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Abbots Barn

When it comes to retiring to the countryside, it doesn’t matter how beautiful the land is if there’s nowhere practical - comfortable, safe and harmonious - to step into it from.

It’s a dilemma faced by the owners of Abbots Barn, who had purchased a converted barn that wasn’t quite what was required of a home in which to grow old. Our answer was to design an annexe that does everything the barn doesn’t and - at the same time - complements its many attractions. It introduces more space and greater height. It's a beautiful place from which to look out onto the South Downs. It’s design has the effect of radically reducing the house’s ecological footprint, to the extent that the entire dwelling is carbon neutral.

In short, the annexe at Abbots Barn has made for a sustainable home to grow old into, so much so that, when the time comes, the owners may well move into it permanently. It’s that wonderful.



East Sussex



Contract value


Build rate: approx

£3000/m2 (annexe only)

Main contractor

MB Cable Ltd.

M+E Consultant

Mesh Energy


Leigh Simpson

Tom Cuthbert