Wheatley Oast House Near Alton

The Wheatley Oast, Near Alton, Hampshire was originally part of neighbouring Wheatley Farm. It is situated within nine acres of land, on a hill top overlooking the valley below.

The early nineteenth century building was originally a large timber barn and evidence suggests that the five square conical slate roofs were added later, to form hop drying kilns, with one or possibly two round brick kilns added later.

Our brief was to restore the building from its derelict state and to convert it into a spacious four to six bedroom family home.

The conversion was designed to preserve as much of the original structure and character as possible, and to take best advantage of the views and natural light. Internally, a crisp contemporary style was used to contrast with the original materials.

The kilns were renovated, the existing colonnade was glazed, two upper floors were inserted and the round-oast was reconstructed and re-roofed. A glazed extension was added, with a balcony above to enjoy the panoramic views.

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