Luminous barn conversion in the English countryside

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A collection of outbuildings that grew from the ruins of a monastery were transformed by design studio PompHaus into a family home on a rural property outside of the historic village of Eye, in Suffolk, England. The roots of this property trace back to the 11th century, then in the 15th century the monastery was brought down and what was left of the buildings was transformed into smaller homes and barns closeby. This included a cropping of derelict farm buildings, which caught the designer’s eye, wishing to convert them into her personal family home. It was an arduous task, taking five years to complete the project from beginning to end. The family rented a cottage nearby for three of those years, so they could be close to the project. The designer’s husband and older daughter who is an architectural designer helped with the designing of the home, as well as managing the building process. The designer worked on the interiors, selected the right furnishings to fit the space. She sourced a lot of mid-century pieces at auction, mixing them with pieces such as glassware, that they have collected over the years. The design focused on capturing the views of the stunning exterior environment (which is all of 10 acres!), connecting the indoors and out while creating an open layout flows from one space to the next.

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Sustainability was at the forefront of the design process, incorporating eco-concious technologies wherever possible. These elements includes highly insulated walls, geothermal heating, solar panels and reclaimed materials. Currently the couple are taking on vast new projects and tackling a larger barn that was on their property that they felt would be too large to transform into a comfortable living space. They are instead converting the structure into an art gallery, performance space as well as a wedding venue. Exciting times are ahead for this spectacular property and upon further research, we discovered that this home is also available as a vacation rental! Take a look, it is called “Abbey Hall” and it sleeps up to four guests.

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What We Love: Besides the fact that this is a barn conversion, which is one of our favorites to write about, the openness of the home and the views are stellar. This is a beautiful home that would be heavenly to spend a week in, we can smell the fresh air of the countryside beckoning to come for a visit!

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Photos: Dominic French

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