The lounge at Knighton Barns.
PROPERTY OF THE WEEK
Bedrooms: Four doubles, plus two in cottage
Agent: Hose Rhodes Dickson
Contact: 01983 538090
Beautiful old beams bestow charm aplenty on a wonderful centuries-old former barn in an idyllic leafy spot below the downs at Knighton.
As well as its character-filled four-bedroom accommodation, Knighton Barn in Knighton Shute has an income-generating bonus.
At one end, and with its own entrance is a four-star graded holiday unit, which can be let year round or incorporated into the main home.
Ground-floor Barn Cottage, with a kitchen/living dining room, two bedrooms and a bathroom has a roof void above it which could have scope for more accommodation — subject to planning permission.
Around 1.8 acres of grounds with sweeping lawns and many fine trees, shrubs and flowers are a wonderful setting for the Grade II listed property, which has lovely downland views.
It dates back to 1692 and in 2000 the owners converted it by creating a home within the original stone walls, resulting in ultra-thick walls keeping it cosy.
Features include deep sills and shelves and a beguiling quirky upstairs layout served by a split staircase.
Weathered old elm beams — some with initials — abound on this floor and there are four light, characterful bedrooms, two en-suite and three with a delightful garden views.
It is a picture in spring and there is a small orchard, greenhouse, shed, polytunnel, vegetable garden and fruit cages.
The gravelled front driveway leads past a lawned frontage with crab apple trees to a parking area, a 60ft by 28ft Atcost Barn with attached double carport to the front of the barn.
Tiled flooring continues from an entrance area with an exposed stone wall and a door to a front-facing study up steps to the entrance hall.
This has a feature window into the charming sitting room with a ceiling beam, attractive fireplace with multi-fuel stove and a rear window and door.
A tile-floored, slate-roofed garden room is an inviting warm, airy space with front and rear doors.
There are lovely garden views from the 27ft-long living/dining room with a ceiling beam and double doors to the terrace.
An L-shaped inner hall with stairs to the first floor leads to a utility room with WC and handbasin and the double-aspect kitchen with a front door, fitted units, larder cupboard and plumbing for a dishwasher.
Steps lead down to the beautiful big upstairs master bedroom with beams, built-in wardrobes, two Velux windows framing garden and downland views and an en-suite bathroom.
Bedroom two has similar lovely views and an en-suite shower room.
The other staircase leads to a light rear-facing bedroom, front-facing bedroom and bathroom.
An adjoining five-acre paddock is available by separate negotiation.