It’s harvest time and while for many of us it means singing “Dingle Dangle Scarecrow” at the school harvest festival as youngsters hand over fresh produce (or tins of beans), for others it might ignite the urge to leave city and town life and instead enjoy bucolic living full time.
While stately country piles with acres of land attached could be out of your budget range, barn conversions (done well) offer the best of modern, open-plan living and high ceilings with characterful homes and the features, nooks and crannies that make period properties interesting.
If you don’t want to buy a wreck and convert it into a home yourself, there are plenty of barns that have already been transformed into living spaces fit for the 21st century family.
Here are four that are on the market right now...
Horseshoe Barn, Church Road, Stonnall, Staffs
This is a deluxe conversion with high quality specification and fixtures. Tucked away on a country lane, yet within walking distance of village life, Horseshoe Barn offers a country setting with local conveniences close by.
There’s also easy road access to Lichfield, Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield and Walsall.
The main four-bedroom property boasts 4,933 sq ft of living space, while a garage with lower ground bar and games room/cinema room and first floor office adds a further 2,003 sq ft of accommodation.
It includes a large gym and spa pool, luxuriously fitted bedrooms, immaculate breakfast kitchen with grey units, central island with Belfast sink and worktops, sitting room and snug.
All first floor bedrooms are en suite.
Agent – Fine & Country
Telephone – 0121 746 6400
Guide price - £1,500,000
The Hayloft, Deeford Court, Besford Road, Pershore
The Hayloft is a four-bedroom property in a small farmyard development just three miles from Pershore.
If it’s character and traditional features you crave, this has them in spades. The reception hall provides the first clue as to the quality of the finish, with its central staircase and glass balustrade that goes up to a galleried landing that opens on to a large sitting room with exposed timbers, a multifuel stove and part-glazed wall.
The first floor has the large master suite, which comprises bedroom, en-suite bathroom and dressing area, and a fourth bedroom.
The ground floor has a large kitchen/breakfast room that opens on to the terrace. You’ll find a range of fitted units and a number of integrated appliances, including range cooker.
The ground floor also accommodates a utility, office, and a family/dining room. Two of the bedrooms and a large bathroom are also located on the ground floor.
Outside, there is a communal stone chipping driveway and a private drive that has private parking and access to a single integrated garage. The south facing gardens are a particular feature of the home and include lawn and well-stocked herbaceous beds and borders, trees and shrubs, outside lighting, seating area and wooden garden stores.
There is a monthly charge, currently £40, which is administered by the Deerfold Court Management Company to pay for the management of the common parts of the development.
Agent – Hamptons International
Telephone - 01386 210 184
Guide price - £559,500
The Stables, Shirrall Drive, Canwell, Sutton Coldfield
OK, so this is a stable conversion, not a barn conversion, but this detached property with gated driveway is described as beautifully presented and sits in landscaped gardens.
It has three bedrooms . one of which is on the ground floor, a split-level lounge and dining room, refitted kitchen, a ground floor shower room and utility. On the first floor are the master bedroom with dressing room and en-suite bathroom with Japanese-style bathtub, second bedroom and study.
The ground floor bedroom, kitchen and lounge/diner have underfloor heating, too.
Agent - Green & Co
Telephone - 0121 323 3323
Guide price - £575,000
Stonehill Barn, Tamworth Road, Cliff, near Tamworth
Newly converted with open views of the countryside and the River Tame, the four-bedroom Stonehill Barn is close to Dosthill and Kingsbury Water Park and overlooks an RSPB reserve.
Off the large reception hall is the fourth bedroom, which has en-suite facilities, while to the left is the large dining kitchen with oak base and wall units, ceramic sink unit with mixer tap over, underfloor heating, space for a duel fuel range cooker, built-in dishwasher, and a stable door that opens on to the patio area.
Two doors open on to the two separate lounges. The main lounge is a generous size and has large bi-fold doors that open onto the garden area.
A sliding hard wood door opens into the snug, which has exposed brick wall, hardwood floor and quarry tiled hearth with open fire.
The remaining three bedrooms are on the first floor, with the main bedroom being a generous size and already plumbed, ready for an en-suite to be fitted.
A family bathroom has a free-standing double ended claw foot bath, basin, separate double shower cubicle and WC.
Outside there are gardens to the front and sides, as well as a large parking area that can accommodate a number of vehicles. An insulated garage, which has access to a hobby room, could be converted into additional living space, subject to usual planning consent.
Agent – Connells
Telephone - 0121 354 4481
Guide price - £600,000