Character barn in countryside

By Judy Marriott

Friday, May 23, 2014


Character barn in countryside

The lounge at Knighton Barns.


Location: Knighton

Bedrooms: Four doubles, plus two in cottage

Price: £825,000

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.

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