Derelict pub to become a home

Fire at The Lone Tree in July
Fire at The Lone Tree in July

Work has begun on a project to bring a derelict landmark building near Buckingham back into use.

The Lone Tree pub, on the A421 at Thornborough, has stood empty since it was gutted by fire in 2007.

And in July this year, 40 firefighters from Buckingham, Winslow and Milton Keynes fought to put out another fire after the thatched outbuilding next to the pub, was set alight.

Now the pub’s owner, architect Robert Pearson, has obtained planning permission to renovate the pub into a four-bedroom home and build a new detached house at the rear.

Work on the new build is already beginning, with a view to having it watertight by Christmas.

Mr Pearson said the timber frame should be going up in a couple of weeks’ time.

The pub has three acres of land, which will provide a paddock for each of the dwellings.

Mr Pearson, of High Wycombe-based Project Design Architects Ltd, bought the pub from the previous owners after the 2007 fire.

He told the Advertiser and Review: “The old pub will need more TLC.

“We’re developing both and I will certainly sell one.

“I’ve always been fond of the old building, which is at the crossroads of two Roman roads.

“I’d quite like to live there.

“If I can persuade my wife to move there, we may well move into the old pub.”

Mr Pearson added Thornborough Parish Council had been very supportive of his plans.