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13th February, 2017

Renovation spotlight: Best homes in need of conversion and renovated homes

Renovation spotlight: Best homes in need of conversion and renovated homes

From barn conversions to renovated churches, large home renovation projects pose a significant challenge. Between the planning, site management, unforeseen complications, and endless mess, it may seem like more hassle than it is work. But there is something special about taking something derelict and turning it into a dream home. Here are five properties that are ripe for renovation or have already been transformed.

To renovate

1. Farmhouse, Lake District

This neglected property is set in a picturesque location in the Lake District National Park. As well as the five-bedroom farmhouse to renovate, there are a range of outbuildings that could be converted.

Previously a Lowther Estate farm, the development enjoys an outstanding position, with uninterrupted views of the east Lakeland fells. Fieldgate farmhouse dates back to the late 18th century and is Grade II Listed. The residence is presently unoccupied and requires modernisation throughout. It offers the potential to create a unique family country home, with the well-proportioned rooms retaining much of the original charm and features.

Already renovated

2. Bungalow Transformation, Coventry

This stylish bungalow has been completely renovated by the current owners. Once a two-bedroom detached bungalow with dated interiors, they added two extra bedrooms and extended the property from the back.

3. Victorian Church, West Sussex

A simply stunning conversion of a Grade II Listed former church into a unique family home, seamlessly blending the character of this imposing Victorian building with the impressive contemporary interior designed for modern living.

This former Roman Catholic church dates from circa 1876 but, according to the listing register, was built in a 13th century style. This conversion was only started in 2012.

The property is of Sandstone construction under a tiled roof and has a chancel with central tower having a saddle-back style roof, two trans-septal side chapels and nave.

“We relished the challenge of a conversion project,” said the current owners, “but most of all we wanted to preserve the building, which was destined at one point to become a managed ruin. It was important to the community too, as we discovered on an open day we held at the start of the project, when people came with photographs from when they were choristers or attended Sunday School or worshiped at the church many years ago.”

“The building is very versatile and can be as grand or as simple as you like. It is cosy in the evenings, and works well in day to day family life, but you can also enjoy the grandeur of the big hall and host spectacular parties.”

4. Historic village home, Monmouthshire

A beautiful, listed, late Georgian family house occupying an enviable position on the old square in a thriving and much sought after village between Chepstow and Newport. The house has been carefully refurbished; is tastefully decorated and well presented to provide an outstanding family home of considerable character.

The house stands prominently in a Conservation Area on the old square, within just a few yards of local shops, inns and restaurants, in the centre of this much sought-after village.

5. Tall barn conversion, East Sussex

Longford Great Barn is understood to date from the 18th century or earlier but was converted into a delightful individual home in the late 1990's by the current owner. The exterior elevations are mostly of tarred weatherboarding with some brickwork and some stonework.

Despite the volume of exposed timbers, the property offers very light and bright accommodation and has no low ceilings. Many of the rooms are vaulted and some are of exceptional proportions, including the 61'8 open plan reception area and 24'5 kitchen/breakfast room.

6. The Old Royal Oak, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire

The OldRoyal Oak was once a popular public house but is now a comfortable three-storey, five-bedroomed home. Immersed in period detail, this Grade ll listed property has been the subject of considerable investment by the present owners, who have overseen a comprehensive yet sympathetic renovation. This has ensured none of the character has been lost.

7. Shenley, Hertfordshire

A truly impressive barn conversion with a twist. Set on a large plot with paddocks, four stallion boxes, barn and outbuildings. This two-bedroom cottage exudes character and charm both inside and out. Internally, the property includes a carefully crafted staircase, cottage style kitchen as well as a beautiful Inglenook fireplace. There is a duck pond and a cobbled driveway surrounded by undulating views of the countryside.

8. The Old Post Office

Set within the peaceful Oxfordshire village of Ambrosden, The Old Post Office is a stone built period home with more than 300 years of history. The original features can still be seen including the working well in the garden and exposed beamsThis exceptional property has been loved by the current owners, who have maintained the home to the best possible standards, keeping the historic property alive.

9. Coddington Mill

Here is an award-winning converted 18th Century water mill offering extensive accommodation, rich in character and appeal. The main reception hall is accessed from the gardens via circular sandstone steps down to an arched entrance. Original working mill wheels have been retained to create a focal point in the property. There is also a walk-in pantry. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, then this property ticks all the boxes.

10. Gainsborough Road, Gate Burton, North Lincolnshire

Designed by the famous Arts and Crafts Architect Detmar Blow, a disciple of John Ruskin, this Grade II listed coach house combines the old and new. The house has a light and airy design with a clever use of outdoor space including several terraces.

To discover more beautiful properties for sale, start your search on the Fine & Country website. If you are thinking of selling, request a free valuation here.

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