 2023

  • "Overall we had a lovely stay - the barn and its grounds are beautiful and we enjoyed visiting the chickens and pigs!"

    The host and the local community were very welcoming. There were just a few small niggles but these would not stop us visiting again. Firstly, more than just one towel per person would be appreciated. There was no lock on the bathroom door and also no waste bins in the bathroom and bedrooms. Also there were no trouser hangers in the wardrobe. Finally, it would have been nice to have a teapot as we are quite fussy about our tea!

    Thank you for providing us with feedback on your stay at Upper Mill Barn. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your time away overall, and we appreciate your suggestions for improvement. We hope to welcome you again one day soon! Best wishes, Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Charles4.7Aug 2023

  • "Very nice friendly owners, comfortable relaxing accommodation, great location, a credit to David & Kate."

    Thank you very much for this feedback. Greatly appreciated. You were the happiest guests and it was a real pleasure meeting you both. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2023

  • "We had an amazing week at Upper Mill Barn."

    The barn is beautiful, clean and cosy. My kids loved the garden and especially loved feeding the pigs. The owners David and Kate were so hospitable and made us feel very welcome. We already want to book for next year!

    Thank you so much for this generous feedback. You four were the loveliest guests and your appreciation makes it all so rewarding. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely holiday cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Thank you so much for this feedback. It was a pleasure to have you both to stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Nov 2022

  • "David and Kate are two of the most welcoming hosts."

    We have just had the most relaxing and enjoyable break at David and Kate's cottage, it's in a very peaceful location but there is plenty to do and see in and around the area the cottage itself is well equipped for a perfect break away. Added bonus of a beautiful garden and lots of wildlife wandering about not to forget David's pigs who helped by eating up all our scraps! Thanks again we hope to be back soon. Joe and Justin

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time at Upper Mill Barn and that the pigs enjoyed themselves around you as well! We hope to welcome you again one day soon! Best wishes, Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne4.7Sep 2022

  • "David and Kate are two of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet."

    David was the perfect host for our grandson, showing him how to feed the pigs and answering all the questions an inquisitive 5 year old would have. The location is perfect, with the added bonus of a mini crazy golf course, tree house and zip line, that kept our grandson occupied all week. Thank you for the perfect Holiday! Matthew, Michelle, Amy, Elijah and baby Ezra

    Thank you for providing us with such lovely feedback on your stay at Upper Mill Barn. It's fantastic to hear that you had an amazing time, and enjoyed the pigs, as well as the mini golf! We hope to welcome you again one day soon! Best wishes, Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Matthew4.7Aug 2022

  • "A cottage full of charm and grace A special calm and healing place A lovely area to explore Inviting us to seek out more Amid hills of harvest gold and green And honey villages where we've been Does that describe how much we enjoyed Upper Mill Barn?"

    Great cottage, great views and honey-coloured villages and such a welcome from the owners. We will definitely return.

    Thank you for this feedback, Sheila and Colin. It was lovely to meet you both and we are so glad you had such a happy and relaxing time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Aug 2022

  • "Two taps where leaking."

    Plumber had done something but not enough. He comes back. In the bathroom difficult to hang your clothes an towels. For the rest ; a marvellous place to stay.

    Thank you for this feedback and we're sorry to hear you had an issue with taps leaking. Maintenance are onto this now. We're glad you had an enjoyable stay and hope to welcome you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maarten4.7Aug 2022

  • "Return visit and loved it just as much the second time as we did the first."

    Thank you so much for the lovely review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay for the second time. Best wishes, Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jun 2022

  • "Beautiful environment, lovely cottage, very nice owners."

    The owners answered all of our questions and offered suggestions of places we could visit. The kids loved the garden with mini golf, tree house and pigs. We definitely want to go back again.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephanie4.7Apr 2022

  • "We had a really lovely family holiday made even better by the hospitality and friendliness shown by the property owners."

    Thank you very much indeed for this feedback, greatly appreciated. A pleasure to have you with us. All the best, David & Kate. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Apr 2022

  • "It’s spacious, well fitted out, peaceful and is centrally located to visit the charm of the Cotswolds."

    Owners are wonderful and accommodating, they ensure your stay is fulfilled.

