History & Restoration
Part of a working Dales farm until the mid 1990s, The Malabar was once a Grade II listed bank barn and the centre of activities at Garths Farm since the 18th century. With a full range of shippons and byres beneath two wagon entrances, the barn was over 3,000 square feet in size, but with most of the land having been sold off to neighbouring farmers it needed a new role. Plans were drawn up for its conversion early in 2014 and building work began a year later with the support of the Yorkshire Dales Planning Authority and their conservation officers. With up to sixteen people on site, the months that followed saw the roof come off and go back on again, support trusses being sectioned and opened up to make space for rooms in a new upper floor, windows replacing wagon doors, the small animal store transforming itself into a kitchen and cattle stalls creating perfect bathroom dividers.
We have to thank Erica Wright for her imagination, Steve Tyrer and his sons for their craftsmanship, Rodney, Christian and Ian for smiling through the wind and rain and most of all our builder Josh Durkin for taking us on and getting it all so right.