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The Old Barn, Organic Residence, Secret Garden

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Rolling Hills and Countryside in the Chilterns, Two Fields Away from the Thames

" Tuscany in the Chilterns ",' "Midsummer Murders", "Wind in the Willows" & Agatha Christie's " Miss Marple & Poirot country", 200 year old country barn two fields from the thames, beautiful views, on a par with National Park Status, one of a few areas in the UK where you have hills and valleys and a navigable river wrapping around them, encircled by picturesque riverside towns

The old barn is set in the center of an AONB conservation area, two fields away from where the river Thames wraps around the Chilterns, a unique area of the Chilterns that has the benefit of the hills and valleys as well as the thames, a proper navigable river, wrapping around it, and encircled by the riverside towns of Wallingford, Dorchester-on-Thames, Henley-on-Thames, goring & Streatley, Whitchurch-on-thames, Pangbourne and Sonning on Thames , all with thier beautiful stone and timber bridges straddling across the Thames, great for a romantic break from a stressed busy life or big city, a walking , golfing , painting, horse riding or cycling holiday , and boating or fishing on the river Thames, if you want to stop off the world for a while, friends call it the sanctuary ! also useful if in the area for meetings or conferences and need somewhere to stay, fully fitted kitchen so self catering if you prefer and totally self contained

Groceries - I,m very interested in organic farming and local produce, all the farm land around the barn has gone organic, and conscious of the journey you might have made to get here, i always leave in the barn, fresh loose tea (there's a nice china tea pot) and fresh organic bread, for tea and toast for your arrival, there's also fresh organic butter, organic eggs, organic honey and malt whisky marmalade, organic milk, and organic biscuits , so you can just stop and relax and recenter yourself

Accommodation comprises the whole upper main vaulted and beamed floor of the barn which feels very light and airy, with amazing views across open Chiltern countryside and has a continental style with french greys and creams, open vaulted limed oak and elm beams give a cheerful calm relaxed feel, and makes a self contained private apartment, with its own entrance, comprising of two bedrooms , two en suite bathrooms also with baths and power showers, a central sitting room area and kitchen,

Beds & Bedding - its one of the most important aspects of your stay, so with sensitive consideration, the beds are new King size large 5ft wide handmade, hand tufted, Organic lambswool and organic cotton quality 3000 individual pocket sprung divan double beds, being totally natural they support you really well and allow air to circulate, to give a better night sleep. the crisp white bed linen, sheets, duvets and pillow cases are 100% percale cotton linen, which allow air to circulate and you feel more comfortable as natural, and there is a 4.5 tog duvet and 9.5 tog duvet set for each bed, which along with the three pillows per side are all goose and down feather for more comfort and they also allow air to circulate for a deeper natural sleep. All the fresh white towels along with four extra large toweling spa robes are natural 100% cotton as well,

The accommodation works really well for a couple who want to spread out across two bedrooms, and take advantage of separate bathrooms, or two friends on a walking holiday needing separate bedrooms, or a couple and one or two children if the children don't mind sharing a double bed or two separate couples, any other guest combination please message me first before booking so we can make sure we can accommodate your needs, thanks

Interaction with Guests

as the barn is accessed through a shingled courtyard, surrounded by high trees and hedging, guests can enjoy a discreet and private stay, we like to show you were everything is on your arrival, then leave you to it, but only a phone call away if needed

The Old Barn could be useful for.,

Walking holidays , painting holidays , self contained , self catering , short lets , long lets , horse riding holidays , weekend breaks , bed and breakfast , barn holidays , accommodation , regattas , weddings, festivals, golf & golfing breaks, corporate accommodation

attractions, the ridgeway , grimms ditch, river Thames , country pubs , riverside villages , views , golf, midsummer murders, Agatha Christie, Poirot , Miss Marple, wind in the willows, History of Mr Polly, ancient history, award winning gastro pub and resturants

More Details

Owner
Alexander
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
19 February, 2018

About Alexander

Hi, originally went to Art & Design College, and work as an interior & furniture designer, i just love the understated country farmhouse feel, and making people relaxed and comfortable as possible, creating spaces that are warm and friendly, my dream would be a farmhouse in Tuscany, but i,ve been imagining an English version in the Chiltern Hills!, some guests have said its an improvement on Tuscany, as its so lush, and there is fresh English air here, so you can actually breath, unlike Tuscany, which is like walking around with your head in an oven, so more softer temperate climate, so you will get a good nights sleep, i,ve helped many private residences and Hotels, so making the barn special and comfortable for guests and sensitive to their needs is second nature to me, just here to help you enjoy your stay in the old barn and the beautiful surroundings,

also stay for a few days and if you have an hour or so, i can give you a little tour/adventure around this beautiful area, in an old comfortable range rover called "the beast", great for getting up into the hills to capture the views, and help get your bearings of places you might want to visit, with riverside settings, and help set the scene for your visit

