Williamston has been in the same family for just over 300 years.  Originally 4 farms – Stokeld Green, Shawhead, Blackley and Williamston – over the centuries these farm have been brought together under one farmstead. The old farm buildings of Shawhead and Blackley still remain today and are in use.

Viv and Neville Gill have run Williamston since 1988 and are delighted that you have chosen to stay at The Barns and hope that you have a relaxing and fun stay.


We take sustainability seriously living in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

All heating and hot water for the Barns are supplied from our recently installed Biomass Boiler. It is a 110kw boiler with woodchip supplied from Northumbrian forests. We also have our own 6kw wind turbine, which generates electricity for the whole farm. Additionally heating from our woodburning stoves is fuelled by seasoned wood from the farm.

For visitors with electric or dual fuel cars we have an electric car charging point – if you wish to know more about charges for use please let us know in advance.

Our water for the whole farm is supplied from our own spring and has been described as “some of the cleanest water our water treatment team have ever seen”. As our water comes from our own spring filtered through peaty soils after periods of heavy rain it may become discoloured – this is completely natural and you should not be concerned.

Recycling is important to all of us and we would ask that you recycle as much of your waste and rubbish in the bins provided.

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Biomass boiler under installation at Williamston

Installation of our 110Kw woodchip fuelled Biomass boiler