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Oxfordshire architects gain planning approval for beautiful stone barn in the Cotswolds

26 Jul '19

Cotswold Barn proposed plan

Situated within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the limestone Wolds, the clients approached our Oxfordshire architects hoping to transform an agricultural barn on the family estate into a substantial property to be used as a holiday let. The existing building was originally used as a thrashing barn; however, it has not been used for many years and, whilst it has remained in fairly good condition, some neglect has become obvious. The wastewater goods are showing deterioration, the roof sagging in places, tiles have slipped and there are cracks in the walls. Despite the effects of disuse, the existing is still an attractive structure and it was felt necessary to preserve it in a context that would continue to benefit the surrounding rolling hills and countryside.


We presented the planners with a design to fulfil the potential of the barn’s expanse. On the ground floor we proposed an interesting, entertaining space, providing guests with not only comfortable living, but also added luxuries to make their stay even more memorable. A main entrance would lead onto a large living room, dining room and kitchen with utility and boot room. The ground floor is also designed to hold a home cinema and a games room, all leading onto an external terrace overlooking the Cotswold countryside.


The first floor is to house three double bedrooms and a single along with a bathroom and shower room. Also, on this floor there is another bathroom and dressing room which act as en-suite facilities to a double bedroom situated on an above mezzanine level. The top, and final floor, alongside the mezzanine double, houses another two double bedrooms one of which is also en-suite.


The planning process was not an easy one; often properties which need a change of use from agricultural to residential or commercial can cause issues. However, on top of these restraints we found that the barn was home to a handful of roosting bats, so we had to follow the appropriate measures and mitigations to ensure the bats are rehomed as necessary. Despite the constraints we are thrilled to announce that the proposed design for a beautiful seven-bedroom holiday let has now been approved and once built will be a characterful and conscientious building to stand proudly in the Oxfordshire countryside for many years to come.


Thinking of your own architectural barn conversion project? Contact our Oxfordshire architects to discuss your plans further.