Carter Jonas
Carter Jonas

Grant-funding and works to convert a rural Estate’s redundant barns into holiday accommodation


Carter Jonas led a project to generate income from old barns as part of its management of an Estate in Northamptonshire. The Lilford Estate, outside Aldwincle near Kettering, is managed by Carter Jonas whose team was asked to identify alternative uses for redundant barns overlooking Elinor Trout Lake, an SSSI, in the picturesque Nene Valley.

The best option to emerge was converting the barns into two units of holiday accommodation to be operated by an existing tenant who already ran a tea room and B&B at their holding, Pear Tree Farm. Carter Jonas advised that the scheme was unlikely to provide a suitable return on investment, unless grant-funding could be achieved.

An application under the RDPE/LEADER funding programme was successful in obtaining £103,000. Carter Jonas’ in-house planning team obtained planning permission, while our building consultancy supervised the construction work, as well as handling various planning conditions related to protected species and contamination surveys. The units are due for completion this spring.

"The project will really complement our existing business, but wouldn’t have been possible without winning the grant funds. Carter Jonas have been involved right through, from obtaining the initial planning consent to overseeing the building work itself."

- Tim Hankins of Pear Tree Farm