John’s Barn

Romsey, Hampshire
+44 (0)1794 323323

Come for a good old-fashioned family holiday: woodland walks, games, and plenty of fresh air. Relax outside while the kids burn off energy


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Set in 50 acres on the edge of the New Forest, in a clearing a mile or so up a track, stands John’s striking barn, all black wood panels, red pantiles and glorious glass in one gable end. Surrounded by grass, woodland and birdsong, it’s a recent conversion of John’s workshop and tractor store. He and his wife Bobbie live next door and are usually on hand to welcome you. Bring the family or come with friends; space is no issue in the sitting room and dining area, which open to the tiled hallway and smart kitchen. One bedroom is downstairs, with wet room (easy access), and two more, with shared bathroom, are on the mezzanine, from where the master looks down into the living area. Neutral shades are punctuated by accents of colour in cushions, curtains and throws. Curl up in front of the stove (logs provided), play board games, go pond dipping, or cycle the riverside paths (some bikes available). The enclosed garden is laid to lawn and there’s a wooden play fort for children to enjoy near the barn. Pubs and a shop are in nearby Wellow, Romsey’s just four miles away, and Marwell Zoo and Salisbury are within reach. 


  • 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 2pm
Check out
10 am, please get in touch for late check out
Booking restrictions
Cot available on request.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants 2 miles away.


Nightly price
from £180
Weekly price
from £1200
1 Barn for 6
From £1803 bedrooms


John Barn is the most amazing place to stay. Clean beyond doubt! Beautiful, peaceful, idyllic. A must for everyone.. the owners are amazing people and very kind. Set in 50 acres of woodland it’s a dream. The New Forest is amazing as are the people. It’s extremely dog friendly and there’s just so much to see and do. We will definitely be returning to Johns Barn. It’s somewhere for most that only dreams are made of. If you love the country and the peace and nature this is where it is with the deer and wildlife on your doorstep!

Anita, Essex

Welcoming hosts who made every effort to ensure that the stay was a positive experience. Modern property equipped to a high spec. and with lots of little touches such as food to feed the fish, a private play area and toys for the kids and a welcome pack of food and drink for the grown ups.

Glenn, Rugby

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Bobbie Middleton

  • John's Barn is set in ancient woodland where wildlife abounds and deer nibble in the nearby fields. The woods are a haven for birds, squirrels and bunnies. The lake is stocked with friendly carp that can be fed or fished and at dusk badgers can be spotted.
  • Children will love the freedom of exploring the private woodlands, fields, river and lake. There are dens to be built, paths to be cycled and adventures to be had! The garden surrounding the barn is fenced in so children and dogs can play safely.
  • For sporting enthusiasts there is the new forest just a 5 min drive away. You can explore the forest by cycle, on horse back or on foot. There are many lovely pubs to be discovered and John and Bobbie will share their best kept secrets.
  • Eat at home, BBQ on the terrace or venture afield to some of the local eateries. The nearby town of Stockbridge is a foodie haven including a Michelin restaurant and the nearby market town of Romsey offers an abundance of restaurants.
  • The popular Peppa Pig World is just 5 minutes away, Moors Valley country park with its 'Go-Ape' is great for a day trip. The blackboard in the barn is filled with John and Bobbie's top tips for a day out. Jurassic coast just an hour's drive away away.
  • Historic attractions include Stonehenge, the cathedral towns of Winchester and Salisbury, and the historic Portsmouth dockyard, home to HMS Victory and the Mary Rose. Bucklers Hard in the forest and stately homes such as Beaulieu Abbey are worth a visit.