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Upper Barn

(Ref. 1035006)

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Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 5 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely stay for a catch up weekend with the family !"

    ! Cosy and warm , with a very well stocked kitchen . Beds were nice and comfy and the lay out was great . The open plan downstairs was great for keeping everyone involved in conversation games and cooking !!! Overall a lovely relaxing stay in a beautiful property

    Reviewed by Annette4.7Apr 2024

  • "Had a lovely Christmas stay at Upper Barn."

    The open plan layout was perfect for a family gathering. Everywhere was very clean and comfortable. Due to reading another review prior to our stay I was aware that I needed to take basic condiments such as salt & pepper, this would be useful information to be made aware off. Overall beautiful place in beautiful countryside.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Dec 2023

  • "Lovely cottage - had such a lovely stay and help was there when we needed it to fix a loo seat that had come loose and help us turn the heating down!"

    In the spirit of helpfulness for future bookings, the mattresses were a little uncomfortable and the Wi-Fi was very slow and didn’t cope well with streaming movies. But we would definitely love to book the barn again, thank you :)

    Reviewed by Matthew4.7Dec 2023

  • "Four of us stayed here for a short break in December."

    The house was clean, warm, comfortable and attractive. We didn't use any outside equipment because of the time of year but they looked very useful. The garden was ideal and safe for our two small/medium dogs. A few issues, the shelves above the basins in the bathrooms could be higher to avoid some head butting whilst toothbrushing plus the sliding doors would not stay closed so privacy was a problem. Downstairs the dining table won't seat eight people with the chairs provided. It's also extremely top heavy with loose legs and didn't feel stable. We are likely to book Upper Barn again but we'll take salt and pepper, tea and coffee and milk at the very least for a hot drink on arrival plus a vegetable peeler. The mugs and glasses were super sized, so bear that in mind if you have children.

    Reviewed by Janina4.7Dec 2023

  • "Really good place for our family get together."

    Minor issues as mentioned by other reviewers but it doesn't really diminish the get together. Garden and parking are excellent, house is lovely and warm and facilities are close by to get sugar, milk tea bags etc.

    Reviewed by Graham4.4Nov 2023

  • "Everything we wanted ,quiet and lovely location ."

    Great for a family together .

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Nov 2023

  • "Gorgeous cottage - our absolutely only Complaint is that the sinks in the ..."

    Gorgeous cottage - our absolutely only Complaint is that the sinks in the bathrooms are all very small but apart from that we were very pleased and will def book again

    Reviewed by Joanne4.7Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage and well equipped."

    The wifi was a bit patchy but the beds were comfy, it was clean, showers and bathrooms great. Had a lovey stay.

    Reviewed by Suzy4.7Sep 2023

  • "Booked the cottage last minute for birthday weekend."

    Beautiful barn conversion. Downstairs open-plan, so very social. Lots of crockery, cutlery, glassware. Well provided in kitchen. Cosy log burner. Comfortable bedrooms with ensuites and family bathroom. Outside games room with table tennis and table football. Quiet location. Canal walk and Shugborough Hall on Saturday, Amerton farm on Sunday. Had a lovely family get together.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Sep 2023

  • "The cottage was very rural."

    Nice open plan layout downstairs. Great to have 3 bathrooms and 2 extra toilets. Enjoyed the table tennis and table football. Ensuites were very small, shower cubicle was good size, but not much room to move once out of shower. Sinks were all cloakroom sinks. We were really lucky with weather but could not open windows as silage a few metres from cottage, really strong muck smell. Garden was sun trap, but no umbrella provided. No basic supplies provided, ie salt, pepper, oil, so make sure you take these. We have stayed in other sykes cottages where tea, coffee and milk was provided, to tied you over before you shop.

    Reviewed by Terena2.5Sep 2023

  • "We loved this property."

