Summer Lodge, West Stour

  • £965,000 Value:
  • 3 Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms:
  • 242m2 Area:
  • Autumn 2020 Completion:


An exciting transformation from an industrial barn with an ingenious 21st-century design bringing the outside in.

This property has a modern style with free-flowing spaces, located within tranquil country surroundings of the Blackmore Vale. 65.6 m² at first floor incorporating 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms, 177 m² at ground floor, thus providing the opportunity to have the Master Bedroom on the ground floor; 2500 ft² in total.

Key Features

The new home sits within a private 50-acre equestrian estate and 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 and high, sloping ceilings in the lounge.  

The Ground Floor: accommodation with underfloor heating of 177 m² comprises:

  • Open-plan kitchen/ dining room & living room
  • Snug
  • Utility/Boot/Laundry Room
  • Guest or Master bedroom & en-suite
  • South & West-facing Sunroom, with external decking for outdoor living to enjoy the afternoon/evening sun.

The First Floor: 65.6at first floor incorporating 3 bedrooms and two bathroomsWith an Upper Gallery looking down on the lounge.

Design & Build

Created from a former agricultural barn, the property is situated in an attractive, secluded position overlooking the River Stour.  It is within easy walking distance of village amenities in the sought-after village of West Stour, North Dorset.

This unconventional property is being transformed (completion September 2020) into a unique stunning modern home.  Its position in the landscape is well-screened, with many mature trees to the north and east, and attractive views across the Blackmore Vale.  

The 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.

The challenge is to flood the living area with natural light from the east, 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 high level of glazing and natural stone that compliments the surrounding area.

The front door, surrounded by glazing, is positioned in the centre of the north elevation, with a welcoming entrance hall.

Glazing will be installed to maximise the light and warmth to the living area.  This contemporary architect-designed home benefits from all the luxury features one would expect along with magnificent views of the countryside, blurring the boundaries between the inside and out.

The layout and size of the kitchen & dining area can accommodate both day-to-day and social activities.  The lounge has a high ceiling at the rear of the property leading into the snug, to provide privacy and seclusion.

Built by the highly-regarded Stour Homes, the 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.


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. At Steeplechase (house name) turn right and drive down the slope.

The 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.

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.

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