Barn conversion modern house

A stunning converted barn has become available in one of the most beautiful areas in Britain, but there’s a small catch.

The conversion was designed by Richard Griffiths, a renowned architect who is well known for pursuing projects in fragile, sensitive environments. Estate Agency The Modern House stressed the barn’s “rare and hugely privileged position”, sitting as it does in the Blyth estuary, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Barn conversion modern house
Barn conversion modern house

“It incorporates a National Nature Reserve, a Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve, and a RAMSAR internationally important wetland,” reads the property listing. “The barn is in the rare and hugely privileged position of being set in the heart of the Blyth estuary with a panoramic view taking in the church towers of Southwold, Walberswick and Blythburgh. At low tide the estuary is teeming with waders – dunlins, curlews, egrets and flocks of avocets – and the resident barn owl frequently flies over at dusk.”

Barn conversion modern house
Barn conversion modern house

Even surrounded by this natural beauty, the barn itself still manages to impress, losing nothing from its narrow shape. The lower floor is open-plan, with a well designed living, kitchen and dining area forming the bulk of the living space. The floor also features two bedrooms, a utility room, bathroom and WC. 

Heading upstairs, there are a further two bedrooms, one of which can only be accessed with a stair ladder. 

A set of ‘morning and evening brick terraces’ can be reached through glazed doors, providing the perfect spot to take in the stunning surroundings. The property boasts “spectacular views of the estuary and surrounding farmland in all directions”, and the grounds have been cultivated to blend into the surrounding landscape while requiring as little maintenance as possible.

Barn conversion modern house
Barn conversion modern house

Considering all of this, the property seems as though it would make a perfect home for a family of nature lovers. However, there is one small catch: according to planning laws, the property cannot be used as a principal residence. 

Luckily, the barn could make an ideal destination for a break at any point in the nature lover’s calendar. The walls are well insulated, while a set of wood burning stoves can be used to heat up the main living areas and provide full underfloor central heating throughout. This could make the barn a perfect getaway during winter, which is a great time of year for bird watchers.

Barn conversion modern house
Barn conversion modern house

The property is in close proximity to several local towns, including the quaint village of Walberswick, which is known as “one of the most attractive coastal villages in Britain.”

The converted barn is currently available with The Modern House for £495,000.