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    • Bedrooms 3

    • Sleeps 6

    • Baths 1

    • Pets No

    • Wifi Yes

    • Reviews (42)

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    About this property

    One of four charming barn conversions in a courtyard setting which combines original exposed beams with modern furnishings, ideal for a family holiday in a beautiful part of the country. This delightful semi-detached cottage boasts two first floor double bedrooms and a ground floor twin, along with a light and airy open plan living area with a well-equipped kitchen, a comfortable sitting area and a dining area which has doors leading guests to the front shared courtyard garden. Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 30808, 31093, 31094, 31095 and 31096 on the farm, together they sleep 28 and with two lodges 929312 and 929313, they sleep 36.

    Lechlade, sitting on the edge of the southern Cotswolds, is a popular riverside market town that boasts many antiques shops, traditional pubs, a village store and a Christmas shop. The town also offers an array of river-based activities, including trips along the River Thames which are available throughout the summer season.

    Accommodation

    Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x ground floor twin.

    Ground floor bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC.

    Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.

    Shared external utility.

    The pool is available for private use at £5 per hour per property, please book in advance with the owner.

    Electric central heating.

    Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine and tumble dryer in utility, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs.

    Fuel and power included in rent.

    Bed linen and towels included in rent.

    Travel cot and highchair on request.

    Off road parking for 2 cars.

    Shared, front gravel courtyard with furniture and BBQ.

    Shared use of indoor heated swimming pool bookable at £5 per hour (available from the start of Apr to end of Oct).

    Free shared use of small, unfenced lake.

    Sorry, no pets and no smoking.

    Shop and pub 10 mins walk.

    Note: Guests have access to the owner’s 40 acre estate with animals, children’s play equipment and woodland walks.

    Note: Unfenced lake on-site and natural hazards such as rabbit holes etc in the woodlands, children to be supervised.

    Note: Lake is not available for fishing.

    Note: The first floor mezzanine bedrooms have sloping ceilings with restricted head height and are accessed via steep open tread stairs with a curtain for privacy.

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    • The Riverside Inn
      0.5 miles
    • The Swan
      2.5 miles
    • Cotswold Wildlife Park
      5.5 miles
    • Snooty Mehmaan
      6.5 miles
    • Burford Garden Co.
      7 miles
    • Huffkins
      7.5 miles
    • Bibury Trout Farm
      8 miles
    • The Maytime Inn
      8 miles
    • The Red Lion
      8.5 miles
    • Wychwood Brewery
      10 miles

    Reviews (42)

