Having returned from our honeymoon in summer 2012 we received a phone call from Cat’s parents saying they had seen something we maybe interested in; a set of barns and a mill without planning permission which could offer the potential for conversion.
After work one night we headed down from Bristol to Devon where we first laid our eyes on the Barton which had formerly formed part of the Ayshford Court Estate. It looked amazing!
The only gamble would be obtaining the planning permission and with the buildings being listed and in a conservation area we knew we had a mountain to climb before we could start building work. Cat is a planning consultant for a property company and whilst she was confident it could be achieved we would have to take a calculated risk. We placed our offer, an initial sum with an overage payment subject to planning permission.
In September our bid was accepted and so began the process of obtaining planning permission, but first we had to find out exactly what we had bought.