Manor Farm Barns, Kettlestone
Creative conversion of derelict barn complex into four residential dwellings
Manor Farm Barns lie directly to the east of the Grade II Listed Manor House. The project involved the complete restoration and refurbishment of the complex of agricultural buildings into four new dwellings. The site holds a prominent position on the entrance to the village and junction of The Street with Snoring Road. The barns had been lying vacant for a significant period of time and were in an extremely poor state of repair. The scale and quality of this conversion scheme is particularly note worthy.
The alterations to each barn have been carefully thought through. New openings into the historic fabric have been kept to a minimum. Where new openings were required, conservation style rooflights have been restricted to the inner slopes of the barns. The large areas of uninterrupted roofscape which are the dominating feature of the complex have been retained. Internally areas of full height space have been incorporated allowing for the original scale of the barns to still be read.
The use of reclaimed Norfolk pan tiles, lime mortar and all new timber windows is another indicator of the quality of the conversion. The treatment of the exterior garden and courtyard spaces has been considered carefully, there’s an informal appearance to the access ways and parking which has contributed to the character ands setting of the site.
Overall this scheme has been extremely successful in bringing this historic group of derelict barns back into use. The sympathetic use of traditional materials and detailing has meant the character and original charm of the barns has been retained.