Nestled in the heart of this wonderful hamlet, Higher Barn Farm offers the unique opportunity to purchase a very comfortable family home with large reception rooms and plenty of character. Dating back to the 18th Century, the Tithe Barn was converted in 1987 to the very highest of standards with flair and attention to detail. It is clear that the present owners took great care to ensure not only that the fixtur es and fittings were of the highest quality, but that the overall character and ambience of the property was retained in keeping with its origins thus creating a traditional feel complemented by all modern conveniences. The focal point is the impressive galleried hall, which is flooded with natural light and like many of the bedrooms in the house, has wonderful, vaulted ceilings with the original wooden beams. Also worth a mention is the impressive spacious double sitting room/family room with windows looking out to the garden, beamed ceiling and a most impressive wood burner taking centre stage. The kitchen is well fitted with a range of wooden wall and floor units with granite work surfaces over, and oil fired Rayburn. Steps lead up into the neighbouring dining room with exposed stone walls, beams and French doors opening out to the terrace and garden beyond. The bedrooms are situated on the first floor and ther e are six in total many with views over the beautiful garden and each with its own individual character including wooden beams, stone walls and ledge and brace doors. The double aspect master bedroom is complemented by an en-suite bathroom. There are also two family shower rooms on this floor. The property is approached by a gravelled drive and has ample parking. There is a very useful outbuilding consisting of a former stable, workshop and garage with loft above. This could be converted to provide further accommodation (subject to the necessary planning consents). The beautiful gardens are delightful and predominantly laid to lawn with a variety of mature shrubs and trees, providing year-round colour and interest. There is also a paved terrace, ideal for ''al fresco' dining. All in all this a truly exceptional, family home in one of the prettiest hamlets in the area. There can be few places in the South West as enchanting as Milborne Wick, lying in a hidden valley on the Somerset/Dorset border in a peaceful position away from main roads. This small hamlet comprises period houses gathered around a small Village Green, an evocative scene which has changed little over the centuries due in no small measure to the surrounding landowners, who have cared deeply for its preservation. The village is designated a Conservation Area in which strict planning controls prevent incongruous development. The nearby village of Milborne Port has day to day facilities whilst the Abbey town of Sherborne is but a short drive away, with its range of traditional shops, boutiques and supermarkets. Communications are excellent with the A303 to a dual carriageway most of the way to the M3 and London. To the west, this road leads to Honiton and Exeter and to the M5 at Taunton. Railway links are excellent with mainline railway stations at Sherborne and Templecombe serving Waterloo and a mainline service from Castle Cary on the Penzance to Paddington line. The area is particularly noted for the excellent range of independent schools, most notably the Sherborne Boys and Girls schools, Leweston, Bryanston, the Bruton schools and Millfield. There are also some excellent state schools including The Gryphon Secondary School.
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