4 bedroom bungalow for saleChurch Lane, Sydling St. Nicholas, Dorchester, Dorset
Sold STC £495,000
For anyone wishing to live amongst some of the most beautiful countryside in the south west, it would be hard to beat this area of Dorset. Sydling St Nicholas, nestling in the Dorset Downs, is in the heart of Hardy country (a scene for the film Far From the Madding Crowd was once filmed at the local church). This peaceful, unspoilt village has many character and period properties and is situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The village has an active community, a popular pub and the fine parish church of St Nicholas. It lies about 8 miles north west of the county town of Dorchester and is within easy access of Yeovil and Sherborne. All these towns have main line services to London Waterloo. The larger village of Cerne Abbas is 2 miles away and has a village shop, first school, three public houses and a doctors surgery.
Previously two bungalows within the plot, Ashridge and Birches have now been divided into two self-contained plots cleverly screened by mature trees and hedging, each affording a good degree of privacy.
Superbly positioned and tucked away within a secluded and private setting in the delightful village of Sydling St Nicholas, Ashridge, the larger of the two, is a single level dwelling built in the 1960s. The property is wonderfully light and has plenty of room in which to spread out, having been extended to provide additional space. The layout of the house is flexible and flows well. The large and impressive double aspect sitting room has an open fireplace and patio doors which open onto a south facing terrace, ideal for al fresco dining. All four bedrooms have fitted wardrobes and each have picture windows from which to enjoy the views of the beautiful gardens and hills beyond. The fitted kitchen with breakfast bar adjoins the dining room off of which is the family room/5th bedroom or study. A useful utility/boot room with sink gives rear access to the gardens.
The property is approached via a driveway which leads to a hard-standing with plentiful parking, separate block housing 2 further garages and a workshop. Walled raised gardens with mature trees flank either side. Further extensive lawns surround Ashridge on three sides.
The glorious landscaped gardens which regularly opened for annual Open Gardens, are a real feature and are exceptionally well kept. A wide range of mature shrubs, trees and well stocked flower beds and mixed borders ensure colour all year round. To the front of Ashridge is a pretty ornate fish pond with water cascade and behind that an attractive timber gazebo. To the south side of the property is a patio area from which to enjoy the sun and beautiful far reaching views of the hills whatever the time of day. The working part of the garden with sizeable vegetable plot, green house and shed can be found to the side and rear of Ashridge. The whole plot being encompassed by mature hedging and timber fencing.
Both Ashridge and Birches are currently accessed from one driveway, but the plot has been planted out in such a way to provide both properties with their own private curtilages.
Covered Porch, Reception Hall, Large Sitting room with picture windows and open fireplace, Family Room/Study/Bedroom 5, Dining Room, Kitchen, Utility Room, Bathroom, Master Bedroom with en-suite, 3 Further Bedrooms, Double Garage and Workshop, Driveway and Parking, Substantial Mature Landscaped Gardens, Greenhouse, Shed and Gazebo
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