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Patio area with furniture
Open plan lounge
Lounge
Warm up by the fire
Time for tea!
Cook up a storm in the kitchen
Well equipped
Kitchen area
Dining area
Bedroom with zip-and-link beds
Zip-and-link bedroom
Shower room
Sit out on the patio furniture
View towards the property
Cottage with character
Ample Parking for Guests
Exterior view of the forge
1 / 17  Patio area with furniture
2 / 17  Open plan lounge
3 / 17  Lounge
4 / 17  Warm up by the fire
5 / 17  Time for tea!
6 / 17  Cook up a storm in the kitchen
7 / 17  Well equipped
8 / 17  Kitchen area
9 / 17  Dining area
10 / 17  Bedroom with zip-and-link beds
11 / 17  Zip-and-link bedroom
12 / 17  Shower room
13 / 17  Sit out on the patio furniture
14 / 17  View towards the property
15 / 17  Cottage with character
16 / 17  Ample Parking for Guests
17 / 17  Exterior view of the forge

Barnforge

Banbury, Cotswolds
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Increased accessibility
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

 

  • Restored former blacksmiths in a quiet village setting in the Cherwell Valley,
  • At least ten country walks to try from the village
  • Perfect for a romantic breaks getaway to explore the Cotswold villages
Property code: CC006

A cosy hideaway for couples found at the edge of Upper Brailes within walking distance of some fine amenities including a French bakery.

This holiday property is very cosy and comfortable. A former blacksmith’s forge, it is now a lovely detached cottage at the edge of Brailles village. Upper Brailes is a characterful village with some fabulous walks originating from it. Visit the village website and consult Jim’s Walks which details up to ten different circular walks – most of these walks are dog friendly. Further afield, visit Banbury and Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Oxford and Bicester Village for shopping or sightseeing, and the RSC theatre is also within reasonable driving distance. The ancient market town of Shipston-on-Stour is great for antique shops, local pubs and eateries.

On arrival at the holiday property you will find an entrance hall leading through to the lounge/kitchen/diner designed to embrace open-plan living. The lounge area has a comfortable seating, a TV/DVD, and a wood burner to keep the room warm and cosy in the evenings. The kitchen area comes equipped with electric oven and hob, a microwave and  fridge with ice box.  Use of a washing machine can be arranged. The bedroom contains a king-size zip-and-link bed (which can be made up as twin singles on request). There is an en-suite shower room with WC for convenience too.

Outside is a south-facing courtyard that can be an effective sun-trap, and is also ideal for that evening glass or two of wine, creating a great space for you to relax in the comfort of your own holiday home. There’s ample parking too. Please note due to the location of this property a car is essential.

 

  • 1 bedroom – 1 king-size zip-and-link (which can be made up as a twin)
  • 1 en-suite shower room with WC
  • Lovely village location in the Cotswolds
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Wood burner with a starter supply of logs provided
  • Heating (electric radiators) and electricity included
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Due to the location of this property a car is essential
  • Regret no pets
  • Pub and gold course in the village within 1.5 miles which serves food
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed

Samantha Weatherstone

This property is personally managed by Samantha.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 39 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Karen 18th June 2022

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Beautiful little holiday cottage, spotlessly clean, very comfortable and homely. Barbara was an excellent host, lovely and friendly without being intrusive.

Reviewed by Maggie 28th May 2022

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Reviewed by Jenna 23rd May 2022

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Brilliant host, everything catered for, from knifes and folks to washing up liquid, was well catered for, very clean and tidy and was even left a bag of coffee,biscuits and milk on arrival with a note saying welcome, was a lovely lady

Reviewed by alison 7th May 2022

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Stayed for a week, with my sister, in this lovely cosy cottage. Perfect for walking the surrounding countyside. Maps and walks with the information provided in the cottage. There were 10 walks from the Pub a mile up the road at Lower Brailles. Near enough to Stratford, Bourton on the Water and other interesting places but away from the hussle busslRead moree. We had a great day at the Falconry Centre at Batsford. Hide

Reviewed by Stephen 23rd April 2022

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Reviewed by David 25th March 2022

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Perfect cozy holiday home for a couple interested in exploring the Cotswolds. Barbara is an excellent host and available onsite for any questions. Greeted us with flowers, shortbread biscuits and coffee. Small wood stove kept the home warm overnight. The home had everything we needed to cook a variety of meals every day. Exceptionally clean home anRead mored very comfortable bed. Ranks as the best holiday home we have stayed in. Hide

Reviewed by Ian 19th February 2022

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Reviewed by Rebecca 12th February 2022

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Reviewed by Paul 21st January 2022

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Nicely appointed cottage in a good location for access to Oxfordshire and surrounding counties. Good choice of NT properties - unfortunately many closed, not surprising in early January!

Reviewed by Yulia 29th December 2021

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A great little cottage, wonderful stay, warm and cosy, easy to get anywhere, highly recommended!

Reviewed by Colin 23rd October 2021

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The forge is a lovely comfortable retreat located perfectly to explore the Cotswolds. Huge comfy bed, wood burning fire, and so quiet, it ticks all the boxes for a short break. Everything you need is on hand and the wifi signal is great. Barbara ( who is lovely),lives on site and is a mine of information. We really enjoyed our stay at the forge andRead more hopefully will be back next year. Hide

Reviewed by John 16th October 2021

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Fabulous place to stay central to all attractions would love to come again

Reviewed by Marion 9th October 2021

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The cottage is a perfect hideaway for a couple from which to explore the northern and central Cotswolds. It is well equipped, clean, cosy and comfortable. We appreciated the little welcome treats, coffee, shortbread, fresh flowers and a welcome card. The regular hooting of the night owl made our stay even more romantic.

