How to run a staycation with style
In the bucolic South Gloucestershire hamlet of Beach, Brittons Farm Estate is what Strutt & Parker estate agent Andrew Cronan describes as “a little gold mine”. Actually, there is nothing little about it – but it is a huge money-spinner.
The main house, a Grade II listed, 18th-century honey-coloured stone farmhouse presides over its own 45 acres of what’s known locally as the “Golden Valley”, near Bath. Alongside the house is a row of Cotswolds farm barns that the property’s owner, Helen Cobb, has converted into two selfcatering/b&b cottages and three double rooms. Combined, they bring in £220,000 a year in rental income.
“That’s not even running it full pelt. You could do many more weddings, put up glamping tents. There’s lots more to be done,” says Cobb, a 53-year old property sales adviser, who bought it 10 years ago to renovate as a family home for herself and her children, Olivia, now 14, and Oscar, 13. “I thought it would be fun to turn the old barns into a b&b as something to do at weekends,” she says.
“I designed the properties in a high spec but simple style, with tiles sourced from Portugal, big walk-in wet rooms, and easy-to-clean stone floors and shutters. Then the business just grew organically,” says Cobb, who produces her own sausages, bacon and honey,
Brittons Farm, main and below, £2.5m with Strutt & Parker