Leign Farm

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Client
Private
Location
Moretonhampstead
Photography
Richard Downer
Our clients needed an architect in Moretonhampstead to provide them with a Full exterior and interior design service for their House refurbishment and extension..

Leign farm is an 80 acre farm set in a picturesque valley west of Moretonhampstead. The historic Dartmoor farmhouse was largely rebuilt in the early 1900’s and commands panoramic views of the valley. The farm group also contains five stone barns that date back to the 16th century.

Van Ellen + Sheryn have extensive experience in upgrading country properties across Dartmoor and Devon. We were appointed to fully refurbish and extend the farmhouse, and breathe new life into the barns by converting them into additional living space.

The existing house lacked a connection to the garden and moorland views beyond. The proposals reorganised the internal rooms into a more legible and spacious layout, with the two principle rooms forming wings either side of the entrance core. The kitchen and dining room are located within a newly built two-storey extension to the west. This is in a similar Victorian style to the main house. A huge 16th century inglenook fire provides a dramatic book-end to the house.

An oak-framed glass porch brings both wings of the house together on the north elevation, and provides a clear entrance point to the home.

The living room to the east of the house is formed by a highly contemporary curved-wall-to-roof structure that wraps over a structural glass box. As a result, this light, modern room is a counterpoint to the rest of the house and gives panoramic views across the Dartmoor valley. This wall-to-roof wrap is is perhaps the first of its kind in Dartmoor.A feature bronzed-brass fireplace sits at the junction between original room and extension.

All bedrooms and bathrooms at first floor are finished in a boutique hotel style and compliment the main living spaces below.

The farmhouse refurbishment and extension is now finished, with external landscaping and the surrounding barns to be completed in 2019.

We have worked with the team at van Ellen and Sheryn on 6 projects as there Principle Contractors.
3 of the projects have been in a National park and one on a listed building within the National park – this particular project was the first building to gain planning permission of its type – no small achievement and a credit to the practice. They are a very approachable practice who interpret the clients requirements with some original and practical design features that also meet the budget. The release and quality of the information on the drawings is clear and easy to work to. Each project has been better than the last – looking forward to working with the team on the next one!

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