AN IMPRESSIVE CONVERTED BARN SITUATED ON THE BANKS OF THE UPPER WYLYE RIVER WITH BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPED GARDENS. Quote Ref PMC KW Agent Marc Cottrell
This extremely attractive four bedroom property is situated on the banks of the Upper Wylye River in a secluded position at the end of a no through lane which affords the owners a perfect sanctuary of peace and tranquillity set within lush gardens full of mature flowers and plants.
This charming riverside home sits comfortably within a generous level plot and boasts attractive and well-presented accommodation over two floors with the ground floor comprising a welcoming entrance hall which leads through to a drawing room with glass doors opening out on to a large sun terrace, directly overlooking the river.
The drawing room gives access to a dining room with further access to the triple aspect kitchen / breakfast room designed to take in the views of the garden and down the river. A stable door connects the kitchen to the large courtyard. A third entry point to the front of the property is accessed via a useful utility space / boot room leading off the dining room. The ground floor accommodation is finished with a pretty garden bedroom with access out to the riverside terrace and an extremely well-appointed bathroom.
From the drawing room stairs ascend to the first-floor accommodation which boasts three further large bedrooms (one of which is currently used as a study). All of these enjoy plenty of natural light from well-positioned windows that offer views over the impressive rear gardens.
Across the courtyard from the main house is a most impressive converted triple garage with loft space above, currently used as a study / library /studio, which adjoins a variety of outbuildings. This fantastic amenity, having its own power, water and central heating, lends itself to a multitude of uses, including additional living space for a dependent relative, music studio or live / work offices, subject to obtaining the necessary consents.
Mill Barn's gardens, totaling approximately 0.7 acre, form an island' bordered by the River Wylye trout stream, to which the owners have riparian rights, including fishing. They have been carefully designed and well-kept by the present owners and have been opened to the public. They follow the principles of William Morris, bringing indigenous plants into the design and keeping one riverbank semi-wild to encourage local wildlife, like water-voles and otters. There is also an abundance of interesting birdlife, such as egrets, owls, goldfinches and kingfishers. It is not unusual to see swans gliding past the house, wonderful in the summer especially when dining on the terrace overlooking the river! A smaller stream to the rear of the garden serves as an additional wildlife haven for ducks and moorhens.
Special attention has been given to the planting. The mature willow and beech trees lend a woodland' feel to parts of the garden, and there are several mature shrubs, as well as a stumpery' and various seating areas.
Mixed herbaceous borders run alongside part of the riverbanks, with roses, lavender, and a wide assortment of riverside plants providing architectural interest and colour all year round. Care has been taken to incorporate indigenous planting alongside cultivars.
WITHIN EASY REACH
The nearby market town of Warminster has three supermarkets: (Waitrose, Lidl, and Morrisons.) There is also a market of local produce every Friday.
The Athenaeum Theatre puts on both professional and amateur shows, (and there is a flourishing amateur theatre company in Codford, 8 miles from Bishopstrow.) There is racing in Bath and Salisbury; clay pigeon shooting a few miles away. There is riding and trekking in Wellow and sailing and fishing on the nearby Shearwater Lake. Warminster has a golf club, a leisure centre, and private gyms, a cottage hospital, doctors' surgery and a variety of shops.
The lively village of Bishopstrow, (pop. 80) is within easy walking distance. In best-kept village competitions, it either wins or is commended. It presents a fête or a showing of gardens in alternate summers, has a lively Christmas party every year, and has a thriving cricket team.
There are film shows, talks and classes in the village hall. Mill Barn is within walking distance from the award-winning Bishopstrow House Hotel, Mulberry Restaurant, and Spa, and Babington House is less than half an hour's drive away. There are also many popular country pubs in the neighbouring villages down the beautiful Wylye Valley and the environs, and further award-winning restaurants in Bath and Salisbury.
The area is an excellent cultural hub, theatre Royal (Bath), Salisbury Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic. Nearby Bradford on Avon, one of the most beautiful small towns in England, is home to the Wiltshire Music Centre, an international concert venue, and regularly mounts a number of events in its fourteenth century Tithe Barn.
Messums, the internationally known art gallery in the Tisbury Tithe Barn, is 16 miles away, and the famous Hawser and Wirth art gallery in Bruton is a half an hour's drive away. Locally, the area forms part of the biannual Wylye Valley Art Trail, with over a hundred professional and amateur visual artists regularly exhibiting paintings, sculpture and craftwork in various venues throughout the Trail.
The area is well situated for places of interest. Longleat and Centre Parcs are approximately 3 miles away, and within half an hour's drive are several distinguished National Trust houses, including Stourhead, Mompesson House, Lacock Abbey with the Fox Talbot museum of photography.
The area is historically significant and has been settled since Neolithic times. Both Stonehenge and Avebury are within easy driving distance. The Westbury White Horse, scene of the battle of Ethandune, can be reached from Mill Barn by a scenic walk on the edge of the Bishopstrow Downs.
There is historical and archaeological evidence that there has been a Mill on this part of the River Wylye since Roman times.
There are a number of good independent and maintained schools in the area, such as the Warminster School, Dauntsey's, Godolphin, Bishop Wordsworth's, the Royal School and King Edward's in Bath, and South Wilts Grammar.
Mill Barn also has the benefit of excellent transport links, being a mile from a major trunk road, A36, and a few miles from the A303, main road from London to the West Country (approx. 2 hours), and the M3 smart motorway. Bishopstrow village is equidistant from Bath and Salisbury (18 miles, Bath 20). Both cities can be reached by train. (Salisbury in twenty minutes; Bath in half an hour) Bristol is about an hour's drive and can also be reached by rail from Warminster. Mill Lane is just outside the market town of Warminster, two miles from Warminster station. London is within easy reach of Warminster (2 hours) from which some people commute.
COUNCIL TAX BAND: G
EPC RATING E (42)
SERVICES: Mains electricity & water. Private LPG gas & drainage.
The Keller Williams Agent handling the sale of the property is Marc Cottrell in the Prime Market Centre.