The original dairy building was built in the 1930's and was a tiny dairy in the village. It fell into disrepair as it was not suitable for a modern dairy and was used as farm storage for a long while.
Eventually the roof collapsed and the building began to fall down. The building was not in use and we did not want to lose it. we saved the bulk of it by putting a tin roof on.
Two years ago the decision was made to develop this lovely old building into a holiday let. We had a grant from LEADER (part of the rural development programme for England) and found really good local builders, Gaiger Brothers of Devizes.
Part of our wanting to do this was to be as ecologically friendly as possible so we began by putting solitary bee bricks in the wall and then using an air source heat pump to heat the water and heat the house. We then doubled the original number of solar panels on the roof for electricity and put in an electric car charger. Our lovely house is now about 90% off grid.