THE phrase five-star luxury is much overused when it comes to holiday accommodation. But it’s not until I’ve considered it an inadequate description for somewhere I’ve stayed.
Winchcombe Farm Holidays in Upper Tysoe, is quite simply, luxury on another level.
I am lucky enough to be among those qualified to speak first hand as I’ve stayed in two of the lodges – one of the smallest Will’s Tree House (the only treehouse in Warwickshire!) and the largest, Ben’s Burrow, which sleeps up to nine. Here I firstly take a look at the latter. . .
Set on two storeys, both indoor and outdoor space is in abundance with a design that makes the very most of its idyllic environment. And we were spoilt for choice for resting spots from which to enjoy the beautiful views – so, over the course of the weekend, we chose them all!
And for when you can’t sleep – because you’ve been daytime dozing -there’s even a telescope so you can stargaze at the night skies in unrivalled comfort.
Unique to this lodge, you can also enjoy access to your very own fire pit, surrounded by log stump seats. What better way to appreciate the great outdoors than bonding with friends and family over some toasted marshmallows beneath the stars!
Plus there’s also a private patio enclosure to the rear complete with ride-on toys to keep the little ones amused in a secure environment.
When indoors, the environment’s not too shabby either. The spacious open-plan kitchen and lounge features all the mod-cons including American-style fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave, SMEG kettle and toaster and oven-grill.
Central feature is a grand dining table as well as plenty of sumptuous seating in which to kick back and enjoy the 55inch Smart TV and DVD player after a busy day out exploring – or, in our case, bubbling in the hot tub.
If the weather is kind – as it was for us – you can make the most of the alfresco dining area, which even boasts a charcoal pizza over and six-burner gas barbecue.
But it’s owner Jo Carroll’s keen eye for detail and thoughtful touches throughout the property that help really set this place apart. From the welcome basket containing fruit and cake on arrival, to the stylish interior décor statements, you feel like you are guest in her own home – a home that’s been lavished with a great deal of love and attention to ensure ultimate guest satisfaction.
But none of it’s at the sacrifice of practicality as Jo has thought of everything. For instance, the downstairs double room, which has been equipped with parents of young children in mind, includes a cot, rocking chair and even a Teasmade, for those disturbed nights.
While the downstairs king-size room affords its own adjoining en-suite, featuring shower and toilet.
Another corridor reveals a stairway to access the triple bedroom, with its own freestanding bath, double-width power shower and separate toilet.
And there’s the most delightful adjoining self-contained studio flat, fully equipped with twin beds, kitchenette and private bathroom – perfect bolthole for in-laws or teenagers seeking some independent space.
Ben’s Burrow is an absolute triumph and is set to become a hugely popular addition to the Winchcombe property stable
The other properties are:
Will’s Tree House –The only treehouse in Warwickshire, it is ingeniously architect-designed to sit among the canopies of four supporting trees, which rise through the decking and kitchen. It sleeps four people, blissfully combining indoor and outdoor life with every imaginable comfort.
Bob’s Lodge –a two-storey house for six but has space for another two in a geodesic dome with a super-king-sized circular bed and stargazing equipment.
Chicken Shed Lodge –Equipped with another geodesic dome and a wrap-around veranda, the third property is a stylishly restored retreat for five people.
George’s Getaway –This sleeps up to eight people in three bedrooms (and a geodesic dome) and boasts twin freestanding bathtubs.
Jess’ Tree Bach –The newest of Winchcombe’s lodges, up to four guests can enjoy private hot tub and it even boasts its own fun feature of a four-metre tube slide down to the woodland play area below.