Old Dairy Barn

Bathford, Bath & N.E. Somerset

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


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

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


  • 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


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


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

& pricing

Booking information

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


Nightly price
from £120
Weekly price
from £829
Damage deposit
Dogs £25 for 3 nights, then £10 per night. Reduced rates for longer stays.
1 House for 4
From £1203 beds2 bedrooms


A lovely peaceful place with charm and a helpful host. We shall return x

Nicky, Richmond upon Thames

Fabulous place. Beautifully decorated and very peaceful spot with easy access to Bath. Lovely walk along the tow path to Bath and regular bus. The only suggestion for improvement would be to provide some fresh milk and maybe a welcome pastry or biscuits or something but the village shop was very useful!

Isobel, St. Albans

Wonderful stay at The Old Dairy Barn. Our host Maggie was very welcoming and helpful and the location is ideal for visiting Bath and surrounding attractions. The accommodation was very clean and Beautifully designed with nice touches/features. We had a very comfortable stay and would definitely visit again if in the area.

Joanna, Chichester

Perfect. Delightfully quiet and secluded, completely comfortable, Maggie has thought of everything and is immensely friendly and helpful with local knowledge. Very easy journey into Bath city centre. We have booked multiple returns!

Caroline, London

Lovely, comfortable accommodation, stunning bedroom views - just had to get up early to watch day breaking over the hills. Good location and great house owner who made us and our dog very welcome!

Jacqueline, London

The Old Dairy Barn is an ideal base from which to explore Bath and the beautiful countryside surrounding it. Bathford itself is charming with walks from the door, a village pub and a brilliant well stocked community shop and cafe.There are also several National Trust properties nearby and river and canal side walks. We were very comfortable in the barn. The small courtyard garden at the back is a sun trap and a lovely private area. The open plan living area was spacious and practical. Upstairs there is a panoramic view from the main bedroom. A relaxing break!

Karen, King’s Lynn

We only wish we'd been able to stay longer! What a special place - so peaceful, yet close to Bath city centre, accessed via a stroll along the Kennett and Avon canal. The views from the bedroom window made getting up early easy: pink mist with birdsong. We hope to be back soon.

Gayle, Chelttenham

We had a wonderful stay at the Old Dairy Barn. It was both spacious and cosy at the same time and the views over the local church and hills behind were lovely. Maggie was a great host and helped us with walk suggestions which worked for our children. We all enjoyed chatting with her and meeting her dog! The village is good for families with quick access to the countryside, a pub, shop and sweet playground. And it is in a perfect place to explore Bath and the local area. We'd wholeheartedly recommend a stay there.

Jessica, London

The Old Dairy is a cosy cottage on a quiet lane just a short drive to the centre of Bath. The views from the master bedroom are wonderful overlooking the local church, with Bath in the distance.The property was well equipped and had everything we needed(including 3 Jane Austin DVDs)and was spotlessly clean and tidy. Communication with our host was excellent before and throughout our stay and made us feel very welcome. We loved the small courtyard to sit and have a coffee. All in all, we had a delightful Staycation!

Sophie, Bury

Fantastic accommodation and location, thank you!

Emily, Bristol

A beautiful quaint and cosy cottage, ideally located for Bath and with stunning views. Maggie was very welcoming. Would heartily recommend.

Karen, Gravesend

Maggie’s cottage is a lovely converted barn with a great view over Bathford churchyard and the city of Bath. Bathford is a very peaceful village and great for walks from the cottage and close enough to explore Bath and the surrounding countryside. The cottage had everything we needed and is tastefully and beautifully furnished. We would be happy to return for a longer break and would thoroughly recommend Maggie’s hospitality.

Fiona, Ashford

Absolutely beautiful barn in a lovely quiet village surrounded by countryside. Everything you would need home from home with an amazing view to wake up to. A nice stroll to the delightful village shop full of local delicious food. So handy for visiting Bath and surrounding area. Can't wait to come back. Maggie was a wonderful host so helpful and friendly.

Sandra, Coleraine

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

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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.



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.