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Pop's Barn

(Ref. 988934)

Downton, Wiltshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "Overall we enjoyed our stay: the cottage was as described, at a price we found reasonable."

    The information given about the items in the cottage, the bins and the village and its surrounds was excellent. When the weather was fine and sunny we could leave the cottage door open and sit in the delightful garden. However when chilly and/or raining this was not possible and we could smell damp and felt rather hemmed in due to the outlook being below the garden ground level. We could smell damp when lying in bed. I would say that its up to the owner if she would like this published.

    Thank you for your feedback. We have passed your comments onto the owner, who confirms that the property has been professionally damp proofed. Now we are getting into the winter season the heating will be on more so that should help. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and were able to make good use of the garden. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katherine3.8Oct 2023

  • "Just got back from an idyllic week in Pops Barn."

    We did not want to leave. It was ideally situated just off the High Street but was quiet and felt secluded. The property was clean and the kitchen was well equipped with new pots and pans and had everything we needed. The bed was very comfortable and the property had a lovely homely feel. The shower was powerful and hot. The cottage style garden was a particular feature and we spend many hours relaxing in the loungers and eating out on the outside table. The cottage was perfectly situated just a few miles from the New Forest and Salisbury. We enjoyed some lovely walks with our 2 dogs in the surrounding villages. Downton is a pretty village with the river running through the high street in several places. There is a good sized Co-op with the very nice Borough cafe one side and a very friendly gourmet pub called The Goat on the other just a few minutes walk from the property. Both serving very good food. It is also close to the Spinnaker fish and chip shop which served excellent fish and chips and a few doors down from The Wooden Spoon pub which also served nice food. We visited a very nice pub in Woodgreen just a few minutes drive away and the food there was excellent. We would not hesitate to return to this property as there was so much we didn’t get time to do. The owners we very friendly and helpful and replied to messages whenever we had any queries. Could not find anything to fault.

    Thank you for your amazing feedback. We are so pleased that Pop's Barn suited you so well. We are glad you and your dogs enjoyed exploring the local area, thank you for all the recommendations. We hope we can welcome you back again. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lindsey5.0Sep 2023

  • "Had a fantastic few days here at Pops barn."

    Clean comfortable and everything we needed. Enjoyed the garden and do peaceful. Would recommend this holiday and will be back. Thanks to Nicki.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Aug 2023

  • "Pop’s Barn is a lovely one bedroom hideaway with a beautiful flower filled secluded garden."

    The barn is well equip with everything needed for a comfortable stay. The kitchen has good appliances and all the cooking utensils and crockery needed. The couch was comfortable and a small tv. Lots of books and boardgames which made our stay extra special. Bathroom was modem and clean and well equipped. A short walk up the road is the Co-op, pub and a gas station. There is something for everyone with lots of sites to see - close to the ponies and woodland of the new Forest, a drive away from some amazing beaches and English heritage sites. The host is very accommodating. We spent 5 days and were sad to leave our barn. Will recommend to our friends will definitely return again. Thank you for sharing this special place with us.

    Thank you for your amazing feedback, i'ts always lovely to hear how much guest's have enjoyed staying. The location is perfect if you want to go walking or just pop to the beach. We hope to welcome you back again in the future. Kind regards Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elisabeth4.7Aug 2023

  • "If you want to have a relaxing break please do not book this property and not via Sykes cottages."

