Barn Research

Our barns are Victorian brick and tile buildings and we wanted to research some similar buildings to give us an idea of the size of rooms and types of heating and construction.  After a bit of googling I found some holiday cottages in Yorkshire which seemed to fit the bill so booked a few days away. You have to understand that this was purely for research purposes and not at all for enjoyment! Anyway, the last few days away have done the trick on two counts - research and relaxation. The barn conversions were near Beverley in East Yorkshire at Broadgate Farm Cottages We stayed in 'The Stables' which was the perfect choice as we have stable buildings and really wanted to find out how they would feel for space and headroom. The conversion had been managed really well and although there was limited head room in the upstairs bedroom and bathroom, it was not an issue as there was plenty of room around the bed. Roof lights provided plenty of light unlike other barns we have stayed in before. Elaine the owner was kind enough to spend some time to talk about their ground source heating system and sewage treatment and to give some general hints and tips about conversions for holiday rentals, which was really helpful. It certainly gave us food for thought as the cottage was comfortably warm with the benefit of a log burner to top up the heat in the evenings, which was a good test as the weather was really cold at night. We had a good mix of weather with one day where it didn't stop raining and another where it was really cold and sunny. We tried to take note of everything, including the doors, windows, and door furniture as well as the obvious things like the kitchen, bathroom, wet room shower, log burner, underfloor heating.