Blee Halligan Architects : Five Acre Barn Hotel

In the heart of an English meadow, a former barn has been rehabilitated and enlarged into guest rooms by the British agency Blee Halligan. The construction diverts the traditional agricultural architecture of the eastern county of Suffolk while enrolling with lightness in a wooded environment.

The history of Five Acre Barn House begins with the purchase and the heart of a couple of Londoners for a domain of 2 hectares and its country house in brick of raw earth, located between sea and countryside. The new owners decided to transform the structure into a reception area and decided to renovate the original building and destroy its extension built in the 1970 years, which had since fallen into disrepair, which they replaced with a new one wing in which are arranged five guest rooms.


Erected on an L-shaped plane, the two parts differ in their materiality. The extension is thus covered with cedar wood tile cladding, also present on the irregular sawtooth roof, generating unique interior volumes, which vary according to the parts. Over time, the cedar wood will wear a silver patina and fit perfectly into the surrounding green landscape.

A large passage connects the old house, where the common areas and the owners' residences are arranged, to the five double bedrooms - four of which are on the mezzanine level and one on the ground floor, accessible from an outside locked with black wood in which are also arranged a dressing and a room of bath.
French doors and large openings flood the rooms with light, while giving the impression of living in the forest reflected on the polished concrete floor, adding simplicity and elegance to the work.

The realization is in continuity with the work of the agency Blee Halligan, whose works are always linked to their environment.

To learn more, visit the site of Blee Halligan

Photographs: Sarah Blee

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