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