Property for saleThe Old Rectory, Winterbourne Steepleton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9LG
Dorchester 4 ¾ miles. The Coast 7 miles. Bridport 11 miles.
(All distances approximate).
The Old Rectory, which is not listed, dates from 1850 with stone external elevations imported from Caen, under a slate roof. This beautiful house has been substantially upgraded over
recent years by the current owners who run a thriving Bed and Breakfast business. There are well proportioned rooms with high ceilings and many period features which include mullion
windows, window shutters, cornicing, original fireplaces and quality fitted bath/shower rooms. Off the reception hall with its elegant staircase are the three reception rooms, cloakroom and cellar with wine bins, and thence an inner hall to the well equipped kitchen, two conservatories, laundry and rear staircase. Upstairs are six bedroom suites and a further bedroom suite on the second floor. The house has been maintained to a high standard throughout.
Set around the gravelled courtyard are a range of buildings which include:
The Old School House providing most comfortable accommodation. It was originally the Sunday school house and was both comprehensively and thoughtfully renovated
in the past few years and has double doors opening onto its own secluded courtyard garden. It is currently used as ancillary
accommodation to the house and offers potential for letting/ holiday lets subject to any necessary planning consents.
The Coach House is currently used as garaging with a heated main garage and workshop area with a single garage next door. All the buildings demonstrate a high standard of maintenance.
To the northern side of the courtyard, which provides parking for numerous cars, is a range of three useful garden stores.
Winterbourne Steepleton is in Thomas Hardy country and is a picturesque hamlet with a church, set within an area designated as of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The house is
also in a Conservation Area. The active neighbouring village of Winterbourne Abbas is within close proximity and has a primary school and public house. The nearby village of Martinstown has a sub-post office/store and church. The hamlet lies between the county town of Dorchester and the coastal market town of Bridport with its renowned arts and antiques quarter, award winning farm shops and local artisan cafes and coffee shops.
Dorchester is about 4 ¾ miles and has a comprehensive range of shopping, educational and recreational facilities, the county
hospital, together with rail services to London Waterloo and Bristol.
A short drive away is the spectacular World Heritage designated Jurassic coastline with the south west coastal path and Chesil Beach, being about 7 miles, together with nearby 'Broadchurch' at West Bay. There are further footpaths and bridleways providing access across the rolling downland.
The area is well placed for education with a number of excellent state and independent schools, notably the Thomas Hardye and Sunninghill Preparatory Schools in Dorchester, Perrott Hill, Leweston, the Sherborne Schools, Canford, Bryanston and Milton Abbey.
Bournemouth and Exeter airports are about an hour's drive offering connections around the UK, Europe and to other destinations.
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