Renovation Story – Lavendrye BarnWhen Jules and Graham moved into the Grade II Listed Manor House near Blakeney, they were pleased to have the extra storage space provided in the shape of a lovely old barn in the grounds. They realised the potential of this wonderful old building, built from local stone and beams that were centuries old.
Although the barn was not listed, the planners treated it as if it was in the same category as the house because of its proximity to the main dwelling. Jules and Graham wanted to renovate it sympathetically, using original stone and a pantile roof so that externally it looked exactly the same as before the renovation. Unfortunately the roof had to be taken off as RSJs were needed and many of the original tiles got broken so had to be replaced with old tiles from the reclamation centre.
The couple wanted to create light and insisted that the old timber door was still in place, so it looked just the same as it did all those years ago, apart from the small detail of the door opening outwards to gain more space inside.
Jules had very precise ideas about how she wanted it to look. The tongue and groove panelling in the kitchen, the limestone flags (from Beswick Stone in Cirencester) downstairs and the eclectic mix of mid-century and modern furniture – Lavendrye Barn is totally charming and put together so well.
The clever additions such as the island furniture actually came from Ikea. Jules painted this to fit in with the kitchen colours, from Farrow & Ball, using 'Cornforth White' and 'Purbeck Stone' and who would know that it was not individually designed and hand built by a local craftsman.
Jules and Graham decided on top of range cooking facilities and installed an Everhot, funnily enough their first guests ate out most of the time, but commented on how good it was for cheese on toast!
Upstairs, they used tongue and groove to add some texture to the bedroom, painting it in 'Downpipe'. Another great idea was to use synthetic flooring which looks identical to flagstones, but has physical warmth and is easy to clean.
With the most amazing views, this fabulous barn conversion really is a magical escape away from the rest of the world. You can sit outside on the terrace listening to the birdsong and feel a million miles away from civilisation. We think the Fettes have done the most amazing job at creating a fabulous holiday home in this beautiful barn, keeping all the features and adding a contemporary twist to make it extremely comfortable and visually pleasing.
Striking just the right balance between comfortable elegance, romance and country style Lavendrye Barn makes the perfect little hideout for two. Breaks from £420.