Cotswold Barn



The farm consists of a Grade II Listed Farmhouse, a Cotswold Stone Barn and outbuildings which are within the house’s historic curtilage. The barn was converted in the 1990’s and had compromised accommodation with small bedrooms and a disjointed circulation. That made the spaces hard to use and even harder to enjoy.

Our client approached us wanting to achieve additional bedrooms for their large family and to create a generous living space for their retirement.

Our concept was to reinstate the barns interior back to a single volume stripping out two floors. We then proposed widening and lengthening a wing of the barn to provide all the ensuite bedrooms. We successfully agreed with English Heritage that the reestablishment of the main barn volume justified the new extension.


The main living space is triple height, at one end there is a mezzanine which is used as a home office with a family room below and at the other a kitchen designed by Splinter Works.

The client feels the cold and spends much time working in the home office, the brief was “to make the space hot enough to stop the dogs using it”. We achieved this my placing a huge double sided wood burner below the study and from this hot air is vented to blow out below the desk. It works well! – too well for most.

The house is heated from a ground source heat pump and this is coupled with a heat recovery system to create an all comfortable all season environment. We undertook all design and managed the planning, listed building consent and contractors on behalf of the client.  

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Blake Architects


Peter Landers

Main Contractors

Chappell & Dix