    Mr Wilson ‐ 1 Aug 2019
    "Downstairs twin for my 2 boys was great and the two upstairs doubles were comfortable. All equipment you could need was available in the kitchen area, and washing machines and dryers available on site which you could pay for. Unfortunately the pool was out of action for the first part of the week, but was offered free for the rest. Loads of animals on site including donkeys, goats and ponies, which the boys loved stroking. There are trampolines dotted around and lots of play equipment for ..."
    Mrs Blackwell-brooks, July 2019 ‐ 1 Jul 2019
    " The smythy had everything we needed. Owners were really helpful and friendly. Would definitely reccomend this place for little get away. "
    Mrs Pakkala, June 2019 ‐ 1 Jun 2019
    " We loved our stay in the Smythy. "
    Ms Eldridge ‐ 1 Jun 2019
    " We each had a cottage (we were in the Smythy). The accommodation was super comfortable, enough room for us all, all amenities provided and a laundry room outside in the courtyard (1 pound for wash/dry), which was much needed after travelling around before getting to the Smythy! We had a fabulous time - great location in a cute little village. We would explore by day and make our dinners at night, eating out in the courtyard on the picnic tables provided. Really lovely! "
    Mrs Mcguinness ‐ 1 May 2019
    " The quirky layout was an instant hit with both of them and having the attic "eyries" gave them the space they wanted but kept them in touch with the rest of the family. Having read previous feedback we had taken a couple of plug boards and these easily stretched into the upper rooms to allow tech dependants to maintain charge on appliances whilst staying connected and accessible to the rest of the family in the lower living space. We stayed during the May/June half term and whilst I had also brought fans we didn't need these as the upper areas where a pleasant temperature to sleep in. Additionally there is now access to a shared freezer in the laundry room which was really helpful. Our 15 year old felt that this is the best accommodation we have ever stayed in. The setting was great and whilst I was a little concerned that my kids might find it a little childish the woodland area with it's zip line and boating lake where both suitable for their age range and instant hits. The biggest selling point however was the swimming pool which they thoroughly enjoyed and was a great way to get them out of bed to start the day without any arguments! The farm is a 15 min walk to the "centre" of Lechlade and the only disappointment of the holiday was the fact that none of the three village tea shops sold cream teas but there were great chocolate brownies, an Indian restaurant and local pubs to compensate along with England's oldest Christmas shop. Situated 30-40 mins from almost anywhere in the Cotswold this is a fabulous location from which to explore numerous Cotswold villages, Oxford, The Uffington Chalk Horse and many more sites. "
    Mrs Reed
    "Cottage was well equipped and all facilities were great. We did use the pool and had a good walk around the farm. Excellent facilities for kids and big kids alike! It was ideally situated within walking of shops, pubs and boat hire. We had a fab weekend. Thank you for your hospitality. Ps I even enjoyed the easy check in system."
    Mrs Basak
    "It is perfectly positioned just outside Lechlade and our two year old birthday boy really enjoyed running around the fields and seeing all the animals. The cottage was ideal in most ways, given there was one downstairs bedroom that wasn’t accessed by precipitous stairs. Wouldn’t be suitable for some toddlers but worked well for us."
    Mrs Basak
    " It is perfectly positioned just outside Lechlade and our two year old birthday boy really enjoyed running around the fields and seeing all the animals. The cottage was ideal in most ways, given there was one downstairs bedroom that wasn’t accessed by precipitous stairs. Wouldn’t be suitable for some toddlers but worked well for us. "
    mamasnooks
    "We actually stayed in Shepherd's Rest which is the next door cottage to the Smythy but I doubt they differ much other than the Smythy sleeping more people. This was our second year visiting Riverwood cottages as a family of four with our two boys, aged 6 and 3. They are a fantastic place to stay for a break with kids (most suitable for aged 2 -10). The facilities for kids are great, the farm is ideally located just a 15 minute walk through the woods from Lechlade, where there are good pubs, cafes and boat hire on the Thames available. The farm is lovely, full of friendly animals and wonderful for playing in and wondering around. The kids loved the swimming pool. The cottages are a little basic but adequate and I think it add to the rustic charm of the place. I would totally disagree with the previous reviewer, but if you would like somewhere spotlessly clean and sterile, perhaps look elsewhere. We found our cottage clean and equipped to a reasonable standard, the owners had improved the range of kitchenware after feedback the previous year. Sadly they were no longer offering the animal feeding tour this year due to negative reviews/feedback which I thought was a real shame as the kids loved it - you are not paying £5 just to feed them but we also got a full tour, introduction and history of all the animals and the farm itself. Well worth it I felt, especially as you had about an hour of their time. Tom did ours last year, he was lovely. Anyway, please don't believe all you read, we found our cottage totally adequate and clean. Valid issues are that the walls are a bit thin so you can hear the neighbours banging about a bit sometimes at night and it can get quite hot in the top room if hot outside but this is much improved by leaving the windows open in the evening to allow a bit of a through draft. There is only a hand held shower for use sitting in the bath, a fixture so you could stand with a shower curtain would be preferable, I would agree. Minor gripes though, overall I rate our stay very highly, a little utopia in a busy, over stressed and sanitised world. Thanks - we'll be back."
    Mrs Mustoe
    "Surroundings were delightful and grandchildren were able to roam on their own. Feeding the animals was the highlight of the week for them."
    Mrs Mustoe
    "Would have liked a shower over the bath with curtain. Surroundings were delightful and grandchildren were able to roam on their own. Feeding the animals was the highlight of the week for them."
    mamasnooks
    "We actually stayed in Shepherd's Rest which is the next door cottage to the Smythy but I doubt they differ much other than the Smythy sleeping more people. This was our second year visiting Riverwood cottages as a family of four with our two boys, aged 6 and 3. They are a fantastic place to stay for a break with kids (most suitable for aged 2 -10). The facilities for kids are great, the farm is ideally located just a 15 minute walk through the woods from Lechlade, where there are good pubs, ..."
    mamasnooks
    " We actually stayed in Shepherd's Rest which is the next door cottage to the Smythy but I doubt they differ much other than the Smythy sleeping more people. This was our second year visiting Riverwood cottages as a family of four with our two boys, aged 6 and 3. They are a fantastic place to stay for a break with kids (most suitable for aged 2 -10). The facilities for kids are great, the farm is ideally located just a 15 minute walk through the woods from Lechlade, where there are good pubs, cafes and boat hire on the Thames available. The farm is lovely, full of friendly animals and wonderful for playing in and wondering around. The kids loved the swimming pool. The cottages are a little basic but adequate and I think it add to the rustic charm of the place. I would totally disagree with the previous reviewer, but if you would like somewhere spotlessly clean and sterile, perhaps look elsewhere. We found our cottage clean and equipped to a reasonable standard, the owners had improved the range of kitchenware after feedback the previous year. Sadly they were no longer offering the animal feeding tour this year due to negative reviews/feedback which I thought was a real shame as the kids loved it - you are not paying £5 just to feed them but we also got a full tour, introduction and history of all the animals and the farm itself. Well worth it I felt, especially as you had about an hour of their time. Tom did ours last year, he was lovely. Anyway, please don't believe all you read, we found our cottage totally adequate and clean. Valid issues are that the walls are a bit thin so you can hear the neighbours banging about a bit sometimes at night and it can get quite hot in the top room if hot outside but this is much improved by leaving the windows open in the evening to allow a bit of a through draft. There is only a hand held shower for use sitting in the bath, a fixture so you could stand with a shower curtain would be preferable, I would agree. Minor gripes though, overall I rate our stay very highly, a little utopia in a busy, over stressed and sanitised world. Thanks - we'll be back. "
    Forever9810
