The History of Tockwith Lodge Barn

Before you decide to pay us a visit we thought you might like to know about the story behind the barn…

We have lived at Tockwith Lodge Farm since 2006 – when we first moved here the barn was a derelict building which was getting progressively worse. The structure and roof were in a very poor original state and when it rained you most definitely got wet inside!

After 4 years of trying we finally got permission to convert the barn. In March 2012, after the barn had completed its final spring as our lambing shed, we commenced the renovation process.

During 2012, supported by local builders and craftsmen, we personally undertook much of the renovation ourselves. We were keen to ensure that the barn was built to a standard that we would want for own family so we had input from them all (both old and young) to tell us what they thought we would need to make a lovely family holiday home.

On the weekend of the Queens Diamond Jubilee friends and family gathered to get the main roof trusses in place, there were a few hairy moments and quite a lot of shouting but thankfully all went well and we followed this momentous event with a jubilee party.

Work was finally completed just in time for a New Year party to welcome in 2013. We hope the pictures shown will be of interest to you and give you a sense of history of the barn.

The barn before renovation

The barn before renovation

Starting to rebuild

Starting to rebuild

Lodge barn blockwork

Lodge barn blockwork

2012 Jubilee Day - friends and family help with the roof

2012 Jubilee Day - friends and family help with the roof