    We booked a 3 night stay and ended up staying only the 1 night. The mattress and bed we slept on were absolutely appalling. Might as well have slept on the floor. The mattress about 2 inches deep sunk and you could feel each slat underneath. Neither myself or my partner got any sleep and we were absolutely exhausted the next day unable to go ahead with plans. We informed the host the next morning who advised they are not around to help and could try to get a mattress topper for our 3rd and final night. Mattress topper would not have made a difference especially after people have been unable to get any sleep for 2 nights. We politely advised that we are leaving the property after that initial first night, left it clean condition and had to book a comfortable bed in a hotel nearby. The last thing anyone wants is to go away for 3 nights rest and have to pack up and leave again after 1 night in search for a good night sleep. Our old dog who came along also didn't appreciate being moved about... When we asked the owner for a refund for the 2 nights which we didn't use her property for, she didn't even respond. The next day we had a template email from Sykes cottages advising that our case is closed and there will be no refund offered. Closed?! You didn't even contact us to see what the issue us. We then had to get in touch with them whilst still on our holiday to explain our side of the story which we would have thought they would ask for in the first place. Absolutely pointless. The lady on the phone was lovely and admitted that the property owner did not offer them the full story. According to the owner she offered to help us and we refused. NO! She offered to help only for the 3 and final night for which we were not prepared to stay. Sykes cottages obviously take the owners side without even checking with the guests and listening to their comments/complaints. Again the next day a template email arrived from Sykes cottages saying the owner offers no compensation. Who needs all this stress when they try to go away for 3 nights and relax?! Luckily we paid by credit card and have raised a chargeback case. Advice to the owner: IF YOU ARE LETTING YOUR BARN, BE PROUD OF YOUR PROPERTY,BUY A DECENT MATTRESS SO YOUR GUESTS CAN REST AND TREAT YOUR GUESTS WITH THE RESPECT THEY DESERVE. Advice to Sykes cottages: MAKE SURE YOU HEAR BOTH SIDES OF THE COMPLAINT BEFORE MAKING A DECISION AND SHOW THAT YOU CARE ABOUT THE CUSTOMER WHO IS BOOKING THE PROPERTY NOT JUST SIDE WITH YOUR HOST.

    Thank you for taking time to leave feedback and we are sorry to hear that the mattress was not of comfort to you. As mattresses are down to personal preference it is hard to suit everyone's needs but the owner offered to purchase a mattress topper for your stay to help rectify this. Best wishes, Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Aleksandra2.2Aug 2023

  • "Filthy shower mat and shower tray, had to descale shower head as only half jets worked."

    Disgusting drity oven, rusty and dirty microwave, table covered in crumbs, kettle badlyneeds descaling, teapot filthy. Settee very uncomfortable and needs replacing. It is a lovely cool hide away and nice garden. Just need a deep clean and some TLC.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear of these points that you have raised and feel it is a shame this was not mentioned during your stay when we were in direct contact so that we could have resolved this for you. We are investigating with the housekeeper and ordering replacements. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Reginald2.5Jun 2023

  • "Quaint little barn… a bit chilly when we got there, but a haven when the weather became extremely hot"

    Thank you for your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed your stay at Pop's Barn and would love to welcome you again. Best wishes Hideaway Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jun 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Pop’s Barn, it is very small but that was ok, the garden was very nice."

    It was clean and the bed was comfortable. The only problem, which has been mentioned before, the cooking pans were not good. The frying pan was not clean and looked a bit rusty, the saucepan didn’t encourage use. It meant that it was difficult to self cater. The microwave was old, but we did try to use it. For some this would all have been a problem if they wanted to self cater.

    Thank you for your feedback. We will pass your comments on the cooking equipment to the owner. Hope you enjoyed your stay and spending time in the garden. Best wishes HideAways Property Owner

    Reviewed by William3.1May 2023

  • "Lovely location with plenty of walks nearby, The Moot was amazing!"

    Lovely pubs just a walk away. Good location to go to the New Forest.

    We are delighted to hear that you had a wonderful stay at Pop's Barn. Thank you for taking time to leave this feedback. Best wishes HideAways Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2023

  • "We enjoyed a wonderful week - the location was fantastic for walking and enjoying the local history."

