Warborne Farm is blessed with a fine range of traditional agricultural buildings that have been sympathetically converted into high quality farm stays, using traditional materials and incorporating features that reflect their history from 180 years of continual use.
We converted the Brick Barn and the Long Barn first, and they were ready for their first guests for Christmas 2010. Each sleeps 4-6+, with an additional sleeping loft for 4 agile people in between.
In both cases we retained the sense of space by keeping the living area to its full height, so that the upstairs is presented as a mezzanine. Downstairs has – as is traditional in these barns – a soft brick floor, though with underfloor heating. Both barns have a Clearview wood burning stove, Smeg fridge-freezers, Rangemaster induction cookers and a chestnut butcher’s block. Also on the ground floor there is a loo/bathroom and a sofa bed. Upstairs flooring is laid with recycled oak floor boards from a 180 yr old Amish barn, with underfloor heating. Both bedrooms can be double or twin, and there is a ladder up into a sleeping loft. There is a loo/shower also on the first floor.
With more confidence, we then converted the Grain Loft, Hay Loft and Old Stables, which were ready for their first occupants on 1st May 2015. Each of these barns sleep 8, with a double room, a twin/double, and 4 beds that have been designed with youngsters in mind. The attention to detail is perhaps best illustrated by the shutters; handmade by Kate’s mum Ann, they fit beautifully, look good and work well. Bedside tables are blocks of Douglas Fir from the New Forest, more usually used for propping up yachts in the local boat yards. Bathroom mirrors are actually recycled crittle windows from the wartime airfield on Beaulieu Heath. Their sills were part of an old sunken barge which I found emerging from the (receding) Solent mudflat
Thanks to our architects at Pad Studio the conversion won the prestigious "Agricultural Building Design Award 2014"