4 bedroom property for saleBriantspuddle, Dorchester, DT2
- Historic former dairy
- Stunning village location
- Four bedroom accommodation
- Octagonal turret
- Superb position overlooking green
- Over 100ft garden
- 20 minutes from the coast
- Immaculate condition throughout
- Off-road parking for 3-4 vehicles
- Easy access to A35
HouseSimple is pleased to present this historic property in Briantspuddle, one of South Dorset's most idyllic villages lying close to the county town of Dorchester and offering easy access to Poole, Bournemouth, Weymouth and Blandford Forum. The property was built around 1915 to an Arts & Crafts design and formed part of the central dairy of the Bladen Estate created by Sir Ernest Debenham as a model agricultural community which flourished during the first half of the 20th century. Together with the dairymaids' and herdsman's cottages, the Dairy Ring served as the focal point for the estate's dairy farming enterprise and was designed by noted architects McDonald Gill and Halsey Ricardo who adapted the 'garden city' style to include the thatched roofs and exposed timbers of a typical Wessex village.
The dairy was converted to residential use in the late 1950s, with the two central cottages mirroring each other externally while making full use of the existing building to create spacious homes with a highly idiosyncratic feel. The central raised section of the building where the milk churns once stood now provides generous four-bedroom accommodation, while the octagonal turret - once used for butter making - is now home to an elegant bathroom and an attractive home office accessed by the original spiral staircase. The entire dairy was built some four feet above road level to allow easy loading of the milk churns onto horse-drawn drays and now gives Dairy Cottages its commanding position over the large green with views of Cruck Cottage (one of the oldest in Dorset), across the water meadows to Kite Hill and beyond.
In addition to the idiosyncratic layout of the property, its former use as a working dairy has brought other advantages such as the light, airy feel of the reception rooms, kitchen and study - all of which benefit from dual-aspect windows offering splendid views from the front of the house as well as the south-facing garden which runs the entire lengthy of the property at the rear. The well-proportioned bedrooms, sitting room and living room provide a spacious feel to the house, complemented by a dining kitchen, bathroom, shower room, study and utility room. The large entrance hall is frequently used as a dining area by the current owners along with the dining kitchen, which seats four, but the living room could be repurposed as a good-sized dining room, if preferred. The property also benefits from plenty of storage areas such as a cloakroom, rear vestibule, linen cupboard and boiler/storage room - together with exceptionally large loft spaces.
Recently fully re-thatched and a new LPG boiler installed, the house is in excellent condition both inside and out. The reception rooms and entrance hall benefit from blonde oak flooring, an elegant fireplace in the sitting room and fitted furniture in the bedrooms and reception rooms. Decorated throughout in a subtle palette of colours, the interior design reflects the Arts & Crafts heritage of the building while introducing a slightly contemporary twist. The dining kitchen is fitted with high-gloss white and black units plus walnut worktops and includes a double-drainer sink, built-in oven, ceramic hob, fridge and dishwasher. The washing machine, dryer, freezer and second fridge are installed in the adjacent utility room which also benefits from extensive cupboard space, fitted worktops and inset stainless steel sink.
The L-shaped rear garden extends to over 100ft - divided by a central arbor - and is home to a large variety of mature plants, shrubs and bushes with a vegetable patch and purpose-made composting area. Accessed from both the back door and French doors leading off the living room, the secluded garden includes a patio and two lawned areas, with a garden shed occupying a corner position and an L-shaped brick workshop (one of the original dairy buildings) offering plenty of storage and working space and providing an attractive feature at the other end of the garden. At the front of the house, three elegant raised planters offer additional garden space and are visible from both reception rooms and the kitchen.
Situated less than 20 minutes from the world-renowned Jurassic Coast, Briantspuddle must rank as one of the most delightful villages in Dorset with its 18th century thatched cart barn now used as the village hall and a former granary housing the shop and Post Office. Now part of a designated conservation area, the buildings which reflect Briantspuddle's role at the centre of the Bladen estate are still very much in evidence, giving the village a very distinctive feel and sitting comfortably alongside the original whitewashed cob cottages. Briantspuddle also benefits from a particularly active local community with regular entertainment, talks and arts events taking place in the village hall, an adjoining social club open several nights a week and the village shop opening every day apart from Sunday and acting as a focal point for the village and nearby hamlets of Affpuddle, Turners Puddle and Throop.
The village's close proximity to the bustling market towns of Dorchester, Blandford and Wareham place it within the catchment area of several excellent schools - including The Thomas Hardye School with its 'Outstanding' Ofsted status. Briantspuddle also offers easy access to Weymouth - one of the most popular seaside resorts on the south coast with its harbour, large marina and elegant, curved Georgian seafront. The A35 bypass is less than 2 miles away, offering fast access to Poole and Bournemouth and, in the other direction, to Bridport and Lyme Regis. Other nearby attractions and historical sites include Clouds Hill - the home of TE Lawrence (of Arabia) - Maiden Castle, the Bovington Tank Museum and the Isle of Portland.
Sitting Room - 5.6m x 3.65m - with oak fire surround, tiled fireplace, built-in cupboard, blonde oak flooring, dual-aspect windows with views to front and rear garden.
Living Room - 4.05m x 3.65m - with built-in cupboards and TV area, blonde oak flooring, views to front and French doors to patio and garden.
Kitchen - 3.63m x 3.57m - with ceramic tiled floor, white & black kitchen units, walnut laminate worktops, s/s double sink, oven and ceramic hob, stepped breakfast bar with seating for four and dual-aspect views to front and rear.
Utility Room - 2.43m x 1.65m - with built-in cupboards, walnut laminate worktops with inset s/s sink, plumbing for washing machine and ventilation for dryer.
Vestibule - 1.7m x 1.06m - with cloaks/boot area.
Bathroom - 2.45m x 2.25m - with octagonal bath, washbasin and c/c WC.
Entrance/Dining Hall - 3.63m x 3.00m (approx.) - with doors to front and rear garden, spiral staircase to turret.
Study/Home Office - 3.52m x 3.52m (octagonal) - with stepped, dark-oak flooring, 360-deg views and access door to adjacent loft space.
Shower Room - 2.60m x 1.25m - with double shower cubicle, electric shower, washbasin and c/c WC.
Boiler/Utility Room - 1.54m x 1.40m - with Worcester LPG boiler and built-in cupboards/shelving unit.
Bedroom 1 - 4.49m x 4.21m - with large window to front and wardrobe/dressing area.
Bedroom 2 - 3.78m x 2.78m - with dual-aspect windows to front and rear.
Bedroom 3 - 3.71m x 3.61m - with built-in wardrobes (3 per side), curved dressing shelf, built-in drawers and shoe cupboard, plus dormer window overlooking rear garden.
Bedroom 4 - 3.72m x 3.00m - with built-in wardrobes, cupboards, shelving and shoe cupboard, plus dormer window overlooking rear garden.
Stairs/Landing - with access to all bedrooms, shower & boiler rooms, linen cupboard and book shelving area.
Workshop - 6.89m x 3.85m (L-shaped) - with built-in cupboards, overhead storage and separately fused power supply.
Garden - 25m x 10m (approx.) - main area including patio; 5.5m x 4.5m (approx.) - side area with brick log store/composting bin.
Front Areas - 12m x 5.3m - with raised flower beds; 7.7m x 5.7m (L-shaped); off-road parking for 3-4 vehicles.
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