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The Retreat

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Barford, Warwickshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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75 Customer Reviews

  • "Comfortable, peacefull, had everything you might need for your stay plus little extras to make you feel at home."

    We had a very enjoyable week. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Linsey5.0Mar 2024

  • "We enjoyed a lovely week."

    Plenty of interesting places visit Cottage was lovely and the owner Steve was very friendly and helpfull would certainly visit again.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Mar 2024

  • "A lovely cottage, peaceful location far enough out but close enough to everything."

    Attention to detail in the house is perfect, blankets on beds and sofas, lovely scents in the room from the diffusers, and really comfy beds. Lovely friendly owners there to help if needed, but respectful of the space.

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Feb 2024

  • "The retreat is a beautiful place to stay."

    We loved the fire it made the whole place feel cosy. The wet room was ideal for days out in the countryside exploring. The patio area around the retreat meant we could open the doors from different sides and still look out over the stunning countryside. It was relaxing and calm the perfect place to retreat and spent some time together.

    Reviewed by Romany5.0Feb 2024

  • "Gorgeous cottage which is warm, welcoming and extremely comfortable."

    Spotlessly clean, beautifully designed with lots of natural light and the open plan design in the living area is ideal. Perfect, peaceful location where you feel instantly relaxed and at home. The outside area is extremely secure for dogs which is important for us. The owners, Dawna and Steve, are genuinely lovely and nothing is too much trouble. We were very sad to leave at the end of our stay. I'm fact, leaving the cottage to go out for a wander was a struggle because we were so cosy! Thanks for a wonderful stay. X

    Thank you Tara for your lovely feedback.We really appreciate it.Thank you for leaving the place clean and spotless.You were both a pleasure to have as guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tara5.0Jan 2024

  • "This is a lovely quiet property with great connection to things for kids to do all within a 20 minute drive (Butterfly world, Hatton Country adventure Park, Warwick Castle, Lemington Spa)."

    We stayed on the week before Christmas and it was such a lovely stay with a Christmas tree. The owners are so helpful and communicative via text with anything we needed and questions fully answered. Lovely hot water, parking spaces and so great to have sheep in the next field for the kids with us (pop up cot and high chair provided!) - will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Shelly5.0Dec 2023

  • "We loved the Retreat - ideal holiday home."

    Reviewed by Maranda4.7Dec 2023

  • "A lovely property in a tranquil location."

    The log burner is a lovely cosy addition. Owners were very helpful and welcoming too. A great space to spend the week while we had renovations at our home.

    Reviewed by Darren4.4Dec 2023

  • "Fabulous property in a great location."

    Lovely friendly hosts on hand if you require any help. A warm, comfortable and clean property. WiFi was excellent. Absolutely recommend staying here.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Nov 2023

  • "Beautiful accommodation, very clean, perfect for a weekend away."

    We especially loved the logburner in the evenings. The owners were very friendly and helpful. We will be back again!

    Reviewed by Camilla5.0Nov 2023

  • "We had a perfect weekend away, and despite one day of rain, it did not spoil the weekend as it was a delight to cozy up in front of the woodburner on a sumptuous sofa!"

    A beautiful property in which we could've spent longer. Steve and Dawna couldn't have been more obliging, checking all was ok. It was a beautiful setting waking up to the sheep in the paddock next door. we ventured to Stratford which was beautiful and a lovely walk to Barford village despite getting caught in a shower! Have no hesitation in recommending and hope to return in the summer months to enjoy the lovely walks on the doorstep

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Nov 2023

  • "We always go with Sykes, as we have found their homes to always be of a high calibre."

