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The Lost Kitchen

This project involved bringing a dilapidated agricultural barn into a new viable use. Prior to the project, the Linhay barn was in an unused and declining condition. Our challenge was to accommodate the barn's new life as a local, sustainable restaurant whilst retaining its historic character. This newly restored barn is now thriving in its new use as 'The Lost Kitchen' in Chettiscombe, Devon.


Being a Grade II listed building, hmad|architects worked closely with the owner and the operator to achieve listed building consent that would enable them to realise the brief for a sensitive transformation and conversion of this redundant Linhay barn built in the 1800's, into a contemporary light-filled and comfortable but cosy restaurant.

The barn was constructed from a combination of timber and stone, with the stone structure forming retaining walls as the Linhay was set into its sloping landscape. The Linhay forms one side of a traditional agricultural courtyard with its open front overlooking the enclosed courtyard garden space.

An important aspect of our design was to respect and maintain the barn's important historical characteristics, such as the proportions and rhythm of the structure of the main facade. Large glazed windows allow visitors to overlook the far reaching views over the surrounding rural landscape and the courtyard space which has now been sensitively re-landscaped, whilst maintaining its setting.

Now fully open, The Lost Kitchen exudes a relaxed and cosy atmosphere, with a wood-fired oven, floor to ceiling windows taking in the beautiful views and the interior features and furnishings have been sourced and made using sustainable or upcycled materials, by local people and students. 

The team at hmad|architects are very much looking forward to spending some time here enjoying the hospitality and seasonable, sustainable local produce on offer.

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With thanks to Mr.B Amory (Client). Mr George Ackroyd and D&R Design who supplied and fitted the Crittall Steel windows & doors on this project.

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