From a disused and unloved barn to unique, stunning holiday accommodation; the restoration of Berry Farm Barn has been a labour of love for owners Claire & Chris, who now can't wait to welcome you to their little corner of the Cotswolds.
The initial idea
After 200 years of storing crops and livestock, the Barn was somewhat battered and bruised and in need of TLC, so Chris and Claire decided to create a holiday home that had the wow factor and was perfect for groups of friends and family to get together.
Planning & Prepping
Architects were briefed to take a sympathetic and conservation led approach to the restoration. Historical features and natural materials were maintained and enhanced.
If we'd have known exactly how many challenges lay ahead of the renovation, we might never have started!
But now we're so glad
Starting the build
Builders started works in freezing February weather carefully underpinning stone walls. Months of careful structural improvements followed including stripping the Cotswold stone roof and introducing innovative approaches to insulation. The whole build took 15 months and the final few months were busy with final finishing, decorating, furnishing and creating a courtyard garden.
You never know what surprises will turn up when renovating such an old structure, but it was exciting to discover builders initials and a date of 1839 were discovered in old lime plasterwork. In the old kitchen area was a worn out feed manger which contained some very old and alarming medicine & poison bottles!
Meet Berry Farm Barn
"We wanted to create a luxury space that felt like you were somewhere special. We trawled antique sites and auction houses to find special pieces that would be unique. Windows and doors were made by the Cirencester carpentry company, MWC group, and we worked with Forum Interiors in Cirencester for design and fabric inspiration. It was important to us to use as many local suppliers as possible, so our upholsterer was Harriet Guest based in Kempsford, the curtain/blinds and soft furnishings were made by Sophie Reid from Harris & Rose based in Somerford Keynes and the custom headboards were made by chiselworks in Cirencester. Illustrations by the wonderful Stephanie Cole feature throughout the barn and across the whole farm. We hope you love staying in Berry Farm Barn as much as we loved creating it."
Chris & Claire Jeffery