Chapel Farm’s central living area is a Georgian flint barn, around which various farm buildings were converted. It was a pretty big undertaking, and while we bought the property in 1999, the whole project took four years to complete and it wasn’t until 2003 that we managed to move in.
To say that it was due upgrading is something of an understatement. Although there is evidence that it had been used for accomodation in previous Millenia, when we bought the property, it had been used as a working farm building for at least 100 years. For the last twenty five years it had effectively been surplus to farm requirements and had been abandoned to the elements, which meant that every roof, beam and stick of wood (as well as 40% of the walls) had to be restored or replaced.
There was no water, electricity or any other modern trappings of any description, so we took the opportunity to wrap the house in the most modern insulating materials available, at the same time as trying to achieve a sympathetic and rural conversion, which sat easily in a place that it had already occupied for at least 200 years.
It is one of the most beautiful places to live and we hope that we have achieved a sympathetic conversion which lets the stunning countryside dominate in the same way that it always has.