    "This is a wonderful place for anyone to stay. I had found this place on TripAdvisor back in January. Even though it did not have many reviews, we took the chance and stayed here. I will tell you the good and bad about the place. We arrived to tea and biscuits in our room, which was very nice. Tom the owner came along a short while after to see how everything was. When I walked into the room I was a little nervous, because 2 of the rooms were up steep stairs. I have a 3 year old and I was very worried she would fall down them if she came up to us in the night. Thankfully we had no falls. I loved it here because of all the animals on the property. There are donkeys, horses, sheep, goats and chickens. All of which you can pet. We would go and visit the donkeys which my 3 year old named Jackpot and Kiki. There are also numerous play areas around the property, including big and small trampolines. There is a swimming pool which you can rent out by the hour for £5. We did not get to use the pool. We did ask if it is heated and Tom mentioned that it is heated overnight, so the best time to go swimming is as soon as it opens at 9.00am, so that way it would still be warm for a couple of hours. There are 2 washing machines and 2 dryers right next to the unit (The Smythy) where we stayed. They cost £1 each per hour, which is a great price. Lechlade is a lovely little town. Not too far away you have The Cotswold Wildlife Park. We did not go there this time, but I have been there numerous times before. That is a great day out. Now for the few things I did not like about the unit. First of all there is no freezer in this unit. We stayed in The Smythy for 7 days, we travelled around for 2 weeks and then came back for 11 more nights. We really needed a freezer during our time there. There is a fridge, oven, microwave, toaster and kettle in the unit. The next issue that was not really a big deal for me, but was for my husband and 17 year old daughter, was the shower, or lack of. It is only a hand held shower which I did know about, but you cannot hang it up like a regular shower. So you really cannot take a shower with it, but thankfully you have a bath. My last complaint and this was the biggest problem for those of us that stayed upstairs in the loft areas, was how hot it was. We had some really nice hot days during our visit and the loft areas get really really hot. The room we stayed in had a tiny window. But the loft where my daughter stayed did not. We did ask Tom if he had any fans but he did not. One other problem with the lofts are there is no where to plug anything in. We were going to buy fans ourselves and then just give them to my mum and dad when we left, but there were no sockets to plug them into up in the loft areas. They need some sort of cooling system for the loft areas, as it was miserable a couple of nights because of how hot it was. If The Smythy had a freezer and a fan in the lofts I would have rated this 5 stars. Even though I had a couple of complaints about the room, I would stay there again in a heartbeat. I loved the area, and the owners are wonderful, they are there for you if you need them."
    Forever9810
    " This is a wonderful place for anyone to stay. I had found this place on TripAdvisor back in January. Even though it did not have many reviews, we took the chance and stayed here. I will tell you the good and bad about the place. We arrived to tea and biscuits in our room, which was very nice. Tom the owner came along a short while after to see how everything was. When I walked into the room I was a little nervous, because 2 of the rooms were up steep stairs. I have a 3 year old and I was very worried she would fall down them if she came up to us in the night. Thankfully we had no falls. I loved it here because of all the animals on the property. There are donkeys, horses, sheep, goats and chickens. All of which you can pet. We would go and visit the donkeys which my 3 year old named Jackpot and Kiki. There are also numerous play areas around the property, including big and small trampolines. There is a swimming pool which you can rent out by the hour for £5. We did not get to use the pool. We did ask if it is heated and Tom mentioned that it is heated overnight, so the best time to go swimming is as soon as it opens at 9.00am, so that way it would still be warm for a couple of hours. There are 2 washing machines and 2 dryers right next to the unit (The Smythy) where we stayed. They cost £1 each per hour, which is a great price. Lechlade is a lovely little town. Not too far away you have The Cotswold Wildlife Park. We did not go there this time, but I have been there numerous times before. That is a great day out. Now for the few things I did not like about the unit. First of all there is no freezer in this unit. We stayed in The Smythy for 7 days, we travelled around for 2 weeks and then came back for 11 more nights. We really needed a freezer during our time there. There is a fridge, oven, microwave, toaster and kettle in the unit. The next issue that was not really a big deal for me, but was for my husband and 17 year old daughter, was the shower, or lack of. It is only a hand held shower which I did know about, but you cannot hang it up like a regular shower. So you really cannot take a shower with it, but thankfully you have a bath. My last complaint and this was the biggest problem for those of us that stayed upstairs in the loft areas, was how hot it was. We had some really nice hot days during our visit and the loft areas get really really hot. The room we stayed in had a tiny window. But the loft where my daughter stayed did not. We did ask Tom if he had any fans but he did not. One other problem with the lofts are there is no where to plug anything in. We were going to buy fans ourselves and then just give them to my mum and dad when we left, but there were no sockets to plug them into up in the loft areas. They need some sort of cooling system for the loft areas, as it was miserable a couple of nights because of how hot it was. If The Smythy had a freezer and a fan in the lofts I would have rated this 5 stars. Even though I had a couple of complaints about the room, I would stay there again in a heartbeat. I loved the area, and the owners are wonderful, they are there for you if you need them. "
    Forever9810
    " This is a wonderful place for anyone to stay. I had found this place on TripAdvisor back in January. Even though it did not have many reviews, we took the chance and stayed here. I will tell you the good and bad about the place. We arrived to tea and biscuits in our room, which was very nice. Tom the owner came along a short while after to see how everything was. When I walked into the room I was a little nervous, because 2 of the rooms were up steep stairs. I have a 3 year old and I was very worried she would fall down them if she came up to us in the night. Thankfully we had no falls. I loved it here because of all the animals on the property. There are donkeys, horses, sheep, goats and chickens. All of which you can pet. We would go and visit the donkeys which my 3 year old named Jackpot and Kiki. There are also numerous play areas around the property, including big and small trampolines. There is a swimming pool which you can rent out by the hour for £5. We did not get to use the pool. We did ask if it is heated and Tom mentioned that it is heated overnight, so the best time to go swimming is as soon as it opens at 9.00am, so that way it would still be warm for a couple of hours. There are 2 washing machines and 2 dryers right next to the unit (The Smythy) where we stayed. They cost £1 each per hour, which is a great price. Lechlade is a lovely little town. Not too far away you have The Cotswold Wildlife Park. We did not go there this time, but I have been there numerous times before. That is a great day out. Now for the few things I did not like about the unit. First of all there is no freezer in this unit. We stayed in The Smythy for 7 days, we travelled around for 2 weeks and then came back for 11 more nights. We really needed a freezer during our time there. There is a fridge, oven, microwave, toaster and kettle in the unit. The next issue that was not really a big deal for me, but was for my husband and 17 year old daughter, was the shower, or lack of. It is only a hand held shower which I did know about, but you cannot hang it up like a regular shower. So you really cannot take a shower with it, but thankfully you have a bath. My last complaint and this was the biggest problem for those of us that stayed upstairs in the loft areas, was how hot it was. We had some really nice hot days during our visit and the loft areas get really really hot. The room we stayed in had a tiny window. But the loft where my daughter stayed did not. We did ask Tom if he had any fans but he did not. One other problem with the lofts are there is no where to plug anything in. We were going to buy fans ourselves and then just give them to my mum and dad when we left, but there were no sockets to plug them into up in the loft areas. They need some sort of cooling system for the loft areas, as it was miserable a couple of nights because of how hot it was. If The Smythy had a freezer and a fan in the lofts I would have rated this 5 stars. Even though I had a couple of complaints about the room, I would stay there again in a heartbeat. I loved the area, and the owners are wonderful, they are there for you if you need them. "
