A beautiful Victorian home with fantastic character features located in a stunning rural setting. 2 reception rooms and a sociable kitchen/dining room. 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Mature, private gardens amounting to 1.6 acres including a tennis court. Detached workshop/studio with annexe potential. EPC Band G
When picturing a Victorian home, the image that comes to mind is one of a charming stone exterior with characteristic sash windows, behind which are spacious, high-ceilinged rooms full of elegant features and family comforts. Marks Barn Cottage not only matches this description but exceeds expectations by blending all of the best features of a Victorian property with the many benefits of modern life, creating a home which is characterful, comfortable and convenient. The property dates back to the 1860s and has benefitted from a programme of renovation under the current ownership to ensure that the needs of a busy modern lifestyle can be met, including the conversion of a former garage into a workshop/studio. Due to the delightful setting bordering the grounds of Marks Barn House on one side and open countryside on the other, the property benefits from a sense of great seclusion and rural idyll which is only enhanced by more than 1.6 acres of varied garden and wonderful country views to the rear.
Entering the property through the front door, the obvious practicality and characterful charm is immediately apparent. The heart of the home can be found to the right of the inner hall where a sociable kitchen/dining room stretches the full depth of the property, offering a sense of togetherness whilst retaining clear areas for cooking and relaxing with plenty of space for both a family dining table and soft seating beside the log burner if desired. Moving to the other side of the hall, the elegant and expansive sitting room can be reached. With double doors opening directly to the garden, in addition to two large windows, this is a delightfully light room in which appealing features include an open fireplace and wooden floors, creating an attractive and comfortable space for all types of entertaining as well as for family use at any time of year. There is also a snug which is accessed from the entrance hall and offers a more secluded yet highly versatile space suitable for a number of purposes, from use as a play room or second sitting room to providing ground floor sleeping accommodation if required. The domestic side of life is well catered for with a large utility/boot room and adjoining boiler room and cloakroom, between them ensuring that the needs of a busy modern family can effortlessly be met without impacting on the comfort and style found throughout the rest of this home.
The first floor is also perfectly arranged to accommodate the needs of a variety of a purchasers, including those with growing or indeed grown-up families and those expecting regular guests. The stairs rise to a wide central landing from which the 5 bedrooms and two bathrooms can all be accessed, yet with a degree of separation so that bedrooms 1 and 5 are set slightly apart from the others. Each of the bedrooms enjoys double proportions, and the largest three exhibit feature fireplaces, continuing the theme of Victorian glamour found downstairs. Bedroom 1 is of particular note, with a walk-in wardrobe and large windows to two aspects ensuring the sense of air and tranquility which is so desirable in sleeping accommodation. This is serviced by a fabulous master bathroom featuring a claw-footed bath tub, walk in shower cubicle and an opulent scheme of decoration, with a further family shower room to be found on the other side of the landing, serving the three further bedrooms.
A huge asset to the property is the workshop/studio which sits in close proximity to, but completely detached from, the house. Formerly a garage, this impressive space is divided into two connecting work rooms with a dedicated store room, from which direct access is available to the side. With electricity, plumbing and water in place, this is an ideal set up for a broad variety of purposes including use as a home office, a hobby workshop or even conversion to annexe accommodation (subject to any necessary consents).OUTSIDE
Marks Barn Cottage enjoys a large, varied garden, much of which is arranged to the front and side of the house. Immediately abutting the property is a paved sun terrace, onto which the glass doors from the sitting room and snug lead, enabling a highly desirable indoor/outdoor lifestyle when weather allows. The area adjoining the side of the property is primarily dedicated to a gravelled al fresco dining area which lies open to a level lawn providing an excellent excuse for barbecues and outdoor entertaining, during which a mature hedge surrounding the garden will ensure privacy and security for children and dogs. Home-grown vegetables and herbs can be sown in the kitchen garden, and there are a number of fruit trees planted in various locations within the garden, creating a touch of "the good life".
Those seeking an opportunity for a more active lifestyle are well catered for with an enclosed tennis court located in a secluded part of the garden, which has recently been resurfaced. The property also benefits from a gated parking area for several vehicles, and there are two sheds and a woodstore within the garden which offer ample storage for garden equipment and furniture.SITUATION
This property enjoys a delightful rural setting in the hamlet of Marks Barn, which can be found less than a mile from the popular village of Merriott, where amenities include a mini-supermarket, petrol station, convenience shop/ butchers, pharmacy and primary school. Within the village there is an active and friendly community with clubs, societies and teams to suit many interests. The neighbouring village of Hinton St George is similarly blessed with a range of amenities which include the popular Lord Poulett Arms pub and community shop. Further shopping, leisure and healthcare facilities can be found in the market town of Crewkerne, including a Waitrose superstore.
Despite the rural location transport links are good with the A303 trunk road accessible within 4 miles. There is a mainline train station in Crewkerne offering regular rail services to London (Waterloo) and Exeter. The M5 can be joined at Taunton (J25).
Education is well catered for in the area with a choice of state and independent schools nearby including Merriott and Hinton St George First Schools, Perrott Hill, Hazelgrove and Millfield at Street.AGENTS' NOTE
Marks Barn Cottage is accessed via a right of way across a driveway owned by Marks Barn House.
There is a bridleway adjoining the northern boundary of the property.SERVICES
Mains electricity. Private water supply (from Marks Barn House). Private drainage (septic tank). LPG central heating.VIEWINGS
Strictly by appointment with the vendors' selling agents, Messrs. Stags, Yeovil Office, telephone 01935 475000.DIRECTIONS
From Crewkerne town centre follow the A356 North Street and turn left towards Merriott shortly before leaving the town. At the first mini roundabout take the first exit to continue on this road, then turn left at the next mini roundabout onto Moorlands Road. After approximately half a mile turn left onto Barn lane and follow this lane for a short distance before bearing right through the gates to Marks Barn House. The property is the first on the right along this driveway.