Mr Clarke thinks :
You won’t be able to resist this home and it’s modern country aesthetic.
This stunning home is set within 1.4 acres of beautiful gardens and captures the imagination with all the architectural detailing you crave when you hear the words “Barn Conversion”. It is a wonderfully light, contemporary home that offers charm, character and soothing interiors.
Upon visiting this glorious home; space is the first thought that enters your mind. Rolling countryside views are in abundance and so is peace and quiet; nothing but the sound of nature to interrupt your daily rituals (or afternoon weekend snooze - it’s allowed). Slow living meets stylish haven, Long Barn believes in both.
This four bedroom, three bathroom home, with additional larch clad four bay garage with space above for more potential living if needed, is a secluded yet refined house. You’ll agree this is a magical setting - sitting proud at the end of a long private drive, with a small copse and a brook winding through the land. No, we haven’t lifted this text straight from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, this place is real and so is the brook. To juxtapose the quaintness seen outside, inside Long Barn oozes a kind of White Company vibe with just a touch of rustic informality to soften the edges.
With two reception rooms to enjoy, the living room space has been equipped with fully wired theatre speakers. Technology is softly spoken here, it is subtle and delicately positioned to offer elevated experiences when needed. The log burning stove nestled within a fantastically large inglenook fireplace is a showstopper.
Naturally, with a home like this, the mind wanders to the kitchen pretty quickly; a cream four oven AGA takes pride of place nestled within a kitchen mantel, naturally, and flanked by luscious off-white shaker style cupboards that really make the classic country red ceramic tile flooring sing. This paired-back palette is super restrained but abundant with textured pleasures. Long black granite worktops are the ideal contrast here as the kitchen favours the light and bright, with its dual aspect allowing all the daylight to stream in. A Belfast sink, larder unit and separate utility room complete this well-appointed room. The French doors open to the dining patio area where you can drink in the magnificent setting.
Mrs Clarke loves :
The open, airy welcoming vibe of this barn. You cannot fail to be at ease here.
As you make your way along, an office sits pretty in the moodiest tone in the house. It is a retreat to which one can feel inspired by the view, yet secluded from the hubbub of the home. The second reception room deserves an honourable mention for achieving true calm. Peaceful evenings could be spent reading or quietly reflecting on the day. Tones and shades of white win out here and even the ceiling with its painted beams, continues this homes elegant narrative. It’s the design layers that have come together in a winning combination. There is a downstairs shower room and even the neat little boiler room offers additional storage space here.
The hallway enjoys quarry tiles underfoot leading up to the eves of the barn, where the first floor resides. Upstairs four bedrooms have been wonderfully designed to continue this effortless design story; the principal bedroom has an en-suite and dual aspect Velux windows to the east and west. A joy. The family bathroom, for those without private sanctuary, does not disappoint. The roll top bath is a treat, its backdrop, the infamous Woods wallpaper from Cole & Sons. Duravit bathroom fittings feature throughout the home with Neptune pieces used here and there for that unmistakable note of quality in craftsmanship.
Outside. What adjectives would do this justice? A south-facing terrace, natural pond, private patio from the kitchen, views over the pastures, and that brook; in this setting you’re really spoilt for choice. To add another layer of natural beauty, there are fruit trees, a copse with oaks, a garden swing to while away the day, lavender hedges and a glorious established white wisteria. It’s the stuff of dreams.
Very few homes boast as much light indoors as outdoors, but Long Barn has got just that. Laid back to the max, the barn conversion has been realised for modern living and the space allows you to live every day as easy as Sunday morning. In the words of the incomparable Kate Bush, you’ll be running up that hill to get home to this.
- Setting : What a view over the Derbyshire Dales. Did we mention there’s a brook? Only 100 times right?
- Design Features : The quiet reception room, understated and tranquil, encapsulates everything wonderful about this barn home. Peace.
- Interior Decor : Neptune and Farrow & Ball paints have been used throughout, of course.
- Three words : Crisp. Characterful. Countryside.
Our favourite part
The barn enjoys the light all around, in part down to the full height doors and windows that pepper the external walls.
Ashbourne is on the southern edge of the Peak District, and is the gateway to Dovedale, a beauty spot that has to be seen to be believed. With excellent transport links from A50 to the M1 and M6 it is hard to believe you’re so surrounded by nature at every turn. Yeaveley itself is a delightful village set just five miles from Ashbourne and 12 from Derby. With its surrounding hamlets, Yeaveley is resplendent in rural history and the Yeaveley Estate & Shooting School is a centre for outdoor adventures, be it fly fishing or archery, whatever should take your fancy.
Nearby you have Peak Park to enjoy, naturally (in every sense of the word), Chatsworth House with its 105 acre garden to explore, Haddon Hall, Tissington Trail and for the kids (who are we kidding) Alton Towers just a short drive away.
Feeling peckish? The Yeaveley Arms is your local to try and The Cock Inn, Muggington are on the list, but, should you be in need of some something a little more, hipster, shall we say, why not head to F’coffee in Ashbourne, Bear in Uttoxeter or Buttermilk Coffee House in Brailsford Green? The surrounding area is full of independents that tap into your need for caffeine, taste for something tantalising and your desire for great design. The Duncombe Arms, Ashbourne is also a smart country pub with adjacent accommodation, Walnut House, for weekend entertaining of guests from out of town.
Heavy dose of nature
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: This place is known for wonderful independent businesses that thrive. After some retail therapy head to F'coffee for an amazing brew.
- Pubs: You're spoilt for choice. Try The Yeaveley Arms, The Cock Inn and Bear (in Uttoxeter).
- Walks: Miles and miles from the doorstep. You're bordering the Peak District afterall.
- Plot: 1.4 acres.
- Living rooms: A Chesney’s multi fuel log burner acts as a feature in the living room. The second reception room has bundles of space for whatever furniture you may own.
- The larch clad four bay garage with additional space above offering huge potential.
- Tech Spec: Keeping it simple with theatre speakers for a cinematic experience when required.
- Services: Oil central heating. Connected to mains.