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Barebones Farm, Winchcombe, Cotswolds

4,96(23)OfurgestgjafiWinchcombe, England, Bretland
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Barebones Farm is a 7-bedroom (sleeps 14), 4-bathroom, dog friendly*, character Cotswold home, ideal for large families or groups, just a stone’s throw from award-winning pubs, restaurants and shops, and a short walk to the Cotswold Way and River Isbourne. Includes: spacious open-plan ground floor area with conservatory, fully equipped kitchen and dining room, separate snug with a wood burner, TV/media room, downstairs en-suite double, 1/4-acre landscaped garden and private parking for 4-5 cars.

>> CLEANING PROTOCOL: Every owner of a property listed with Bolthole Retreats has undertaken to implement a series of additional cleaning measures in order to minimise the risk of infection between stays. Housekeepers have been instructed to follow a 30-point guide which involves cleaning first to remove germs and other impurities, and then disinfecting to kills germs with chemicals while wearing disposable gloves and facemasks. All laundry will be washed using a bleach or other disinfectant-based laundry detergent containing active oxygen bleach at a temperature of at least 60 degrees. At least one pot of hand sanitiser, and for the larger properties 2 or 3 pots, will be provided. Implementing these measures will necessarily result in an increase in the time taken to undertake a clean. Therefore, we ask that guests respect the advertised check-in and check-out times, and we will regrettably be unable to agree to any exceptions.

(* Dogs: Up to 2 well-behaved dogs are welcome at Barebones Farm at an additional cost of £30 per dog. Please let us know if you will be bringing a dog(s) and we will then revise your booking confirmation.)

THE SPACE>>Introduction, history and location of Barebones Farm

Barebones Farm is at the heart of Winchcombe, one of the Cotswolds most popular walking towns, also famed for Sudeley Castle. The house was originally built in 1685 as a two-up-two-down home, with additional bedrooms, bathrooms, the kitchen and conservatory added in 1900 and 2008. Originally a small dairy farm, this handsome Cotswold stone property is now a spacious, wonderfully welcoming holiday home, with a lovely landscaped garden, large patio and plenty of parking to the side of the house.

The front door of the property is on North Street, a principal but quiet Winchcombe street. Guests can enter the property through the front door, or walk round to the side, through the private parking area and across the patio and in via the conservatory’s French doors. The width of the rear of the house looks over a large, beautifully planted and landscaped garden with fruit trees and herbaceous borders.

Barebones Farm is a 7-bedroom home with the perfect combination of character features - exposed beams and timbers, stone walls and an inglenook fireplace – and modern facilities, including a fully equipped kitchen, beautiful open-plan conservatory and en-suite bath and shower rooms.

Bought in 1995 by the current owners, the Stranks family, after it had lain empty for 15 years, extensive renovations were carried out, lasting almost two years. Most of the walls and floors were replaced, at one point standing in the cellar you could look up and see the sky! What is now the dining room was originally the kitchen and breakfast room - the original kitchen sink window was kept and now provides light through from the conservatory to the dining room. The 17th Century house was a 2-up-2-down home that is at the centre of today’s property, consisting of what is now the snug, the ground floor bedroom and the staircase up to today’s Bedroom 2 and Bedroom 4. The Victorian owners added the entrance hallway, what is now the TV room (this used to be the milking shed), Bedroom 3 and the Jack & Jill bathroom. In 2008, the Stranks added the conservatory, updated the kitchen, added the downstairs cloakroom and ground floor en-suite, Bedroom 1 and the family bathroom.

Winchcombe is an elegant and timeless Cotswold town with a host of amenities, making it perfectly possible to stay at Barebones Farm without the need to use a car. Venture down the narrow side streets to find a mix of Cotswold stone cottages and black and white half-timbered buildings. The town is a famous centre for walkers, with Winchcombe Welcome Walkers an important part of the town’s appeal, alongside the magnificent Sudeley Castle. (There are maps at Barebones Farm for your use and suggested walks in the ‘Walking’ section of this guide.) The town has several traditional pubs and contemporary restaurants and cafes; art galleries; boutique clothing stores and interior design and antique shops – in fact something to please everyone.

