When it comes to picture postcard rural Devon life, it doesn't get better than Lower Norton Farm. When it comes to barn conversions, Pound Barn breaks the mould. This former 18th Century milking parlour has been brilliantly yet sympathetically converted to create a light bright spacious family home, whilst remaining true to it's form and context. Refreshingly decorated in a coastal palette, fresh greens, bright whites and warm greys cleverly combine to connect this property with it's rural countryside roots with a nod to the proximity of the river.
A glazed twist on the traditional stable door allows light to flood into the generous hallway that welcomes you home. The fantastic green oak staircase that draws the eye up to the traditional exposed beam ceiling lets you know that you have stepped into somewhere special. A very pretty utility/mud room is well located off the hall as well as a handy shower room.
Wander through to the ample kitchen diner. A stunning take on the traditional farmhouse kitchen, the honey hued green oak timber floor compliments the bespoke timber shaker units painted in F&B Cooking Apple Green topped with silestone worktops. These fit in perfectly with the newly installed Everhot range cooker which all combine to create a wonderfully fresh and vibrant open plan sociable space, with access to the outdoor patio. Despite it's own charm and character, the showpiece in this room is the huge south facing timber framed picture window allowing light to flood into this space and giving striking views of the patio, terrace and garden beyond.
If it's wow factor you are after, then the living room at Pound Barn certainly fits the bill. Situated on the first floor it takes full advantage of the beautiful vaulted ceiling. The current owners have installed top of the range Velux windows to maximize light and countryside views. Fusing them with the whitewashed original oak beams gives this space a dynamic edge whilst retaining the characterful charm of the barn.
Stroll through the double oak framed French doors and enjoy a G&T on the intimate stone-built terrace. With great views leading organically to the ground floor terrace and so to the kitchen makes the whole of the west wing of this house an amazingly sociable space.
Across the luminous hallway, the master bedroom is a vision of rustic romance. The airy vaulted ceiling and the full length windows with greenery draped stone wall views are reminiscent of Tuscan delights.
The rest of the three bedrooms in the barn are equally as characterful and individual. Two are situated on the ground floor, Bedroom two has fantastic garden views and has maximised available light by using a sunpipe.
The other ground floor bedroom, currently being used as an office, has triple french doors opening on to the front of the property.
The quirky fourth bedroom, situated on the first floor has great valley views.
Pound Barn provides a beautiful family bathroom, a generous master ensuite and a ground floor shower room. All fresh and bright havens for relaxation.
The beauty of this barn is extended into the garden, local stone is highlighted by the flagged terrace. A large vine-draped pergola provides welcome shade from day-long sun in this south facing spot. Designed to boost the natural light in the barn the stepped terraces also provide an abundance of colour and fragrance.
Beauty aside, the garden also has great potential for ancillary accommodation. The sizable garden workshop has electric and water and could be utilized as an annexe or garden office. There is ample space for numerous shepherd's huts or yurts both mid garden and at the top. There is huge potential for retreat-style ventures.
Beyond the terrace, there is no designated path to follow, wander at will to discover every delight nature has to offer – babbling streams, fresh water ponds, abundant orchards, meadows, tree groves and woodland. The current owner is a celebrated, award winning landscape gardener and she has pulled out all the stops for the grounds at Pound Barn. There have been extensive works – clearance of trees and spoil to allow more light in to the garden, new banks created, wildlife stream reinstated, earth sculpted and flat feature (croquet) lawn installed. The new guardians of this garden will benefit from the thousands of bulbs planted to include snowdrops primroses narcissi and cowslips.The floor will be awash with colour from the newly planted borders - roses, penstemon, iris and lavender. The 2.5 acre plot has been carefully and creatively designed to consider colour, fragrance, nature, movement and maintenance.
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