Rose's Tea Barns

Transforming two barns into a charming country style Tea Room with events and learning facilities for the use of the church, a beautiful grade II* listed building that sculpts the skyline with memorial gardens and ponds surrounding the site.


We were approached with the challenge of converting two timber barns into a Tea Room with learning facilities & office spaces to be used by the Church. Given the scenic location, it is easy to see the appeal of these two charming buildings, although, beneath the service, each structure requires considerable attention to bring them up to a standard suitable for comfortable use all year round.

The proposal looks to merge the two barns on the lower level via a lightweight link; this will not only allow light to penetrate deep into the service area but will also retain the appearance of an assemblage of outbuildings, as it is presently. On the upper levels, the classrooms will each feature a steeply vaulted ceiling lit from either end creating open & bright spaces.

From the Designer, ‘With previous experience of working on restaurants across England, as well as a number of educational facilities, we were well placed to offer an insight into what will be required to maximise the space & bring it up to a standard suitable for hospitality. The site has great potential, & it is difficult not to fall for the melancholy setting whilst sat beside the lake overlooking the Church. As a believer of restoring instead of replacing, as well as a lover of tea, this is a project we cant wait to get involved in.’

Type  Commercial

Client  Private Client

Location  Chalk

Constraints  Green Belt & Listed

Status  Concept Stage

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