A little known history of Lancaster Barn
Of course, Lancaster Barn hasn’t always been a bed and breakfast! Read on to learn it’s unique history..
It all began in 1800, when a barn was built in the glorious Lancashire countryside in the hamlet of Bay Horse.
In 1840, a railway station opened quite close to the local pub. Not knowing what name to take, the station simply took the name of the pub, the ‘Bay Horse Inn’, which handily also served as a post office.
In 1825, a house had been built adjacent to the barn right on the new main road. The ‘Bay Horse Inn’ decided to move the pub licence to this new house, a much handier place to stop off for an ale or two. It became known as the ‘New Bay Horse’.
For the next 57 years the pub served those travelling up and down the main road, now the A6. Coaches were drawn up and horses changed in the barn to the rear, now Lancaster Barn.
In a further twist in 1882, the licence was transferred back up the road to the original Bay Horse Inn, where it remains! The postal business swopped to the ‘New Bay Horse’ which soon after became known as ‘Half Way House’ and still is to this day.
Transformation to beautiful bed and breakfast
In 2015 we began the redevelopment of a dilapadated barn and cattle shed. The result is our beautiful bed & breakfast which now has nine modern and comfortable en-suite rooms.
Stylish bespoke solid oak furniture and original artworks provide an individual touch. The impressive double height entrance hallway and triple aspect breakfast room add to the light and airy feeling.
A garden terrace now leads out from the large double doors. The terrace looks out onto an extensive lawn with newly planted orchard of apples, pears and plums.
The building sits perfectly in its surroundings thanks to the use of reclaimed stone, all recovered from the site. The stone itself is likely to have come from the demolition of Bay Horse railway station which closed in 1960.
After completing the main building work, we set about creating beautiful and stylish interiors. The aim was they should feel modern yet have a timeless quality.
Natural materials such as stone, slate and oak feel substantial and honest. Pure linen and wool add softness. A neutral colour palatte and accents of warm greys are in harmony with the outside landscape.
We hope you enjoy our bed and breakfast!