    Unfortunately this property was disappointing. We always look carefully at the internal photos of the houses on Sykes; as it gives us a flavour of the quality of home. However, the photos on the Sykes site are not current and are therefore misleading. The house was very cluttered with lots of random, (what I considered) unnecessary extra furniture, including a large fridge/freezer in the living room area! I would not of chosen the house if the pictures had been current, this needs rectifying immediately, to prevent any further disappointed customers. The Retreat also needs some TLC: a through clean to remove the cobwebs in the bathroom, an extraction fan in the bathroom that works, replacement of rusted soap/cream dispenser, re-sealed/varnished wood underneath bathroom sink, the tumble dryer to be fixed, the wooden floors to be polished/varnished, plates that don't 'arc' the microwave when you want to heat things up (due to decoration on rims), etc. We also found that the heating system was locked, so we were reliant upon the owners to ensure the house was warm enough. We don't go on holiday to have to hassle with what should be basic amenities in a home. On the plus side the Retreat still has potential: the lovely fitted kitchen, the bathroom tiling/spaciousness and the wooden internal doors (which were as shown on the Sykes listing photos). The location of the Retreat was also great, from the point of view of being away from the hussle and bustle of the villages, but very close to areas of interest such as Stratford Upon Avon and Warwick. However, I do not feel the property is currently anywhere near it's 4.9 'outstanding' rating (I have stayed in lots of Sykes 4-5* holiday accommodation), which will continue to lead to customers being disappointed and unhappy.

    Reviewed by Lorna2.5Oct 2023

  • "Property not as advertised."

    Lots of mould in bathroom shower and rusty soap dispenser. NO welcome package, not even 1/2 cup of milk! There were 7 teabags, some instant coffee and some sugar, that was it. Tired, torn couch in living room. No windows to open in bedroom for fresh air. Dryer not working and promised fix never happened. Signage for property extremely difficult to read in the dark and rain. Property is a considerable distance from the village, not “in” the village, it would be a 30 minute walk minimum to the actual village. Pictures online do not reflect the actual furniture, decor or grounds and the owners blamed Sykes for this. Huge additional fridge stored in the dining area, making it extremely cramped. Luggage racks would be nice. We had to buy a scrubber for dishes, and a soap dish. No shelves in shower for shampoo or soap. We had to ask for a teapot. Drawers in bedroom dresser were difficult to open. Overall a disappointing experience. Positives: Bed was comfortable. Linens were clean. Location was quiet. Owner was very pleasant and friendly. Large TV worked well.

    Hello Lesley. Thank you for your feedback and giving me the chance to address your issues.When I meet you when you arrived,you and your husband made it quite clear that you did not like the location of The Retreat,your husband even apologised to me for your behaviour.I put this down to you travelling a long way and feeling tierd.It does state on the Sykes website, that its a mile from the centre of the village.The milk was in the small fridge to go with the tea and coffee.I have found no mould in the bathroom,/wetroom there is a velux window and fan that allow moisture to leave the bathroom.We also have velux windows that open in EVERY room,alongside patio doors that open.Most people appreciate the large fridge for storing drinks and food,which is why it was requested by clients previously.My husband did come up and see you and asked if everything was ok,you said you were very happy.We did offer to do any drying that needed doing,your husband knocked my door 2 evenings at 9.30 pm at night asking about drying your washing.It would have been very appreciated and courteous if he had mentioned your issues and they would have been immediately addressed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley1.9Oct 2023

  • "A lovely rural setting!"

    Truly a “retreat”, as in the name. The courtyard encircling the retreat cottage is completely secured by a medium height fence. I could actually let my do off-leash in the small courtyard. This was a bonus which I rarely find in vacation cottages. Also, there are many historical sites within a short drive as well. We enjoyed our time there!

    Reviewed by Nancy5.0Sep 2023

  • "Had a lovely time."

    Property was central to all places we wanted to visit. Warwick and Stratford. Lovely walks in countryside. The owners went out of their way to make sure our stay went perfectly. Would love to come again

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely property."

    Comfortable. Great location for us - near Warwick Uni and Stratford upon Avon. Couple of places nearby to walk dogs. We would definitely visit again. Thanks.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Nov 2022

  • "A fabulous week in this lovely cottage."

    Quiet location, very clean and comfortable. 30 minute walk to local shop in the village which is well stocked. Good bus service to Warwick, Stratford, Leamington Spa if you don't fancy the hassle of traffic and parking. 10 minute drive to Charlecote Park NT and other NT properties within easy reach. Outdoor space is limited but what there is has been attractively planted. Very pleasant owners. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Oct 2022

  • "The Retreat is everything and more."

