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Our Story

Close to the historic cathedral city of Winchester, and surrounded by fragrant lavender, Long Barn is situated on a site, which, since the Middle Ages, was used to pen herds of sheep for the Alresford Sheep Fair, hence ‘The Old Sheep Fair’ address. Our lavender now grows where once as many as 16,000 sheep huddled, and we are proud to link with Alresford’s trading history. Long Barn: home, garden store and cafe have been a favoured destination in the pretty, bustling market town’s history since 2009.

“It won’t always be Summer,
build a Barn”

Last summer has seen the original barn extended.
We gathered a raft of craftspeople – designers, artists, furniture makers, sign writers, builders and carvers, to create a convivial space to tell the Long Barn story: ” Through our love of the English countryside, we are always looking to bring our customers a seasonally selected range of stylish and inspiring goods for the home and garden that sit comfortably next to our own-grown range ”

Well known for making our own brand of lavender goods from our annual crop, and faithful in our respect for provenance, we source makers to offer handcrafted collections for the considered home. The Barn also plays host to events throughout the year that celebrate the Seasons in their fullness. You will find gardening, homewares, gifts, vintage and food all now under one, slightly longer roof.

 
 

Our team

Richard Norris and Jane Marsden, directors of Long Barn, are joined by a fantastic team of shop and café staff; cooks, baristas, merchandisers, designers, gardeners, site and maintenance staff, bookkeepers and stock controllers.

Long Barn started with Richard’s love of lavender and desire to create a range of products that do justice to this wonderful plant. Jane, a former marketing director, joined Richard in the early days and together they created Long Barn as it is today.

Jane, now responsible for the café and the inspiring range of products on offer in the barn, loves discovering new and sympathetic brands for the barn:

“WE ARE KNOWN FOR ALWAYS HAVING SOMETHING NEW TO DISCOVER AND BE INSPIRED BY”

Together they run the business and are responsible for the ‘boring stuff’ that goes on behind the scenes. Richard makes sure to find time to slip out to the lavender field or the plant
terrace however:

“LAVENDER IS SUCH AN UPLIFTING PLANT, THERE’S A SORT FOR EVERY GARDEN”