We rented the barn for 7 cyclist who enjoy creature comforts and the camaraderie of cooking and eating together. It was perfect. A really high standard, lots of space for communal activities and a high quality kitchen. We are considering returning!
We stayed with another family - 4 adults / 5 kids in total - the layout of the rooms is great for a large group and very flexible. The kitchen has a great array of pans etc and the dvd / games choice is excellent - leave yours at home. We used the barn largely as a base for going to the hay literary festival - a consistent 40 minute drive away. The odd day we weren't there the barn was great for lounging around although we did manage an across the fields walk to one of the pubs recommended in the owners hand book - it was however difficult for the adults to get a turn in the hot tub ! The owners were incredibly friendly and their dogs popped around to say hello too !
We went to Owl Barn expecting a bit of luxury for the weekend and the opportunity to relax as a family-it certainly delivered! It was a weekend for my Dad's 60th Birthday and was a surprise to him and he certainly wasn't disappointed by our choice. Upon arrival I was blown away by the barn itself. Set in a remote part of Herefordshire where you can't get a mobile phone or 3G signal, the landscaped gardens and exterior of the property are very in keeping with the area. The addition of a hot tub on the patio were a bonus and the sun was shining too so all I could hear was birds and cattle in the distance-very tranquil. As soon as I set foot inside the barn, I announced I didn't want to go home. The décor is fresh and the open plan layout meant nobody was excluded from conversation. All rooms are spacious and with 4 en-suite bathrooms there was never a queue for the amenities. In the upstairs lounge, the open fireplace added extra heat when the temperature dropped in the evenings but with under floor heating throughout it was never really cold. The owners of the Barn were on hand from the moment we arrived and had kindly given us a welcome basket and an overview of what to do in the local area. Even if they weren't there, they had provided a basket full of leaflets to look through yourself. The hosts have also thought about children as upstairs there was a trunk of board games and lots of DVD's to choose from and in the cupboard downstairs another trunk full of plastic toys for younger children, as well as bats & rackets (although no balls). Also provided was a BBQ and charcoal so we were well provided for. A Morrisons store was only 10 minutes drive away and this provided us with the majority of our fresh food although you could easily go into Ludlow on market day and buy fresh meats, eggs, jam, fruit & veg, pies, cheese & chocolate if preferred. We bought some lovely lamb burgers from the butcher on the corner of the market square in Ludlow and they were a bargain £6 for 10 or £5 for 10 beef burgers. The owners 2 playful dogs do come to visit you in the garden when they can hear you, which we really didn't mind but they never enter the property. One morning we had an error code on the hot tub which we reported- we then went out for a few hours to see Ludlow Castle and upon our return it had been fixed. We also took our own tea, coffee, toilet roll and basics but this had already been provided. I would recommend this place to families, couples and hen parties-not sure that it's the place for lads as they may not appreciate the finer qualities of the barn and the nearest pub is several miles across muddy fields away!
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We had a really memorable weekend in Owl Barn. The converted barn was everything we hoped for - impeccably clean, spacious, light, cosy and beautiful. With two living rooms, a great kitchen and a long dining table, there were plenty of communal spaces for chilling, as well as comfortable bedrooms with en suites and brilliant power showers. The hot tub and the fireplace were added bonuses!! The owners welcomed us warmly and were extremely helpful - we couldn't have asked for more. We also loved the location - the Herefordshire countryside is peaceful and picturesque. We were lucky with the weather so we enjoyed walking and exploring a few local pubs.
A car is certainly advisable - taxis and public transport are quite hard to get hold of.
Overall, our stay was perfect. Thank you so much to the owners - I would certainly return and recommend Owl Barn to any large groups in search of blissful relaxation without a shadow of a doubt!
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