An Idyllic “Glass Barn” in the English Countryside Asks £2.3M

An Idyllic “Glass Barn” in the English Countryside Asks £2.3M

By Kathryn M.
The sleek farmhouse by architect John Bullock frames riveting views in East Sussex.

On a quiet country lane near England’s Kent-Sussex border, architect John Bullock’s Glass Barn is a five-bedroom conversion currently seeking a new owner. The home draws its name from the 14 aluminum-framed windows that illuminate the 7,000-square-foot space and provide far-reaching views of rolling hills and fields.

The Glass Barn sits on nearly an acre of private land and overlooks the Weald, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near the small village of Wadhurst, East Sussex.

Measuring nearly 7,000 square feet, the converted home presents various living areas to gather, all of which blend original details with modern finishes.

As part of the conversion, Bullock expanded the original stone structure with contemporary additions, including the glass-enclosed mezzanine level above the kitchen, which helps to emphasize the scale of the pitched roof. Skylights in the apex of the roof further brighten the spacious interiors.

Black-trimmed windows capture countryside views.

A large kitchen, complete with exposed beams overhead, is located off the entrance hall. Fitted with high-end appliances, the space also features a central steel island and an adjoining scullery. The main living areas sit just steps away, and are lined with herringbone oak floors. 

The soaring pitched roof showcases the home's grand proportions. Exposed steel complements the original brick walls. The kitchen island features a perforated steel base and is capped with Italian porcelain.

The private quarters await at the southern end of the first floor. In addition to four bedrooms and en suite baths, this section also includes several versatile spaces which can be used as a creative studio, office, or gym. 

Wooden beams add rustic flair to the sleek corner, paying homage to the home’s agrarian roots.

Further, the home offers annex accommodation that is configured across two floors and comes with a kitchenette, bedroom, and bath. Though the space is accessible via the first floor of the main house, it also features a separate entrance, making it an idyllic guest or rental flat. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for £2,250,000.

Expansive glass doors between the kitchen and dining area provide direct outdoor access.

The view from the kitchen overlooking the double-height dining area and living rooms beyond. 

Original, mismatched oak planks line the hallway floors leading to the home's private wing.

The spacious primary suite presents a calming oasis, complete with a large dressing room.

The en suite bath has twin sinks, an oversized glass shower, and an elegant free-standing tub. 

The mezzanine area is accessed via a dramatic walkway with glass balustrades. 

The walls feature original wainscoting.

A peek into another one of the four bedrooms—another spacious, sun-kissed retreat.

A clawfoot tub can be found in the connected bath, as well as a glass-enclosed shower.

Project Credits:

Architect of Record: John Bullock Design /  @john_bullock_design

The Glass Barn in Wadhurst of East Sussex, England, is currently listed for £2,250,000 (approx. $3,189,318 USD) by The Modern House.

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