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The Owls Barn

A lodge created for nature's explorers

Chimney Nature Reserve, The Cotswolds

In a Nutshell

The Owl's Barn was once an old granary where barn owls came to roost. This boutique barn offers a window to nature’s beauty in the heart of the tucked-away Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve. Enormous of scale, oozing stylish flair and comfort, this barn is made for reunions and relaxing. Opening out to acres of private grounds, it’s just the spot to look out on the variety of wildlife the nature reserve has to offer and to take in its stunning beauty.

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Sleeps 10

Bedrooms 5

Bathrooms 3

Prices From£500 Minimum 2 night stay

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Nesting in nature’s playground

Once home to a wise old barn owl, who’d feast on fallen grain, The Owl's Barn's natural setting attracts a wealth of wildlife and is heaven for the amateur Attenborough. With 13 acres of private grounds by Quince, all nurtured by garden team, Posy and John, our resident owl now roosts happily in the nearby trees. Nest down in our comfy hideaway and watch Mother Nature's mood board change throughout the seasons.

The Owl's Barn
A natural hideaway to hunker down and watch the wildlife

Highlights

  • Large open plan living
  • Views of water meadows
  • Sunset terrace
  • Outdoor dining
  • Scenic walks on Thames
  • Nature reserve location
  • Extensive grounds
  • Super-fast Wi-Fi

All eyes on the prize

The Owl’s Barn is a spacious hideaway, and with its two floors and plenty of windows it offers far-reaching views across the reserve. Full of comfy seating areas including a hanging chair; the barn is cocooned with beamed ceilings, exposed Cotswold stone walls and a wood-burning stove just waiting to be relaxed by.

Wander upstairs to find four beautiful, beamed bedrooms, all super cosy and furnished with the Quince signature comfy beds, the fifth bedroom is conveniently set on the ground floor. A huge open-plan main room combining sitting, dining and kitchen merge together to create a spacious light entertaining area. While stone and wooden floors and easy access to the garden makes it pet-friendly.

Step on to the terrace to find an alfresco dining area, complete with a Weber BBQ. Roam for hours in the acres of private grounds and follow the winding paths through the meadows to discover picnic benches, big swings and secret bird hides for peeping across the nature reserve. And naturally, there's plenty of space for parking.

The house has fast fibre broadband which makes it ideal as a place to work as well as relax.

Finer Details:
First floor:
Bedroom 1 – super king bed with ensuite shower room, shower, basin, wc.
Bedroom 2 – 2 single beds.
Bedroom 3 – 2 single beds.
Family bathroom – bath with shower over, wc and basin.
Bedroom 4 – Super king bed with ensuite shower room, shower, basin wc.
Ground floor:
Bedroom 5 – two single beds.
Sitting room – open plan, log burner (starter pack provided), views across Nature Reserve and doors to both garden areas.
Dining area – seating for 10.
Kitchen – breakfast bar, range oven with 5 rings, two ovens, grill, microwave, dishwasher, double fridge/freezer, food processor, nespresso coffee machine.
Utility room – washing machine and dryer.
Hall – direct access to garden.
Internet – fast fibre broadband.
Rear garden – soft seating and bbq area.
Terrace – to front of house with table and chairs.
Parking – room for 5 cars in shared car park with shared electric car charger.

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The Lay of the Land

The Owl's Barn is deep in wilds yet mere moments from a clutch of cutesy Cotswolds villages, the Thames Path walking trails and stunning spires of Oxford. Naturally, there are plenty of country pubs to hunker down in, and several within a flat easy walk. You can cycle through the Nature Reserve (v safe for the kids), up and over The Thames and explore the south side of the river or wind your way northwards towards Burford and beyond.

On our doorstep is Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve with much to see whatever the seasons; in spring and summer the wildflowers bloom through the lush meadows and woodlands, while ancient water meadows naturally flood through autumn and winter changing the vision completely. Bird hides abound, with lots of information of what to see, our favourite is the newest thatched one to the west of us where the views are spectacular.

Places to explore

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Good Local Pubs

The Trout Pub at Tadpole Bridge is our nearest pub at just a 5-minute drive or a scenic walk away. Great for family drinks in the garden and access to the river. The Double Red Duke at Clanfield is locally renowned for its food – best book in advance!

Millets Farm Centre

Millets is well known within Oxfordshire for a great family day out, including a Farm Shop, Restaurants, Animal Walkway, Playbarn, Falconry Centre, Pick Your Own and more! Find out more here.

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Blenheim Palace

One of the most extraordinary and historic buildings in the world. A UNESCO world heritage site that is brimming with History. Take a tour of the extraordinary building, see its exhibitions, or enjoy roaming its gardens and landscape. Also home to extremely popular Christmas Markets.

On The River

Why not enjoy the Thames (which flows through the nature reserve) from on the water? (Don’t forget your license)! Paddleboards and kayaks can be hired at Ye Old Swan, Radcot, which is a 20-minute drive away if you don’t have your own or you can arrange a more luxurious boat trip (details here).

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Wychwood Brewery, Witney

Ideal for a fun, insightful tour and introduction to beer production, alternatively enjoy the shop for a treat to take home later. There’s always the option to sit in the sun and enjoy a drink with friends too.

On The Doorstep

The surrounding nature reserve is home to wildflower meadows and a variety of wildlife. You can explore the meadows on the various footpaths and bridlepaths which link up to the Thames bridlepath (for bikes and on foot) and wider path network. View the map here.

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Frequently asked questions

Questions about this property

Is the garden enclosed?

The Owl’s Barn has extensive grounds and private eating and seating areas, but the garden is not enclosed.

Is there a BBQ?

Yes, there is a BBQ on the terraced area to the rear of the barn. Please bring your own charcoal and firelighters.

Can we walk to a pub?

Yes, there are some beautiful walks along the Thames to local pubs. Please see the Local Information and Things to Do sections of the website for more information.

What Wi-Fi speed can I expect?

The Wi-Fi is fibre and depending on how many people are connected to the network you can expect speeds of over 200Mbps. There is a network that covers all three properties at Chimney as well as individual ones for each property at Chimney. When in the property you may find that connecting to the Owl network is faster than the general network. The password is the same for both. Most devices should get a good signal in and around the property.

Can we charge our car?

There is an electric car charger in the parking area at Chimney which is shared between the three Barns and is free to use.

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