Old Dairy Barn

Bathford, Bath & N.E. Somerset
Self-catering


Hideaway at the bottom of the garden with a little courtyard and far-reaching views; walk to the village pub or take a day trip to Bath

Bed

3 beds

Bedroom

2 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 4

The
Experience

Park in the lane, then walk down the side path to the end of the garden. Find a little courtyard with a table and chairs for catching the evening sun next to a stone barn that used to be a cart shed for the dairy.

Downstairs is open-plan with a wood-burner, upstairs has a pretty bedroom with views of the village church and beyond it, Bath. Lovely Maggie lives in the main house, and leaves you with fresh flowers, a basket of logs, tea, coffee and milk; she’ll fetch croissants from the village for breakfast and leave them outside your door if you like.

Walk into the village to the community shop, take a day trip to Bath, cool off in the river on hot days or just sit in the window seat and read or paint. The nearest pub for dinner, The Crown, is a short stroll away.

Views of Bath and the church next to the Old Dairy Barn in Bath, England

We think you'll love

  • The wonderful views from the bedroom
  • Walking from your door to the pub
  • Having your breakfast croissants dropped off by Maggie in the morning
Original stone staircase with comfortable sofa in Old Dairy Barn

You should know

  • The stairs are the original stone (not so suitable for very young children) and the twin bedroom is only accessible via the main room
  • You overlook Maggie's garden
  • You can only use the wood-burner in the evenings after 7pm

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Special offer: 4 nights for the price of 3 midweek Mon-Fri during October and November,making it only £90 per night! Subject to availability. Excludes half term week 28th Oct-1 Nov.

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. Pets by arrangement.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Pricing

Nightly price
from £105
Weekly price
from £735
Damage deposit
£0
Surcharges
Dogs £25 for 3 nights, then £10 per night. Reduced rates for longer stays.
1 House for 4
From £1053 beds2 bedrooms

Reviews

Lovely cottage in a small beautiful and quiet village. Good place for visiting the wonderfull area. We went with the boat to Bath and ate at the local pub. Wish we could have stayed longer.

Inge, Zutphen

Maggie's place is truly wonderful, the location is perfect (rural but with a nearby pub and central Bath only a short drive away) and the cottage is spacious (but cosy) boasting beautiful countryside views. Maggie was also a very welcoming and accommodating host, she surprised us with fresh croissants and even gave us an extra hour in bed before check-out! We hope to come and visit again soon.

Maya, London

This is a lovely cottage. If you are looking for proximity to Bath but a rural feel the Old Dairy is perfect. Maggie was a splendid host who went out of her way to make things comfortable for everyone, including our 15 month-old baby.

Sarah, London

We had a lovely Easter break at the old Dairy Barn, which was a great location not far from home to unwind. The Barn is lovely and cosy and in a great location for quick access to Bath and surrounding area. The view from the bedroom window is enough on its own, looking over to Salisbury Hill and the surrounding villages, wow! The walk along the canal into Bath is a must. Maggie is very friendly and welcoming and the Barn is beautifully appointed with everything you need. Many thanks Maggie.

Alina, Oxfordshire

The cottage was very cosy and perfect for our family break over Christmas- there was even a little a Christmas tree to make us welcome. Maggie was very accommodating with a stair gate and cot and even offered to collect breakfast pastries for us from the local shop. The cottage is ideally positioned for access to Bath and Bradford upon Avon as well as being in a lovely quiet village with pretty scenery.

Emma, Teddington

We had a truly wonderful stay in Maggie’s converted dairy. Everything about our stay was perfect. The accommodation was immaculate, really warm and cosy, and was beautifully appointed. Maggie was a lovely, warm and welcoming host. The view from the master bedroom was stunning overlooking the village church and Bath itself. The village itself is lovely and the residents were so friendly. The community shop was stocked with everything you needed with an adjoining cafe. The bus service into Bath was super. Absolutely no need to drive into Bath. Perfect in every way.