    Home from home. Well equipped, comfortable, clean and spacious. The owners were lovely and knowledgeable on the area,

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a fantastic holiday in outstanding accommodation."

    The owners were very friendly, welcoming, and helpful. There is a dedicated space for one car with less than a minute walk including steps to the Retreat. We highly recommend The Retreat.

    Reviewed by Kev5.0Sep 2022

  • "The name says it all it is a lovely retreat."

    The barn is very comfortable and clean and close to places to visit. Would recommend it to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Sep 2022

  • "Very pleasant stay, would happily stay again."

    Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a wonderful, relaxing holiday in a beautiful location."

    The accommodation is extremly comfortable, and we could not have been made more welcome. The owners were nearby, but never obtrusive, always on hand to help if needed. We would love to be able to revisit next year and would highly recommend this holiday to anyone.

    Reviewed by Kim4.7Aug 2022

  • "The Retreat was exactly that, a lovely place to return to after a day out."

    Steve and Dawna are a lovely couple and on hand if any problems should arise. Everything you could need for a stay at this lovely cottage was provided. It is ideally situated for visiting so many places in the Cotswold area and we had the added bonus of being there the final weekend of the Commonwealth Games, and a few miles down the road watched the mens cycling race go by. We would love to return to The Retreat in the future.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Aug 2022

  • "Comfy, clean cottage and friendly owners."

    Small but relaxing outdoor space. Nice walk on footpaths nearby and lovely community shop in the village. Recommended!

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.1Jul 2022

  • "We just got back from a fantastic week at The Retreat, comfortable, spacious and clean."

    Set in beautiful surroundings with easy access to Warwick, Lemington Spa and Stratford upon Avon. The owners Steve, Dawna and family were brilliant, friendly and always there if you needed help. Would I go back, definitely...

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Jul 2022

  • "A lovely peaceful cottage which is well equipped."

    The owners are very helpful and friendly. Lots of hot water and the shower is excellent.

    Reviewed by James5.0May 2022

  • "Excellent property with a very high standard of facilities and comfort."

    Great location for exploring Warwickshire and beyond. Unfortunately after booking the garden arrangements were changed resulting in very limited outdoor space which was a huge disappointment. We would recommend the cottage nevertheless.

    Unfortunately this was a mistake by Sykes,they made the error when they put the web page together.The have admitted it was their fault and have since offered a discount.Thank you for recommending our cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dominic4.4Apr 2022

  • "Very happy stay."

    Would return!

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Apr 2022

  • "We loved this place, felt relaxed straight away and thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    First class!

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Mar 2022

  • "Had a fabulous stay at The Retreat!"

    Everything was perfect! We hope to return again soon.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Mar 2022

  • "The Retreat is a delightful place to stay."

    It's comfortable and very warm even in cold weather. Ideally situated for visiting NT houses,Warwick, Leamington Spa and Stratford on Avon. The owners are very friendly and on call for any queries but not intrusive. It was just perfect for us.

    Reviewed by Laurie5.0Feb 2022

  • "Friendly owners lovely location beautifull surroundings."

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Sep 2021

  • "We enjoyed our week based at The Retreat."

    It is a really clean and comfortable cottage very equipped and to a high standard. The bed was perfect and we slept soundly. The 'welcome' pack was the best ever and very much appreciated. It was truly dog friendly and treats had been provided for our dog. However, the photograph and description of the cottage were somewhat misleading, as it does not have an enclosed lawned garden. That is the owner's garden. The Retreat is surrounded by a paved path and to the side adjacent to the sheep field are raised flower beds and a picnic table. This is secure for dogs to potter out onto.

    Reviewed by Joseph4.7Sep 2021

  • "Great location and very friendly owners."

    We have stayed here several times during the past few years. Always very enjoyable. Tom and Wendy Kennedy

    Reviewed by Thomas4.1Aug 2021

  • "Great cottage - peaceful, quiet and to a high standard with all furnishings and fittings."

