15 Years ago I was standing in front of a derelict farm building, one of those that reminded me of my youth, the memories and the smell of the farmyard on a Saturday morning as a child. It was our home and the flash point of a journey was ignited.

As we worked for a year through the endless challenges of planning permissions, plumbing issues, structural demands and many an argument later a home emerged through the rubble and hours of sweat and a few tears. I knew then that there is very few things in life more satisfying and rewarding than walking through the door of a home that you have built with your own two hands. The satisfying smell of wood shavings, new plaster and rain on the dried out pile of dug out dust outside never seizes to stop you in your tracks and reminisce that actually there are worst jobs.

As I said, 15 years on and I find myself with significantly more paperwork, fewer hours on the tools – which is not a good thing if you were wondering – and a great team outside working on our largest project to date. 9 bespoke conversions, over several years… and yes the sweat and tears still appear on occasion.

So let me expand a bit about what we are doing, Hield house barns are located in Aston by Budworth, a 5 minute walk through farm fields in the rolling Cheshire countryside to the historic village of Great Budworth. There are a few extraordinary pubs and *for centuries, the village was owned by the head of Arley Hall who would collect rent from the villagers.[11] Rowland Egerton-Warburton of Arley Hall paid for restorations and improvements to the church in the 1850s.[12] Egerton-Warburton also undertook a “campaign to render it (the village) picturesque in Victorian eyes”.[13] To this end he commissioned architects including William Nesfield and John Douglas to work on buildings in the village.[14] Douglas remodelled the George and Dragon inn in 1875,[15] and restored some of the cottages.[16]

Great Budworth has a few notable landmarks such as St Mary and All Saints’ Church, The George and Dragon pub, some extraordinarily beautiful houses from the 1800s and Budworth Mere which used to serve as a fish hatchery in the middle ages.

The main 2 storey barn is on the Great Budworth Parish tithe map of 1840 and the single storey addition is on the first OS produced in 1877. The units comprise one dwelling with a ground floor area of 125 sqm and first floor of 60 sqm and a second dwelling with a ground floor area of 66 sqm and first floor area of 66 sq m.

The first unit – yet to be named by its new owners – consists of a beautifully designed open plan kitchen, dining area and living space. There is a requisite utility room and downstairs loo. Upstairs has an airy and light facing Master bedroom that catches the sun beautifully all year round, a spacious walk in wardrobe and scandi inspired en-suite. There are a further spacious 2 bedrooms and a family bathroom.

The second unit is east facing and overlooks the surrounding rolling fields, it comprises on a spacious open plan kitchen and there is a fully fitted utility room. The dining, living area and snug is optimally designed and suited to all seasons. It has a delightful study facing etc etc… The upstairs is laid out with an ample spaced Master bedroom and ensuite shower. There are 2 further bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Keep an eye on our blog and instagram to follow our journey as we complete Phase 1 and onwards.

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