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The Old Barn, Organic Residence, Secret Garden

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday barn in Wallingford - The Old Barn

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

Detailed description

' Tuscany in the Chilterns ' 200 year old country barn two fields from the thames, beautiful views, 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

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 September, 2016

About Alexander

Hi, my main work is as an interior designer/furniture designer, and i just love interiors and making people feel relaxed and comfortable as possible, creating spaces that are warm and friendly, 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, alexander :-)


based on 11 holidaymaker reviews

The Old Barn, Organic Residence, Secret Garden
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews


  • 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: Apr 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 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: Sep 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 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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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: Aug 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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: Jun 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing! Beautiful place, perfect hosts!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic stay! The short review -- the barn is even nicer than pictured, the area is stunning, the location convenient and central, the layout of the bedrooms (each with full ensuite) was ideal , the amenities all you could hope for and Alexander was simply the best host!!

Now for the details: Alexander is the best! He has a passion for, and extensive knowledge of, the area and his enthusiasm for the region is infectious. There is great care taken of the property and both David and Alexander took great care of us -- we felt the entire time that us enjoying our stay was a top priority for both of them! We were travelling without a car so his offer to pick us up from the train, drive us for supplies and show us a few sights was not only amazingly helpful, but truly blew our minds because it is so far above and beyond what one expects from a holiday rental (and I have stayed in dozens and dozens!).

As an interior designer, Alexander has taken great care in the finishings and it really shows. The barn is gorgeously furnished, quiet, well stocked and, because it is separate from the main house, is very private. It was the extras though that really impressed us!! The lovely baths (each bedroom has its own) with loads of hot water, the organic bedding, super comfy beds, and high quality pillows were all divine! It was seriously one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in. The basic supplies for breakfast (as well as the extras for a proper cream tea!) were very much appreciated and a really lovely touch.

For anyone travelling without a car, the barn is ideal! Lovely walking paths along the Thames or into the forest; an efficient bus service; pubs, restaurants and stores close by (we walked to Wallingford along beautiful paths to get some supplies); and a host so kind that he is willing to pick you up from the rail station: we could not have asked for more!

A final note about the area if you are not familiar with it -- we were coming from the Cotswolds, which is pretty hard to beat for natural beauty, and were simply blown away by the gorgeousness and history of the area. Not only are there stunning views, quaint villages with lovely pubs, castle remains, medieval abbeys, iron age ruins, but there is also Toad Hall (Wind in the Willows)!!

All in all a perfect stay! I highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay last weekend, owners were very welcoming and knowledgeable about the local area. The Barn itself was enchanting, cosy and relaxing. Very well equipped with all that we needed, the fresh bread and cream teas were a lovely touch. The beds were massive with immaculate on-suites, fresh towels, organic toiletries, we couldn't have asked for more. Very kindly, the owners let our labrador Stanley stay, he had a fantastic time exploring the local country side, got very muddy! Thank you very much for the delightful accommodation. Barbara, Jon and Stanley.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Wallingford in Oxfordshire

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Business Center
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 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
  • 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
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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,

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