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5 bedroom country house for sale

Came, Dorchester, DT2

Removed £1,800,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Beautifully Restored Ornamental Cottage with an Abundance of History
  • Wealth of Character Throughout
  • Five Double Bedrooms
  • Master Bedroom with En Suite Bathroom
  • Four Reception Rooms
  • Two Kitchens
  • Landscaped Walled Garden and Orchard with Large Greenhouse
  • Private Driveway Providing Off Road Parking

Full description

A magnificent restored Grade II listed former rectory, once home of the Dorset poet William Barnes and mentor of Thomas Hardye located close to Dorchester with stunning large landscaped walled gardens and surrounding countryside views together with ancillary accommodation

Built in the Chinese cottage orne style from a plan by the Regency architect John Nash. Old Came Rectory is the historic home of the Dorset poet Rev William Barnes, Thomas Hardy's mentor. The home was visited by many famous authors and literary figures during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The present owners of this Grade II listed house have carefully repaired the building to its original appearance, keeping many original features.

From Dorchester From Top O Town, Head south on Albert Rd/B3147 toward Prince's St, Continue to follow B3147, Turn left onto Great Western Rd/B3144 Continue to follow Great Western Rd, Turn left onto Weymouth Ave/B3144 Turn right onto Prince of Wales Rd/B3144 At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Alington Rd/B3143 Wareham A352 Continue onto B3144 At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Alington Ave/B3144 At the roundabout, continue straight onto A352 Wareham A352 At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A352 and property will be found on left hand side. Distance from property to roundabout approx.300 meters.

Entrance Hall 
Original front door, flagstone flooring, regency stairs leading to first floor landing, door and stairs heading to cellar, original cornice and light.

Vegetable & Fruit Garden  
Raised various vegetable beds, various fruit trees, fruit cage, large green house and potting shed and space for further poly tunnels. Pathway leading to reinstated ornamental rear garden.

Walled Rear Garden 
Beautifully presented, the walled garden boasts many varieties of flower and shrub borders, various pathways leading to stunning seating areas, pathway leading to summer house with power and lighting and raised pond with water fountain. External staircase leading to first floor Annexe.

Gated gravel driveway leading to front, side and parking area at rear of property. Off road several vehicles.

Owner Comments 
Owners Comments "Surrounded by the rolling countryside, wildlife and many scenic walks in Hardy country. The house is on three floors so there is plenty of room. The big kitchen dining area has been perfect for family gatherings. The house is warm and cosy and the open fire in the sitting room adds extra warmth on chilly winter evenings. All rooms have fireplaces of which all are regularly swept. The sunny walled garden has a summer house with power and lighting, large circular pond with fountain and a formal layout. There is also a large greenhouse, fruit cage and orchard. The Jurassic Coast is a short drive away and is close to Poole Harbour, Swanage, Luluworth Cove, Bridport and Lyme Regis. Dorchester is within very easy reach to shops, restaurants and trains to London Waterloo and Bath. Old Came Rectory has an important history. In the 19th Century it was the home of the Dorset Poet Rev William Barnes who was mentor and close friend to Thomas Hardy the author. In the...

Drawing Room 
16' 5'' x 13' 9'' (5.00m x 4.19m)
Front and side aspect original windows with shutters, feature solid oak surround with inset open fire with fire basket and slate hearth, radiators and telephone point.

Music Room 
16' 1'' x 14' 0'' (4.90m x 4.26m)
Front and side aspect original windows with shutters, side window offering fantastic views of garden, coved ceiling, feature fire surround with inset open fire, fire basket, slate hearth, television point.

14' 6'' x 13' 1'' (4.42m x 3.98m)
Side and rear aspect original windows, side window has original shutters and fantastic views of reinstated ornamental garden, regency style cornice, radiator, regency style marble surround with inset open fire, fire basket and slate hearth, fitted and built in solid book shelving with fitted storage cupboards, solid wood work surfaces, telephone and television point, exposed wood flooring.

Master En Suite Bathroom 
White suite comprises bath with mixer tap, low level W.C. vanity unit with inset sink, double door storage cupboards under, marble top, fitted double shower enclosure with sliding glass door, extractor fan, shaver point, partly tiled walls, heated towel rail, side aspect window with countryside views.

Bedroom Two 
13' 8'' x 14' 7'' (4.16m x 4.44m)
Front and side aspect original windows, feature marble fire surround with original fire inset basket, slate hearth, coved ceiling, radiator, television point, storage cupboard with fitted shelving, solid wood flooring.

Bedroom Three 
14' 1'' x 13' 5'' (4.29m x 4.09m)
Front and side aspect original windows, coved ceiling, feature marble surround, original inset fire basket, slate hearth, storage cupboard, radiator, solid wood flooring.

