Barn conversions are a beautiful way to combine rustic charm with modern functionality. But when it comes to designing the perfect garden for your unique space, inspiration can be hard to come by. We delve into the stunning transformation of The Longbarn at Caerfallen, a listed 16th-century barn reborn as a luxurious holiday home. We'll explore the key elements that contributed to its success, offering valuable barn conversion garden ideas to ignite your creativity.

Get ready to discover how to seamlessly blend historic architecture with modern design, all while creating a tranquil and inviting outdoor oasis. From selecting the perfect limestone exterior paving to incorporating charming details like herb beds and wildflower areas.

Design Brief

"The brief for this total re-build of a 16th century listed farm building was to create a home and garden that was in keeping with the historic site and building whilst making the most of the amazing views and South West facing location.

We worked with Lucy Hunter, Garden Designer, to design a garden space to complement the stunning barn wall rebuilt with original stone and lime mortar. We wanted a large terrace area for dining and relaxing, bordered by herb beds. Lawn with wildflower areas, traditional crab apple trees and the re-use of slate and stone steps from the original barn."

Before & After

The Longbarn underwent a truly dramatic transformation, spot the difference in these fantastic photos provided by Zoe.

Selecting The Right Product

"We were recommended Westminster Stone by Lucy as they do a wide range and are fairly local. Initially we considered “Henslate” reproduced from Welsh slate or “Petworth” from the National Trust collection. Both very nice but not quite the look we wanted. It was invaluable to visit Westminster Stone as they had numerous in-situ displays of their products enabling us to see how the stone looked and weathered.

Discussing our needs with the staff we were able to select the beautiful hand-cut Honey Cathedral limestone. We are thrilled with it as it blends beautifully with its surroundings and having been down a few years now it just gets better and better. It also came in slightly under our budget so great value for money."

Luxury Holiday Home

"The Longbarn at Caerfallen is a Grade II listed luxury self-catering holiday home located on an historic farm in the stunning Vale of Clwyd overlooked by the Clwydian Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with beautiful views all around.

It is a perfect place to relax and recharge away from people and the hustle and bustle of daily life yet just 1 mile from the medieval town of Ruthin with its excellent restaurants, shopping and visitor attractions. The barn is very private and secluded surrounded by the farms 70 acres of grass and arable land and is perfect for exploring the many wonders of North Wales. Last year we were delighted to be named Project of the Year in The Period Living Magazine."

The Longbarn at Caerfallen Case Study | Westminster Stone

From Historic Charm to Modern Oasis

The Longbarn at Caerfallen is a stunning example of how a thoughtful renovation can breathe new life into a historic building. The project masterfully combines the character of the original structure with modern design elements, creating a truly unique and inviting space.

The use of Honey Cathedral limestone exterior paving plays a significant role in achieving this cohesive aesthetic. This natural stone not only complements the historic barn wall but also offers a timeless elegance that elevates the entire outdoor space.

Inspired by The Longbarn's transformation and eager to create your own captivating barn conversion garden? Westminster Stone can be your one-stop shop for all your landscaping needs.

Shop the Look

Barn conversion garden ideas: Longbarn at Caerfallen.

Contact The Longbarn

Westminster Stone extend a huge thanks to Zoe from The Longbarn for her kind words and wonderful photographs.

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The Longbarn at Caerfallen
Ruthin, Denbighshire LL15 1SN

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About the Author

Sian McHugh

'Sian has been working with us at Westminster Stone for over 5 years and has developed expertise in garden design and landscaping. Her passion for nature extends to tending her own garden, teaching yoga and hiking during her free time.'