About this listing
Our bright and airy studio apartment has been described as 'a peace of heaven' by our guests. Its well fitted kitchen, great rain shower and exceptionally comfortable bed makes your stay wonderful. An exceptional stay in a beautiful village!
The property is a studio apartment situated above our garage. The property has a shower room with hand basin and toilet,the shower is modern and has a rain shower facility. Shampoo and conditioner is provided and some little extras for those who have run short or have forgotten personal items. There is a fully fitted and equipped modern kitchen in the main room. Sheets and towels are included. There is a TV and DVD player in the room along with a cd player and an iphone/ipod docking station attached to the clock radio.
The picturesque village of Barnwell is nicely situated being close to the historic town of Oundle and within easy travel to the cities of Peterborough, Northampton, Corby, and Cambridge. The nearest train stations are in Peterborough, Kettering and in Huntingdon. Buses can be taken from there to Oundle and then there is a four mile taxi journey from there, or pickup can be arranged on request for a small fee.
Our local public house has a restaurant at the rear and along with many other establishments in the local villages offer good food and a friendly atmosphere. For the connoisseur of fine foods the Talbot hotel and Oundle Mill offers a good dining experience.
Barnwell is very pretty and known for its links to the royal family as Barnwell Castle is owned by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. The Village has its own shop, public house, church and stream that runs through the center of the village There are bridleways and walking tracks woven into Barnwell and throughout the local area.
Barnwell Country Park is a beautiful and tranquil place to visit offering kayak hire for a trip down the river or an enjoyable and tranquil cycle ride through down the country roads and tracks, both Kayaks and bicycles are available to hire from Trek Kits in Oundle.
Burghley House is just a 20 minute car journey away, the historic house is open to the public during the spring and summer months. The annual horse trials are held there in September.
Rutland Water is also a lovely place to visit for walkers or cyclists or anyone wanting to experience the water sports offered there.
Water sport enthusiasts are spoiled for choice in this area as there is also Tallington lakes and Ferry Meadows (Peterborough) where you can hire sailing dinghies and wind surfers. Ferry meadows has an old fashioned steam train that is operating during the spring and summer for those who wish to take a nostalgic step back in time. Horse riding is available from a riding establishment close to Ferry meadows.
Elton Hall is 10 minutes car journey from Barnwell, they host music festivals and events throughout the year. We are also close to the music festival held at Abbots Ripton in July each year called the Secret Garden Party.
All in all the area hosts a huge variety of events and facilities for the outgoing visitor, alternatively those who wish to just relax and take a saunter through a beautiful and ancient village will be able to enjoy a stay here in Barnwell.
We hope to see you soon!
The apartment is self contained however in the summer guests can enjoy the garden, sit under the weeping cherry tree in the shade or out in the sunshine on the wicker twin seat at the front of our gated property which is very private.
Interaction with Guests
We have an easy approach to interaction with guests, everyone is different some people like to be private some like to have an involvement with us. We have had guests where we see them very little and others who have had dinner with us or drinks in the garden we are basically guided by what our guests want out of their stay and of course what our daily lives dictate.
Barnwell is a historic, quaint and stunningly beautiful village, set in the Nothamptonshire countryside of rolling hills. We have a stream that runs through the village that enhances the relaxing feel to it. The surrounding area has multiple villages of similar size and beauty all situated within easy reach of the local town of Oundle. Visit the Talbot hotel with the famous staircase that Mary queen of scots walked down and Fotheringhay Castle where she was beheaded to name just a couple of interesting points.
It is more convenient for guests if they have their own transport however we have hosted guests who have not come with a car and we have run them into Oundle so that they can catch the bus or taken them to restaurants in the evening, we are here to please and try to help wherever we can.
Other Things to Note
We do have two dogs at our home who are friendly so we prefer animal lovers but for those who do not want to be around dogs we will keep them out of your way.
There is an electric gate for entry to the property so it is very secure however you are able to get in and out as you are handed a gate key for easy use until you leave the property. We have BT infinity super fast broadband installed wirelessly to the main house although we do seem to have a signal issue to reach the guest apartment. However there is seating facility outside next to our office in nice weather. Should guests desperately need internet facility from the accommodation a commercial BT site is accessible for £5.00 per day (direct with them).
Washing of clothes can be done by the hosts if requested for a fee for anyone staying long enough who has the need.
No smoking allowed
no pets catered for
You may use the dvd's that are there provided that you put them back in the cases when you are finished watching them.
Please do not wear footwear that will damage the floor such as high heals. Anything that is in the fridge to drink or eat is for you to use or not at your discretion.
Guests are not allowed visitors unless prior arrangements are made.
Please be respectful of the property.
There is a list of rules inside the property which we would respectfully ask you to read and try to comply with, they are not unreasonable and simple but helps us to be environmentally friendly.