Cowshed converted into four-bedroom luxury home on sale for £795k

Cowshed converted into four-bedroom luxury home on sale for £795k

From cattle market… to property market! Derelict cow shed that was transformed into luxury four-bed home with stunning views is for sale at £795,000

  • Mike and Ruth Derry bought the barn in Salcombe, Devon two years ago and now have two luxury homes 
  • The couple live in Northside but Southside is on the market with impressive interiors and a large garden 
  • There are four bedrooms, three bathrooms and an open plan kitchen and living area with a double-sided fire  

An old cow shed that a couple spent two years converting into a luxury four-bedroom home has gone on sale for £750,000.  

Architect Mike Derry and his wife Ruth bought the derelict barn in Salcombe, Devon, two years ago and managed to secure planning permission to convert it into two 3,300 sq ft homes.

Keeping one for themselves, where they still plan to keep livestock and grow fruit and vegetables, they are selling the other to fund their country lifestyle.  

Estate agents Strutt & Parker describe the impressive property as ‘London docklands apartment meets Devon rural barn’.


Transformation: Architect Mike Derry and his wife Ruth bought this derelict barn in Salcombe, Devon two years ago and converted it into two luxury properties. They are now selling one of them, a four-bedroom home, for £750,000 

The property for sale, which goes by the name of Southside, has 3,305 sq ft of accommodation with an entrance hall, an open plan kitchen/dining/living room (pictured). The room also boasts a large French window that looks out onto the garden 

From above: The other side of the open plan living space features an impressive wood fire and large seating area for relaxing 

While the Derrys will be living in Northside, the other house – Southside – has 3,305 sq ft of space with an entrance hall, an open plan kitchen, dining, living room, a utility room and pantry, a games and TV room, a master bedroom with dressing room and en suite bathroom, a second bedroom with an en suite, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Features included exposed timbers, facilities for renewable energy, including solar panels, an air source heat pump and a double-sided log burner, and high levels of insulation.   

It has electrically-controlled roof windows, as well as water supplied from a newly-drilled borehole.  

Outside there is a landscaped garden of about half an acre and then beyond there are stunning views of the surrounding countryside with rolling hills, fields and woodland as far as the eye can see.

The two homes are on the edge of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the nearest village a mile and a half away. It is also not far away from the coast, with sailing facilities available at Salcombe.

Four bedrooms: This is one of Southside’s stunning bedrooms. Large windows ensure maximum sunlight, while the neutral grey and white decor gives the impression of more space 

From the kitchen side, the open plan downstairs area also has access to the wood fire, with a separate grate on the other side

Mrs Derry, 50, who is a tennis coach and drama teacher, said: ‘We decided we wanted to build something from scratch and spent a summer walking everywhere trying to find a cow shed.

‘We found this steel-framed cow shed with epic views. I didn’t like it at first but Mike convinced me it was the right thing.

‘It was huge, almost like a hangar so we decided to split it in two as a more affordable way of building our dream home.


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‘We thought it would be quite exciting to have a blank canvas, but you need to find a loophole in the planning restrictions – it took us over a year.

‘The original steel frames are left untouched and exposed.

‘It helped that Mike is an architect, but we dedicated our lives to this build for two years. I donned the project manager hat to keep costs down and every day was a first.

‘It was important to us to build an energy-efficient home and use recycled materials.

The property, located in rural Devon, boasts three bathrooms – one family bathroom and two en-suites. This one has Hollywood dressing room-style lighting around the mirror and a large monsoon shower 

Estate agents Strutt & Parker describe the elegant property as ‘London docklands apartment meets Devon rural barn’

Before: The inside of the barn used to look like this before the Derrys started their two-year conversion project. The interior is seen complete with hay bales, farm vehicles and a tractor 

‘The outside of the shed was built of wood. We kept this timber, cleaned them up and clad internal feature walls and we built our feature fireplaces from old reclaimed bricks.

‘When Mike showed myself and our daughters his design we poo-pooed it a bit at first because we wanted it to be girly and it was very hard materials and industrial.

‘I think we were his most difficult clients because we had so many opinions, but now live in the most beautiful space.

‘There are enormous views and huge skies, the sunsets are epic. We can see a few neighbours in different fields but the view is mostly very green. You feel like you’re on top of the world.

‘From the outside the barn is discreet and understated – a black shadow on the landscape. But inside we are luxuriating in space and light, surrounded by beautiful Devon countryside and wildlife. We are so proud of the result.’

Two years ago the shed was full of hay bales and farm equipment. Now it has been converted into two luxury homes the owners still plan to grow fruit and vegetables and keep livestock 

The two homes are on the edge of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the nearest village a mile and a half away. It is also not far away from the coast, with sailing facilities available at Salcombe

A floor plan shows the large extent of the property that covers 3,305 sq ft of floor space across two levels 

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