A project by developers ME Development, who specialise in the construction of luxury developments set in picturesque locations across Surrey and Hampshire, The Barns certainly has a beautiful and unique setting.
The development is nestled amongst hundreds of acres of farmland and the project’s architectural technician, Claire Stewart explains the background.
“The site was a special one. Situated in the very small village of Dockenfield, close to Frensham, the derelict farm afforded stunning views across the rolling Surrey Hills and acres of woodland.
“On the land was a series of 12 farmhouses and barns, all extremely run down having been derelict for many years. We could see the potential to create a truly exceptional development – however strict planning conditions meant the focus would be on conversion and renovation, working to the original footprints and scale of the current farmland.”
One of the hero buildings on the site was this large farmhouse which has been lovingly restored, extended and renovated. “The farmhouse was pretty dilapidated but with some careful design and planning had the scope to become a beautiful family home in this enviable countryside location.
“We completely renovated the property, including adding an extension to create a 5 bedroom 4 storey house. Internal walls were in poor condition so we re-planned the living spaces and completely reconfigured the interior. Downstairs now features a large kitchen/dining space which leads to a cosy snug. Across from here sits a grand drawing room in addition to a family living room with feature fireplace.
“The nature of the barns layout means it sits on split levels and this lower side leads down to a small study area off the rest of the living spaces. Upstairs you now find a master bedroom with en-suite and two additional bedrooms plus the family bathroom, and a loft conversion homes another two bedrooms.”
When it came to fitting out the home, as applies to all of the ME Developments, the focus was on luxury features and bespoke fittings tailored to each individual property. “What I felt was key to the interior design was to play to the rural and rustic style and setting of the home. Going too contemporary just wouldn’t have felt right. We used interior design company Style & Stage to dress the show home and they met our brief perfectly.
“When it came to flooring we knew we wanted a rustic style of wood floor to run throughout most of the living spaces. One of our Directors knew of V4, being quite local to us, and we got in touch to discuss options.
“We all agreed that the Urban Nature Foundry Steel floors were the perfect style for the home. They were rich in character and would add a rustic and warm layer of texture into the farmhouse.
“They were perfect for the rural and rustic feel we wanted inside the home to reflect its unique setting and original farm house use. We had to re-screed all the ground floors to make them level and underfloor heating was installed throughout the living spaces before the wood floors were installed.
“We were so delighted with the results. We wanted the floor to be a bit dramatic, giving contrast to the predominately lighter tones used in the spaces and the contrast is perfect. I love that they look aged, it just blends into the design beautifully. We went for darker tones in the drawing room, with Farrow & Ball Railings on the walls, and the floors work equally well in this space too.”
The development is now almost complete and one of the first to sell was this house and its new owners are now settled in to country farmhouse life.