Information given in advance of our break was excellent, being both timely and comprehensive for our needs. We were fortunate to have our accommodation kindly changed before we arrived to better assist with my disabled father.
Oak Barns is a lovely collection of holiday lets, all self contained and finished to a really good standard, All kitchen equipment is available (the dryer being a godsend with the weather we had this week). TV and WIFI in the lounge, with a selection of DVDs and games. The WIFI was a little temperamental at times but being in the country, and the weather being as it was, it was of no real surprise. It ran an Amazon Firebox pretty well for the week! All very spacious and clean, Comfy beds and nice décor. Nice enclosed garden for our dog as well.
There are only a few shops in Farndon, but there is a very good surgery and helpful pharmacy if you should need them (which we did). Nice Farm shop in Holt, the village over the bridge and also a good Chinese takeaway. Don't know about other supermarkets but we were able to sort out a delivery from Iceland with no difficulty at all, even though the site is a little out of the way.
Will be staying there again in the none too distant future I hope. Great base for Chester, Wrexham, Ellesmere Port, Liverpool and North Wales. Too much to see in a week.
Five of us (2x parents, 2x grand parents and 1 teenager) stayed at Oak Barns No1 last week of August 2017.
Upon arrival we were not quite sure what to expect as initial impression was that it looked small (the building in the picture contains 3 accommodations). How wrong we were, its like a Tardis!! Plenty of room for all of us and spotlessly clean!
Downstairs comprises of a large well stocked open plan kitchen, diner and living room with TV, plus one bedroom (twin beds) and a bathroom with bath, shower and toilet (ideal for anyone who struggles with stairs). Upstairs comprises of 2 bedrooms (1x double and 1x twin bed), plus an en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet. None of us had any issues with bed comfort, condition of bed clothes, towels, crockery etc as has been previously been reported.
Oaks Barns are ideally located. A 10 minute walk in to Farndon or Holt with Chester and Wrexham only a 15 minute car journey away. If you want to venture further afield, Snowdonia, Conwy and the like are only a 1½ hour journey, so perfect for a day trip out.
We cannot recommend Oak Barns and Jayne (the owner) highly enough and are already planning when to return
No. 1 Oak Barn is a clean spacious accommodation in a wonderful spot, more than big enough for six adults to feel comfortable. Jayne (the owner) is lovely and left us some cadburys fingers and plums. It is a few minutes walk onto the high street and a few more over the bridge to Holt. There are also walks down the sides of the River Dee and surrounding countryside. The barn is centrally based for Wrexham and Chester and also many other attractions/castles can be reached within 30 mins drive. Stretton Water Mill is worth a visit but you will need to take the tour to get the most out of this attraction. For meals, try the Little Churton restaurant in Farndon.
When we arrived to be honest it looked like a regular converted barn; but once we had entered we were shocked at the space inside. Spacious bedrooms and living area made this a perfect stay for 6 of us. Lots of great days out all easily reached. We thoroughly enjoyed our time and would recommend to others wanting to explore the area.
If you are looking for Mr and Mrs Smith luxury you won't find it here. But it is well designed comfortable spacious holiday accommodation in a pleasant rural location on the edge of a lovely small village once famed as being the home of Paul Burrell (if you don't know don't bother)with essential shops including a pharmacy and a brilliant butcher. Everyone seems very friendly here. It's within walking distance of another village, Holt, in Wales, which is also pretty and has a deli as well as other shops pubs and a cafe. There is a bus service to Chester within a short walking distance. But it's not very regular and so I think you probably are better off with a car as there are so many places to visit. We did get an Internet food delivery for the week which saved us time and travel. There was no one to meet us on arrival but we were fine with that and retrieved the key from the safe with the emailed code. The door was a bit tricky but we quickly got used to it. There are three two story units arranged as a terrace, within the one barn structure. Each one has a little patio area to the rear with a table chairs and a barbecue. On the other side, facing the road there is another patio accessible from the downstairs bedroom (another tricky door) where there is a washing line. The fence is not sufficiently secure to keep a dog from escaping into the nearby fields where they might chase livestock. There are very limited opportunities for exercising your dog off the lead around here unless they are very well trained and not sheep chasers. It's the sort of countryside where farmers hang signs of Rights of Way markers warning of non existent bulls in fields. They are into food production rather than welcoming visitors. But the walks along the river Dee are lovely. Such a soothing gentle landscape. Everything worked pretty well and it was quite clean. Dishwasher and washing machine iron and board were good. Showers powerful and baths huge. No grab handles on the wall for the downstairs bath which had very steep sides so not suitable for anyone with mobility issues. Basic cooking equipment. Medium size fridge with ample freezer part. The Internet was slightly temperamental but we didn't care. The downsides have been mentioned in other reviews. I personally would not stay here again but only because the beds were too uncomfortable and I couldn't get a good nights sleep. A deal breaker as far as I am concerned. The beds seemed very new and if you can sleep on a whale bone corset you'll be absolutely fine. I like a firm mattress but not a bargain basement one. The bed linen was tired but 100% cotton so fine by me. I wished I had brought pillows as they were all too firm and bulky. The towels were of variable quality. Some super fluffy and some less so. But all fine. There was absolutely no sound proofing between the living area and the bedrooms upstairs. You could clearly hear whispers between the floors. Apart from one morning when they set off early and forgot to turn off the alarm clock, we didn't hear the neighbours. You need to bring your own shampoos, toilet paper, salt, pepper cooking oils and other basic bits and pieces. Hand soap life milk pods biscuits and tea leaves (no strainer) were provided but it was all a bit limited in the way of thoughtful touches for this day and age. But I guess you get what you pay for and holiday accommodation is very expensive in the UK particularly in high season. You have to check out before 10am and leave the place clean. I am not sure we did as we didn't have time, but we did get our deposit back. The owner turned up at 9:45 to say farewell and dropped off the clean bed linen for the next incumbents. We left our scissors behind in the kitchen drawer for them. Your welcome!
This review is for Oak Lodge, not the barns. The location is fantastic, view, complete with horses very nice. Inside, there are lots of good features, chocolate biscuits on arrival, and UHT milk pots. There was a visitor book for 2012-13. I like to look at these to get ideas, so was surprised there wasn't anything more recent. From reading that, it looks like this was a very impressive place, but perhaps the edge has gone off a bit. The info folder was for the barns, with a floorplan that didn't represent the lodge. The kitchen floor had crumbs on, and the saucepans etc were not clean. There were lots of local pamphlets but many were out of date. However, the beds, bathrooms and most other areas were clean, so maybe just a blip.