About The Barn
Dating back to the early 17th century, the main part of barn is built of cob (clay and straw) set on a river stone plinth and faced on the outside with stone and lime render. The earliest part of the barn is the kitchen area, when converting we discovered a fire hearth and first floor joist holes, suggesting this was an early farm workers dwelling. The East end was probably an attached cattle shelter and hay store. It is believed the property was part of the Deer Park Estate based just up the road.
In the early 1700's the adjacent farmhouse was constructed and the barn was probably converted to full agricultural use. In the 19th century the stone barn behind was built as a cider-press shed. The original oak cider press was working right up to the 1970s, but as part of the conversion was dismantled and re-housed in a cider museum in Norfolk where it still works today.
From the late 1960’s up until it was converted into a residential property in 1997, The Barn was used as an antiques showroom & furniture restoration workshop. The conversion required a new roof structure and renovation of the cob walls to create a large living space and side rooms. Local timbers, salvaged materials and traditional building methods were used wherever possible throughout and many of the original features have been retained.
The Barn is furnished in the main with antique and vintage furnishings, however all mod-cons are provided for your comfort, along with full central heating, wood burning stove, WiFi, TV and a fully fitted kitchen and utility room.
Rose & Jonathan
We converted The Barn in the mid 1990's to become our family home and a place to raise our two sons in this fantastic rural setting. Our sons have now flown the nest and are studying at University, leaving us with 5 chickens and Hebe the Sprocker.
During 2019 we spent all our spare time (our normal day jobs are textile designer and cartographer) preparing The Barn for letting as a holiday home. At the same time we began the extensive restorations on the Queen Anne farmhouse and gardens next door, a monumental task that will take a few years to complete. In between renovation and restoration we have a number of agricultural fields up the road that need maintaining, hedges laying, trees to be planted and wood to be stacked. We are passionate about the local environment and nature and spend many hours walking in, exploring and enjoying this wonderful area.