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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Tarrant Keyneston, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11

Sold STC £2,595,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Grade II Listed Georgian village house
  • 4 Reception rooms
  • 6 Bedrooms and 4 bathrooms
  • Staff/guest cottage
  • Garaging
  • Walled gardens
  • Paddocks with river frontage
  • In all about 12.25 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A beautifully presented Grade II Listed Georgian house


Keyneston Lodge occupies a secluded position within landscaped gardens in the village of Tarrant Keyneston. The house has a southerly aspect and a particular feature is its lovely walled garden. Within the village is a church with a 15th Century tower and a public house, "The True Lovers Knot". The village is situated about 4 miles south east of Blandford Forum and 6 miles north west of Wimborne Minster where an excellent range of local shops can be found. The larger towns of Salisbury, Poole and Bournemouth provide a more extensive range of shopping and recreational facilities. Communications by road are good with the A31 about 7 miles away. There are rail services to London Waterloo from Salisbury taking from 1 hour
30 minutes or from Poole taking about 2 hours. Sporting facilities in the area include golf courses at Ashley Wood and the exclusive Remedy Oak north of Wimborne and racing at Salisbury and Wincanton, hunting with the Portman and South Dorset Hunts. There is an extensive network of bridleways and footpaths locally. A full range of water sports are within easy reach along the Dorset coast. This coastline has been accorded World Heritage Status and boasts the large sheltered harbour of Poole as well as excellent beaches, including the site of the 2012 Sailing Olympics at Weymouth and Portland. There are excellent private schools in the area including Bryanston, Canford, Clayesmore, Milton Abbey and Sherborne, together with a number of preparatory schools, good primary and secondary schools.


Porch * Reception Hall * Drawing Room * Dining Room * Study *Kitchen/Breakfast Room *Sitting Room * Utility Room * 2 Cloakrooms * Wine Cellars *

6 Bedrooms * 4 Bathrooms * Shower Room * Dressing Room *

2nd Floor Games Room

Staff/Guest Cottage: hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom

Extensive Garaging

Beautiful Gardens including Walled Garden

Paddocks with frontage to the River Tarrant

In all about 12.25 acres

Keyneston Lodge which dates from the 18th Century, has attractive rendered elevations under a clay tiled roof. It is Grade II Listed as being of Architectural or Historical Interest. Some twenty five years ago the house was the subject of a comprehensive and sympathetic architect designed and supervised programme of restoration. The schedule of works undertaken at that time involved the property being re-roofed, re-windowed and all mechanical services replaced. At that time particular care was taken to preserve the architectural features of the property. The present owners acquired Keyneston Lodge in 1996 and have maintained the house to exacting standards and undertaken further improvements. The house offers beautifully appointed accommodation of great style. There is a charming lattice porch opening onto an impressive reception hall with magnificent staircase and galleried landing. The kitchen/breakfast room is lavishly equipped and includes a 4-oven Aga and American fridge/freezer. From this room and also from the elegant drawing room, there are double casement doors to the front terrace and garden. The large sash windows give the house a lovely light, airy feel and afford superb views over the delightful gardens. There are some attractive fireplaces and the house has oil fired under floor central heating. The former coach house/stable block has been converted into a delightful Guest/Staff Cottage which retains many original features including the former partitions creating the loose boxes which now provide sitting and dining areas and a vaulted ceiling at first floor level.

The accommodation for Keyneston Lodge, the Guest Cottage and the garaging is shown in detail on the floor plans.

There are two separate entrances with brick and flint piers and timber double gates located along the eastern and southern boundaries of the plot. Each entrance gate provides access into a gravelled car parking area with the eastern entrance leading to the double garage which adjoins the main house. This is constructed in a similar manner with rendered elevations under a pitched clay tiled roof. A covered clay tiled walkway links the house and garage. The garage has an electrically operated up and over door. The southern entrance gates provide access to a detached oak framed triple garage and workshop with a very extensive gravelled parking area which leads up to the detached Guest/Staff Cottage.

The grounds to the house are attractively landscaped. In front of the house is a lovely south facing paved terrace which leads on to the front garden which is laid to lawns and flower borders with a number of mature trees. A mature beech hedge provides screening from the village street. The formal grounds to the rear are enclosed within a tiled capped high screen wall providing a sheltered environment. This area is landscaped with attractive lawns, flower borders and gravelled paths. At the north eastern end of the walled garden is a greenhouse, pond and rose garden. The remainder of the gardens to the west of the house are laid to lawn and there is a putting green laid out to the north east of the Guest Cottage. Immediately to the south east of the house is the village street and to the south of this is the paddock and field. The paddock and the field are separated by the River Tarrant and there is a footbridge and vehicular ford which link the two areas of land together. The paddock is level and laid to pasture whilst the field located beyond the River Tarrant is also laid to pasture with a wooded copse at the south eastern end. The property extends in total to about 12.25 acres.

Square Footage: 5,695 sq ft
Acreage: 12.25 Acres


DT11 9JE.

From Wimborne take the B3082 road towards Blandford Forum and after approximately 6 miles the village of Tarrant Keyneston will be reached. Turn left opposite "The True Lovers Knot" public house where it is signposted towards Tarrant Crawford. Proceed through the village, going past the eastern entrance to Keyneston Lodge and follow the road round to the left along the beech hedge and take the southern entrance gates which are marked for Keyneston Lodge.

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09 April 2015

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