    Mrs Randall
    "It was a lovely place in a good situation, easy access for town. Owner very friendly and tea and biscuits on arrival, lovely touch."
    Mrs Randall
    "Owner very friendly and tea and biscuits on arrival, lovely touch."
    Mrs Smith
    "On arrival the owner was extremely friendly and even offered my Daughter and her newborn baby the cottage next to us at no extra charge so she didn't wake is all up! A particularly great place if you have small children as there is lots to do."
    Mrs Smith
    "A particularly great place if you have small children as there is lots to do."
    Mrs Robinson, Tyne and Wear
    "Excellent holiday base for families, loads of room to play and be kids."
    Mrs Tillyard
    "Fantastic location on the farm ideal for children of all ages a safe environment on the farm for them to play and explore. The farm is set in an excellent location in the heart of the Costwolds ideally placed to visit many pretty villages and places of interest."
    Mrs Tillyard
    " The farm is set in an excellent location in the heart of the Costwolds ideally placed to visit many pretty villages and places of interest. "
    Mrs BasakmamasnooksMrs MustoeForever9810COWLANEjonbrooke
    "It is perfectly positioned just outside Lechlade and our two year old birthday boy really enjoyed running around the fields and seeing all the animals. The cottage was ideal in most ways, given there was one downstairs bedroom that wasn’t accessed by precipitous stairs. Wouldn’t be suitable for some toddlers but worked well for us.We actually stayed in Shepherd's Rest which is the next door cottage to the Smythy but I doubt they differ much other than the Smythy sleeping more people. This was our second year visiting Riverwood cottages as a family of four with our two boys, aged 6 and 3. They are a fantastic place to stay for a break with kids (most suitable for aged 2 -10). The facilities for kids are great, the farm is ideally located just a 15 minute walk through the woods from Lechlade, where there are good pubs, cafes and boat hire on the Thames available. The farm is lovely, full of friendly animals and wonderful for playing in and wondering around. The kids loved the swimming pool. The cottages are a little basic but adequate and I think it add to the rustic charm of the place. I would totally disagree with the previous reviewer, but if you would like somewhere spotlessly clean and sterile, perhaps look elsewhere. We found our cottage clean and equipped to a reasonable standard, the owners had improved the range of kitchenware after feedback the previous year. Sadly they were no longer offering the animal feeding tour this year due to negative reviews/feedback which I thought was a real shame as the kids loved it - you are not paying £5 just to feed them but we also got a full tour, introduction and history of all the animals and the farm itself. Well worth it I felt, especially as you had about an hour of their time. Tom did ours last year, he was lovely. Anyway, please don't believe all you read, we found our cottage totally adequate and clean. Valid issues are that the walls are a bit thin so you can hear the neighbours banging about a bit sometimes at night and it can get quite hot in the top room if hot outside but this is much improved by leaving the windows open in the evening to allow a bit of a through draft. There is only a hand held shower for use sitting in the bath, a fixture so you could stand with a shower curtain would be preferable, I would agree. Minor gripes though, overall I rate our stay very highly, a little utopia in a busy, over stressed and sanitised world. Thanks - we'll be back.Surroundings were delightful and grandchildren were able to roam on their own. Feeding the animals was the highlight of the week for them.This is a wonderful place for anyone to stay. I had found this place on TripAdvisor back in January. Even though it did not have many reviews, we took the chance and stayed here. I will tell you the good and bad about the place. We arrived to tea and biscuits in our room, which was very nice. Tom the owner came along a short while after to see how everything was. When I walked into the room I was a little nervous, because 2 of the rooms were up steep stairs. I have a 3 year old and I was very worried she would fall down them if she came up to us in the night. Thankfully we had no falls. I loved it here because of all the animals on the property. There are donkeys, horses, sheep, goats and chickens. All of which you can pet. We would go and visit the donkeys which my 3 year old named Jackpot and Kiki. There are also numerous play areas around the property, including big and small trampolines. There is a swimming pool which you can rent out by the hour for £5. We did not get to use the pool. We did ask if it is heated and Tom mentioned that it is heated overnight, so the best time to go swimming is as soon as it opens at 9.00am, so that way it would still be warm for a couple of hours. There are 2 washing machines and 2 dryers right next to the unit (The Smythy) where we stayed. They cost £1 each per hour, which is a great price. Lechlade is a lovely little town. Not too far away you have The Cotswold Wildlife Park. We did not go there this time, but I have been there numerous times before. That is a great day out. Now for the few things I did not like about the unit. First of all there is no freezer in this unit. We stayed in The Smythy for 7 days, we travelled around for 2 weeks and then came back for 11 more nights. We really needed a freezer during our time there. There is a fridge, oven, microwave, toaster and kettle in the unit. The next issue that was not really a big deal for me, but was for my husband and 17 year old daughter, was the shower, or lack of. It is only a hand held shower which I did know about, but you cannot hang it up like a regular shower. So you really cannot take a shower with it, but thankfully you have a bath. My last complaint and this was the biggest problem for those of us that stayed upstairs in the loft areas, was how hot it was. We had some really nice hot days during our visit and the loft areas get really really hot. The room we stayed in had a tiny window. But the loft where my daughter stayed did not. We did ask Tom if he had any fans but he did not. One other problem with the lofts are there is no where to plug anything in. We were going to buy fans ourselves and then just give them to my mum and dad when we left, but there were no sockets to plug them into up in the loft areas. They need some sort of cooling system for the loft areas, as it was miserable a couple of nights because of how hot it was. If The Smythy had a freezer and a fan in the lofts I would have rated this 5 stars. Even though I had a couple of complaints about the room, I would stay there again in a heartbeat. I loved the area, and the owners are wonderful, they are there for you if you need them.What a find !!!! We visited the barns and stayed at the Smythy in OCT 2015. It was amazing. So relaxing, back to basics, fun, happy and just a perfect holiday. I would really highly recommend this holiday for anyone who has children. There was so much for them to do in a safe environment. The woods were amazing, the trampolines excellent and the fire pit where we roasted marshmallows most evening's after 6 was something my children will never forget. The sheep in the field kept us company whilst we sat round the open fire. Just a perfect holiday. Thanks Kirsty and Josh.A really lovely place to stay if you have youngish children! Lots for them to do, trampolines, tennis, swings, the friendly animals to meet, football, fishing and obviously the swimming pool, all in a quiet and very safe environment. This led to us being relaxed too which isn't always possible when you go somewhere new with 3 children aged 12, 11 and 9! The cottage itself had everything we needed for a week and the kids liked the loft style bedrooms especially. We will certainly look at staying in The Smythy again, as we had a wonderful week here and it was well priced for a family of 5. It was also our first time visiting this area but we will definitely come back as it's an incredibly beautiful part of the country."
    Forever9810COWLANEjonbrooke
