It is the view that strikes first, the rolling green hills of Wiltshire cascading down towards the city of Bath, before the main barn, Grove Barn – sitting smugly in prime position – commandeers your attention. One end of this new self-catering barn is floor to ceiling glass in order to scoop up the best of the heavenly Cotswolds countryside tumbling away before it. Animals dot the hillsides and views kidnap the imagination.
Inside is impressive too. A mezzanine level swoops above the main living area – comfy, light and perfect for milling, a woodburner completes the space. Underfloor heating warms solid oak floors, ensuite bedrooms come with sumptuous linen – everything is high spec, comfortable and highly convenient, particularly for families and large groups. Books, DVDs (for both adult and children) and a wooden train set that keeps grandpas and little ones entertained for hours come with the barn. High chairs and cots are available on request. Steps down to the lounge and up to the mezzanine draw toddlers like a moth to a flame so a travel stair-gate is advisable.
A second, smaller self-catering bolthole next door is equally well-equipped. Our party hired both and gathered in the larger during the day – the monitor will stretch!
There are thoughtful extras too which, in my book, always turns a lovely stay into an exceptional one – in this case delicious batches of divine home-made chocolate brownies awaited us and the owners had also popped some milk in the fridge for that first necessary cuppa (unless you’re starting with gin of course – which again, in my book…). The surrounding area has lots of public footpaths to explore, (perfect if you’re a dog-owner as they’re welcome here too), Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole, Longleat, Bristol and Bath are within easy driving distance. A child-friendly country pub down the road, The Quarryman’s Arms and a play area in Box are perfect if you don’t want to venture far afield.
A special place in stunning surroundings served best with great company.