Park Farm Barn of three gables...
PUBLISHED: 09:24 26 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:54 26 June 2015
Property editor Caroline Culot visited 5, Park Farm Barns, Wolterton Park; for sale for £975,000 with Bedfords on 01328 730500.
It was my utter delight to be shown around this fantastic barn conversion by Michael McNamara himself and his wife Clare. I have written about their barns many times over the years but sadly never actually met them!
And really, you only understand the vision and the passion when you speak to the man responsible for transforming a former farm building into a stunning luxury home that just oozes style and status - everything it was actually cannily designed to stand for.
This barn is no ordinary barn as it boasts not one or two but three Dutch gables, the two at the side designed so they could be seen by visitors travelling past on their way to and from Wolterton Hall. In other words, this Grade II listed 19th century barn was a real status symbol and now it can be enjoyed by someone actually living in it.
Michael McNamara has worked his magic - I’ve featured his barns at Snettisham over the years - and he and his wife Clare tirelessly work to create beautiful homes that people want to live in. Mr McNamara has converted more than 50 barns and is being aided now by both sons in the business. Interestingly, as he showed me round, he said he never knows exactly how a conversion will finish off; he has an instinct for how to adapt and re-work it, but it’s not until he’s really immersed in the task that all the finishing touches come together. He works well with his wife who ensures the practical touches are also there as well as the stylish ones - so sockets are in the right places, there’s enough storage space and interestingly recently the decision was taken not to create first floor sitting rooms as they have found these not to be popular. They also always try and put one bedroom and an en suite downstairs.
With this barn, it is no suprise that it is beautiful throughout with a large flexible kitchen opening out to a lovely enclosed rear garden. You have close to 3,500 sqft so lots of space with four bedrooms (one on the ground floor) including a fabulous master with an en suite with a contemporary double ended slipper bath and large shower.
The McNamaras have also brought light in darker corners using innovative ‘sun tunnels’, a modern take on the cupola and unusually for a barn, this one comes with a large converted attic space which could be a playroom or study.
Outside are three cartsheds and a port-couchere...there’s too little room for me to say all I want so go and see for yourselves as there is an open day tomorrow from 10am-4pm!