Take a look inside four very special barns for sale from £950,000 on the Holkham estate

PUBLISHED: 17:19 15 April 2016 | UPDATED: 17:19 15 April 2016

Barn conversions at Burnham Norton

Barn conversions at Burnham Norton


Property editor Caroline Culot took a trip to north Norfolk in the sunshine to visit a new exclusive development of barn conversions for sale in Burnham Norton.

These are no ordinary barns because they are on the Holkham estate and they don’t come up for sale very often. However, rather than see redundant farm buildings fall apart and disappear, the decision is now being taken to sell them. And worth around £1million each, I’m guessing it isn’t the worst decision ever taken.

Great Farm Barns is a superb development of just four listed barns dating to the 19th century when the neighbouring Great Farm was an independent farmstead. What gives them an edge is, of course, the location - sitting on the edge of Burnham Norton, on the doorstep to Burnham Market and with far reaching views out over towards Scolt Head island and the sea.

Holkham Estate Company, the development arm of the Holkham Estate, has partnered with Bryan Williams, a north Norfolk barn specialist, to convert these traditional buildings into stunning, modern and sustainable living spaces, whilst retaining as many of the traditional features and as much of the historic fabric as possible.

The former barns are arranged around two principal courtyards with the principal threshing barn being split into two dwellings (one five-bedroom, the other three-bedroom) and two single storey barns (both four-bedroom). Former lean-to buildings have been retained and converted to form covered parking and storage, whilst new traditional brick and flint walling provides the appropriate privacy to the individual courtyard gardens.

You will find bevelled edges on steps and beautifully curved worksurfaces in the kitchen, window sills are incredibly detailed and in one of the barns, a feature wall has been made from all the unused timbers. Wherever an original feature can be incorporated, it is and outside Mr Williams has replicated the use of flint and clay lump to build a beautiful wall.

He has gone to great lengths to ensure spaces are not overlooked - where a large window appears in one end wall of one of the barns, he has created a void opposite meaning you can’t actually look out closely from that window over your neighbours.

The carpentry work on all the windows, skirting boards and architraves is all bespoke as well as the beautifully-appointed paint finished kitchens with a combination of limestone tiling or oak engineered flooring with underfloor heating to the ground floor.

They incorporate history and character - for instance two of the barns have cellars - very unusual but created from where the grain was stored. However, the needs of the modern buyer means even in a historic barn, you need the 21st century luxuries so all kitchens and bathrooms are top notch.

They are priced at £950,000, £995,000, £1.2million and £1.4 million each so appealing to that top end buyer.

• For more information on Great Farm Barns contact Jackson-Stops & Staff in Burnham Market on 01328 801333.

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