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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 great gathering for the Pitt family for a 70th birthday. Sore throats from laughing, talking and possibly drinking so much! Swimming every morning before breakfast, children exhausted from playing in the games barn, friends laughing and talking - what more could we ask for! Thank you Ash Barton for making dreams come true.

Pauline Pitt

Meet Henry and Tom

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.

Tom is the newest member of the Ash Barton family, yes another Tom. Having worked with Julie many moons ago in primary education, he now splits his time between London and North Devon - especially North Devon when the sun is shining, but don't tell Simon. You might converse with him on the phone or via email during your initial interest. He is also on hand to help on site in any way he can.

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.

Looking for a place to party?

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Call Simon Daukes today on 07785 386 622