    An excellent pub-restaurant less than 100 metres away. For peace and quiet it was perfect. Cleaning could be improved. The cutlery needed scrubbing before use. Evidently there was no cleaning done under the bed. We did not choose to cook, but the cooking pans were in poor condition. The cutlery looked like cast-off odds and ends. The sofa was uncomfortable (it appears to be a sofa-bed with a hard square edge) and the mattress was uncomfortable (too thin for my wife to sleep comfortably). Nevertheless, the welcome and the location and (luckily) the weather could not be faulted. Thank you.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback following your stay at Pop's Barn. We're glad you enjoyed your week and loved the location too. Thank you also for bringing our attention to some cleanliness issues and some of the facilities. We have passed on your comments to the owner for review. Best wishes Hideaway Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon3.4Apr 2023

  • "Pop's Barn is a lovely little hideaway for two."

    Beautifully located in this pretty village and close to the river. We would recommend it as having everything you need for a comfortable stay.

    We're delighted that you enjoyed a relaxing stay at Pop's Barn and appreciate the recommendation. We'd love to welcome you back. Best wishes, HideAways Property Owner

    Reviewed by Veronica5.0Mar 2023

  • "The photos don’t do any justice."

    Pop’s Barn is charming and perfectly located for a lovely break. The Barn has been sympathetically renovated and offers everything you need. On arrival the lights and heating had been turned on which made for a warm welcome. I had a relaxed and comfortable break and would recommend Pop’s Barn to anyone wanting the same

    Thank you for this lovely review and we're delighted you enjoyed a comfortable and relaxing stay at Pop's Barn. We look forward to welcoming you again. Best wishes Hideaway Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jan 2023

  • "Lovely secluded snug, perfect for a quiet get away."

    Downton is a lovely place & the locals were friendly.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Pop's Barn and it's location. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay in pops barn, has everything you need for a comfortable, warm, cosy stay."

    Village is a really good base for the surrounding area and has a really good fish and chip shop (excellent) and 2 local pubs selling a variety of foods. THERE IS ONLY ONE THING THE OUTSIDE STEPS ARE VERY SLIPPERY AND GREAT CARE ON THESE SHOULD BE TAKEN (UNTIL JET WASHED) THANKS FOR THE LOVELY STAY

    Thank you for providing this feedback and we're delighted that you enjoyed your stay, and also loved the location. Thank you also for bringing our attention to the slippery outside steps - this information has been passed on to the owner who is addressing the isssue. We hope to welcome you again. Hideaway Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bev4.1Nov 2022

  • "Enjoyed our week's stay in Pops Barn, lovely location, clean and welcoming accommodation, nice enclosed garden."

    Perfect stay

    Brilliant to hear you enjoyed your stay in Pops Barn, loved the location and the garden. Thank you for leaving feedback. Best wishes, Hideaways. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen3.8Aug 2022

  • "It is a nice place to stay for 1-2 people and a well behaved pet."

    All of the utilities were high quality in the property and clean, bed comfortable and shower perfect temperature. The owner proactively contacted me a couple of days before arrival and answered questions about parking. I had no problems parking right next to the property all week. There is a good chip shop twenty paces away, a pub which I didn't try but is recommended and is next door but one. The Co-op is walking distance, under 1km round trip and there is a petrol station in the town too. 9 miles from Salisbury, right next door to the new forest and easy access to places to visit. As mentioned in an earlier review by someone else, there is no wifi. I paid a little bit extra for a one off increase in data on my mobile and managed to tether it successfully in the property. The speed wouldn't work for gaming but I was successful in running videos for a course I am taking. Just use your USB charging lead and select "thether" in your mobile settings and you are there - keep an eye on the data used though as it can eat it up quickly.

    Thank you for this lovely review and for your very helpful suggestions and recommendations which we're sure will be appreciated by future guests.We hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Aug 2022

  • "Had a great time at Pop's Barn, Downton is a perfect spot for touring."

    The garden is lovely and what a sun trap. Nicki and Adam are great hosts.

    Thank you for this feedback - we're so glad you had a great time and managed to enjoy the garden during your stay. We hope to welcome you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Aug 2022

  • "Last minute booking, great find spent most of our time in garden."

    We're so glad you managed to get a last minute booking at Pop's Barn and that you could sit outside in the garden. We hope to welcome you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert3.8Jul 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Pop's Barn right on the border of the New forest and only 40 minutes to the coast."

