The barn con­ver­sion that tri­umphed on TV

Yorkshire Post - Property - - FRONT PAGE - Sharon Dale

Tithe Barn, Sta­tion Lane, Thorner. Price: £785,000

Con­tact: Bead­nall Co­p­ley, tel: 01947 580850, www. bead­nall­cop­

ANN and Nor­man Roberts faced stiff com­pe­ti­tion when they put their barn for­ward for a TV talent con­test. But the con­ver­sion tri­umphed in May the Best House Win, a Come Dine With Me- style show where the con­tes­tants score each other’s homes out of 10.

The 15th-century tithe barn is blessed with an abun­dance of stun­ning ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures and its ex­posed oak beams and trusses give it in­stant wow fac­tor. These are com­ple­mented by su­perb crafts­man­ship and at­ten­tion to de­tail thanks to Nor­man’s long ca­reer in cab­i­net mak­ing and fur­ni­ture de­sign.

The barn and the Roberts are a per­fect match and they found each other thanks to a chance meet­ing in a beauty sa­lon. “I was in there and I saw a lady whose hus­band ren­o­vated barns,” says Ann. “I asked if he had any­thing for sale and he had.

“When we went to see it, it was derelict and full of mud and pigeon drop­pings. But we could see it could be fan­tas­tic.”

The barn is grade two listed. So al­ter­ing or re­mov­ing any­thing wasn’t an op­tion and the tim­bers had to be left on dis­play. Most of the ground floor is given over to the dou­ble height liv­ing, din­ing and kitchen space, with small satel­lite rooms in­clud­ing an of­fice, snug, util­ity room and cloak­room, two bed­rooms and a bath­room. The first floor has a fab­ulpous min­strels gallery, a mas­ter bed­room with en-suite and a guest bed­room. The project took two and half years and much of the fur­ni­ture is be­spoke and de­signed, made and fit­ted by Nor­man and their son James, who owns JS Roberts in Leeds.

The oak kitchen in­cludes the barn’s ex­ist­ing old iron hooks. “These old fea­tures have come in handy. I use one of the hooks to hang my iron­ing on,” says Ann. The floors and skirt­ings are traver­tine and the property is full of clever stor­age so­lu­tions, in­clud­ing a con­tem­po­rary unit in the snug in­spired by an Ital­ian de­sign. It is full of cup­boards.

Out­side, there is a south-fac­ing

These old fea­tures have come in handy. I use one of the hooks to hang my iron­ing on.

gar­den, a stor­age room and a sin­gle garage plus a park­ing area.

Ann and Nor­man are sell­ing as they want to move closer to fam­ily.

“We love the barn and it’s been a won­der­ful place to live but we want to move nearer our chil­dren so we can help with our grand­chil­dren. We’d also like an an­nexe for my mother.”

Andrew Bead­nall, of Bead­nall Co­p­ley, says: “This fab­u­lous award-win­ning property boasts a stun­ning con­tem­po­rary in­te­rior with a wealth of ex­posed oak beams and su­perb crafts­man­ship.”

The pop­u­lar and pic­turesque vil­lage of Thorner sits be­tween Wetherby and Leeds. It has a post of­fice, gen­eral store, pri­mary school and pre-school, church, pub­lic houses and restau­rant. The area is con­sid­ered ideal for the com­muter as there is easy ac­cess onto the A64 and also to the A1 link­ing with the re­gion´s mo­tor­way net­work.

PER­FECT MATCH: Nor­man and Ann Roberts spent two-and-a-half years lov­ingly con­vert­ing this old tithe barn sit­u­ated in Thorner, a pop­u­lar vil­lage near Wetherby, into a stun­ning home with a wealth of his­toric fea­tures. It fea­tured on the TV show MayTheBestHouseWin.

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