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Barn conversion with a ‘Nordic’ feel
Published 06/05/14

THE owner of a barn conversion in Ewelme has described it as being “like a blanket that wraps round you and keeps you safe and warm”.

The Carthouse is a former agricultural cart shed that was professionally and skilfully converted some 16 years ago to create a wonderful light and spacious detached five-bedroom family home.

Suzanne James has lived there for four years having moved there from Marlow, seduced by the beautiful property and its wonderful location.

Now she is looking to move back to her roots and is reluctantly putting her home on the market.

“It is an unusual barn conversion in that it has a really warm, Scandinavian feel. Quite often barn conversions can feel like very large open spaces but this one has all the proportions and character but still feels really cosy.”

The brick-and-flint property is one of the oldest buildings in the village, and was converted by its architect owner with great attention to detail.

The accommodation comprises a reception area with exposed brickwork and built-in storage cupboards, open plan to the drawing room and dining area with a magnificent vaulted and beamed ceiling, modern inglenook-style fireplace with a Scan wood stove, full-width glazing to the front, two open galleries/mezzanine levels at either end of the room and doors leading to the guest bedroom and study.

Rather than being of dark wood, the exposed beams are light, continuing the Scandinavian feel and the large windows allow plenty of natural light to flood in.

And while the living areas are largely open plan, Suzanne has planned the space so each area has its own identity, creating comfortable little nooks in which to relax.

The guest bedroom has a built-in wardrobe and ensuite shower room. The study has access to one of the mezzanine levels which has a vaulted ceiling and overlooks the drawing room while the second mezzanine level is accessed from the drawing room and has a vaulted ceiling with a door leading to a storage/boiler room.

The kitchen/breakfast room has a range of units with a double stainless steel sink, fresh water tap, four ring Bosch ceramic hob with extractor hood above, Miele microwave, Bosch oven, beamed ceiling and a door leading to the rear garden.

The utility room has space and plumbing for a washing machine and dryer, small Butler-style sink, water softener and a door leading to the rear garden.

The master bedroom suite features a dual aspect sitting/study area with a door leading to the rear garden and coved walkway to the double garage, vaulted ceiling, stairs leading up to the bedroom area with three Velux windows to the rear, vaulted and beamed ceiling, exposed brick-and-flint wall and a concealed walk-in storage and wardrobe area, ensuite bathroom with bath and shower over.

There are three further bedrooms all of which have galleries with individual staircases and eaves storage. One of the main features of the property is the mezzanine levels which create extra living space or provide vast amounts of storage space.

To the front of the property there is a wide driveway providing ample off-road parking, a double garage and a workshop area. To the rear of the property there is a brick and glass greenhouse and beautifully landscaped gardens with banks of mature shrubs and flowers, two plum trees, a cherry tree and two apple trees. The centre of the garden has an attractive terrace with a raised pond. While the barn conversion has plenty of character and charm it benefits from a central vacuum system, underfloor heating and is wired for an integrated speaker system.

Suzanne added: “It has been a magical place to live and I will be very sad to leave but I am moving into an exciting new chapter in my life. It is a lovely village and there is always something going on, while the neighbours are lovely. There is so much potential to make a wonderful family home here — I hope the new owners will be as happy as I have been.”

The property is available through Ballards for a guide price of £1.2 million.

Published 06/05/14

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