    "This is a wonderful place for anyone to stay. I had found this place on TripAdvisor back in January. Even though it did not have many reviews, we took the chance and stayed here. I will tell you the good and bad about the place. We arrived to tea and biscuits in our room, which was very nice. Tom the owner came along a short while after to see how everything was. When I walked into the room I was a little nervous, because 2 of the rooms were up steep stairs. I have a 3 year old and I was very worried she would fall down them if she came up to us in the night. Thankfully we had no falls. I loved it here because of all the animals on the property. There are donkeys, horses, sheep, goats and chickens. All of which you can pet. We would go and visit the donkeys which my 3 year old named Jackpot and Kiki. There are also numerous play areas around the property, including big and small trampolines. There is a swimming pool which you can rent out by the hour for £5. We did not get to use the pool. We did ask if it is heated and Tom mentioned that it is heated overnight, so the best time to go swimming is as soon as it opens at 9.00am, so that way it would still be warm for a couple of hours. There are 2 washing machines and 2 dryers right next to the unit (The Smythy) where we stayed. They cost £1 each per hour, which is a great price. Lechlade is a lovely little town. Not too far away you have The Cotswold Wildlife Park. We did not go there this time, but I have been there numerous times before. That is a great day out. Now for the few things I did not like about the unit. First of all there is no freezer in this unit. We stayed in The Smythy for 7 days, we travelled around for 2 weeks and then came back for 11 more nights. We really needed a freezer during our time there. There is a fridge, oven, microwave, toaster and kettle in the unit. The next issue that was not really a big deal for me, but was for my husband and 17 year old daughter, was the shower, or lack of. It is only a hand held shower which I did know about, but you cannot hang it up like a regular shower. So you really cannot take a shower with it, but thankfully you have a bath. My last complaint and this was the biggest problem for those of us that stayed upstairs in the loft areas, was how hot it was. We had some really nice hot days during our visit and the loft areas get really really hot. The room we stayed in had a tiny window. But the loft where my daughter stayed did not. We did ask Tom if he had any fans but he did not. One other problem with the lofts are there is no where to plug anything in. We were going to buy fans ourselves and then just give them to my mum and dad when we left, but there were no sockets to plug them into up in the loft areas. They need some sort of cooling system for the loft areas, as it was miserable a couple of nights because of how hot it was. If The Smythy had a freezer and a fan in the lofts I would have rated this 5 stars. Even though I had a couple of complaints about the room, I would stay there again in a heartbeat. I loved the area, and the owners are wonderful, they are there for you if you need them.What a find !!!! We visited the barns and stayed at the Smythy in OCT 2015. It was amazing. So relaxing, back to basics, fun, happy and just a perfect holiday. I would really highly recommend this holiday for anyone who has children. There was so much for them to do in a safe environment. The woods were amazing, the trampolines excellent and the fire pit where we roasted marshmallows most evening's after 6 was something my children will never forget. The sheep in the field kept us company whilst we sat round the open fire. Just a perfect holiday. Thanks Kirsty and Josh.A really lovely place to stay if you have youngish children! Lots for them to do, trampolines, tennis, swings, the friendly animals to meet, football, fishing and obviously the swimming pool, all in a quiet and very safe environment. This led to us being relaxed too which isn't always possible when you go somewhere new with 3 children aged 12, 11 and 9! The cottage itself had everything we needed for a week and the kids liked the loft style bedrooms especially. We will certainly look at staying in The Smythy again, as we had a wonderful week here and it was well priced for a family of 5. It was also our first time visiting this area but we will definitely come back as it's an incredibly beautiful part of the country."
    Mrs MustoeForever9810COWLANEjonbrooke
    "Surroundings were delightful and grandchildren were able to roam on their own. Feeding the animals was the highlight of the week for them.This is a wonderful place for anyone to stay. I had found this place on TripAdvisor back in January. Even though it did not have many reviews, we took the chance and stayed here. I will tell you the good and bad about the place. We arrived to tea and biscuits in our room, which was very nice. Tom the owner came along a short while after to see how everything was. When I walked into the room I was a little nervous, because 2 of the rooms were up steep stairs. I have a 3 year old and I was very worried she would fall down them if she came up to us in the night. Thankfully we had no falls. I loved it here because of all the animals on the property. There are donkeys, horses, sheep, goats and chickens. All of which you can pet. We would go and visit the donkeys which my 3 year old named Jackpot and Kiki. There are also numerous play areas around the property, including big and small trampolines. There is a swimming pool which you can rent out by the hour for £5. We did not get to use the pool. We did ask if it is heated and Tom mentioned that it is heated overnight, so the best time to go swimming is as soon as it opens at 9.00am, so that way it would still be warm for a couple of hours. There are 2 washing machines and 2 dryers right next to the unit (The Smythy) where we stayed. They cost £1 each per hour, which is a great price. Lechlade is a lovely little town. Not too far away you have The Cotswold Wildlife Park. We did not go there this time, but I have been there numerous times before. That is a great day out. Now for the few things I did not like about the unit. First of all there is no freezer in this unit. We stayed in The Smythy for 7 days, we travelled around for 2 weeks and then came back for 11 more nights. We really needed a freezer during our time there. There is a fridge, oven, microwave, toaster and kettle in the unit. The next issue that was not really a big deal for me, but was for my husband and 17 year old daughter, was the shower, or lack of. It is only a hand held shower which I did know about, but you cannot hang it up like a regular shower. So you really cannot take a shower with it, but thankfully you have a bath. My last complaint and this was the biggest problem for those of us that stayed upstairs in the loft areas, was how hot it was. We had some really nice hot days during our visit and the loft areas get really really hot. The room we stayed in had a tiny window. But the loft where my daughter stayed did not. We did ask Tom if he had any fans but he did not. One other problem with the lofts are there is no where to plug anything in. We were going to buy fans ourselves and then just give them to my mum and dad when we left, but there were no sockets to plug them into up in the loft areas. They need some sort of cooling system for the loft areas, as it was miserable a couple of nights because of how hot it was. If The Smythy had a freezer and a fan in the lofts I would have rated this 5 stars. Even though I had a couple of complaints about the room, I would stay there again in a heartbeat. I loved the area, and the owners are wonderful, they are there for you if you need them.What a find !!!! We visited the barns and stayed at the Smythy in OCT 2015. It was amazing. So relaxing, back to basics, fun, happy and just a perfect holiday. I would really highly recommend this holiday for anyone who has children. There was so much for them to do in a safe environment. The woods were amazing, the trampolines excellent and the fire pit where we roasted marshmallows most evening's after 6 was something my children will never forget. The sheep in the field kept us company whilst we sat round the open fire. Just a perfect holiday. Thanks Kirsty and Josh.A really lovely place to stay if you have youngish children! Lots for them to do, trampolines, tennis, swings, the friendly animals to meet, football, fishing and obviously the swimming pool, all in a quiet and very safe environment. This led to us being relaxed too which isn't always possible when you go somewhere new with 3 children aged 12, 11 and 9! The cottage itself had everything we needed for a week and the kids liked the loft style bedrooms especially. We will certainly look at staying in The Smythy again, as we had a wonderful week here and it was well priced for a family of 5. It was also our first time visiting this area but we will definitely come back as it's an incredibly beautiful part of the country."
    mamasnooksMrs MustoeForever9810COWLANEjonbrooke
