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Born in a Barn: Our Pick of the Top 10 Barn Conversions

Barns aFlatford Mill Pond Farmre those utilitarian buildings that so many of us love to make the focus of our roof rebuilds and refurbishment projects – there’s just something about them that so often oozes charm. To inspire you with your own prospective barn conversion, here are 10 of our personal favourites.





  1. Flatford Mill, Suffolk

This Georgian former watermill near East Bergholt is far from your typical barn conversion, having appeared in a number of paintings by the celebrated British artist John Constable – indeed, it was also once owned by the Constable family.

Although no longer accessible inside by the public, Flatford Mill has since been lovingly restored and remains a working building, by virtue of the residential courses that take place there.

  1. Cosawes Barton, Cornwall

If you can’t exactly enjoy the interior at Flatford Mill as a mere visitor, it’s a very different story at the gorgeous historic estate of Cosawes Barton in the rural village of Ponsanooth, Cornwall.

That’s because the agricultural barns here have been converted into holiday lets that show exceptional attention to detail, elements of traditional rustic preservation being complemented by subtle contemporary touches.

  1. Addingham, West Yorkshire

Head up north, and you can find Overgate Croft Barn in more than two acres of sumptuously landscaped gardens, providing the perfect combination of strong transport links with Leeds and Bradford – courtesy of its closeness to Ilkley – and stunning views over the Wharfe Valley.

  1. Shenley, Hertfordshire

Showing that even the oldest of old barns can be the subject of stellar conversions, this 16th century property has been split into a four-bedroom house and two-bedroom cottage. It offers remarkable character in its large rooms, thanks to the likes of traditional oak panelling, a massive inglenook fireplace and exposed beams and brickwork.

  1. Underhill House, Gloucestershire

If you require any inspiration to save an old barn that you might have presumed to be beyond rescue, you only need to look to this astonishing eco home in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

This derelict 300-year old stone barn in open countryside featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs, and was an ingenious answer to the difficulties of obtaining planning permission in this delicate location. Indeed, it produces 90% fewer carbon emissions than the average home.

  1. Feering Bury Farm Barn, Essex

Even a very large barn can be given a jaw-dropping new lease of life – this timber-framed barn, with its 16th century central structure and 18th century aisles, now housing a family home and artist studios.

This particular barn is also a demonstration of how incredible modern barn roofing can look, the original roof materials – probably thatch – having been lost many years ago and replaced for the conversion by corrugated material with no visible rooflights, in line with the wishes of local authority conservation officers.

  1. Church Farm Barn, Suffolk

However, barn conversions don’t need to be colossal to turn heads, as shown by this more modest transformation of two Grade II listed barns in a Suffolk village into a charming five-bedroom home that also preserves much of the original buildings’ fabric.

The result is a delightful property that combines time-honoured materials like lime render and oak framing with modern comforts and conveniences such as super-efficient insulation, underfloor heating and an air source heat pump.

  1. Quaker Barns, Norfolk

Again, this complex of farm buildings has been converted into dwellings that you can rent at any time of the year, enabling you to see for yourself the intelligent use of local materials like brick and oak, alongside such recycled resources as fibreglass, car window seals and straw bale.

It’s not exactly the most conventional combination of materials that you will ever find in a barn conversion, but the results certainly wooed us!

  1. Denne Manor Barn, Kent

Surely, barn conversions can’t be state-of-the-art in appearance, even if they could be described that way ‘under the skin’ – after all, wouldn’t that miss the point?

Here’s one barn conversion that might challenge your existing thinking on just how modern-looking such an undertaking can be. Think the very latest computerised light, electrical and audio-visual technology and stunning custom-built glass spiral staircases, which still somehow fit in perfectly with the preserved 17th century structure.

  1. Tile Barn, Oxfordshire

We also love the look of this recently converted Banbury barn, with its huge rooms, pale oak flooring and plentiful natural light on the inside, and five-acre grounds – complete with an oak-fronted car port and workshop – on the outside.

This six-bedroom property is another that embraces the latest technology in just the right ways, incorporating the likes of ceiling-mounted speakers, mood lighting and remote control operated Smarthome wiring.

Has all of the above inspired you? If not, we suspect that nothing will! Get in touch with our experts in barn roofing right here at ELC Roofing Ltd today, and we can soon show you the considerable potential for your own barn conversion.

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