Holiday at home in Winchcombe

19 07 2015

We planned to go away, changed our minds at the last minute and decided to go out for days instead. We were amazed by some of the wonderful places we found on our doorstep. So we recommend, if you have already visited the nearby National Trust houses of Snowshill and Chastleton, a visit to Upton House, Packwood and Baddesley Clinton. All three are about an hour away, a nice drive and all have lovely gardens as well as interesting interiors. We also enjoyed the lavender farm at Snowshill (June and July only), the Rollright stones and revisited 2 of our favourite gardens, Hidcote and Bourton Hill.

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May in The Barn Reborn

7 05 2015

It’s been hot and then it’s been cold – extremes of weather in the last few weeks but all around the Barn the trees and shrubs have been blooming and coming into leaf.  The birds are nesting and producing young very early and the dawn chorus is wonderful though to my ears a little loud so early in the morning!

The recent wind has meant that most of the cherry blossom is now carpeting our lawn.  The garden is looking good in the last minute run up to the NGS yellow book garden opening on May 16th and 17th when the Barn kitchen will become the hub of the teas and coffee area!  Meanwhile the garden provides the flowers for the vase in the kitchen just about every week.  The orange geum and the black tulips are especially lovely at the moment.


New season at the Barn Reborn

17 03 2015

The first guests of the season are in the Barn.  Spring is on the way but the wood store is full of lovely dry ash to keep the wood burner in action for a few more weeks!  The Barn has been promoted by English country Cottages as one of their top heritage properties and we felt proud of what we have achieved with a derelict building literally reborn.

The garden will be the backdrop for a sculpture exhibition in May and we are opening for the NGS yellow book scheme for the 3rd year.  Lots of  gardening work to do!





Autumn and Winter Season 2014

1 01 2015

The Barn has been let throughout the Autumn as well as for Christmas and New Year. We have welcomed guests for a second visit and others who have booked again next year.  Our visitors have enjoyed walking local paths, travelling on the steam train, visiting Sudeley Castle and National Trust properties as well as trips to Bath, Cirencester and Cheltenham.  They have eaten at Wesley House, the Lion and 5 North Street.  Others have  visited Purslane and Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham. Local pubs and the deli Food Fanatics has been popular.

We have continued to support local food suppliers in supplementing the basics in our welcome basket with Hailes Farm apple juice, bread from Norths bakery and Cotswold eggs.  We add Norths biscuits or a homemade cake which gives me an excuse to bake!  For Christmas I used Nigel Slater’s Christmas pudding recipe and Nigella Lawson’s marzipan cake.  I can recommend both as very tasty and to quote my son ‘this cake is far too good to eat only at Christmas!’  And of course for we decorated the Barn and added some extra treats including local honey, mandarin marmalade, chocolate and nougat as well as champagne to toast the seasons.

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Sunny September

5 09 2014



The sun shone in today as we finished cleaning the Barn ready for more visitors

What to do in and around Winchcombe according to Country Living

1 08 2014

Sunny Winchcombe

30 07 2014


So far this year the Cotswolds have been generally sunny and warm with enough rain to keep the countryside green. The lavender in our garden, which you can see from the barn has been beautiful to look at and fragrant as well.

We have coped with a nest of tree bumble bees in the corner of the barn roof, gently buzzing away but fortunately causing no real problem.  Luckily, they only stay a few weeks and don’t return to the same spot.  We have welcomed guests from Germany and Australia and far flung parts of Britain who have all enjoyed the barn and the local places to visit. Most of them have also enjoyed the many places to eat in and around Winchcombe.  The Lion, the Wesley and 5 North Street have all been popular along with Food Fanatics deli.  And of course there is always the fish and chip shop and the Chinese takeaway as well as several nice pubs with gardens!

We look forward to a busy autumn as we are fully booked for September and into October.