Barn brought right up to date while keeping a sense of its long history
BALLEY Beg Barn has had a varied and interesting life ranging from sewing rooms for Hornby Castle to a milking parlour. Its latest incarnation is as a beautiful family home.
Grade two listed, the historic building was an empty shell when Chris and Jennie Pengilley bought it in 2004.
The couple had no previous experience of building or renovating, but the location and the potential bowled them over.
“We were looking to return to Yorkshire to live but we weren’t looking for a project.
“However, when we saw this place we just thought: ‘let’s have a go’”, says Chris.
“Everything needed doing from the roof down. It was basically a complete shack and it also had bats, which delayed the work by five months and was a bit of a rigmarole, though the rest of the work was pretty straightforward.”
With the help of Richmondbased builders, Randall Orchard, the conversion took about 18 months and the result is a stunning mix of contemporary home and preserved, period features.
“It was unusual in that it wasn’t just any old barn. It had a lot more detail, including gothic arches, a Georgian window and a fireplace that we assume was put in for the sewing rooms,” says Chris.
The property, which is single storey, now has an entrance hall, large sitting room with inglenook fireplace and exposed oak roof trusses, a family kitchen, a separate laundry room, a master bedroom suite, three further bedrooms and a house bathroom.
The gateway into the property is the original entrance to the castle grounds and features 12th century stonework and the southfacing garden has the castle’s grade one listed woodland as a backdrop.
The detached, single-storey cottage, which comes with the barn, has been renovated but Chris and Jennie are leaving it to the new owners to fit it out with their own choice of kitchen and bathroom.
The cottage has a sitting room, kitchen and a bedroom with en-suite.
Richmond, Leyburn and Bedale are close by and the A1 is four miles away.
Georgina Buchanan, from the newly-formed Yorkshire agency Mitchell Buchanan, a partnership between herself and Deborah Mitchell, says: “Balley Beg is in a great location but one of its great attractions is its flexibility.
“Both the barn and the cottage are all on one level, which makes the accommodation very flexible.
“The cottage has lots of potential and could be used for a relative or as a guest annexe or as a studio or home office.”
The Pengilleys are selling to move into Richmond where their children go to school.
“We spend a lot of time in Richmond and thought it was sensible to live there,” says Chris.