A beautiful Grade II listed four bedroom farmhouse with a two storey artist's studio and one bedroom guest annex, along with a tythe barn, in about 0.4 acre of grounds.
A creative haven of tranquility in this beautiful corner of the renowned Cranborne Chase. This bucolic Grade II listed farmhouse dates from the 1700's and, within its gardens, nestle an idyllic tythe barn, a one-bedroom annex and a former granary / studio, currently providing a much loved home and artists' retreat.
Home of well-known artist Folliotts", like Charleston, has been the cradle of brilliant creative endeavor and social gathering. The Studio speaks for itself. The Long Barn is a Party and Play' Heaven and has hosted the weddings of both my daughters. It is a perfect family home and an Artist's Paradise. Its quality lies within its own unique and unspoilt character Patricia Low
Folliotts has been enjoyed by the same family for 40 years, who have carefully and sympathetically renovated it over time, whilst clearly taking delight in the opportunities afforded by a property that, with its unique and beautiful outbuildings and surrounding countryside, offers so much inspiration and potential for creativity. Reminiscent of Charleston in Sussex, the home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, that became the Bloomsbury Groups retreat, Folliotts has been a magical enclave for artists and designers alike, who have stayed, often for years, and worked here, contributing to its considerable charm and élan. It would suit a burgeoning family and/or artisan looking to work from home, with the benefit of being a manageable sized house and plot.
Dating from the 1700's, Folliotts Farmhouse is an absolutely charming home, with a wealth of period features. Constructed of red brick and flint with handmade clay, peg tiled roof, it sits overlooking the gardens and grassed courtyard. The front door opens into an entrance hall and through to the reading room, with a quarry tiled floor and French doors out on to the brick terrace, edged with box hedge parterre and topiary. There is a double-aspect drawing room with an inglenook fireplace, pine floorboards and Jacobean, oak, butt and muntin panelling and a dining room with the benefit of a huge inglenook fireplace with herringbone brick hearth and pine floorboards. The charming kitchen has shaker style cupboards, inset marble and oak worktops and a traditional brick floor. It also has a unique and imaginative walk-in larder, created from the original bread oven. Stairs lead to the first floor, the majority of which has elm floorboards. The double-aspect principal bedroom has a pretty fireplace. There are two further double bedrooms (one with a basin and fireplace) and a bathroom. Stairs to the top floor lead into a large games room/playroom, with galley-style kitchenette and also a fourth double bedroom and bathroom.
The attractive Old Granary, of brick with handmade clay tiled roof, is now a spacious two-storey Studio used by the current owner, who is a renowned artist and ceramicist. The ground floor is a print studio, with south facing windows and french doors looking out over the pretty gardens. There is a Butlers sink and plumbing for a washing machine in one corner and night storage heating. Stairs up to the first floor lead into an impressive open studio space, with wonderful light from both south and north facing windows. Again, it has a Butlers sink to one corner, night storage heating and also a woodburner. This room has wonderful, elevated views over the delightful gardens, to the Tythe Barn and the chalk downland beyond. There is a brick lean-to building to one end, with a brick floor and stable door that could, with the necessary consents, have access incorporated through to the Studio, perhaps housing a small kitchen and WC.
Formerly a coach house and stables, the Guest Annex, known as The Potting Shed, enjoys views over its own little garden and is currently used as a charming one bedroom guest annex, with open plan kitchen/sitting room, double bedroom, bathroom and small lobby area. It is constructed of brick with a French clay tiled roof.
The Long Barn is an impressive, timber framed former Tythe Barn, currently used for storage/garaging and as a games room/party barn.
There are covenants on the property. Please ask the selling agents for more information.
The owner currently rents a small area behind the Long Barn for additional parking.
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I cannot think of a better property for anyone looking to work from home, better still an artisan, with a ready-made studio enjoying beautiful views.James McKillop