    Does as it says on the name - it really is a retreat! Our only issue was the number of wasps and flies that were coming in from the field - presumably the time of year and the field beside the cottage but was a real nuisance and we did have to go out and buy deterrents. Other than that no complaints and would stay again. (but would go armed!)

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Aug 2021

  • "The setting was perfect, walks from the doorstep and a field full of sheep next door to keep us amused."

    Cottage was comfortable and had everything we needed. We will be returning.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely and quiet location with everything you could possibly want."

    The only negative for me was the mattress which I found to be on the hard side but that is just personal preference. Otherwise great property which I would recommend if you are looking for a quiet getaway. Very appropriately named!

    Reviewed by Valerie4.7Jul 2021

  • "The Retreat took our breath away when we arrived, beautifully presented to an exceptionally high standard with an amazing view over the fields."

    Fabulous owners who couldn’t do enough for us with Milk, Cakes and Biscuits on arrival. Beautifully situated with a short drive to Warwick, Leamington, Kenilworth and Stratford or venture 20-30 miles south to the heart of the Cotswolds and see Bourton on the Water, Broadway, Stow on the Wold, Chipping Norton and Chipping Campden. We had to choose between the King bedroom or the super King both with patio doors and roof velux and if you’ve never tried a wet room then you cannot miss this! Certainly couldn’t ask for more from a Cottage…and we’ve rented a few…particularly for our two dogs who were safe and secure within the property and nice short walk just around the corner. We cannot recommend enough and a big thank you to Dawna and Steve.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2021

  • "This is the fourth time I’ve returned to this cottage."

    I really wanted to keep it as my own best kept secret. Dawna and Steve has thought of everything to make the stay so perfect. I’m booking again for next year. You’ll not be disappointed if you choose this cottage. It’s warm and comfortable and we all felt welcome and safe. Wonderful stay!!!

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Feb 2020

  • "Cottage is lovely, everything you could need."

    Very spacious and warm. It was decorated for Christmas, which was a nice touch. Dawna and Steve very friendly. Close to Warwick, Leamington Spa and Stratford upon Avon. We had a lovely peaceful break, thank you.

    Reviewed by Anne-Marie5.0Dec 2019

  • "Accommodation was just stunning!"

    Lovely walks around the area. Very central to other counties so lots to do.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Nov 2019

  • "A lovely cottage set in a quiet and beautiful location ideal for accessing the numerous attractions within a fifteen mile radius."

    We received a warm welcome from owners Dawna and Steve who even offered help carrying our luggage from the car. They also left us with a much appreciated pack of starter supplies. The cottage is well equipped with integrated appliances including large fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and separate tumble dryer. There are wonderful views from every window and the surrounding garden is stocked with lovely flowers and shrubs. The Retreat is even better than the photographs depict, spotlessly clean, spacious wet room, and has a dining table which seats four as well as the large breakfast bar. Both bedrooms are a really good size with plenty of wardrobe and drawer space. We have a one year old cocker spaniel who was also made very welcome in a secure environment and everything was perfect for us all with numerous safe walks on the doorstep. We really enjoyed our weeks holiday and will certainly be returning. Thank you Dawna and Steve from Keith Pauline and Toby (Norfolk)

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Oct 2019

  • "A beautiful cottage in a beautiful place."

    Great location for getting out and seeing things. The cottage was very comfortable and clean. Dawna & Steve have thought of everything so you don't need to worry. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone.

    Reviewed by Tara5.0Sep 2019

  • "Beautiful comfortable cottage."

    Lovely owners helpful at all times. Much appreciated welcome basket. Ideally situated for exploring the area. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Sep 2019

  • "A beautiful home from home."

