Barn brought to life by win­ning bid sure to be go­ing, go­ing, gone again

Yorkshire Post - Property - - FRONT PAGE - Langbaurgh Barn and hol­i­day cot­tages, Great Ayton. Guide price: £650,000 – £700,000 Con­tact: Robin Jes­sop, Bedale, tel: 01677 425950, www. robin­jes­

THE auc­tion room was packed with around 200 peo­ple when Brian and Joan Kemp beat the com­pe­ti­tion and made a win­ning bid for Langbaurgh barn and its run-down col­lec­tion of farm build­ings.

When the ham­mer came down it sig­nalled the big­gest gam­ble of the cou­ple’s lives.

“The prop­erty had no plan­ning per­mis­sion and so it was fin­gers crossed. Peo­ple thought we were mad and I ad­mit it was fright­en­ing but our chil­dren had grown up, we were look­ing to move from our house near Stokesley and this looked in­ter­est­ing,” says Brian.

That was nine years ago, since when a small for­tune and a lot of hard graft have trans­formed the derelict barn into a beau­ti­ful home with an in­come from the for­mer cow byre, sta­bles and shed that are now hol­i­day cot­tages.

It took about a year to get plan­ning per­mis­sion and Brian, a stone ma­son, did most of the build­ing work him­self with a team from his com­pany Stonework­ers Ltd.

His busi­ness spe­cialises in build­ing and ren­o­vat­ing har­bour walls, sea de­fences and bridges, so the grade 2 listed thresh­ing barn and build­ings that date back to the mid 18th cen­tury were a new chal­lenge.

“We started off with mud floors, no roofs and no win­dows, so it’s been a big project and we have spent more than we should. The last thing we did was put an ex­ten­sion on the barn last year so we could cre­ate a util­ity area where we could wash the bed­ding and tow­els for the cot­tages,” says Brian.

The barn now has a mag­nif­i­cent hall with French doors onto the gar­den, a kitchen with Range­mas­ter oven, walk-in pantry, liv­ing area, of­fice, sit­ting room, a be­d­room, shower room and util­ity room. On the first floor, there are three bed­rooms with en-suites

The three cot­tages are all de­tached, sin­gle-storey and have un­der­floor heat­ing.

The largest has two dou­ble bed­rooms and one twin plus a wet room, kitchen and sit­ting room with din­ing area. The other two have one be­d­room each.

Out­side, there are gar­dens and grounds with am­ple park­ing and play ar­eas plus a use­ful com­mer­cial and do­mes­tic ve­hi­cle store/garage

There is also an at­trac­tive grass pad­dock ex­tend­ing to 3.38 acres approx.

The cot­tages are full al­most all year round and cre­ate a good in­come, but Brian and Joan are re­tir­ing and look­ing for­ward to some far-flung hol­i­days.

“We want to down­size and see a bit more of the world while we still can,” says Brian.

“We’ve en­joyed liv­ing here but it’s time to move on.”

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