    "We actually stayed in Shepherd's Rest which is the next door cottage to the Smythy but I doubt they differ much other than the Smythy sleeping more people. This was our second year visiting Riverwood cottages as a family of four with our two boys, aged 6 and 3. They are a fantastic place to stay for a break with kids (most suitable for aged 2 -10). The facilities for kids are great, the farm is ideally located just a 15 minute walk through the woods from Lechlade, where there are good pubs, cafes and boat hire on the Thames available. The farm is lovely, full of friendly animals and wonderful for playing in and wondering around. The kids loved the swimming pool. The cottages are a little basic but adequate and I think it add to the rustic charm of the place. I would totally disagree with the previous reviewer, but if you would like somewhere spotlessly clean and sterile, perhaps look elsewhere. We found our cottage clean and equipped to a reasonable standard, the owners had improved the range of kitchenware after feedback the previous year. Sadly they were no longer offering the animal feeding tour this year due to negative reviews/feedback which I thought was a real shame as the kids loved it - you are not paying £5 just to feed them but we also got a full tour, introduction and history of all the animals and the farm itself. Well worth it I felt, especially as you had about an hour of their time. Tom did ours last year, he was lovely. Anyway, please don't believe all you read, we found our cottage totally adequate and clean. Valid issues are that the walls are a bit thin so you can hear the neighbours banging about a bit sometimes at night and it can get quite hot in the top room if hot outside but this is much improved by leaving the windows open in the evening to allow a bit of a through draft. There is only a hand held shower for use sitting in the bath, a fixture so you could stand with a shower curtain would be preferable, I would agree. Minor gripes though, overall I rate our stay very highly, a little utopia in a busy, over stressed and sanitised world. Thanks - we'll be back.Surroundings were delightful and grandchildren were able to roam on their own. Feeding the animals was the highlight of the week for them.This is a wonderful place for anyone to stay. I had found this place on TripAdvisor back in January. Even though it did not have many reviews, we took the chance and stayed here. I will tell you the good and bad about the place. We arrived to tea and biscuits in our room, which was very nice. Tom the owner came along a short while after to see how everything was. When I walked into the room I was a little nervous, because 2 of the rooms were up steep stairs. I have a 3 year old and I was very worried she would fall down them if she came up to us in the night. Thankfully we had no falls. I loved it here because of all the animals on the property. There are donkeys, horses, sheep, goats and chickens. All of which you can pet. We would go and visit the donkeys which my 3 year old named Jackpot and Kiki. There are also numerous play areas around the property, including big and small trampolines. There is a swimming pool which you can rent out by the hour for £5. We did not get to use the pool. We did ask if it is heated and Tom mentioned that it is heated overnight, so the best time to go swimming is as soon as it opens at 9.00am, so that way it would still be warm for a couple of hours. There are 2 washing machines and 2 dryers right next to the unit (The Smythy) where we stayed. They cost £1 each per hour, which is a great price. Lechlade is a lovely little town. Not too far away you have The Cotswold Wildlife Park. We did not go there this time, but I have been there numerous times before. That is a great day out. Now for the few things I did not like about the unit. First of all there is no freezer in this unit. We stayed in The Smythy for 7 days, we travelled around for 2 weeks and then came back for 11 more nights. We really needed a freezer during our time there. There is a fridge, oven, microwave, toaster and kettle in the unit. The next issue that was not really a big deal for me, but was for my husband and 17 year old daughter, was the shower, or lack of. It is only a hand held shower which I did know about, but you cannot hang it up like a regular shower. So you really cannot take a shower with it, but thankfully you have a bath. My last complaint and this was the biggest problem for those of us that stayed upstairs in the loft areas, was how hot it was. We had some really nice hot days during our visit and the loft areas get really really hot. The room we stayed in had a tiny window. But the loft where my daughter stayed did not. We did ask Tom if he had any fans but he did not. One other problem with the lofts are there is no where to plug anything in. We were going to buy fans ourselves and then just give them to my mum and dad when we left, but there were no sockets to plug them into up in the loft areas. They need some sort of cooling system for the loft areas, as it was miserable a couple of nights because of how hot it was. If The Smythy had a freezer and a fan in the lofts I would have rated this 5 stars. Even though I had a couple of complaints about the room, I would stay there again in a heartbeat. I loved the area, and the owners are wonderful, they are there for you if you need them.What a find !!!! We visited the barns and stayed at the Smythy in OCT 2015. It was amazing. So relaxing, back to basics, fun, happy and just a perfect holiday. I would really highly recommend this holiday for anyone who has children. There was so much for them to do in a safe environment. The woods were amazing, the trampolines excellent and the fire pit where we roasted marshmallows most evening's after 6 was something my children will never forget. The sheep in the field kept us company whilst we sat round the open fire. Just a perfect holiday. Thanks Kirsty and Josh.A really lovely place to stay if you have youngish children! Lots for them to do, trampolines, tennis, swings, the friendly animals to meet, football, fishing and obviously the swimming pool, all in a quiet and very safe environment. This led to us being relaxed too which isn't always possible when you go somewhere new with 3 children aged 12, 11 and 9! The cottage itself had everything we needed for a week and the kids liked the loft style bedrooms especially. We will certainly look at staying in The Smythy again, as we had a wonderful week here and it was well priced for a family of 5. It was also our first time visiting this area but we will definitely come back as it's an incredibly beautiful part of the country."
    COWLANEjonbrooke
    "What a find !!!! We visited the barns and stayed at the Smythy in OCT 2015. It was amazing. So relaxing, back to basics, fun, happy and just a perfect holiday. I would really highly recommend this holiday for anyone who has children. There was so much for them to do in a safe environment. The woods were amazing, the trampolines excellent and the fire pit where we roasted marshmallows most evening's after 6 was something my children will never forget. The sheep in the field kept us company whilst we sat round the open fire. Just a perfect holiday. Thanks Kirsty and Josh.A really lovely place to stay if you have youngish children! Lots for them to do, trampolines, tennis, swings, the friendly animals to meet, football, fishing and obviously the swimming pool, all in a quiet and very safe environment. This led to us being relaxed too which isn't always possible when you go somewhere new with 3 children aged 12, 11 and 9! The cottage itself had everything we needed for a week and the kids liked the loft style bedrooms especially. We will certainly look at staying in The Smythy again, as we had a wonderful week here and it was well priced for a family of 5. It was also our first time visiting this area but we will definitely come back as it's an incredibly beautiful part of the country."
    Mrs RandallCOWLANEjonbrooke
    "Owner very friendly and tea and biscuits on arrival, lovely touch.What a find !!!! We visited the barns and stayed at the Smythy in OCT 2015. It was amazing. So relaxing, back to basics, fun, happy and just a perfect holiday. I would really highly recommend this holiday for anyone who has children. There was so much for them to do in a safe environment. The woods were amazing, the trampolines excellent and the fire pit where we roasted marshmallows most evening's after 6 was something my children will never forget. The sheep in the field kept us company whilst we sat round the open fire. Just a perfect holiday. Thanks Kirsty and Josh.A really lovely place to stay if you have youngish children! Lots for them to do, trampolines, tennis, swings, the friendly animals to meet, football, fishing and obviously the swimming pool, all in a quiet and very safe environment. This led to us being relaxed too which isn't always possible when you go somewhere new with 3 children aged 12, 11 and 9! The cottage itself had everything we needed for a week and the kids liked the loft style bedrooms especially. We will certainly look at staying in The Smythy again, as we had a wonderful week here and it was well priced for a family of 5. It was also our first time visiting this area but we will definitely come back as it's an incredibly beautiful part of the country."
    Forever9810Mrs RandallCOWLANEjonbrooke
    "This is a wonderful place for anyone to stay. I had found this place on TripAdvisor back in January. Even though it did not have many reviews, we took the chance and stayed here. I will tell you the good and bad about the place. We arrived to tea and biscuits in our room, which was very nice. Tom the owner came along a short while after to see how everything was. When I walked into the room I was a little nervous, because 2 of the rooms were up steep stairs. I have a 3 year old and I was very worried she would fall down them if she came up to us in the night. Thankfully we had no falls. I loved it here because of all the animals on the property. There are donkeys, horses, sheep, goats and chickens. All of which you can pet. We would go and visit the donkeys which my 3 year old named Jackpot and Kiki. There are also numerous play areas around the property, including big and small trampolines. There is a swimming pool which you can rent out by the hour for £5. We did not get to use the pool. We did ask if it is heated and Tom mentioned that it is heated overnight, so the best time to go swimming is as soon as it opens at 9.00am, so that way it would still be warm for a couple of hours. There are 2 washing machines and 2 dryers right next to the unit (The Smythy) where we stayed. They cost £1 each per hour, which is a great price. Lechlade is a lovely little town. Not too far away you have The Cotswold Wildlife Park. We did not go there this time, but I have been there numerous times before. That is a great day out. Now for the few things I did not like about the unit. First of all there is no freezer in this unit. We stayed in The Smythy for 7 days, we travelled around for 2 weeks and then came back for 11 more nights. We really needed a freezer during our time there. There is a fridge, oven, microwave, toaster and kettle in the unit. The next issue that was not really a big deal for me, but was for my husband and 17 year old daughter, was the shower, or lack of. It is only a hand held shower which I did know about, but you cannot hang it up like a regular shower. So you really cannot take a shower with it, but thankfully you have a bath. My last complaint and this was the biggest problem for those of us that stayed upstairs in the loft areas, was how hot it was. We had some really nice hot days during our visit and the loft areas get really really hot. The room we stayed in had a tiny window. But the loft where my daughter stayed did not. We did ask Tom if he had any fans but he did not. One other problem with the lofts are there is no where to plug anything in. We were going to buy fans ourselves and then just give them to my mum and dad when we left, but there were no sockets to plug them into up in the loft areas. They need some sort of cooling system for the loft areas, as it was miserable a couple of nights because of how hot it was. If The Smythy had a freezer and a fan in the lofts I would have rated this 5 stars. Even though I had a couple of complaints about the room, I would stay there again in a heartbeat. I loved the area, and the owners are wonderful, they are there for you if you need them.Owner very friendly and tea and biscuits on arrival, lovely touch.What a find !!!! We visited the barns and stayed at the Smythy in OCT 2015. It was amazing. So relaxing, back to basics, fun, happy and just a perfect holiday. I would really highly recommend this holiday for anyone who has children. There was so much for them to do in a safe environment. The woods were amazing, the trampolines excellent and the fire pit where we roasted marshmallows most evening's after 6 was something my children will never forget. The sheep in the field kept us company whilst we sat round the open fire. Just a perfect holiday. Thanks Kirsty and Josh.A really lovely place to stay if you have youngish children! Lots for them to do, trampolines, tennis, swings, the friendly animals to meet, football, fishing and obviously the swimming pool, all in a quiet and very safe environment. This led to us being relaxed too which isn't always possible when you go somewhere new with 3 children aged 12, 11 and 9! The cottage itself had everything we needed for a week and the kids liked the loft style bedrooms especially. We will certainly look at staying in The Smythy again, as we had a wonderful week here and it was well priced for a family of 5. It was also our first time visiting this area but we will definitely come back as it's an incredibly beautiful part of the country."
    Mrs MustoeForever9810Mrs RandallCOWLANEjonbrooke
    "Surroundings were delightful and grandchildren were able to roam on their own. Feeding the animals was the highlight of the week for them.This is a wonderful place for anyone to stay. I had found this place on TripAdvisor back in January. Even though it did not have many reviews, we took the chance and stayed here. I will tell you the good and bad about the place. We arrived to tea and biscuits in our room, which was very nice. Tom the owner came along a short while after to see how everything was. When I walked into the room I was a little nervous, because 2 of the rooms were up steep stairs. I have a 3 year old and I was very worried she would fall down them if she came up to us in the night. Thankfully we had no falls. I loved it here because of all the animals on the property. There are donkeys, horses, sheep, goats and chickens. All of which you can pet. We would go and visit the donkeys which my 3 year old named Jackpot and Kiki. There are also numerous play areas around the property, including big and small trampolines. There is a swimming pool which you can rent out by the hour for £5. We did not get to use the pool. We did ask if it is heated and Tom mentioned that it is heated overnight, so the best time to go swimming is as soon as it opens at 9.00am, so that way it would still be warm for a couple of hours. There are 2 washing machines and 2 dryers right next to the unit (The Smythy) where we stayed. They cost £1 each per hour, which is a great price. Lechlade is a lovely little town. Not too far away you have The Cotswold Wildlife Park. We did not go there this time, but I have been there numerous times before. That is a great day out. Now for the few things I did not like about the unit. First of all there is no freezer in this unit. We stayed in The Smythy for 7 days, we travelled around for 2 weeks and then came back for 11 more nights. We really needed a freezer during our time there. There is a fridge, oven, microwave, toaster and kettle in the unit. The next issue that was not really a big deal for me, but was for my husband and 17 year old daughter, was the shower, or lack of. It is only a hand held shower which I did know about, but you cannot hang it up like a regular shower. So you really cannot take a shower with it, but thankfully you have a bath. My last complaint and this was the biggest problem for those of us that stayed upstairs in the loft areas, was how hot it was. We had some really nice hot days during our visit and the loft areas get really really hot. The room we stayed in had a tiny window. But the loft where my daughter stayed did not. We did ask Tom if he had any fans but he did not. One other problem with the lofts are there is no where to plug anything in. We were going to buy fans ourselves and then just give them to my mum and dad when we left, but there were no sockets to plug them into up in the loft areas. They need some sort of cooling system for the loft areas, as it was miserable a couple of nights because of how hot it was. If The Smythy had a freezer and a fan in the lofts I would have rated this 5 stars. Even though I had a couple of complaints about the room, I would stay there again in a heartbeat. I loved the area, and the owners are wonderful, they are there for you if you need them.Owner very friendly and tea and biscuits on arrival, lovely touch.What a find !!!! We visited the barns and stayed at the Smythy in OCT 2015. It was amazing. So relaxing, back to basics, fun, happy and just a perfect holiday. I would really highly recommend this holiday for anyone who has children. There was so much for them to do in a safe environment. The woods were amazing, the trampolines excellent and the fire pit where we roasted marshmallows most evening's after 6 was something my children will never forget. The sheep in the field kept us company whilst we sat round the open fire. Just a perfect holiday. Thanks Kirsty and Josh.A really lovely place to stay if you have youngish children! Lots for them to do, trampolines, tennis, swings, the friendly animals to meet, football, fishing and obviously the swimming pool, all in a quiet and very safe environment. This led to us being relaxed too which isn't always possible when you go somewhere new with 3 children aged 12, 11 and 9! The cottage itself had everything we needed for a week and the kids liked the loft style bedrooms especially. We will certainly look at staying in The Smythy again, as we had a wonderful week here and it was well priced for a family of 5. It was also our first time visiting this area but we will definitely come back as it's an incredibly beautiful part of the country."
    mamasnooksMrs MustoeForever9810Mrs RandallCOWLANEjonbrooke
