1700s Barn Conversion

Situated on the outskirts of Wirksworth, these interesting buildings have been converted into a cosy, characterful home by owners Herbert and Anne Brooks.

The first cottage on this site of Yokecliffe dates from 1640, it is thought that these particular buildings comprising barn, stables, tack room, and gardeners quarters were built sometime in the 1700s.

The old picture, showing good detail of the buildings, was taken in 1866. Sometime after the picture was taken one end of the open barn was converted into stabling with a hayloft over, this now forms the first part of the conversion by Herbert and Anne.

Herbert has connections with this site going back to 1957 when his family moved into Yokecliffe house. Later moving into the gardeners quarters, his father continued milking their untill 1977.

The major conversion project started in 2011, underfloor heating pipework had been installed on the ground floor with radiators upstairs. A highly efficient Danfoss ground source heat pump, supplied by our team, provides all the heating and domestic hot water required. “We are highly delighted” said Herbert, “Very cosy and warm”.

Andrew and Lee specified a heat pump that drives energy from an array of horizontal ground loops placed 1 meter below the surface of an adjacent field. The installation qualifies for Domestic RHI (Renewable Heating Incentive) payments which will offset the installation cost of this type of heating system.

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