"That night we find rural peace in an exquisitely converted self-catering barn in the lovely village of Aldbourne, where sheep bleat and horses clop past as we eat morning croissants before a gigantic window, over-looking frost rimmed fields."


Nicholas Roe, travel writer, recommended Alma Barn in The Times, December 2012


Open plan ground floor

This area is a very sociable space, warmed by underfloor heating and featuring a kitchen area, a large, oak dining table and a comfortable seating area. At each end the light comes flooding in through the large barn doors. There is WiFi throughout the barn.

  • The kitchen area contains a cooker, microwave and fridge. The cupboards are well stocked with basic cooking appliances, crockery, glasses, saucepans, oven dishes, and drying up cloths, hand towels, napkins, etc. Please note: there is no dishwasher or washing machine.
  • The sitting room area has two sofas and a flat screen plasma TV with Freesat and Blu-ray/DVD, connection to your own MP3 player to amplifier with built-in sound system. Reading lights.
  • The dining table seats up to 8 people.

Shower room

The downstairs shower room features a shower, toilet and basin and is also warmed by underfloor heating. Full-length mirror and de-misting shaver mirror, shaver socket.


The mezzanine first floor has two separate staircases, each leading to one of the bedroom areas. The solid oak beds support very comfortable pocket-sprung mattresses, with percale cotton sheets and feather duvets and pillows provided (unless synthetic requested) and large towels.

  • The first bedroom can sleep two people and has a king size double bed, heated towel rail, reading lights, small cupboard.
  • The second bedroom also sleeps two people in twin beds and has a heated towel rail, reading lights and a chest of drawers.
  • Although the bedrooms are open plan, they are on opposite sides of the barn.


There is off-road parking for two cars, with no restrictions on parking on the road. The pathway from parking to barn and the terrace are lit at night.

Table and chairs are provided on a large cobbled, private terrace, which is in sun from mid-morning.

The Owners

The Elms family have lived in Alma Cottage, next to Alma Barn, for 20 years. Fenella Elms is a ceramics artist and works from a workshop at home. There are also a number of other inhabitants at the cottage, namely ducks, sheep, cows, bees and the family dogs and cat.

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