Lower Farm

New house on a farm in Hampshire

Bidwells LLP who act as estate managers for this Hampshire Estate approached us to advise on how we would approach building a new country house in a historic group of buildings in a traditional farmstead.

There are a series of buildings on the site including a Threshing Barn, Granary and modern agricultural buildings. The listed 6 bay threshing barn has a particularly fine Elm timber frame with queen strut roof. The timber framed Granary sits on 12 stone staddles and much of the original timber is intact internally.

In the 20thC a farmhouse was demolished on the site. We have 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 6 bedroom house will be of a traditional design, with a modern internal layout, including open plan living areas and bedroom suites. The local vernacular was studied to give an understanding of the local building styles and materials and this influenced the designs as they developed.

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

We gainged planning permission for this in June 2016.