Margaret and john, Oxford

We spent a lovely weekend at Old Dairy Barn. The cottage was beautiful and very well equipped. It was also very warm on a sunny but chilly weekend in Bath! The views from the main bedroom are wonderful and we did some lovely dog walks around the village. Very easy to drive into Bath or get the bus. We’d love to return ! Thank you Maggie

Louisa, Leamington spa

We enjoyed a wonderful week in a lovely, cosy and comfortable setting within a canalside walk of Bath (albeit an hour's walk but an easy stroll). Old Dairy Barn has much to commend itself and is well worth a visit.

Andrew, Burford

We stayed at Old Dairy Barn in July 2018 and loved it all. Character, comfort, views, hidden away, private, easy trip in to Bath, fully equipped, scrupulously clean, we could go on. Maggie is the perfect host, friendly, helpful, and considerate. We also loved Bath, and this location was perfect to explore this region. If we ever get the chance to return, we will go straight back to Maggie's Stewart & Di from New Zealand

Stewart & dianne, Alexandra new zealand

We spent a three week´s holiday in this wonderful cottage. The house was well kept and excellently equipped. We appreciated the cosy atmosphere and the kind care by the owner. In particular we loved the marvellous view from the sunny upper storey down to the Church and the Avon valley. Bathford is a beautiful village with a fine pub . We could easily explore the countryside as well as the city of Bath, which is in easy reach by public transport. We also took advantage of wandering along the nearby Kennet & Avon Canal. So it was ideal for us to combine rural quietness and urban activity.

Hartmut, Lübeck, germany

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Location

The neighbourhood

Bathford is a proper village just outside Bath with a primary school, a church, a good pub and even a community-run shop which sells organic and local produce. You're at the conjunction of two rivers and there are lovely walks to be had, across fields and through the woods to Brown's Folly which has amazing views of Bath, or to the sweet village of Monkton Farleigh. Leave the car and get the bus into Bath city for the day - they go every 15 minutes and only take 15 minutes – or you can drive there in 10.

Local points of interest from Maggie

  • Nestled on the wooded slopes between Brown's Folly and the parish church. Great local pub with French cuisine, amazingly well stocked community shop with local organic produce and cafe, fresh croissants and pastries. Bus service to Bath every 15 minutes.
  • A 10 minute drive or brisk walk/bike ride from the Kennet and Avon Canal with its colourful narrowboats, cafes, canoe and cycle hire. Take the boat service from Bathampton Weir on the River Avon to explore the secret backwaters of Georgian Bath.
  • Explore the Bath skyline on foot, by bike, or even better see the city from the air in a hot air balloon. On a warm summer’s evening balloons rise across the valley and some even land on our doorstep in the fields around here.
  • Soak up some culture, in the museums, galleries and Georgian architecture of the Royal Crescent, The Circus, and Assembly Rooms. Visit the Holburne Museum, Fashion Museum, No 1 Royal Crescent. Take a free walking tour of the city to get your bearings.
  • The ancient Roman Baths in the city centre are seen at their most atmospheric and peaceful on late summer evenings by the light of flickering torches. You can bathe in the warm waters and book treatments at the new Thermae Bath Spa just opposite.
  • Just a stone’s throw away are the mellow Cotswold stone villages of Lacock, Castle Combe, and Corsham all famous locations for period dramas such as Pride and Prejudice, Downton Abbey, War Horse and more recently Poldark. The best places for a cream tea.

Introducing

Maggie

Maggie moved here 30 years ago with her artist husband Ron and their children, and at one time was the publicity officer for the Roman Baths so is a fount of local knowledge. The Old Dairy was Ron's studio and some of his prints still hang here. Maggie has turned it into a space for her to welcome guests – they love having people to stay and do house swaps with people from all over the world. Maggie loves the theatre and sometimes hosts actors from the Theatre Royal in Bath. She's also happy to arrange yoga/meditation/reflexology or reiki sessions. Or to babysit.