Another unique aspect to explore in the Chilterns, is because it has such a quintessentially English Feel, most major films are set here, i can show you the original windmill, on the hill from chiggy chiggy bang bang, most Miss Marple and Poirot films are set around here, 101 dalmatians, the avengers, sleepy hollow, tank with brad Pitt, goodnight mr tom, also the series vicar of dibley,

alexander :-)

Why Alexander chose Wallingford

You must check out the Chiltern Hills, a unique historic and visual destination!, on a par with national parks status, its an outstanding protected area, having the river Thames wrapping around the hills gives a different more "Wind in the Willows" boating feel than the Cotswolds, as there are no navigatable rivers in the Cotswolds, and not as overcrowded, really interesting architecture and the history and origins of the country can be found here,

You can explore this beautiful area around the Barn, from different perspectives,

A) the geography is interesting, feels like an ancient map of Britain, nothing has changed, for 1000's of years, with the Thames cutting through the hills, giving breath-taking views of the Chiltern Hills on one side and Wessex Downs on the other-side, take a sociable woodland or riverside walk through this landscape and end up at brick and flint country pub, with roaring log fires at the end, fully refreshed,

B) you can explore all the Inspector Barnaby old “Midsummer Murder” villages , as Wallingford is the main centre, and "Causton" in the tv series

C) Wallingford on the river Thames is really old and historic, with the remains of the oldest and biggest castles overlooking the Thames, known as the home of famous author Agatha Christie, as she lived here for 42 years "Winterbrook House", and wrote most of her mysteries here, so Miss Marple and Poirot world, to explore, and see where her inspiration came from

D) Goring and Streatley on the thames, is known as home to the story “wind in the willows”, a great Thameside village to explore,

E) Dorchester-on-Thames has the oldest Saxon cathedral in the country, 640AD, fascinating place, as the first king of the Saxons was baptized there in the river, 600AD, how long ago is that!, isn't that incredible, it has a museum and tea shop, all the ladies in the village bake these incredible cakes! can’t recommend it more, for history and beautiful architecture, and the origins of the country

What makes this barn unique

Boating holiday makers also love this area, if you can, get out on the Thames for an adventure, some guests hire boats at wallingford bridge and book a table downstream at a restaurant or pub, "have a wind in the willows adventure" or take the old fashioned river steamer from Goring bridge, with a refreshment drinks bar on board, through the goring gap, with outstanding views, the stretch of the Thames, from Goring & Streatley to Benson is the longest stretch on the River Thames without locks so you can do 1.5hours boating one way without going through a lock, which in effect is 3 hours round trip, some parts of the Thames like Windsor or Marlow is like a boat motorway where you can queue in the locks for up to 45mins, such a pain, and quite built up, whereas through this stretch, the river meanders and cuts through the Wessex hills and the Chiltern hills and is thought of as having some of the finest views of the Thames, “it’s like boating through an 18th century painting”, so a great area for outside activities like boating, walking, cycling & horse riding, fishing etc, Oxford University have their boat houses in this stretch as the longest stretch for their rowing training

Geography

Thousands of years ago the river Thames forced its way through the chalk hills, splitting them into two hills, the Chiltern hills on one side and the Wessex downs on the other side, creating amazing views of the Thames cutting through the hills, it’s actually been voted in the top ten views in England, with beautiful little riverside villages and towns and bridge crossings through this cut through,

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Wallingford in Crowmarsh

Property Type:
  • barn
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
General:
  • Business Center
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , bathroom with bath and telephone shower and separate shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , bathroom with bath and telephone shower and separate shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , vaulted bedroom with 5ft king size bed en-suite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , vaulted bedroom with 5ft king size bed en-suite bathroom
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
walking holiday , painting holiday , self contained , self catering , short lets , long lets , horse riding holiday , weekend break , bed and breakfast , barn holiday , accommodation , regattas , weddings, festivals, golf & golfing breaks, corporate accommodation attractions, the ridgeway , grimms ditch, river Thames , country pubs , riverside villages , views , golf,

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)

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5

Delightful

  • 5 of 5

This place is delightful, relaxing and central for all the lovely places we wished to visit such as Ewleme, Sonning, Goring and Henley. We were very impressed by Alexander's 'welcome pack' detailing places and activities of interest, places to eat and lovely walks. The accommodation was welcoming and of high standard with many extras such as a cream tea, thank you. We would recommend this to all and would certainly visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming and Friendly

