Even those a little squeamish could live with the odd creepy crawly here. Because this seven-bed rural retreat in Compton Scorpion, near Shipston-on-Stour, has what most would die for.
Nestled in the Cotswold Hills with outstanding views in all directions, Southfields Farm is believed to date from the late 17th century. It is listed as being of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
For many years in the ownership of the church, a tithe barn is now incorporated into the accommodation to provide a whopping 11,000 square feet of living space. Built of Cotswold stone under a stone slate roof, the property is on the open market for only the third time in its history.
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However, there’s a sting in the tail. This gorgeous estate entered the market this week, but without a guide price.
So it’s Price on Application (POA) if you’re seriously tempted. And if you are seriously tempted there’s probably not too many hurdles where cold hard cash is concerned.
Let’s just say six figures is barely even the starting point. Rightmove certainly seem enamored.
“Approached from the reception hall, the tithe barn has been superbly converted, dominated by an exceptional, full height living space and beautifully fitted with a lovely kitchen dining area and family space; further enhanced by the sitting room at one end, which can be closed off by a glazed screen or brought into the large living space as desired,” it says on the site’s listing.
The living room is large and open plan with a log burner at one end and an ‘imposing surround’. A concealed entrance behind the stone fireplace and chimney leads to a stair hall to ‘ground floor’ bedroom seven with en-suite shower room.
The staircase rises to bedroom six, which is en-suite and leads to a gallery overlooking the kitchen/family room. “A back hall glazed onto the courtyard leads to the cinema room with a spiral staircase to a mezzanine games room above and access to a large storage loft,” Rightmove say.
“Former garages have been converted to a large gym with cloakroom. Planning consent has been obtained and works commenced to knock through the garage block and link to dutch barn. The current owners plan to move the gym out of the garage into the dutch barn however any new owners will have the option to proceed or to install an indoor swimming pool as per the plans.”
A double storey glazed link connects the tithe barn to the 17th century farmhouse and offers additional access to the principal bedroom suite boasting a luxurious bathroom with free standing bath and walk in shower and a dressing room. “The ground floor accommodation is cozy and works well as a contrast to the space in the barn,” Rightmove’s description continues.
“With a study, hall with staircase library / sitting room leading to a lounge and on to a bright garden room / home office with windows and double doors opening onto the vegetable garden courtyard. First-floor bedrooms have en-suite shower rooms and built in wardrobes.
“Bedroom three also has a dressing room. To the second floor are two further double bedrooms with a sixth bathroom.”
The grounds? Well, they’re another thing entirely – safe to say you could probably find a different dog walk for every day of the year.