    What a fantastic week we've had at the Retreat. It is a beautifully presented cottage, with all mod cons and some really nice comforting touches like the log burner, which would be perfect for those cold winter evenings. The cottage is surrounded by amazing countryside, with wildlife literally on your doorstep. Our family dog, Cora, took a very welcoming shine to a resident sheep in the field next to the cottage. We have it in good faith from a previous guest, it is called 'baa baa blackberry' :) We had young pheasants visit us every night and it was really wonderful. On arrival we were very warmly greeted by Steve, who also offered to help us with our baggage. He gave us a brief history of the cottage and of his adjoining home, which I must say is rather beautiful (I'm jealous). Upon showing us around the cottage, there was a welcome pack of goodies for us to get us started. This was such a lovely touch indeed, and really started things off on the right foot. Steve and Dawna are the perfect hosts, left us to it and we always had a friendly hello from them every morning. The cottage is very welcoming and has all the facilities that you need. Has a small patio area which surroundings it, which is nice to sit out in on the morning as the sun rises and great for dogs too. Both bedrooms have french doors which you can open up and have a cup of tea in a bed as the birds sing. The walk in shower is lovely! As are the cosy sofa's. Overall, it is Immaculately presented throughout, we could not have been happier. The location, for us, what just about perfect! It could not have been any better. 10-15 minutes either way and you are in Warwick, Leamington Spa and Stratford-Upon-Avon. And the Cotswolds are no further than 30 minutes drive away, and I recommend you visit as much of that as you can. Literally everything is on your doorstop. The village itself is very quaint and peaceful, and the local pubs full of charm and serving some delicious food. We had some recommendations of places to visit from Steve, and also previous guests in the guestbook have written many places to visit and where to eat. You really are spoilt for choice, trust me. Even our dog had a fantasic time exploring all the local parks, and we had some lovely walks out at Kingsbury Waterpark also. Our holiday was perfect, and we loved the Retreat, so much so that we are looking at booking again!!

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2019

  • "We had a lovely week at the Retreat, it is beautifully decorated and very spacious."

    It is surrounded by a field and really is a great place to get away from it all and relax as it is so peaceful and tranquil. It is in a great location for Warwick, Stratford Upon Avon and Leamington Spa. The Retreat is well equipped and the owners leave a welcome package of treats and supplies for you which is great. The owners live nearby and are very friendly and helpful. I would highly reccommend this place for a holiday.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Aug 2019

  • "We had a lovely stay at The Retreat."

    It's a very peaceful place with the most beautiful views over a field and countryside beyond, complete with a resident sheep our children named Blackberry. The cottage was spotlessly clean, spacious and comfortable. The bed in the main bedroom is enormous and in the mornings we opened up the French doors and took in the view with a cup of tea in bed. We had great days out to Warwick Castle, the British Motor Museum, Stratford upon Avon. The nearby village is very pretty with two nice pubs and a great play park. If we had to give any suggestions it would be lighter weight duvets for the summer weather. There isn't much space to put food away, other than in the fridge. Other than those very minor points, it was perfect and we would thoroughly recommend a visit to others. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by Joanna4.7Aug 2019

  • "Very well equipped and comfortable cottage, friendly hosts with a lovely welcome."

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Jul 2019

  • "The property is spacious, well equipped, clean and importantly for us happy to ..."

    The property is spacious, well equipped, clean and importantly for us happy to accept 2 large dogs, on top of which the owners who live next door are very friendly and helpful

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Jun 2019

  • "The owners Steve and Dawna were very generous."

    They left a wonderful welcome pack which included tea, coffee, milk, bread,and goodies like buns and biscuits. Steve also bought us a plate full of homemade cake when he came to indroduce himself and to make sure we were happy. The cottage is extremely comfortable and we needed for nothing.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2019

  • "The directions are good , until you reach the cottage and Castle view which is on the left and the Retreat is along side at the back."

    The cottage was beautiful as well as impressive once inside, very spacious and comfortable and well equipped. Peaceful location with easy access to most areas of interest. Hosts Dawna & Steve very welcoming .

    Reviewed by Rodney5.0May 2019

  • "The Retreat is nice place to stay."

    It's quiet and relaxing and there's plenty of things to see and do within a short distance. The cottage owners Steve and Dawna are good people and if you need anything at all they're happy to help. If you're disabled there is a short walk of maybe 50 yards to the cottage with 3 steps, we managed ok but if you can't walk without assistance then it might be a struggle. Sykes are easy to deal with and I will use them again.

