There are barn conversions – all rustic style, open plan rooms and large windows and doors big enough to get tractors or livestock through.
There are chapel conversions – vaulted ceilings, arched or stained glass windows and huge spaces that would once have accommodated a congregation.
Fencote House in Hatfield, Leominster, is a mix of both, a former barn and chapel that has been turned into a richly detailed and appealing residence.
The house is in a lovely rural location, surrounded by the Herefordshire countryside but only a short drive from Ludlow.
There are two barns and a chapel that have gone into the creation of the three storey house which can offer up to seven bedrooms.
It has character features right from the start with its white and black timbered exterior and balcony.
Inside it has wood panelling, ancient beams and trusses, exposed brickwork, oak doors and floors, flagstone and quarry tiled floors, oak staircases and galleried landing.
The accommodation includes a central dining hall with flagstone floor, exposed brick walls and timbers, and full length windows.
In the elegant drawing room the wood burner is set into an antique wooden fireplace with an unusual metal plate behind.
In the kitchen there are units hand-made from cherry wood with granite tops. It has an electric double range oven with gas hob. Timber framing separates it from the breakfast/dining area.
The utility room has recently been refitted and has lots of storage and space for white goods.
In the snug there is a newly laid oak floor in a brick inglenook with oak beam over.
On the first floor there are four double bedrooms, an en suite bathroom and a family bathroom.
The second floor includes a master bedroom with a lovely vaulted ceiling and a large gable end window looking out over the garden and woodland.
There are two more bedrooms on this floor, both with exposed trusses. One is currently used as an office, while bedroom seven, which has a pentagonal window, acts as a dressing room to the main bedroom.
All of the rooms on this floor could be used to create one wow factor suite.
There are galleried landings on both levels which are big enough to have seating areas.
On the first floor, doors open out onto a balcony overlooking the garden and woodland .
The driveway cuts through lawned gardens with trees and shrubs to the side.
A brick outbuilding could be turned into additional accommodation (subject to planning permission). There is also a timber clad workshop and pond with a rockery and weeping willow.
Paved and gravelled seating areas wrap round the house and are great for relaxing or dining.
There is another pond to the back, lawned gardens and a bluebell wood that is a haven for wildlife and ideal for ponies.
Former Great Western Railway tracks that flank the woodland have reverted back to nature and formed a walkway.
The old station house neighbouring Fencote House is now a private residence.
The grounds cover around 10 acres in all.
For those looking for a little extra income, the paddock, section of railway tracks and two outbuildings could be rented out to commercial tenants.
They could also be suitable for conversion to accommodation, given planning permission.
The countryside of Herefordshire is on the doorstep of this house. It has bridlepaths and footpaths and the Bromyard Downs, Malvern Hills and Welsh Marches all within easy reach.
For shops and restaurants, Bromyard and Tenbury Wells are a short drive away while Ludlow offers a castle with a Shakespeare festival.
AGENT: Andrew Grant
TEL: 01905 734735
GUIDE PRICE: £875,000