Visited the smaller barn for a weekend in February, for an annual reunion with friends. Owner met us upon arrival and was friendly. We have stayed in cottages/barns for the last 5 years; this was the only one we have ever felt disappointed by.
Positives: Fairly inexpensive, very convenient for Alton Towers, plenty of parking, nice backyard area for summer.
Negatives: FREEZING cold downstairs. Heating hadn't been on when we arrived, but even with all heaters on, we were still sitting in coats and duvets by the end of the weekend. Leather furniture and no carpet in lounge don't help. Never had this issue in any previous accommodation at same time of year.
Sleeps 7 adults max. 'Sofabed' in (the bitterly cold) lounge is suitable for a child and was extremely uncomfortable (when we complained, we were first told to contact the manufacturer and then given a camp bed, which literally fell apart as it opened).
Hot tub was broken. The owner explained on the first night that it wasn't working reliably and was likely to be warm, not hot, so gave us a discount. He said he was willing to discuss it further if there was a real problem. We tried to use it and found that, upon getting in, it was colder than lukewarm, so we got out. We spoke to the owner the next day, explained and asked for our Hot Tub money back as we couldn't use it. Despite original promises of further discussion, he said no immediately. He then said that as someone had got in to test, he wouldn't refund the money, because he would have to clean it (this had not been mentioned originally; had we known, we would have changed our attempt to use it). He did eventually refund the money on Sunday, but this was uncomfortable discussion for all concerned and spoilt the feel of the weekend.
Lacked practicality; odd things missing from kitchen equipment, such as a tin opener, corkscrew (despite an impressive wine fridge). Asked to top up hot tub, but no hose; suggestion was to boil kettles and carry them through the house.