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Damson Cottage - Luxury Barn Conversion in the heart of the Test Valley

Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 bedroom rustic barn conversion self catering cottage.

Welcome to Damson Cottage at The Old Barns Holiday Accommodation.

The Old Barns (originally a dairy barn) is located in the pretty hamlet of Brook, in the heart of the Test Valley.

The barn has been converted into 4 beautiful and rustic one bedroom holiday cottages and is set within 2 acres of land.

We are surrounded by beautiful country walks, the River Test and welcoming country pubs.

Brook is perfectly situated for easy access to Stockbridge, Winchester, Romsey, Salisbury, Stonehenge, The New Forest, Southampton and The South Coast.

The Test Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty and as a holiday destination offers a wealth of country pursuits including walking, fly fishing, course fishing, shooting, horse riding, and cycling.

There are many fantastic walks from our property including The Test Way, Clarendon Way and the Monarch's way.

Damson Cottage -

The first floor of this self catering cottage has fantastic views from its triple aspect windows and gives access to the South facing balcony to enjoy alfresco dining.

The interior is light and airy with a large open plan, vaulted and beamed kitchen, diner, sitting room.

The cottage has been well equipped and furnished allowing 2 people to relax and enjoy the space.

The ground floor offers a large bedroom with a king size bed and plenty of storage. It has french doors on the West facing side.

The ground floor period bathroom is equipped with a small slipper roll top bath with a hand held shower, heated towel rail, w/c and washbasin.

There is ample parking and use of the gardens.

We welcome you with fresh milk, tea, coffee and sugar and fresh eggs from our chickens (subject to them laying).

Electric, Central heating, bedding and towels all included.

Digital Freesat TV.

DVD player

CD player

We do have internet access and limited mobile signal, but due to our location these cannot be guaranteed and if this is important to you please speak to us prior to booking.

We are sorry that the stairs do not allow for wheel chair users.

We do accept well behaved dogs, subject to our terms & conditions and a small additional fee. Please note that dogs must not be left unattended in the property at any time.

We may be able to accommodate up to 2 children on a sofa bed. There is a small additional charge for this. Please note that although we welcome children they must not be left unattended at any time. We do have balconies, hard floors and unfenced ponds.

Please note that from the beginning of 2018 until the end of March 2018 we are carrying out building works on our other barn and there maybe some noise and building materials. Please feel free to ask about the works to determine if you feel it will effect the enjoyment of your stay.

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 August, 2018

About Sarah

After many years living in Marlow bringing we fell in love with the Test Valley and these barns and bought them in November 2011. We live on site in an old calving shed that we converted and built in 2013 with our 2 teenage boys, our dog Indie and our growing number of chickens.

Sarah purchased this barn in 2011

Why Sarah chose Kings Somborne

The Test Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty. We are surrounded by stunning scenery and the River Test famous for its fly fishing and other country pursuits. We are extremely lucky to have fantastic high quality eateries and farm shops on our doorstep and fantastic independent shops in Stockbridge, Winchester and Salisbury. The whole area is surrounded by amazing things to see and do and only being a 10 minute drive into the New Forest or 30 minutes to the sea means that we can have the best of both worlds.

What makes this barn unique

The Old Barns is a beautifully converted barn consisting of 4 one bedroom cottages. If you want to get together with some friends and family it is possible to rent all 4 cottages. We welcome well behaved dogs and it is possible to accommodate additional children in some of the cottages. The barn conversion has been carried out in a rustic style while keeping all the home comforts you would expect. The cottages are very generous for 2 people and as with man of our guests I am sure you will keep coming back. We have access onto the Test Way from the top of our driveway giving you access to miles of beautiful country walks or just a short drive away is the New Forest, the coast or the cities of Winchester or Salisbury. We are absolutely spoilt for choice with good places to eat all within 5 miles and there is a lovely local pub just 1 mile from the cottage.

Mobile and wifi are available at the property, but due to our location we do not guarantee these and some mobile providers do not get good reception here.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Kings Somborne in Test Valley District

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • White bathroom suite with sink, toilet and large double ended roll top bath with handheld shower on the bath. Heated towel rail, bath mat, towels and soap provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Downstairs rustic beamed large bedroom with french doors opening to the West. King size leather bed with matching bed size tables. Dressing table with chair, hairdryer and adapter plug. Wardrobe with iron and small ironing board. Double sofa bed may be available for up to 2 children to stay (subject to availability and additional charge).
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking


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average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Damson Cottage wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

Overall excellent holiday experience, easy to book, easy to locate final destination, cottages were very well presented and clean. Sarah and Rob are a lovely host and provided good advice on local attractions and places to eat.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous place and stay

  • 5 of 5

We spent the Easter weekend here - such a gorgeous place. So quiet. Beautifully kept. Lots of nice nearby walks and pubs. The owners are so friendly and helpful too - thanks Sarah and Rob. The Old Barns is an ideal place for a bit of rest and relaxation and a chance to explore, walk and cycle the nearby New Forest. And it got a big paws up from Rufus the dog too - he came with us and was made to feel very welcome both at The Old Barns and anywhere else we took him close by

  • Review Submitted: 20-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a very relaxing and comfortable stay at the barn. The hosts were very helpful and cheerful, the accommodation was clean and well equipped. The location was perfect within easy reach of many attractions, places to eat and food stores. Most of all we enjoyed the peace and quiet and the beautiful countryside.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely accommodation in a peaceful spot

  • 5 of 5

Very well equipped, clean, tidy cottage with thoughtful touches such as fresh eggs provided. Plus little things like washing up liquid supplied - which is always a pain if it isn't as one doesn't want to buy some if only staying for a couple of nights.

