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Top 5 UK Barn Conversions

UK Barn Conversions are an excellent opportunity to blend the space desired from today’s open-plan living, with modern design and building techniques and beautiful historical materials and features. Some of the best UK barn conversions retain the charm and character of the original build, integrating seamlessly with the natural world. They offer owners the luxury of putting their own stamp and interpretation on this unique style of living.

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As specialist insurers of non-standard homes, at Highworth Insurance we insure a great deal of UK barn conversions. We always enjoy discussing their individuality and requirements with their owners and so we decided to compile our own ‘Top 5 UK Barn Conversions’ list, which we feel depicts the very best aspects of barn conversions in the UK today.


1. Beautiful Modern Living

Glass, light and clean open spaces dominate this beautiful four bed family home designed by Nicholas Tye Architects. None of these elements are traditionally associated with the derelict 1860’s barn/grain store that it used to be. A deserving winner of many prestigious design awards, both internally and externally this is a stunning blend of old and new materials and building techniques.


2. Sympathetic Timber Frame UK Barn Conversion


Timber frames and exposed beams feature prominently in many UK barn conversions, working together like all great partnerships. This gorgeous conversion overlooking the River Dart in Devon was designed by Roderick James Architects in collaboration with Carpenter Oak Ltd who designed the striking internal green oak frame.

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3. Environmentally Sound



The smallest on our list of top UK barn conversions, but nevertheless perfectly formed. The joy of this cleverly converted 1840’s barn in Lancashire lies in the economical and environmentally friendly technologies employed in its design. Owners Richard and Carole carefully project managed the build to ensure the correct installation of the geothermal heat pump, solar panels and the state of the art rainwater harvesting system. Other technology includes centralised ventilation and air conditioning, programmable low voltage lighting and a carefully integrated audio/video system.


4. Impressive Scale


From the smallest to the largest UK barn conversion on our list; this stunning property in Oxfordshire is more farm conversion than barn conversion; comprising a six bed family home and separate studio flat, nestled around the original cobbled courtyard. Sitting in an acre of garden, complete with tennis court, it is a prime example of the lure of space that is so attractive with well converted properties.


5. Historically Significant


Our final choice resides on the Cornish coast in Bude. Designed and built by The Bazely Partnership, the complex project involved the restoration and development of a Grade II listed, 14th century barn. By far the oldest barn to be converted on our list, with its Medieval blueprint it is a perfect illustration of luxury living, achieved via cutting edge design and the gentle melding of old and new worlds together.

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In conclusion

Whether your UK barn conversion incorporates timber frame, wattle & daub, is a listed building or features a flat or thatched roof, at Highworth Insurance we specialise in all forms of non-standard build and can provide a bespoke and competitive policy as unique as your home.