Forming part of a secluded hamlet, Scythe Barn is a beautifully renovated four bedroom barn conversion, set within a sheltered valley in the undulating hills of the West Dorset countryside. The location is exceptional; a rural idyll in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, within easy reach of the coastline – just eight miles inland from Bridport. Once used to house harvested crop for neighbouring Woolcombe Farm, the oldest parts of the house pre-date 1766 and the internal structure is peppered with historical details, such as inscriptions in the original stone walls from local labourers.
The main entrance, a beautifully light, timber-framed porchway, positioned to the front of the building, sits at the foot of a private gravel driveway (with space to park two vehicles). A double-height entrance hall, which formed the original central barn, is an impressive, voluminous space with soaring ceiling height and floor-to-ceiling glazed doors.
A full-height chimney stack creates a natural division between the dining and living room; a cosy snug with a double fronted log burner. An open-plan kitchen sits on the opposite side of the ground floor, with a large Aga and water provided from the local spring. A second dining area positioned adjacent to the kitchen, faces out to a second set of glazed doors leading to the patio. One of the bedrooms is also located on the ground floor, with an ensuite bathroom and separate living room or office.
A deep balcony offers a fantastic viewing platform down into the central plan and to the far end of the first floor sits the master bedroom; a beautifully light space with arched ceilings and bespoke cabinetry built into the eaves. The family bathroom, third bedroom and a study (or fourth bedroom) with views to the surrounding countryside, are also situated upstairs.
The attached gardens, in total 2.5 acres of organic land, are rich in wildlife and have been beautifully designed. The current owners have dedicated ten years to developing a tiered wild meadow to the back of the house, which blends harmoniously with the bordering fields and attracts an abundant selection of bird species such as spotted flycatchers, garden warblers, pheasants and red-legged partridge.
Enclosed behind mature beech hedging, several other gardens unfold; a beautifully designed and exceptionally well maintained formal garden with mature planting. A timber-framed greenhouse, raised vegetable beds, chicken house, water features and paved dining areas are all interlinked and an exceptional loggia offers a wonderful, sheltered spot for al-fresco dining. A weeping Wentworth Ash tree, one of only nine in the UK, sits at the front of the house and rare and native plant varieties such as Spotted Orchids, have been carefully preserved in the grassland.
The house is located in a wonderful rural position, with unrivalled views of the surrounding countryside, as far reaching as Marshwood Vale and out towards Lyme Bay. The popular town of Bridport is just a 15 minute drive from the house and offers a good selection of independent cafes, a regular market, a particularly good selection of antique shops and a very popular Art Deco cinema – the Electric Palace. Town Mill Bakery is a popular location for breakfast in Lyme Regis (a 30 minute drive away) and Brassica, an independent restaurant in Beaminster (25 minutes north) has received positive commendations. The Hive Beach Cafe at Burton Bradstock is known for the best fish and chips in the area.
The city of Bristol is reachable by car in under two hours and Yeovil Junction station, a 20 minute drive from Scythe Barn, provides a direct link to London Waterloo in two hours and 20 minutes.