With its zig-zagging cedar shingle roof and skylights opening up onto a backdrop of oak, ash and poplar trees, Five Acre Barn has five understated and simply furnished guest rooms in a simple palette of whites, birch ply and concrete. A gallery with the same soaring, geometric roof connects the rooms to the restored barn. Both the rooms and the barn are furnished with David and Bruce’s eclectic collection of accumulated objects, with one-off artisanal pieces from local makers and the odd charity shop find.
David tends to the ever-growing garden that wraps around the barn - a patchwork style of wild prairie, meditative Japanese-inspired and conventional cottage planting. Bruce, meanwhile, is head chef, offering a long list of tasty choices for breakfast, keeping the mood light, relaxed and always sociable. Throughout the day guests can indulge in some wildlife spotting from their room decks or find themselves lured into the barn, with the promise of tea and cake. As the evenings roll in the sound of tawny and barn owls leave you in no doubt that you are deep in the countryside.
David and Bruce share with us some of their favourite walking routes to explore through the nearby landscape.