Lower Farm



The farmstead which sat in the heart of an estate was surrounded by large arable fields and included a Threshing Barn, Granary and modern agricultural buildings but not a farmhouse!

The listed 6 bay threshing barn has a notable Elm timber frame with queen strut roof and was structurally sound but needed repairing. The timber framed Granary sits on 12 stone straddles and much of the original timber is intact internally.

In the C20th a farmhouse was demolished on the site. We were approached to design a new farmhouse for the farmstead. We proposed a plan which re-establishes the original farmstead pattern prior to the erection of the modern buildings. This includes the demolition of many of the steel portal buildings and lost landscape features such as the orchard and hedgerows.

The house was of a traditional design to fit with the wider farm and had a central core and a L shaped wing. Local buildings were studied to give an understanding of local building styles, their detailing and proportion this influenced the designs as they developed.

The barn and granary are not proposed for development and the proposals allow for repairs to these structures and replacement of the corrugated roofing panels with clay tiles.

We gained planning permission and listed building consent for this in June 2016.

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“Blake Architects were commissioned by Bidwells, on behalf of the Manydown Estate, to design a new country house in the rolling and rural South Downs near Basingstoke. The brief we gave was to gain approval for a marketable six bedroom house which had a traditional appearance that would fit with the brick vernacular of local houses and the adjacent Listed Barn and Granary.

The design met our requirements for a mix of traditional and modern living spaces and cleverly, the house appeared to have evolved as part of the farm over time. The sympathetic designs in large part helped us achieve a difficult planning approval next to Listed Buildings and the South Downs AONB.

We were given a punctual and professional service by Jonathan and we recommend Blake Architects and will look to work with them in the future.”

 Patrick Durnford BSc (Hons) MRICS - Bidwells 2016