Unconverted barn in Cottenham

Unconverted barn in Cottenham

Barn with permission for conversion in Cottenham, near Cambridge

A detached, two storey barn with full planning permission to convert into a five bedroom family home with double garage. The barn is set on a plot of just under 0.25 acres with open countryside views on the edge of the popular and sought after North Cambridgeshire village of Cottenham

With open views towards Ely Cathedral, while only a short distance from the village centre, this property offers developers or self-builders the opportunity to create a unique, contemporary and sustainable home.

Key Features

• Unique self-build opportunity
• 2630sq/ft. liveable space
• Detached
• Five beds, three bathrooms, open plan living
• Double garage
• Large plot of nearly a quarter of an acre (2,526sq/ft. / 770sq/m)
• Full planning permission
• Sought after location
• Open countryside views
• Popular village
• Excellent commuter links

Planning Permission

Detailed planning consent has been granted by South Cambridgeshire District Council (S/3172/18/FL) to convert the existing building into a spacious family home with separate garage. Once converted the floor area will extend to a total of 2630sq.ft of liveable space.


Designed to house five double bedrooms, including a master bedroom with en-suite, this conversion has been carefully considered to provide a light and airy home suitable for family living.

The versatile open plan living space, with direct access to a large garden, is perfect for entertaining.

In summary, the proposed accommodation comprises:

• Large and versatile open plan sitting room / dining room / kitchen
• WC
• Study
• Utility
• Hall
• Ground floor family bathroom
• Two ground floor bedrooms with Jack-and-Jill bathroom
• Two further first floor bedrooms
• First floor master suite with en-suite and fabulous views
• Galleried landing
• Plenty of internal storage space

The existing owners have sought planning permission to include the provision of sustainable features including: solar photovoltaic roof slates on both the barn and garage; air source heat pump; rainwater harvesting tank; recessed double glazed aluminium doors and windows; and space within the utility room to house a boiler.


The barn has its own gated entrance with a gravel and hardstanding driveway giving ample parking for up to six cars and sits within a large plot measuring 22 metres wide x 35 metres deep. On two sides it faces open fields on level ground and has views out towards Cottenham All Saints Church and Ely Cathedral.

The overall site is characterised by mature trees, shrubs and hedgerows running both along and around the boundary of the site and offers potential owners the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local wildlife, which includes hares, deer, garden birds and birds of prey.

Panoramic and far reaching views make the property an ideal place for those wishing to live in the countryside, who enjoy gardening, walking, cycling, photography or painting, but still wish to feel part of the wider village community and all that it has to offer in terms of amenities.


The barn is set in a peaceful rural locale, surrounded by open countryside, spectacular wildlife and panoramic views but benefits from its location on the edge of the large and thriving village of Cottenham.

The village is accessible by car (1-2 minutes), by bicycle (5-8 minutes) and by foot (15-20 minutes) and there are various amenity spaces around the village providing a variety of sports and club activities.

Cottenham has two excellent village schools, one primary and one secondary (both with good Ofsted results), a Co-op, Costcutter, two doctors surgeries, a dental surgery, library, pharmacy, butchers, coffee shop within an active community centre, four public houses, hairdressers, Chinese takeaway, fish and chip shop, an award winning Indian restaurant, Post Office, traditional fruit and vegetable shop (which home delivers), vet, building merchants and fitness centre.

Cottenham is approximately 6 miles north of Cambridge, with good rail links into Cambridge, Ely and London via Waterbeach (3.5 miles), Cambridge North (4.6 miles) and Cambridge Central (6.8 miles), and bus services and cycle paths into the city centre. The village is close to major roads links including A14, M11 and A1 to the North and South.

Directions for viewing

Sat Nav will give you the wrong directions. Please enter ‘Cottenham’ and follow the instructions below:

From the High Street turn into Denmark Road, which leads into Beach Road. Turn left into Long Drove and follow the road for about 1 kilometre. Take the first left after Aldridges (on the left), which is Church Lane, or follow the arrows on the board. Church Lane Farm is the first residential building on the right.


The barn is connected to mains water via its own water meter.

The mains electricity pole is less than 50 metres away and the present owners have installed underground ducting from the barn to the pole to house the necessary cabling. This means that electricity could be connected almost immediately after sale and without the need for any groundworks.

Landline phone can be connected via the BT pole situated less than 50 metres away.

Contact Details

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