Interior Designers Raise The Bar In Yorkshire With New Luxury Holiday Home
Gayles Hall Barns is a stunning duo of self-catering holiday homes near Richmond, North Yorkshire. Just two years ago this rural spot was unrecognisable from what it is today; a collection of barns, outbuildings and a sheep shed which were dilapidated to say the least. Today, set in the scenic village of Gayles, are Shearing Shed, a luxury five-bedroom barn, and the large and characterful two-bedroom Sheep Dip.
Separated by a circular courtyard, each perfectly balances traditional features with contemporary interiors; traditional farmhouse-kitchens, wood panelled boot rooms, and large open-plan living dining rooms feature in both properties, which also flaunt fashionable fabrics in grey hues, warm blues and a fantastic burnt orange.
From a development perspective the sight of those derelict barns without any services, and its Grade II listed building status, would have put many potential owners off. However, Tim and Helen Westgarth already had a wealth of experience in this field, having converted a farmhouse with 2 barns into five-star standard holiday lets at the hugely successful Greenbank Barns in nearby Ravensworth four years ago.
The design concept for Gayles Hall Barns was developed between owner Helen Westgarth and local Barnard Castle based interior design company Niche Interiors. Their partnership began at Greenbank Barns, and the brief this time focused on highlighting the Grade II listed building features and adding a bold and modern interiors twist.
Helen says, “Having previously developed Greenbank Barns we had an idea of what we were doing, and yet we wanted to make it different from our other holiday homes. To be bigger and braver with the colours and fabrics, while adding for example antique chairs that were an ode to the building’s heritage.”
When Niche Interiors first visited the property there was no roof, electric, walls or floors. It was a big task to visualise how each room could be made individual. There were also a number of planning requirements to adhere to such as differentiating between the old and new barns. Thus, a glass atrium now houses stairwell in Shearing Shed; the perfect balance of old and new, you summit the suspended staircase to exposed stonework, taking in the views from the rich velvet sofa with its Linwood Jungle Jive fabric cushions, enjoying the warmth from the wrought iron radiator.
The planners also wanted to enhance the traditional characteristics, the detailed stonework with its featured arrow slit windows and the old wooden beams that once acted as the foundation to the structure. These have been accentuated in the impressive double height dining room, acting as a stunning architectural feature in the mezzanine en-suite bedroom above.
The final effect means that Shearing Shed is an extraordinary conversion, where every space has been used to the max so the ten guests staying certainly have plenty of room. It exhibits all that is great about modern interior and architectural design in the home. This house and its little brother Sheep Dip also have a bit of quirkiness about them, including their names, which are an ode to their setting in the Yorkshire Dales.
Victoria from Niche Interiors says, “With a holiday let, how we design each bedroom is a bit different. You might have five couples staying and we want to avoid fighting over the best bedroom! So, we come up with different schemes that all aim to please, and hopefully people will gravitate towards their favourite look.”
The reception rooms at Shearing Shed include a modern take on the snug, with its huge fireplace and large footstool to pop your feet up on. A more relaxed space, the sunroom is very fun, informal and perfect for playing games. The large farmhouse-style kitchen is an exceptional design; salmon pink walls and sage green kitchen units initially draw the eye, then you notice the unique hexagonal shape of the room. The effect is emphasised by the floor-to-ceiling French doors and windows which open out onto the rear garden.
Outside, a fantastic polished cement fibre and Acacia wood table and chairs are the perfect place for soaking up the summer sun. After an afternoon soak in the outdoor hot tub, ascend through the garden to the shepherd’s hut which doubles as a Scandinavian BBQ house, and offers the most stunning uninterrupted views across the North Yorkshire countryside.
Across the landscaped courtyard is the two-bedroom barn Sheep Dip. L-shaped with large striking rooms, it gives the house a fantastic flow. While adjoined to its larger brother Shearing Shed, it loses no characteristics or privacy. There is plenty of outside space in which to enjoy the large hot tub & BBQ area, also accessible straight out from the master bedroom’s bi-folding doors. In the kitchen, a white granite-topped central island is paired with barn characteristics such as the wooden support beams. Sheep Dip’s most talked about feature is the fantastic Mulberry duck wallpaper, highlighting the high ceilings and the skylights above.
Sheep Dip could be a home, with its cohesive design that feels comfortable to the eye. The rooms envelope you in a quiet way but each has their own surprise. The bedrooms have style and the master bedroom is an absolute winner; a perfect mini-moon destination…
Victoria Savage from Niche Living says, “Personally I could move in tomorrow given half a chance! The bedroom wing all works off a palette of gentle neutrals with hints of pink and grey. The master bedroom is one of the most romantic rooms I have ever done, the luxurious navy work amazingly to compliment the soft pink.”
Gayles Hall Barns was launched as part Holiday at Home’s collection of luxury retreats in May 2019. These stylish well-appointed holiday properties have been exceptionally well received by discerning holiday makers looking for a luxury break in North Yorkshire. They truly feel like a home from home, whatever time of year you are staying.