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The Cider Barn

(Ref. 1019003)

West Knoyle, Wiltshire Show on map

4.9

Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

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

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  • amanda (16)
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39 Customer Reviews

  • "The Cider Barn is perfect - so well equipped (full size freezer/ full size fridge, ironing board, iron, tea towels, toiletries and an excellent mattress."

    The barn is furnished at a very high standard, comfortable and homely and we think it has spoilt us when looking for other holiday accommodation. Location is excellent for Stourhead National Trust house and garden, Shaftsbury, Old Wardour Castle, Frome, Stonehenge, Salisbury and it is 48 mins from Bishops Castle in Wells. A lovely welcome from Amanda, a wealth of information provided as well as milk, biscuits, coffee. tea and chocolate drink. We can thoroughly recommend staying at the Cider Barn.

    Reviewed by William5.0Feb 2024

  • "A very enjoyable stay in Cider Barn, was well furnished with everything that we needed to make our stay first class."

    The property is in a lovely rural location with some stunning views all around. If we're in that area again we would definitely look to stay again in the future.

    Reviewed by Carl4.4Nov 2023

  • "Am extremely well equipped barn with tasteful furnishings."

    Light and airy in a beautiful location. A warm welcome from owner Amanda, who gave us lots of useful information about places to go, as we were new to the area. I can highly recommend this property, the best barn we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by Madeline5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely, comfortable stay in a delightful rural location."

    Ideal for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a great holiday at The Cider Barn it had everything you could ask for."

    Would definetly stay again when we come to Wiltshire.

    Reviewed by Frederick Paul5.0Jun 2023

  • "Great place to stay, accomadation fabulous and location brilliant."

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2023

  • "Everything was perfect, and if anything was even lovelier than described."

    ..a unique experience in beautiful unspoilt countryside surrounded by nature. House was immaculate with a vast field with hidden seated areas cleverly cut into the long grasses for idyllic morning coffee or evening drinks as the sun sets. House itself was really spacious for two and such good value for money. Family were all very friendly and helpful. Hope to go back one day if we travel that far south from Edinburgh again.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Jun 2023

  • "Our stay stay at The Cider Barn was very comfortable, equipped with all & more than one would need for a short holiday break."

    It's positioning was perfect for us being off the beaten track amongst walks & quiet countryside yet only a short drive to places of interest ie. Stonehenge, Warminster, Devizes etc. Our hosts Amanda, Rick & their family were so helpful during our week visit, nothing was too much trouble, they were all very friendly with Amanda overstepping the mark & helping out with an issue we had our dog Bailey. Thank you for enhancing a lovely break. Phil & Sandra

    Reviewed by Phil4.7May 2023

  • "Although this is studio accommodation there is plenty of space with a separate kitchen/dining area which is very well equipped."

    It is in a very quiet rural location with footpaths on the door step. There are quite a few NT and English Heritage sites nearby and a good farm shop a few miles away. Everything we wanted.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Apr 2023

  • "A very homely atmosphere and an ideal property for a quiet break."

    Owners very welcoming on arrival. Property is well stocked and should cater for all your needs. Would definitely come back.

    Reviewed by Iain5.0Nov 2022

  • "A lovely stay."

    Amanda was a very kind and flexible host. A beautiful barn in a peaceful location. Presented in a particularly clean and comfortable condition. Will look forward to staying again. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Jamie4.7Sep 2022

  • "We had great time very peaceful are hosts was excellent and the cottage was excellent would visit again"

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay and will return."

    It was very clean, comfortable and easy to find. Our elderly dog benefited from the close and flat access to the field. In the heat of the week we had it was a boon to have the car parked under shelter. The owner Amanda was an absolute diamond, so helpful and friendly. Thankyou.

    Reviewed by Eleanor5.0Jul 2022

  • "Very comfortable property in an ideal location & everything you need for a relaxing stay."

    Most importantly, the owners are really welcoming & friendly. Nothing is too much trouble.

    Reviewed by Aileen5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely, comfortable and spacious accommodation."

    Everything we needed was supplied for us. The property was exceptionally clean and tidy. The bed was so comfortable, my husband and I had a good night's sleep every night! Thank you Amanda and family for making us feel so welcome. Already booked another week in the Autumn!

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely week staying in this clean, comfortable and well equipped property, which is within reasonable reach of many interesting places to visit."

    We also enjoyed walking in the farm’s fields and woods. Our hosts were very welcoming, kind and thoughtful. A great base in a beautiful area.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jun 2022

  • "Really enjoyable stay, the barn was fully equipped and is warm, quiet and in a beautiful part of the country."

    The property was exactly as described and spotlessly clean Amanda couldn't be more helpful, the information folder in the barn was full of useful information and the pre-stay email was a nice touch. I simply can't fault it.

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2022

  • "From the moment we arrived, we were warmly welcomed by Amanda and her family, who provided us with biscuits and other goodies and gave us vital information about the locality."

