Interior architect Susie Pfeiffer has breathed contemporary life into an old farm building, whilst celebrating its original features, in her incredible barn conversion.

After many happy years in a barn they had converted into a family home, interior architect Susie Pfeiffer has moved it on to the next stage for her business and family, with a fabulous modern extension.

The original master bedroom’s en suite features a deep antique French marble bath

The original master bedroom’s en suite features a deep antique French marble bath

The holiday let

The holiday let scene is set perfectly as you enter the large hallway, with a wall arrangement of straw hats, a boat race oar and other jolly holiday items carefully arranged

The holiday let’s sitting room, in the third wing of the house, features panelling designed by Susie

“Everyone that has come to stay have been really nice people,” says Susie. “We don’t notice they are here. It’s more that we have to be quiet for them!”

The holiday let’s sitting room, in the third wing of the house, features panelling designed by Susie

The holiday let’s sitting room, in the third wing of the house, features panelling designed by Susie

The eat-in kitchen

The holiday let's eat-in kitchen

The spacious sitting room forms a link between the two parts of the house. A minimalist modern staircase sweeps up to the first floor and there are glass walls on both sides, looking out to the elegantly planted garden at the front

“We wanted to use the house as a kind of show home for the business.”

The spacious sitting room forms a link between the two parts of the house. A minimalist modern staircase sweeps up to the first floor and there are glass walls on both sides, looking out to the elegantly planted garden at the front

The spacious sitting room forms a link between the two parts of the house

The spacious sitting room forms a link between the two parts of the house. A minimalist modern staircase sweeps up to the first floor and there are glass walls on both sides, looking out to the elegantly planted garden at the front

The spacious sitting room forms a link between the two parts of the house. A minimalist modern staircase sweeps up to the first floor and there are glass walls on both sides, looking out to the elegantly planted garden at the front

The spacious sitting room forms a link between the two parts of the house. A minimalist modern staircase sweeps up to the first floor and there are glass walls on both sides, looking out to the elegantly planted garden at the front

A minimalist modern staircase sweeps up to the first floor and there are glass walls on both sides, looking out to the elegantly planted garden at the front

The bright and airy sitting room is home to a pair of 1960s Cappellini swivel chairs covered in original Pucci fabric. The oversized brass pineapple lamps date from the 1950s and the velvet sofas are from the Pfeiffer Design range, which they have made in their own workshop in Eastbourne

The bright and airy sitting room is home to a pair of 1960s Cappellini swivel chairs covered in original Pucci fabric. The oversized brass pineapple lamps date from the 1950s and the velvet sofas are from the Pfeiffer Design range, which they have made in their own workshop in Eastbourne

The bright and airy sitting room is home to a pair of 1960s Cappellini swivel chairs covered in original Pucci fabric. The oversized brass pineapple lamps date from the 1950s and the velvet sofas are from the Pfeiffer Design range, which they have made in their own workshop in Eastbourne

“This space has evolved,” says Susie. “It wasn’t all bought together to be matchy matchy. I found pieces from here and there and it all came together.”

To shore up the hillside that the house is built into, gabion boxes have been filled with limestone from Rye Harbour. At first floor level, two wooden bridges lead out from the upstairs landing, across the void to a decking area with outdoor seating and dining areas

The dramatic outdoor space

To shore up the hillside that the house is built into, gabion boxes have been filled with limestone from Rye Harbour. At first floor level, two wooden bridges lead out from the upstairs landing, across the void to a decking area with outdoor seating and dining areas

To shore up the hillside that the house is built into, gabion boxes have been filled with limestone from Rye Harbour

To shore up the hillside that the house is built into, gabion boxes have been filled with limestone from Rye Harbour. At first floor level, two wooden bridges lead out from the upstairs landing, across the void to a decking area with outdoor seating and dining areas

At first floor level, two wooden bridges lead out from the upstairs landing, across the void to a decking area with outdoor seating and dining areas

A carved stone corbel is an interesting addition to the barn’s original flint and brick walls

A carved stone corbel is an interesting addition to the barn’s original flint and brick walls

An impressive stone fireplace has been fitted with a cream woodburner

The master en suite – a black marble shower room

The master en suite – a black marble shower room

An impressive stone fireplace has been fitted with a cream woodburner

The rear of the wardrobes – in padded velvet – act as a glamorous contemporary backing to the velvet-upholstered bed, whilst the original old bricks and wooden beams add antique drama

The rear of the wardrobes – in padded velvet – act as a glamorous contemporary backing to the velvet-upholstered bed, whilst the original old bricks and wooden beams add antique drama

The new master bedroom’s reclaimed French doors have been hung to slide rather than swing open

The new master bedroom’s reclaimed French doors have been hung to slide rather than swing open

The double-height dining room retains all the atmosphere of the original building, with a candle chandelier suspended over a huge old table

The double-height dining room retains all the atmosphere of the original building, with a candle chandelier suspended over a huge old table

Glass double doors lead into the kitchen

Glass double doors lead into the kitchen

Dried hydrangeas adorn the table

Dried hydrangeas adorn the table

The dining room still retains some classic features of the original barn. With limestone flagstones on the floor and a splendid carved stone mantelpiece, this space has an almost medieval grandeur

The dining room still retains some classic features of the original barn. With limestone flagstones on the floor and a splendid carved stone mantelpiece

The dining room’s candle chandelier is operated with a rope pulley, that you let down to light the candles, then hoist up again adding to the room’s almost medieval charm

The dining room’s candle chandelier is operated with a rope pulley, that you let down to light the candles, then hoist up again adding to the room’s almost medieval charm

The view down from the gallery

The view down from the gallery

Keeping the central dining space open, the first floor gallery landing wraps around the L-shape of the building

Keeping the central dining space open, the first floor gallery landing wraps around the L-shape of the building

A magnificent French door leads to the new master bedroom

A magnificent French door leads to the new master bedroom

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