• Sleeps 14 in 7 bedrooms across: 2 super king-size rooms (can be configured as twins), 2 kings and 3 twins
• 4 bathrooms: 2 en-suite shower rooms, 1 family shower room, 1 Jack & Jill bathroom with roll-top bath and separate shower
• 1 downstairs cloakroom (handwash provided)
• Parking for 4-5 cars (additional nearby parking at £1/day)
• Private enclosed garden – safe for dogs and children
• Fireplace with wood burner – logs and kindling supplied for 2 fires
• All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
• Hairdryers x 2
• Kitchen Starter Pack: teabags, Nespresso coffee pods, instant coffee, sugar, fresh milk, salt & pepper, herbs/spices, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
• Cleaning Starter Pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, kitchen paper, baking foil, cling film
• Bathroom starter pack: hand soap, toilet paper
• Heating and hot water via gas central heating with individual thermostat controls.
• Free Wi-Fi
• Flat screen TV (Panasonic) with Blu-ray surround sound system
• DVD player + huge selection of DVDs
• Games cupboard
• Child / dog friendly (dog towels and poop bags provided)
• Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, cafetière, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), bakeware and extensive food preparation equipment (saucepans, grater, jug, sieve, blenders).
• Oven: Rangemaster double oven and grill with 6-ring hob and extractor fan
• Microwave (Sharp), Dishwasher (Bosch), Fridge-Freezer (Samsung)
• Washing machine and dryer (Zanussi)
• Ironing board, iron, clothes airer, clothes pegs, outdoor washing line
• Vacuum cleaner
• Baby/Child Equipment: high chair x2, travel cot (cot linen not supplied) x1,
• Outdoor patio/seating area
• Garden furniture – large table seats 12 with additional bistro tables which can extend seating to 14
• BBQ (large, charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal (available at local supermarkets)
• Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.


Ground Floor

Entrance Hallway

Guests enter Barebones Farm through the front door, slightly to the left of the main house (an addition made during the Victorian era), and into the entrance hall. Here you’ll find a handy hallway with original flagstone flooring and plenty of hooks to hang coats. It’s the perfect place to shug off boots and shoes while sitting on the settle.

TV Room

Immediately to the left is the TV Room, a room with wow factor, with its deep claret-coloured walls and minstrels’ gallery. In Victorian times, this is where the farm’s cows would come in to be milked. During the restoration work, the current owners found several milking stalls and had to dig down deep to get to the floor. This impressive room now features a sink-in corner sofa and two comfy armchairs, a wide-screen Smart TV with Blu-Ray surround-sound system, making an evening’s cinema-style viewing complete. In addition, there is a large games cupboard with a huge selection of games, DVDs and dressing up clothes. (Please note: the minstrels’ gallery is decorative and not for guests use.)

From the TV Room walk through to the hugely impressive and welcoming open-plan dining/conservatory/kitchen area – perfect for large groups to relax, cook and entertain in…

Dining Room

The beautiful dining room features a long, wooden dining table with seating for 14 (plus 2 highchairs), a striking exposed stone wall, exposed beam and terracotta floor tiles. The stone wall was the outer wall of the original 17th Century house before the addition of the dining room during the Victorian era. A window looking through to the Conservatory provides a pretty feature and throws light into this fantastic entertaining room.


The large kitchen, overlooking the garden, is fully equipped to suit the most demanding of cooks, with a full complement of appliances and cookware. At the centre of the kitchen is a granite-top island with bar-style seating for three – the perfect place to sip a glass of wine and chat while the cooks prepare a meal. The kitchen features underfloor heating, a Rangemaster double oven and grill with a 6-ring hob, plenty of oak storage units housing a microwave, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) a cafetière, bakeware, and food preparation equipment (saucepans, grater, jug, sieve, blenders) and serving dishes. On the surrounding polished granite surfaces you’ll find a toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine (starter pods provided), knife set and bread bin. The kitchen has a Bosch dishwasher and large Samsung fridge-freezer. The owners leave a selection of store-cupboard items including salt, pepper, herbs, spices, oil and vinegar (please feel free to use them, contents may vary). Nespresso coffee pods, tea bags, instant coffee, sugar, kitchen roll, foil and cling film are all provided. Feel free to pick the fresh herbs growing in the garden, including chives, rosemary, bay leaves, thyme and oregano.


