Waterhead Barn

Upper Swell, near Stow-on-the-Wold

At a glance

Large 6 bedroom luxury holiday home in the Cotswolds sleeps 12

Sleeps Sleeps 13
Bedrooms Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms Bathrooms 6
Fireplace/Wood Burner/Flame Effect Stove Fireplace/Wood Burner/Flame Effect Stove
Hot Tub Compatible Hot Tub Compatible
Off street parking Off street parking
Large groups Large groups
Family friendly Family friendly
Disabled access Disabled access
Non-smoking Non-smoking
Rural Rural
WiFi WiFi
Courtyard/Patio Courtyard/Patio
Business Events Business Events


Waterhead is a stunning barn conversion, located in a unique and rural spot, a two mile stroll from Stow-on-the-Wold and within easy reach of Oxford, Cheltenham, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and London. Careful attention has been paid to the original structure, with wooden beams left exposed throughout the interior, combined with a Farrow and Ball colour scheme and an abundance of contemporary finishes. The large family kitchen comes with an AGA, double electric oven, and single gas hob. The kitchen leads through to a huge open-plan living/dining/sitting area with two plasma TVs and a roaring Jetmaster open fire. Separate downstairs toilet.

There are six en-suite bedrooms (one is situated on the ground floor) all of which have the flexibility to be made into doubles or twins as required, making this holiday home perfect for large groups or family get together. Waterhead Barn comes with all mod cons including great Wi-Fi, Sky TV, Bluetooth speaker & water filtration system. This is a property not to be missed!

This property sleeps a total of 13 guests – 12 guests in 6 bedrooms and 1 person on the additional sofa bed.

Kitchen with AGA, double electric oven, single gas hob, dishwasher, DAB radio, and breakfast table which can seat 12.
Living area with sofas, plasma TV and Jetmaster fireplace
Dining area with table for 12 and doors out to the courtyard garden
Open snug with sofa bed and plasma TV (Please note there is no door to the snug room)
Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer, boot room, and downstairs loo.


Bedroom 1 – Super king bed (can be two singles on request) and en-suite shower room (situated downstairs)
Bedroom 2 – Super king bed (can be two singles on request) with hanging space, drawers, and en-suite bathroom (with fixed shower above)
Bedroom 3 – Super king bed (can be two singles on request) with drawers, hanging space and en-suite shower room
Bedroom 4 – Master with super king bed (can be two singles on request) with Juliet balcony, wardrobe, drawers and en-suite bathroom with huge bath and walk-in shower
Bedroom 5 – Super king bed (can be two singles on request) with walk-in en-suite shower room, walk-in wardrobe, and dressing room (Please note, there is no door to either the en-suite or the walk-in wardrobe)
Bedroom 6 – Super king bed (can be two singles on request) with drawers, hanging space and en-suite shower room

All bedrooms have a Super King bed default, however can be made up as twin rooms on request with at least seven days' notice.

Bi-fold doors open out onto the large terrace from both the kitchen and dining area.
Outdoor seating and BBQ facilities
Plenty of private off-street parking

For larger groups, Waterhead Barn can be booked with Old Brewery House with a maximum occupancy of 21

Floor Plan Waterhead Barn Floor Plan

The Finer Details

  • Bed linen and towels are provided
  • There is plenty of driveway parking outside the property
  • 2 travel cots and 2 highchairs are available on request (please bring your own linen for the travel cots, as this is not provided)
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi - 175 mbps download & 229 mbps upload
  • 2 Smart TVs with Sky
  • Charcoal BBQ (please note that coal and gas are only supplied to guests between 1st April – 30th September and guests are responsible for cleaning the BBQ after use)
  • Fireplace - please note that logs are only supplied to guests between 1st October – 30th April
  • Please be aware that this is a period property that has some low-exposed beams
  • There is no coffee machine at this property, however there are 2 cafeterias
  • The property does not permit charging of electric cars. Charging points can be found locally
  • To enquire about including a hot tub for your stay, please contact Nick at Oxford Hot Tubs. Hire costs will be payable to Oxford Hot Tubs directly, along with a standard £75 charge payable to the Owner via StayCotswold as a contribution towards the usual running costs
  • The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk
  • No smoking or vaping is permitted throughout the property
Things to Note...
  • The maximum occupancy for this property is 12+1 guests in 6 bedrooms and the +1 being accommodated on the additional sofa bed (maximum 1 adult) . Infants do not count towards the occupancy figure, however, due to space restrictions the occupancy can only be exceeded by 2 additional infants
  • Hen, Stag and other same sex groups are not permitted
  • Commercial and work related bookings are not permitted
  • Events are not permitted without prior consent
  • A security deposit is required at this property
  • Check in is from 16:00 and check out is by 10:00
Security Deposit

A security deposit of £500.00 is required for bookings at this property. This amount will be pre-authorised on your credit card 7 days prior to your arrival date, providing no damage is reported the pre-authorisation will be released 5 days after your departure. For the avoidance of doubt, guests are requested to leave the property in a reasonable condition, consistent with the property's appearance upon arrival.

