It took three years and cost over £550K to renovate, but today, The Cattle Shed at Wighton is not just the newest but also one of the most impressive barn renovations along the North Norfolk Coast, now valued at £1.2 million.
Whilst the property’s moniker describes the building’s previous function and the owners have been at pains to retain original features such as the flint walls and exposed timber rafters, that’s about where the similarities end – although local artworks of landscapes and cows do give a nod to its former life.
Instead, guests will enjoy a luxurious stay in a largely open plan, light-filled, spacious and airy building where no expense has been spared when it comes to fixtures and fittings: a Devol kitchen with Oroco worktops, each en-suite bathroom has wet-room facilities, rain showers and luxury fittings whilst the master bedroom, complete with Emperor bed, has a vaulted ceiling with oak beamed rafters.
Children will also adore the fun, bespoke bunk room with two sets of full-size bunk beds (if not actually getting any sleep due to inevitable chatter!)
That one of the owners, Cheryl Rappolt has a background in graphic design will come as no surprise, given the interiors are as chic and stylish as they are luxurious.
What is slightly more surprising, though, is that her and her broker husband, Jason, had never done any renovation on this scale before, candidly admitting, in complete contrast to the seemingly effortless styling within, and sympathetic building outside which reflects the natural beauty of the area, that, ‘there was nothing easy’ about the works.”
In fact, they couple say that the project was the most ambitious thing they’ve done, building wise, since they met at school.
Challenges included living two-and-a-half hours from site, (Cheryl and Jason are based in Essex) with driving there and back in one day exhausting and sourcing the correct materials so as to be sympathetic to the beautiful building, “
“We wanted the finished product to reflect its origins, keeping that industrial feel in areas was important, so we did our research and chose our craftsmen incredibly carefully,” says Cheryl.
“It’s been a long, hard, labour of love,” says Cheryl, admitting the project has very much been a family affair.
“The children got involved every step of the way as we wanted them to learn and have an input - it was an important we worked as a team. We had to put all of our family time into the build. We sat around a table and discussed and planned everything, making mood boards and capturing all of our thoughts.
“And, whilst the process was undoubtedly tough,” (Jason cites ‘stopping the building from literally falling down’, as the hardest obstacle in the early stages, with himself and Cheryl driving three miles to the beach at Wells, Holkham or Cley to clear their heads occasionally) “we feel extremely blessed to have found The Cattle Shed,” she admits.
For anyone lucky enough to visit, it’s clear that the hard work has paid off.
“We have absolutely achieved our dream home. Our favourite features are the flint walls and the beautiful oak beams in every room. We also love it at night-time, where it takes on a whole new character and promotes total relaxation. We gave this beautiful building our love and attention and are exceptionally proud of what we have achieved,” she says.
And deservedly so!
Want to experience The Cattle Shed for yourselves? Now on the holiday lettings market, The Cattle Shed can be booked through SALT Norfolk, T. 01328 887600 www.saltnorfolk.co.uk priced from £1,238 for a three night short break or from £1,650 per week.