Plenty of gain fol­lows pain as barn is con­verted into a stun­ning home

Yorkshire Post - Property - - FRONT PAGE - Sharon Dale

“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.

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