Huge Holiday Cottage very close to Bedfordshire

A lder Barn is a superb barn conversion full of character, and is located in the beautiful countryside village of Ashwell just one mile from the Bedfordshire border. Central village setting, and very conveniently situated, this is the perfect getaway location.

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It is the perfect holiday getaway for both families and groups of friends, offering generous accommodation and sleeps for up to nine. We welcome children and have appropriate facilities which include black out blinds in the bedrooms, travel cot, and plenty of toys and games (which the adults can play with as well if they so wish!)

Being a barn conversion, Alder Barn has bags of character, with a double height lounge bathed in natural daylight as well as lots of exposed wooden beams.

When you turn up for your holiday we do not expect you to start making beds, or find an open shop to buy milk; this will be done for you. In fact everything listed on our website is included, absolutely no hidden extras.

Alder Barn is owned by the Monk family and run by Abi and Jon, who have two young children and have stayed in many self-catering holiday homes throughout the years.  Their aim is to make Alder Barn just as they would expect to find a holiday cottage for their own family holidays.

Whether you are taking a short break or having a full holiday, Ashwell provides the perfect setting.  It is a quiet and relaxing place with friendly locals, but is also very well connected with fast road and rail services into London. Plus, stretching into Bedfordshire, there is Whipsnade Zoo, Woburn Safar Park, Woburn Abbey and much more..

For our younger visitors, Ashwell has a large playing field in with a good play area. There is also the famous Ashwell spring which, with its stepping stones and shallow waters, is the perfect place to ‘splash around’ in for a few hours.

So, if you are looking for Holiday Cottages Bedfordshire; whether you are thinking of a short break or a full holiday, to book Alder Barn please call Jon or Abi on 01462 757 020.

Top Things to do in Bedfordshire

Willington Dovecote and Stables

Run by the National Trust, Willington is an outstanding example of a 16th century stone dovecote and stables. The dovecote is home to 1,500 pigeons as well as a nesting place for barn owls and kestrels. It is the perfect spot for keen bird-watchers.

There are displays and archives of the local community inside the dovecote which are maintained by the Willington Local History Group and there are regular events to enjoy throughout the year so it is well worth checking the What’s On section of the website.

However, please be aware that the dovecote is only open between April to September on the last Sunday of every month.

Click here to see Willington Dovecote and Stables


The National Trust maintained Sharpenhoe group of hills comprises four adjacent areas of countryside; Sundon Hills, Moleskin and Markham Hills, Sharpenhoe Clappers and Smithcombe Hills.

Each of these ancient woodlands has something different to offer. If you are looking for the perfect picnic location you can find one at Sundon Hills with benches located immediately adjacent to the car park or why not bring a blanket to relax on the grass?

Braver visitors might want to try the allegedly haunted Sharpenhoe Clappers which is a chalk escarpment and part of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are still traces of an Iron Age hill-fort and an impressive beech wood.

The hill ridges offer incredible views and the old chalk quarry attracts a variety of flowers and butterflies during the summer months.

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Dunstable Downs, Chilterns Gateway Centre and Whipsnade Estate

This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty comprises extensive chalk and grassland maintained and protected by the National Trust. The Dunstable Downs are blessed with some of the most incredible views in England and there are two Scheduled Ancient Monuments, Five Knolls and Medieval Rabbit Warrens, to explore as well as many other historical sites and features.

The chalk grasslands of the area have been categorized as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to their outstanding quality.

The downs have miles of footpaths as well as several circular walks so whether you would like to enjoy a long hike or a gentle stroll there is an option for everyone. As Dunstable Downs is within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) you will certainly not be disappointed.

Click here to see Dunstable Downs, Chilterns Gateway Centre and Whipsnade Estate