Perfect location for access to all that the Test Valley has to offer and easy access to Winchester.

Made to feel very welcome by Sarah and Rob who deservedly seem to get repeat business. Followed their pub recommendations too!

Downsides, if one wants to nitpick...the nearby road can be a bit noisy at times, though it was quiet at night. A light sleeper in this cottage might be disturbed by the sound of some equipment running in the adjacent utility/store room.

Would happily return if heading that way again!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great accommodation in a lovely location

  • 5 of 5

3 excellent nights in this beautifully appointed "Cottage". The upside-down arrangement works well to allow you to appreciate the views and to sleep downstairs which on hot days must be a blessing. We especially appreciated the fact that small items such as dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid etc. plus 6 eggs and some milk, as well as tea, coffee, sugar were provided so that you could function immediately upon arrival. Sarah and Rob clearly put a lot of thought and care into how things operate here. We followed their recommendatios for pubs to use and were not disappointed. The Test Valley is a haven of peace and tranquillity and we also enjoyed a day visiting Winchester and especially the Tower Tour at the Cathedral.

Would happily recommend this property to others.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
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We are rather spoilt by the wonderful pubs, restaurants and farm shops in the area.

Please find below a list of just a few of them - far too many to mention:

The John O'Gaunt Inn, Horsebridge

Just over 1 mile stroll along the Test Way you will find this dog friendly pub offering home cooked simple food.

The Boot Inn, Houghton

A good 5 - 6 mile walk or a short drive you will find this lovely pub with a fantastic garden running down to the River Test. We love the food in this pub and dogs are welcome in the pub area and garden, but not the restaurant.

The Crown Inn, King's Somborne

1.4 miles by car or a beautiful walk along the Test Way to The Crown.

Good home cooked food and friendly atmosphere.

In Stockbridge high street (5 miles away) you will be spoilt for choice of where to eat:

The greyhound Inn

The Three Cups

The White Heart

Time and Tides

Woodfire Pizza

Peat Spade, Longstock

15 minutes drive you will find another beautiful pub in a stunning village. Good food and cosy atmosphere.

The Mayfly Inn, just outside Stockbridge

15 minutes drive you will find the Mayfly located on the River Test. Offers food all day, every day. Beautiful location to sit by the river.

The Royal Oak, Fritham, New Forest (30 minutes) Beautiful part of the New Forest for a walk and then enjoy a drink and a simple lunch from local produce at The Royal Oak (thatched pub).

For fantastic local produce please visit Kimbridge Farm shop or Leckford Farm Shop.

Place To Visit:

Below are just a few suggestions on places to visit, although there are far too many to mention:

Mottisfont National Trust House and Mottisfont Abbey (5 minutes)

Stunning national trust house and gardens.

Stockbrige Village - beautiful small village (10 minutes) full of independent shops, coffee shops, pubs and restaurants.

Spitfire Clay Shoot (10 minutes) fantastic purpose made clay shoot with or without lessons.

Danebury Hill Fort (12 minutes) Stunning location for a walk on an iron age hill fort.

Broadlands (10 minutes) historic home of late Earl Mountbattern of Burma.

The New Forest - (10 minutes to 40 minutes depending where you go). So many fantastic places to visit. Beaulieu motor museum, Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu river trips, Lymington, Lyndhurst, lots of good pubs, fantastic country walks and marinas, beaches and even a ferry to the Isle of Wight.

Beautiful Beaches (40 minutes) Bournemouth Beaches or Mudeford Sand Spit is a lovely sandy beach with a pleasant walk from Hengistbury Head car park.

Paultons Park (15 minutes) theme park for children including Pepper Pig world.

Here is one for the grownups! - Bombay Sapphire Gin tour and tasting. You need to book online in advance (30 minutes) Bombay Sapphire moved near Overton in 2014 and are located in a stunning mill. The building is fantastic and the tour or workshops are well worth a visit.

Winchester (25 minutes) - beautiful City on a small scale with independent shops and eateries. The farmers market on the 2nd and last Sunday of every month is excellent selling local produce.

Salisbury (30 minutes) - another beautiful City in the neighbouring county of Wiltshire.

Stonehenge (40 minutes) Historic stone circle.

Portsmouth Gun wharf Quays and Historic Dockyard (40 minutes). The historic dockyard is great for all ages with the new Mary Rose museum and located next door is the Spinnaker tower and retail outlet store.

If you are interested in Fly Fishing we can put you in touch with booking fly fishing on the River Test or on the John O'Gaunt lakes.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Kings Somborne, Hampshire

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Pet Fee £25

Please ask for full details of our terms & conditions and cancellation policy.
Well behaved dogs are welcome subject to our terms & conditions and must not be left unattended at any time.
Up to 2 well behaved children are welcome subject to availability of beds (must be pre-booked) and they must not be left unattended at any time. Please note that we have hard floor surfaces, balconies and un-fenced ponds.
Strict cancellation policy

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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