The Cowshed

Sleeps 2-4 | Accessibility-friendly

The Cowshed is a ground-floor cottage with outstanding views across the surrounding fields. Because of the flexible layout, The Cowshed can be booked with a twin bedroom and en-suite bathroom only; or with an additional double bedroom with en-suite shower room. The Cowshed can interconnect with The Byre making one large cottage sleeping up to 8

DID YOU KNOW – the Cowshed and the Byre are interconnected and can be booked individually (with complete privacy, of course), as a pair with the partition removed, or individually as 1 or 3 bedroom properties depending on availability.

If you wish to know more, please contact Jean on 01827 880448 or email before you book.

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Combine our cottages

The Cowshed can interconnect with The Byre cottage. If you wish to book an extra bedroom or two 2 bed properties connected, please check The Byre calendar below to find dates where both properties are free.

If you prefer, we’re happy to discuss your requirements directly to help you find the ideal arrangement – email Jean at or phone 01827 880448.

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Each of our cottages is equipped with everything you need for your country house stay.

Below is a summary of the facilities for the Cowshed. If there’s anything specific you think you might need, don’t hesitate to contact Jean on 01827 880448 or

What’s in your cottage?

Our gorgeous holiday cottages are spotlessly clean and fully-equipped with everything you’ll need. There is free WiFi throughout.

Each cottage has:

  • Flatscreen TV with Freeview
  • DVD player
  • Deep, comfy sofas
  • Masses of tourist information
  • Complimentary flapjacks on arrival. Home-made by Jean – they are fabulous and a favourite with our guests!

Each kitchen has:

  • Solid oak units
  • Electric cooker and microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Comprehensive cooking equipment
  • Crockery and glassware

Each en-suite has:

  • Toilet
  • Washbasin
  • Shower or bath with overhead shower
  • Shaver point
  • Big white fluffy towels


All electricity, heating, linen and towels are included in your tariff; if you’re bringing baby, please bring your own cot linen too. We can provide one additional z-bed and bedding in the sitting room of each cottage for a small charge. There is a fully-equipped laundry room on site – it’s free to use but please bring your own washing powder. We can even loan you an iPod dock if you’ve forgotten yours.

Everyone gets a warm welcome at Upper Rectory Farm Cottages so if you have any special requirements, please let the ever-accommodating Jean know. Unfortunately, currently we can’t accommodate guest’s pets.

This is the Access Statement specifically for The Cowshed. You can read the full Upper Rectory Farm Cottages Access Statement here.

Upper Rectory Farm Cottages are a collection of 9 restored farm barns set in the middle of a 200 acre arable farm in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside with wide-ranging views across the cornfields. Six of the cottages are on ground floor level and the other three are two-storey buildings. The Refectory is a large ground-floor dining/meeting room for use with the latter cottages and has it’s own kitchen situated in the centre of the two-storey group of cottages but is on the ground floor with level access to both the dining room and kitchen. There is a separate ground floor accessible shower room available to all guests if required.
Each cottage has an information folder with emergency numbers and owner’s contact details .
The tarmac farm drive is half a mile long and slopes gradually as it nears the cottages. The cottages are set around 3 interconnecting courtyards and have level access throughout and parking right up to the doors.

We look forward to welcoming you. If you have any queries or require any assistance please phone 01827 880448 or email


  • The Cowshed is a single-storey cottage with no hall, stairs or landing.
  • Entrance:  6″ step over the threshold. The front door is 31″ wide. A ramp (no hand rails) is available if required. The outside light is on an activation sensor. The flooring inside the door is short pile carpet.
  • Kitchen/living room: The Cowshed has a kitchen/sitting room with short pile carpet and slate tiles in the kitchen area. The table is 31″ high with legs at each corner and a central stretcher beneath. The table can extend to seat up to 12. There are 4 armless chairs around the table. The worktops are 36″ high. The wall units are 53″ from the floor. The electic cooker has a side opening door with a lowest shelf height of 7″. The under-unit fridge has a lowest shelf height of 11″. The small freezer is in a separate low unit with a lowest shelf height of 4″. There is a cordless kettle. The kitchen is evenly lit with ceiling spotlights and under-unit strip lighting. There are 2 two-seater sofas which may be moved. There is a coffee table, 18″ high. The front door and the door to the bedrooms are 31″ wide. There is digital TV and DVD player – each with remote control. There is natural daylight, and in the evening there is good lighting with ceiling spotlights, wall lights and movable table lamps. There are double-door french windows with a step of 6″ down onto the patio.
  • Bedrooms: The Cowshed has 2 bedrooms both with level access from the kitchen/sitting room. The doors are 31″ wide. The twin bedroom has 2 single beds which are 16″ apart and may be moved further apart. Both beds have the height from floor to top of mattress of 24″. The double room has a double bed with height from floor to top of mattress of 24″. The flooring is short pile carpet. There is natural daylight, and in the evening there is good lighting with wall lights and movable table lamps.
  • Ensuites: The Cowshed has a twin bedroom with level access to the ensuite bathroom. The door into the bathroom is 26″ wide. The bath has an overhead shower and has glass surrounds. There are no grab rails. The washbasin is 31″ from the floor. A riser seat is available on request. There is a tiled floor. lighting is with ceiling spotlights and an over mirror strip light. The double bedroom has level access to the ensuite shower room. The door is 26″ wide.The washbasin is 31″ from the floor. It has a tiled floor, ceiling spotlights and over mirror strip light.

Outside area: The Byre and the Cowshed share a paved patio and lawned area accessed from their sitting rooms. It is level ground with a narrow paved path out to the roadway. There are tables and chairs on the patio from spring to autumn.

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Guests love Jean's home-made flapjacks waiting for them on arrival | Upper Rectory Farm Cottages
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Quality assured

VisitEngland’s unique Gold award recognises exceptional quality within a star rating or for outperforming a star rating. And our cottages are reviewed every year to ensure we’re maintaining our standards. All of our cottages have achieved at least 4 Stars with a Gold Award. Plus, because we allocate cottages based on your group, we don’t charge extra for our 5 Star cottages. 

Gold awarded self-catering accommodation at Upper Rectory Farm Cottages in Leicestershire
Award winning holiday accommodation | Upper Rectory Farm Cottages

What our guests say..

I’ve been to the best place and it’s here!

4th January 2019

Time stood still for a while ... I have thoroughly enjoyed this week.

Catherine Crawford
North Carolina, USA. May 2019

Our quizzillionth visit and always hugely anticipated and enjoyed! Fab, Fab!

The Edmonds family
May 2019

Wonderful break, home from home.

Shanks family
July 2019

Excellent week here. The canal towpath is the perfect place to walk and see wildlife and pretty scenery.

Ruth & Philip Taylor
August 2019
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Covid-19 Update

Good To Go England

We hope all our guests are staying safe and well during this difficult time.

We’ve recently re-opened our cottages and very much look forward to you returning.

We have completed our risk assessments and are following government guidelines to enable us to open safely. We are taking bookings with full refunds should your visit not be able to take place due to coronavirus.

For more information on our precautions implemented, booking your stay, or what to expect when you arrive, please read our Covid-19 advice or contact Jean on 01827 880448 or

Stay safe all and we look forward to seeing you soon, 

Jean and David