The large, open-plan conservatory adjoining the kitchen becomes the hub of many guests’ stay here. With its view out to the patio and garden and sink-in sofa seating, with plenty of room to pull in more chairs and cushions, you will quickly appreciate why it’s Barebones Farm’s top place to relax and hang out. The cream and fern-green colour scheme make it feel like this room is an extension of the garden. In the warmer months, the windows can be opened to allow a breeze through from the garden, while in the winter the polished limestone flooring’s underfloor heating produces a cosy environment to watch the outdoor winter scene unfold.

Cloakroom & Utility Area

Off the kitchen end of the dining room is a door leading to a short corridor with a cupboard storing a Zanussi washing machine and Zanussi dryer, an iron, ironing board, clothes airer and housekeeping items. (A rotary washing line can be found in the garden.) The corridor leads to the downstairs cloakroom with a toilet and sink.


From the dining room, head back towards the front of Barebones Farm into the original 17th Century part of the building through a low stone doorway (mind your head!) and into the Snug, with its feature stone walls, pretty bay window and inglenook fireplace. Here you can snuggle up with a book, relax or plan a walk sitting in a comfy armchair or on the sink-in sofa. A wide selection of books and maps are provided for guests to use during their stay. (Wood and kindling for two fires, plus full lighting instructions are provided; extra wood may be purchased from the owners.)

Head out of the Snug, past the bottom of the stairs to the…

Ground Floor Bedroom

The spacious ground floor en-suite bedroom, which was half of the downstairs part of the original 17th Century farmstead, features a zip-linked super king-size bed (can be set up as a twin), a pretty bay window with two comfy chairs and the original inglenook fireplace (the fireplace is now for decorative purposes only). A large built-in hanging cupboard and bedside table provide plenty of space to store clothes and personal items. The en-suite bathroom has a large walk-in shower with a sliding door, a ‘comfort height’ sink and toilet and heated towel rail. Thanks to the en-suite’s wide doorway and accessible wet room, the downstairs bedroom is perfect for guests with reduced mobility.


Head up the carpeted feature staircase with its original dark stained 17th Century timbers to the first-floor landing…

Bedroom One – Master Bedroom

At the rear of the house is the spacious master en-suite bedroom, which was added by the current owners in 2008. It features a super king-size bed (can be set up as a twin) and a dramatically high, beamed ceiling. This dual-aspect bedroom has a fantastic view over the pretty, quarter-acre landscaped garden, and is furnished with a 4-door cupboard, dressing table with mirror and bedside tables with reading lamps.

The en-suite has a large walk-in, corner shower unit, toilet, sink and heated towel rail.

Back along the landing to the…

Family Shower Room

The spacious family shower room, with its refreshing chalky blue colourway, features a wet-room with a super-size overhead shower and handheld shower. A toilet, sink and large heated towel rail complete the facilities.

Head to the front of the house and the original 17th Century building to…

Bedroom Two

This cosy, king-size double bedroom, decorated with rich red fabrics, looks out over the front of the house across to other residences on North Street. It features a sink-in king size double, a 3-door hanging cupboard, a large chest of drawers, bedside tables with reading lamps and a pretty wooden rocking chair. Guests in Bedroom 2 use the adjacent family shower room.

Across the landing and up two stairs to…

Bedroom Three

This bright and airy king-size double bedroom, with floral and duck egg blue accents, was added in the 1900s. It features a pretty, brass bedstead and lovely views over the patio and landscaped garden. Furnished with a dressing table and mirror, a chest of drawers, a 3-door hanging cupboard and bedside table with reading lamp, this restful room leads through to a Jack & Jill bathroom shared with Bedroom Four.

Jack & Jill Bathroom

A Victorian addition, this inviting bathroom, with a separate door to Bedroom 3 and Bedroom 4, features a full-size roll top bath, polished oak floorboards and white, half-wall panelling offset by the deep cornflower blue walls. A toilet, sink, and electric corner shower complete the bathroom facilities.

Bedroom Four

This twin bedroom is entered from the main landing along a passageway past Bedroom 3. It is one of the two original, 17th Century upstairs rooms, which also has access to the Jack & Jill bathroom. The central chimney breast (rising up from the Snug) that forms a wide, ornate shelf behind the two single beds, and the exposed beams give this front aspect, twin room lots of character. It is furnished with a hanging cupboard, chest of drawers and central bedside table with reading lamp.

(Please note, when the fireplace is in use in the Snug, there is very occasionally a smoky smell in this bedroom. For this reason, there is a carbon monoxide detector in this room.)