  • 4 of 5

Alexander went out of his way to be helpful and informative about the many things to do and see in this interesting part of the country. The Barn itself was well equipped, charming (if a little overstuffed perhaps) and the beds were very comfortable. It's my own fault for not recognising that the adjacent A road would be noisy as the lorries hurtle down it and that the RAF station close by would provide plenty of helicopter action. It's rural but don't expect complete silence.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Gillian, you are very happy, with you're stay, thank-you for the 4 stars review, you're points i,d just like to add, Raf Benson is not in Ipsden?, its about 4/5 miles away, there are much closer villages and towns like dorchester-on-thames, Benson and Wallingford, and beautiful thatched roof villages around these three riverside towns, which are closer than ipsden in the next valley over, so a complete non issue, also the barn windows and doors are all fully double glazed, i might hear a helicopter high in the sky once a month come this way, maybe they had an open/family day over your weekend stay, again of course there are roads around here, the barn though is on a side farm road, Church Lane, but compared to London it could be Tasmania around here, there are also combine harvesters and tractors going around in the fields, in the distance, depending on the time of year, but quite therapeutic to watch them slowly going up and down the fields, out of the barn windows, its an English rural Idyll, like a Constable painting, (i,m related to John Constable), as an area, Ipsden is a 6th Century Hamlet, and is known as having the best views anywhere in the Chiltern Hills, just breathtaking, its a must to visit, and with all the ancient tracts and paths and views, you get a real connection back to an ancient past, before there was even an England, the barn is just a great base to get out and explore this really fascinating conservation area, there are many pictures of the barn interiors on the website, it's an understated cozy English country cottage style, not the unusual Ikea rental look, guests fall in love with the interiors and say the pictures don't do it justice, its charming and unique , in a very special unique area, i,m catering to guests who have traveled 1000's of miles, and i want them to feel its a little home from home, drop their bags , totally relax, have a cup of tea and head out on a river or woodland walk, again thank-you for staying, kind regards, alexander :-)
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Divine

  • 5 of 5

I had The Old Barn to myself for a couple of nights and it was heavenly - every comfort in a beautiful location. Don't miss a pot of Alexander's loose leaf "medicinal" tea, or his knowledge of the area and its history. I hope to be back soon for more.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tuscany in the Chilterns

  • 4 of 5

Our host Alexander could not have been more accommodating, we arrived to a wonderful welcome and all the basics in the fridge including fresh scones and clotted cream. The barn was small and it was a little challenging to accommodate 4 people comfortably but we managed. The barn was beautifully decorated, absolutely charming and we all enjoyed the luxurious bedding and bath robes. What we lacked in space was more than made up by our wonderful host.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Margaret, I am confused, do you have space issues, as you remember I booked you a table in the king William pub for dinner, and the next day, no comments on food only "it was very small", well that's a 450year old pub for you, like the barn which is over 250 years old basically Tudor architecture construction and dimensions, its exactly why guest love staying, romantic and cosy, with all the beams, didn't you come from Tennessee or Nabrassca, little old England would probably fit in one of those American states, my photos show the barn and beautiful surroundings, your review could had covered all the wonderful places i took you to, like climbing up to the Goring gap views of the Thames and hills from hartslock wood, only 1.5miles away with the top ten views in the country, or all the riverside towns and villages i showed you and the amazing views across the Chilterns & Wessex downs and Thames and Dorchester Abbey from the top of the Whittenham clumps, and taking you to the oldest coaching inn in the country, next to Dorchester abbey, also showing you Agatha Christie,s house in Wallingford, where she wrote the Miss Marple mysteries, BUT FOR SOME BALANCE I HAVE ADDED A REVIEW FROM ANOTHER AMERICAN FAMILY WHO CAME ONE WEEK AFTER YOU Jerko & family review (California) Stay at Alexander’s Old Barn was very charming and relaxing. Even though we only had two nights (and we wish we could have stayed longer), we started feeling at home. Alexander was great at welcoming us in person, had some delicious local foods there for us, and also gave us a great tour of the local countryside. Beds were super comfortable and we slept real well with quiet of the English countryside around us. There were 5 of us (3 adults and 2 kids, age 4 and 2) and we were very comfortable in the space available. Kids had the best time playing with very charming door stops (and happy kids means relaxed adults). Also, kids loved running through the countryside at some great locations Alexander showed us. The location is great to explore the countryside and towns by the Thames, and less than half hour drive from Oxford. There is also a network of local buses, but we didn't have to use those much, since we had a car. Alexander was great host even after we left. We managed to forget something, and he was great at helping get it back to us. Alexander, once again, thanks for the amazing stay, we had a great time ! We really appreciate the time you took to make us feel welcomed.
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5

