We had a fabulous hen weekend for my best friend at Upper Valley. The Barn was beautiful & had everything we could wish for & more. The dining table was perfect, easily seating 20 of us. The kitchen was the best stocked I've seen with every pan & serving platter we could have needed. The two living rooms fitted us all in comfortably. The bedrooms are all comfortable & some have quirky little features from its use as a barn in the past. The hot tub only seats about 4 at a time, but has a view to die for. The farm is quite remote - it's a good 30 minute drive from Oswestry but the directions from the owner are great. Be warned it is located at the top of a very rustic track - in the wet weather standard cars may struggle...but we were blessed with lovely weather & thankfully my mini made it up there, even full of goodies! The pay off for it being off the beaten track is the serenity & the view. At the moments the fields are filled with lovely lambs. We're trying to find an excuse to go back!! Would highly recommend.
Not sure where to start with describing this property; it really is in the most beautiful, peaceful setting with no mobile signal (but free wifi if you need to keep in touch with the outside world). We stayed in the Bran which has been converted to a very high standard and there is nothing at all that you may need, that isn’t there, high chair, travel cots, bumbo, crockery, classes and cutlery for more than the 14 people it sleeps, washer, dishwasher, kitchen essentials you wouldn’t imagine to be there such as a mixer, liquidiser, flour and ingredients for baking the list just goes on.
We stayed for my daughters hen weekend (11 of us) and we had a fantastic time, when we arrived there was a basket of goodies on the table which was a lovely gesture and it was very clean and well maintained. All of the bedrooms were beautiful and beds were very comfortable with lovely thick quilts and all the features you would expect in a barn conversion such as exposed beams and sky lights; the bedrooms are all on different levels which makes the building seem even bigger. The living room on the 2nd level is very comfortable and plenty of room for us all. The ‘cinema room’ seemed to have a purpose built sofa which was very comfortable with large cushions added that went around a large low table and a flat screen television on the wall, there were also plenty of books if you wanted to relax and read.
The outside area has picnic tables overlooking fields and hills, the hot tub is just around the corner and off one of the bedrooms, we took advantage of both as luckily the weather for February was very mild.
Bathrooms were all very clean and stocked with toiletries. When you leave you are asked to recycle and why not although you may want to take this each time you go out, as if you leave it until the last day (we stayed for the weekend) you could have a lot of bags to add to your luggage when you pack up. The recycling is at the bottom of the track and yes you have to open (and close) quite a few gates up that long lane to the barn but that’s country life for you and all adds to the experience.
Now onto Vicky the booking manager, we booked to stay here through an events company but they didn’t give us a lot of information so I emailed and spoke to Vicky on quite a few occasions. She was always very pleasant and helpful and we appreciate all of her help, even down to posting my daughters swimming costume, which despite going through the barn at least 3 times checking everything, we managed to leave behind.
I would thoroughly recommend this for a relaxing stay close Lake Vyrnwy, beautiful country walks and a waterfall (all listed in the helpful book on the desk in the living room).
Upper Valley Barn and Farmhouse were a fantastic place to spend the weekend with the family, there was plenty of space, lots of areas to relax in and for all the children to spread out and play. The hot tub was amazing, sitting in the warm with a view of the valley was quite special. The properties are very comfortable and well appointed. We will be back
We spent a wonderful autumn weekend at the barn with a large group of friends. The barn is beautifully decorated and finished, with plenty of exposed beams and large windows (and has the best stocked kitchen I have ever had in a rental property) and has fantastic views across the countryside.
The bedrooms were very comfortable and furnished to a high standard with great quality furnishings. The barn has a large kitchen, huge dining area, a separate sitting room (around a wood burning stove) and an additional tv area. The layout means that each of the bedrooms are quite spread out, meaning that those in large groups can still enjoy a quiet and private space away from the action if necessary. There is also plenty of outside space for drinks / games / relaxing. Special mention must go to the hot tub on the patio overlooking the valley which was very popular with the group!
Great walks can be done from your doorstep with no need to drive anywhere, and there is a small shop and pub in the local village (around 20-25 mins walk).
We hired both properties, the barn and the cottage for a golden wedding family celebration. We ranged from 1 to extra mature with kids and teenagers in the mix. The barn facilitated an outdoor BBQ/buffet lunch (weather not guaranteed for future events) for 22 with its exceptionally well stocked kitchen. We did take our own oil drum BBQ however as the cool "stovie" provided was impractical for large groups. We also cooked dinner and breakfast for 20+ in the barn. The cottage kitchen wasn't really used by us.
Beds were comfortable, finishings top end and the layout of the barn (lots of stairs) meant that our large group was able to comfortably hand out together or disperse to claim a little quiet time as needed. Everyone that visited enjoyed Upper Valley, the onside manager Sarah was exceptional, friendly, responsive and helpful. The property manger Vicky was a delight to deal with. Possibly one of the best private rentals we have ever done and wouldn't hesitate to return. We were lucky that the field in front of the barn was harvested whilst we were there. We were able to organise a family cricket match and a game of baseball. Families with small children would need to consider baby gates and be aware that there is only a small garden with a drop into the field which is part of a working farm and needs to be respected as such. The views are outstanding, allowing you to feel away from it all, but with a nice village only a few minutes drive away complete with 3 pubs (we tried 2 and were impressed) village shop and a brilliant high quality butcher. Otherwise its about a 30 minute drive to Oswestry supermarkets and shops.
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