3 (all year)
Follies Barn is a Cotswold country cottage dream come true. A beautiful conversion, it easily sleeps eight guests in four bedrooms, with a sofa bed extending the space to accommodate up to ten people, and is perfect for families and groups holidaying together. The barn is packed full of character and charm with original features like solid oak beams sitting nicely beside modern features to provide extremely comfortable accommodation just a short walk from the centre of Stonesfield and a good local pub.
Stonesfield has long been considered one of the most popular villages in which to live in West Oxfordshire. A well-stocked village store and a friendly local pub, The White Horse, are at the centre of village life, as is the Church of St James the Great. Although the church is more than eight hundred years old in parts, it is considered modern when compared to the Roman ruins that have been unearthed south of the village. Stonesfield is in a fantastic central location, around four miles from Woodstock (home to Blenheim Palace) and twelve miles from the historic city of Oxford.
Step outside the door of Follies Barn and you’re faced with a wealth of footpaths and bridleways so enjoying the beautiful English countryside is easy whatever the season and the owners have thoughtfully provided Ordnance Survey maps and guides to help you plan your walks. A favourite route is to head west to Charlbury or Finstock, both of which are charming villages with popular pubs (The Bull and The Bell in Charlbury and The Plough in Finstock).
Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, is on the edge of Woodstock and an absolute must-see while you’re at Follies Barn. If the weather is good, you can walk there along the Oxfordshire Way. The magnificent home - it has been the seat of the Dukes of Marlborough since 1722 and remains the family’s main residence - is a designated World Heritage Site. The house and grounds offer a memorable day out, and it is worth checking the calendar of events before your visit so you can make the most of your time there.
Further afield you can discover the many delights of the Cotswolds with day trips to Stow-on-the-Wold, Bath, Cheltenham, Chipping Campden and Burford. The train from Oxford Parkway to London takes less than an hour, so a day spent shopping in the capital city is also simple to arrange. Speaking of shopping, Bicester Village is about a 30-minute drive away. It has more than 130 luxury boutiques and attracts shopaholics who love nothing more than to bag a designer bargain.
While it’s true that the Cotswolds is full of holiday cottages, Follies Barn stands out for its charm, space and excellent location. If you dream of sitting in front of a cosy wood burner with a glass of wine in your hand in less than two hours from leaving your London desk, with the promise of fun and relaxation in front of you, this could be the holiday property you’ve been longing for.
Jane and Jeffrey Thomas joined Independent Cottages in August 2017
Follies Barn is an attractive and comfortable barn conversion sleeping up to ten guests. It is in the owners' grounds but has its own garden, and offers guests space and privacy.
Outside: A private paved area with table and chairs is a lovely spot to catch the sun and leads through to a small garden with lawn, borders and a bench set within an arbour. There is off-street parking for up to four cars.
Additional Information: Follies Barn has WiFi and central heating. All linen and towels are included in the price, as is a bag of wood and kindling for the wood burner (more is available in the village). Short breaks are possible from £770 in low season. No smoking. No pets. Outside catering may be available from a local company by prior arrangement.
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Short breaks available from £770 with flexible start dates.
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