A 17th century barn renovation has a stunning interior that complements its statement architecture

Located on the side of a Dorset village, this former threshing barn is one kind of three handsome farming structures that have been purchased with the proprietors in the neighbouring farmhouse to create accommodation and entertaining space for family and buddies.

When the couple acquired the Grade II-listed structure, among its facades was entirely hidden behind a makeshift corrugated iron shed which were erected involving the barns to support more creatures.

‘It wasn’t until we needed it away that individuals recognized the threshing barn was on the significant slope, so our which you might would have been to shore as much as cure it from collapsing,’ the master recalls.

The threshing barn could be the earliest in the structures that is considered to go back for the late 1600s.

‘Its form really spelt to all of us the actual way it could be utilized,’ recounts the master, whose architects, Llewellyn Harker Lowe, devised a layout featuring an empty-plan bottom floor getting a kitchen area and sitting room at either finish, each getting a master bedroom ‘pod’ above.

The happy couple had formerly enlisted interior designer Samantha Todhunter to refurbish both their London home in addition to their farmhouse, as well as the barns they requested her to assist them create relaxed, fun spaces which will attract all generations.


Essentially in the building is certainly a remarkable steel-presented, vaulted diner where the barn’s two vast openings are really punctuated with Crittall glazing.

Practical furniture was selected such as the robust oak dining area table and benches.

Each bit was selected to boost the organic company’s building – within the oversized woven rattan pendants for the reclaimed floorboards round the upper walls utilized like a potting shed.


The kitchen’s glazed wall cabinets help mitigate the fact the reduced-ceilinged regions of the barn are inevitably deeper.

All the two bedrooms is required utilizing a timber staircase. The architects developed the idea of cladding part of the walls with reclaimed floorboards however house to delineate the sack ‘pods’.

The ground floor’s huge limestone flags, sourced from our quarry, particularly resonate while using owner.

‘This is when the stone for your barns and our farmhouse may have initially result from therefore it is incredibly special to many of us,’ she states, adding, ‘These slabs result from one of the earliest strata and they are numerous years old they are peppered with fossils.’

Family Area

The uplifting plan inside the living area combines all-white-colored-colored furniture with eyecatching eco-friendly textiles.Textural pieces for instance cane chairs plus a bulrush tray complement the rugged walls.

‘The threshing barn doubles just like a party space therefore it was fundamental to source practical furnishings,’ explains Samantha, citing as examples as well as the sofa’s white-colored-colored linen-effect fabric produced for outdoors use. ‘We’ve had 150 individuals here to make sure that sofa has observed a lot of action, however it’s still pristine,’ the master marvels.

The sitting area’s fresh eco-friendly and white-colored-colored palette helps mitigate the fact the reduced-ceilinged regions of the barn are inevitably deeper.

Each side in the room are lit with miniature ship lights that chime while using Crittall glazing in the home home windows. ‘I felt that ordinary downlights may have destroyed a couple of from the organic company’s building,’ explains Samantha.

Master bedroom

Samantha suggested the straw-coloured grasscloth for your walls within the sack. ‘I am an obsessive grasscloth user and i also think the barn was once filled with wheat or corn, and this option felt much more fitting than smooth plaster,’ she explains.

Master bedroom

The sack window looks across towards the sack within the opposite finish in the barn. ‘We call these the Romeo and Juliet home home windows,’ quips the master. Indian-inspired prints plus a beautiful glazed lamp add decorative touches.