Mr Clarke thinks :
This characterful country home with dramatic features.
If you love a barn conversion and are looking for a characterful country home with dramatic features, exposed beams and a large beautiful garden - then I think we have just what you are looking for. Rookery Barn is a three bedroom property nestled in the gorgeous village of Rowington. The house has some incredibly cosy rustic spaces mixed with modern light-filled rooms and a garden that is straight from the pages of Homes & Gardens.
Drive past the local pub, over the canal and along a lane flanked by pretty houses and farmers' fields - you then come to a little turning on your left, sign posted Rookery Barn. Head down the drive and through the gates and then you hear a thud - it your jaw hitting the floor. Standing on the gravel drive your senses can hardly take in the beauty of the surroundings. There is a swing hanging from a tree and a decking area, a beautiful barn for parking the cars with storage above (Mr Clarke has grand aspirations for this) and a then the house itself - it oozes charm and you can barely contain yourself to get inside. Through the front door you find yourself in the kitchen with a seating area to your right, a dining space in front of you, the breakfast kitchen on your left and a gorgeous lounge beyond. The dramatic ceiling height and beams create a calming atmosphere and licence to decorate in a way that suits your style. This long room is cleverly split into zones and the stable door that leads in the courtyard garden provides the in-out lifestyle so many people crave. Whilst we are are talking gardens this one is very special.
When our photographer visited the property she said that out of the thousands of gardens she had photographed this was her favourite - high praise indeed. The garden is split into Courtyard and Lawn. The Courtyard is an oasis of calm - the water trickling down to the pond provides a gentle hum and the array of flowers, shrubs and trees shelter the seating areas. Steps take you up to a hidden space to hang your washing out and there is a shed for hiding unsightly garden tools. Through an archway you come to a vast lawned area that has been the arena for little football matches, the occasional game of croquet and a lot of pottering.
Mrs Clarke loves :
Set in over an acre there is a courtyard garden, lawns, large gated drive and a barn with storage above.
Back inside you find the main reception room at one end of the barn. This room is the show-stopper. It is a vast space with an open fireplace, lots of windows and more gorgeous beams. You can close the door to the kitchen and curl up with a movie or it would make the best room for a big family gathering. At the other end of the barn is the guest suite”, comprising of a bedroom and a wet room. It is ideal for visiting friends and family or perfect as a third permanent bedroom. The current owners have it set up as another sitting room because they dont need the bedroom and the French doors open up to another courtyard space making it a peaceful room to relax in.There are two further floors to explore and they dont disappoint. On the first floor is a large bedroom with built in wardrobes, space for a very large bed, windows to two sides and lots of charm. The main bathroom is next door and is more like a boutique spa than a normal bathroom.
On the second floor is another very large bedroom with wardrobes. Being on the top floor this room is so peaceful and would make a lovely and restful place to lay your head.
- Three words : Character. Warmth. Spacious.
Our favourite part
The garden is gorgeous.
A proper village. Two Pubs & Beautiful Countryside
Rowington is a great village tucked away in the beautifulWarwickshire countryside. But it’s certainly not remote. In fact we think it is better connected than most places in England. You could be jetting off to warmer climes from Birmingham airport, which is only 20 minutes away, zipping along to London from Lapworth Station or zooming down the M40 quicker than Mrs Clarke can say supper’s ready.
If it is Birmingham you are wanting to get to, then Lapworth station runs regular services to all Birmingham stations. The local school and nursery are crackers. There is a lovely village hall, tennis courts and miles and miles of lovely walks.
That’s the boring stuff done! Did I mention the pub? The Tom O The Wood is a Mr Clarke favourite. Charlie, the landlady is charming and Chris, the chef is a genius - his steak and kidney pudding is a thing of beauty. Boris the pub dog will meet you at the door and show you to your table for Pie Night on a Thursday and Fish & Chip Friday.
Everyone is friendly around here. "It is a proper village" said one particularly well dressed local gent at the pub. How very country!
Pull on your wellies and enjoy the countryside.
- Closest village/town: Lapworth, Shrewley & Lowsonford
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: DJ at Lapworth store is a top chap
- Supermarket: Waitrose in Kenilworth or Sainsburys, Warwick
- Pubs: Tom O' The Wood (Great ale and Pie Night is a must)
- Walks: Miles and miles of canals and footpaths.
- Mrs Clarke loves -- The location is idyllic and the house is straight out of House & Gardens magazine
- Mr Clarke thinks -- The outbuildings are an interesting opportunity