    The garden is perfect for sun and reading and completely enclosed perfect for the pooch. Downton is a lovely village and had everything we needed. Can't recommend highly enough.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback and we're delighted you had a wonderful stay at Pop's Barn. We hope to welcome you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Matthew4.7May 2022

  • "Immaculate,cosy, welcoming place to stay."

    Peaceful. And private. Gorgeous property. Picturesque village. Lovely walks nearby. Highly recommend and friendly owners.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are happy to hear you enjoyed both the property and the local area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gerald5.0Dec 2021

  • "A nice quiet spot, away from roaring traffic, but the path to the Pop's Barn is long, with steps and a rough, difficult surface to haul baggage over."

    Parking is difficult and there is no WIFI - unusual for Sykes Cottages - and a real necessity when on holiday.

    Reviewed by Vanda3.4Sep 2021

  • "Property was pretty good lots of character unfortunately it seemed very damp."

    Opened pack of biscuits soft within day in a cupboard.My partner felt unwell and this property may be a problem for someone with chest conditions.

    Reviewed by Nigel3.4Sep 2021

  • "The garden at Pops barn was charming."

    The barn itself was not cleaned properly. The cooker oven was dirty and the cooker good had a thick layer of dust on it. The floor was gritty and judging by the state of the hoover hadn’t been hoovered. The living area was dusty. The toaster heated up on the outside burning my partner. The shower ran cold after one shower. The bed was clean but the bed felt damp and was particularly uncomfortable. The sofa was awful to sit on and both the sofa and the rug were filthy. I’m rather annoyed that I paid £100 extra to take my dogs. Given the state it was in. I’m shocked that Sykes has this property listed as previous bookings have been immaculate.

    Reviewed by Samantha1.6Jul 2021

  • "Parking was an absolute nightmare which was a shame as the location and accommodation was nice"

    Thank you for your feedback with regards to your recent stay at Pop's Barn. It's lovely to hear that you enjoyed the stay and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gemma3.8Jul 2021

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our week staying at Pop's Barn."

    The property combines the best of both worlds - really quiet and peaceful while in easy reach of the facilities of the village and with easy access to the beautiful New Forest. The garden is a real suntrap and is a great place to sit and relax. The owners were very friendly and helpful. We would definitely come again.

    Thank you for your comments and we would love for you to return in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mavis4.4Apr 2021

  • "We had a lovely trip to the New Forest."

    Pops Barn was a lovely place to stay with all that we needed and close to the forest. There was fantastic communication with the owner who seemed really nice. A bottle of wine milk and some rather lovely biscuits were a really nice surprise when we got there. It was fantastic to be able to take both my dogs and they had a wonderful first holiday and the really pretty enclosed garden gave me peace of mind. We thought that the only two things that were a bit of a bind was the parking and lack of Internet . You have to park on the main road and right up on the pavement ( we were aware that we had to park there.and obviously this isn't the owners fault! ) The trouble was finding a spot as it was packed with cars. The lack of Internet wasn't really an issue for me but my friend could've done with it. ( Again this was told to us before hand) . All in all, a really nice place to visit and I would recommend Pops Barn to friends.

    Thank you for recommending Pop's Barn and we are pleased to hear you had a lovely stay. We are sorry you experienced difficulty in parking and unfortunately the barn does not have wifi, as stated in the description. It is great to hear the dogs has a wonderful first holiday, Hideaways Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Oct 2020

  • "Pop’s Barn is a really lovely holiday home in the beautiful village of Downton."

    The garden truly is a sun trap! The Moot nearby was perfect for our early morning dog walk, the Co-op is very convenient and well stocked, and The Wooden Spoon provided us with excellent company, good ale and delicious meals. One added bonus is the fresh organic local milk dispenser in the car park at The Bull. Creamy, fresh and in glass bottles!

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Sep 2020

  • "This compact cottage/barn is ideal for two and is set in the lovely village of Downton."

