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


See below the 30 testimonials guests have been kind enough to leave us on Trip Advisor, AirBnB,
Google,, via email and in our guest book.
  • “Great New Year break!
    Beautiful barn, very spacious and clean. Lovely village setting with lots of great local walks."
    Louise T and Family
    from England
    January 2017
  • "A wonderful place to stay in beautiful surroundings.
    We loved the Barn, which is beautifully decorated with plenty of space and had everything we needed. We took our children and there was so much to do, we didn't have enough time to fit it all in. I would definitely recommend Alder Barn."
    Kathryn and Family
    from Horsham, Sussex, United Kingdom
    November 2016
  • "Lovely stay with family for my wedding
    I got married at South Farm and we used Alder barn as Bride HQ - It was great, comfy beds and they have thought of everything. Really clean and very nice place to stay. Enough room for family to be comfortable and spend time relaxing before the big day! I would come again with family or friends :)"
    Stef W and Family
    from United Kingdom
    September 2016
  • "The stay was excellent
    The stay itself was excellent and the barn was perfect. Thank you once again, I'm sure our families will look to stay there again. Out of interest is it booked already at Christmas?
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    Tom and Family
    from London, England
    September 2016
  • "Three girls on holiday together and we had a blast

    Our host was flexible with our arrival time. The barn was cool in temperature during a particularly hot period. Loads of space and great toiletries, plenty of towels and high spec. bathrooms. Three girls on holiday together and we had a blast.

    We particularly loved the Village and the space within the accommodation.

    Lesley and Friends
    from England, United Kingdom
    September 2016
  • "Love your house, it's perfect!

    We are just vacating Alder Barn and have thoroughly enjoyed our stay. So love your house its perfect!!

    So well-equipped and perfect for our us.

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    Sandra and Family
    from Dorset, United Kingdom
    August 2016
  • "Beautiful home with lots of space

    My family of 5 stayed here for a week. Part way through we were joined by three additional family members making 8 of us staying for a few nights. More.

    Rick and Family
    from Boston, Massachusetts, United States
    August 2016
  • "Lovely village; perfect accommodation for large family

    We travelled over from Ireland to bring my dad to the Duxford airshow. The Alder Barn was a perfect location: close to Duxford (I think it took ~25mins including airshow traffic); plenty of space; a great Indian takeaway; and fantastic local pub (The Three Tuns) for meeting extended family over a meal. And Ashwell is the prototypical English country village. Loved it! "

    Jamie L and Family
    From Ireland
    July 2016
  • "Wonderful accommodation in a beautiful little village!

    Wonderful accommodation in a beautiful little village! Will highly recommend this to friends. Go to the Three Tuns and have a Hugo! Very comfortable in a great location. The barn is beautifully converted. Well done.

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    Hilary and Mary
    from County Cork, Republic of Ireland
    July 2016
  • “Beautiful barn

    Had a great stay in your beautiful barn. Thanks very much!

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    Archaeological Research Services
    from Newcastle, Bakewell and Sale, United Kingdom
    April 2016
  • "We had a really good time at Ashwell

    We had a lovely time. We had some visitors to visit us and I had some delicious food with my family. And we go to a lot of shops. We had a party with Wilfred, Robert and Judy. We had a birthday cake and that had a 1 on it. I had a really good time at Ashwell today

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    from Australia
    April 2016
  • "Lovely accommodation, good facilities, great to have Netflix

    Lovely accommodation, good facilities, great to have Netflix - we could find something we all liked! More.

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    The Raggs
    from Scotland, Wales and London, United Kingdom
    March 2016
  • "A superb accommodation with all the amenities

    A superb accommodation with all the amenities. Wonderful village and within a short commute to Bletchley Park and Duxford. Leaving here refreshed and relaxed.

    Thank you to our hosts, Jonathon and Abi for their personal attention to detail and our comfort.

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    Will, Neil, Paul and Neal
    from Southampton, United Kingdom
    March 2016
  • "Fabulous half term break in this lovely place

    We had a fabulous half term break in this lovely place. Visiting family, going for strolls and enjoying the village.

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    Tookey Family
    from Liverpool, United Kingdom
    February 2016
  • "Very nice place to stay
    We stayed at Alder barn myself, husband, sons,my mum and dad,we went down from Scotland for my bother in law funeral it was great we could all stay together. More.
    Alison W and Family
    from Caithness and Sutherland, United Kingdom
    February 2016
  • "Beautiful home in a charming village
    We had a lovely time in such a beautiful home in a charming village. It was relaxing and just what we needed after a York 2015 Christmas. Thank you!

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    Dixon and Potts Families
    from York, United Kingdom
    December 2015
  • "Perfect
    We booked here on behalf of our staff members who were working locally and needed a place to stay close to site. They were delighted with the standard of the accommodation, the owner Abi couldn't have been more helpful, and they thoroughly enjoyed their down time in the fantastic social space. Would thoroughly recommend this holiday let for a get away at any time of the year"
    TVAS Ltd
    from Reading, United Kingdom
    November 2015
  • "Had a brilliant time, lovely accommodation – very comfy beds

    Stayed for John’s big 60th birthday weekend. We had a brilliant time, lovely accomodation – very comfy beds. Had enormous fun playing the Alterego game we found in the cupboard!"

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    Dinah, John, Suzanne, Lorna & Matt
    from United Kingdom
    November 2015
  • "Excellent Venue

    "Excellent venue for family celebration of a 30th birthday. Three Tuns Gastro pub excellent"

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    Mary and Family
    from United Kingdom
    November 2015
  • "Spacious, comfortable and well equipped for the purposes of having buckets of fun

    “The Class of The Rosary Priory Bushey, Herts (now closed) chose Alder Barn for our annual get together and we have had a fantastic weekend. Alder Barn has been spacious, comfortable and well equipped for the purposes of having buckets of fun.

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    Jane and Friends
    from Southern England
    October 2015
  • "It was wonderful we could not fault anything

    "Ashwell is a lovely place, we had a wonderful time here. The Rose + Crown is a real friendly pub, helped us a lot. I loved the butchers and bakers it made me want to come back home to live here! The house was wonderful could not fault anything! Thank you so much for letting us stay here."

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    Neil, Julie and Family
    from North Carolina, United States
    September 2015
  • "Lovely stay in this fantastic house

    "Lovely stay in this fantastic house. Ashwell is an amazing village. We made lots of good friends. Everything is easy and we enjoyed a very pleasant week. Many Thanks."

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    Emmanuel and Family
    from Maastricht, The Netherlands
    July 2015
  • "Ideal
    Very comfortable and up to date accommodation in a great location. Excellent value. Thoroughly recommended."
    from Taunton, United Kingdom
    May 2015
  • "Amazing building, really comfortable
    Really good building, we had a great time. Tvs, books, games, comfortable sofas and beds and a really cool drive to the place. Will visit again! Thanks"
    Nuno C
    from Portishead, United Kingdom
    February 2015
  • "I could not have asked for more
    Just spent New Year at Alder Barn. To be honest I could not have asked for more. The property itself is fantastic, massive, and a great place to spent time with friends. Everything worked like a dream, plus has a nice big TV! Definitely recommended and I’ll be coming back."
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    Ben L and Friends
    from Croydon, Surrey, United Kingdom
    January 2015
  • "Nothing short of spectacular for our Family Christmas Break

    As there is 9 of us in our family and none of our houses would have been big enough for Christmas we decided to go away and we hit the jackpot when we chose Alder Barn. More.