Wonderful rental

  • 5 of 5

We concur with other reviewers and appreciate the tours of the Chilterns Alexander provided! He was a wonderful host, and our family will long remember our stay here and Alexander's hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you for your lovely review, i just think the area is amazing with all the hills and far reaching views and the Thames wrapping around them, and so much history, basically the origins of the whole start of the country, it was great showing you and your family around, with the possibilities of things to do and see in the area, the old barn is a really nice place to just relax and restore your energy's, away from stressful busy lives and makes a wonderful base in the middle of an outstanding area, thank you for visiting and please come back again and explore, especially when my boats engines fixed and back in the water, so the adventure can continue on the river! (although there are lots of places to hire a boat meantime, its the original Edwardian style of "messing about in boats on the river" kind of area!) hope the rest of your trip went ok to Wales and Scotland :-) Best regards alexander
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Beyond our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

Our host, Alexander, proved to be a wonderful part of our experience. Not only did he create a wonderful retreat in the middle of Chilterns which was decorated beautifully, he gave us two different tours of the surrounding country side with all of it's amazing villages! We enjoyed the spectacular views he shared with our family and his friendship that we invited him to join us for dinner one evening. You won't go wrong if you book this historic place!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

The Chiltern Hills need checking out as a unique destination!, on a par with national parks status, an outstanding protected area, really special area, having the river Thames wrapping around the hills gives a different more "Wind in the Willows" boating feel than the Cotswolds, as there are no navigatable rivers in the Cotswolds, really interesting architecture and the history and origins of the country can be found here,

You can explore this beautiful area around the Barn, from different perspectives, A) the geography is interesting, feels like an ancient map of Britain, nothing has changed, for 1000's of years, with the Thames cutting through the hills, giving breath-taking views of the Chiltern Hills on one side and Wessex Downs on the other-side, take a sociable woodland or riverside walk through this landscape and end up at brick and flint country pub, with roaring log fires at the end, fully refreshed, B) you can explore all the Inspector Barnaby old “Midsummer Murder” villages , as the tv series is set here, Wallingford is the centre, C) Wallingford on the river Thames is really old and historic, known as the home of famous author Agatha Christie, as she lived here for 42 years "Winterbrook House", and wrote most of her mysteries here, so Miss Marple and Poirot world, to explore, and see where her inspiration came from D) Goring and Streatley on the thames, is known as home to the story “wind in the willows”, a great Thameside village to explore, E) Dorchester-on-Thames has the oldest Saxon cathedral in the country, 640AD, really fascinating place, thought of as the birthplace of English Christianity, as the first king of the Saxons was baptized there in the river, 600AD, how long ago is that!, isn't that incredible, it has a museum and tea shop, all the ladies in the village bake these incredible cakes! can’t recommend it more, if history and beautiful architecture, and the origins of the British Isles are your thing, and just about the most peaceful, calm, centered place I've ever found in the country, (if you are feeling a bit frazzled) F) there’s the Thames path, great for walking along the river between all the interesting riverside villages, with pubs along the way, G) and there’s the ridgeway national path that goes over the Chiltern hills down along the river and up into the Wessex downs eventually getting to Avebury and Stonehenge, a 5000year old "Stone Age" track, that is the oldest road in Europe, and along with Dorchester-on-Thames has Neolithic and Mesolithic monuments that rival Stonehenge, so you can connect back very quickly to an ancient Briton around here, so lots to explore, great places to eat, or dip in and out of all the amazing ancient history and famous authors all to discover, in a small area

Boating holiday makers also love this area, so get out on the Thames for an adventure, some guests hire boats at wallingford bridge and book a table downstream at a restaurant or pub, "have a wind in the willow adventure" as our stretch of the Thames, from Goring & Streatley to Benson is the longest stretch on the River Thames without locks so you can do 1.5hours boating one way without going through a lock, which in effect is 3 hours round trip, some parts of the Thames like Windsor or Marlow is like a boat motorway where you can queue in the locks for up to 45mins, such a pain, and quite built up, whereas through this stretch, the river meanders and cuts through the Wessex hills and the Chiltern hills and is thought of as having some of the finest views of the Thames, “it’s like boating through an 18th century painting”, so a great area for outside activities like boating, walking, cycling & horse riding, fishing etc, Oxford University have their boat houses in this stretch as the longest stretch for their rowing training

Geography

Thousands of years ago the river Thames forced its way through the chalk hills, splitting them into two hills, the Chiltern hills on one side and the Wessex downs on the other side, creating amazing views of the Thames cutting through the hills, it’s actually been voted in the top ten views in England, with beautiful little riverside villages and towns and bridge crossings through this cut through,

The cut through the hills gently opens out into a bowl valley shape, and the old barn is right in the middle of this bowl, encircled by the Chiltern’s and the Wessex downs with 360degree views around this valley with the Wessex downs in the distance, and two fields from the river Thames, you can watch the sun rising over one set of hills and gone down over the other, also its halfway along the river surrounded by these riverside towns and villages, with their own little personality’s,

To enjoy this valley, (without getting in a car) you can walk from the barn up into the hills with far reaching views or down along the Thames

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