    Reviewed by David4.1May 2019

  • "The cottage was superb, everything you could ask for from a holiday cottage, the Retreat is located in an ideal location for visiting nearby towns and villages, it is located down a country lane about two miles out of Barford itself, the location is peaceful and you can walk from the door along country lanes and public footpaths."

    The owners greeted us on arrival, showed around the property explaining how appliances worked and also left us a very much appreciated welcome package of milk and muffins for our first cup of tea. Overall a very nice, comfortable, warm and welcoming cottage, would most certainly consider returning to this property again.

    Reviewed by Terence5.0Apr 2019

  • "Our experience using sykes was great."

    A very easy site to use and gave all the necessary information. The Retreat was an amazing property. Exceeding expectations. Just beautiful in every way. The owners were lovely people who hold great pride in their property and very welcoming.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Apr 2019

  • "Had a wonderful week in the retreat, in a quiet location but not to far from Warwick or royal leamington spa."

    We were well looked after and owners only next door if we needed anything. Will definitely be back again next year.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Mar 2019

  • "We had a short stay but a very lovely stay."

    Everything you need was there. Very warm and friendly owners and helpfull. Thanks for that. If we can then we coming back.

    Reviewed by Yvonne4.7Mar 2019

  • "Great location, lots of things to do locally or within a 30 minute drive."

    Plenty of countryside and walks for those visiting with dogs. The retreat was lonely and clean, and stocked plenty full of pots and pans etc so cooking was not an issue. The underfloor heating is brilliant it's that good we had to turn it down as we were so warm. Would defitenly visit again.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Mar 2019

  • "It's just the most wonderful place to stay and in such a quiet but convenient spot."

    It's only a few minutes from the m40 and about 10-20 minutes car journey away from some great attractions for fun days out. The owners were lovely and helpful and we would live in The Retreat if we could! It had everything we needed and more, including kids cups/plates/bowls/cutlery which was extremely useful for our 2yr old. A fab range of board games too! The views from the bedrooms were lovely, we stayed in Feb but can only imagine how fabulous this place is for a summer holiday!

    Reviewed by Isabelle5.0Feb 2019

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and in a quiet location."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jan 2019

  • "The people looking after the amenities while the owners where away couldnt do enough for us, when the water pressure dropped and we had cold water, they stayed til it was sorted and were looking at other options in case it couldnt be, bent over backwards to ensure we were happy."

    We cant really say much about our holiday as we had to leave due to a bereavement. It is a very warm cottage and we had to turn the heating right down as there are only patio doors in the bedrooms no windows, we couldnt stand the heat nor could the dog lol but that isnt any fault of the property owners. The best equipped kitchen i have ever had on holiday, i even took things with me to cook xmas dinner with but neednt had bothered, only thing i would say there was no cupboard space to put food that didn't go in the fridge as it was all taken up with pots and pans etc. I did think there was more space than there was outside for the dog, but we managed. Other thing is the long walk from the car past the owners house to the cottage is a pain carrying all you luggage and supplies, would be better if you could park closer and the tiled path can be a bit slippy if wet.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Dec 2018

  • "The level of facilities and comfort was exceptional."

    A very enjoyable stay well situated for exploring surrounding areas

    Reviewed by Max5.0Nov 2018

  • "Fantastic cottage, a true gem!"

    Attention to detail was fantastic, lovely thoughtful touches such as fresh milk, organic bread, tea, coffee, sugar and a big tin of M&S shortbread made us feel so welcome. The cottage is light and airy, whilst being warm and cosy at the same time, a real find. A big thank you to Dawna and Steve, the owners.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Oct 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, really comfortable."

    owners very friendly, couldn't do more for us.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Oct 2018

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at The Retreat."