Booking & Payment

StayCotswold is a marketing agent and therefore does not own any of the cottages listed on our website. In terms of cleaning and maintenance, the properties within our portfolio are managed by a third party property manager or the property owner – your pre-arrival email will contain confirmation and contact details for the person managing your property. Bookings made via us form a legal agreement directly between you and the property owner.

For bookings commencing more than 8 weeks in advance, a 30% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm the booking. The balance payment is then due 8 weeks prior to arrival.

All payments are made subject to the cancellation policy set out in the standard Booking Conditions.

Location Information

Waterhead Barn is close to the famous Cotswold town of Stow-on-the-Wold with a Tescos supermarket, some great pubs, independent cafes and plenty of shopping. It is also well placed for exploring the idyllic villages of the Cotswolds, as well as attractions like Burford Garden centre and the Cotswold wildlife park to name but a few!

And for those wanting to visit the races at Cheltenham, the property is only half an hour away.


Our booking was for 11 people; Grandpa (myself), my three children and partners plus four young grandchildren. The accommodation was excellent with no more than two per bedroom and en-suite for everyone. The living/social area was enormous, a vast kitchen with dining space for all, two semi-open plan lounges and still more space for the children's games. The patio with a table for 12 was excellent for evenings and there was plenty of space for the children to run around safely. Parking space is also plentiful. The location is certainly secluded, surrounded by fields with the nearest dwelling hundreds of yards away. All in all, exactly what we wanted and ideally situated to access the delights of the northern Cotswolds. The interior fittings are modern and mostly worked well. We had a little problem with the SKY TV connection but as there was little call for this entertainment it did not worry us. WiFi was no problem. We could pick minor faults with a couple of other aspects but none of it detracted from our enjoyment of the week. The condition of the barn was spotless and the welcome cake and beers were a nice touch. Perhaps our biggest challenge was persuading four young grandchildren not to shout as the sound echoed around the barn. Arrangments via StayCotswold were very straightforward. Their communication was very good and payments, including refund of the damage deposit went very smoothly. We shall hope to be back.

Thank you David for your great review, it is lovely to hear you had such a great time with your family at Waterhead Barn, we hope to welcome you back again in the near future.

- StayCotswold, 17 August 2022

We had a great stay at Waterhead Barn. Our family group of 9 found it very comfortable. There is heaps of space and it had most things needed for our stay. It is in a great location and the walk to the nearby brewery was very pretty. There were a few things we felt would have improved our stay, these being: 1. Some more comfortable outside seating. 2. More shaded areas or more than one small umbrella located in the outside table. For a group of 9 it was hard to get shade for those that wanted it. 3. We didn’t find any barbecue tools. We would definitely go back for another stay in the future.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family back, and are delighted that you had a comfortable stay at Waterhead Barn.

- StayCotswold, 21 July 2022

We brought our whole family over from California and Washington State USA to the Waterhead Barn in Upper Swell in the Cotswolds, for a weeklong reunion with the English side of the family. All twelve of us fitted in very comfortably in this very large barn conversion. The setting in the Cotswolds countryside is lovely, with lots of beautiful scenery, and narrow, winding roads to explore. A brewery (beer for sale in-house!) and a local pub are within walking distance. Stow-on-the-Wold is a short driving distance away, as are many other delightful Cotswold towns and villages. The Waterhead Barn offers very ample parking space for a number of cars, and an adjacent mown grass field can be used by the young folk to run around and explore. We made good use of the large outdoor table with a big umbrella for outdoor lunches on sunny days. The barn has recently been converted to a rental property, with six modern, comfortable bedrooms, each with its en-suite bathroom. The downstairs living and dining areas are spacious, with two comfortable seating areas and a dining table, and a large kitchen with another large table for 12 or more people. The kitchen is overall well equipped, with very ample tableware and cutlery, cooking utensils and kitchen knives etc., although lacking many of cooking basics - cooking oils, spices, sauces, paper towels etc., which are usually available in rental houses. The kitchen includes an electric Aga stove, an electric double oven and (surprisingly) only two countertop gas burners - marginal when cooking for 12 or more people! We want to give a special commendation to Andy Driver, the property manager, who looked after us so well, and responded very promptly to requests for extra items or help. Thanks to him, our stay in the Waterhead Barn went very smoothly. Overall, a very excellent venue for a large family get-together, thoroughly recommended. The Waterhead Barn thoroughly deserves five stars

We are delighted that Waterhead Barn was perfect for your family reunion. Thank you Colin for your fantastic review.

- StayCotswold, 13 July 2022

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