The Byre at Quercus Bluff is a unique holiday cottage that has been created by its craftsman owner to provide a peaceful rustic retreat in the heart of the South Cotswolds countryside.
The Byre is approached via a long unmade track which leads down hill from the outskirts of Painswick to the peaceful pastures of Quercus Bluff farmstead. The former cow byre and adjoining barn (now the owners home) have been imaginatively converted using locally sourced materials, including felled oak from the farms woodland for the doors, window frames and roof timbers, and reclaimed flagstones from Sheepscombe Church for the floor .The hand crafted buildings have been featured in Grand Designs magazine (June 2004), as well as English Country Interiors and The New Country Style England books. It also features in Continental publications - click here to view Pauline Joostens beautiful photographs.
Three bedrooms and a vaulted living room are simply furnished with hand-crafted and rustic items, and all the rooms overlook the garden and valley beyond.
This is a place of peaceful solitude and privacy, a chance to enjoy the slower pace of life of a bygone age.
The living room has magnificent oak beams cut from trees found on the farm, and a long dining table carved from a huge oak tree by the owner, David Murray, a skilled carpenter and member of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen. (View Davids website at www.davidmurraydesigns.com ) At one end of the room is a kitchen equipped in traditional style with an Aga, a Dutch airer, and a stone sink, while squashy armchairs are arranged around a wood burning stove.
Two double bedrooms, and a third room with bunk beds, provide for up to 6 adults or family. The rooms are simply furnished, and all have uninterrupted views over the valley. A quirky shower room has a stone trough as a shower tray.
Double doors from the living room open onto the sheltered terrace with far-reaching views over the countryside. The fully enclosed garden is private and secluded, and is a perfect escape from the pressures of modern life. Cattle often graze the field beyond the garden, and buzzards may be seen soaring over the valley.
In the lower meadow is a wonderful picnic and camping area, with hand-crafted wooden furniture, a shallow pond which is home to ducks and dragon flies - and even an earth closet or long drop!
A quirky shower room has a stone trough as a shower tray.
kitchen equipped in traditional style with an Aga, a Dutch airer, and a stone sink, while squashy armchairs are arranged around a wood burning stove.
Other facility notes:
We have a table tennis table and board games. We also have fifty acres to play in!
Although we are surrounded by fields, the village of Painswick is a 20 minute walk and there is a bus service 10 minutes from here to reach Stroud or Cheltenham where there are rail links to London and elsewhere.
Byre at Quercus Bluff will appeal to those seeking an organic holiday in a quiet rustic retreat, with free range eggs and home grown vegetables available according to the season. The approach drive is steep and bumpy, but perfectly passable in an ordinary family car. Once you have settled into this secluded safe-haven all you will hear is the wind in the trees and the cows munching around the house.
But for those who want to explore the local area, there is much to see:
In Painswick (1 mile) the churchyard features 99 curiously trimmed yew trees and the largest collection of fine table tombs in the country. Pubs, restaurants, and an award winning deli offer refreshment, and the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen gallery (which includes some of David Murrays wood craftsmanship) showcases some of the areas talent.
A popular Farmers Market takes place in Stroud (3 miles) every Saturday, and an artists Open Studio event is held every Spring. Why not also visit Woodruffs Organic Cafe
Footpaths and bridleways, including the Cotswold Way long distance national trail, pass close by, providing outstanding views of unspoilt countryside.
Parking places 5
Bedroom(Double bed), Bedroom(Double bed), Bedroom(2x Bunk bed), Bathroom, TV, hearth, DVD player, CD player, stereo, Aga, microwave, dishwasher, fridge freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, patio, garden, garden furniture, parking, safety deposit box, high chair
Property facilitiesPets allowed
Number of bedrooms 3
Number of bathrooms 1
Number of seats in the living room: 6
Number of seats in the dining room: 8
Costs on siteDeposit: (£ 100 (The deposit needs to be paid to the account of the home owner, 1 week prior to your arrival. The home owner will contact you for this))
Distancescity (Painswick) 1 km
Grocery shop (Stroud) 1.9 km
Grocery shop (Londis/deli/chemist) 1 km
public transport (national rail station) 4.8 km
public transport (stagecoach bus service) 4.8 km