    The cottage had everything we needed for our walking week. The village has two nice pubs (Wooden Spoon & The Goat), a Co-op, butcher and a brewery. What appealed to us was the brewery sets up tables and chairs on a Friday at 4pm and you can enjoy the beer they brew along with wine and other drinks. We walked right from the door on several occasions. The garden is secluded and lovely to sit in on warm days which luckily we had. We loved it.

    We are pleased to hear you had a lovely week and were able to enjoy walks right from the stop step of Pop's Barn! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert4.4Sep 2020

  • "It was not made clear how far the cottage was from where you had to park the car."

    For two 80+ year olds it was a long way to carry heavy suit cases. we have mentioned this to the owner and suggested that the info given makes this clear.. Otherwise fine.

    Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent stay at Pop's Barn. We take all feedback very seriously and will make will look at making a note on the website of this, for anyone with limited mobility. Otherwise i hope you enjoyed your stay and we would love to welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tony4.1Sep 2020

  • "Lovely comfy cottage with a private garden."

    Great location for exploring the New Forest and surrounding areas.

    Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent stay at Pop's Barn. We love to hear how much you have enjoyed staying with us and hope to welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane4.4Aug 2020

  • "We had a lovely stay with our little dog Luna ."

    Location of the property was excellent . Easy directions and access . Very comfortable accommodation and would definitely stay again .

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Nov 2019

  • "Very helpful owners."

    Lovely pretty cottage in a very nice village. We would stay there again.

    Reviewed by Wendy4.7Nov 2019

  • "We had a great time at pops barn, exactly what we needed"

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Sep 2019

  • "Lovely cottage great setting and very simple booking process."


    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2019

  • "Beautiful secret couple lodging on the edge of the new forest"


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  • All on one level: 1 x double bedroom (via step down through curtained opening) plus ensuite shower room with shower and WC
  • Open plan living/dining area with sofa
  • Electric heating
  • Electric cooker, halogen hob, washing machine
  • TV, DVD
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Brick steps up to a paved terrace and lawned area (artificial grass)
  • One well behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Parking is roadside and unrestricted
  • Shop and pub 0.1 miles.

The property

Pop’s Barn is named after the owner’s grandfather and is a secret little hideaway behind the high street in the bustling village of Downton.

Walking down a narrow path leading off a side lane, you stumble upon this pretty brick building set in its own private walled garden.

Despite its seclusion, the cottage is perfectly located for the numerous attractions this popular area has to offer.

Pop’s Barn has been well designed to maximise its small interior spaces making a cosy retreat for two people. Inside, the décor is most certainly traditional, with wooden floors and wooden beams through walls and ceilings adding to the period design.

Spread across one level there is one double bedroom behind a curtained opening, with ensuite shower room with shower and WC.

Open plan living/dining area with sofa bed.

The large garden can provide comfort and relaxation for plenty of guests, with the outdoor furniture being used for al fresco dining in its pretty and sunny garden.

The village of Downton rests on the banks of the River Avon, conveniently in between the Cranborne Chase AONB and the New Forest National Park.

Pop’s Barn is a superb base for those looking to explore the area, with a small range of local amenities to answer your needs. The Cranborne Chase will be right on your doorstep, offering a network of scenic walking and cycling paths passing a number of charming villages.

Pop’s Barn offers all this and more to those visiting.

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About the location


Fordingbridge 5 miles; Salisbury 6 miles

Downton village rests on the banks of the River Avon, conveniently in between the Cranborne Chase AONB and the New Forest National Park. It's a superb base for those looking to explore the area, with a small range of local amenities to answer your needs. Find a range of welcoming local pubs to quench your thirst after a tiring hike. The Cranborne Chase will be right on your doorstep, offering a network of scenic walking and cycling paths passing a number of charming villages. Also within reach, the cathedral city of Salisbury offers much to the visitor. Dominated by its striking cathedral, also find intriguing museums and varying amenities to keep you busy. The New Forest National Park offers more for you outdoor enthusiasts.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas