Otterley Farmhouse

Dorchester, Oxfordshire

A sustainable, whole-house renovation and extension project for this brick and flint Oxfordshire Farmhouse.

Working to our clients' own designs and to plans from Anderson Orr Architects, this sustainable extension and whole-house renovation centred around the build of a Crittall style glazed kitchen/dining space.

Set in an idyllic Oxfordshire hamlet, with its grounds meeting the bank of the river Thame, Otterly Farmhouse is set for beautiful, sustainable living for decades to come. The project expanded from kitchen extension to a whole property and outbuilding refurbishment and renovation. The works also included the erection of a timber-framed stable block, as well as extensive eco-landscaping. The build specification included solar panels and tesla wall-providing power for the entire property and attached commercial residence. The Barr Build team have since gone on to complete a further build phase at Otterly Farmhouse.

“The Barr Group team were innovative and pro-active in their solutions to problems. The beams in the den were new, so cladding them in reclaimed floorboards was the making of that space.”
Anna Barnsley-Smith, Barr Build Client


In line with the sustainable build, new perennial style gardens, designed by Roundfield Architectural Landscaping include a lower meadow which runs down to the river bank and will become a ‘food forest’. Completed phase one tree planting will provide the basis for permaculture beneath. Closer to the property an eco-pond edges the terrace, allowing birds life, amphibians and hedgehogs to make themselves at home.


Our client Anna’s incredible eye for detail, together with site foreman Aaron’s ‘anything is possible’ outlook, proved to be a killer combination. Everywhere you look there is another original design feature which makes Otterly Farmhouse a rich visual feast. “Aaron is a carpenter by trade and could interpret and create anything, for example the reclaimed wood under-sink cabinets – which he built from a scribbled drawing”.

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