This Darling Converted Barn in an English Village Seeks £980K

This Darling Converted Barn in an English Village Seeks £980K

By Kathryn M.
Located in a town of 300, Scythe Barn is nothing short of picturesque with stacked stone walls and its own glass greenhouse.

The tiny English village of Toller Porcorum in the West Dorset countryside, a couple of hours southwest of London, boasts some 160 households. For those seeking a pastoral outpost, this would be the place with its rolling hills and the newly listed Scythe Barn—a converted barn that mixes bespoke features with historic details such as original stone walls and soaring, timber ceilings.

Just a few hours outside of London, the English village of Toller Porcorum swaps city streets for rolling hills and grassland. The Scythe Barn is a converted residence offering views of Marshwood Vale and out toward Lyme Bay.

Once used to house harvested crops for a neighboring farm, the residence now offers four bedrooms and approximately 2,500 square feet of living space. The oldest parts of the home predate 1766, including a voluminous central room that once formed the original barn. It’s now a light-filled dining and sitting area bounded by a double-height stone chimney and floor-to-ceiling glazed doors.

The home welcomes visitors into a double-height entry hall. The bright space makes use of the original barn structure with a spacious, open floor plan and cozy spaces built into alcoves.

A large kitchen and family room branch off either side of the central space, forming a cozy but spacious interior along the main floor. Also on this level is a small office and one of the home’s bedrooms with an ensuite bathroom. Upstairs, a large loft provides a viewing platform and reading space from which the home’s remaining three bedrooms branch off.

The full-height chimney stack creates a natural division between the dining and living room to the right. A wall of windows caps one end of the space, warming it with natural light and providing picturesque views of the landscape.

The structure itself is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a national designation given to protected conservation land in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Within the property’s own two-and-a-half acres, the current owners spent the last decade restoring a tiered wild meadow and preserving rare native trees such as a weeping Wentworth Ash tree—one of only nine in the UK. A timber-framed greenhouse, raised vegetable beds, and interlinked gardens round out the exterior offerings. Keep scrolling to see more of this rural estate, currently listed for £980,000. 

A look at the kitchen, which offers a large range and an abundance of storage. Beamed ceilings, along with stone floors and walls, retain an authentic look within the space.

The kitchen also features a large Aga and water provided from the local spring. Wooden counters wrap around the cabinetry, capped on one end by a rounded peninsula. 

On the opposite side of the entry hall is the living room. A double fronted log burner sits within the stone chimney at the center of the space.

A central feature of the space are the stacked stone walls, which line all three sides of the room and feature original inscriptions from local workers.

Upstairs, a cozy reading area is nestled within an alcove in the loft space.

A look at the master bedroom, which is brightened by two skylights.

Another skylight can be found in the master bathroom. The cozy space features a soaking tub and custom cabinetry built into the eaves.

A look at the downstairs bedroom located just off the kitchen.

The landscaped property features several lush gardens and paved dining areas. Hidden behind mature beech hedging, this outdoor area offers a sheltered loggia for al-fresco dining. 

A timber-framed greenhouse completes this unique property.

The Scythe Barn in Toller Porcorum, Dorset, England, is currently listed for £980,000 (~1.26M) by The Modern House.

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