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A magnificent barn very cleverly converted with beautifully light and well-proportioned rooms, tucked away in an idyllic location with the most delightful gardens. Tucked away in a wonderful rural position with fantastic unspoilt views as far as the Marshwood Vale up towards Lyme Bay, first glimpses of Scythe Barn are most impressive with its very pretty faade constructed of local stone under a pitched slate roof. Dating back to 1766 the property is now a perfect juxtaposition of old and new and is full of fascinating historical details such as inscriptions in the original stone walls from local labourers. The property also however incorporates many modern conveniences ideal for modern family living and many of the rooms in the house boast fantastic views over the delightful gardens and grounds. As soon as the front door opens there is a real sense of charm, space and light. The lovely main entrance is a beautifully light timber framed porchway positioned to the front of the building at the foot of a private gravelled driveway. First impressions are most impressive with a double height entrance hall which formed the original central barn, this is a truly fantastic room with very high ceilings and floor to ceiling glazed doors. This takes full advantage of the wonderful views and delightful garden. There are many rooms in the property worth a special mention such as the open plan living space on the ground floor which is quite simply as good as it gets with a full height chimney stack creating a natural division to the dining and living area and a cosy snug with a double fronted wood burning stove. To the far end of the property is a fantastic open plan bespoke kitchen with pretty stone flooring with a large Aga and even fresh water provided from the local spring. Adjacent to the kitchen is a second dining/breakfast area with glazed doors leading out to a terrace which is ideal for al fresco dining. One of the bedrooms is also located on the ground floor with an en suite bathroom and separate sitting room or study. On the first floor is an attractive internal balcony adding yet more light and creating an open feel of the house. The master bedroom with en suite bathroom is at the far end, this is a fabulous room with high arched ceilings and clever bespoke cupboards built into the eaves space. There is also a family bathroom, a third bedroom and a fourth bedroom or study. The delightful gardens are beautifully designed and extend to approximately two acres in total. To the front of the house is a weeping Wentworth Ash tree, one of only nine in the UK, and rare and native plant varieties such as Spotted Orchids can be found throughout the grassland. The gardens are beautifully designed to create a series of tiered interlinking areas opening out behind mature beech hedging. There is a glorious mature formal garden, a timber-framed greenhouse, raised vegetable beds and water features. The paved areas and a fantastic loggia offer a perfect spot for al-fresco dining. There is a tiered wild meadow to the rear of the property blending seamlessly with the fields beyond and attracting an abundance of wildlife and a variety of bird species such as spotted flycatchers, garden warblers, pheasants and red-legged partridge. LOCATION The location is truly exceptional being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within very easy reach of the coastline. The popular and vibrant village of Maiden Newton is just under 4 miles and has a post office, newsagent, garage, public house, café, hardware shop, fish and chip shop, a new farm shop opening, doctors and veterinary surgery, primary school and railway station, with trains to Dorchester, Weymouth, Bath & Bristol; and also offers easy access to the A30 to Yeovil. Bridport is situated just under 7 miles away with West Bay and the famous Jurassic Coastline, a World Heritage site. Bridport is a most attractive Georgian town that retains an excellent number of independent shops and restaurants and a thriving street market on Saturdays and Wednesdays, along with a growing vintage quarter. A choice of supermarkets is available in or around the town including Waitrose and Morrison's. There is a cottage hospital, a large medical centre, a popular leisure centre, a successful Arts Centre and a number of independent festivals involving the arts are held throughout the year. A further wider range of amenities can be found at the County Town of Dorchester with Crewkerne and Yeovil, which has a mainline railway station to London Waterloo, both being within easy motoring distance.
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