    There were seven of us celebrating a friend’s special birthday, all ladies. The layout of the property was cleverly done and the upstairs space was utilised well, giving two of the rooms an en-suite bathroom. My only criticism of this was the bathroom doors. There was a gap around so didn’t give us the privacy we would have liked. I understand it’s tricky to be inkeeping with the image of the property and utilise the small space to its advantage. For anyone visiting in future I’d recommend bringing a few ping pong balls as there is a table for this and we had none with us. Definitely recommend this property, it was beautiful.

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Jun 2023

  • "The house was spacious and comfortable and the outside seating area was in a nice sunny position."

    A parasol would have been useful as we had brilliant sunshine every day. Not sure why there were 2 sets of pan lids but only one set of pans and one of the baking sheets that didn't fit any oven. If you like to have a wash rather than a shower this is not the place for you as despite 3 bathrooms, downstairs toilet and toilet in the shed all the sinks except kitchen and shed are only 15cm x 25cm, hardly big enough to wash your hands in and with glass shelves directly above, this really annoyed me hence only 4 star. You are on farm land with corresponding aroma. Otherwise a lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by Sheila4.7Jun 2023

  • "Overall we thought the cottage was great, well presented, great space and lovely location so we’d recommend it."

    Whilst it’s a holiday and we were blessed with amazing weather, if it had been raining and we had to stay in more the broadband connection is sketchy so difficult to stream anything and I could see that becoming very frustrating (unfortunately whilst it’s rural I think most people still require a quick stable connection!) and just personal taste here but the beds were very soft which I know will be fine for lots but is terrible for my back. These two points are minor in the scheme of things so crack on and book!

    Reviewed by Joel4.4May 2023

  • "The Barn is beautiful and felt like a really nice place for a family weekend away."

    The location feels pleasantly rural without being too far from pubs/shops/places to visit etc. Whilst a lovely house, it certainly wasn’t as clean as I would have expected, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms. Also, the living area was lovely and warm with great underfloor heating. However, the radiator in the master bedroom was broken leaving this room very cold, especially during the night. I contacted the host about this and asked for their advice, expecting that they’d take a look at it perhaps; unfortunately they told me that the radiator might need bleeding and left it there. I was a little shocked in honesty! I wasn’t really hoping for a weekend away of radiator bleeding! I’m sure this was just a one off…it just didn’t feel great!

    Reviewed by Zoe3.1Feb 2023

  • "Beautiful warm, comfortable barn had a wonderful stay over New Year, would definitely stay again."

    Plenty of plates bowls, cutlery and glasses. Beds and upstairs space was comfortable. Listing said 5 bathrooms but there were 2 ensuites and a main bathroom is shared by 2 bedrooms, a downstairs toilet and also one in the outbuilding. Nice enclosed garden for the dog. Plenty of parking we had 4 cars and room for more. A few minor things to mention downstairs needed a dust and oven wants a good clean. No potato peeler or serving spoons. Also would benefit with an iron. We also struggled with the WiFi took a firestick but there was a lot of buffering.

    Reviewed by Linda4.4Dec 2022

  • "Cost cottage and super comfortable."

    Lovely outdoor space too. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Dec 2022

  • "A great property with lovely interior."

    Perfect for a weekend with friends.

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Nov 2022

  • "Was an amazing weekend getaway - we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay!"

    Was a beautiful stay in a stunning location! Only slight issue we had was with the WiFi but other than that no complaints!

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Nov 2022

  • "Lovely stay, a few basic updates would be beneficial such as the outdoor furniture and both games tables but a really nice place overall."

    Nice evening dog walks and family time were just what we wanted. Upstairs is great with modern bathrooms and comfortable bedrooms. We hired a canal boat and went into Hixon and Great Haywood which are lovely. A must visit is The Woolpack pub, fab food and outdoor space with kids area on the field. Would book again x

    Reviewed by Kate4.4Aug 2022

  • "Beautiful and comfortable barn in a quiet location, conveniently located for Cannock Chase, the Southern Peak District and Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games."

    Reviewed by Georgina4.4Jul 2022

  • "Superb cottage."

