High Barn has been converted from a barn and two cottages and extended to create an impressive family home retaining a wealth of original features including beams, exposed stonework, and high ceilings whilst offering contemporary modern living.
The house is entered through a timber front door into an impressive entrance hallway within a large glazed frontage flooding the area with light. An oak staircase, with understairs storage, provides access to the first floor accommodation. The hallway has a wonderful parquet floor and high vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and stonework. Doors lead through to the dining room, living room, and a cloakroom. The cloakroom has fully tiled walls and floor and comprises of a white suite of a pedestal sink and WC. The dining room is well proportioned and is dual aspect with French doors leading out to a patio area and the garden. The side window features a window seat and doors off leads to a further reception room, the utility and one glazed door to the cloister link corridor. Flooring consists of beautiful French limestone tiles. The second reception room features two windows to the garden and alcove features on the rear wall. Half glazed double doors lead through to the lounge and the real focal point of this room is the wood burning stove set within a Bath stone fireplace. The room is dual aspect, one with a window seat. Off this room is a cosy snug area currently used as a library/reading area; oak columns delineate it from the main room. Back to the dining room the second timber door leads through to a utility room where the French limestone flooring continues. A spiral staircase accesses a mezzanine level overlooking the kitchen and is currently used as a study, but could be used for a variety of functions. In the utility are cabinets with a worktop matching the kitchen, a Belfast sink, integral freezer and space for a washer and dryer. Two large cupboards house the sizable hot water tank and oil fired boiler. Steps up to a part glazed timber door leads to the kitchen/breakfast room.
The substantial kitchen/breakfast room is a stunning space occupying one single storey wing off the main barn. With its vaulted ceiling, exposed beams, French limestone flooring and bespoke units the kitchen is a fantastic place to entertain as well as cook. There is an extensive range of bespoke soft grey painted solid wood wall and floor cabinets with a light coloured granite worktops and up stands. The wall units feature LED down lighters. A large central island unit, also finished with granite worktop, provides additional storage, worktop space and breakfast bar. The inset double sink features an instant boiled water tap. There is an impressive six oven dual fuel Aga, which can be used all year round and an integral dishwasher. The kitchen also features a walk in pantry with slate shelving for keeping produce cool. Southerly facing windows, rooflights and a set of fully glazed double doors ensures the room is bright and airy with easy access to the vegetable garden and terrace.
In the main wing of the house are located three double bedrooms, two with en suites and the third served by its own bathroom. The master bedroom suite is a luxurious sanctuary with its wooden floor, separate dressing room with floor to ceiling wardrobes, en suite bathroom with freestanding bath, large walk in shower, tear drop shaped sink set on a vanity unit, WC and bidet, the latter two being screened by a bespoke obscure glazed screen. Two large recessed cabinets with mirrored frontages and internal lights together with a further mirrored cabinet provides ample storage space. The room is finished with the same flooring as the bedroom. Along the landing a dormer window provides an ideal area to sit and read a book quietly whilst enjoying the scenery. The second bedroom has fitted wardrobes and is served by a separate bathroom. The bathroom is fully tiled and comprises of a bath, shower cubicle, sink set within a vanity unit and WC. An arch leads to an airing cupboard and storage area. Bedroom three is dual aspect with an en suite comprises of a shower cubicle, pedestal sink and WC, also with storage off via an arch opening. Further accommodation is accessed via the stunning cloister addition to the property linking the three elements of the house. It features stone pillars, glazing throughout, limestone flooring and runs along three sides of a beautifully landscaped courtyard garden. Doors on all sides provides access to the various parts of the garden and to a boot room with a sink, useful for muddy boots and paws.
The east wing provides additional accommodation, ideal for house guests or teenagers. There is a large lounge with wood burner within a stone fire place, built-in bookcases and a large window overlooking the garden, which is accessed via an external door. Upstairs are two double bedrooms, the first is dual aspect, with built in double wardrobe and an attached shower room comprises a white suite of walk in shower, pedestal sink and low level WC. The second bedroom is the larger of the two and has an impressive, fully tiled en suite bathroom with a bath, pedestal sink and low level W.C. Both bedrooms have views of the valley to the south. From the entrance hallway to this additional accommodation is a corridor where there is found a large shower /changing room, cupboard and cloakroom comprising a low level WC and corner sink in white. A door at the end of this corridor provides access to the stunning indoor heated swimming pool. The glazed south and side elevations, plus electronic rooflights ensures the pool area is flooded with natural light and double doors provide access to the veranda, garden and timber decking terrace with a hot tub. So in the summer months it feels like an outdoor pool. The pool measures approximately 10m by 5m and the room is served by a dehumidifier unit. There are two large storage cupboards off the pool room for the storage of equipment and the boiler room.
Within the west wing is a large and impressive room used as a gym, featuring wooden flooring and fully glazed frontage overlooking the courtyard. The room is vaulted with exposed beams and the apex is glazed to ensure the room is well lit. A wood burner provides additional heating and a focal point, making this room a very versatile space. Throughout the property are new, locally made hardwood double glazed windows and all bedrooms have telephone points and connected to the internal telephone system.
The Grounds and Gardens
The property is approached via a long private drive flanked on either side by fields and hedges. The drive is tarmacked and becomes gravelled at the right turn through the electronic double entry gates. The drive continues past a stable block within a yard and paddock until a left turn and the property, with a generous parking area, sits straight ahead along the tree lined drive. Stone steps lead up to a lavender bordered terrace located at the end of the kitchen wing. A newly constructed Cotswold stone wall and planted raised border flanks the far side. This is an ideal area for al fresco dining with easy access to the kitchen. A circular stone opening within the wall leads to the kitchen garden and a bespoke wooden greenhouse. Also located in this area is a timber outbuilding, containing a workshop with wine cellar, potting shed, store and an oil tank storage. To the side of the terrace and outbuilding the gravel drive continues to a double garage and large parking area able to easily accommodate a horse box. To the left is an all-weather tennis court, fully enclosed with fencing and screened by a high Leylandii and beech hedge. Beyond the parking area is a grassed area with a selection of fruit trees and a large chicken coop. A path to the right leads to the equestrian facilities comprising a hay barn and a four bay stable block with feed and tack rooms. The concreted yard serving the stables is completely fenced and accessed via a five bar field gate. Further gates provide access to the paddock behind. Continuing along the path, past another chicken coop, leads to a timber decked area with commanding views of the valley from this hilltop location. Steps lead down to the decking with the hot tub at the side of the pool room. From here the veranda and formal garden can be accessed. The garden is mainly laid to lawn with a circular rose and lavender feature. The garden enjoys a selection of mature trees and shrubs, with stone steps within a border leads to a further lower lawn beyond which the land slopes away to the valley floor. The courtyard garden is geometrically laid out with a Koi Carp pond at its centre surround by gravel with large elegant terracotta pots with ornamental trees. A grape vine adorns the columns and rail of the open side of the courtyard, beyond which is a landscaped embankment with Leylandii hedging screening the stable block. From the boot room there is a small enclosed yard and garden, perfect for securing dogs. Also off this garden is access to an outside WC.
High Barn sits perfectly within its plot of circa 14 acres. All the fields are fully fenced and have access to fresh water, some have field shelters.
Horsley is a small village with a strong community situated a mile outside the popular market town of Nailsworth. The recently reopened and refurbished pub, The Hog, lies in the centre of the village, priding itself on its friendly atmosphere and locally sourced menu. There is also a community shop, village hall and church. Horsley has a Church of England primary school and there are two grammar schools in Stroud as well as nearby comprehensives. Private schools include Wycliffe, Westonbirt and Beaudesert Park which are also within easy reach.
The nearby market towns of Nailsworth, Wotton-under-Edge, Dursley and Tetbury provide for everyday needs and the regional centres of Bristol, Cheltenham and Cirencester are within easy daily commuting distance.