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Just moments from upmarket Dorridge, this gorgeous barn conversion with five double bedrooms and five bathrooms is set amongst two acres of stunning grounds and includes its own tennis court, stabling and paddock. It’s a home dreams are made of.
Located behind a smart, gated entrance in leafy Windmill Lane, the driveway sweeps up through the generous grounds where there’s more than ample parking for the busiest of households, and the swankiest of parties.
Windmill Farm is perfectly designed for family living as well as mixing business with pleasure. Step across the threshold through the lofty barn doors and you’ll find nearly 5,000 sq. ft of floor space, where the flexibility in layout lends itself particularly well to a wide range of scenarios, no matter what you had in mind.
There’s a beautiful flow throughout the home from one space to another, juxtaposing original features with contemporary flair. Restored with love, you’ll find incredible vaulted ceilings, breathtaking beams, log burners and stripped wooden floors. In the dramatic hallway, a double height, arched window fills the space with natural daylight, and provides a picture-perfect view of the rear garden beyond.
When it comes to reception rooms, you’re spoilt for choice. The capacious lounge features a lovely warming log burner, making the space as cosy by night as it is airy by day. Light floods in through three large windows, which frame the vegetable garden outside. The décor throughout has been curated with relaxation in mind, featuring calming, muted tones, which complement the barn’s origins.
5 o’clock somewhere? Head to the classy cocktail snug for extra-dirty martinis and good times with friends. Or hunker down here in front of the log burner on the chilliest of evenings, hot cocoa in hand. And, if you fancy a handcrafted ale, the charming Railway Inn is just at the end of the lane.
The open plan kitchen will satiate even the keenest of chefs. There’s a host of top-notch integrated appliances, swathes of contrasting worktops, and a clotted cream Aga at its heart. Enjoy a coffee and a catch up around the central island, or a hearty brunch in the breakfast area. Overhead, the vaulted ceiling and exposed beams are nothing short of spectacular.
When nothing but al fresco entertaining will do, bi-fold doors open wide from the kitchen onto the decking, made from reclaimed sleepers, and truly bring the outside in. With a beautiful south-westerly aspect, you can let the shoulders drop and watch uninterrupted sunsets across the rolling fields; this truly is our favourite spot at Windmill Farm.
For more formal occasions, the impressive dining room with its log burner and feature wall is just perfect. There’s a day room too, when you just need to kick back and relax.
Laundry days are a breeze in the large utility area, where you’ll also find a wet room. Original cow sheds have been thoughtfully converted into several spaces which work wonderfully as a games room (anyone for pool?) and home office or gym, or both, complete with walk-in wardrobe, and a guest room above. Each individual space opens up to the garden through charming stable doors and, combined, would make a fantastic annexe for family members young or old, if desired.
A lovely open staircase leads to the first floor, where you’ll find four further double bedrooms. The principal suite features a stunning freestanding slipper bath, centrally positioned; no one puts this baby in a corner! There’s a separate wet room and WC too, along with oodles of wardrobe space in the dressing room. The mezzanine level provides a suitably elevated position for the bedroom itself and an escape from the hubbub of busy life.
Guests will love the vaulted ceiling in their room, completed with an en suite wet room, and there’s a further generous room with use of the family bathroom. Tweens and teens, meanwhile, will have their sights set on a deliciously quirky double with en suite, chill-out area and study space, with a double bed on the mezzanine above.
Outside, you’ll find two glorious acres of land, featuring a secluded formal lawn for entertaining, and a paddock with stabling for equestrian enthusiasts. There’s also room for a further paddock at the front should you need it. And, with a south facing aspect to the main house and lawn, drink in the sunshine - the patio area is simply made for family gatherings, or why not congregate in the veggie area for pizza night round the table.
Grow your own organic fruit and vegetables in the kitchen garden and just add cream to home-grown strawberries before taking to the tennis court for a match or two. Eat your heart out, Wimbledon!
- Three words : Stunning. Barn. Land.
Luxury Living with everything on your doorstep
Dorridge is a lovely leafy suburb renowned for its luxurious housing and great rail connections. The schools are tip top and seriously sought after with a good selection of both private and state options. In the village centre you’ll find everything from a butchers, bakers and there is probably even a candle stick maker!
You are spoilt for choice of where to meet for coffee. One day it is Espresso where they chat about schools on the vintage leather armchairs. Another day it’s going out for something a bit more special (it’s all about cocktails) at Skogen in Dorridge. If pints are more your thing, then head to The Ale Rooms on the way home from work, or a sunny afternoon. Families fight for the best table at The Bread Collection in Knowle for some of the best pizza this side of Italy.
David Lloyd in Solihull is excellent for swimming lessons or Earlswood for riding lessons.
Pop on the Barbour jacket and Hunter wellies and head to nearby Lapworth for a countryside walk to help you blow out the cobwebs after work or if you just fancy a long Sunday ramble.
Mr Clarke loves the fact that he can grab his favourite flat white and a pain au chocolate right on the platform at the station before boarding the 06:56 to London.
Dorridge is possibly the best connected place in the UK. As well as the railway station, you are minutes from the Midlands Motorway Network with the M42 having links to the M1, M5, M6 and the M40. Mrs C loves that Birmingham Airport is just 16 minutes by car and Solihull is a mere 10 minute drive.
Tree lined avenues, well connected and a super friendly community. What more could you want?
- Closest village/town: Knowle, Lapworth and Rowington
- Post Office: 1
- Supermarket: Dorridge Sainsbury’s and Co-op in Hockley Heath are a hop away, whilst Waitrose in Kenilworth is only fifteen minutes.
- Pubs: It's all about The Forest in Dorridge for a quiet pint, a lively Friday night, or a cracking Sunday roast. Or try The Boot in Lapworth, The Kings Arms in Knowle or The Railway Inn, Dorridge - talk about spoilt for choice.
- Walks: Dorridge Park, Dorridge Wood Nature Reserve or if you fancy stretching a little further Packwood House or Blythe Valley Nature Reserve.