Four Cotswold barns new on the market with Butler Sherborn from £350,000
A barn conversion makes for a really interesting home, especially if it includes some of the original characteristics such as old roof timbers, flagstones and existing agricultural features like cattle stalls, loose boxes and stable doors.
“Converting a barn makes for an extremely exciting building project,” says Sam Butler, partner of Cotswold property specialist Butler Sherborn. “It gives you the chance to blend old and new in a really contemporary design to create a unique home that expresses your personality while really standing out from the ordinary.”
Finding an undeveloped barn in the right location can be a challenge, but Butler Sherborn has a number of barns currently available, and at different stages ready to start work. The company also offers a few ‘top tips’ – see below, to help you on your way.
The Barns at Mill Hill Farm, Sherborne, Gloucestershire, GL54 3DU - £1.6million
Situated in the heart of glorious Gloucestershire countryside with views across the stunning Windrush valley at Sherborne, Mill Hill Farm is on the market in two lots.
Lot 2 comprises a collection of barns and stables, and includes Lower Barn with five stables, Central Barn with tack room, two further stables and a studio flat, and Upper Barn with an open garage, walled garden and a studio above. Planning permission for conversion into a 4-bedroom house with separate guest accommodation, staff flat and gym, a party barn/space with kitchen and cloakroom has already been granted. It also includes further garaging, a paddock and river frontage, and is set in some 3.85 acres.
Lot 1 comprises The Farmhouse which offers an entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, library, kitchen/breakfast room with walk in larder, utility and cloakroom, five bedrooms, two bathrooms, an attached barn and cellar. There is planning permission for a garden room extension and an additional bedroom suite, and includes a walled garden and grounds, orchard, parking and paddock set in just over 7 acres. Offers in excess of £1,600,000.
Guide price: £1.6million for each lot or £3.25million for the whole
Butler Sherborn - Stow-on-the-Wold - 01451 830731
Tallet Cottage and Barn, Aldsworth, Gloucestershire GL54 3QZ - £725,000
Planning and listed building consent have already been granted for the conversion of Cotswold stone Tallet Cottage and its separate Grade II Listed 16th century barn. Tallet Cottage would become a spacious home with three en-suite bedrooms, a generous kitchen/breakfast room and a separate sitting room, while the barn would be architect designed to convert into a three/four-bedroom property with a kitchen/breakfast room and a sitting room. It will offer generous and flexible space and finished with plenty of period features and character.
Accessed along a gravelled driveway, with parking for several cars, Tallet Cottage is located on the left-hand side with the barn opposite. There is also a workshop, two carports, three stables and a pretty south facing cottage garden bordered by a mix of Cotswold stone walls and mature trees.
Guide price: £725,000
Butler Sherborn - Cirencester - 01285 883740
The Threshing Barn, Signet Hill, near Burford, West Oxfordshire OX18 4JE - £1.2million
If you’d rather avoid the process of converting a barn yourself and moving to one that has already been completed to an exceptionally high standard, The Threshing Barn at Signet Hill is a superb example of what can be achieved.
Designed and converted recently and beautifully finished throughout, it offers light, airy and spacious accommodation on two floors, while featuring the characteristically large open-plan living space on the ground floor.
From the large vaulted glass fronted entrance hall, the living area is over 48ft long, and features a wood burner, French doors and engineered oak flooring with underfloor heating. The kitchen/breakfast room comes with Lida Cucina units and composite worktops, and includes Siemens compact ovens, induction hob and extractor hood, two fridge freezers, dishwasher and wine cooler. There’s a breakfast bar with bifold doors to the terrace and garden, a utility room fitted out with matching units, laminate worktops, a Siemens washing machine and tumble dryer. There is also a boot room and cloakroom.
On the first floor is the master bedroom with dressing area and two further bedrooms, all with en-suite shower rooms, plus two double bedrooms and a family bathroom.
The barn is part of a small, exclusive development by the well-respected developer, Chesside Homes, and features a good-sized south facing garden, a stone terrace with veranda and private parking.
Burford, Gateway to the Cotswolds is just a mile away, while Witney is 14 miles, Oxford 20 miles and Cheltenham 22 miles. Trains to London can be taken from Charlbury Station to Paddington in about 70 minutes or into Marylebone from Oxford Parkway, while by car the M40 is easily accessible.
Guide price: £1.2million
Butler Sherborn Burford - 01993 822325
Chimney Farm Barn, Chimney-upon-Thames, Bampton, Oxfordshire, OX18 2EH - £350,000
This new opportunity at Chimney Farm in West Oxfordshire, offers a huge agricultural barn for development into a spectacular home. Residential planning permission has already been granted and detailed planning permission is pending.
Situated in a great location close to the River Thames and surrounded by ancient water meadows and a nature reserve run by the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, this is a tremendous chance to acquire a truly unique barn conversion opportunity in a secluded and tranquil position. The agreed planning provides for a single home comprising five en-suite bedrooms, and with a total size of the proposed design offering over 4,000sq ft of living space, the potential to build a truly spacious home.
The village of Bampton – where much of Downton Abbey is filmed is 3 miles away, The Trout at Tadpole Bridge, a great Thames-side pub is nearby, as is the newly launched Mollie’s Diner. Witney and access to the A40/M40 to London is 8 miles away, Burford, Gateway to the Cotswolds is 13 miles and Oxford 18 miles.
Guide price: £350,000
Butler Sherborn Burford - 01993 822325
Top tips when thinking about converting a barn
- Select an architect with a track record of working sympathetically with barns
- When choosing a builder, go and see examples of their work
- Ensure all the mains services are already on-site – it can be expensive running electricity, water and mains drainage over a distance
- Talk to the local planning and conservation departments beforehand, especially about the materials you want to use. They will usually want your new building to remain authentic to the original and the local vernacular
- That said, be brave – a contemporary twist can really bring an old building back to life