    Thank you very much for your feedback and lovely to see you both again. Fingers crossed for puppies in June. All the best, David and Kate. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.7Feb 2022

  • "Delightful, cosy property, we loved it and will be booking a return visit next year - I might even pluck up the courage to try the zip wire!"

    Thank you so much for such positive feedback. Hope you are all keeping well, David & Kate. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Oct 2021

  • "Upper Mill Barn is ideal for anyone wishing to spend a quiet holiday in beautiful countryside, while remaining within walking distance of a pub/restaurant, Post Office and shop."

    The owners are very welcoming and attentive to anything you need, or wish to know. A spacious garden rising high to the rear of the property, is equipped with zip wire, climbing frame and magnificent tree-house, would appeal to younger guests. Coln St Aldwyns is conveniently located for visits to attractions in the southern and central areas of the Cotswolds (Bibury, Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cirencester, Fairford) while long, straight roads offer trips to the northern sector within 40 minutes. A delightful walk from the property follows the River Coln some 2 miles to Bibury with its famous Arlington Row of Cotswold stone cottages and large trout farm, where you can catch and bbq your very own trout. What more could you wish for!

    Reviewed by Ray5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely barn in great surroundings."

    Barn was clean and comfortable and kids enjoyed the garden activities. Kitchen needs a bit of attention- very basic equipment and some parts need repairs. Also dryer on washing machine not working. No broom or vacuum cleaner to sweep floors. Internet wasn’t great as well. Overall though a good base for exploring the Cotswolds.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a feedback, we are so sorry that you had concerns while staying with us, will make sure your comments are being forwarded to the owner. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian3.4Aug 2021

  • "This place is nothing short of magical."

    The description of the barn doesn't do justice to the amazing garden, which has an incredible treehouse, plus a zipline, pigs and chickens. The owners were very friendly and helpful, without being intrusive. The barn itself is stylishly furnished and well-appointed and, whilst it is not big on space, it is cosy and fine for us as a family of 4. I would thoroughly recommend it.

    Thank you very much for your feedback on Upper Mill Barn. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that you had such a wonderful time in the garden! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jul 2021

  • "Very nice stay, thank you."

    Perfect location for exploring the prettiest parts of the Cotswolds. Owners are nearby but not intrusive and left us to relax. Loved the dogs who came and checked us out regularly, as did the chickens!

    Reviewed by Michelle3.8Jun 2021

  • "The accommodation was adequate in most respects but not as good as other other 4 ticks Sykes cottages we have experienced."

    It's not " excellent standard throughout". The double bed was very comfortable and the shower was excellent. But the spacious bathroom lacks the facility to hang two bath towels to dry, the shower screen seal was broken, and the bottom 9 inches or so of the light pull string was an unpleasantly dirty brown. The kitchen equipment is rather sparse, eg no microwaveable pans/dishes, and when we arrived the oven and baking trays were unusably filthy. The owner apologised and cleaned it but it's disappointing that we had to point it out. There is a very large sideboard in the kitchen but it was full of miscellaneous stuff, such as cardboard boxes in which had once contained wine glasses, and was no use to us. The patio would indeed be "spacious" if the large rotted wooden bench and the pile of stones were removed, the shrubs cut back and the weeds pulled out. This is the place where it is most obvious that the photos on Sykes' site were taken some considerable time ago the jumble under the staircase is another

    Many thanks for your feedback. I'm sorry that the property did not meet your expectations. Your comments and suggestions for improvement will be passed on to the owner. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Geoff3.1Jun 2021

  • "We had an amazing week at Upper Mill Barn."

    The cottage is even better than the pictures with new sofas and a table/chairs set on the patio. Other reviews had mentioned the zip wire and treehouse - these were so much better than I expected, the treehouse is very impressive with a slide, swing and bridge! We also loved seeing the pigs, hens and the family’s lovely dogs. Great location with some walks near by, and we also went to the nearby Cotswolds Water Park, the Cotswolds Farm Park and Batsford Arboretum. Thank you for a fabulous week!

    Thank you for your recent feedback with regards to your stay at Upper Mill Barn. It's wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed your stay and we would love to welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Aisling5.0May 2021

  • "Beautiful spot , David , the owner was charming ."

