Barn conversion offers character, style and room for all at dinner

The spacious kitchen in Mark Bailey's barn in Guiseley
The spacious kitchen in Mark Bailey's barn in Guiseley
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The farmer who built cow barns on his land on the rural fringe of Leeds, could never have guessed how useful and adaptable they would be decades later.

The agricultural buildings were later used as workshops, before being turned into offices. Now the old barns have been transformed into a stunning home.

The barn in Guiseley

The barn in Guiseley

Mark Bailey and his wife, Isabel, bought the redundant offices in July 2011 after spotting the potential to convert them into a dwelling.

“The location was great and the old building offered a lot of space. We could see that it could be a fabulous family home,” says Mark, a construction company director with a keen interest in design.

The property was habitable by November 2011 when the Bailey’s moved in. They continued putting the finishing touches to it and the self-build project was finally finished in February 2012.

The couple, who have seven children, have put the historic character back into the building, exposing beams and trusses that had been covered and highlighting original features. They also insulated the barns and put in mod cons, including a state-of-the-art kitchen.

The living space is characterful and stylish

The living space is characterful and stylish

The interiors are designed to reflect the property’s heritage and Mark and Isabel have used a combination of new and vintage furniture, including an enormous dining table that was made in an Amish community and shipped over from America.

Their home now has 5,510 sq.ft of space, which includes a large kitchen with a six metre long granite island, plus an adjacent kitchen. Also on the ground floor, there is a dining room, sitting room, playroom/games room, split-level family room, a study, guest suite and bathroom. On the first floor, there is master bedroom suite with en-suite and dressing room, four further bedrooms, a family bathroom and a large laundry room. Outside, the extensive grounds include a paddock with stable, low maintenance gardens, designed and planted by Appleyard Landscapes, and an outdoor room used for al-fresco cooking, dining and entertaining.

The Bailey’s are selling to downsize as their children are getting older and flying the nest.

“I wanted to build a house and I did that and I wanted to do a barn conversion so that is now ticked off the list. We are selling because it is too big for us now and so it is time for a change,” says Mark, who has left a mini project for the new owners. There are three stone outhouses in the grounds that have potential for conversion.

The barn is full of interesting vintage finds

The barn is full of interesting vintage finds

Guiseley offers good schools, shops, a supermarket and trains that connect to Leeds.

For details contact Hardisty and Co., tel: 01943 870970, www.hardistyandco.com