Church Farm Barn
West Stour, Dorset SP8 5RL
An exciting transformation from an ugly barn to an exceptional four bedroom property with all accommodation on ground floor. Modern style, free-flowing spaces, massive 2500 ft² empty space on first floor. Tranquil country surroundings with magnificent views of the Blackmore Vale.
The new home sits centrally in its plot of 0.47 acres, within a private 50 acre equestrian estate.
It provides extensive views of the Blackmore Vale countryside.
This stunning, contemporary architect-designed property has a modern style with free-flowing spaces and relaxed open-plan kitchen/diner and lounge rooms.
High, sloping ceilings in the kitchen/dining/living areas. The remaining property has a ceiling height of 3m.
The Ground Floor: accommodation of 294 m² (3165 ft²) comprises:
- Reception Room with wood burner
- Open-plan kitchen/ dining room & living room
- Utility/Boot Room
- 3 further bedrooms & 3 bathrooms
- West-facing outside lounge, under cover
The First Floor: substantial empty space of 233m² (2508 ft²) with extensive country views that can be used for games, work or storage.
10 year structural warranty.
Created from a former agricultural barn with a foot print of nearly 400 m², the property is situated in an attractive, secluded and elevated position within easy walking distance of village amenities in the sought-after village of West Stour, North Dorset.
This unconventional single-storey property is being transformed (completion February 2018) to a unique stunning modern home. Its position in the landscape is well-screened, with many mature trees to the south and west and attractive views across the Blackmore Vale to the rear.
Our architect’s main focus was on creating a great home in which to live; providing a healthy, practical and comfortable living space that allows owners to make the most of their home’s natural surroundings.
His vision was to retain the appearance of a barn with a difference (using cedar cladding and fibre cement cladding at high level for low maintenance). An ingenious 21st century design to provide an inside out connection.
The challenge is to flood the living area with natural light from the south and west. These days it is becoming increasingly popular to open up the back of our homes to integrate the outside using sliding patio doors or folding sliding doors.
The approach to the new home is via a long drive where the uniqueness of the house becomes immediately apparent with an appealing front façade incorporating natural stone that compliments the surrounding area.
The front door, surrounded by glazing, is positioned in the centre of the south elevation, with a welcoming reception room with high ceilings, providing natural light to the living area and giving access to all the accommodation.
It was decided to position the huge 102.6 m² (1104 ft²) multipurpose light-filled doubled-height space (living area, kitchen/dining and lounge) at the rear of the property to capture the beautiful outlook, whilst providing privacy and seclusion. The layout and size of the kitchen can accommodate both day-to-day and social activities.
On the west-facing aspect of the living area, we will install glazing to maximise the light and warmth to the living area, and create a patio under a canopy for outdoor living to enjoy the afternoon/evening sun. This contemporary architect-designed home benefits from all the luxury features one would expect along with magnificent views of the rolling countryside, blurring the boundaries between the inside and out.
Built by the highly-regarded Stour Homes, Church Farm Barn has been specifically designed to meet the most demanding energy-efficient standards. The aim will be to achieve a B EPC rating using high insulation and pioneering energy-efficient products.
Local, Sporting & RecreationalThe village of West Stour provides a good range of everyday amenities including a village hall, local garage with Spar shop, the popular Ship Inn public house and a church. East Stour has the award winning Udder Farm Shop.
There are plentiful walking, cycling and riding opportunities directly from the property into the surrounding countryside.
Both Gillingham (Waitrose & Asda) and Shaftesbury (Tesco) are approximately 5 miles away. The town of Gillingham has the benefit of a mainline rail connection for London Waterloo. Access to the A303 is a few miles north of the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury (made famous by the “Hovis” advert at Gold Hill)
Popular with tourists, the town of Sturminster Newton is 4 miles to the south. It has the largest community centre (a theatre, cinema and music venue) in North Dorset and marks the start of the 17 mile North Dorset Trailway - a splendid walking, cycling and horse-riding route that runs alongside the River Stour on the dismantled railway line from Sturminster to Spetisbury, in Dorset, passing through pretty villages and towns such as Stourpaine and Blandford
There is fishing at the nearby River Stour with a licence obtained from private clubs and organisations.
Golf can be enjoyed at Sherborne and Tollard Royal.
The area enjoys a wide range of schools in both the state and private sectors, with Port Regis, St Mary’s Shaftesbury, Sandroyd, Clayesmore, Sherborne Girls & Boys, Leweston, Bruton School for Girls, Kings and Sexeys at Bruton all within easy reach as well as a very highly-rated secondary school in Gillingham.
From Shaftesbury take the A30 heading west towards Henstridge and Sherborne. Pass through the village of East Stour. As you come into West Stour you will pass the petrol station on your left hand side. Take the next right into the main village before the Ship Inn. Head through the village and the entrance to Church Farm Estate is on the right. Go through the entrance, immediately bear round to the left and follow the drive down where the property will be found on your left
Mains electricity and water will be connected. Underfloor heating
with air source. Broadband and satellite will be available also.
North Dorset District Council, Salisbury Road, Blandford Forum, Dorset,
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