Alder Barn is very spacious holiday home full of character with exposed oak beams and double height lounge.

Centrally located in the beautiful and historic Ashwell Village you are also within easy reach of both London and Cambridge via car and rail.

Comfortably sleeping from four up to nine people it is perfect for family groups or friends.

All the beds are made and towels provided and all basic essentials are provided.

The property is very well kitted out with all the mod cons you would expect in a modern house, including a fully equipped kitchen, laundry room, WiFi, Nexflix, 50-inch TV and more.

We are very welcoming to young children providing a high chair and travel cot.

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Enjoy Quality Time with Your Friends or Family
Comfortably Sleeping from 4 up to 9
Enjoy the Wonderfully Light and Open Plan Space
Lots of Space for Both Entertaining and Children
An Inspirational Space to Relax and Enjoy
High Ceilings and Exposed Wooden Beams
Looking Down from the Balcony
View of Lounge TV Area
View of Second Lounge Seating Area
View of Lounge View Towards Kitchen
View of Kitchen Towards Lounge
Kitchen Table Comfortably Sits Eight
Fully Kitted Out Kitchen and Lots of Prep Space
Balcony Area Double Sofa Bed
Balcony Area Made Up Double Sofa Bed
Balcony Room Looking Towards Lounge
Balcony Area Bath & Shower Room and Looking Up
Master Bedroom with Comfortable King Size Double Bed
Master Bedroom Looking Towards Door
Split Level Bedroom Top Double Bed
Split Level Bedroom Lower Single Bed
First Floor Landing Looking Towards Balcony
Bunkbed Room for Both Children and Adults
First Floor Shower Room
Tudor houses on Ashwell High Street
Ashwell Village Store and Star of India Takeaway
Bushel and Strike Pub (front)
Bushel and Strike Pub (back)
More Tudor Houses on Ashwell High Street
The Three Tuns Pub
Crumps the Butchers
Ashwell Village Museum
St Mary's Church
View of St Mary's Church
Exploring Ashwell Springs
Childrens Playground and Playing Fields


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Your holiday starts the moment you arrive

Alder Barn is a great place to stay, located just a mile from the Cambridgeshire/Hertfordshire border in the pretty village of Ashwell.

The barn gives you a lot of space, we’ve easily housed two families staying together or groups of friends meeting up for a fun weekend. There’s a light and airy open plan lounge area with full height ceiling, overlooked by the mezzanine balcony, which can be used as a bedroom (utilising the sofabed) or another lounge space, it’s often proved popular with teenage guests!

We’ve tried to include all the modern facilities that we think you’d like; four sofas in the lounge, unlimited WIFI, large flat screen TV with Netflix, second TV on the mezzanine, large fridge freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board, dishwasher, hob and double oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, Nespresso machine, hairdryer, travel cot, high chair, toddler toilet steps and a well stocked kitchen with lots of pots and pans, cutlery, crockery and glassware. We probably haven’t thought of everything, but we’ve really tried.

Everything will be prepared for your arrival (no having to make up beds or send straight out for toilet rolls). We’ve included a few things to get you going, so all you have to do is unpack and have a walk up the Tudor high street to decide which pub looks best for dinner, or nip to Baldock (about 15 mins drive) to stock up at the supermarket for your stay. Then relax while the kids are in bed, watch a film and enjoy the evening. Although don’t get up too late, the bakers are so popular that they often sell out of their favourites, you’ve got to be fast to bag yourself a pasty or a Chelsea bun!

Abi and Jon with their two daughters


1 – Alder Barn – so tell me all about it…

Alder Barn is a great self-catering barn conversion holiday home, right in the middle of the historic village of Ashwell. After travelling the UK with small children for many years, we tried to set it up with everything that you can expect to find in most family homes – things that we think will keep everyone happy and make sure that your holiday or stay goes well, including a fully stocked kitchen, all the usual appliances (including a decent sized fridge freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer), WIFI, Netflix and a Nespresso machine. Loads of sofa space, two bath/shower rooms and easy parking right outside. Add to that the great transport links to the airports, Cambridge and London, it’s all pretty good really.

2 – It looks quite big – how many can it sleep?

It is quite big, if you don’t mind sharing rooms and using the sofa bed, it can sleep up to nine people in three bedrooms and the mezzanine balcony area. This often sets it apart from other holiday lets in the area, which aren’t quite as big.

3 – So in as few words as possible – describe the place…

Light, airy, warm, comfortable, spacious, fun – is that too many?

4 – Are there any little extras to look forward to?

We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but the beds will be made and we leave ample towels, hand soap, mini toiletries, some toilet rolls, tea, coffee, sugar, milk sticks, biscuits and some cake, just to get you going…

5 – What about kids and pets?