Reviewed by John 2nd October 2021

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Reviewed by Melody 25th September 2021

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Had a wonderful week staying in this lovely little cottage. Everything you could need for a very comfortable stay. Barbara the friendly owner had provided some useful milk, coffee and biscuits on arrival, all very welcome. Very nice village with some useful amenities. Central for a lot of visitor attractions, Blenheim palace, Stratford Upon Avon anRead mored a lot of NT properties. These were very handy as we visited during the fuel crisis. Definitely looking forward to a return visit!! Hide

Reviewed by Arthur 18th September 2021

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Reviewed by Gillian 4th September 2021

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Beautiful, we'll equipped cottage. Ideal location for visiting the Cotswolds area. Would highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Sarah 21st August 2021

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Ideal for exploring the Cotswolds the owner was very friendly and helpful the cottage was very comfortable and well equipped we will definitely recommend and return.

Reviewed by Hilary 17th July 2021

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Reviewed by Philip 3rd July 2021

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The Cottage was immaculate. Clean throughout. Very comfortable bed.

Reviewed by David 12th June 2021

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Reviewed by Carol 5th June 2021

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This is a very well equipped cottage with a large comfortable bed. The little courtyard catches the sun for most of the day. Although it is next to the road, the traffic was not a problem. There are good walks from the cottage and a couple of pubs within a mile through the village. Other pubs and shops are 3 miles away in Shipton on Stour where theRead morere is free parking. Hide

Reviewed by Suzana 15th May 2021

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A lovely cottage, perfect for a couple, great location for exploring Cotswolds. We'd happily stay here again.

Reviewed by Jennifer 1st May 2021

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Small but perfectly formed. It has everything you could want for a holiday. Off street parking is a benefit with a lovely sunny terrace protected from the road.

Reviewed by Josephine 31st October 2020

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Reviewed by Debra 27th October 2020

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We stayed at Barnforge cottage for a birthday weekend it was lovely. Barbara the owner was very welcoming and the cottage was cosy and well equipped. The wood burner was great in the evening. We ventured out to several villages and places of interest and dined at a great Italian restaurant in Shipton.

Reviewed by Don 17th October 2020

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Reviewed by PETER 11th October 2020

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Very compact but comfortable. Plenty of information regarding walks available. Eating at The George was very nice but a good walk back spoiled by the lack of street lighting.

Reviewed by Elisabeth 3rd October 2020

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Lovely cottage, very clean and superbly well equipped. Lovely landlady. Nice touches at arrival: welcome card, biscuits, a bottle of milk and even a bunch of flowers. Nice area close to a lot of National Trust properties, Blenheim Palace, Stratford upon Avon and Oxford. So plenty to do even in mixed weather when walking outdoors is tricky. But therRead moree are also lots of local walks. And of course lovely Cotswolds villages. We had a great time and will consider going back. Hide

Reviewed by Valerie 26th September 2020

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A delightful cosy well equipped cottage and scrupulously clean, ideal position to get to other villages in The Cotswolds and surrounding areas.

Reviewed by Susan 19th September 2020

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The cottage had everything we needed. It was clean, comfortable and the location is ideal for walking and visiting the lovely areas of the Cotswolds. Mrs Hart was very welcoming and made us feel at home.

Reviewed by Arthur 12th September 2020

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It was very good and well located for our touring the Costwolds. We will probably go back next Autumn.

Reviewed by Christina 5th September 2020

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Lovely cottage, in a perfect location. Very helpful owner. Bed was big and comfortable. All fixtures and fittings were excellent, and the fresh flowers, milk, shortbread and pretty card were a very nice welcome.

Reviewed by Sharon 29th August 2020

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Excellent property and lovely host, home from home and all the comforts from home, quiet place to stay and just far enough for all your needs. We had a fantastic week there and felt it was a great place to be as COVID we were on our own In very comfortable surroundings and as Ive said lovely host was there if we needed anything and left us get on wRead moreith it. Would recommend this property to anyone considering a stay away from hustle and bustle of normality lol what ever that is Hide

Reviewed by Stephen 22nd August 2020

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Throughly recommend this lovely cottage. It is very well equipped and clean and a great location for exploring the cotswolds

Reviewed by Nudrat 11th August 2020

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This cottage exceeded all expectations. It was very clean, well equipped and within easy driving distance of tourist spots. The owner and other village residents were so friendly and welcoming.

Reviewed by Sharon 8th August 2020

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Cottage is spotless. Lovely and comfortable. The owner is thoughtful, left us a card, flowers, biscuits and milk, which was a nice touch. Property is on a main road and there is only a very small yard to sit in. However, we didnt have much chance to sit out as we were so busy sightseeing. Overall a good base to explore this beautiful part of the coRead moreuntry. Hide

Reviewed by Tracey 1st August 2020

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The cottage was quaint and in a great location for visiting the various villages in the Cotswolds. Nothing was too much trouble for the owner. The bed was extremely comfortable and the whole experience was wonderful.

Reviewed by Amy 25th July 2020

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Delightful cottage with beautiful surroundings. Great access to surrounding areas. Would definitely recommend

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Patio area with furniture
Open plan lounge
Lounge
Warm up by the fire
Time for tea!
Cook up a storm in the kitchen
Well equipped
Kitchen area
Dining area
Bedroom with zip-and-link beds
Zip-and-link bedroom
Show 5 moreShower room

Location

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