Ascott, Chipping Norton & surrounding area
Top Barn, so called because of it's 'top of the hill' location(!!), unsurprisingly delivers quite spectacular views across the northern Cotswolds. With grazing cattle often roaming the field in front completing the perfect English picture, this delightful and quirky barn conversion is an excellent retreat for families who fancy something a little different. The owners (who have two other excellent cottages) have untaken a labour of love to convert the old cart shed into a spacious holiday cottage presented in a 'reverse living' style, with the living spaces upstairs and bedrooms down - thank goodness they did as the views are amazing. The bedrooms are pretty and comfortable, the living space very well appointed - together the house is very much a 'home from home' and one we certainly enjoyed on our visit. If you're the lucky ones in the master bedroom then you've got the view up the valley that is likely to keep you in bed for a good while!!
Entrance through to hallway with stairs leading upstairs to living space.
Bedroom One, with king size double bed, view towards countryside, wardrobe and chest of drawers
Bedroom Two with two single beds, wardrobe and chest of drawers
Family Bathroom with super walk in shower, bath, WC and washbasin
Utility Room with washing machine/dryer
A large, open plan living space with superb views.
Living Area with two large sofas, TV with Freeview plus DVD player
Kitchen, very well equipped electric hob, oven and grill, microwave, dishwasher, large fridge / freezer plus kitchen table with four chairs
There is a small courtyard/terrace area, south facing, which isn't overlooked. This can be accessed from the master bedroom or there is a small gate to the side, alternatively.
Sorry no pet/no smokers. Children welcome-Cot and highchair available
Heating & Electricity Incl all year. Basic Wifi available for checking emails but not fast enough to download a film.
Top Barn and the adjoining property Wyton's Piece (WYTONS) can together accommodate a group of up to 10.
Ascott is a quaint and attractive village situated in the northern Cotswolds, also part of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. The region is undulating and ideal for walking, very much 'off the beaten track'. There are number of similarly attractive villages in this area some with the all important local pub! Nearest is Whichford which is a particular favourite for us here, but also worth visiting are Hook Norton, Great Rollright (famous for the Rollright Stones - which are like Stonehenge and prehistoric!) plus others in the vicinity. In Whichford, The Norman Knight serves good quality local ale and food, and there is also the famous Whichford Pottery renowned for its outdoor planters.
Chipping Norton is approximately 6 miles away with a good choice of restaurants, pubs and several shops including a good size supermarket. There are also some good home shops plus a renowned Antiques Warehouse which is certainly worth a visit - there's a cafe there too. Popular spots such as Burford, Stow on the Wold and Bourton on the Water are all about 30 mins away from Ascott.
Bigger locations/destinations of Stratford upon Avon and Oxford are within an easy drive too so the cottage is good base for touring the Cotswolds.
Personally we say you should either get walking or get on your bike!! The countryside is stunning
"Great self catering accommodation in an unbelievable location. Thank you."Mr G 2014-04-01