But also because there is a much wider range of places to stay – from lighthouses to tree houses, the UK has really raised the bar for unique and of course Instagram worthy places to stay. The Granary in Winchester is just one example of a place where it’s impossible to resist the temptation to grab your phone or camera and take a picture.
It is owned by Jim and Georgia who own the farm it is located on.
The couple came up with the idea of creating a farm retreat after visiting other unique lodgings around the UK.
Then they wanted to share the place where they live with others – a beautiful place, too.
The Granary is in the perfect spot, far enough from the heart of Jim and Georgia’s working farm and with views of the surrounding countryside and Winchester town center in the distance.
Everywhere you look you can’t help but appreciate the thought and effort put into everything, and the little things really count.
From the walk in shower overlooking the fields, all the toiletries you could wish for neatly presented in the bathroom, the freshly cut flowers scattered around the place, the hot water bottles on the bed for those colder evenings and a naughty cup of chocolates by the gas stove fire – they really have thought of everything.
Next to the outdoor pool you will find a wood burning hot tub, a fire pit with grill along with logs and kindling and marshmallows for roasting, and a ladder leading to a small reading nook with a panoramic view of the rest of the cabin. .
For the ultimate romantic getaway, Jim and Georgia provide a picnic basket and blanket to take food and drink to their sundowner spot, a short walk away, which, as the name suggests, is a place to settle down and relax. enjoy the sunset.
The Granary really turned out to be a gem as it rained quite a lot during my stay but the cabin and surroundings were still just as attractive, in fact it made for the ultimate cozy experience.
Guests are welcomed with a farmers basket containing freshly baked bread, free range eggs, freshly ground coffee, tea, cheese, milk, butter, wine and some pastries. You can also purchase food packs including a cheese basket, a dinner basket, a BBQ basket and a vegetarian basket.
When you want to get out and about, you can visit the farm’s own Golf Academy and driving range, take a farm tour on the Mule (a UTV utility vehicle), fish or take a hot air balloon ride right from the farm.
Located at the Golf Academy, you’ll also find The Kitchen @, a bistro cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a beast of a wood-burning stove. A takeaway menu is also available to guests.
All of these can be resolved by contacting Jim and Georgia, some at an additional cost.
There really is very little reason to leave The Granary, but if it’s your first time visiting Winchester, as if it were my own, I can highly recommend walking around the town center – lots of independent shops, cafes and restaurants .
While The Granary certainly looks like a great vacation, it’s also worth mentioning how helpful Jim and Georgia were during my stay, something echoed by others who signed the guestbook.