CONVERSION of a barn to high-quality holiday lets has seen a North Willingham Farm win a national award.
Ash Farm is both a cattle and arable farm and has been the family home of the Wright Family since the early 1900s.
But earlier this year, Peter Wright, his wife Carole, together with his sister Jane Wright, finished the painstaking conversion of their disused farm buildings and opened the doors to six beautifully designed holiday cottages.
Now they have been named Best Conversion by holiday letting agency The Hoseasons Group and the family will be receiving a voucher for a Virgin Experience day, to spend on anything from a driving day at Silverstone to a pampering day at a health spa.
“The biggest challenge was retaining the original characteristics of the buildings whilst creating a light, modern and comfortable home for holidaymakers,” said Peter Wright.
“We’ve been lucky enough to work with Lincolnshire-based designer Lee Holmes who is a specialist in restoring historic buildings.
“The high standard renovation works, which were carried out by a local family firm of craftsmen and builders Mark Donner Ltd, have taken 18 months to complete, not including the years of liaison with local planning teams.”
The Fields of Opportunity campaign set out to find the most entrepreneurial farmers who have diversified and created a successful holiday letting business. The entries were judged by a panel which included members of The Hoseasons Group team and the NFU.
Simon Law, property director at The Hoseasons Group said: “Peter, Carole and Jane have carefully considered everything when converting the barns.”
“From retaining the traditional features, to making the properties environmentally friendly and renovating one of the cottages to National Accessibility standards for wheelchair users, the judges highlighted the thought put into making each property a fantastic place to enjoy a holiday on a working farm.”