Guide Price £650,000
Stoney Stretton, Yockleton, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Sitting on the edge of the pretty hamlet of Stoney Stretton is Oaken Barn, a stunning conversion and a wonderful family home. The property was converted in 1989 and we think dates back to the 1600s when it was originally owned by the Oaken family. The property oozes character and charm and has lots of lovely features including exposed beams, stone and brickwork. This delightful home sits on approximately 0.4 of an acre and includes Oaken Barn itself, Swallow's Rest, which is a wonderful barn conversion carried out by the current owners three years ago. The barn was virtually derelict when they started the conversion and now it is a wonderful open plan annex with a large sitting area, two bedrooms, and a bathroom - perfect for guests or as a possible holiday let.
There is also a large workshop on the grounds and an attractive insulated wooden cabin which the owners use as an office (the main property, the barn, and the office all have internet access). Right next to the main residence is an outbuilding, currently used as a dog kennel, which could be converted to an additional utility. The main residence comprises an open plan kitchen and dining area, the dining area sits in a lovely garden room/orangery, there is a pantry/utility, downstairs cloakroom, and lovely library/reading area. The property also boasts a large main sitting room with a log burning stove, exposed beams, and attractive herringbone flooring. On the first floor, there is a large double bedroom, a pretty single and a family bathroom; the second floor is host to a large master with a walk-in dressing area and en-suite.
The hamlet itself is very pretty with a pub within walking distance. Nearby there is a village with several shops, a doctor's surgery, church and post office. The local countryside is extremely scenic with delightful walks, equestrian and other country pursuits all being available. The surrounding area also encompasses an excellent range of state and independent schools.
A short fifteen-minute drive and you are in Shrewsbury with its enchanting, cobbled streets and Tudor buildings, beautiful independent shops, a plethora of fantastic eateries and bars to the much-sought-after state and independent schools, train station, theatre, and the beautiful quarry park. There is also easy access to the A5 and the M54.
Kitchen - 4.17 x 3.87 (13'8" x 12'8") - A lovely space with tiled flooring running through to the dining room, the dining room is surrounded by windows allowing the light to flood through into the kitchen, exposed beams, painted wooden base units, wall units, and shelving. The work surfaces are granite and there is a large Fisher & Paykel oven with six gas rings on the top and double electric ovens below, the is also a stainless extractor fan of the same brand. The kitchen also includes a wine fridge, space for dishwasher and freestanding fridge freezer, attractive island, pantry/utility with plumbing for washing machine and dryer.
Dining/Garden Room - 4.12 x 3.37 (13'6" x 11'0") - This room was added to the property by the current owners six years ago and is of oak frame construction with windows wrapped all the way around, there are also French doors on either side. This area has underfloor heating and a high vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, it's a truly lovely space, great for entertaining.
Cloakroom - A pretty room with a low flush WC and pedestal hand basin.
Reading Area - 6.91 x 3.21 (22'8" x 10'6") - A delightful area, with lots of shelving for books, wooden flooring, and painted brickwork.
Sitting Room - 5.15 x 5.14 (16'10" x 16'10") - This is a large and welcoming room, with parquet flooring, exposed beams, and brickwork. There is a log burning stove and inglenook fireplace, French doors open onto the sunny alfresco dining area.
Bedroom Two - 5.16 x 2.86 (16'11" x 9'4") - A generous double, with lovely views over the gardens, wooden flooring, and space for a dressing area. A light and airy space.
Bedroom Three - 3.00 x 2.49 (9'10" x 8'2") - A pretty room, the current owners have a single bed in here and a free-standing wardrobe, wooden flooring, and views over the garden.
Family Bathroom - Wooden flooring, skylight, low flush WC, bath with overhead shower attachment, and pedestal hand basin.
Master Bedroom - 5.62 x 3.21 (18'5" x 10'6") - Double aspect windows and a skylight make this a light, bright, and uplifting room. Walk-in wardrobe area and recently fitted en-suite with tiled flooring, walk-in shower, hand basin set in vanity unit, low flush WC, and heated towel rail.
The Annex - 7.24 x 5.24 (23'9" x 17'2") - Swallows Rest is a wonderful addition to the property. This barn also dates back to the 1600s; the current owners have done an amazing job converting and restoring this. The ground floor has wooden flooring throughout, the high vaulted ceiling is stunning with the original exposed beams that create a wonderful sense of light and space, there are many skylights and quirky windows at each end. Bifold doors are open onto an alfresco dining courtyard terrace, which is a real suntrap. There is a wooden island-style unit, with a fitted sink, drinks fridge, and storage cupboards - flowing into the open-plan sitting area, a truly lovely space.
Bedroom Two - 3.10 x 2.07 (10'2" x 6'9") - Is on the lower level and is a pretty single overlooking the courtyard.
Bathroom - With tiled flooring, walk-in shower, low flush WC, and pedestal hand basin. A wooden staircase leads to a galleried landing area and
Bedroom One - 4.91 x 4.72 (16'1" x 15'5") - Room for a double bed and a seating area, wonderful views over the rest of the barn.
Outside - The outbuildings comprise a workshop/store, office, and an outbuilding, which is large enough to possibly convert into an additional utility. The gardens are mainly laid to lawn, with some pretty wildflower areas and mature hedging and trees. Outside the main sitting room, there is a lovely alfresco, dining, and BBQ area and outside Swallows Rest there is a fabulous courtyard terrace, once again perfect for outside dining.
Workshop/Store - 5.25 x 5.22 (17'2" x 17'1") -
Outside Office - 3.60 x 2.61 (11'9" x 8'6") -
Kennel - 4.79 x 2.31 (15'8" x 7'6") -
In essence Oaken Barn and all that comes with it, is a really exciting opportunity, it's quirky, private, finished to a good standard, and nestled on the edge of a quiet hamlet but just a 15-minute drive from our county town. Viewings are highly recommended.
Services - We understand that all services at this property are connected to the mains apart from private drainage.
Sellers Insight - 'Oaken Barn is tucked away down a quiet country lane with little through traffic in a hamlet of just 13 houses. We have undertaken substantial upgrading through the years, most notably the addition of an oak framed garden room and saving the old barn which was heading for dereliction. The house is really interesting with a slightly quirky layout which adds to its character. We've always found it to be warm, inviting, and peaceful, a haven of tranquillity away from the more hectic elements of life. With countryside all around and Shrewsbury only five miles away you get the best of both worlds living here - it's perfectly rural without feeling cut-off. The nearby village of Pontesbury has a convenience supermarket, chemist, doctors' surgery, bakers, butchers, florists, hairdressers, and a renowned Chinese restaurant. There are several good schools for all ages in the local area. With a fantastic network of countryside footpaths and bridleways. The Shropshire Hills and Long Mynd are nearby, it's a walker and rider paradise. For anyone with horses there is a livery in the hamlet,' say owners David and Amanda.
'The garden has separate areas which include a secluded and private lower lawn, a slightly more formal main lawn, and a back meadow area with wildflowers; here you can enjoy a sea of snowdrops in the spring and waves of white cow parsley a little later in the year. There are many mature trees, the most notable being a large walnut tree described by a tree surgeon as one of the best he has seen.'
'Oaken Barn strikes the perfect balance between traditional character and modern practicality. We love the garden room and have enjoyed many very happy Friday evenings here hosting guests with supper and wine. It's wonderful in the sunshine, however, sitting in the warmth when the snow is falling all around you is quite magical.'
Christmas at Oaken Barn is a very special time. The family gathered in the lounge around the fire and larger gatherings with friends in Swallows Rest all make this a lovely place to entertain.
'We love hearing the early morning birdsong and watching swallows soar in the late afternoon as dusk settles. We'll miss the calm and beauty of this place.'
- A Stunning Detached Three Bed Home
- Beautiful Two Bed Annex
- Character And Charm In Abundance
- Sitting In Quiet Hamlet
- Just A Short Drive To Shrewsbury
- Exposed Beams And Brickwork
- Vaulted Ceilings
- Very Private
- Viewing Highly Recommended