We think the Farmhouse was built in the mid-19th century, as part of the Alton Towers Estate. The Byron family moved to Greenacres in 1864 shortly after its construction, and have been here ever since. John Byron, Tessa’s dad, farmed here all of his life and we moved back to the farm in 2003 from Devon when our son Tom was born. The Barn was converted at the same time.
The large grassed area that you can see through the kitchen window of the Barn are where John’s pig sheds used to be. The Barn itself used to be the cowshed and pigsty. The pigsty is now the snug, and the cowshed is now the downstairs bedroom. The upstairs bedroom and en-suite used to be the hayloft.The large beams you can see in the kitchen and upstairs salvaged from ships’ timbers salvaged from old vessels broken up at the end of their working lives.
Greenacres is set in the midst of 11 acres of organic grassland pasture, and there's a lovely view of it from the Victorian swing hanging from the nearby Ash tree. There's a much bigger swing on the beech in the Southern field. The fields surrounding us are home to a wide variety of birds and other wildlife, and many wild flowers. The gardens are planted with fruit trees including plum, apple, damson and quince, we grow our own herbs, fruit and vegetables, and we love to share. Come and see, and have a go on our swings!
If you are a lover of star-gazing, you will really enjoy our dark skies. There are no street lights around us, and on dark nights the skies are brilliant with stars. It's certainly a good place to bring a pair of binoculars!