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Residential Property : Barn conversion for modern living; Helen Macklin looks at a high spec renovation and restoration scheme planned with true flair and imagination.

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. A screen with French windows leads on to an east-facing terrace overlooking the ornamental lake.

As befits such a property, the living room/kitchen is excellent, with a central exposed truss, oak-framed screens opening on to a courtyard and French window to terrace; an extensive range of kitchen units with polished granite work surfaces and cupboards and deep Belfast sink; gas cooker with six-ring hob and oven, set in a fireplace feature with brick piers and oak mantel; downlighting on tracks.

The drawing room (26ft by 21ft) is another superb room, incorporating the original exposed trusses, and a lovely inglenook-style fireplace with inset herringbone brickwork, oak mantel and Chinese slate hearth; double glazed screen with central French windows facing on to an oak balcony, which makes the most of the glorious open views.

The west wing includes a guest bedroom suite, comprising a large, L-shaped bedroom with direct access to the central courtyard, exposed beams and a bathroom with shower fitting.

The master suite includes a bedroom with original arched windows and a luxurious bathroom with a bath panelled with a stone-relief classical frieze, shower cubicle with power shower and jets and exposed beams. Outside, the courtyard is flanked by the outbuildings converted as follows: A brick and tiled roof single storey building with a games room/billiards room with snooker table and exposed oak beams and trusses, plus double carport.

A brick and slated roof store and single storey brick and slate roof building, plus adjoining two-storey building, reroofed, screeded and lined waiting for re-plastering. Water is laid on and this section is ready for conversion into offices or extra living accommodation.

The gardens at Longe Flingyeth have been landscaped and planted with box hedges on the west. On the south side is a charming courtyard, incorporating attractive trellis work planted with a variety of roses.

Price: pounds 600,000.Contact Knight Frank's Hereford office for more details on 01432 273087.


Longe Flingyeth converted from a complex of attractive Victorian farm buildings and now providing superb open space, ideal for modern living
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Aug 25, 2001
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