    The only slight disappointment was the oven and one of the baking trays was dirty and needed a good scrub ! A real gem in the quiet of the Cotswolds .

    Reviewed by Paul4.7May 2021

  • "We really have enjoyed our stay at Upper Mill Barn."

    A lovely cottage in the countryside, stunning views. Great walks in Coln St Aldwyns and Bibury. A beautiful cottage, very comfortable, clean and welcoming. So peaceful and calm! David and his wife are the perfect hosts! Thank you both so very much for making our holiday so special!

    Than you for providing feedback regarding your recent stay at Upper Mill Barn. It's lovely to hear how much you enjoyed staying at the barn and we hope to welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sofia5.0Oct 2020

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at upper mill barn."

    I echo previous reviews the garden, tree house and zip wire are a fantastic bonus for children. The house is well equipped, comfy and an ideal base for exploring the Cotswolds. David the host is very welcoming and on hand should you need anything. Thank you for such a perfect holiday even in the pandemic!

    Glad you had a perfect holiday and you loved your stay at Upper Mill Barn! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Aug 2020

  • "We absolutely loved upper mill barn."

    It was perfect for a family of four with two young children. The accommodation was lovely, David the host was very helpful, the patio was great but what made it excellent for the children was the garden with tree house, zip wire, chickens and pigs to feed scraps to!! The location was perfect for day trips and walks and the village had a nice play area, post office and small cafe. Thank you we enjoyed our week!!

    Thank you for you lovely comments, it is great to hear the children had an excellent time! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Menna5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely accommodation in a great location."

    Well equipped, had everything we needed. Very peaceful. Have two boys aged 8 and 10 who loved the zip wire, Treehouse pigs and chickens.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.4Aug 2020

  • "Delightful hosts with nothing too much trouble."

    A super ultra rural retreat and good walking country.

    Reviewed by Austin4.7Sep 2019

  • "The property is difficult to find as the information and postcode show a different street."

    No one was there to let us in. Phone number provided was for Sykescottages and not the owner so it was difficult to find out what was happening. Was not a good start to our break. Overall, the property is very nice and we were comfortable there. Only other gripes are that the kitchen area was a bit hairy and the fridge could be a bit cleaner, but otherwise cannot fault anything else.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Aug 2019

  • "The Cottage was ideally placed, so that your major tourist places are fairly close."

    We have 2 children & the garden is a great place, with the tree house, crazy golf, zip wire & the animals that are around. I think I can safely say we will be stopping at Upper Mill Cottage in the future. I will almost definitely recommending it to family & friends!

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2019

  • "Upper mill barn could be a lovely holiday accommodation, but unfortunately upon our arrival we found the whole place covered in human hair and had to spend the best part of an hour hoovering it all up with the pitiful hoover (which we completely filled with hair)."

    After talking to the owner, we found out that it is regularly used for hair dressing. This would not have been a problem if the place had been properly cleaned afterwards, but the cleaner obviously forgot to clean the floor this time. The owner was very friendly and apologetic, and offered us a partial refund, which we were grateful for. However, due to the fact that it is used for hair dressing, I am unable to recommend upper mill barn to anyone else.

    Reviewed by Andrew3.8Jun 2019

  • "Fantastic for the kids aged 4 & 8."

    It was just how kids should go off and have fun in a large garden with treehouse and zip wire. Great local amenities with the community shop and pub.

    Reviewed by Leigh-ann3.8Apr 2019

  • "We just came back after a wonderful time."

    Upper Mill is a really lovely property, the photos just don't do it justice. There is a wonderful tree-house that really is genuinely as the name suggests, a house up a tree, rather than a box on a branch! There's also a zip wire that we ALL had great fun on! I think the highlight for my wife were the pigs at the top of the garden who devoured our kitchen scraps every morning and evening. We also enjoyed freshly laid eggs! The property is situated in a beautiful spot amongst idyllic countryside with a river flowing through the property which was perfect for a game of poo-sticks! Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by James5.0Apr 2019

  • "Clean, comfy and surrounded by lovely countryside."

    The garden was great for teenage kids with zip wire and tree house.

