We booked a week's stay here for myself, my husband and our two teenage daughters. We wanted somewhere cosy to stay where we could snuggle up around a fire to drink wine, chat, play games etc, and this turned out to be the perfect venue. Its a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for with top spec facilities provided. Its ideally placed for visits to National Trust properties around (we managed 4 over consecutive days!), beautiful towns and villages, and good walks. My husband walked from the cottage to nearby Hook Norton Brewery for a tour and sampling-I picked him up afterwards!!! If you're after peace and quiet in an extremely comfortable and well located setting, this is it!
These are some of the best self-catering cottages I've ever stayed at. The owners were really nice to us, and the place was absolutely spotless. Everything that was provided was of top notch quality, and we really appreciated the comprehensive kitchen. We stayed in the 'Cobnut' cottage, which overlooks a grassy paddock with a few sheep, goats, and a very cheeky duck. The owners also went above and beyond by going out at the last minute and purchasing a shower seat for my mother who has difficulties showering while standing up.
The grounds are great for rambling and exploring - there's a vegetable patch, a fruit orchard, and a woods proper if you like that sort of thing. The owners also provided a comprehensive list of pubs and restaurants in the area which came in really handy - we highly recommend the Mason's Arms which is just 2 minutes from the cottages. All in all - a fantastic experience!
Let me kick-off by saying this was our second visit to Heath Farm. We stayed the same week in July 2016 and loved it so much that we rebooked for 2017 the week we returned home. And if that doesn’t convince you, we’ve also booked for 2018. During this stay we met up with a Dutch couple who were enjoying their sixth visit to Heath Farm!
Where to start?
Heath Farm consists of five cottages; Beechnut, Hazelnut, Chestnut, Walnut and Cobnut. As there were four of us, my wife and I and our daughter and son-in-law, we stayed in Cobnut as it is one of the two cottages that sleep 4.
Heath Farm, as the name suggests, was originally a working farm but has since been converted to a small holiday cottage complex. Some of the other farm buildings are being made good use of by local small industries that in no way intrude on the holiday feel of the place. If memory serves me well there are about 100 acres of land adjoining the cottages that are well worth exploring especially if you are interested in local flora and fauna but I would recommend stout walking shoes.
Everything about Heath Farm is quite simply stunning. The cottage interior is beautifully furnished and Cobnut has the advantage of a lovely view from the dining area across the meadow and down to the lake. One of the bedrooms has a similar view while the other looks out onto the courtyard that features a delightful cascading water feature. Unusually there is large log fire (other places we’ve visited have log burners) that requires lighting at least once even if the weather is warm – a lovely way to spend an evening.
Beside the view, the dining area is very spacious and features a large oak(?) table and six chairs and is just off from a well-equipped kitchen. Also, downstairs is a small wash/utility room that then leads to an additional toilet. Up the beautiful wooden staircase are the two en suite bedrooms, both large; the beds can be as singles or (very) large doubles. As a city dweller, I really appreciated how quiet and dark it is at night.
At the bottom of the courtyard is an arch that overlooks the meadow and lake and provides the most spectacular sunsets (weather permitting) and is a great place to spend an evening with a glass of wine or three!
Heath Farm is in the Cotswolds and is an ideal location for exploring the area. This year we had a tour of the Wychwood brewery (home of Hobgoblin), a day in Strafford (very busy) and a day each at Stowe and Hidcote, both National Trust properties that I cannot recommend highly enough. We also spent many hours exploring the extensive grounds.
Holidays, in part, rely on good weather but if you’re unfortunate and the rain clouds roll in you will still enjoy “staying in”. A largish TV is provided along with many books and games and of course you can just curl up in front of the log fire.
David and Nena have done a superb job with Heath Farm for which we are very thankful. July 2018 is still a long time away but it will I’m sure be one of the highlights of our year.
Everything about Heath Farm and its rentals is wonderful from out standpoint. We love the surrounding area and all it has to offer.