10 bedroom detached house for saleWoolland, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11
- Three bedroom owners house
- One bedroom annexe
- Three 4* holiday cottages
- Established business
- Indoor heated splash pool
- Therapy room
- Meeting/recreation room
- Barn with planning permission
Established holiday letting business with high quality cottages and a charming family home with annexe. Set in beautiful North Dorset countryside with fabulous views. Indoor heated splash pool, therapy room, recreation room and barn with PP to convert to a further holiday cottage. EPC Band C.
Introduction - In 2004 the owners purchased a range of attractive, but derelict, red brick barns and obtained planning permission to convert them into a charming family home with high quality holiday cottages in the heart of the Dorset countryside. The owners house, formerly the Cheese Room, is to one side of the property and with its own separate driveway, parking, garage and garden provides privacy. The nearby holiday cottages look onto a pretty, gravelled courtyard with parking to the rear. Facilities on site include a splash pool, therapy room and recreation room. A further undeveloped barn has planning permission to be converted into another holiday cottage.
Situation - Set in the hamlet of Woolland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the heart of the North Dorset countryside. The surrounding stunning countryside offers spectacular views, excellent walking, a network of bridle paths and charming peaceful villages.
The historic market town of Sturminster Newton (4 miles) has a variety of amenities including a supermarket, shops, public houses, tea rooms, doctors surgery, veterinary practices and both secondary and primary schools as well as The Exchange, a centre for community leisure, arts and education.
Blandford Forum (10 miles) is a vibrant market town on the banks of the River Stour. It is the most complete small Georgian town in England, following an extensive fire in 1731 after which the town was re-built. This unique Georgian gem has a great mix of stunning architecture and everyday amenities including a variety of independent shops, boutiques, cafes, restaurants and pubs.
Independent schools in the area include Hanford, Knighton House, Bryanston, Sherborne School for Girls, Sherborne School for Boys, Sherborne Preparatory School, Hazlegrove, Port Regis, St Marys Shaftesbury as well as additional good state schools at Gillingham and Sherborne.
At Wincanton (19 miles) is the A303 which links with the M3 to London and the wider national motorway network. Regular services run from the mainline railway stations at Gillingham (London Waterloo from 2 hours) and Castle Cary (London Paddington from 92 minutes).
Sporting opportunities include golf at Blandford, Sherborne, Yeovil and Dorchester. Water sports, sea fishing and sailing are available on the Dorset coast. National Hunt racing at Wincanton and Taunton and flat racing at Bath and Salisbury.
Visitor attractions include the famous Lulworth Cove (23 miles) and the Isle of Purbeck which form part of England's first natural World Heritage Site - the Jurassic Coast. There are a number of National Trust properties including Max Gate, the atmospheric Victorian home designed by Thomas Hardy, and Hardys Cottage; the birthplace of Thomas Hardy. Other attractions include The Royal Signals Museum, Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park, the Tank Museum at Bovington, Athelhampton House and Gardens, Monkey World and many more.
The Owners House - This is accessed via a private driveway with plenty of parking and a garage (5.3m x 3.5m). The hallway has a door to the rear garden and a door into the fully fitted, light and bright kitchen. The sitting room is a charming, triple aspect room with wood burning stove and is open to the conservatory from where the delightful uninterrupted views over the rolling Dorset countryside can be enjoyed. French doors lead out from the conservatory to a patio and the garden. Also on the ground floor is a downstairs cloakroom. Across the hallway is Bedroom 3, currently used as an office, with en-suite shower room. Stairs from the sitting room lead to the first floor. Bedroom 1 has a window seat with views over the countryside and an en-suite shower room. Bedroom 2 also has an en-suite shower room.
The Annexe - On the ground floor on the other side of the hallway are two bedrooms and a Jack and Jill shower room. The current owners use Bedroom 3 as an office and Bedroom 4 for visiting family and friends. Bedroom 4 has a private entrance from the courtyard and has services in place to fit a small kitchen. This layout offers a new owner the opportunity to adapt the layout to suit their needs.
The Business - This successful holiday business was established in 2007 and benefits from high occupancy rates and repeat bookings. The holiday cottages can be let year round and are promoted via the owners website and other media. Trading information can be made available to interested parties after viewing.
The Cottages - The three holiday cottages, rated 4* by Visit Britain (2017), offer extremely well presented accommodation. Named after Dorset literary figures they are light and bright barn conversions with vaulted ceilings and exposed roof trusses. In brief the cottages comprise:
Hardy Cottage (sleeps 3)
End terrace cottage with living/dining room, separate fully fitted kitchen, two bedrooms and a wet room.
Blyton Cottage (sleeps 4 6)
Mid terrace cottage with open plan living/dining room, separate fully fitted kitchen and two bedrooms, both with en-suite wet rooms.
Barnes Cottage (sleeps 4)
Mid terrace cottage with two bedrooms, living/dining room, separate fully fitted kitchen and a wet room.
There is a wheelchair accessible private garden with seating areas for guests to enjoy the stunning countryside views. Guests are encouraged to park in the open fronted barn (18.4m x 9m) behind the cottages.
Facilities - Across the courtyard from the cottages is a range of single storey buildings. The pool room (10.2m x 6.1m) housing the indoor splash pool (6m x 3m) with tiled surround and seating area. Two changing rooms plus WC.
Adjacent to the pool room is a garden store (3.9m x 2.9m) which also houses the oil storage tank for heating the owners house and splash pool. Behind this is the plant room (2.9m x 1.8m) for the splash pool.
The recreation room (9.2m x 4.8m) with its vaulted ceiling and exposed roof trusses is an excellent resource for guests and can be used for a variety of purposes.
Adjacent is the therapy room (4.2m x 3.0m) with entrance lobby and cloakroom.
Development Potential - A traditional stone barn (12m x 5.5m) at the entrance to the courtyard has planning permission to be converted into a further holiday cottage. This is a great opportunity for a new owner to convert the barn to their requirements and expand the current holiday business. To date the roof has been replaced and the services installed.
To the side of the recreation room is a large store room which is currently split into a laundry and two storage areas. These rooms have central heating, vaulted ceilings and exposed roof trusses. Subject to obtaining the relevant consents this could be converted for another purpose.
Services - Mains electricity. Mains water. Oil-fired central heating to the owner's house and holiday cottages. Private drainage.
Local Authority - North Dorset District Council - www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk
Salisbury Rd, Blandford Forum DT11 7LL. Tel: 01258 454111
Viewing - Strictly by appointment through Stags Holiday Complexes department on 01392 680058.
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