The original nine bay barn built around the mid to late 1800s, now with its own borehole, air-source heating and PV Solar panels is now transformed into a little eco dream nestled in three acres of the most beautiful English Countryside.
Owner, property developer, interior designer and B&B host Paula, lives at Little Oldwick Barn with her children Megan and Lilly and their wire haired Fox Terrier, Pip and Jack Russell, Daisy. They also have chickens that provide free range eggs to help enhance your breakfast.
“It’s exceeded all my expectations of country living.“
“There’s an open plan feel yet we also have cosy designated living spaces – the perfect blend”
“Being sandwiched between the sandy Witterings coastline and the South Downs National Park feeds my twin loves of the sea and watersports, and going on long country walks.”
The Barn’s Story
Nine years ago this barn was little more than a shell, lying unloved and derelict on a three-acre plot, over grown with brambles. It may have been run down and empty but Paula fell in love with it.
We were renting nearby and had seen the barn on walks, when it came on the market, we leapt at the chance to buy it. Designing our perfect home was a golden opportunity and after some time an agreement was made and it was ours.
With sea and countryside close by the barn is in the ideal location for Paula, formerly a professional windsurfer, and her daughters. She approached local Architect Neil Holland and set about drawing plans. Soon the old barn was taken back to its original frame and work began.
We recycled where possible with timbers and building materials, keeping the rustic feel throughout. The main focus was to make the natural surroundings part of the barn by bringing the outside in,” says Paula ” I also wanted to keep the rustic flint walls exposed and recreate the essence of the barn without making it too fussy”.
Collaborating with the builder on ideas and project managing Paula’s plans evolved over time. She had thought about wood flooring throughout but chose stone with underfloor heating. This provides the feel of old style flagstones but with the luxury of warmth underfoot. She also installed an energy saving air-source heat pump, which takes heat from the air and boosts it to a higher temperature. Special consideration was given to the kitchen with the importance of scale and proportion to the exposed beams. The result is a beautifully bespoke design with a large island and lots of drawers to hide clutter, housekeeper cupboards and a turquoise 4 oven Aga.
Much of the interior was inspired by Paula’s time spent living in France a few years ago – indeed the fireplace was replicated by her builders from a design she’d seen there. Throughout her home, Paula combines antiques or shabby chic pieces with a muted palette for a casual, ‘lived in’ feel.
“The large oak framed windows give us fantastic views and this space is wonderful for entertaining”
The project took seven years from planning to finish and with the renovation now complete, the results are outstanding.
The Story of the Outdoor Rooms
Paula has long had a dream of owning a vintage Airstream and when the opportunity of a beautifully and fully restored 1968 Overlander came from Airstream Renovations she didn’t hesitate. Positioned within the stunning grounds of the Barn, it provides luxury, privacy and retro living in an outdoor space.More
The final piece to Paula’s jigsaw is the Luxury Bell Tent providing guests with all the essentials and some luxuries. Pitched in the idyllic garden and with access to the barn for shower and toilet facilities this makes for a really secluded outdoor experience.