The Granary was a lovely venue for my wife's 60th birthday with our family. The 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms were ample for the 6.5 of us. We enjoyed our evening dip in the hot tub watching the sun go down. We all went to the food festival at Alcester, which is a lovely old town with plenty of stalls to peruse. In the afternoon the men in the family went to the Purity brewery for their tour and tasting. Also close by is Stratford upon Avon which also had a market day. Here we went to the butterfly farm, which I believe is now one of the largest in the UK. It was lovely, the sunshine ensured the butterfly's were very active. The highlight of the trip was the hot air balloons rising from the Midland airshow at Ragley Hall, we could see them go up from the Granary and not pay a penny.
We stayed for for 3 days over the bank holifay weekend. We had a lovely relaxing weekend.
The house was beautiful. With high standard fittings.
If you are after a quiet peaceful stay.. stay here!!
The children loved collecting eggs from the chicken coup, playing with the sheep. The tree swing was in constant use and the girls spent most of their time on the swing.
It was so nice talking to Sue and Wayne. They really made us feel welcome. They live next doors.
Thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay at Oaks Barn Farm. Location was excellent for a wedding we attended at Ragley Hall. Wayne and Sue were excellent hosts and really took their time to show us around their farm and my 2 year old daughter was over the moon as discovering the lambs and the big yellow tractor. Highly recommend!
Myself, hubby and our two children aged 10 and 12 stayed in The Granary for three nights over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
It's in a great location within very easy reach of Stratford upon Avon (about 20 minutes easy drive away), and many other towns and tourist attractions. I don't get on well with small country single-track lanes, and I can reassure anyone reading that this is certainly not the case here - it's on a proper road with easy access to anywhere you could wish to travel to!
We were warmly welcomed by Wayne, who showed us around the property, and Sue was also really helpful and friendly during our stay. You do feel like valued guests.
The Granary itself is attractive, clean and spacious, and makes good use of the barn’s original features. There are three bedrooms, all with king size beds, and a shower room and toilet on both floors. We slept downstairs, and our children had a bedroom each upstairs. I'd say the best bedroom, should you wish to nab it first, is the one to the right of the top of the stairs, as it has its own balcony overlooking farmland. The one to the left is also very spacious, and has an outside staircase leading up to it - but that door can only be opened and the staircase used if you have rented the Coach House as well, as otherwise it overlooks your neighbours' living and bedroom areas. The door has frosted glass so it's fine to pull back the curtain though. The downstairs bedroom is nice too. All bedrooms have TVs but we didn't try these.
The shower room downstairs is the main one, as the shower there is very spacious, so we didn't try the smaller one on the top floor.
The kitchen is solid and good quality, and we found everything we needed. The fridge and freezer are a good size. The only thing we really missed was a dishwasher! There isn't a washing machine, and we didn't need one during our short stay, but at a small cost they can do washing for you.
The kitchen is open plan with the dining and sitting areas. We managed with the sitting area as a family of four, but if there was six of you, some of you would need to sit at the dining room table chairs when gathering there. We didn't turn on the TV while there, but we noticed there were plenty of DVDs to borrow - and also books and board games.
Info on the local area's attractions is in the drawers under the bookcase.
We absolutely loved the animals and the play area! Special mention here for Jimmy, the calm, patient and lovely farm dog! Also for Jess the very friendly cat, who was happy to come into our cottage for a visit! We loved seeing the herd of sheep (27 if I counted correctly) in their lovely big field - and found that sheep do have their own personalities! We loved stroking the friendly ones, who trotted up to us when we approached. They looked all grown up but many would have been lambs in the spring so that must be a lovely time to stay. There is a rooster with his four beautiful hens, and you can lift the back of the coop to collect lovely freshly-laid eggs! We didn't take any, as we were only staying a short time, but if you are staying long enough to collect six there is an honesty box at the farm produce stall. There were also two pigs when we stayed, also very friendly, who will devour any leftovers you give them in seconds!
There is a little play area, with a slide and, most importantly for my 10 year old swing-mad daughter, a tyre swing, hanging off a lovely oak tree. Next to this is the farm’s little stall of their own produce, where I bought some delicious onion chutney, redcurrant and mint jelly, and some gooseberry jam and jelly. I haven't tried the gooseberry ones yet but can vouch that the others are superb - grab some if they are available! This is also paid for in the honesty box.
In a gated orchard area is a box containing things like racquets and balls, cricket equipment, skipping ropes and so on, to borrow. The orchard was beautiful at the time of year we visited, with lovely trees full of shiny red apples, pears and damsons. The apples tasted exactly as apples used to when I was a child!
We paid extra to be able to use the hot tub during our stay, which was lovely, warm and spacious, and within easy reach of the front door.
Also on our spacious patio were a BBQ, fire pit, tables and chairs. If you are particularly after a property with a lawned area instead, you might consider the Coach House next door.
One thing that wasn't so great was the Wi-Fi, which I understand is a longstanding issue with the cable connections in the local area, rather than being a fault at the farm. We did end up having to buy 'bolt-ons' to our phones to provide the amount of data to the iPads that was required, as our children like watching You Tube videos and playing games when not out and about! I think we would just factor this cost in to the holiday if staying next time. I think you would be fine if just needing to use it to look up info and check emails. However, our holiday was short and if staying longer our children would have been more likely to watch TV, read, watch DVDs or play board games while in the property rather than using the internet.
We did all our shopping at the pleasant Waitrose in Alcester, just a few minutes away, but there are Tesco's and suchlike also within reasonable distance. There isn't a 'welcome pack' of things like tea, coffee, milk, butter, bread and so on, which we've always found on arrival at other stays like this, and that would have been really welcome after our journey, though I did find some teabags in a cupboard that tided my caffeine levels over! Therefore I'd recommend getting anything you would like on arrival en route, then going off to do a bigger shop once settled in.
During our short stay we visited the lovely Coughton Court (National Trust) just a few minutes’ drive away. We would have visited Ragley Hall, also very close by, but they had a camping and music festival across the entire bank holiday weekend, and as that wasn't our thing, and you couldn't visit the house and gardens normally, we didn't go - but I think it is probably an excellent place to visit otherwise, so check their events before you book if you particularly have Ragley in mind. We spent two evenings visiting Stratford upon Avon, eating out, walking along the river and seeing the historic buildings - it's a lovely town. It's easy to park in the evenings there but I suspect may be harder in the day - but there is a park and ride within an easy drive.
There are so many places to visit within an easy drive of Oaks Barn Farm that it makes an ideal base.
We had a good stay and would certainly consider staying again, particularly as it is so central to lots of good places to visit, and is a lovely calm place to come back to!
A lovely time spent at Oaks Barn Farm with the family. Relaxing environment and attentive hosts. Our accommodation was outstanding, situated within perfectly tranquil surroundings. Our 12 year old son had the opportunity to help Wayne around the farm. My wife and I on the other hand languished within the hot tub. To anyone who is thinking of staying at Oaks Barn Farm, we highly recommend it.
This is the second time we have stayed at Oaks Barn Farm and we will most certainly return. The location is perfect for our needs and the accommodations in both units are very comfortable and well maintained. Wayne and Sue are the perfect hosts and are more than willing to share their knowledge and include you in the farm happenings! If you love the countryside, you will love this place.
Beautiful location. Lovely farm animals. Everything was superb; good beds, good shower, good furniture, etc.
Only the WiFi was not that strong, but who needs internet when there is so much to see. Too bad for us the host and hostess were on a honeymoon (lucky for them ^_^) so we couldn't do the air rifle shooting. This means we have to go back next year.