Renovation and extension to a listed thatched property in Wiltshire STOP FARM

Regeneration through Conservation and Sustainability. Completed in 2014, Stop Farm is a C17 vernacular Chicksgrove stone thatched listed farmhouse, with barns and a straddle stone granary within a courtyard setting with further buildings, cottages and paddocks to form a wide whole.

The aim was to completely renovate the farmhouse in order to create a more usable family home and to convert the redundant barn linking it to the main house by extending the vestibule, while maintaining the historic arrangement and character of the farmhouse.


Fonthill, Gifford, Salisbury, Wiltshire

The Work
  • Grade II listed building renovation and extension
  • Highly recommended by Salisbury Civic Award

The scheme considered the architectural character, features and layout of the original building and by removing the modern extensions it enabled the concealed C18 extension to become visible. The scheme has been a great success by respecting the character of the heritage assets due to the sympathetic additions such as the eyebrow dormer and by retain its historic form and integrity, preserving the architectural and historic features.

The renovation included the stone repairs to the main house and barn while the extension used the salvaged stone from the demolition aiding the sustainability aspect of the project. This also aesthetically was a great success avoiding the stark contrast between the new and old stonework. The link at the junction to the house is defined by full height glazed panels enabling clear legibility of the various historical elements of the property.

The project also included dealing with various unauthorised works to the listed building that had taken place from previous owners and involved research to ensure the correct restoration was undertaken. As listed building architects we monitored and inspected the works while practical considerations was also required to preserving the listed building while the alterations and extension was completed.