A former squash court converted into a gorgeous party barn in Gloucestershire

A stone barn in Gloucestershire has been converted by Sims Hilditch into a multipurpose entertainment space.

The conversion of this stone barn was part of a larger project by design firm Sims Hilditch.

“It used to be a squash court at one end and a very functional entertainment space at the other,” explains Gemma Hallsgrove, Associate Director of the Bath Practice.

“Our client wanted to be able to host dinners and have a place to celebrate milestone birthdays, as well as a place for their older kids to get together with friends – this barn seemed perfect.”

With the help of Fleming Architects, the barn has been seamlessly transported into the 21st century. This included installing underfloor heating, repainting the stone walls, insulating and tidying up the ceiling beams. “We installed a lighting system that matched the space, including several decorative wall lights and architectural fixtures hidden in beams that light up the ceiling to emphasize volume, as well as practical fixtures,” says Ms. Holsgrove.

The floor is faux wood and laid in a herringbone pattern to add a touch of elegance. “We bought a lot of furniture from antique shops because we didn’t want the place to look too new,” explains Ms. Holsgrove. The dining table and chairs already belonged to the client, but the large glass bookcase was purchased from Brownrigg Interiors in Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

The barn is decorated with a more modern palette than the main house, with floor-to-ceiling curtains in Lewis & Wood fabric covering the windows. Under the dining table is a thick woven rug by Tim Page. Pair artificial Olive trees from Twilight Trees add Mediterranean flair.

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