On upstairs via a wide, carpeted staircase, with walls featuring 17th Century exposed timbers, to the attic’s two twin bedrooms...

Bedroom Five

At the top of the stairs turn right into the first of the attic’s two twin bedrooms, furnished with two single beds, a small hanging cupboard with drawers and a central bedside table with a reading lamp. Two dormer windows provide lots of light and a great view out over the ancient rooftops of Winchcombe. Blinds are fitted to ensure a good night’s sleep. Please note that the ceiling is low above both beds.

Cross the little landing with a dormer window to…

Bedroom Six

The last bedroom of the house, the attic’s second twin bedroom, furnished with two single beds, a chest of drawers and a central bedside table with a reading lamp. Two dormer windows provide lots of light and the same interesting view out over the ancient rooftops of Winchcombe. Both the windows have blinds to ensure a good night’s sleep. Please note that the ceiling is low above both beds.


Barebones Farm has a very attractive quarter acre, landscaped garden with a large central lawn, mature fruit trees and herbaceous borders. It is perfect for rolling out a blanket and lazing in the sunshine or reading in the shade of the fruit trees, for children to play on, and for dogs to frolic on the grass. Adjoining the conservatory is a wide patio area with a large table seating 12 with additional bistro tables which can extend seating to 14 and plenty of space for outdoor entertaining. A charcoal BBQ is provided for guests to use. To the side of the patio is a gravelled parking area with space for 4-5 cars.

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Special Points to Note

• The central part of Barebones Farm was built in the 17th Century, which includes a beautiful, but low stone doorway between the dining room and the living room. Please mind your head when walking through!

• The Victorian addition of the TV room includes a decorative minstrels’ gallery, please do not climb up to this area and please ensure children understand it is not for their use.

• The two attic bedrooms have low ceilings with the beds under the eaves, please me mindful of this when getting in and out of bed.

• The ground floor bedroom is suitable for guests with mobility restrictions and has its own en-suite, wet room-style walk-in shower, a ‘comfort height’ sink and toilet and wide doorway to the bedroom.

• Inevitably, as with any very old house, there are some draughts. The best way to deal with them during cold weather is to close the door of the room you are in to keep the warmth in. There are blankets in the TV room if you need them and spare duvets in the wardrobe in Bedroom 1, the en-suite master bedroom. To help keep the warmth in the two front bedrooms, it is best to keep the curtains open (allowing heat in to the room from the radiators), pulling the blinds down for privacy.
Barebones Farm is a 7-bedroom (sleeps 14), 4-bathroom, dog friendly*, character Cotswold home, ideal for large families or groups, just a stone’s throw from award-winning pubs, restaurants and shops, and a short walk to the Cotswold Way and River Isbourne. Includes: spacious open-plan ground floor area with conservatory, fully equipped kitchen and dining room, separate snug with a wood burner, TV/media room, downstai… frekari upplýsingar


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Winchcombe, England, Bretland


Food Shopping

The town has several food shops, including a Co-Operative Food store and a Warner’s Budgens, both well-stocked with fresh produce and store cupboard essentials. Vale & Hills Family Butchers sells local meat, North’s Bakery sells a great selection of bread, pastries and baked goodies and Food Fanatics deli, wholefood store and café sells a wide range of specialty foods. For a larger or more varied shop, Tesco Superstore in Bishop’s Cleeve is just a 15-minute drive away, whilst Cheltenham’s impressive selection of stores, eateries and amenities are just a 20-minute journey away. The major supermarkets offer home delivery to the house, including Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrison’s and ASDA.


Set above the River Isbourne, Winchcombe really is a shining example of a traditional Cotswold market town, filled with boutique shops, antique treasures, cafes and pubs and overlooked by the magnificent Sudeley Castle. Wander down Castle or Vineyard Street towards the 1000-year-old Sudeley Castle or venture into Dent's Terrace for a view of one of the finest rows of cottages in the land; these almshouses are the work of Emma Dent (Sudeley Castle – 1850’s) who forged strong links between the town and the castle.

Walks & Walking (please note, a printed version of this Welcome Guide plus maps are at the property)

Winchcombe’s rolling countryside is a true walkers’ paradise, with options for casual, seasoned and hardy walkers running right from the cottage’s front door. Winchcombe itself is a “walkers are welcome” town, a special status awarded to towns and villages which go above and beyond with their walking amenities, making it a fantastic destination for groups in search of a walking break.