Well although we don’t like to lump them into the same category, we warmly welcome children and provide a few things to help with your stay, like a travel cot, high chair, toddler toilet steps, some children’s cutlery and crockery. There’s also a few toys and game in the lounge cupboard and good old Netflix and a few DVDs to keep you going on rainy days.

Unfortunately, we can’t accept pets though, our solid oak floors are just not good for it and also we accept bookings from families who have severe allergies, so I’m afraid we don’t allow pets of any kind.

6 – It’s nice, but I bet it’s expensive!

No, actually, we are very competitive compared to other holiday rentals in the area and we feel that you get value for money – let us know what dates you’re interested in and how many people are coming, and we can let you have an idea of costs.

7 – So, Ashwell – never heard of it – what’s the village like?

Ashwell is a great little village, surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside, it dates from the middle ages. So has buildings from Tudor, through Georgian and Victorian to modern day. It’s a proper thriving village, the three pubs all do food, there’s a bakery, a butchers, a pharmacy and even a coffee shop. In the courtyard where the barn is situated there’s a hair and beauty salon, an art gallery and a bespoke jewellery store – great for last minute presents – we won’t tell if you don’t…

8 – If I wanted to visit Cambridge or London – how easy is it to get there from Ashwell?

Very easy. You can drive to Cambridge in just over half an hour or regular trains run from the local station (Ashwell & Morden, a 5-minute drive from the barn), which take about 25 minutes. If you want to get into London, then trains run all day from Ashwell & Morden to London Kings Cross, taking only around 40-45 minutes.

Things To Do

The Verulamium Museum
The Verulamium Museum Photo

Everyday life in Roman Britain is the focus of the Verulamium Museum in St. Albans. Located on the site of one of Roman Britain’s major cities the museum and park includes Roman room displays, original Roman mosaics, interactive displays and discovery areas.

On the second weekend of each month there is a talk and demonstration by a Roman soldier about the equipment and tactics of the Roman Army. Talks begin at 2.30pm on Saturdays and 3.00pm on Sundays.

The museum can be reached easily by car and includes a re-designed gift shop, created in partnership with the British Museum that sells souvenirs and books as well as smaller ‘pocket money’ items suitable for children.

Click here to see the Verulamium Museum

Mill Green Mill and Museum
Mill Green Mill and Museum Photo

Although there has been a mill on the site for over 1000 years the current Mill Green Mill is a working 18th-century flour mill and on milling days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday afternoon) you can see the watermill working and talk to the miller about his work. You can even take a bag of freshly ground wholemeal organic flour home with you!

Although a working mill it is also a museum designed to show historic milling practices through both exhibitions and practical demonstrations.

The site also contains the Mill Green Jubilee Garden; a Tudor inspired design created to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

Click here to see the Mill Green Mill and Museum

The de Havilland Aircraft Museum
The de Havilland Aircraft Museum Photo

The de Havilland is the oldest Aircraft Museum in the UK and is the only one dedicated to de Havilland Aircraft. The collection includes Pre-WW2 models from the 1920s through to Transport Aircraft from the 1980s.

Facilities include a well-stocked gift shop with a wide selection of de Havilland related items from books and greeting cards to models and prints.

The museum is located near junction 22 of the M25 next to Salisbury Hall (No longer open to the public).

Click here to see the de Havilland Aircraft Museum

Museum of St Albans
Museum of St Albans Photo

If you did not know, St Albans is a historic Roman town, and its museum is partly dedicated to Roman life. It is built on the site of the old Roman Town and you are able to see such things as the amazing Roman mosaic floor.

The museum also tells the story of St Albans up to present day.

It regularly holds new exhibitions covering various subjects, though for full details check out their website:

Lee Valley White Water Centre
Lee Valley White Water Centre Photo

If you like outdoor activities, then there must be something for you at Lee Valley White Water Centre.

From white water rafting to ice skating, horse riding and more, there is something for all those who like a bit of adventure.

Located just off the M25 and near the A1o, Lee Valley is very easy to get too.

For more information why not have a look at their website:

Henry Moore Perry Green
Henry Moore Perry Green Photo

Perry Green is the home of the Henry Moore Foundation; Moore’s art charity which was established for the promotion and education of the fine arts. It is located on his former estate and includes Hoglands, the artist’s restored home.

The estate also comprises flower gardens and Moore’s studios as well as over 70 acres of gardens and fields. Many of Moore’s sculptures are located throughout the grounds. The medieval Aisled Barn contains a display of nine large colourful tapestries based on his drawings.

The estate is open Friday 1st May – Sunday 25th October 2015 on Wednesdays – Sundays and Bank Holidays, 11am-5pm.

