Beautiful rural barn conversion
Set in a picturesque rural location close to Lincoln, The Barn and Granary has been lovingly converted into a magnificent family home.
This magnificent, substantial barn conversion at Branston Lodge Farm in Branston Booths lies just six miles east of Lincoln in a much sought after location.
The main barn was converted in 2004 to a very high specification with no expense spared and the project has been further developed by its current owner, who has used his previous experience on a similar project combined with an impressive eye for detail and design.
Vince Meeks moved here two years ago and is justifiably proud of what has been achieved.
“I had the pleasure of doing the detailing and finishing the project, during which time I have worked here daily, project managing and indeed doing much of the craftsmanship myself,” explains Vince, who previously owned and converted a similar sized barn conversion in Ewerby Waith, near Heckington, over a six-year period.
“I have been very fortunate to have taken early retirement which has allowed me to spend time working on the Barn. By coincidence, both barns I have worked on and developed are very similar in appearance and size, spanning some 120ft in length, so I had a good idea of what I wanted to achieve.
“When we first viewed the property, I immediately offered the full asking price as it took me and my partner’s breath away – we do feel this is a very special home.”
The property’s buildings are arranged around a south facing courtyard offering five bedrooms in the main Barn and another in the adjoining, but self-contained, single storey Granary, which Vince believes would make an ideal Airbnb.
Tradition meets modern
Living space throughout this Victorian barn is light and generous, with impressive vaulted ceilings and exposed timber roof trusses and quality tiled flooring over large areas and underfloor heating throughout the ground floor and double-glazed, timber-framed windows.
A solid oak staircase takes you upstairs to a 40ft galleried landing with decorative iron railings leading to the five double bedrooms, including the principal bedroom suite featuring a luxurious, tiled bathroom.
There is also a second bedroom with an en suite shower and walk-in dressing room, plus family bathroom with shower.
Downstairs is a large sunny quality kitchen/dining/living room, plus a separate spacious formal dining room and a 34ft-plus games room with feature bar area.
“The attention to detail throughout the property is second to none, the brickwork is particularly impressive.
For instance, the fireplace in the living room has a herringbone feature at the back – labour intensive work – and the granite tiling in the en suite is lavish, with even the window reveals in granite. It’s the same in the kitchen with the granite worktops extending into the windowsills.
“The Granary, internally, has been created virtually from scratch so all the integral fittings are brand new and unused. Apart from the fully fitted, modern bathroom, it has vaulted ceilings and provides a large, dual aspect, double bedroom on one side of the entrance hall, a lounge with a wall of glazing and a fireplace leading to a kitchen breakfast room, on the other.”
There is also the bonus of additional flexible space offered in separate barns containing a number of offices, workshops and storerooms, ideal for those looking to run a business from home.
“The Granary would make a lovely home for parents or family members to stay, or holiday let on a more commercial basis.
“The property is just so impressive from the road and the attention to detail in these early barns is superb.
I remember the surveyors report email started with “you certainly know you’ve arrived’’, which has stuck with me. We have had two amazing Christmases here with many guests enjoying the vast living spaces.”
Sitting on the edge of Branston Booths village, The Barn and Granary enjoys a tranquil spot with far reaching farmland views and a friendly, welcoming community.
There are many nearby villages including Branston which has excellent schools, a medical centre, a Co-op supermarket, a post office, a pub serving food, an electrical shop, some gift shops, takeaways, a busy village hall, a recreation ground, and a tennis club and fitness centre with swimming pool.
Towards Potterhanworth, there is a 9-hole golf course, Pottergate Golf Club, and a forest nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest – ancient woodland called Potterhanworth Wood, while the centre of Lincoln is just a short drive away.
For a family, there are superb schools in the vicinity, while London commuters benefit from direct trains with a 75-minute journey from Newark, about 20 miles away.
The property is approached via automatic gates onto a spectacular gravel drive leading to a fabulous fountain, with parking for numerous cars, including open-fronted bays.
The outside also features gravelled areas, patios and lawns to front and rear, with an undercover outdoor entertaining area.
“The Barn would make a superb family home with secure dog friendly grounds.
“Large workshop with electric roller shutter which would be ideal for classic car storage or a multitude of other uses with additional offices and storage barns for anyone wanting to run a business from home.
“I recently recommissioned the fountain in the centre of the front circular driveway and unbeknown to many, this is a fully filtered pond of some 6ft in depth which looks fantastic on arrival. The grounds to the front and rear courtyard certainly make a lovely sunny peaceful area to share with family and friends.”
Vince says he and his partner will miss living at The Barn and Granary, but they share many lasting memories to take with them when they move.
“The only reason we have decided to sell is that we now have a rapidly growing and very special two-year-old granddaughter, Georgia, who lives at Long Sutton and we would like to move closer so we can spend more time with the family.
“We will miss the Barn and indeed the lovely local people of Branston Booths, many of whom have lived in the village for 70 years or more, while several also worked at the barn long ago before the conversion started.
“We’re now starting our search for our new home. We’ve said no more projects, but never say never – how about a water tower or windmill conversion? Let’s see how the new chapter unfolds!”