    The owners Steve and Dawna were very welcoming and supplied us with some thoughtful "welcome provisions". The Retreat is very clean and comfortable and in a lovely peaceful location. Even though The Retreat is next to their home Steve and Dawna were never intrusive but always available if we needed them. We would highly recommend The Retreat, it's one of the best places we've stayed. Thanks Chris, Pat and Milly

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Sep 2018

  • "The property is a credit to the owners Dawna and Steve."

    They do everything to make your holiday perect for you from the welcome pack to even helping with luggage etc. Always available for information if required. The perfect hosts. The Retreat is like a home from home. Everything has been thought about well stocked kitchen utensils etc super comfy bed everthing clean and tidy. I have holidayed with Sykes for a number of years and this has been the best property I have rented. Others sadly have dissapointed. If all owners took a leaf out of Dawna and Steve's book all your properties would be 5stars!!!! Well done Dawna and Steve on at last getting it right for me xx

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Aug 2018

  • "Everything was lovely as shown in the details but the distance to the local pub was a bit misleading."

    Friendly and helpful owners were welcoming.

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Jul 2018

  • "We stayed in The Retreat for a week and had a whale of a time."

    It's an absolutely fabulous place, ideal for people wanting easy access to the Cotswolds and Shakespeare Country (Warwick, Leamington Spa, Stratford, Rugby), but who are also keen to stay in a tranquil location well away from traffic and with an open outlook overlooking fields and meadows. We awoke almost every morning to blazing sunshine, dawn choruses and sights of hares and grouse and enjoyed golden sunsets in the evenings. Seating outdoors made our meals an even bigger treat. Relaxing walks are feasible directly from the cottage, particularly around the conservation villages of Barford, Charlecote and Hampden Lucy, each with their own medieval churches and characterful pubs. The cottage was incredibly inviting and cosy, bright, airy and scrupulously clean, with every possible facility, including fans for warm weather and woodburning stove for cold. The owners, Steve and Dawn, make sure you want for nothing and, if ever you need help or require anything else, they come round in an instant. You couldn't find nicer people to ensure you have the best holiday possible! In the course of the week we used the cottage as a base to visit some wonderful places: so many pretty honey-coloured Cotswold villages, incl. Chipping Campden, Bibury and Burford. Other hits with us were Warwick & its Tudor architecture, Broadway Tower, offering glorious views in all directions, a guided tour of the famous Rugby School & associations with Tom Brown's Schooldays, Leamington Spa and its Regency parades and parks, the Iron Age White Horse of Uffington and so much else, incl. Kenilworth Castle & many National Trust manor houses and gardens. Our favourites were Kelmscote Manor and Baddesley Clinton. Recommended: - a well stocked local village store in Barford and massive Tesco on the road from Warwick to L'Spa. - great pubs at the Boar's Head, Hampden Lucy and King's Head, Wellesbourne. - idyllic places to enjoy a coffee are numerous, but among our favourites were Charlescote Orangerie and the Art Gallery & Museum in Leamington Spa. The Retreat deserves a high rating and we'd love to return sometime soon!!

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2018

  • "Exceptionally good cottage both in location and facilities."

    Reviewed by Ann4.7Jun 2018

  • "The Retreat is a great place to stay accommodation was excellent ,the owners were very helpful and friendly ."

    There was a lot of attention to detail with ,a lot of provisions for us .milk,ham cheeses bread butter croissants jam eggs tea cakes .chocolates tea,coffee,sugar fresh flowers etc very comfortable beds .WIFI ,extra large tv .

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jun 2018

  • "Fantastic location, fantastic cottage and fantastic owners making it a fantastic holiday."

    Would recommend 100%

    Reviewed by Donna5.0May 2018

  • "We along with another couple and our little puppy stayed at the Retreat in May, what a lovely holiday we had the accommodation was absolutely beautiful and beyond our expectations."

    It had everything we needed and more, it was spotlessly clean beds ect were very comfortable and the French doors from the bedrooms was a lovely touch just we could ly on in the sunny mornings looking out over the fields and listening to the sheep, pheasants ect. The hosts are lovely friendly people and very helpful in every way We all have lovely memories of the Retreat and would highly recommend it to all and we will definitely return again Nelson & Davidson families NI

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0May 2018

  • "The Retreat at Barford was outstanding."

