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This is one of our Country Houses
Manor Barn was bought by the current owners in 1998 as redundant agricultural farm buildings. Working with their architect they then set about creating this superb contemporary, yet homely, modern family house. They wanted to encapsulate their love of light and open plan living but also celebrate the buildings key period features and history. The design concept was to create two zones for both living and sleeping linked by a seamless glass connection which also creates a fun and stunning entrance vestibule. Another key element of the design was to make the most of the spectacular location of the barns down a winding private road and opening up to the lovely views of the fields to the rear. The building itself is part brick, part timber frame with the majority clad in a wooden weatherboard style and painted in contemporary matt black, matching with the black powder coated aluminium windows and doors that you will find throughout.
On arrival, via the gates, you walk up the low tread steps to the ornamental courtyard garden with brush bamboo and slate beds, creating a calming feel. The galleried entrance hall has a poured concrete screed floor which enhances the contemporary and modern interior. This is a dual aspect space with floor to ceiling glazing letting in maximum light and making the most of the views. The main living end of the house is informally split into three zones; kitchen, dining and living. They are separated by a central wall which encompasses an open fire.
The kitchen area is fitted with a number of integrated stainless steel units and a large central island has a bespoke concrete block worktop and breakfast bar. This opens onto the dining area and then the main sitting area. The whole of this space has a spectacular galleried ceiling with original ‘A frame’ wooden trusses adding to the originality of the building. This area is also incredibly light and benefits from both ceiling conservation roof lights and enormous glazing to front and rear with more discrete picture windows framing the view. Double opening doors lead out onto the large rear terrace. The kitchen has space for a large industrial gas or electric cooker and integrated appliances including dishwasher, double fridge and freezer. There is also a discrete guest cloakroom with space for coats shoes etc.
The bedroom wing affords a flexible layout; currently four bedrooms, three bathrooms, large home office and utility room. The home office has been designed to be able to be used as a bedroom and also has the opportunity for en suite facilities in the current store room. The flooring throughout the bedrooms is large oak boards making a more homely feel against the very contemporary poured concrete. The impressive master suite has a bank of windows enjoying the afternoon sun and views over the patio. The dressing room and spacious en suite bathroom complete the master suite.
The clever use of vaulted ceilings, roof lights and glazing continues to please and provide a wonderful feel to the bedroom areas. All of the three guest rooms open on to the ornamental garden and have protected seating areas.
There is also an externally accessed plant room housing the pressurised water system, electrics and oil fired boiler as well as providing additional storage.
Wotton Rivers is a picturesque Wiltshire village with a well regarded pub (The Royal Oak), a Grade ll listed church and sits on the Kennet and Avon Canal, for boating. It is close to Pewsey with a larger range of facilities including a school. Marlborough is also only 5.1 miles away with a Waitrose as well as a number of bespoke shops, restaurants and the well regarded Marlborough College.
A winding private drive shared with four other properties leads to the ample parking area. The current stable blocked is used as a storage space but could, subject to permissions, be converted into garaging. There is also a free standing detached summer house.
The design of the outside has had as much attention as the inside as the owners wanted to create a sociable and connected space which flows between the inside and the outside. The substantial rear terrace enjoys the spectacular views over the private gardens, wildflower meadow and fields beyond. There is ample space for dining table and chairs and the terrace leads to the outside pool. The swimming pool (which is in need of some work) comes complete with a seating area.
The remainder of the large plot has a number of mature trees including cherry, apple, beech and yew. The land has been landscaped into a number of levels creating interest and separate zones. The bulk is laid over to wild flower meadow surrounded by post and rail fencing allowing an open vista over the farmland and views beyond.
The property offers complete privacy from its neighbours whilst benefitting from being in the heart of this Wiltshire village.
Agents Note: The blue shaded area on the map is owned by Manor Barn however other neighbouring properties have a right of way over this area.
Glazed reception hall
vaulted kitchen/dining room
zoned living room
bedroom wing including five bedrooms
stabling with potential for garaging (STPP)
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