Residential Property : Barn Conversion for Modern Living; Helen Macklin Looks at a High Spec Renovation and Restoration Scheme Planned with True Flair and Imagination

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Byline: Helen Macklin

This outstanding conversion scheme was carried out with little regard to cost, but with great emphasis on flair and imagination. Longe Flingyeth - so called after an ancient field name - was originally a complex of attractive Victorian farm buildings, and has now been converted to provide superb open space, ideal for modern living.

The high specification includes oak-framed double glazed windows throughout, extensive use of oak floorboards, oak-braced doors, a magnificent staircase and boarded oak floors with Chinese slate.

The property is approached by its own driveway from a by-road to a semi-enclosed courtyard which, like the house itself, is imaginatively laid out and designed, with a central fountain feature adapted from an original mill stone.

The accommodation includes reception hall, cloaks, a huge dining room with access to the garden, living room/kitchen, utility, breakfast room, enormous drawing room with balcony, master bedroom with ensuite, three further bedrooms and two more bathrooms.

Various period brick buildings have been converted into a single storey building with a games/billiards room and open-fronted carport.

Within the complex is another building which would be ideal for conversion as an office suite or granny flat. Considerable thought has also been given to landscaping of the gardens and grounds, which extend to about four acres.

They include extensive grassed areas and a small lake, as well as an excellent new hard tennis court. Longe Flingyeth is on the outskirts of the village of Kingstone, six miles from Hereford, enjoying rural views over typically lovely countryside. The village has good local amenities, with a school, pub and shop, and a doctor's surgery 500 yards away.

Nearby attractions include the Golden Valley and Black Mountains. In more detail, the reception hall has an exposed vaulted ceiling and oak beams, and sealed Chinese slate floor. A magnificent central staircase leads to a galleried landing and French windows face north on to a paved terrace.

The dining room measures around 26ft by 21ft and has an open inglenook fireplace with woodburning stove, oak mantel and built-in oak cupboards, exposed timbers and polished oak floor. …