Foxham Boutique Barn

Chippenham Wiltshire, United Kingdom Book from Book from £275 per night

A secluded barn conversion in rural Wiltshire (sleeps 4-5) on a conservation farm with a private lake for wild swimming
Rural escapes don't get much more life-affirming than this. Occupying a sumptuous slice of Wiltshire countryside, Foxham Boutique Barn sits among 200 acres of peaceful meadow and woodland. There's an orchard that supplies apples for pressed juice, a raised lawn area and lush courtyard garden for soaking up the sunshine, four kilometres of walking paths, and even a private little lake with a jetty and rowing boat. It's the ultimate place for holing up with a loved one or escaping with the kids.

This former tractor barn is now a beguiling blend of old and new with antiques and thrift shop finds including a 1970s stereo juxtaposed with modern features like bi-folding doors and underfloor heating. There's two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a modern well-conceived kitchen and a light-filled living-dining room with views out onto the garden. Head out on countryside walks or visit nearby historic sites like Avebury Henge, then return for barbecues on the terrace, sundowners in the stone folly with its fireplace, cosy evenings playing chess by the piano. Shared only with the farmhouse and its owners, this vast private conservation farm is yours to enjoy; it couldn't be a more wondrous place to hide away.
Covid-19 update: some services and facilities may be changed as a result of Coronavirus measures.

Highs

  • Just under 200 acres of private woodland, meadows and walking trails on your doorstep
  • Exclusive use of the farm's private lake and jetty (wild swimming permitted), plus a dedicated rowing boat, a woodland camp with fire pit and playhouse, and the stone folly with fireplace
  • Wall-to-wall sliding doors make it perfect for indoor/outdoor living in the warmer months
  • There is easily a week's worth of things to do within a 30-minute drive
  • Delightful helpful owners, who are passionate about managing their land for nature

Lows

  • The best things to do nearby are outdoors, so make sure you have wellies and coats packed for anything but a summer visit
  • Nowhere to eat within walking distance, but the pub is only a five minute drive away
  • It's not the best place to visit without a car
  • For those with allergies note there's a friendly dog and a cat on property

Best time to go

The barn is great all year round. Come in spring to see the stunning display of native bluebells, cowslips and buttercups in bloom, summer to make the most of the wild swimming, autumn for woodland colours, or winter for cosy evenings in.

Our top tips

Although in a quiet undiscovered corner of the West Country, the barn is equidistant from lots of sights within an easy 30-minute drive such as Avebury, Bath and Longleat. If you can tear yourself away from the wonderful 200-acre estate that is.... As we utterly failed to do... Bring music for the piano, swimming gear for the lake, wellies for the woods, and marshmallows for the woodland camp!

Great for...

Eco
Family
Great Outdoors
  • Barn Rental
  • 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4-5)
  • Self-catering
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room:

Rooms

Every element of this architecturally-intriguing barn is beautifully finished. The decor combines antiques, botanical wallpaper and pastel tones without feeling cluttered. Pleasingly, furniture has been sourced from the local hospice shop including a piano (sheet music supplied) and vintage stereo. Floor-to-ceiling windows and doors in both the bedrooms and living space allow the light to pour in.

The barn has two bedrooms, which can be set up as doubles or twins. The downstairs bedroom offers easy wheelchair access, while the upstairs bedroom has its own private terrace overlooking the bluebell woods. Each has its own bathroom featuring either a free-standing bath or a walk-in rain shower.

The bright living/dining space has an eclectic modern vibe with its painted breezeblocks, Persian rug and metal beams. Bi-folding doors open out onto the courtyard and adjoining lawn. There's also a laundry room plus an outdoor hose for muddy wellies or cleaning up after wild swimming.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Dishwasher
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Tumble dryer
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

The spotless modern country kitchen is well equipped with an oven, hob, fridge-freezer, blender and dishwasher. Basic essentials like tea, coffee and milk are provided. You'll find a generous welcome basket on the table which includes home-pressed apple juice and a bottle of wine for booking through i-escape. Arrangements can be made if you'd like to do an online shop beforehand.

Eat at the vintage dining room table (sits 6-8), which opens up into the courtyard, or bring food so you can dine beside the lake or in the folly - very romantic! There's also a barbecue for alfresco summer dinners, or toast marshmallows at the woodland camp.

Foxham Inn in the village is only a mile and a half away and offers decent pub food and caters well for anyone with allergies or specific dietary requirements. There's a farm shop in Dauntsey, and a supermarket in Calne.

