Barn conversions are becoming ever more popular in the UK. These agricultural buildings can be found in picturesque rural locations and offer generous open plan living space, double height rooms and bags of charm and character. Often in varying states of dilapidation, converting these old buildings can be challenging. But if done correctly, a barn conversion can make a spectacular contemporary home.
Here are a few of our favourites...
Tigbourne Farm - Surrey
Tigbourne Farm, on the edge of Chiddingfold is an exclusive redevelopment of a 14th century farmhouse and three 16th to 18th century barns. The extensive plot also houses three early 20th century dairy barns.
These ancient buildings feature soaring ceilings, exposed original timbers, inglenook fireplaces, beautifully crafted oak windows and doors, and a mixture of oak and York stone floors. All the properties are Grade II listed and have been expertly restored to accentuate their many original features, all of which have been tastefully complemented with From The Anvil traditional ironmongery. Beeswax and Black Suffolk Latches, T-Hinges, Straight Lever Handles and Shepherds Crook Window Fittings are only a few of the many products used in these desirable properties.
All photographs courtesy of: peter-wright-photography.co.uk
Cruck Barn - Herefordshire
The Cruckbarn is a unique eco-friendly holiday home surrounded by acres of its own woodland with stunning views over the village of Wigmore in Herefordshire. Not technically a renovation, this barn has been built from scratch by owners, John and Janet who have created this wonderful building with their own hands and often chose manual working methods over machines. The oak for the frame came from the local woodland.
To complement the natural and hand-crafted qualities of the barn the owners chose to fit From The Anvil ironmongery throughout.
Friars Court - Gloucestershire
Friars court is a working farm set in beautiful countryside on the Gloucestershire/Herefordshire border. The former cowshed and stables have recently been converted into luxury holiday accommodation and From The Anvil ironmongery has been used throughout. All doors have been fitted with Pewter Patina Avon Lever Handles and Bean Thumblatches, Antique Pewter Monkeytail Stays and Fasteners enhance the solid oak windows and our Regency Cupboard Knobs and Plain Drawer Pulls can be found in the Old Stable kitchen.
Hinton Manor - Herefordshire
Hinton Manor Barns rest on a working farm in the village of Eardisland in Herefordshire. These charming stone barns have been finely converted and are now used as holiday accommodation. All windows and doors were carefully made to measure by Browns Joinery and From The Anvil Pewter and Black ironmongery has been used throughout.
Vintage Barn Interiors - Oxfordshire
Another new build, this modern timber frame home was built in 2015 near Henley on Thames. The owners had originally wanted an old barn to renovate but struggled to find one. Instead they were inspired to create an authentic modern-day barn home using natural materials such as oak, slate, timber cladding & limestone. Sustainability was key too, unlike many old barn conversions Vintage Barn is always warm & cosy and incredibly cheap to run.
Waternook - The Lake District, Cumbria
The Waternook Estate provides luxury Lakeside accommodation in Ullswater. The Great Barn is a 17th century converted bank barn with panoramic lake views across Ullswater to the Lakeland Fells beyond. The owners chose to take advantage of the building’s original bank barn design. The Great Barn fits comfortably into the landscape and its split-level layout exploits its secluded position with walls of glass making the most of the spectacular views. Local materials were used during the renovation allowing the barn to disappear into the landscape and From The Anvil ironmongery has been fitted throughout.