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Swallows Barn Cottage - an 18th century former cow shippon with corn loft on the first floor
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36 reviews
Swallows Barn Cottage - an 18th century former cow shippon with corn loft on the first floor
Haymaking time - view of Bosley Cloud and the historic 18th century 20 North Rode railway arches
The farm cows and calves enjoying grazing the lush and peaceful fields
The lovely River Dane and other streams run through the farm fields - great for picnics or fishing
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Congleton, Cheshire, England

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Claire B
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
1 review
“Excellent accommodation, great location for exploring”
Reviewed 22 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Arrived 15th August for a six night stay with my husband and two teenagers. We were all extremely impressed with the standard of the cottage. It had everything we needed, my children especially liked having an ensuite bathroom. The cottage is an excellent base for exploring Chesire and Derbyshire, and boy did we make the most of it. We visited Lyme park which was a excellent day out for all, exploring the grounds, and seeing the house and eating our picnic in the gorgeous gardens. We visited Chester Zoo which does take about an hour to get too but is well worth the visit. It is one pf the best we have been too, and we have seen a few due an animal mad daughter. We also visited Congleton, Biddulph, Buxton, Stoke on Trent and Bakewell all offer lots of different things to see. What was great was all the brochures in the cottage with plenty of ideas for trips or information on places we had already picked to visit. We did manage to fit a walk in near the cottage, we did the bosley canal walk which we enjoyed seeing the boats going through the locks. All in all a very busy holiday one of the best we have had. Brenda and family have done a fab job and I would not hesitate to return. Already recommending the cottages to family and friends

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers Families with young children
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Management Response
23 Aug 2015
Many thanks for your lovely comments. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us in Swallows Barn cottage and that you also enjoyed the wide variety of attractions, stately homes, lovely countryside and interesting towns & villages in our area. There's so much to see and do in all directions - and you certainly made the most of your holiday! Thank you for staying with us and kind regards, Brenda, Tom & Family
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Nicholas...
Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Beautifully presented, perfectly equipped cottage and wonderful hosts.”
Reviewed 10 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Just brilliant!

Four of us spent nearly a week at Swallows Barn, each couple arriving a day apart. Our first impressions were of a cottage that had been thoughtfully designed, finished to the highest standard and very thoroughly equipped. The welcome could not have been warmer or more helpful, the cottage could not have been cleaner and within minutes we felt very much at home.

The area is fascinating with a rich industrial and rural past, wildlife, the High Peak and some splendid National Trust properties within easy reach.

With a washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, ceramic hob and electric oven, refrigerator with a good sized freezer compartment and even an electric whisk (well surely everyone has to make chantilly cream when they're on holiday) the kitchen is well equipped and large enough to prepare, eat and wash-up a three course meal for 4. The utility area adjoins a downstairs WC - even though both bedrooms are en suite this was a blessing as we all had to be on the outskirts of Macclesfield for 6:45 on three mornings. The beds were comfortable; that from a chap who rarely sleeps more than 3 hours/night and never, at home, manages to go back to sleep - here an extra hour or so was a repeated pleasure.

We had some particular requirements that were discussed with Brenda before our stay and she absolutely came up trumps - going way beyond anything that we imagined. Do speak to Brenda before your stay - you will not find a more helpful host.

Just brilliant - a huge thank you to Brenda, Tom and their daughter (a recently qualified vet who helps out at weekends) - we had a terrific stay and only wish that we could have stayed longer.

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Liked best: Superb hosts and a beautifully presented, well equipped converted barn.
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
13 Aug 2015
Many thanks for your lovely comments. As a family - we really enjoyed making your acquaintance and your company - such interesting lives you lead! We too wish you could have stayed longer. We are so pleased that you enjoyed our cottage and the area in general. You certainly seemed to relish the Peak District. It would be lovely to see you again in the future. You'd be very very welcome. kind regards Brenda
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Badbob197...
Los Angeles, California
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Lovely Barn Conversion...”
Reviewed 1 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Stayed here with my young family while visiting relatives in July and really liked the place. The finish of the conversion has been done to a high standard and the cottage has a lovely cosy feel. Would highly recommend.

Have already booked it again for New Year...

Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
13 Aug 2015
Thank you for your lovely comments. We are really pleased that you enjoyed our cottage and we look forward to meeting you again on your return visit to us - after Christmas. kind regards Brenda
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Malcolm H
Bordon, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellently appointed and beautifully presented accommodation”
Reviewed 28 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

A gem of a place. Very comfortable with everything you need. Handy for Tatton Park and many other NT sites as well as being within reach of the Peak District and North Wales.
Brenda is wonderfully welcoming and friendly and always helpful.

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Liked best: Very comfortable with everything you would need
Liked least: Wi Fi sometimes intermittant
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
13 Aug 2015
Many thanks for your lovely comments. I know that you enjoyed both our cottage - and also the wealth of National Trust properties in our area - all within easy reach. Most importantly, the reason for your stay was to attend the Royal Horticultural Show held at Tatton Park on an annual basis. (Thank you for the tip regarding parking at the show!) We would be delighted if you returned for another visit. kind regards Brenda
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DPlant1
Frankfort, Kentucky
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A Real Find of a Farm Cottage in Cheshire”
Reviewed 29 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

My husband, sister and brother-in-law and I spent 14 nights in Swallows Barn Cottage in June 2015. We were visiting family and friends in the area. I did an extensive search for a two-bedroom cottage with en-suite bathrooms. Very difficult to find, but when I did, what a great one! The cottage has been renovated to a high standard with beautiful wood flooring, beams and doors. The decor and furnishings were excellent quality, and the cottage was thoroughly clean and well maintained. I am very particular about this aspect, and it was perfect. We had every amenity to make it comfortable for 2 couples.

From this location we visited Chester, mid-Wales, North Wales, Peak District, Lake District and Manchester among other places in Cheshire. I liked that the cottage is in a quiet area with nice walks nearby, especially by the canal.

Brenda and her family have done a marvelous job here. My family has stayed in 3 farm cottages previously, and this by far was the most comfortable and well-furnished. Look no further if you want a very comfortable and clean farm cottage in this area!

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Liked best: High standard of furnishings, cleanliness and maintenance
Liked least: Internet signal was very weak
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
1 Jul 2015
Many thanks for your excellent review of our Swallows Barn Cottage. It is so nice to hear that our work in maintaining it to a very high standard is noted and appreciated. I spend many hours cleaning and washing to ensure that it is absolutely spotless and I pride myself on providing attractive furnishings. I am aware that our cottage is ideally located for visiting beautiful areas and fabulous attractions in each direction - and you certainly made the most of this factor during your stay. Thank you again for staying with us and kind regards Brenda
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