4 Bedroom Barn Conversion in Pirton£400,000

About this property

A truly exceptional Grade II * listed 10 bay Tithe Barn sold with the benefit of an exceptionally rare planning and listed building consent for conversion to an outstanding contemporary home. The inspirational design blends 4 bays of the beautiful framework of the original structure with approaching 4,000 sq.ft of flexible accommodation around a truly breathtaking interior atrium garden. Over two storeys high from the threshing floor to the ridge of the vaulted timber roof it is from this beautiful courtyard that the accommodation flows with four bedrooms and bathrooms opening onto the garden at ground floor level. On the first floor the stunning open plan accommodation is linked by a fabulous elevated walkway that crosses the vaulted courtyard. In addition to the main accommodation a one bedroom annexe is accessed via a new glazed linkway, ideally suited to a live in relative or nanny. The remainder of the stunning main barn extends to over 3,000 sq.ft and is considered suitable for a variety of uses including as a combined live/work unit, to exhibit classic cars or museum style collections. The scarcity value of this amazing opportunity cannot be overstated and the entire project provides the purchaser with a once in a lifetime chance to create a Grand Designs style contemporary home within this beautiful historic building. Internal viewing highly recommended.


The Great Barn forms the western edge of a range of attractive residential barn conversions and is situated on the edge of the highly sought after village of Pirton just 4 miles west of the historic market town of Hitchin. Thought to have been erected as a Tithe Barn forming part of the Priory of St Mary in Hertford the building is believed to date from the early sixteenth century when it was built to store the agricultural produce.

The barn has remained in agricultural use from the date of its construction until the latter half of the 20th Century, and has been regularly repaired over the centuries. These repairs are unusually readily identifiable due to the continuity of function and little of the works that have been carried out are hidden. This should provide a good degree of cost certainty for this wonderful project.

The phrase wow factor is often used when describing beautiful property, in our opinion there is no doubt that the phrase is correctly used to describe The Great Barn, Pirton.

A Grade II* structure (list entry no. 1175545), described as:

Tithe Barn. C15 or early C16. Timber frame on sill of narrow red brick, dark weatherboarded, W side has exposed frame with early C17 red brick infill. Steep pitched roof half hipped now slated. A tall, 10-bays aisled rectorial tithe barn lying NS on W side of farmstead facing E. Double doors in 3rd bay from each end. Raised threshing floor in 2 S bays. Low hipped extension on S end. Measures 135ft x 37ft, with narrow aisles and wide nave. Peninsular brick sills remain in some bays, carrying the sill plate across the aisle to take the foot of the arcade posts. Heavy jowled arcade-posts and jowled wall-posts. 5 studs in walls to arch bay with one large tension brace to each bay cut into outside of studs. Holes in wallplate for wattle-and daub infill replaced by brick infill with 2 rows of ventilating holes. Heavy aisle tiebeams and passing brace up to back of arcade post. Heavy slightly curved long braces to cambered tie-beams, and heavy curved braces to arcade plate. Edge-halved scarf joints with bridled butts in arcade plate. Single clasped-purlin to each slope of nave roof carried on trusses with collars and inclined queen-struts. Long slender flat rafter as if for thatched roof. Gable-end frame has central post flanked by a mid-height rail jointed in-line. Slender tension braces from main posts. Hip-rafters and collar link cantilevered ends of purlin.

Arthur Sibun - Watercolour
Pentangle Design Group - Architectural Plans
The Heritage Network Ltd - Rear and side Elevation photographs
Phillip Robinson - Black and white photographs

Entrance door with glazed panels opening to:-

Internal Garden - 35ft 0in x 20ft 0 in
Bi-fold doors opening to external amenity space. Staircase to first floor accommodation.

Shower Room
Adjacent to Bedroom Four.

Utility Room - 8ft 0in x 6ft 6in
This room could also be utilised as a Kitchen for the Annexe accommodation.

Breakfast Kitchen - 27ft 0in x 12ft 0in
Staircase to Crows Nest.

Open Plan Living Space - 28ft 6in x 25ft 6 in
Approx 64sqm/683sq.ft. Elevated walkway to:-

Bedroom - 13ft 6in x 11ft 6 in
Plus Inner Hall access to exterior door.

REMAINING TITHE BARN - 83ft 6in x 37ft 0 in
Plus 226 x 80 .

Planning for Double Garage.

There are currently 14 car parking spaces to the rear boundary of the property. This area is also suitable as amenity/garden space.

Side garden immediately outside the annexe area.

The recent planning permission is for residential with the retained barn ancillary to the main dwelling.

The barn has an extant B1 use.

Approximate Dimensions: 40m x 10m x 10m (high).

NHDC Planning Ref: 12/00785/1 and 12/00786/1LB.

Within this brochure are a number of Drawings and Artists Impressions showing the various elevations of the proposed converted building.

Please note that these Drawings show the conversion as approved, with IDEAS ONLY for office and collection space.

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Property Overview

  • Grade 2* listed barn
  • Attractive village location
  • Opportunity to create contemporary home
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