Bedroom Four 
15' 6'' x 13' 0'' (4.72m x 3.96m)
Side aspect original window overlooking garden, feature regency marble surround with an inset fire basket, slate hearth, original double door wardrobe, solid wood fitted shelving, coved ceiling, vertical radiator, solid wood flooring.

Bedroom Five 
10' 1'' x 8' 9'' (3.07m x 2.66m)
Front aspect original window, coved ceiling, radiator, solid wood flooring.

White suite comprises bath with overhead shower, concealed low level cistern W.C, vanity unit with inset basin, double door storage unit under, marble worktop, marble tile walls, coved ceilings, extractor fan, shaver point, side aspect window overlooking garden and distant countryside views.

Upstairs Cloakroom 
Rear aspect window, low level W.C, vanity unit with surface mounted sink with mixer tap, double door cupboard under, marble top and splash backs, heated towel rail, coved ceiling.

Annexe - Kitchen/Reception Room 
16' 8'' x 14' 7'' (5.08m x 4.44m)
Side aspect window, fitted storage units, radiator, fitted kitchen with a range of wall and base units, one bowl sink drainer, opening into dressing area.

Annexe Bathroom  
Suite comprises panel bath, concealed cistern low level W.C, vanity unit with inset sink and tiled walls.

Annexe Dressing Area 
Side aspect window, fitted storage cupboards and opening to annexe bedroom.

Annexe Bedroom 
14' 6'' x 9' 5'' (4.42m x 2.87m)
Rear aspect window, fitted storage cupboards and radiator.


Brick constructed garden store room with two windows. Log store room with window. Covered bin store area. Boiler room housing central heating boiler. Gardeners wash room - low level W.C, wash hand basin and tiled flooring.

Front Garden  
Large lawn area, gated and gravel pathways leading to vegetable and fruit gardens, further gravel pathway leading to main entrance. Further lawn area to side with various shrub borders and uninterrupted views of rolling countryside.

Dining Room 
16' 6'' x 16' 0'' (5.03m x 4.87m)
Side aspect original window with shutters, feature solid wood surround with opening for Victorian range, currently being used for a log store, but is a working open fire, regency/gothic style cornice, original flagstone flooring, radiator and built in storage cupboard.

Inner Hall 
Rear aspect door which leads to courtyard area, leading to ornamental garden, flagstone flooring, wall mounted alarm control system, coved ceiling, door into downstairs cloakroom, door to kitchen.

12' 9'' x 9' 9'' (3.88m x 2.97m)
Two side aspect windows, fitted hand crafted kitchen with a range of wall and base units with solid wood square edge work surfaces over, built in double electric oven, 4 ring electric hob, cooker hood over, one and half bowl sink & drainer with mixer tap, integrated dishwasher, integrated fridge freezer, tiled splashbacks, radiator, television point, telephone point, original flagstone flooring, door leading to rear lobby and second kitchen/breakfast room.

Downstairs W.C 
Side aspect window overlooking garden, concealed low level W.C, built in storage cupboards either side, glass display cabinet above, pedestal wash hand basin, radiator and flagstone flooring.

Rear Lobby 
Side aspect door which leads to gravel driveway and gardens, side aspect door which leads to courtyard area, radiator, flagstone flooring, door leading to kitchen/breakfast room.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room 
19' 2'' x 15' 4'' (5.84m x 4.67m)
Fitted kitchen with a range of wall and base units, square edge volga blue granite work surfaces, double bowl ceramic sink with swan neck mixer tap, electric range cooker, double cooker hood over, plumbing for dishwasher and washing machine, space for tumble dryer, space for American style fridge freezer, Two side aspect windows, tiled splash backs, ceramic tile flooring with underfloor heating, television point, telephone point, French doors leading to gravel driveway and gardens, window either side of French doors, door leading to store room.

16' 7'' x 8' 2'' (5.05m x 2.49m)
Side aspect window, floor to ceiling double doors (with potential for garage) fitted solid wood shelving for storage, power and lighting, space for various chest freezers, solid work surfaces over, cupboard houses the hot water cylinder and electric fuse board, ceramic tile flooring with underfloor heating.

Door and stairs from entrance hall leading to cellar, three separate store rooms, perfect for wine storage and side aspect window.

Original staircase leading to split level landing, original coving, loft access with pull down ladder, solid wood flooring, rear aspect original window, radiator.

Master Bedroom  
16' 6'' x 14' 9'' (5.03m x 4.49m)
Side aspect original window with stunning countryside views, feature marble surround with open fire and fire basket, slate hearth, coved ceilings, solid wood flooring, radiator, built in storage cupboard, steps leading down to master en suite bathroom and airing cupboard which houses hot water cylinder, fitted shelving and newly installed electric switch board.

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03 June 2016


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