Unique Holiday Rental on the Bedfordshire Border

A lder Barn in Ashwell is just on the border between Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and is a traditional barn conversion holiday home, with all the modern facilities that a discerning group or family could require.

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There are three bedrooms and a large mezzanine balcony which houses a comfortable large double sofabed, meaning that the barn can sleep up to nine guests in comfort.

On the ground floor you’ll find a large open plan living area around a central chimney fireplace, where you’ll find comfortable sofas and a large screen TV, a selection of DVDs and a cupboard with a selection of toys, games and books to keep younger members of the party occupied. There is also Wi-Fi broadband.

In the roomy country style kitchen there’s a big table, seating eight, a washing machine, tumble dryer and a full size fridge freezer. With, we think, everything you’ll need in the cupboards for cooking and entertaining during your stay.

There is plenty of parking outside the property in the shared courtyard and the village of Ashwell is on your doorstep with two pubs, an Indian restaurant/take away, coffee shop, village supermarket, post office, pharmacists and more.

Also in the village you’ll find the stream and springs, this is where the springs which give Ashwell its name join what will eventually flow into the rivers Cam at Cambridge and Rhee. There is a children’s playground a short walk away, many local things to visit and do, and beautiful open countryside for walking and cycling.

Bedfordshire 3 Top Things To Do

Whipsnade Zoo

Whipsnade is now, along with London Zoo, owned by the Zoological Society of London and is a Zoo and Safari Park near Dunstable in Bedfordshire. ZSL is a charity dedicated to the protection of animals and their natural habitat. The Zoo is home to a huge range of animals from the largest including elephants, rhinos and giraffes to the smallest insects and reptiles. As well as visiting the animals there are a variety of experiences available suitable for a range of ages as well as the ultimate overnight experiences!

There are daily animal shows to enjoy and for younger visitors there are both outdoor and indoor adventure playgrounds. Onsite facilities include a choice of cafés and gift shop. The Zoo is open all year (apart from Christmas Day) and there is a wealth of information on their website.

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The Higgins Art Gallery and Museum

The Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford Museum and Bedford Gallery were merged in 2005 to form the Higgins Bedford. The Art gallery now focuses mainly on twentieth century art and includes a print collection of over 400 works from artists including Picasso, Dürer and Liechtenstein as well as many British artists. The gallery also includes the William Burgess Collection and the Edward Bawden Gallery.

For those more interested in antiques the old Higgins House contains displays of the Higgins’ collection comprising objects ranging from an elaborate Georgian tea service to jewellery and costume. The history of the area is recorded in the Settlement Gallery with examples and artefacts of the history of Bedford spanning thousands of years.

Check the ‘what’s on’ section of the website to find details of special events for the whole family.

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Shuttleworth Collection

The Shuttleworth Old Warden Aerodrome contains a collection of historic aircraft and vehicles dating from the early 20th century. This is still very much a working aerodrome and you can explore the hangers and even see the engineers at work. On event days you can see the aircraft in flight as they take off from the traditional grass runway.

The pride of the collection is a Blériot XI which dates from 1909 and is the world’s oldest airworthy aircraft. There is also a Supermarine Spitfire currently under restoration. The team of engineers working in the workshops are all trying to keep important skills alive so most of the work of the aircraft is carried out onsite by a specialist team.

The vehicle collection dates back to a Benz International Dogcart built in 1898 and includes many other examples dating from the 1890s and early 1900s.

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