Dutch Barn Conversion – Pencuke Farm, Cornwall

For an eco holiday, Pencuke Farm offers a very interesting and forwarding thinking option – converting an existing Dutch barn for use as ‘low tec’ but ‘high quality’ eco holiday accommodation.

Sustainability is at the heart of the design, with all of the heating, hot water and electrical facilities being powered by solar power or (when the sun is not out) through a biomass boiler – using renewable wood pellets to drive the system. The rooms are beautifully finished and comfortable with solar-powered underfloor heating.

Buckland carried out an initial site visit, discussed the scheme and joint options available with the client and carried out the structural design of the glulam prior to its manufacture and installation.


  • Project: Residential building
  • Commission: Engineering design, manufacture and installation.
  • Client: Pencuke Farm
  • Architect: TFQ Architects
  • Timber: European Redwood
  • Fixings: Counter bored bolts with form G washers, purlins connected using skew screws from the top.
  • Finish: Clear varnish
  • Cost (approx): £114 per square metre – for engineering design, manufacture and installation.