Conversion of a Former Farmhouse to B&B

Dates: 2002

Client: Private

Context: Historic farmstead of listed building standard within the Lake District National Park, drainage to tributary that flows into Buttermere SSSI.

Description: This scheme involved the conversion of barns (one in fact being once a farmhouse, dating back to around 1620), and the renovation of the 1860’s farmhouse, to form a Bed and Breakfast business with 10 en suite rooms. The farm had been devastated by Foot and Mouth Disease in 2001, and diversification has contributed to the revival of the rural economy. Close consultation and co-operation with the LDNPA enabled planning permission for the conversion to be secured within six months. Details include retention of historic fabric; rare features revealed and renovated eg inglenook stone fire hood, bread ovens and sandstone surrounds to mullion windows; limited rebuilding of walls with random rendering to match original character; retained and additional cobbling; repositioning of oak trusses to permit full head height on first floor; incorporation of a swallow loft, owl and bat boxes; effluent treatment by package treatment works with reed bed filtration of outflow to reduce nutrient content.

Award: Commendation under the Royal Town Planning Northern Branch Awards 2004. Judges reported that “the works have been carried out with great sensitivity, both for the historic buildings and the local environment and wildlife, resulting in a high quality restoration of buildings of local heritage interest”.


  • Planning Appraisal
  • Sourcing, Briefing and Co-ordination of Architect and Specialist Structural Engineer
  • Negotiations with LDNPA Planning and Building Conservation Officers and the Environment Agency
  • Planning Application and Supporting Statement