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 commissioned van Ellen & Sheryn to design a new purpose built cookery school building in Ashburton which was opened in 2010 along with subsequent extensions to the building in more recent years.

As a customer facing business we welcome thousands of people from around the world to spend large amounts of time (up to 6 months) within our building, so it is imperative that it is welcoming and attractive from the outside and a light and enjoyable space to work in.

van Ellen & Sheryn showed an excellent understanding of the brief and gave us multiple, well-visualised concepts to help us focus towards a finished concept and plans.

We are sited within Dartmoor Park conservation area which brings with it special considerations of materials and design, and much time was saved by having architects experienced of working within these parameters. There were no issues gaining planning permission.

The finished build is exactly as visualised and designed by the architects – an outstanding building to look at and work in that makes the most of the site within which it sits and is a delight to work in.

Several years later the business needed to expand and we commissioned van Ellen & Sheryn for the extensions. This was a tricky brief, adding on two new dining rooms to the existing facade and had the potential of spoiling the strength of the original design. Their design has actually strengthened the impact of the facade of the building which is quite an achievement.

I would recommend van Ellen & Sheryn architects for projects of all sizes. They are a modern architect studio, small enough to care about all their projects, but experienced enough to cope with projects of all sizes. I feel they offer extremely good value. The work they have executed for us is contemporary yet looks better as time moves on – the sign of a great architect.

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