CONVERTING former farm buildings is hardly a new trend — but this renovated barn, on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, is one of the most unusual properties on the rural market. Straddling two acres of rolling countryside at the end of a quiet lane, this four-bedroom, three-bathroom home is both intriguing and stunning: a contemporary creation designed to capture the glorious 180-degree views of the countryside.
The owners once lived in a nearby farmhouse but sold that — opting to move into the cob barn — five years ago. Over a 12-month renovation they transformed the barn, tripling its footprint to 1,700sq ft of spectacular living space.
From the road, the only visible traces of Higher Town Barn, in Woodland Head near Yeoford, are the walls of the building and its smart zinc roof. But this home has a stunning secret: full-height, sliding black aluminium doors which run the length of the other side of the house, effectively allowing it to open fully to the outdoors and the stunning surrounding countryside.
At the heart of the house is a wonderful L-shaped kitchen/dining/living room. The kitchen, with its exposed oak beams, is fitted out in oak, with a gleaming copper sink, and engineered oak flooring.
The dining area features a wood-burning stove and two sides of the room which open (above) so you can eat almost al fresco. Industrial-style pendant lights illuminate the kitchen island; along with a wood-paneled feature wall, they add an element of rawness to the designer chic. Beyond the main living area is a second reception/snug.
The master bedroom has full-length sliding patio doors and a stunning en-suite bathroom, study area and dressing room, all of which can be opened to welcome in the outdoors. There are three further double bedrooms, two with mezzanine levels, and a family bathroom. The second bedroom has a free-standing bath, sink and cloakroom. There is underfloor heating throughout.
Another clever feature is that the central courtyard floor and patio is paved in what looks like old wooden sleepers but is really hard-wearing ceramic. The property has its own gravel driveway with a recently built car port. Beyond this is an orchard area.
The rest of the grounds are gently sloping pasture and paddock and a small and pretty pond. Stuart Rintoul, associate partner of Stags, which is marketing the property, said: ‘It’s a beautiful location — there is no passing traffic. The most rewarding aspect is the view, but also the light the conversion has allowed to flood into the property.
‘I think it will appeal to a family looking for a lifestyle change, or downsizers wanting to move to the country. There’s a lot of potential here. The double car port could easily have stables added so it would be perfect, too, for someone who has horses. It’s a gorgeous property and I really have never seen anything quite like it.’
Despite its air of seclusion, it’s just 1.5 miles from Yeoford and three miles from Cheriton Bishop. Exeter and rail services to London are 14 miles away.
What you get for your money
■ Higher Town Barn, £775,000
■ 1,700sq ft four-bedroom, three-bathroom designer home
■ Two acres of land — with the option to buy a further 11.5 acres
■ 180-degree views of the countryside
■ One side of the house has full-length sliding, aluminium doors opening rooms up to the outdoors
■ Just a few miles from Dartmoor National Park