SPIKHATCH BARN

A converted old sandstone barn on the north west edge of West Milton, an unspoilt country village nestling in West Dorset's legendary picturesque AONB 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' 15 minutes drive to the Jurassic Coast beach at West Bay (Bridport harbour), home of the 'Broadchurch' TV series.

Spikhatch Barn conversion started in 2017, to provide guests with up to date and modern conveniences, whilst still maintaining a friendly and charming rural feel. Yet, it has a rich and varied history, well before becoming the self-catering holiday property it is today.

The original construction dates back to 1870, when the barn was used for purely agricultural purposes, such as storing farm equipment, supplies, feed, or providing shelter for livestock during bad weather and the cold winter months. In the summer months many a barn dance for villagers took place here.

The 150 year old barn was acquired by the owner's grandfather in 1938. He was a local land agent, who used the barn's large smooth concrete floor to practice roller skating until 1951 when the barn reverted to agricultural use.

Fast forwarding to 1992, the barn got a new raised tiled roof to replace the original thatched roof and in short time became the meeting point of the West Milton Cider Club led by then West Milton builder Nick Poole, now famous for his full-time professional contributions to the food industry through the West Milton Cider Co. In 2010 Nick went into professional cider production 1/3 mile further up Ridgeback Lane, and began a new chapter of winning over serious cider lovers and clients on a commercial scale.

From the humble beginnings of farming, to a venue for meeting up with locals those with shared interests, Spikhatch Barn has always been a place to enjoy and share peaceful and quiet quality time with family and friends. It's a truly unique special place and an off-the-beaten-track hidden gem that we're waiting to share with you.

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