Owned by one of the Oxford Colleges, together with much of the land and parts of the village, Sunny Hill Farmhouse and adjoining farmyard, unoccupied for some three years, became available for purchase by sealed bids in April 2011.
The property is built mainly of rubble stone with the front having been rebuilt in brick in 1842. A former village bakehouse, boasting a ten bushel oven, several old features remain including many exposed beams, one of which is dated 1707, the date of the Act of Union, adjacent to a hatch in the ceiling where flour was formerly stored on the first floor.
The sale of the property completed on 20 January 2012 and the new owners approached Neil Tanner Associates to prepare scheme drawings for a pre-application planning enquiry prior to obtaining full planning - together with listed building consent.
The Historic Buildings Officer suggested a bold modern extension to be designed for the property, taking advantage of the outstanding views over the rear fields to the Padbury Brook and beyond to Buckingham, whilst the original farmhouse would be sympathetically renovated using period materials such as lime mortar for brick and stonework pointing, lime plaster to walls and ceilings with river oak lathes and ground floor construction utilising recycled foamed glass and limecrete screed incorporating an underfloor heating system.
Richard Ashford Limited were employed to carry out these works, working through some of the worst winter weather the UK has seen for many years.
The property was ready for habitation mid December 2013, some 18 months after work commenced, and is now the temporary house of the owner's daughter and son-in-law whilst they start to build a new house in the old farmyard (also employing Richard Ashford Limited's services).
Please see below for work in progress pictures and photos of the completed project.
In November 2014, Mike and Michele Allen, together with Neil Tanner, were delighted and honoured to receive third place in Aylesbury Vale District Council's 2014 Design Award for Sunny Hill Farmhouse.