LOCATION: Whitwell

BEDROOMS: Four

PRICE: £625,000

AGENT: HRD Country Homes

TEL: 01983 538090

Built in the 1800s as a hay barn, this charming property was originally converted in 1990 and further extended more recently to create a substantial family home.

Tucked away from the road in terrific gardens (we’re talking just under two acres) The Coach House, in Nettlecombe Lane, enjoys far-reaching views over south-facing rear gardens to the countryside beyond.

You really do feel as though you are in the heart of the country, where you can enjoy privacy and seclusion while dining out on the paved terrace or relaxing in the sunshine.

Alternatively, you can head through a pretty trellis arch, where steps lead down to the lawns with mature hedging and shrubs. A five-bar wooden gate leads from the lawn to a generous paddock, which accounts for approximately 1.2 acres.

To the side of The Coach House is an orchard with steps up to an attractive gravel area, perfect for relaxing with drinks and friends while you take in the stunning views of the grounds enjoyed from this elevated spot.

Inside, this home steps up to the mark, delivering bucket loads of original character, from vaulted and beamed ceilings, to stable doors and the hay store pulley still in situ.

The large kitchen/diner is fitted with pine-fronted wall and base units with granite worksurfaces over. To complement the country look, there is an oil-fired Aga for cooking, plus a gas hob and electric oven with extractor fan over. Appliances include an integral fridge.

From the kitchen you can access the spacious utility room and there is also a staircase to en-suite bedroom one, bedroom four and the family bathroom. Bedroom two — another en-suite room — is also upstairs, while bedroom three is located on the ground floor and is served by a shower room.

The downstairs garden room gives you a great area where you can sit and enjoy wonderful views over the land and there are French doors to the side.

The sitting room is another fabulous space to relax, with a stone corner fireplace, beams to the ceiling and painted exposed brick walls. There are double doors leading to the patio.