    Perfect for a trip away with our adult children and their partners. Plenty of room for games, meals and relaxing both indoors and out. Well equipped for both cooking and dining. Pleasant walk to the pub in Hixon to stretch our legs. Owner was very helpful in sending us details of road closures due to the Ironman event taking place as we left. Would loved to have stayed longer.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jun 2022

  • "Fabulous place to stay, lots of space for the whole family and all the amenities you could need whilst there."

    Very peaceful and quiet as well in the middle of the countryside (don't worry, no crows nearby to wake you up). Also it is well located in the middle of a bunch of local attractions all within a 25 minute drive away. Only issue we had was a small gap in one of the fences our dogs got through, but we managed to cover it to prevent it from happening once located. If we had something like a lab or similar sized large dog, probably wouldn't have been an issue. Would happily stay again.

    Reviewed by Joshua5.0May 2022

  • "Beds were not very comfortable as very very soft mattresses."

    Check out time is 10am which is very early, especially considering the hosts ask for the accommodation to be completely cleaned. 11am would be preferable

    Reviewed by Alexandra4.4Apr 2022

  • "Overall a good place to stay and the Chinese takeaway in Hixon was excellent."

    The owner kindly allowed me to charge my car by using the 13amp socket in the garage area and left me to decide how much to pay for the power. After we booked we became aware of subsequent feed back relating to adequacy of glasses and that has clearly been addressed. The fridge freezer had an adequate freezer space and there is an additional freezer in the garage area. The fridge freezer ought to have been defrosted especially as the “floor” of the freezer section was dirty. The property is spacious except for the ensuites which require careful manoeuvring to use. The showers are of a good size. The glass shelves on the mirrors are a hazard especially when cleaning teeth. The dining table is extremely wobbly, is small for 8 (we were 6) and the grey settee had loose legs. Another aspect commented on by others is the Wi-Fi which is woeful and, indeed, as previously commented when the TV goes on the Wi-Fi bandwidth is completely taken up. The Wi-Fi provision is by a mobile SIM in a router which should be sufficient, subject to fluctuations in the mobile signal but the router itself is not of sufficient quality. I would recommend a replacement such as TP Link TL-MR6400. The heating was good but some instructions on the zoning and use of the thermostats would be appropriate as would information on the recycling requirements as these vary across the Country.

    Reviewed by Vyvyan4.1Apr 2022

  • "Upper barn is a beautiful barn conversion set in a lovely little village location."

    Very comfortable and very well equipped, some very nice pubs in the surrounding villages and not too far to the local shops. Very well situated to visit other towns/ cities and stately homes.

    Reviewed by Ashley4.7Apr 2022

  • "A beautiful property finished to a high standard."

    Lovely rural location. Perfect for our family weekend away.

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Mar 2022

  • "Beautiful barn in a lovely spot."

    Clean, tidy and really well presented. Really good sized rooms and enough space for everyone. Great outdoor space and garden area. We found the local little village around 20 mins walk and it’s got a local pub offering tasty food. Ideal location near to few activity places for the children including Amerton Farm, Ice skating etc. We’d come again anytime with the family for a short break. The two improvements we’d suggest would simply be: 1) booster box needed for the limited Wi Fi on ground floor and 2) larger TV as it’s quite a difficult to watch altogether with a large crowd of 8.

    Reviewed by Abby3.8Feb 2022

  • "Although the property is beautiful, spacious and well equipped the cleanliness of the property left a lot to be desired."

    WARNING to other users. There were 8 of us, all with some form of mobile phone/tablet. Wi-Fi connection is poor so we found that we all could not be on at the same time. Also the Smart TV would not work on terrestrial channels if anyone was using their appliance and even sometimes when nobody was logged in.

    Reviewed by David4.4Dec 2021

  • "The Upper Barn was a lovely cottage with a layout that worked well for us."

    The location was super, with beautiful countryside around and yet within easy reach of plenty of places to visit. The property was tastefully appointed and worked well for our family. The garden is enclosed and laid out very attractively, with space for eating and relaxing outdoors in good weather. There was ample parking. We would not hesitate to visit again.