    Charlene and Family
    from Luton, United Kingdom
    December 2014
  • "Nice property and very well furnished
    “We has a short break at the property as we had a friends wedding in Hertfordshire. Nice property and very well furnished. Our kids loved the balcony. Will definately come back as would like to explore more of Ashwell and the surrounding area, as its really nice round there.”
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    Nick and Becky and Family
    from Oxted, Surrey, United Kingdom
    November 2014
  • "The property is everything you could wish for
    Whilst coming to the UK for a month from Australia to visit family we used Alder Barn as our base. The property is everything you could wish for, massive, full of character, and really well kitted out. Ashwell is a stunning village with some great pubs. We had a great time and look forward to coming back."
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    Nick, Heather and Family
    from Brisbane, Australia
    September 2014
  • "Great house and the village is beautiful
    We stayed at Alder Barn for a couple of weeks whilst on vacation from the US visiting family in Birmingham. Great house and the village is beautiful. Just wish you got places like this in the US. Now trying to work out how we can afford to come again next year!"
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    Martin, Tina and Family
    from Los Angeles, United States
    August 2014
  • "Highly Recommended
    We rented this property with a few friends for a week’s break. I cannot rave about Ashwell enough, some great pubs, and a really pretty village. The property itself was great, loads of space and lots of character, and everything worked. Highly recommended!"
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    Den H and friends
    from Portishead, United Kingdom
    August 2014

Your holiday starts the moment you arrive

Jon and Abi set up Alder Barn so everything is ready when you arrive.

With their two girls, Jon and Abi have stayed at numerous holiday homes throughout the UK, and were constantly frustrated by having to take linen and make beds, buy bin bags and washing up liquid and having to take meter readings at the end and pay extra for electricity! For us this always detracted from the holiday.

We believe that the holiday should start right at the very beginning; so when you arrive you all the essentials are provided to get you going (made beds, clean towels, toilet rolls, bin bags etc.). There will be a pint of milk in the fridge, plus tea and coffee so you can unwind after a long journey. Then, at the end of the holiday, there are no extra charges for utilities, and you will get your deposit back in seven days.

Our aim is to make your holiday at Alder Barn relaxing as possible.

Abi and Jon with their two daughters


1 – Is Alder Barn a self-catering property?

Alder Barn is indeed a self-catering holiday home offering all of the facilities that you would expect to find in a quality property including a fully stocked kitchen.

2 – Is there an upper limit on how many people can stay?

The barn has three bedrooms and a mezzanine balcony room and can comfortably sleep between 4 and 9 people.

3 – Can you describe the property?

We believe that Alder Barn offers something more than a little different to other holiday properties. Painstakingly restored, our barn conversion offers a wonderful mix of original beams and brickwork whilst also offering a modern feel with up to date facilities.

4 – Are children welcome during our stay?

The barn has been set-up using our knowledge of exactly what we were looking for when going on holiday with young children and as such, children are more than welcome.

You will find amongst other facilities a high chair and a travel cot to help ensure that you and your children have the most comfortable stay possible.

5 – Am I allowed to bring my pets?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to bring your pets with you for your stay at the barn.

6 – Are there set prices throughout the year?

Our prices vary depending on a number of factors including, duration, time of year and number of guests. Please contact us for details.

7 – Where is the best place for me to find your current availability?

There are a variety of options available to find our current availability. Our own website, along with a number of reputable booking websites including AirBnB, Holiday Lettings (Trip Advisor) and Home Away all provide the relevant up to date information.

8 – Does the barn offering internet access and a television?

WiFi will be available during your stay. We have also installed a large flatscreen TV (offering Netflix) in the main lounge area, whilst a smaller flatscreen TV can be found in the mezzanine balcony area.

9 – Are there any areas of interest in Ashwell and Hertfordshire?

Ashwell is a beautiful little village with a vibrant feel located in North Hertfordshire just over 40 miles from Central London.

Renowned for its historic buildings, Ashwell is filled with timber-framed buildings with many dating back to medieval and Tudor periods. It has a fascinating history which extends far back in time to the Bronze Age and beyond.

Offering countless opportunities to stroll around this stunning location, you can discover surprises around every corner ranging from attractive thatched cottages and buildings from across the ages from Medieval times, to the Guildhall to wonderful country pubs and shops.

The village itself is host to a variety of local businesses found on the high street including 3 excellent pubs who serve food, a village store and all the other shops you would expect to find in a country village.

Whilst exploring the village, we recommend taking a moment to visit Ashwell Springs, a site of freshwater springs, along with the breath-taking Ashwell Cottage Garden which is maintained by volunteers.

Central London can easily be reached by train, with trains running a regular service into London Kings Cross.

If you would like to head in another direction, the historic city of Cambridge no more than a quick drive or train ride away and offers an incredible amount of history, buildings and churches to visit.