    The cottage was immaculately clean, comfortable and cosy. The location was tranquil with access to a lovely meadow, fields and woods. We had a wonderful time at the Cider Barn and we would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of taking a break there. We will certainly be returning sometime in the future. So thank you Amanda for all your kind hospitality, you made us feel at home straight away.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0May 2022

  • "We had a fantastic time at the Cider Barrn."

    It is ideally situated for walking and days out to local towns as well various National Trust properties. The local pubs do great food and the Cider Barn is very well equipped for nights in. Amanda is the perfect host along with Tiggy the dog. Would definitely recommend a visit.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Mar 2022

  • "This is my second visit to the Cider Barn and I am sure I will be returning again soon."

    The property is just amazing, well presented, clean and feels like a home from home. Amanda is the perfect host, so helpful and friendly. Thank you for a wonderful relaxing stay

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Feb 2022

  • "The Cider Barn is set in a lovely quiet rural location and yet the A303 and the A350 were a short distance away to get around the area."

    The accommodation was superb being spacious, cosy and comfortable. The lighting in the converted barn had been well designed with plenty of lights to make the room nice and light or less lighting if you prefer more subtle light. The kitchen was very well equipped with everything you could possibly need including a dishwasher and washing machine. There was also a good sized freezer with 5 drawers should you need it. I would definitely recommend this place to my family and friends.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Dec 2021

  • "I think the Cider Barn undersells its appeal, the location, its size, the facilities."

    In fact pretty much everything is far better, bigger or prettier than you will have expected. Our hosts were exactly as the perfect hosts should be- available when needed and otherwise rarely seen. This was a stab in the dark booking for me that paid off and some. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Nov 2021

  • "Gorgeous location, wonderful barn conversion and so well equipped."

    Everything very comfy and clean. Very well located to easily get out and about, we made it to Bournemouth, Bath, Wells, Glastonbury and Stonehenge, all easy journeys! Amanda and her partner were so inviting, accommodating and welcoming we truly felt looked after! Lovely stay, thank you so much!

    Reviewed by Alice5.0Oct 2021

  • "Warm welcome from Amanda."

    Cider barn is of a very high standard, well equipped, clean, very cosy. Great location to visit places. Fields for our dog to run in.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Oct 2021

  • "We left the property after a few hours due to allergic reactions to something within the property."

    We have spent the rest of the week attempting to get in touch with Sykes Cottages Customer Service - to no avail - to inform them of the situation. Attempted to email details between ourselves and property owner to Sykes, again with no success. We will not be returning to use Sykes Cottages site in the future.

    Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry to hear that you left in the early hours due an allergic reaction. Our phone lines are open every day and we also have an 'out of hours line' for urgent issues, on which you could have called us. We accept our phone lines can get busy on some days but customers do generally get through. We also have a web chat service or customers can contact us via email. To date, we have not received any contact from you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hayden4.1Oct 2021

  • "Really enjoyed ourselves."

    Great welcome. Good facilities. Lots of help with local amenities. Would definitely revisit.

    Reviewed by Sally4.1Oct 2021

  • "An extremely peaceful position, with central access to the north and south coasts."

    Easy to get to, as the A303 was only two miles away. Feeding the six chickens and two ducks every day, with two eager pigs ready to devour any left-overs, was an unexpected delight. Amanda was on hand and happy to give us any information about the local area, and provided grain for the chickens and ducks.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage with well equipped kitchen."

    Very friendly owner. Great for people with dogs. Ideal for visiting stonehenge avebury & Salisbury and plenty of lovely local walks.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2021

  • "A wondrous week!"

    We have been working our way through holiday venues in the south west during a hiatus between selling and buying homes. The Cider Barn was by far the best, which is not to say the others were in any way lacking; merely that this was markedly superior in every respect. Comfortable, well equipped, great location and most of all, wonderful hosts. Thanks to Amanda, Rick and family for making us so welcome. We shall return.

    Reviewed by Max5.0Jul 2021

  • "The owners are unique in that nothing is too much trouble and they are real treasures."

    Reviewed by Selwyn5.0Jun 2021

  • "Amazing break away in the quiet countryside."

    Would definitely recommend this property to friends :)

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Apr 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at the Cider Barn."

    The views were fantastic from the barn. Amanda was very helpful and the family made us feel very welcome. We would definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Apr 2021

  • "You can be assured of a very warm welcome from the owners of The Cider Barn."

    Great walks in the area, and lovely interesting places to visit.

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Apr 2021

  • "An absolutely wonderful stay."

    The Cider Barn has everything you need! It's warm, cosy and well equipped. Set in amongst farmland and woodlands there's plenty to see and do! Also, the host Amanda goes above and beyond to make sure you have everything you need.

    Reviewed by Liam5.0Dec 2020

  • "Our second time and with lovely new owners it's even better!"