The Winchcombe Way, a 42-mile figure-of-eight trail centred around the town, offers walkers a great way of discovering the surrounding Cotswold towns and villages section-by-section over the course of a stay, whilst there are plenty of options for those looking for a more casual, leisurely pace within a close radius of the cottage.
We recommend the Sudeley Castle Circular walk for a relaxing stroll; a 2-mile loop setting off straight from the cottage’s front door, taking you into the grounds of historic Sudeley Castle - a must-visit for any guest. The 2 ½ mile walk to Belas Knap, a Neolithic chambered long barrow sat atop Cleeve Hill, is also a great walk to try from the doorstep, providing you don’t mind the incline.

Winchcombe Way
This super figure-of-eight trail takes you on a tour of the stunning northern area of the Cotswolds. The walk begins at Winchcombe and heads to Dumbleton via Gretton and Alderton. At Dumbleton you turn south over Dumbleton Hill and through Alstone toward Cleeve Hill and Common. Cleeve Hill is the highest point of both the Cotswolds hill range and in the county of Gloucestershire, at 1083 ft. Here you will also find Belas Knap, a Neolithic chambered long barrow. A scheduled ancient monument in the care of English Heritage, it has been described as an 'outstanding example representing a group of long barrows commonly referred to as the Cotswold-Severn group'.

Shortly after Belas Knap you return to Winchcombe where the next section of the walk takes to Temple Guiting, passing through Guiting Wood on the way. The path continues to Snowshill where you can explore the delightful Snowshill Manor. Here you can view Charles Wade's collection of 'colour, craftsmanship and design' and enjoy the beautiful hillside gardens.

From Stanshill you continue through Buckland and Stanton before coming to another major route highlight at Stanway House. This splendid Jacobean manor house is right on the trail and open to the public. There are also beautiful gardens and a 300ft high fountain which is the tallest gravity fountain in the world.

The final section of the walk takes you back to Winchcombe, passing Didbrook and the National Trust owned Hailes Abbey with its 13th century ruins and excellent museum.

Eastern Loop
The eastern loop climbs out of Winchcombe and follows the Farmcote valley before entering Guiting Wood. From here it passes through quiet valleys and the tranquil villages of Cutsdean, Taddington and Snowshill. The route turns and follows the Cotswold escarpment through the villages of Buckland, Laverton and Stanton nestling at the bottom of the hill. The trail passes Stanway House and the recently restored watermill before passing Hailes Abbey on the return to Winchcombe.

Western Loop
The western loop ascends Langley Hill with splendid views before dropping down into Gretton and across to Alderton. From here the trail skirts around Dumbleton Hill with ever changing views before heading to Alstone. From Alstone the views ahead of wooded hills inspires one to climb Nottingham Hill and onto Cleeve Common. The vast common has rare plants and spectacular views before you head to Belas Knap long barrow and descend towards Winchcombe with fine views of Sudeley Castle and the surrounding countryside.

The Isbourne Way
This waymarked trail, launched at Winchcombe’s walking festival in 2014, follows the River Isbourne from its source on Cleeve Hill to its confluence with the Warwickshire Avon at Evesham, a distance of some 14 miles.

The Isbourne Way weaves existing footpaths into a route starting at the Washpool on Cleeve Hill, it passes through Winchcombe, Toddington, Wormington and Sedgeberrow, and ends at Evesham. The trail features woods, open countryside, villages and towns with pubs and shops, and sites of interest such as mills and churches.

The Isbourne Way itself is waymarked throughout using the mill wheel motif shown. The prologue, the epilogue and the ‘return’ routes are not identified on the ground but are signed with the standard arrows – yellow for footpaths, blue for bridleways.

The Cotswolds is perfect for road and mountain bike cycling, with are bridleways and quiet country lanes galore, and while you'll struggle to avoid a few uphill stretches at least most are relatively short! It’s easy to plan a route that takes in at least one village where you’ll be sure to find a pub or café to revive yourself or a shop to stock up on back-pocket sustenance. Head to Cotswolds AONB website: Walk, Cycle & Explore for route maps

Obtain copies of a more detailed route maps from Winchcombe Tourist Information.

Food Shopping

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