If exploring the Wiltshire countryside, you'll stumble across plenty of good country pubs. Grassroots village pub The Dumb Post Inn at Bremhill (10 min drive) has hearty food and a good view from its garden. The George at Rowde is walking distance to the Kennet and Avon Canal. If dining out, there are plenty of restaurants in Tetbury, Marlborough, Malmesbury and Chippenham to choose from.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Dishwasher
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • You're in a conservation farm of 200 acres of ancient woodland and meadows, perfect for family ramblings. There are maps on lanyards to take with you when exploring
  • On warmer days, go wild swimming in the lake or take out the rowing boat
  • Chill out in the peaceful classical-styled Stone Folly, with its incredible vistas along three long rides, and classical fireplace with table and chairs
  • Or take a short walk to the Woodland Camp in bluebell woods which has a Playhouse for kids and a fire pit for toasting marshmallows
  • Bowood House and Gardens are great for days with unpredictable weather. Explore one of the best preserved examples of a ‘Capability’ Brown garden and look inside the Georgian house boasting over 300 years of antiques and artwork. Indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds will keep kids entertained
  • Longleat has a famed safari park
  • The National Trust’s Lacock Abbey is a country house with monastic roots, once home to William Henry Fox Talbot, inventor of the photographic negative
  • The Neolithic sites at Avebury are less than 30 mins away and you might spot the Cherhill White Horse at Oldbury Castle on the way
  • Westonbirt Arboretum is the perfect place for walks, especially in autumn for the colours. You can spot over 2500 species in the canopy on the STIHL Treetop Walkway
  • Classic Cotswolds town Tetbury offers antiques, restaurants and boutiques including the Highgrove Shop
  • Drive to the Cotswold Water Park for water-based activities
  • Historic Bath has shopping, architecture, the Romans and Christmas markets

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife

Kids

This is a great place for families as we can attest. The vast woodland and meadows are ideal for hide and seek or building dens, swinging on the tyre or kicking a ball on the lawn, and swimming in the lake is great fun for all ages. There are games and a big TV if the great British weather sets in. There's a baby cot and a high chair to borrow if needed at no extra cost. A single mattress can be set up for a third child on request.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Both bedrooms can be setup as doubles or twins; our kids were in the downstairs bedroom as a twin, which worked well.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cot
  • High chair

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities on site:

  • Wild swimming
  • Woodland to play in
  • Woodland camp
  • Resident pets including a friendly labrador and a tabby cat
  • Sheep and chickens to greet
  • TV with satellite channels and Netflix
  • Board games and chess set
  • Wildlife to spot (deer, badger, hare, birds)

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Westonbirt Aboretum
  • Avebury Henge
  • Activities at Cotswold Water Park
  • Bowood House and Gardens

Families Should Know:

The lake is not fenced - children must be supervised at all times when nearby. There is a small rowboat to borrow at your own risk. The surrounding farmland is home to sheep and, at times, pregnant ewes and lambs. Please be considerate around the animals.

Distances:

  • Airport: 1-hour drive
  • Hospital: 30-minute drive
  • Supermarket: 7-minute drive
Kid Friendly:

Location

Foxham Boutique Barn is set on a farm near the small village of Foxham, Wiltshire.

By Car:
The barn is 40 minutes' drive from Bristol and approximately two hours from London. The nearest town is Chippenham. There's private parking at the barn for two cars. If you want to hire a car, see our recommendations.

By Train:
The nearest station, Chippenham, is on the Paddington – Penzance line. There's a taxi rank in front of the station, and it's a 25-minute journey to the barn from there.

By Air:
Bristol is one hour away; London Heathrow is 1.5 hours.

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Bristol 63.0 km
  • London Heathrow 126.0 km

Other:

  • Beach 84.0 km
  • Shops 4.5 km
  • Restaurant 2.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
10/10
Overall


Foxham barn is a wonderful antidote to city life. The Barn is extremely comfortable, it had everything we needed. The star is the amazing setting, acres of glorious woodland and meadows, it was even warm enough to enjoy swimming in the lake. We came with two teenagers who loved it too. Our stay at Foxham Barn was the highlight of the summer. Thanks to the owners Alex and Owen who have created this magical place – we will be back.

10/10,

A beautiful, well-appointed barn in a magical setting. The owners, Owen and Alex, care deeply about the environment and it shines through in the environment they have created. The barn was comfortable and tastefully decorated, with everything we needed - including our two young children. We enjoyed romping through the private woodland, rowing on the lake and taking our toddler's tea and our G&Ts up to The Folly. A truly idyllic and restorative escape. We have already recommended a stay to family and friends and hope to be back in the years to come.

10/10,

This place, 5 stars all round for everything!

10/10,

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