When it comes to dream homes in the country, barn conversions are high on the wish list for many would-be buyers. However, good design is crucial in turning an agricultural building into a dwelling. Too open plan and the space can feel cavernous and will be hard to heat. Carve it up and you lose the light and character. Leave too many stone walls and beams exposed and it will be the wrong side of rustic and a nightmare to dust. The owners of this Yorkshire barn conversion have clearly thought things through.
The use of space and interior design is exceptional, as is the location in the pretty hamlet of Silpho, in the North York Moors National Park, near Scarborough. Scribbling Fold extends to over 5,600 sq ft. and is for sale for £650,000 with Blenkin and Co. It has an entrance and dining hall, drawing room, sitting room, breakfast kitchen with clear-away area, boot room, utility room, mezzanine play room, cloakroom and pantry. We love the polished concrete floors and the Alno units topped with quartz/composite worktops in the kitchen.
The sitting and drawing rooms have solid maple flooring and are filled with natural light thanks to large glazed opening on either side of the property.
There is also a master bedroom with en suite, granary bedroom suite with wet-room and separate wc, two double bedrooms and a family bathroom. The combination of old and new furniture adds interest.
The attention to detail is obvious, especially in the bathooms, which have the very best fittings by Vola, Matki, Duravit and Santambrogio di Milanoare. Most impressive of all is the restored 19th century Rogeat bateau bath.
The owners have a keen interest in architecture and commissioned this white concrete spiral staircase leading to glass balustraded link bridge.
They also preserved some of the barn’s history, seen below. The dates of each “harvest home” are scribbled on the wall.
For those who want to work from home, there is an extensive office suite, including reception area, kitchenette, wc, three offices and a board room. If you don’t need it for business purposes, there is potential to convert this into an annexe with separate access, subject to planning consents.
The property also has Cat 6 cabling and solar thermal panels for heat and domestic hot water. Scribbling Fold has up to eight acres of paddocks, stabling and modern agricultural buildings, which are available by separate negotiation
You may never have heard of Silpho and that’s because it is an unspoilt hamlet hidden on the fringes of North York Moors National Park. It has stunning views to the coast, the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Wolds. The approach from the south is via the breath-taking Forge Valley, which runs northwards from the A170 Pickering to Scarborough road.