Wil­liamston Barns, Northum­ber­land

An award-win­ning barn con­ver­sion run for shoot­ing peo­ple, by shoot­ing peo­ple.

Shooting Gazette - - The re­view - By Robin Scott.

When it comes to sport­ing stays the ideal ac­com­mo­da­tion doesn’t al­ways need to have a sa­loon bar down­stairs to tick all the boxes. For proof, take a look at Wil­liamston Barns. Own­ers Neville and Viv gill have turned a set of stone barns on their se­cluded 1,000-acre Northum­brian es­tate into re­mark­able ac­com­mo­da­tion ca­pa­ble of cater­ing for par­ties of up to 14 peo­ple.

the beau­ti­fully re­stored barns draw vis­i­tors world­wide, and while they are ad­ver­tised as an ‘exclusive hol­i­day re­treat’ they’re in­creas­ingly com­ing onto the radar of shoot­ers. this is not sur­pris­ing. Wil­liamston, hid­den away in the breath­tak­ingly beau­ti­ful North Pen­nines near Al­ston, is sur­rounded by grouse moors and pheas­ant shoots of the high­est or­der.

Yet there’s an­other rea­son why the self-cater­ing barns are be­com­ing pop­u­lar with shoot­ing par­ties: Neville is a life­long shot and Viv has great ex­pe­ri­ence of shoot day cater­ing and

en­ter­tain­ing. In fact, Neville’s in­ter­est in the sport ex­tends far be­yond the grouse moor and su­perla­tive pheas­ant shoot, which have been in his fam­ily for 300 years.

the Barn, which sleeps up to eight peo­ple in four king-size en-suite bed­rooms, can be com­bined as a sin­gle unit with the Cow­shed (which sleeps up to six in three king-size en-suite rooms) to ac­com­mo­date larger par­ties of up to 14 peo­ple. All the en-suites are mar­ble and the restora­tion work has been both metic­u­lous and sym­pa­thetic with many orig­i­nal features, such as walls, slit win­dows and roof be­ing re­tained. Even an old dove­cote set into one of the walls has been kept to now be­come a win­dow.

the in­side, which is light and spa­cious, is an ab­so­lute reve­la­tion. Viv and Neville have cre­ated a mod­ern open plan liv­ing space com­plete with oak flooring, stair­cases and un­der­floor heat­ing that sits per­fectly with pieces of an­tique fur­ni­ture care­fully se­lected from the main house.

If all of this wasn’t enough to tempt you, as we went to press word reached us that Wil­liamston Barns had won a cov­eted sil­ver Medal in the Bou­tique guest Ac­com­mo­da­tion of the Year cat­e­gory at this year’s Northum­ber­land tourist Awards.

Cost: From £1,520 for a team of eight guns staying two nights. Cost per room per night is £95.

Shoots nearby:

Nars­dale, gar­rowgill, Hart­side and Whit­field.

Contact: williamston­barns.com

The prop­er­ties have a num­ber of fo­cal points, not least of which is the lovely din­ing area.

The barns are be­ing mar­keted as an exclusive hol­i­day re­treat and shoot­ing par­ties are start­ing to take no­tice.

The ac­com­mo­da­tion can cater for up to 14 peo­ple in sev­eral lux­ury bed­rooms.

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