Old Hay Barn



Originally a stone byre that had been extended with a Steel Dutch barn (the use of Dutch is a little misleading as no connection with the Dutch!). The barn had been used to store Hay for cattle.

Dutch barns, are characterized by the large open spaces. We wanted to keep this essential characteristic in a few large rooms on the ground floor. To achieve this, we negotiated with conservation officers to extend the rear of this barn and into this we placed the secondary rooms and circulation space. This strategy worked and allowed us to create the dramatically large open plan kitchen and living room on the ground floor and keep the airiness of the original barn.


Dutch Barns are often harder to convert than traditional stone barns. Due to the existing steel frames being corroded at their bases due to urea or fertilizer and the limited head heights. We initially had to repair the steel structure welding new steel sections in place and underpinning the foundations. We minimized the depth of the first-floor structure to create sufficient height on the first floor.

To keep the character of the barn externally we retained and repaired all the original steels and stone work. We exposed the steel and made locally repointed the stonework. New materials included an oak cladding board and Zinc roofing these identify the new elements of the building that we built.

Internally the barn is incredibly light with floor to ceiling glazing, bringing light deep into the rooms and designed for large family gatherings with space for large tables and soft seating areas.

As with all the barns as Bibury this has a low carbon footprint and has won awards for the sustainable approach taken in the conversion. To achieve this all heating and hot water is from a ground source heat pump which collects heat from boreholes that are 150m deep. To minimize the loss of warm air and ensure good air quality the whole has a high level of airtightness and utilizes a heat recovery system. This leads to low future running costs and carbon footprint.

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