The History of Kingfisher Barn - Abingdon
Oxfordshire Accommodation to suit all the family - Wheelchair users welcome, and we are pet friendly too!
The site at Kingfisher Barn was created by converting old farm buildings. Made of red brick and tile for the smaller cottages and stone and handmade tiles for the large lodges, these barns ooze charm and history. The Oxfordshire buildings dating back as far as the 17th century became redundant for farming practices in the 1970's. When machinery grew larger, they were unable to enter the buildings, so the farmer built new, much more significant modern buildings over the hill.
Barn Conversions Into Beautiful Holiday Cottages Including B&B
In 1994 the buildings, starting with the main stone barn, were converted to provide a holiday base for national groups and organisations to come and use. The local community also used the main stone barn for a range of activities including a weekly creative art space, musical events, indoor bowling as well as a very popular wedding reception venue.
The next set of buildings to be renovated was the old cow biers around the courtyard next to the main barn. These were turned into 10 en-suite holiday bedrooms and proved a great success with many groups from all over the UK who hired the whole site for weeks at a time. Some of these groups had a range of special needs, and so we adapted the accommodation to suit their needs right from the start. We are proud to say that many happy holidays and long weekends have made some exceptional people very happy over the years.
Grand Oxfordshire Accommodation - The Next Stage
After the courtyard came the adjacent yard that now houses three self-catering cottages. Stable, Hazel and Granary Cottage, as well as our very own Abingdon, heated indoor pool. The cottages were converted from the old bullpens and cart shed, and so the history goes on. Stable Cottage still retains its very high ceilings and was in fact originally indoor stables for 3 giant shire horses. The horses would have worked tirelessly with the heavy workload before the farm was mechanised.
Further Kingfisher Barn Changes
In 2000 it was agreed that the main barn would be changed into new self-catering holiday accommodation, the best that Abingdon offers! Two large lodges, Kyte and Kestrel, were built, as well as the Nest and Studio loft apartments. The barn lodges are very spacious, great for family reunions/group get-togethers and also the perfect location for a wedding gathering or just to enjoy a relaxing self-catering holiday.
Our accommodation in this delightful part of Oxfordshire has catered to folk with special needs for many years. In fact, some of our accommodation have tracking for hoists and wet room bathrooms. Also, we can provide a mobile electric hoist/ cot sides/shower chairs plus universal slings. All of our equipment you can hire with prior agreement on booking.
Kingfisher Barn Staff
The staff team is small and made up predominantly of local Abingdon ladies both in the office as well as housekeeping, working alongside a handyman. Together they perform a great job of running and maintaining the site of Kingfisher Barn. Our dedicated staff like to focus on making your holiday stay as comfortable and as stress-free as possible.
For guests who may need extra reassurance, there is also a 24-hour on-call phone number situated on at the entrance of reception and in all welcome packs in the rooms/lodges for out-of-hours emergencies.
Quality Assessment - Proud of Our Oxfordshire Accommodation *4 Star Status*
The whole site at Kingfisher Barn is registered *4 Star* with the Tourist Board. Guests can feel comfortable knowing a first class standard has been reached and maintained at all times. The site is regularly inspected to ensure it meets the strict criteria format used for assessments.
Facilities - Kingfisher Barn Provide Five Star Customer Service
Upon arrival, a member of staff will meet, greet and check you in, then show you to your lodge/cottage accommodation. Reception offers a selection of 'what’s on', places to visit and local attractions, plus a local map of the area. Our staff are very knowledgeable about the local region. We can order taxis for you and assist any way to make your stay as stress-free and comfortable as possible. (On booking, please ask if you need any assistance in finding local hairdressers or beauty treatments, etc.) All part of our five-star customer service right here in Abingdon, Oxford!
Charity Links - Abingdon's Best-Kept Secret!
Originally Kingfisher Barn was set up to work with national charities and organisations, and we are so proud that many of these still come to stay every year.
The Company makes a contribution of 10% of the annual profit to charities; this may be a global or local organisation. In 2009 Kingfisher Barn supported The Smile Train, an amazing charity that performs remedial cleft pallet work for children in situations of poverty. Visit the Smile Train website to find out more.
In 2010 the owners of Kingfisher Barn took up fundraising for the Smile Train by taking part in a rally from Peking to Paris. The rally endured 14500km of very tough terrain, often without any roads, and included China, Mongolia. Also, the rally crossed sections of the Gobi Desert, Russia, many Stans, Iran, Greece, Italy, France and finishing in Paris.
It was a trip of a lifetime and made more exciting in the fact that the vehicle was made of wood and iron and started life as a fire tender in 1919! The trip was very successful, and many 'Smiles' raised.
Oxfordshire Accommodation - Why Kingfisher Barn?
Holiday accommodation is always prepared ahead of time, with the beds made up with professionally laundered linen and a full towel set provided for each guest
Enjoy a beautiful 'welcome basket' in your self-catering accommodation with a few essentials to help you settle in
A list of useful phone numbers, for instance, Doctor, Dentist, and Vet will be placed in your welcome folder
Bed linen, bath towels, hand towels and bath mats are provided freshly laundered in house
We provide a full selection of toiletries, just in case you forget your own
If you are staying in the self-catering holiday accommodation, you will have use of the private indoor heated swimming pool, which has wheelchair access and a hoist
Children are welcome, high chairs and travel cots are free and available on request
We also provide full English or Continental Breakfast at an extra charge
Oxfordshire Accommodation - At Kingfisher Barn, We care About Your Stay With Us
24-hour on-call late check in/emergency on-call service provided (late check in after 7 pm by prior arrangement)
Pets are most welcome with prior arrangement, please see our Pets Policy
There are some beautiful scenic countryside walks very close by, and The Thames Path is just minutes away from our car park area
There is a security safe for any valuables, located in the main office
Large off road car park for guests
Complimentary WiFi throughout the site
WISPA ceiling tracking, hoists, cot sides, shower chairs and commodes are all available, on request
All cottages and lodges have their own garden/patio area. BBQ's are available on request, or you are welcome to bring your own
All Bed & Breakfast rooms have a small fridge, and a microwave, as well as fully stocked hot drinks tray to make tea, coffee and hot chocolate
We have a beautiful log cabin where you can enjoy breakfast of your choice from full English or Continental
Kingfisher Barn - Oxfordshire Accommodation At Its Best
Come and explore our delightful town, experience the tranquillity of beautiful walks, stunning parks, gardens and historical buildings. Sample some fine dining and quaint boutique shops, or play a round of golf to keep you amused, something for everyone!
For first class self-catering cottages and B&B, look no further - Kingfisher Barn is proud of their holiday/weekend getaway location. Repeat custom speaks for itself!
Quality Oxfordshire Accommodation
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