From your drive through the imposing entrance and the wooded area that takes you to Anstey Hall Barns, it is apparent that you are entering a setting like no other. The original barns, dating back to Saxon times, have been painstakingly restored by an award-winning team, reusing historic materials whilst re-imagining them into unique homes. The contemporary, newly built courtyard of four barns, sits comfortably amongst the conversions to create a collection of homes like no other.
Uniquely positioned, close to flowering meadows and riverside walks, yet with one of the world’s most culturally rich cities on your doorstep, Anstey Hall Barns beautifully blends city-life with the rural idyll to bring you a truly exceptional home.
These locally iconic buildings, once a cluster of agricultural barns, are surrounded by significant, protected history. Anstey Hall, the neighbouring church and its church wall, Anstey Hall Farmhouse and the Vicarage, are all Grade II listed. All the original barns are curtilage listed or listed by means of attachment, with two of the barns being Grade II listed also. These distinctive barn conversions were undertaken in consultation with English Heritage to ensure that the important historic fabric was retained, and matching and reclaimed materials were used wherever possible. The internal character of the buildings has been preserved where possible, resulting in a group of buildings that remain iconic in a uniquely historical, peaceful setting.
Anstey Hall Barns are nestled in a landscape of significant historical importance. In November 2013, a fascinating evaluation of Anstey Hall Farm was undertaken by Oxford Archaeology East which revealed Saxon settlement. The barns themselves are all dated pre-1948, while Anstey Hall Barn and the adjacent Dovecote conversion are Grade II listed. Each of the buildings have been restored by specialist teams to retain their rich history. Precise attention to detail has meant that materials such as weatherboarding, red and gault brickwork, clay plain tiles and welsh slate have been reused. Window openings have been replicated, while additional windows and doors, entire walls of glazing and clusters of roof lights create interiors that are light-filled, welcoming spaces where one can fully appreciate the beautiful, rural surroundings.