Sometimes a home can inspire you to follow new passions. That’s what happened to Amanda Moss when she moved into Tilley’s Barn in East Compton, Somerset, seven years ago.
Taking an online interior design course alongside her engineering day job, Amanda restyled the converted old hay barn into a 4-bed, bright, contemporary, interior, incorporating natural textures like wood and stone, leaving overhead beams exposed. The exterior is striking – with round windows updating the heritage brickwork – and there’s a three acre paddock comprising meadow and woodland that comes with the property too.
Now it’s time for Amanda to move on and pass this beautiful Grade II listed property onto someone else. But before she goes we thought we’d talk to her about what it’s like to live in this house, what she loves best about it and what she will miss the most.
Can you describe how you felt when you first moved in?
A bit overwhelmed but very excited at the thought of how I could make it my dream home.
Every corridor in Tilley’s Barn leads to a fresh well-planned space. The perfect country home.
What’s your favourite room and why?
I love my study/studio. It’s my place for dreaming and design experiments. I also love our bedroom, especially the original wooden trusses. It’s very special and has a lovely view. It feels very light and airy.
Any other favoured features?
I love the roof timbers and the thought of how long they must have been in place. I love the character of it. The round window openings are a particular favourite of mine. They frame the moon perfectly.
Amanda has created a contemporary living space which opens up each room beautifully.
You studied Interior design while living here. Please tell us more…
Yes, I studied it alongside my engineering job in 2009 through online learning. I have a residential interior design qualification. I practised on our then house and have also tackled an Edwardian semi-detached in Winchester. I think I really learnt the basic rules but everyday has been a school day since then. I have also travelled extensively to countries which are culturally very different and that has defined my taste and broadened my horizons. I like light and bright interiors which are not too trend driven. Tilley’s was a working barn and I tried never to lose sight of the fact that it was once industrial and purely functional so I have tried not to make it too domestic or pretty.
The gorgeous original stonework sets off the cool vibe of Amanda’s well-thought-out living room.
What do you love about the garden and why?
The pond is my favourite part. It was here when we moved in. We have goldfish, newts, frogs and all the wildlife drinks out of it. We see a lot of wildlife. Everything from rabbits to squirrels, swallows, robins and lots of birds including a buzzard. We have had deer on our field which is why we keep it very wild. It’s lovely to camp in the woods in summer.
The property is set in it’s own grounds with a 3 acre meadow.
Please tell us about living in East Compton.
It’s a perfect little hamlet. You are close to convenience shops, some beautiful gardens and yet it’s tucked away and very peaceful. No one knows we are here.
Can you tell us about transport links?
The transport links are excellent, although we are not close to any motorways. Bristol airport is only about a 40 minute drive away. I spent the first five years travelling as my husband was working overseas. My husband worked from home during lockdown. It was ideal. Bath is only 35 minutes’ drive from here. Wells is about 10 minutes and Frome about 15.
Any local tips?
This area’s so lucky to have great places to eat and drink like The Newt, At the Chapel and The Roth Bar and Grill at Hauser and Wirth – all in or around Bruton. I recommend visiting Wells and Frome (the markets are both excellent) which are both nearby, while Bath and Bristol are convenient. The amazing Giant Flea alternating with the Antique and Collector’s fair at the Bath and West showground is fantstic. There are a couple of really good reclamation yards locally too, one in Wells and one in Glastonbury. The outlet village at Street is good for casual clothes shopping as well as Kilver Court which has more designer brands. The local vets practice is exceptional. Glastonbury Festival is great, close enough to receive complimentary tickets and parking so you can dip in and out as you like.
What will you miss about living here and why?
The peace and quiet and the convenience. I have learned so much about nature living here.
Tilley’s Barn is being sold through the Lodestone Wells Office. To read more click here.
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