At Aswanley we are entirely flexible; you can style the venue as much or as little as you wish. The neutral colour scheme and natural materials provide the perfect backdrop for a range of styles:
The barn’s interior reflects the surrounding area through the use of locally sourced materials – oak, stone, tweed and the work of local artisans; Evelyn Pottie screenprints, paintings by Maggie Williams and cast iron chandeliers crafted by the local blacksmith.
The fairy lights along the dining room rafters create a magical atmosphere and you are welcome to use candles and tea lights on the tables. The ballroom is the ultimate space for a ceilidh. It has a stage at one end which you can decorate as you wish.
The barn is full of character. It has been carefully renovated into a contemporary space, while retaining many elements of the old farmyard charm. The colour scheme is neutral, with warm earthy tones from the pine beams, floors and doors.
There has been a dwelling at Aswanley since the Fourteenth Century. Around 1640, Aswanley was ‘modernised’ into an L shaped garret tower house with an arched gateway leading to a courtyard. The surrounding gardens are informal and magical, with mature trees, a pond, fountain, well and apple orchard. The grounds are extensive and full of interesting features, from a wild flower bank to an abandoned school pavilion.
The barn was built in 1890. Once used to house all the workings of a Highland farm, the barn’s interior aesthetic now mixes antique furniture with contemporary design to tell the story of the building and place.
The juxtaposition between traditional and modern – the natural materials of the oak bar, stone fireplace and pine beams and doors combined with bright modern colours – is sensational.