The children who once chanted lessons in this Victorian school house would be amazed. Magnificent roof timbers frame a lofty new living space flood-lit by glass doors; beyond, a sea-facing terrace for barbecues and sundowners. Decor is rustic, robust and pared down, you get uncluttered rooms in chalky shades of grey, coir mats on heated stone floors and a double-sided wood-burner between the sitting room sofas and master bedroom. Creativity shines: a kitchen table on sewing machine bases, wooden floors from a badminton court, vibrant artworks on Farrow and Ball walls. Arched windows and church pew ends recall the building’s history but all else is spanking new, from wet rooms to a range cooker. Smaller groups take the French-style Vestry, linked via narrow steps. Here you can cook in the country kitchen and eat in a walled garden; upstairs is a stove-warmed sitting room and attic bedrooms with sea views. An 1850s Great Hall stands between the two and is available for parties. Step out to Chiswell’s restaurants and Chesil Beach, hike the coastal path, whizz over waves on a windsurfer, stroll to the park for tennis.