About Us

The Daukes Family

At the age of just 18, Simon and Julie met on the first day of University. Thirty four years later and with three children in tow (Siobhan, 30, Thomas, 28 and Oliver, 22), we are the very proud and loving owners of The Ash Barton estate.

Simon previously spent 30 years at Haymarket Media Group which means the house is always stacked with glossy mags. Julie has been a teacher of children with special needs for the last 25 years.

We bought Ash Barton in 2009 after months of searching for a ‘cottage’ in North Devon. Julie had spent her childhood summers  in nearby Combe Martin where her Grandad was the milkman, and it was always her dream to have a place of her own here.

Favourite memory at Ash Barton?
'When our daughter Siobhan got married here in 2012.  It was everything and more we could ever have dreamed it would be.  Pure magic.'

Favourite place/room at Ash Barton?
'The kitchen of course.'

The ‘secret ingredient’ that makes Ash Barton so special?
'The building, the meadows, Pete and Millie, the chickens, the kitchen.  We could go on!'

Where do you see yourself in five years time?
'Half our time in London, half in Devon and half travelling the world.  Hopefully some Grandchildren by then if the kids do their duty.'

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