5 bedroom detached house for saleToller Whelme, Beaminster, Dorset, DT8
- Grade II* Listed manor house
- Delightful secluded setting
- 5 reception rooms
- 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
- Self contained West Wing
- Range of outbuildings
- Gardens and grounds
- Lake and paddocks
- St Johns Church
An exquisite 16th Century Manor House in a magnificent secluded setting
The Manor occupies a delightful setting in a small hamlet hidden away in the secluded downlands of West Dorset, yet only three miles from the attractive town of Beaminster. Toller Whelme is a charming hamlet comprising a church, The Manor and six other dwellings. It is approached from the Beaminster/Dorchester road (B3163) via a private road about a third of a mile in length. The Manor enjoys a delightful position facing due south, protected and sheltered lying in a slight hollow below the summit of the surrounding hills. There are colourful and well maintained gardens surrounding The Manor including lawns which run down to a lake fed by a spring which is the source of the River Toller. The surrounding countryside is beautifully unspoilt. Towns of note in the area include Beaminster (three miles), Crewkerne (eight miles) and Bridport (nine miles), all of which have an excellent variety of shopping, educational and cultural facilities with Crewkerne and Bridport both having Waitrose supermarkets. Communications in the area include a mainline railway station at Crewkerne with a regular service to London Waterloo and to Exeter. There is also a branch line service between Weymouth and Bristol which can be joined at the village of Maiden Newton. The A303 which lies to the north connects with Exeter to the west and London and the M3 to the east. Sporting facilities in the area include golf at Sherborne, Yeovil and West Bay, horse racing at Wincanton, Taunton, Exeter and Bath and water sports can be enjoyed along the Jurassic coast which is about eleven miles to the south. There are also good independent schools at Hazlegrove, Perrott Hill, Sherborne School for Girls, Sherborne School for Boys, Millfield and Kings Taunton.
Toller Whelme was mentioned in The Domesday Book when it was in the ownership of the Count of Mortain. It later passed to Forde Abbey, a Cistercian order and at one time comprised an estate of some fifteen hundred acres. The oldest wing dates from around 1470. The main part of The Manor dates from around 1645.
The Manor which is Grade II* Listed as being of Architectural or Historic Importance, is constructed with mellowed stone elevations under a thatched roof of Norfolk Reed. Some areas of roof at the rear of the building are of slate. The front elevation was rethatched in water reed last Summer, with the rear elevation having been rethatched in 2005. The house offers most attractive accommodation of enormous charm with well proportioned rooms enjoying lovely views over the gardens. There are some fine stone mullioned windows, several attractive fireplaces and some beamed ceilings. At present the West Wing has a separate Council Tax banding and is let on an assured shorthold tenancy. The Wing is linked to the main house so these additional rooms could be incorporated into the main house if required. The house was rewired in 2005 and there is oil fired central heating. At the end of the West Wing is the Old Hall dating from the 15th Century which now comprises a magnificent studio with a high vaulted ceiling, a fireplace with woodburning stove and steps up to a mezzanine floor with WC and shower.
The accommodation for The Manor and the adjoining West Wing is shown in the detail on the floor plans.
There are an extensive range of outbuildings including a log store, stables, workshop, greenhouse/orangery, potting shed, long barn (which could accommodate five stables), two store rooms (providing a possible tack room) and an open barn. Beside the lake is a delightful stone and slate boat house. Planning permission was granted (in 27.9.13) for an agricultural storage barn (14m x 6m).
The Gardens and Grounds
The Manor is surrounded by well kept lawns, flower and shrub borders. On the eastern side the lawns and trees run down to a magnificent ornamental lake with a delightful stone and slate boat house. To the west of The Manor are further areas of lawn, stone walled flower beds and a vegetable garden. The beautifully situated paddocks are in good heart and have water troughs and are well fenced for sheep. The property extends in total to about 20.23 acres.
St John's Church
Located close to the western boundary, this lovely Victorian church is thought to have been built in around 1870. It was purchased by the vendors and has recently been reroofed. Its use is restricted to that of a church with a maximum of eight services per annum plus christenings and marriages are allowed. There are however no minimum number of services that need to be conducted. The layout of the church is shown on the attached floor plans.
Fixtures and Fittings
All fixtures, fittings and garden statuary are excluded from the sale, although some may be available by separate negotiation.
Square Footage: 5,735 sq ft
Acreage: 20.23 Acres
Approaching from either the Crewkerne or Dorchester direction along the A356, take the turning south towards Beaminster (B3163) about six miles north west of Maiden Newton. Continue south for exactly one mile and turn off left where there is a signpost saying "Toller Whelme only". Go down this road for a third of a mile and The Manor will be found just below St John's Church on the left hand side.
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