This Grade II Listed barn, located on the edge of the Cotswold hills and on the watershed for the Thames and Severn rivers, had been converted in the 1980s as a weekend bolthole. It was in a derelict state when our clients discovered it, having not been lived in for several years, but they fell in love with the stunning location; set on the edge of a hill, it boasts sensational views across a wooded valley with an old droving track running past the barn. Blake Architects were asked to consider how this could be made into their dream family home.
We worked with the landscape architect and plantsman, Chris Beardshaw, to develop a proposal for a new extension off this barn and a scheme to heal the neglected landscape. The extension was designed to sit in harmony with the old barn and ensure that it remained as the focal point of the landscape.
Two core open-plan living areas have been created, one for day-to-day family living and the other for high days and holidays. The extension contains all the bedrooms, allowing the original spaces in the barn to be utilised to their full potential.