    A few nice touches have made improvements and so it's even more delightful, cosy, warm and characterful.. it's a superb bolt hole in a pleasant and secluded part of rural Wiltshire. The new owners are charming and friendly. We appreciated not paying extra for the dog (loved the complementary bed and biscuits for her!) and also the discount by Sykes. Suggested improvements.. either add a normal DVD and controller or give oldies like us a training course in how to use the Xbox system to play one! Also suggest connecting the smart TV to the internet so you can get streaming services etc. ? Otherwise it's fab! We'll be back!

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Oct 2020

  • "A lovely facility, well equipped in a great location and friendly, helpful owners."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2020

  • "The family were very friendly and helpful and made our stay quite special."

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Sep 2020

  • "Right spacious and well appointed accommodation, excellent location fr exploring local area."

    Delightful owner who made us at home and provided extra dog towels as well as a playmate for our dog. Would certainly recommend and would return. Thanks

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Mar 2020

  • "A welcoming and warm owner, very informative regarding local attractions."

    Lovely welcome with Christmas decorations and tree, Milk and Mince pies. We would highly recommend the Cider Barn.

    Reviewed by S5.0Dec 2019

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Summary

  • All-ground-floor
  • Studio accommodation with drop-down king-size double bed, sitting area and dining area
  • Separate shower, basin and WC
  • Separate kitchen/breakfast room.
  • Oil central heating
  • Range cooker with LPG hob and electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, CD/radio, iPod dock, Xbox, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road under-cover parking for one car and space for another
  • Undercover bike storage
  • Separate garden area with furniture and access to owner's surrounding fields and woods
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: No children under 7
  • Note: The owner has one friendly dog
  • Note: Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times when outside
  • Note: As well as the main farmhouse, there is another holiday cottage on site Ref
  • 1019004 sleeping four guests which can be booked alongside this one
  • The charging of electric cars is not permissible at the property

The property

The Cider Barn is conveniently located 2 miles south of the A303, outside the village of West Knoyle on the Wiltshire side of the border with Dorset.

Nestled on the edge of Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it benefits not only from being surrounded by beautiful countryside but enjoys the most magical night skies, being in one of the few areas of the UK with an International Dark Sky Reserve status.

Cider Barn is located in the grounds of the owner’s farmhouse, with easy access to the farm’s fields and woodland that is connected to a network of public pathways.

Whatever time of year you come there will always be something of interest whether wild garlic in the woods in the spring, breath-taking sunsets or the neighbouring bison and elk grazing in the fields, along with the plethora of wildlife that can be spotted, including our resident barn owl, bats, buzzards, hawks, stoats, deer, muntjacs and butterflies.

This spacious, modern barn conversation with a studio layout provides the perfect environment to unwind with a relaxing seating area where you can put your feet up as you enjoy watching the wall-mounted Smart TV, or simply help yourself to a book or play boardgames!

A separate, well-equipped kitchen with plenty of storage space holds all you need for rustling up some fantastic dishes including a large range cooker, with a dining area for enjoying your meal.

There is an en-suite shower room conveniently placed next to the sleeping area which boasts a drop-down king-size bed.

Sit and relax in the garden area outside as you plan the rest of the holiday’s activities, and in case you need to work during your stay, the property has good quality broadband and WiFi.

Being located in the centre of the Southwest of England, Cider Barn is convenient as a touring base, with easy access to Longleat Safari Park, the National Trust’s Stourhead House and Gardens, Stonehenge, Bath, Glastonbury, Wells, Frome, the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury and Salisbury with its stunning cathedral.

A visit to the beautiful Dorset coast is only an hour away, with many guests choosing to visit Lulworth Cove, Sandbanks in Poole or Burton Bradstock.

For those that enjoy walking, there are a multitude of wonderful walks on the Cranborne Chase, Wessex Ridgeway, Wiltshire Downs and Blackmore Vale and maps provided of suggested walks for guests.

The area is popular with cyclists due to the quiet roads, beautiful scenery and fantastic and atmospheric country pubs that are plentiful, with the property boasting undercover bike storage.

For those who enjoy the thrill of mountain biking, Windhill mountain bike park is close-by, so don’t forget your bike!

Providing luxurious style throughout, this immaculate Wiltshire holiday cottage offers a charming retreat for a couple or a single person in a wondrous spot where you can slow down and enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside or a romantic break.

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About the location

WEST KNOYLE

Mere 3 miles; Gillingham 4 miles; Shaftesbury 7 miles.

The two rural communities of East and West Knoyle, the former being the birthplace of Sir Christopher Wren, sit on the Wiltshire side of the Dorset border and are also close to the border with Somerset. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and on the edge of the Blackmore Vale, the gentle rolling West Wiltshire downland is dotted with picturesque villages and lovely walks, with the impressive house and gardens at Stourhead just a short drive away. Close by, there are opportunities for sailing available at Shear Water, which borders the Longleat Estate, well-known for its Safari Park and stunning stately home. There are numerous places of interest worth visiting nearby, including mystical Stonehenge, the beautiful cathedral city of Salisbury and the impressive city of Bath. This is a delightful rural base from which to explore this fascinating area.

Note: No children under 7
The charging of electric cars is not permissible at the property