'The English dream is to live in a perfect village with a little church, a cosy pub and a really massive supermarket'... Situated in a tranquil spot with views over the church is this enchanting semi detached Grade II listed character cottage dating to the 18th century and lying just a short stroll to the high street of Dorset's smallest town. The town caters well for every day needs with Dike's an award winning independent supermarket, family run butchers, post office and dentist surgery plus a well rated primary school and library. The property is also just a short walk of the surrounding Blackmore Vale countryside. The cottage boasts a wealth of character features such as, exposed beams and floorboards, pane glass windows with deep sills and the original shutters and leaded light windows plus a gorgeous original door with black furniture. There is also an inglenook fireplace wit Bressumer beam and two further fireplaces with flagstone hearths. The outer walls, on both ground floor and first floor curve, which we believe was to allow the horse carriages to sweep round to the stable block situated behind. Over recent years the property has benefited from a new 'Glow Worm' gas fired central heating boiler, full electrical test and a central island added to the kitchen area. The cottage has also been redecorated in parts and a fireplace uncovered in the master bedroom. The external stone work and windows have all been repainted in keeping with the Grade II listing requirements with the last five or six years. Viewing is vital to really appreciate this delightful home.
Canopy with an original six panelled door below opening into the hall. Pane glass window with secondary glazing and original shutters plus store cupboard beneath overlooking the church. Ceiling light. Smoke detector. Part wood panelled walls. Radiator. Power and telephone point. Built in cupboard with hanging rail and shelf. Slate tiled floor with inset coir matting by front door. Panelled doors and up one step to kitchen and shower room. Panelled door to the:-
Sitting Room (6.38m'' x 4.67m'' / 20'11'' x 15'4'')
Dual aspect with pane glass window and secondary glazing overlooking the church and pane glass window with shutters overlooking the courtyard, both with deep sills. Inset spot lights and wall lights. Two radiators. Part wood panelled walls. Power and television points. Exposed beams. Inglenook fireplace with bressumer beam and stone hearth, log store and wood burner. Door to understairs cupboard with light. Further store cupboard with shelves and door to the staircase. Door to the courtyard with inset coir matting. One step up and latch door to the:-
Dining Room (6.83m'' x 3.71m'' / 22'5'' x 12'2'')
Approximate measurements. Window overlooking the rear courtyard. Ceiling and spot lights. Two radiators. Power points. Exposed beams. Curved end wall. Original fireplace with brick arch and metal canopy which conceals the gas fired boiler plus flagstone hearth. Wood flooring with inset coir matting by the original wood door which leads to the rear porch. One step down to the:-
Kitchen (3.53m'' x 2.08m'' / 11'7'' x 6'10'')
Approximate measurements. Pane glass window with deep sill and shutters overlooking the church. Inset spot lights. A range of kitchen units comprising: floor cupboards, separate drawer unit and eye level cupboards with open display shelves. Granite work surfaces. Enamel sink with old fashioned taps. Part tiled walls. Integrated dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Range style cooker. Island with cupboard and drawers under. Exposed beams and brickwork. Central heating programmer. Slate tiled floor.
Inset spot lights. Extractor fan. Pedestal wash hand basin with tiled splash back and sensor operated illuminating mirror. Low level WC. Fully tiled shower cubicle. Radiator. Tiled floor.
Enclosed staircase with wood panelled walls rises to a large landing with enough space for a study area. Pane glass window with secondary glazing and deep sill overlooking the church. Ceiling lights. Smoke detector. Radiator. Power and telephone points. Strip wood door to master bedroom. Up two steps to an inner landing with ceiling light, access to loft space with pull down ladder and light, part wood panelled walls, central heating thermostat and linen cupboard with slatted shelves plus latch doors to bedroom three and panelled doors to bedroom two and the bathroom.
Master Bedroom (4.75m'' x 4.70m'' / 15'7'' x 15'5'')
Approximately. Pane glass window with secondary glazing and seat beneath overlooking the rear courtyard and with beautiful view over the Blackmore Vale. Ceiling light. Radiator. Power points. Cupboard with hanging rail. Eye level wall cupboard with shelves. Brick fireplace with timber mantel and flagstone hearth.
Bedroom Two (4.62m'' x 3.40m'' / 15'2'' x 11'2'')
Maximum measurements. Sash window to the side with secondary glazing. Ceiling light. Radiator. Power points. Exposed beams. An original Victorian fireplace. Fitted double wardrobe with hanging rail and shelf. Double size airing cupboard with pressurised hot water cylinder and fitted with slatted shelves. Exposed floorboards.
Bedroom Three (3.63m'' x 3.15m'' / 11'11'' x 10'4'')
Approximately. Leaded light window to rear with lovely countryside views. Ceiling light. Radiator. Power and television points. Exposed beam. Part wood panelled walls. Curved end wall with chimney breast. Exposed floorboards.
Window to rear with deep sill and secondary glazing. Recessed ceiling lights. Suite comprising of bath with wood panelled side and shower over plus tiling to surrounding walls, pedestal wash hand basin with tiled splash back and low level WC. Part wood panelled walls. Shaver point. Combined traditional style radiator and heated towel rail.
Situated to the rear of the courtyard and accessed along the side of the cottage is a single garage with up and over door, power and lighting plus window into the courtyard.
The south facing courtyard is accessed from the side of the cottage via a wooden gate, which leads onto stone steps leading down to a paved seating area. There is also a covered seating area, pond with attractive waterfall feature and steps leading to the rear of the garage where there is a great viewing point to admire the Blackmore Vale. The courtyard has been attractively laid out and offers a private and sunny space to enjoy life. In addition there is also an outhouse which is used as a store/utility area where there is a washing machine, spaces for other appliances and plenty of cupboards.
From the Sturminster Newton Offfice
Leave Sturminster via Bridge Street at the traffic lights go over the bridge and turn right onto the A357. Continue on this road for approximately 5 miles turning left where Stalbridge is signposted. On entering the town go through the single lane onto the High Street and continue onto Church Hill. Turn left immediately by the church into Church Walk and the cottage is on the left hand side.