    Mrs Rennie

  • "Hi just thought I'd let you know how much we love upper mill barn."

    It is the perfect retreat with a fabulous tree house we didn't expect and beautiful little stream. We are also loving Frank and Elsie the very soppy dogs who pop in for cuddles and excited squeals from our 16 month old who thinks they're fabulous!

    S,S & B

  • "This is a beautiful place and we loved the barn."

    It was very well equipped and comfortable , the Nicest cottage we have ever stayed in, airy and light and well cared for. Also a very good location for walking and exploring this part of Gloucestershire. The owners are very helpful and we had a wonderful week. Mrs Rose, May 2017.


  • "The converted barn was lovely, perfect for me my wife and our 4 month old."

    We had a great time there and would visit again.

    Dr Fowler

  • "The owners' family (and the dogs) were fantastic, the surroundings are absolutely beautiful and ideal for a ten-year-old."

    We certainly want to come back.

    Mr Schaich

  • "Suited all our requirements & enjoyable stay."

    Mr Buckton

  • "Beautiful situation, friendly and helpful owner, clean and well equipped cottage."

    Mr McMillan.

  • "We thought the cottage was lovely, the setting was great, and use of the tree house, climbing equipment, and checking out the chickens and mill stream filled in a lot of happy hours."

    Great location in pretty Cotswold village.

    Mr Fairmaker

  • "Comfortable and well equipped cottage."

    Could do with additional wardrobes / hanging facilities.

    Mr N.

  • "Good location and very relaxed."

    Nicely appointed cottage in lovely grounds.

    Mrs B

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double and 1 x first floor twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Utility.
  • Central heating, underfloor heating downstairs
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV, DVD player and WiFi
  • Fuel and power and inc in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Patio to the rear with table and chairs
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.5 miles. April 22- Please note the Wi-Fi has just been upgraded so now has a very good signal. Please note minimum of 3 night bookings

The property

Upper Mill Barn is a lovely barn conversion situated in Coln St Aldwyns, Gloucestershire.

The property has undergone an extensive renovation and now provides a high-quality, contemporary accommodation.

Internally, the huge vaulted ceiling creates spacious rooms, while the heating system (which includes underfloor heating on the ground floor) ensures that your stay is as warm and comfortable as possible.

Step into the cosy open-plan interior, which boasts a small seating area, where you can gather to discuss the events of the day, or curl up and enjoy some quiet time with a good book.

The dining area has seating for up to six people and is a wonderful social space.

Take advantage of the on-hand kitchen appliances and cook up a storm for the whole family, using the spacious black granite worktops as your preparation space.

There are two bedrooms: one ground floor double and one first floor twin, housing a range of wooden furniture to store all your personal items.

To the rear, you will find a stunning enclosed garden, with a spacious patio and stone steps leading up to a large lawned garden, with a lovely bench and a table and chairs to sit on and enjoy the afternoon sun.

In the neighbouring town of Cheltenham, is the Cotswold Farm Park, a lovely working farm that was set up to protect rare breeds - and is still preserved today.

Your little ones will love it here as they get to meet over 50 breeds of animals, and have fun in the adventure barn, which has JCB rides and a large indoor sandpit.

There is something for everyone here!

Upper Mill Barn is the place to be for sightseers interested in the village’s rich history.

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About the location


Bibury 2 miles; Cirencester 8.5 miles; Bourton-on-the-Water 11.5 miles

Set within the Cotswolds AONB is this peaceful and friendly village. Bordered by the River Coln and surrounded by refreshing green countryside, Coln St Aldwyns is a fine base for visitors to the area. You will find a Grade II* listed church as well as a handy shop and a highly-rated gastro pub, the New Inn. The chocolate-box village of Bibury is just a couple of miles away, known for its rows of quaint stone cottages and surrounding greenery. Slightly further afield is the striking market town of Cirencester, laced with attractive buildings and varying attractions. Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh are among the most characterful and must-visit locations close by. On the western fringe of the Cotwolds, discover the spectacular city of Gloucester and the town of Cheltenham, home to the famous horse racing festival.

Please Note - Minimum of 3 night bookings
April 22- Please note the Wi-Fi has just been upgraded so now has a very good signal.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas