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Sandford Orcas, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9








9,225-14,112 sq ft

857-1,311 sq m

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Key features

  • Historic Grade I listed Manor house
  • 10 bedrooms
  • Ancillary accommodation
  • Outbuildings and stables with LBC for residential conversion
  • 12 acres of grounds
  • Woodland and pasture
  • EPC Rating = E


An enchanting and unspoilt Grade I listed manor house with ancillary accommodation, stables and outbuildings in the heart of the north Dorset countryside.


The Manor House is a splendid Grade I listed country house with elevations of Ham stone ashlar and some squared coursed rubble under stone slate roofs. The stone gable copings have carved monkeys holding shields a the apices and there are stone stacks with carved interlace cornices. The Manor and the adjoining West Wing surround an internal courtyard with the latter being a very successful 19th Century addition whilst the principal house is one of the finest surviving examples of a Tudor manor house in England.
The main front door opens into an entrance porch which in turn leads into the screens passage and to the Great Hall, perhaps the most impressive room in the house with a wonderful 16th Century fireplace. The 17th century screen is divided into five bays, which are supported by fluted Corinthian pilasters. The screen also features a panelled entablature with pierced pinnacles and strapwork-cresting above as well as panelled bays.
The dining room sits on the other side of the screens passage with the former kitchen behind and also includes an impressive fireplace. On the south side of the house, beyond the Great Hall is the flower arranging room, boot room, cloakroom and a spiral staircase to the first floor. The staircase leads up to the Solar room which makes an ideal study or sitting room with its 16th Century fireplace and then up to the Great Chamber. Beyond the Great Chamber is the inner chamber which in turn links through to the Red Room. There is a further stone spiral staircase at the west end of the screens passage which leads up to the Red Room anti chamber, Red Room bedroom and associated bathroom. The anti-chamber provides a first floor link to The West Wing via an interconnecting bedroom which can be incorporated in either part of the property. There is a further bedroom (the gate house room) and anti-chamber on the mezzanine floor and a large attic space on the second floor, configured as four rooms including a study/ home office.

Sandford Orcas Manor sits on the edge of the village, to the south of the church and with views over rolling countryside to the east and west. The village includes a number of attractive
hamstone cottages and dwellings and has a vibrant community with a public house, The Mitre Inn and a village hall which is home to various local clubs and societies. The historic Abbey town of Sherborne is 4 miles away and provides an excellent range of amenities including supermarkets and a number of independent shops and restaurants. There is a direct rail service to London Waterloo or an alternative service runs to London Paddington from Castle Cary. Sherborne is renowned for its private schooling with Sherborne School, Sherborne Girls School and Sherborne Preparatory School and other well-regarded schools in the area include Millfield, King’s Bruton, Bryanston, Leweston, Milton Abbey and Clayesmore. Road links are good with the A303 at Wincanton (9 miles) giving access to the West Country, the motorway network and London and the South East. The Dorset countryside is renowned for its beauty and there are many opportunities for walking, riding and other country pursuits. There is horse racing at Wincanton and Salisbury and sailing on the South Coast.

The outbuildings are principally located adjacent to the courtyard, including parts of the stone buildings that form the cottage and stable flat. Adjacent to the cottage is the former coach house, now used for garaging and storage and containing the original stalls and a first floor hayloft. The ground floor of the stables also includes the original stalls as well as a tack room. To the north-east corner of the courtyard is the studio and music room and to the north of Manor Cottage and the coach house a further garage and store. There is a potting shed and garden store within the walled garden to the west of the courtyard. The beautiful sunken garden, adjacent to the West Wing
is flanked by two outbuildings that are currently used for storage and a games room but offer tremendous scope for a range of other uses (subject to any necessary planning and listed building consents).

The Manor House is approached from the lane via a driveway which runs between the house and the church, through double gates within the attached gate house and into the courtyard beyond. The surrounding gardens and grounds complement the house perfectly with a mixture of formal and informal gardens, established borders, mature trees and formal lawns, interspersed by stone walls and gravel pathways leading to the various garden rooms. To the south of the house is a large swathe of lawn and parkland. Close to the northernmost boundary is an orchard, a walled garden and a valley of woodland within which runs a stream. The woodland ensures optimum privacy for the house and grounds and runs west to east along the northern boundary of the former parkland. There is a pond, stream and area of woodland opposite the church on the other side of the lane.

Square Footage: 9,225 sq ft

Acreage: 12 Acres


Sherborne 4 miles (London Waterloo from 2 hrs 13 minutes) • Wincanton 9 miles • Castle Cary 9 miles
(London Paddington from 1 hr 38 minutes) • Bruton 12 miles • Bath 39 miles • Salisbury 41 miles
(All times and distances are approximate).


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Sandford Orcas, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9


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  • Sherborne Station3.2 miles
  • Yeovil Pen Mill Station4.4 miles
  • Yeovil Junction Station5.4 miles
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