Dating back just over 100 years, this fascinating character property was originally a pair of semi-detached cottages, once owned by the Hall & Woodhouse Brewery. It has been refurbished, restored and updated since 2004, and is presented in truly excellent decorative condition throughout.
Bowers Barn is set between the picturesque Dorset towns of Blandford Forum and Shaftesbury, on the fringe of Iwerne Minster village, which has a population of about 1000 and is the home of the renowned Clayesmore School (housed in the former estate manor house,) the Talbot Hotel, a popular post office/stores and the parish church of St Mary. Mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, Iwerne Minster is steeped in history.
The wider area is well served by state and public schools including Bryanston, Sandroyd and Port Regis. The A350 and C13 are nearby, providing easy access to the nearest towns. There are railway stations at Gillingham and Salisbury, and the coastal resorts of Poole and Bournemouth are within 40 minutes’ drive.
Bowers Barn is traditionally built, with a brick and flint plinth, mainly coloured rendered elevations, 3 small hipped dormers, 2 front porches and a roof of small plain clay tiles (with 3 high brick chimney stacks.) The house has been decorated to a particularly high standard, with great attention to detail, and fitted with quality hardwood double glazed windows. It is connected to mains electricity and water and has septic tank drainage. No gas supply is available.
The well proportioned accommodation includes 6 separate reception areas and a magnificent hand-painted, framed kitchen which leads into a vaulted garden room. There are 2 luxury bathrooms and 2 cloakrooms.
Outside, there is a superb, 51ft long detached barn and parking for up to 10 vehicles, and the gardens are an outstanding feature.
An open-fronted entrance porch leads to an impressive reception/dining hall with an open fireplace and wood burner, and wide pine floorboards.
The dual aspect drawing room has a limestone open fireplace within an alcove, and wide pine floorboards. A walkway leads to the sitting room which has a limestone fireplace and enjoys views over the front and rear gardens.
A door leads into a suite of 3 rooms including a music room (with a wrought iron Victorian fireplace and a door to the front garden,) a study, an office and a cloakroom. Agents’ Note: This suite of rooms could provide an annexe or offices.
An outstanding feature of the ground floor is the impressive, Travertine tiled kitchen/garden room. The vaulted garden room, which has a pair of doors to a private terrace, was re-built in 2007.
The kitchen area has an excellent range of work surfaces, a comprehensive range of cupboards and drawers (with cup handles,) and an oil-fired Aga set in a tiled recess with a mantel above. A central island has a polished granite work surface and cupboards, drawers and open shelving beneath. A rear vestibule leads to a laundry room, a cloakroom and a boiler room.
Stairs from the reception/dining hall lead to a long landing. The master bedroom has a fireplace and a comprehensive range of wardrobes. The adjacent bath/shower room is beautifully appointed with a free-standing double- ended bath tub and a large double shower. There are 3 further double bedrooms and a well appointed shower room.
Bowers Barn is approached from Tower Hill via a long and winding gravelled driveway, enclosed by hedges and grass, which opens up into a large, gravelled courtyard providing parking for numerous vehicles.
There is an impressive, 51ft long barn built on a brick plinth with timber and shiplap boarding, a steep, plain tiled, pitched roof, a concrete floor, double entrance gates and 2 looseboxes. There is potential, subject to planning consent, to use the barn for holiday lets, garaging, offices or as a studio.
The main garden to the house lies to the south east, offering complete privacy, being screened by a beech hedge. There is a wide variety of shrubs including rhododendrons, and trees including copper beech, cedar and pine trees. At the front of the house there is a wide expanse of lawn with a central brick pathway. There is parking for up to 10 vehicles. Behind the house there is a small terrace with box hedges.
From the driveway, a clematis arch and a gate lead to a secret garden area which is laid to lawn, with well stocked borders including roses, ferns and a wealth of spring and summer plants.
Behind the barn, a second gate leads into a woodland area planted with ferns, with shingle pathways. This area is an ideal picnic/sitting area, shaded by several large oak trees.
DIRECTIONS: Leave Blandford Forum on the C13 (Higher Shaftesbury Road.) Proceed past the right hand turnings to Pimperne and Tarrant Gunville, and take the next turning left towards Iwerne Minster. Shortly after entering Tower Hill, the driveway to Bowers Barn can be found on the right hand side.
EPC Rating: Band F.