Welcome to Heath Farm
Welcome to Heath Farm in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.
Five award-winning luxury self-catering holiday cottages lovingly converted from old stone farm buildings set in 70 acres of meadow and woodland. An exquisite and tranquil base for exploring the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.
A place where time seems to move at a slower pace. Heath Farm has naturally luxurious, superior crafted cottages nestled in among 70 acres of the most stunning North Oxfordshire Cotswold Countryside. Enjoy the fresh air, space and freedom we have to offer.
David and Nena have created an oasis where the attention to detail and quality of the materials make for a sumptuous and relaxing stay. You‘ll be hard pushed to find somewhere else quite like this.
These very individual Gold Rated stone cottages offer guests the ultimate in comfort, quality and cleanliness and a chance to enjoy the high standards of craftsmanship which is the hallmark of this idyllic retreat.
You’ll be warmly welcomed to the farm by the Barbours. The family live on site and will be happy to get you settled in and are available throughout your stay should you need any information or help. Unlimited firewood, fresh flowers*, cake and crisp clean spring water all from the farm are all supplied upon your arrival. We also provide picnic hampers in each cottage so that you can enjoy eating out in the grounds.
David and Nena Barbour with their family have spent over forty years making Heath Farm what it is today. The cottages have been lovingly restored to maintain all the rustic charm of old farm barn buildings whilst providing first class natural luxury and superior craftsmanship.
We want you to enjoy all the wonderful aspects of the farm so please take a look around our website where you’ll find a wealth of information to make your stay truly memorable. We look forward to welcoming you to share what they have created.
*occasionally we have to buy flowers if out of season
Meet The Owners
On a crisp autumn day in 1992, it was with great excitement that owners Nena and David Barbour watched out the window for the arrival of their first guests. It took over 30 months and vastly over budget (their exacting standards would not be compromised!) to redevelop the farm and convert the buildings into five award winning luxury cottages.
Nena and David were determined to create somewhere beautiful for themselves and their guests to enjoy. The priorities were and will always be: quality, craftsmanship, cleanliness and comfort. Nena manages the cottages on a daily basis and David is always nearby maintaining the grounds (usually in summer sat on a tractor mower with headphones on!) and harvesting nuts and home produced food. They live in the farmhouse on-site, always on hand should they be needed.
David is a first generation farmer who also used to run an on-site butchers shop (decades before the concept took hold) at Heath Farm. Back in the 1970s the cottages were animal sheds occupied by farm animals. With time they were converted for use of their growing family. The final transformation focusing on the use of natural materials and superior craftsmanship together with an attention to detail and design and finishing has made these cottages the havens of comfort and natural luxury you can experience today .
Nena is originally Spanish, she met David through a mutual friend in the mid 60s and has made Heath Farm her home ever since. They have 4 adult children and 8 grandchildren who all help and contribute to the wonderful ambiance of the farm. Nena’s passion is gardening, cooking and making other people happy. She loves welcoming back all the returning guests! In between the gardening, cooking and greeting of guests he is kept busy looking for soft furnishings and equipment needed to maintain the quality of the interiors.
They couldn’t offer the service they do without the support of their wonderful staff. From our head housekeeper of many years, Sheila and other dedicated cleaners , Brian our woodland manager, Pete our resident maintenance and I.T manager through to Martin & Craig who run the joinery.
Heath Farm has always held an important social element with David & Nena helping organise P.T.A barn dances, local cricket matches & bonfire nights whilst the kids grew up. They even allowed their son to host numerous (and infamous) skate and BMX events on the ramps which once occupied the site of the poly tunnels. More recently they have regular forest school visits and have held woodland group events including charcoal making. They encourage community groups or individuals to use the farm for the betterment of the communities we live in.
Heath Farm now consists of 70 acres but from 1963 until 1990 was part of a 370 acre arable farm with pigs and sheep. In 1989 with farm incomes in rapid decline and the outlook bleak the decision was taken to sell the pig herd (the sheep had been sold previously) and most of the arable land, and re-invest the money in diversification projects. However we do still keep some livestock, namely sheep, chickens, and sometimes pigs, to keep our larder stocked up!
We decided to turn the traditional stone buildings into high quality holiday cottages. We wanted to use natural materials as far as possible and invest in local craftsmanship. To this end we commissioned a local blacksmith to make iron ware for the doors and windows and set up a small joinery to produce the hardwood furniture and fittings for the cottages. Two local builders worked with us for 3-4 years and their skilled stonemasonry is evident. We also set challenges with our particular designs with each cottage having its own character and specifically designed interiors. We wanted to create a beautiful environment for ourselves as well as for our guests and enjoyed creating the courtyard that we all share. It is lovely that so many of our guests appreciate the attention to detail and quality of workmanship and that they tell us how relaxed they feel here.
