Milking Parlour

The Milking Parlour was a derelict structure when we moved here, full of rubbish and vermin, with a collapsing roof. However, the thick stone walls and original beams were intact. We knew we had to act quickly to save as much as we could. In 2003 we received planning permission to convert the building into self catering accommodation. With the help of a European grant, we knew we could move positively forward ...

And so … we set to work. Our aim was to retain everything we could, to make interventions simple and sustainable, to ensure quality finishes and importantly, to make it self-financing through rentals. We introduced natural materials, light, geothermal heating, and solar panels. We kept the cow byres and the defined differences in floor level. This allowed separation of spaces. Then we lime-washed it all. It helps … being architects ...

…And we let the natural simplicity flow. The result was airy and filled with light.

Now, this early 17th and 18th century building that once sheltered cows, instead offers accommodation and interiors have featured on a tv design programme.

We are proud that today this Quaker Farmstead from the 1660s provides an example of sustainable re-use of redundant farm buildings.


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Address: Ballymurrin Quaker Farmstead, Ballymurrin Lower, Kilbride, Wicklow A67 PX56, Ireland

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