An imaginatively converted south facing barn set in an outstanding rural location surrounded by the Fonthill Estate.
The property has been beautifully and tastefully converted from a former agricultural building that once belonged to the Fonthill Estate. Comprising stone elevations with brick dressings and a clay tile roof, Pound Barn is largely south facing. The current owner has extended and restored it with great care and attention to detail, and it is now a supremely stylish, elegant country home, with impressive, mature gardens and a charming terrace.
Internally the house is wonderfully light and spacious, offering excellent entertaining space. The entrance hall is floored with Afghan slate flagstone (finished in Morocco and Italy), stripped doors and staircase. With matching floor, the large open plan does the main drawing room with its vaulted ceiling, wonderful large stone fire surround (made by a local artisan) harbouring a large wood-burning stove. There are also French windows leading to the brick-paved terrace and into the mature elegant garden. At the furthest end of the drawing room is a small study with an en-suite shower room. Stairs lead off the drawing room to bedrooms four and five above.
Off the hall is also an impressive morning room / snug, south facing, also vaulted, with wall to wall bookcases and another stunning mantelpiece with a regency register grate. There is also the very practical and useful utility room, the engine room of the house. Down a couple of steps off the hall, the kitchen has an electric 4 oven Aga, with matching integrated electric 2 oven Module with a gas hob. Bottled gas (just for the hob) is supplied by a pipe from outside. A larder of ample dimensions provides great storage for the main fridge and freezers. There is a large island which also houses the dishwasher and a smaller fridge. The island also incorporates a double stainless steel sink with Franke electric waste disposal unit. French windows feature in the breakfast / living room, again opening onto the south facing paved patio where there is ample space for alfresco dining.
Upstairs, the master bedroom is a light, spacious room with an en-suite bathroom, dressing area and views over the garden. Two further bedrooms are off the galleried landing, and a family bathroom in between. Bedrooms four and five with an en-suite bathroom are approached through the drawing room and are independent, perfect for guests or young families. All services were new in 2013 / 14 and there is underfloor heating in nearly all of the ground floor. The property is substantially double-grazed.
Pound Barn is approached from the lane over a gravelled drive flanked by pleached Limes. The gardens provide a fabulous setting for the property and are largely south facing. They are extremely well stocked with a range of distinctive shrubs and trees.
Adjoining the south façade is a paved patio (adjacent to the breakfast / living room) and a raised brick terrace (adjacent to the drawing room and study), each with seating area flanked by formal gardens and herbaceous borders with brick edged paths.
Opposite is an Arbour with climbing honeysuckle. This area includes some magnificent topiary of Yew, Privet, Weeping Pear, Bay and Magnolia, Cotoneaster and Berberis. Beyond are a series of mature hedges and an orchard with a variety of fruit trees. The north west corner of the garden is nicely sheltered by a mature stand of beech trees. To the rear of the drawing room is a secluded parterre garden, with gravelled paths, clipped privet hedges and a central Olive tree. Beside (to the east of the main building and the study) is a potting shed.
A variety of other specimen trees include Corkskrew Hazel, Catalpa, Tulip, Walnut, Evergreen Oak and London Plane. A French ironwork Rose and Vine Arbour stands to the east of the garden. The gardens are exceptionally private, but have superb vistas from various seating positions over some of the best countryside locally.
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Exceptional property in a truly idyllic position and locationPatrick Brady