Plenty of gain follows pain as barn is converted into a stunning home
“Fortunately it was May and so not that cold and we have lovely neighbours who let us use their bath.”
The couple bought the barn in 2006. It was once part of Snape Castle, the former home of Catherine Parr before her marriage to Henry VIII, and the location, with views of that historic building and the surrounding countryside, captivated them.
Although it had planning permission, Emma and Steve revised the barn design and won the right to install six new windows, which now flood the property with light. They engaged renowned York builder William Anelay to do the conversion to first fix level and then Emma took over.
“We had workmen in for months after we moved in and that was quite hard because they’d be there from 8am until 5pm every day. I project managed the work and by September we had the heating on, just in time for the colder weather,” she says.
The barn now boasts 4,000 sq ft of space and features include underfloor heating, a whirlpool bath, jet shower pod, bespoke oak staircase and an Opus multi-room home entertainment system with touch screen controls giving instant access to ipod, radio and CD audio streams. There is also an in-built surround sound cinema system in the drawing room.
It has a hall, living kitchen, utility room, drawing room, cloakroom, family room, office, bedroom and en-suite. On the first floor, there is a master bedroom suite, study, three bedrooms and three bathrooms.
A Grade II listed former dovecote, which dates from the 17th century, has been converted into a holiday cottage, which now brings in a good income.
“It’s been incredibly successful and it’s very easy to manage. Between May and December last year it brought in a net profit of £10,000,” says Emma, who runs a recruitment company with Steve.
The barn and dovecote are set in one acre of land with views towards the castle and over the adjoining parklands of Thorpe Perrow Arboretum. The gardens include extensive lawns, patios, barbecue area and sunbathing deck with hot tub. There is also planning permission for a triple garage.
“It’s a wonderful place to live and certainly worth all the effort,” says Emma.