    Reviewed by Nicola3.8Oct 2021

  • "The Barn is very nice but just a couple of things would make it even better."

    Only one bedroom had a mirror. There were mirrors in the bathrooms but not near a plug so no good for drying hair etc. The sinks in the bathrooms are impractical.Tiny no plugs and with a shelf above so almost impossible to use for anything other than handwashing.

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Sep 2021

  • "We had a fantastic family holiday celebrating my husband’s 60th with our grand child, children their partners and our dog - wonderful time away."

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Sep 2021

  • "Nice barn but too many issues."

    We stayed as a family of 4 early September, the owner text me over a week before our stay which was mainly about the bins being put out. I also got a reminder from her the day they needed to go out, I did remember the first time. Little information about the house & area, used to getting a nice folder with information in other accommodations. Things were not so clean in the kitchen. There was only one mirror in the whole house & there is plenty of space to add more mirrors, the sinks are all very very small to the point they are not worth having. WIFI was useless. Outside lights were not working & owner knew of this, got in touch with her & she took days to get back regarding this. Table tennis was fun in the evening but not really sure what the point of the utility room in the garden. Was very hot weather so lots of flies inside & smells from the farm. Also got a text the morning we were leaving to tell us what we needed to do before we left the property. Holiday information in a folder would be sufficient enough rather than text messages!!!

    Reviewed by Rachael2.5Sep 2021

  • "My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our weeks stay we did loads of things around the area ."

    Just a few comments needed in the barn 1)more glass tumblers (only 3 and there was 8 of us !,) 2)cafeteria 3) ice making trays 4) plastic glasses for outside 5) freezer in utility room should be a fridge 6) cloths line or airer for drying cloths These are a must when having young children also

    Reviewed by Karen3.8Jul 2021

  • "Dawn in customer relations was extremely unhelpful, rude in an email to me, without even speaking to me."

    I had numerous emails from Sykes giving false details about the accommodation, however, Dawn says it’s my fault for booking the barn. Lovely isn’t it? I have used Sykes on many occasions, now I’m not able to trust what is said in their emails. The accommodation was in a lovely area. A few niggles, not so clean in places, cloth table mats!!(Covid?) chipped crockery, not 8 of most things, one mirror in one bedroom only, couldn’t find an iron, toaster half working! Not pet or young children friendly garden, it’s not secure.

    Reviewed by Annette2.8Jul 2021

  • "Lovely place, beautiful surroundings and good communication from the host."

    We had a fantastic time and really enjoyed our stay. Only minor piece of feedback is that the cottage is advertised as child/dog friendly however there is no gate to enclose the back garden - this was the only negative point to our stay.

    Reviewed by Katie4.7Jun 2021

  • "This accommodation was superb , loads of space for the family and the table tennis was a big plus, we have already recommended to friends and they have booked for later this year."

    Hopefully we can return at some point in the future

    Reviewed by Jason5.0May 2021

  • "We stayed in this beautiful barn conversion for mums birthday weekend."

    It was fully equipped for the whole family ranging from 16 months to 68 years old and was spotlessly clean. Set in a quiet little village but with easy access to a range of things to do and places to explore.

    Reviewed by Melissa5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely home , very new and clean!"

    The carpet upstairs is very plush :-) Good facilities, shame we were there in wet weather as would have been nice to have been able to sit outside. Tesco superstore is about 15 mins away, Alton towers, 25 mins away, local Chinese in hixton was very good! Kitchen had everything we needed. We purchased some logs for the log fire to use too Great place!

    Reviewed by Laura4.7Oct 2020

  • "Beautiful accommodation in a great location."

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Sep 2020

  • "The barn was lovely - it's a new conversion and the quality of fittings is superb."

    Location is very quiet, and with it being a barn with thick walls it kept the rooms cool when it was warm outside. There were a few small teething problems as the build is brand new, but overall we had a lovely stay and would recommend the barn to anyone wanting a relaxing week away.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a very pleasant week at upper barn."

