Set on a working farm, The Granary is a unique rural retreat for those in need of an escape from the hustle and bustle of normality. Unwind in a truly captivating cabin in the heart of Hampshire’s rolling countryside.
Built in 2021, The Granary is a bespoke cabin built with many materials reclaimed from the farm itself. The design is a unique marriage of the old with the new, the industrial with the rustic.
Down Farm is still very much a working arable farm, and has been in the family for over 100 years. Bought by Jim’s great- great- grandfather in 1900, it has remained an arable farm for the majority of this time (excluding a period with some ‘Houdini’ beef cows!).
During the 40s and 50s, Jim’s great grandfather signed a lease to Tommy Raisen, a racehorse trainer who occupied a house in the village and created two training gallops on the farm. It was from here that he trained the Grand National winner ‘Lovely Cottage’. Following Tommy’s stint on the farm, the gallops were returned to their original use as arable farmland.
During the 70s, 80s and 90s the profusion of crop circles on the farm caused a lot of interest. While the designs were not especially intricate, at least one circle appeared most years, and attracted tourists from as far afield as Japan and the USA. Pat Delgado and Colin Andrews wrote a number of books in the 90s referring to circles on the farm which are still available on Amazon.
There are a number of pill boxes on the farm which served to protect the Fleet Air Arm base HMS Kestrel on what is now Worthy Down Camp and there was an anti-aircraft unit on the south side of Down Farm Lane on the field now known as ‘Gunsite’.
After cooking a delicious meal over the firepit, why not relax in the wood fired hot tub, with totally unspoilt views over open countryside.
Or perhaps take a dip in the outdoor covered bath, accessed directly off the cabin’s bedroom. You will be totally surrounded by wildlife, with foxes, badgers and the occasional guinea fowl as regular visitors.
Our Wildflower meadow, whilst visually stunning, ensures our healthy population of pollinators, including butterflies and bees.
A short stroll from The Granary, the ‘Sundowner Spot’ is a special hidden corner of the farm and enjoys the most spectacular of sunsets. Why not have a bottle of fizz, an ice-cold G&T or a glass of pink as the sun dips below the horizon?
By prior arrangement we are able to supply you with a food basket containing an array of locally sourced produce; all you need to do is light the firepit and cook it!
If you’d rather venture out, Winchester city centre is located just a few miles from The Granary, where a direct train to London Waterloo is a mere 55 minute journey.
From the cabin you have direct access to miles of countryside walks, with many picturesque local villages, pubs and cafes.
We are on hand to offer you anything you might need, from arranging a day’s fishing on one of Hampshire’s famous chalk streams nearby, to organising for a hot air balloon to collect you from the doorstep of The Granary.
Nothing is impossible, just ask Jim or Georgia and they will happily arrange something to suit whatever your needs.
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