Browsholme Hall barn restoration wins top award

Robert and Amanda Parker with the awards marking the conversion of The Tithe Barn at Browsholme Hall
Robert and Amanda Parker with the awards marking the conversion of The Tithe Barn at Browsholme Hall

A HIGH quality conversion of two 17th Century barns at Browsholme Hall into a unique new venue – The Tithe Barn – has been recognised by two prestigious award schemes.

The Historic Houses Association/Sotheby’s Restoration Award was launched in 2008 to recognise and celebrate restoration work continually being undertaken by historic houses throughout the United Kingdom. The Tithe Barn received a commendation in this year’s scheme, second only to the large scale and complete restoration of Aldourie Castle, Scotland.

Meanwhile The Tithe Barn has also won the North West Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence awards for the “Best Small Commercial Development” for local contractor Frank Ireland, of Waddington. These awards recognise excellence achieved through building standards, technical innovation and sustainable design. Categories incorporate every class of building and The Tithe Barn goes forward as a finalist in the national awards, which are announced in November.

Now complete and fully operational, The Tithe Barn is licensed for events for up to 120 people and is already proving hugely popular, particularly as a wedding venue. Traditional features such as exposed stone, oak beams and flagstone floors provide two magnificent spaces which can be used together or on their own. Latest design innovations in lighting, video, sound systems and catering facilities have been seamlessly integrated into the conversion to provide a truly unique experience.

There is a now regular programme of events at The Tithe Barn, including the monthly Bowland Farmers Market and Craft Fair on the first Sunday of the month, plus theatre, storytelling and musical performances. These, alongside tours of Browsholme Hall itself, are making it one of the area’s top tourist destinations.

The conversion has also included providing a modern livestock unit for the farming tenant of the Home Farm, unsightly buildings have been removed and the early 19th Century layout of the farmstead has been restored.

Browsholme Hall owner Robert Parker commented: “All credit must go to our main contractors, Frank Ireland of Waddington, but we must also say the project has involved the quality work of a further 20, mainly local, small businesses and individuals.

“They have contributed their skills and craftsmanship in work ranging from drystone walling to decorating and the supply of materials from oak timber truss to new parkland fencing.”

Grants towards the cost of the project were secured from the Country Houses Foundation, the North West Development Agency, the Rural Development Plan for England and Lancashire Small Scale Renewables.

For more about The Tithe Barn and Browsholme Hall, visit www.browsholme.com or call 01254 827166.