MAK­ING A CON­NEC­TION

Ju­dith and Chris Streat­feild found an in­no­va­tive way to join a farm­house and a barn, with strik­ing re­sults

25 Beautiful Homes - - EXTENDED FARMHOUSE - FEA­TURE Mag­gie Colvin | PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Tony Tim­ming­ton

Horses and sheep graze in the mead­ows sur­round­ing Ju­dith and Chris Streat­feild’s 17-acre farm in Cum­bria, where Chris man­ages a stock of 6,000 free-range hens and 2,500 pigs.

The cou­ple were both brought up on farms, so they were de­lighted when Chris had the op­por­tu­nity to buy this prop­erty from his par­ents. ‘The farm­house needed up­dat­ing and the barn was crum­bling,’ re­calls Ju­dith, ‘ but the po­ten­tial was ob­vi­ous and the lo­ca­tion idyl­lic with un­spoilt views over Cum­brian hills to­wards the Sol­way Firth.’

The pair be­gan by mod­ernising the farm­house, un­touched since the 1970s, up­grad­ing bath­rooms, plumb­ing, electrics, win­dows, doors, build­ing a porch and in­stalling wooden floors. They also re­moved a wall that di­vided what was a front par­lour and old kitchen. At that point, they turned their at­ten­tion to the barn.

‘It was sep­a­rated from the farm­house by a court­yard and filled with farm ma­chin­ery and cow stalls,’ says Ju­dith. ‘ We re­alised it was big enough to di­vide into a hol­i­day cot­tage and pro­vide us with a new kitchen, mas­ter bed­room and en suite. our big chal­lenge was how to link the two build­ings once this work was done.’

Flick­ing through TV chan­nels one evening they found a so­lu­tion. ‘We came across a prop­erty pro­gramme that fea­tured a con­tem­po­rary glass atrium link­ing two older prop­er­ties not dis­sim­i­lar from our own,’ ex­plains Ju­dith. ‘ We had been try­ing to think of ways to avoid cre­at­ing one long tra­di­tional stone build­ing and this was our

an­swer.’ Very soon, the pair had en­gaged an ar­chi­tect and builder to re­alise their vi­sion.

There was one wob­bly mo­ment in the plan­ning stages, when a sur­veyor sug­gested that the barn might date back to the time of Hadrian’s Wall. ‘For­tu­nately, Chris re­minded him that farm­ers through the ages had a habit of pick­ing up loose stones from its bro­ken ram­parts to use in their build­ing projects,’ says Ju­dith. ‘There are lim­its on what you can do with a listed barn, so not qual­i­fy­ing was, in fact, a re­lief.’

Two amend­ments to the orig­i­nal plans greatly en­hanced the end re­sult. ‘ We asked the builders to re­in­force the apex of the atrium to give us more glass and less me­tal,’ says Ju­dith. ‘Sec­ondly, in­stead of join­ing the farm­house land­ing to the mas­ter bed­room via a nar­row cor­ri­dor, we cre­ated a mez­za­nine with a read­ing area over the din­ing room.’

Tak­ing her cue from the con­tem­po­rary style of the atrium, Ju­dith had fur­ni­ture made for the din­ing room us­ing wood from a felled oak on the farm, with the cof­fee ta­ble in the snug also from the same tree. A mix of rich and faded colours work well in re­laxed look Ju­dith has cho­sen, as ev­i­denced in the sim­ple Shaker-style of the kitchen. ‘The farm­yard is such a busy place that I pre­fer to cre­ate a calm in­te­rior.’

The cou­ple’s home now has an easy flow and plenty of light. ‘It’s a great party space be­cause there’s a smooth tran­si­tion be­tween rooms,’ says Ju­dith. ‘It never feels crowded when we have guests but, at the same time, we don’t rat­tle around when it’s just the two of us. Re­work­ing the space has cre­ated a won­der­ful sense of equi­lib­rium.’

best buy ‘We bought in­ex­pen­sive kitchen cup­boards and up­graded them with smart han­dles – this left us with more to spend on be­spoke pieces else­where’

FAM­ILY Room Ac­cents of green and mo­tifs with a nat­u­ral theme lend a fresh feel to this scheme. Me­tal tree, £80, Gar­den cot­tage in­te­ri­ors. Ma­ha­rani ta­ble, £229, john lewis, is com­pa­ra­ble

KITCHEN Black sur­faces and bar stools give the clas­sic Shaker-style cream units a mod­ern edge. the deluxe Ba­ceno bar stool, £120, sim­ply Bar stools, is a good op­tion BATH­ROOM A gen­tly curved claw-foot bath adds a tra­di­tional note to this space. duchess...

din­ing Room The be­spoke fur­ni­ture was made from an oak tree that had fallen in the grounds. Ta­ble, £ 4,800; chairs, £860 each, both Daniel Lacey. Walls painted in Ju­niper ash ab­so­lute matt emul­sion, £ 42 per 2.5 litres, Lit­tle greene

Snug The blind fab­ric echoes the rich hues of the batik cush­ions. ar­page cush­ions in Rust, £29 each, in­dia Jane

guest bed­room Shelves dis­play a col­lec­tion of Ju­dith’s favourite shoes. Merete cur­tains, £25, ikea. agatha large cush­ion cover, £54, oka. turquoise sells an arm­chair like this one, £247

MAS­TER bed­room Fea­tures such as the bal­cony (left) and the orig­i­nal pitched roof add to this room’s charm. Bed and bed­side ta­bles, price on re­quest, Gar­den cot­tage in­te­ri­ors. soft throw with pom poms, £150, Nordic House

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