De Rosee Sa completed the extension and refurbishment of a converted barn near Wells in Somerset.

Kilnwood was converted into a residential property in the 1970’s. The property is located on the edge of the rural Mendip Hills, with views of Glastonbury Tor in the distance. The original farm to which it belonged remains an active, working farm.

De Rosee Sa previously worked with these clients on a project in London; this is the second site we have worked on together. The projects aim was to refurbish the existing building and also create additional new build accommodation. We chose to express the existing entrance hall into the main barn, relocating the stair in the barn conversion and creating a new external, entrance porch. Moving the staircase successfully created a double-height hallway. This hall is centrally located, thus creating a renewed sense of symmetry to the plan. The design also replaced an existing external garage with a new-build guesthouse, called The Pottery, to provide additional accommodation and bathrooms.

Our work also included the new-build extension, interior design and landscaping for the garden and pool area. De Rosee Sa also refurbished rooms in the main house including the snug and living room.  The design approach took reference from the familiar agricultural language of the nearby farm, such as pitched roofs and ship-lap timber boarding, painted black. The construction details are designed so that they are simple, but a little more crisp and contemporary than the surrounding vernacular. The result is a refurbishment and new build that remains sympathetic to the project’s agricultural surroundings.

Kilnwood is now a rustic country house retreat featured on, capable of accommodating up to 8 guests.