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The Baby Barn Pram & Nursery Centre, Marton

Muddy says: A very personal service is offered at this award-winning family-owned independent nursery store which celebrates its 25th birthday this June.

The Baby Barn, set in the lovely rural village of Marton, is the largest independent baby equipment, pram and nursery centre in Warwickshire.

Run by Sue Dronfield and her friendly, experienced and trained award-winning team, it’s located down a quiet, scenic country lane in Marton, near Princethorpe, inside a converted former lambing and grain barn on the family’s farm.

It’s easily accessible – a 20 minutes’ drive from Rugby, Coventry and Leamington, and half an hour from Banbury.

As if having a baby wasn’t hard enough, knowing what to buy for your impending arrival is a hassle you really could do without – but here there’s everything you need under one roof. Downstairs on the ground floor you’ll find prams and car seats; upstairs there’s nursery furniture to kit out your new arrival’s bedroom. New parents can choose from more than 20 brands including Silver Cross, Bugaboo, BeSafe, iCandy, Mamas & Papas, Maxi Cosi and BabyStyle.

There are so many baby accessories on offer these days it can be a real minefield for sleep deprived, stressed parents or panicked pregnant women to navigate but at the Baby Barn you’re in safe hands – staff offer full product demonstrations on all products and one-to-one consultations, which can be booked in advance on 01926 634704. You can expect excellent after sales service, no matter how far down the line you are, free storage, payment plans and a free large onsite car park.

And when you’re ready for a sit down there’s the newly-opened two-storey Baby Bean Coffee Area with panoramic countryside views across rapeseed fields, enjoyed by local villagers too. Later this year Sue is looking at opening the upstairs area for mini-first-aid and baby massage courses and hiring out the space for private baby-showers. It’s a characterful brand new loft space full of wooden beams, nooks and crannies with a fab baby-changing area. Anyone interested in running a baby-related course or hosting a baby shower can call.

To celebrate their 25th anniversary The Baby Barn will be holding lots of special birthday events throughout June including a car seat safety workshop, so keep an eye out on their social media channels!

Opening hours Tues – Sat, 10am – 4.30pm, babybarn

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