Sustainable haven on the Hampshire/Wiltshire border
Set amongst woodland and wildflower meadows, South Park Farm Barn is a design triumph of wood, steel, glass and brick. Built over a three-year period by the current owners, it is a new eco-friendly property that retains the charm of its original structure but adds the latest technology to tread lightly on the environment. The obvious results are bright and airy interiors, with huge windows and vaulted timber-beamed ceilings, best enjoyed, perhaps, from the first-floor sunset gallery, with glorious views to the west. There's far more you don't see - the air source underfloor heating and a mechanically ventilated heat recovery system, natural insulation, LED lighting and a limecrete foundation. None of this really affects your visit, which is just comfortable and welcoming.
The central porch is where breakfast is served, opening on to banks of wildflowers when the season is right. In a building designed to blend with the environment it's the surroundings that make your stay blissfull