Hay Loft

Open plan holiday apartment in a converted stable

Design Brief

The vacant stable has been converted into a self-contained holiday apartment, with a spacious open-plan interior and a rustic material palette to reflect the former agricultural nature of the building and its rural setting.

A new panoramic balcony hovers above the adjacent duck pond with uninterrupted view across the open countryside towards the fields of Broad Moor, where the Battle of Naseby took place in 1685.

Design Approach

The stable block formed part of a disused farmstead, which fell into disrepair and was eventually converted into a dwelling as part of wider work to the estate.

The stable block had been built originally without proper foundations and with sloping floors following the natural fall of the terrain; the response to this challenge was the creation of three levels across the open-plan floor, each dedicated to an individual activity.

Photography © Andre Carmona

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