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Bell tents and shepherd’s huts with hot tubs on a picturesque Cotswolds farm near Cirencester
Don’t expect a big sign directing you to the T Barn shepherd’s huts or campsite. This is the Cotswolds where everything, including the area’s latest camping and glamping site, is tasteful and subtle so as not to intrude on the charm of England’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Instead, you receive detailed instructions from your host, Eloise, which help you navigate from the honey-stoned pub in the village down hedgerowed country lanes to the right field on the right farm.
Shepherd’s hut guests go one way, campers and bell tenters another. There’s a meadow for each at opposite ends of the 850-acre dairy farm the site calls home. The idea to keep them separate is a good one; preserving both seclusion for the adults-only shepherd’s huts and the sociable feel of the family-friendly campsite. Let’s head there first. It’s a simple site and you see yourself in. There are three bell tents, a handful of pitches and facilities which are set up for the season. The bell tents are the easy option here; comfortably furnished for four, with bedding included too. It’s all off grid but the basics are covered and campfires are allowed with a stone-circled fire pit per pitch.
Over at the shepherd’s hut site, there’s no sharing of facilities – each hut is en suite, self-contained and, best of all, has its own wood-fired hot tub. They are luxurious but, like the campsite, off grid, which encourages couples who stay here to relax, reconnect and immerse themselves in nature. In this location, that’s not hard. There are no buildings or roads in view; just the field and the trees of a neighbouring woodland. Look out for mistle thrushes and the resident barn owl who’s often spotted swooping by.
The farm surrounds the tiny village of Barnsley and it’s a 10–15 minute walk from both meadows to The Village Pub (that’s it’s name – honest). It’s got a nice garden for summer, roaring fires for winter and a great menu whenever you visit. And, of course, this is the Cotswolds so there are longer walks, other lovely pubs and plenty of swoon-worthy villages starting at neighbouring Bibury. It’s said to be one of the most photographed spots in the Cotswolds and claimed by William Morris to be “the most beautiful village in England”. If you’re coming with kids, they may not be quite as beguiled but, don’t worry, there’s horse riding and cycling, too, and South Cerney Lake where you can sail, kayak or paddleboard until it’s time for your next campfire.
Cirencester, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Eloise D.Joined in February 2021
79 Ratings · 46 reviews
September 5, 2023
T Barn Camping
It’s a hidden gem of a place. Eloise couldn’t have been more helpful especially as we needed to tweak our booking at the last minute.
First experience of a compost loo. Very clean and easy to use.
Showers hot and spotless. Some many lovely touches. Would definitely go back. Maybe bring a bike next time so we can explore further without taking out the van.
September 5, 2023
T Barn Camping
Beautiful place in the middle of nowhere. Hot water and wood for fire available. I would go again
August 22, 2023
T Barn Camping
It is a really attractive site. The compost toilets and showers were superb and everything was clean and well thought through. Eloise was a brilliant host; an swearing queries and visiting to make sure that all was OK. The pub up the hill was excellent and a good place to get a wifi signal.
July 26, 2023
T Barn Camping
Beautiful location and lovely facilities. Definitely worth seeking out.
July 14, 2023
T Barn Camping
Great little campsite!
Very quiet site in the valley surrounded by fields. Excellent showers and very clean facilities. I think the only things missing are an inside wash sink (the only one is outside which is fine until it rains and the shower cubicles don’t have sinks) and a mirror inside the shower cubicles (would be useful for putting in/taking out contact lenses!). Would definitely recommend this site if you like peace and quiet. Great location for exploring the villages of the Cotswolds.
July 10, 2023
Peace and quiet
Great weekend spent in the Shepard's hut. The area is beautiful and the pitches are spaced far enough apart for quiet and privacy.
There are lots of seating areas around the hut, including some great star gazing chairs. The hot tub was fantastic and the bed was very comfortable. I would recommend to friends, 10/10.
From the host
The T Barn is a collection of glamping spots located across the farm in and around Barnsley, a quintessentially Cotswold village. We are off-grid and we love it that way, solar-powered, wood-burning, composting loos, no wifi, limited phone signal - this is your chance to slow down and reconnect with nature. We have three shepherds huts each with their own hot tub, king size bed & luxe linen, ensuite bathroom, woodburner, kitchenette and outdoor firepit open year round. From April - October we have three bell tents with woodburners, real beds, bedding and fresh linen to sleep 2 -4 people. We also have seven camping pitches to bring your own tent, each with a fire circle for the essential campfire. The summer camp has shared facilities, 3 hot showers, 4 composting loos and sheltered washing up hut. We also offer private hire of the entire site including our rustic barn - get in touch for details.
Barnsley sits within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so there are plenty of picturesque villages to explore starting with Barnsley itself. Neighbouring Bibury (three miles away) is even more picturesque and one of the most photographed places in the Cotswolds. Walking and cycling through the villages and countryside is usually enough to keep people entertained here and there are lovely views up the lane from the campsite, which makes a nice place to walk. For an easier way to get around, hire electric bikes from Cotswold eBikes at nearby Abbey Home Farm (and maybe pick up a picnic from their farmshop at the same time). For horse riding, there’s Talland Stables (01285 740155) and for adventures on water head to the Cotswold Water Park (nine miles away) where you can swim, fish, paddleboard, kayak, canoe or sail. South Cerney Outdoor (01285 860388) offers lessons and hire.
Food and drink
You can pre-order a breakfast hamper for delivery on site or buy eggs from the farm. Shepherd’s hut guests and bell tent campers also have the option to order dinner or afternoon tea hampers. The Village Pub (01285 740421) and Barnley House Hotel are a short walk from the huts and summer camp. Your hosts also recommend The Stump (01285 707780), an hour’s walk or a 10-minute drive away, for sourdough pizza or rotisserie on Sunday. Bilbury, the neighbouring village, is three miles away and a great spot for an ice cream by the river and don’t miss the burgers at The New Inn (01285 750651) at Coln, also walkable in an hour-and-a-half (five miles from site). To stock up on supplies, head to Abbey Home Farm Shop (01285 640441), three miles away, for local produce or drive 10 minutes to Cirencester for supermarkets and shops.