La Barrière’s accommodation has distinct sections:
The layout of the Farmhouse accommodation (A,C,B,D and E of the site plan) is best conveyed by the floor-plan. There are three double bedrooms, each with en suite shower or bathroom. In addition, the largest of the bedrooms has a charming little single bedroom off it.
The Farmhouse has an excellent Jotul wood-stove but no central heating. It has been used during the summer by the present owners as an Alastair Sawday recommended holiday home and in the spring and autumn for family and friends.
Built in 1731, The Barn was lovingly restored into a lovely dwelling and, since its restoration, has been the owners’ principal residence, doubling as an Art Gallery. It has a luxurious masonry wood-stove, easy to light and economical within this super-insulated home.
The colourful Site Plan will help you understand the following comments on accommodation. La Barrière has presently as much potential in spaces yet to be developed as it has in beautifully restored accommodation. This is because the present owners bought La Barrière at a time when virtually no changes had been made since it was a 19th Century farm. Nearly all the ground-floor spaces (formerly used for agricultural purposes) are extremely useful, awaiting the imagination and commitment of the new owners.
The Little Barn is potentially one of the most lovely two-person houses you could find, with stone-work fit for a cathedral. Behind the Little Barn is a building we have always called The Lean-to. In its present state this building is detracting from the quality of the stone-work of the Little Barn.
The Old Forge, used by a resident blacksmith in the mid-twentieth Century, has almost as much floor area as The Barn (approx. 70 sq. metres) and makes a wonderful workshop and wood-store. People have approached us to ask if they could buy it as a potential pottery. It has a level concrete floor, electricity and hot and cold water.