    Reviewed by Martin4.1Aug 2020

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x double, 1 x adult bunk room
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC with washing machine
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with multi-fuel stove
  • External utility with cloakroom
  • Gas central heating with multi-fuel stove
  • Electric range cooker with gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, freezer, dishwasher, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair, travel cot and stairgate available on request
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.1 miles, pub 1.9 miles
  • Please note dogs are not allowed upstairs or on the furniture
  • In the garden there is a sheltered area with table tennis, perfect for a summer afternoon

The property

Resting in the quiet rural hamlet of Drointon in Staffordshire is this superb barn conversion, Upper Barn, sleeping up to eight guests, it presents the perfect setting for a wonderful family holiday in the country.

Surrounded by farmland and open fields, Drointon is also within reach of the Cannock Chase AONB, Alton Towers, and is an hour from the Peak District.

Enter into this beautifully renovated property and come straight into the open-plan living space decorated with bright, neutral hues, it is a serene setting to enjoy with your loved ones.

An attractive dining table and chairs sits in the middle of the room before the bi-fold doors opening up to the garden, with the kitchen and sitting area on either side.

A large range cooker with a gas hob sits in the fitted kitchen, next to pristine white counter tops, a classic Belfast sink, and several high-quality appliances.

The sitting area offers plenty of soft seating to relax on as well as the multi-fuel stove placed in the corner, gather the family to watch a film here on the large Smart TV and be warmed by the fire.

The garden has been beautifully designed to offer a large lawn space for children and pets to enjoy, as well as a large outdoor sofa seating for relaxing on the patio, with an external utility and cloakroom resting at the end of the garden, as well as a sheltered area with table tennis, perfect for a summer afternoon.

Also on the ground floor is a cloakroom where the washing machine also lives, while upstairs on the first floor you can find the stunning main family bathroom, as well as the four lovely bedrooms.

A king-size bedroom and a double bedroom benefit from an en-suite shower room each, with the remaining two bedrooms being a double and an adult bunk room, all with tasteful and elegant decor and plenty of storage for your things.

Upper Barn is perfectly placed for visiting a host of popular UK attractions including Alton Towers theme park less than 20 miles away, where thrilling rides and rollercoasters are sure to satisfy any adrenaline-seeker.

South of Drointon is the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, not only home to a wealth of great walking country, but also the National Trust Shugborough Estate where a beautifully preserved Georgian mansion rests amongst sweeping parkland and formal gardens, as well as Go Ape Cannock where treetop adventures await for the whole family via a rope course in the tree canopy.

The Peak District is around an hour's drive away for those eager to seek a walking challenge, while the city of Stoke-on-Trent offers plenty of shops, restaurants and pubs to enjoy.

Great days out can be had in nearby historic castles like Stafford Castle, Tutbury Castle and Chartley Castle shedding history on the local areas.

Upper Barn proved perfect for an idyllic family holiday in the Staffordshire countryside.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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About the location


Stafford 7.1 miles; Cannock 10.3 miles.

Great Haywood is a lovely village in Staffordshire, England. The village gives access to a range of pubs and restaurants for some fine dining opportunities, as well as some shops and supermarkets for picking up all the necessary ingredients for an evening meal. Situated just a few miles away is the bustling town centre of Stafford, which offers a larger number of amenities. The Grade II listed Stafford Castle and Ancient High House museum are well-worth the trip to discover fascinating local history. Popular attractions continue in the Cannock Chase AONB, rich with trails for walking, cycling, hiking and even mountain biking, whilst the nearby Chasewater is ideal for a range of watersports including sailing, fishing and waterskiing. Make sure you visit Go Ape Cannock which is an adventure seekers haven for its thrilling zip wires, treetop adventures and segways, something the whole family can enjoy.

Please note dogs are not allowed upstairs or on the furniture

Please note; There is a £25.00 per pet supplement.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas