The Great Barn occupies an enviable position in the heart of the village of Biddestone.
The picturesque Saxon village of Biddestone is in a Conservation Area and is a wonderful example of a southern Cotswold village, complete with a village green and duck pond at its centre.
Biddestone has a popular public house, The White Horse. There is also a very active village hall, cricket club, sports ground, tennis club and church.
The property is well placed for access to Bath, Bristol, Chippenham and Swindon.
Nearby schools include By Brook Valley Primary state school (Ofsted rating 'Outstanding'), Heywood Prep independent school, Stonar, St Marys Calne, Westonbirt and Marlborough College along with Bath schools including King Edwards, Prior Park College, Monkton Combe, Royal High and Kingswood and two universities in Bath.
Sporting opportunities include golf at Castle Combe, Chippenham, Bath and Bradford on Avon and horse racing at Bath. Further amenities are available at Corsham (approx. 2 miles) and Chippenham (approx. 5 miles) and Bath (approx. 11 miles).
A mainline rail link operates from Chippenham to London Paddington (journey time from 65 mins), to Bath (from 10 mins) and Bristol (from 24 mins). Junction 17 of the M4 at Chippenham is within approximately 7 miles of the property.
The Great Barn forms part of the historic farmstead of Mountjoy Farm and dates principally from the 19th century, with early origins dating to the 18th century. It presents a unique opportunity to create an unconstrained, generous and light-filled property in the heart of the highly desirable Cotswold village of Biddestone.
The present owners have very recently received full planning and listed building consent to create this unique home, following extensive work with a Bath-based architecture practice, and this project is now fully ready to commence.
The Great Barn is constructed of traditional solid rubblestone masonry walls with lime mortar, and has a continental appearance. The new, high quality design will transform the space, combining the historic stonework with contemporary new additions in metal and timber.
Of particular note will be the vaulted, double-height kitchen / living space, opening through to a fully glazed dining room that will be immersed in the courtyard garden. The design allows an easy circulation and flow between rooms and places great emphasis on creating a diverse range of room shapes and sizes, from cosy areas in which to relax, to generous entertaining spaces.
The flexible accommodation will adapt to a range of different lifestyles. The annexe is suitable for a range of uses - a home office, ancillary accommodation for a relative, a studio/workshop or a holiday let.
The Great Barn is detached and sits in the heart of the village adjacent to Mountjoy Farmhouse. It benefits from what will become a very private, landscape-designed, south-facing courtyard garden, over which almost all of the living accommodation will enjoy views. This in turn links through to a second lawned garden, planted with fruit trees. There is a shared driveway and parking area, including two covered spaces in a car parking barn, two uncovered spaces and storage rooms.