Husband and wife team, Travers and Katie Nettleton, launched Barrs Yard on Friday, the sparkling new artisans’ collective on their two-acre site in Hungerford. A perfect opportunity to escape to the Berkshire countryside, the evening was filled with sparkling rosé, crackling fire pits and delicious food; all to be enjoyed whilst exploring the various collections of artisan garden furniture, artwork, clothes, flowers, food and wines that now fill the yard’s barns. Here are some of our favourite snaps and a brief glimpse of what you can expect to find at Barrs Yard:
Spot the hippo – a happy customer makes his way out of Cricket Fine Art cradling his new purchase. This is Cricket’s second gallery opening, with their first located in London’s Chelsea. Established in 1996, founder Leslie Pratt has exhibited the likes of Chloe Lamb, Christine Seifert and Jeffrey Pratt. An inviting and welcoming gallery, Leslie aims to use this second site to further nurture artists and inspire others to “bring art home”.
A barn in bloom with Wendy Lewis Flowers. One of the earliest inhabitants of Barrs Yard, Wendy left a 25 year career working for designer Terence Conran to pursue her passion for floristry. The original barn at Barrs Yard is filled with her beautiful bouquets, potted gifts, and floral arrangements.
JAX Jeans putting the chic into Berkshire with a vibrant selection of clothing. Founder, Jax Fanshawe, has been a personal stylist for more than a decade. She realised that everyone was looking for one place where they could buy a great pair of jeans, a pretty top and a stylish jumper that would suit their everyday lives. Her new Barrs Yard boutique is your one stop destination for comfortable elegance.
Buttery baked treats by Honesty Group, who are no strangers to the hospitality game with their new Barrs Yard site adding to a great existing list of coffee shops, bakeries and a cookery school. They’re a dab hand, then, at creating all things tasty and delicious.
Garden Art Plus displaying their usual array of wonderful and intriguing garden antiques and contemporary garden furniture. From antique sundials to stone troughs to a mesmerising rusted crane, Barrs Yard is filled with their weird and wonderful garden collection. No garden is complete without the adequate clothing, and The Generous Gardener is on hand to provide handcrafted overalls and Panama hats – perfect for an English country garden.
Now, we know what you’re thinking – surely no artisans’ collective can be complete without an artisan liquor store? Grape Smith are on hand, filling the final barn with their selection of carefully selected artisan wines and local craft spirits. After all that exploring, it’s definitely time for a drink…