Country Life

An ode to old barns

With high ceilings and often glorious scenery, the charm of a converted barn is immeasurab­le

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Surrey, £3.65 million

As Westend Barn has more than 5,500sq ft of accommodat­ion, it should come as no surprise that its 46ft central dining area is as grand as any galleried medieval hall. Only three miles from popular Haslemere, this 17th-century property has been impressive­ly converted into a sizeable family house, with five bedrooms, three reception rooms, six bathrooms, a woodpanell­ed study, a detached double car barn and even a gym. All of the bedrooms are en suite and the master has a parquet floor, walk-in shower room and extensive dressing room. The various garden areas are peaceful and well kept, with mature trees, some raised beds, hedgerows and a pergola over the outdoor dining area. Strutt & Parker (01428 788636)

Oxfordshir­e, £3 million

In a highly desirable Cotswolds location, a few miles from Daylesford Organic and Soho Farmhouse, Kingham Barns at Kingham, Chipping Norton, is a boutique developmen­t of five properties with luxurious facilities, including access to a contempora­ry Dutch barn with a swimming pool, gym and office/meeting room. No 1 Kingham Barns is a high-spec conversion with both character and ‘a classic Cotswolds modern edge,’ say agents. The living space has a striking vaulted ceiling, as well as sunken and formal sitting areas; the open-plan kitchen has a large island and dining space. There are four bedrooms and a second first-floor reception space, as well as a private outdoor terrace with a fire/pizza oven. Within grounds of a little over an acre, residents can also enjoy a communal heated outdoor swimming pool, outdoor kitchen and lake. Knight Frank (01451 600613)

Norfolk, £825,000

Long Barn is a Grade Ii-listed conversion with accommodat­ion over three storeys, including five bedrooms and well-preserved period features, such as inglenook fireplaces and exposed beams. There are extensive gardens to the front and a walled garden at the back of the house, with wonderful views across the surroundin­g countrysid­e, plus plenty of parking with a double garage. It was originally part of the Hales Hall estate and the market town of Loddon, on the River Chet, is only about 10 minutes away. Winkworth (01508 528880)

West Sussex, £1.595 million

Down a no-through lane in the hamlet of North Heath, between Pulborough and Billingshu­rst (trains to London Victoria from both take just over an hour), sits five-bedroom, timber-clad Stallhouse Barn. The master bedroom has a Juliet balcony, dressing room and en-suite shower room; both the kitchen and drawing room are dualaspect and have vaulted ceilings with French doors leading out to the 2¼-acre grounds, which include a former paddock, an office/studio and an entertaini­ng room. Hamptons (01403 211766)

Cornwall, excess £2.5 million

Trowan Farm near St Ives comprises two barns that have been recently converted and are connected by a modern, zinc-roofed sitting room with views over the Atlantic. St Ives is only 1½ miles away, beyond Trowan Farm’s 35 acres of pristine pastures. The property has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and there is planning consent for a new barn. Lillicrap Chilcott (01872 273473)

Northumber­land, £650,000

One of Northumber­land’s most idyllic spots, the little hamlet of Thornbroug­h lies just beyond popular Corbridge and is home to a handful of converted farm buildings, including Low Barns. This pretty four-bedroom house has all the cosy winter comforts one needs, with an AGA to lean on in the kitchen and striking inglenook woodburner in the dual-aspect sitting room overlookin­g the rolling Tyne Valley. Almost two acres of land include a courtyard, formal gardens and a paddock to the south. Finest Properties (01434 622234)

Worcesters­hire, offers over £425,000

The Halesend is a tiny hamlet about four miles from Great Malvern that is home to three-bedroom Woodview, a wellpresen­ted barn conversion laid out over three floors with a glazed frontage, offering plenty of light. Throughout, the interiors are characterf­ul and thoughtful­ly modernised and the setting is a private estate, with peace and quiet almost guaranteed. Fine & Country (01905 678111)

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