    It's so close to Warwick and other areas of interest and has a real quality about it. the cottage is situated next to the owners house up a path to the side of their house, however, once inside it felt very peaceful and on it's own. The owners were very welcoming but also left us to our privacy and left some lovely goodies, cake, tea, milk and cheese etc in the fridge which was a lovely touch. The rooms are all amazing, all spacious, gorgeous bathroom and bedrooms and the bedrooms overlooking the field with patio doors is lovely - Also the seating areas outside are really nice. The only tiny issue is the website says the local pub is an 8 min walk., it's not! its at least 15 minutes, maybe more. Wasn't a huge issue but we do like to have a pub within a short distance as we are out all day walking so it's nice to have a "local" we would thoroughly recommend this lovely place to friends and family and hope to return ourselves for a weekend.

    Reviewed by Pauline4.4Apr 2018

  • "We have enjoyed a lovely stay at this cottage ."

    The property had everything we needed. The quality of the building and furnishings was very high, We especially liked the wet room and woodstove in the cottage as we had our elderly parents with us. On arrival we found the fridge had been fully stocked and tea/coffee/sugar plus bisciuts had been provided including chocolates and flowers in a vase. The owners lived next to the cottage and are new to holiday renting - they couldn't do more for us even when we had a special favour to ask regarding my sister visiting. We would highly recommend this holiday cottage and we hope to visit again at some point. We wish Dawna and Steve ( the owners) the very best in the future .

    Reviewed by Vincent5.0Apr 2018

  • "This is a lovely place to stay."

    The accommodation was perfect and the owners were very helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Mar 2018

  • "Absolutely fabulous place."

    Our hosts couldn't do enough for us, communication was excellent and The Retreat was really well equipped. We loved using the wood-burning stove and were so comfortable all weekend. Would love to come back.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Mar 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x super king-size
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with sitting area, kitchen and dining area with wood burner, and breakfast bar.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner and underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/Radio, iPod dock, WIFI, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed outdoor area with patio, furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub in local village of Barford within 2 mile distance
  • Note: Property may be unsuitable for people with mobility issues as there are 2 steps up the entrance

The property

A pretty detached cottage situated near the village of Barford, in Warwick.

This ground floor accommodation is perfect for a romantic break, or even families looking for a pleasant getaway.

Enter into the open plan sitting area, which holds unique features, and a bunch of character.

Sit before the wood burning stove for a cosy night in.

A well equipped kitchen is situated behind the sitting area for your convenience, and a dining table rests nearby, ideal for enjoying your favorite meals.

Rest at the breakfast bar in the morning hours.

Moving round, a double bedroom is a peaceful environment to sleep, elevated by a velux window and views out of the French doors.

A king-size bedroom offers extra space, while boasting pretty lighting, and an open outlook of the neighbouring fields.

To the side, a beautifully decorated wet room is classically arranged, so you can get ready in style.

Outside is where you will want to be, relaxing on the patio area.

The village of Barford is sure to impress, and in March 2014 it was listed by "The Sunday Times" as one of the Top ten places to live in The Midlands.

Home to traditional buildings, a village shop and ; this pleasant location makes for a great holiday any time of year.

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About the location


Warwick 4 miles; Stratford-upon-Avon 8 miles.

Barford is a village and civil parish resting in the Warwick district of Warwickshire, England; situated about three miles south of Warwick. In March 2014 "The Sunday Times" listed the village as one of the Top 10 places to live in The Midlands. Within the village you will find two pubs, a hotel with swimming pool, and a village shop owned/run by the community. The Church of England primary school sits within the village, named "Barford St. Peters". The University of Warwick Boat Club trains on the River Avon at Barford. Three miles is Warwick, which contains some fine houses, and is home to a postal telegraph office under Warwick. The parish comprises Barford House, Barford Hall, and Watchbury House. Today, Barford is still surrounded by many of the original buildings, which hosted the essential trades and services that were common place in the Georgian and Victorian times.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas