THIS contemporary, barn conversion occupies a prime position in the quiet hamlet of Peasmarsh, close to the Sustrans countryside cycle path that sits alongside the old railway line and makes the two miles to Ilminster accessible by foot or bicycle.

The four double-bedroom dwelling forms part of a small select rural development of properties that were converted from former barns around eight years ago. The character accommodation has a warm and cosy feel to it yet is still bright and spacious, cleverly combining the original features of the period barn with the use of natural timber and glass to good effect.

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Inside, the impressive open-plan entrance hall has a part vaulted ceiling and full-length glazed windows that flood the space with natural light. This leads to a striking living space that is partially open plan and enhanced by the continued flow of the oak flooring and the French doors that open to the garden. This leads to a stylish and spacious kitchen/dining room fitted with contemporary cream gloss units, wooden work surfaces and several integrated appliances.

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On the first floor, a galleried landing with an oak and glass balustrade and a skylight window leads to four double bedrooms and a family bathroom with a freestanding roll-top bath. The principal bedroom has a walk-in dressing room and an ensuite shower room. The second bedroom also has an ensuite shower room.

Outside, the rear garden has been landscaped with various points of interest. Beyond the substantial and private patio, there is an attractive ornamental pond of geometric design with pools, a waterfall and a rill surrounded by raised beds including shrubs, ferns and grasses. A timber arch leads through to a good expanse of lawn, and a clematis-clad trellis screens a small vegetable garden with a sleeper-edged bed and fruit trees. Adjoining this area is a timber summerhouse.

At the front, there is a large, gravelled driveway providing ample parking space and access to a detached double garage.

Peasmarsh, Ilminster

Guide Price: £625,000

Agent: Symonds & Sampson

Agent's Tel: 01460 200790