The joinery shop was kept on and continues today making bespoke furniture for the local market and also helps in maintaining and upgrading the holiday cottages.
Our Aims and Ethos
To be custodians of nature and to maintain a beautiful environment.
To create something beautiful and timeless for ourselves and to share with guests.
To provide opportunity for others to experience and enjoy being in nature.
To encourage ourselves and others to think about the environment
To provide a place of natural beauty and comfort where guests can really relax, unwind and feel restored and inspired.
To support traditional crafts and craftsmanship.
We are community minded with a sense of ethical duty of care for others, our communities and guests. This should hopefully shine through on most of the pages you visit on our site. From our purchasing policy, renewables policy, our listings on our out and about pages for local farmers markets, great local pubs and attractions through to all aspects of our farm.
We try to make sure we source products and services from individuals or companies that have a strong environmental policy and we also help to encourage supporting our local communities and businesses.
Our tenants and companies associated with us.
The farm buildings were converted into 7 units and house a number of businesses including Cotswold Baking. Our other tenants include a sound studio, paint supplier and 2 joiners shops.
Vine House Photography Studio
Vine House Studios is a team of photographers led by Becky Moyce & Ivor McCullagh. Originally based at Heath Farm.
For a lasting memory of your stay do please contact Becky and Ivor who will provide you with a full photo shoot either in your cottage, in their studio or within the beautiful grounds of the farm.
For staying guests you will be able to receive a £160 photo shoot for only £30 which includes a free canvas print! This offer is available at time of booking or can be booked while you are here but they may not be able guarantee a slot if busy.
Phone: 01608 683880 or 07581 784707
Cotswold Baking “Supplying Crumbs of Comfort”
The cake you find on your arrival has been made on the farm by Cotswold Baking. Made to order cakes, delicious desserts, tasty tray bakes and all things sweet, delivered to your door. Based in Unit A3 You’ll find Paul who’ll be more than happy to supply that extra special treat to accompany you’re afternoon tea i. Paul uses as much local produce as possible from the flour to the local dairy. Heath Farm walnuts and hazelnuts are used in Pauls cakes.
Phone: 07939 058759
David Barbour Joinery
From the floorboards, skirting, kitchen units, bathrooms, doors, windows, staircases, cupboards to the furniture itself, almost everything in our cottages was made here on the farm. We have many years of experience creating bespoke pieces to fit the many shapes and sizes of customers’ houses.
If you would like us to create your own custom item do please pop up to the workshop or speak to David for a quote.
Spoon Carving, Knife skills and Whittling
Phone: 01295 758519
Promoting participation in traditional craft. Lessons in spoon carving & whittling using wood supplied by Heath Farm. Martin runs a number of courses throughout the year and also does private tuition, courses are run in the village of Great Bourton in North Oxfordshire. A great way of taking a useful and memorable souvenir of your stay at the farm!
Phone: 07513 731538
They offer a wide range of products including bespoke continuous woven fencing, framed woven willow panels and gates, oil tank and wheelie bin screens, privacy extensions, oak framed and woven garden architecture and woven and thatched tree houses and dens for children or adults. They are also specialists in riverbank erosion fencing, hedge laying and planting. They cut all their own materials locally from sustainable coppice woodlands including Heath Farm ensuring the quality of raw material and peace of mind over the source woodland as a habitat.
We are proud to support the Forest School initiative and have regular school visits to the farm. Rest assured, the sessions are well away from cottages and facilities used by guests!
Forest School uses the woods and forests as a means to build personal confidence and self esteem in children and young people. It is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education. Oxfordshire has been at the forefront of Forest School in the UK and is one of the first counties to train and resource Forest School Leaders. Since 1995 Oxfordshire Forest School Service has had a team of practitioners whose role is to encourage teachers, nursery staff and youth workers to embrace this exciting approach to learning in challenging natural woodland environments.
Over 300 places such as nurseries and schools in Oxfordshire have regular Forest School embedded in their provision for families, children and young people and the number is rapidly growing. The sessions are not activity based but instead are led by the interests of the learners. Children, young people and families may enjoy such experiences as building dens, playing hide and seek, telling stories, cooking over small fires, climbing trees, hunting for mini beasts, making mud pies