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Ash Barton Estate. Braunton. North Devon

About The Daukes Family (and Henry)

Ash Barton is lovingly owned and run by Simon and Julie Daukes and their grown-up children Siobhan, Thomas, and Oliver. They bought the house in 2009 after spending months searching for a holiday ‘cottage’ in the North Devon area.

Julie had spent her childhood summers in nearby Combe Martin where her Grandad was the milkman, and had always dreamed of having a place of her own in the area. Ash Barton was a little larger than they had in mind but, quite frankly, it was love at first sight.

Simon previously spent 30 years at the Haymarket Media Group, which is why the house is always stacked with glossy magazines. While Julie ​taught children with special needs​ for over 25 years until she retired.  

So what’s the ‘secret ingredient’ that makes Ash Barton so special? '​So many things,’ says Simon. ‘​The big party barn, the ​wildflower ​meadow, ​fresh eggs for breakfast ​provided by the Ash Barton chickens. We could go on! Just come and see it for yourself.’

A wonderful house - I was still discovering new rooms on day 3. Felt totally at home from the moment we arrived; magic! The walled garden was a real highlight.

Grammages 80th birthday bash

Meet Henry

Henry is a friend of the Daukes family – and practically an adopted son - having been to school with Thomas. He keeps Ash Barton running like clockwork and is on hand throughout your celebration to help with all those last-minute tasks.

No job is too big or small. From changing a lightbulb to hanging fairy lights and drapes in the barn. If you need to know anything – just ask Henry.

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Call Simon Daukes today on 07785 386 622