    "We actually stayed in Shepherd's Rest which is the next door cottage to the Smythy but I doubt they differ much other than the Smythy sleeping more people. This was our second year visiting Riverwood cottages as a family of four with our two boys, aged 6 and 3. They are a fantastic place to stay for a break with kids (most suitable for aged 2 -10). The facilities for kids are great, the farm is ideally located just a 15 minute walk through the woods from Lechlade, where there are good pubs, cafes and boat hire on the Thames available. The farm is lovely, full of friendly animals and wonderful for playing in and wondering around. The kids loved the swimming pool. The cottages are a little basic but adequate and I think it add to the rustic charm of the place. I would totally disagree with the previous reviewer, but if you would like somewhere spotlessly clean and sterile, perhaps look elsewhere. We found our cottage clean and equipped to a reasonable standard, the owners had improved the range of kitchenware after feedback the previous year. Sadly they were no longer offering the animal feeding tour this year due to negative reviews/feedback which I thought was a real shame as the kids loved it - you are not paying £5 just to feed them but we also got a full tour, introduction and history of all the animals and the farm itself. Well worth it I felt, especially as you had about an hour of their time. Tom did ours last year, he was lovely. Anyway, please don't believe all you read, we found our cottage totally adequate and clean. Valid issues are that the walls are a bit thin so you can hear the neighbours banging about a bit sometimes at night and it can get quite hot in the top room if hot outside but this is much improved by leaving the windows open in the evening to allow a bit of a through draft. There is only a hand held shower for use sitting in the bath, a fixture so you could stand with a shower curtain would be preferable, I would agree. Minor gripes though, overall I rate our stay very highly, a little utopia in a busy, over stressed and sanitised world. Thanks - we'll be back.Surroundings were delightful and grandchildren were able to roam on their own. Feeding the animals was the highlight of the week for them.This is a wonderful place for anyone to stay. I had found this place on TripAdvisor back in January. Even though it did not have many reviews, we took the chance and stayed here. I will tell you the good and bad about the place. We arrived to tea and biscuits in our room, which was very nice. Tom the owner came along a short while after to see how everything was. When I walked into the room I was a little nervous, because 2 of the rooms were up steep stairs. I have a 3 year old and I was very worried she would fall down them if she came up to us in the night. Thankfully we had no falls. I loved it here because of all the animals on the property. There are donkeys, horses, sheep, goats and chickens. All of which you can pet. We would go and visit the donkeys which my 3 year old named Jackpot and Kiki. There are also numerous play areas around the property, including big and small trampolines. There is a swimming pool which you can rent out by the hour for £5. We did not get to use the pool. We did ask if it is heated and Tom mentioned that it is heated overnight, so the best time to go swimming is as soon as it opens at 9.00am, so that way it would still be warm for a couple of hours. There are 2 washing machines and 2 dryers right next to the unit (The Smythy) where we stayed. They cost £1 each per hour, which is a great price. Lechlade is a lovely little town. Not too far away you have The Cotswold Wildlife Park. We did not go there this time, but I have been there numerous times before. That is a great day out. Now for the few things I did not like about the unit. First of all there is no freezer in this unit. We stayed in The Smythy for 7 days, we travelled around for 2 weeks and then came back for 11 more nights. We really needed a freezer during our time there. There is a fridge, oven, microwave, toaster and kettle in the unit. The next issue that was not really a big deal for me, but was for my husband and 17 year old daughter, was the shower, or lack of. It is only a hand held shower which I did know about, but you cannot hang it up like a regular shower. So you really cannot take a shower with it, but thankfully you have a bath. My last complaint and this was the biggest problem for those of us that stayed upstairs in the loft areas, was how hot it was. We had some really nice hot days during our visit and the loft areas get really really hot. The room we stayed in had a tiny window. But the loft where my daughter stayed did not. We did ask Tom if he had any fans but he did not. One other problem with the lofts are there is no where to plug anything in. We were going to buy fans ourselves and then just give them to my mum and dad when we left, but there were no sockets to plug them into up in the loft areas. They need some sort of cooling system for the loft areas, as it was miserable a couple of nights because of how hot it was. If The Smythy had a freezer and a fan in the lofts I would have rated this 5 stars. Even though I had a couple of complaints about the room, I would stay there again in a heartbeat. I loved the area, and the owners are wonderful, they are there for you if you need them.Owner very friendly and tea and biscuits on arrival, lovely touch.What a find !!!! We visited the barns and stayed at the Smythy in OCT 2015. It was amazing. So relaxing, back to basics, fun, happy and just a perfect holiday. I would really highly recommend this holiday for anyone who has children. There was so much for them to do in a safe environment. The woods were amazing, the trampolines excellent and the fire pit where we roasted marshmallows most evening's after 6 was something my children will never forget. The sheep in the field kept us company whilst we sat round the open fire. Just a perfect holiday. Thanks Kirsty and Josh.A really lovely place to stay if you have youngish children! Lots for them to do, trampolines, tennis, swings, the friendly animals to meet, football, fishing and obviously the swimming pool, all in a quiet and very safe environment. This led to us being relaxed too which isn't always possible when you go somewhere new with 3 children aged 12, 11 and 9! The cottage itself had everything we needed for a week and the kids liked the loft style bedrooms especially. We will certainly look at staying in The Smythy again, as we had a wonderful week here and it was well priced for a family of 5. It was also our first time visiting this area but we will definitely come back as it's an incredibly beautiful part of the country."
    COWLANE
    "What a find !!!! We visited the barns and stayed at the Smythy in OCT 2015. It was amazing. So relaxing, back to basics, fun, happy and just a perfect holiday. I would really highly recommend this holiday for anyone who has children. There was so much for them to do in a safe environment. The woods were amazing, the trampolines excellent and the fire pit where we roasted marshmallows most evening's after 6 was something my children will never forget. The sheep in the field kept us company whilst we sat round the open fire. Just a perfect holiday. Thanks Kirsty and Josh."
    Dr Elizabeth Speirs, Leatherhead, surrey
    "Had a wonderful little stay in a lovely rural setting. The barn was cosy and warm, a great choice for a few old girly friends catching up. It was in easy distance to walks, tearooms, nature reserves and pubs. Would love to return with friends and the rest of our families next time (there was lots of play space for kids!)"
    Dr Speirs
    " The barn was cosy and warm, a great choice for a few old girly friends catching up. It was in easy distance to walks, tearooms, nature reserves and pubs. Would love to return with friends and the rest of our families next time (there was lots of play space for kids!) "
    Ms Emma Hughes, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
    "I would highly recommend this holiday location to anyone with young children. It was a holiday where the I pads actually came second to the swimming, the trampoline and roasting marshmallows over the fire pit. We had a fantastic time, it was brilliant. "
    Hughes
    " It was a holiday where the I pads actually came second to the swimming, the trampoline and roasting marshmallows over the fire pit. We had a fantastic time, it was brilliant. "
    Mrs Emma Shepherd, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex
    "Fantastic accommodation, especially for families. It was a great base for seeing local attractions but there was also lots to do on site. Will definitely be going back next year."
    Mrs Shepherd
    " It was a great base for seeing local attractions but there was also lots to do on site. Will definitely be going back next year. "
    jonbrooke
    "A really lovely place to stay if you have youngish children! Lots for them to do, trampolines, tennis, swings, the friendly animals to meet, football, fishing and obviously the swimming pool, all in a quiet and very safe environment. This led to us being relaxed too which isn't always possible when you go somewhere new with 3 children aged 12, 11 and 9! The cottage itself had everything we needed for a week and the kids liked the loft style bedrooms especially. We will certainly look at staying in The Smythy again, as we had a wonderful week here and it was well priced for a family of 5. It was also our first time visiting this area but we will definitely come back as it's an incredibly beautiful part of the country."
    Miss Claire West, Guildford, Surrey
    "The owner was friendly and helpful without always being present. We were able to relax and use the facilities in peace as there weren't many other guests."
    Miss West
    " We were able to relax and use the facilities in peace as there weren't many other guests. "

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