Click here to see the Henry Moore website

North Herts Leisure Centre
North Herts Leisure Centre Photo

The North Herts Leisure centre is open seven days a week and offers a wide range of activities for all ages. There is a large indoor pool as well as a tropical pool, wave machine and flume. Other facilities include dance studios, squash courts, fitness suite and sauna and steam room..

There is also a crèche and cafeteria on site. For children, there are ‘Wild Camp’ activities including softball, arts & crafts, swimming, trampolining and face painting. The sessions are suitable for ages 3 – 12 years.

Click here to see the North Herts Leisure Centre website

Shaw’s Corner
Shaw’s Corner Photo

Shaw’s Corner is a National Trust property and was the home of George Bernard Shaw for 44 years until his death in 1950. The house remains much as it was during Shaw’s time, with beautiful Arts and Crafts interiors and tranquil gardens to explore. The house contains over 5000 items belonging to Shaw as well as his famous writing hut.

During June and July Shaw’s Corner is converted into an outdoor theatre and there are performances of two of Shaw’s plays; just don’t forget your picnic!

Facilities include a gift and souvenir shop, pre-1950s plants for sale, free parking and ice creams and soft drinks. Guided tours are also available.

Click here to see the Shaw’s Corner website

Docwra's Manor Garden
Docwra's Manor Garden Photo

Located in Shepreth near Royston, Docwra´s Manor dates back to the 15th Century and was purchased by its present owners Faith Raven and her husband when they married in 1954. They have beautifully restored the gardens to their full glory with a beautiful walled garden, and a wonderful array of unusual plants.

Docwra´s Manor Garden is a wonderful place to spend time just enjoying the space. Teas and coffee and light lunches are also available at Teacake next door.

For more information see their website:

Denny Abbey and Farmland Museum
Denny Abbey and Farmland Museum Photo

Denny Abbey and Farmland Museum are two things to do for the price of one! The abbey is a Grade one listed twelfth-century building first occupied by Benedictine Monks, and subsequently occupied by Franciscan nuns and Knights Templars; so its history makes interesting reading. The site has also seen over time extensive restoration so seeing this is also very interesting and well presented on information boards.

For the children there is also a farm for them to visit and lots of things to see including the craftsmen’s workshops, lots of old farming equipment and lots more. Plus not to forget the play area and a decent café.

For more information see:

Oliver Cromwell's House
Oliver Cromwell's House Photo

Oliver Cromwell is a key figure of English history and his house (in Ely) is a must for anyone interested in the English Civil War. This is the house where the man that ‘banned Christmas’ lived for 10 years with his family. The house is kept as it would have been in the 17th Century and does feel authentic.

It is an interesting house and very much worth a visit, for more information see:

Knebworth Park and House
Knebworth Park and House Photo

Knebworth is one of England’s finest and most beloved stately homes, perhaps most famous globally for its rock concerts. Knebworth Park is situated just off the A1(M) at Stevenage and is a great day out for the whole family.

Attractions for children include an Adventure Playground and Dinosaur Trail, while all ages can enjoy going back in time with a visit to Knebworth House or a stroll through the gardens. Facilities include a fully licensed self-service restaurant, gift shop and exhibition centre.

This beautiful gothic mansion was also the home of the Victorian novelist, Edward Bulwer Lytton and there is a wealth of information about the Lytton family to discover.

Click here to see the Knebworth Park and House

Broadway Cinema
Broadway Cinema Photo

For a relaxing afternoon or evening of entertainment you could try the beautiful Broadway Cinema which was originally opened in 1936 (re-opened in 1996) and is a perfect example of the art deco architecture of the town of Letchworth both inside and out.

The cinema has four screens and has been adapted to play 3D films as well as live broadcasts from the Royal Opera House and the Royal National Theatre.

There is parking available in the nearby Town Hall car park as well as on-street parking. Prices start at just £5.

Click here to see the Broadway Cinema

Hatfield House
Hatfield House Photo

Replacing the childhood home of Elizabeth I, the current Hatfield House was built by Robert Cecil, the first Earl of Salisbury, in 1611. The original house and deer park had been owned by Henry VIII and Elizabeth learned of her accession to the throne while at Hatfield in 1558, apparently while at an Oak tree that still stands on the grounds. The estate is still owned by the Cecil family and is one of ten ‘Treasure Houses of England’.

As well as the magnificent house there is also a large park to explore, a farm, playgrounds, gardens, restaurant and gift shops.

The estate is situated close to junction 4 of the A1(M) and has ample parking. It can also be reached via Hatfield Railway Station./p>

Click here to see the Hatfield House