The barn conversion that triumphed on TV
Tithe Barn, Station Lane, Thorner. Price: £785,000
Contact: Beadnall Copley, tel: 01947 580850, www. beadnallcopley.co.uk
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.