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Grove Lane, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton - £725,000 Sold Subject to Contract

Property Details

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A bright and roomy detached stone cottage offering four good sized bedrooms, boasting a peaceful and private location - set in just under half an acre of grounds and a short stroll to the high street of one of Dorset's smallest towns. The property dates to the early 17th century with a grade II listed status and was originally two cottages that were believed to have been converted into one dwelling some time during the 1960s. This charming home retains many characteristic features, including inglenook fireplaces with Bressumer beams and pane glass windows, some with seats under and benefits from oil fired central heating and magnificent views over the Blackmore Vale countryside. During the eighteen years that our sellers have owned the property, it has been very much enjoyed and cherished with improvements that included replacing an existing garage with a double car barn and workshop, which is more sympathetic to its surroundings as well as replacing bathroom suites and kitchen units. The garden has also been meticulously designed and will certainly please gardeners and non gardeners, alike! It is also worth pointing out that there is lapsed planning permission to extend the kitchen. Viewing is absolutely essential to truly appreciate this delightful home.

Energy Efficiency Rating 'Exempt' - Council Tax Band G


The Property


The internal accommodation consists of porch with double doors and porthole window to the side plus further door opening to a reception area with doors leading to the dining room and the sitting room,which boasts a triple aspect built in bookcase and inglenook fireplace with Bressumer beam. The dining room also boasts a stone fireplace and beam plus Oak flooring. Also on the ground floor there is a study, inner lobby leading out to the back of the cottage and a kitchen/breakfast room fitted with a range of country style units and granite work surfaces with inset porcelain sink plus Travertine flooring. In addition there is a utility and cloakroom. On the first floor there is a long landing with magnificent views over the Blackmore Vale, the main bathroom, master bedroom with a range of fitted furniture and en-suite shower room plus a generously sized single bedroom. On the second floor there are two more double bedrooms, both enjoying rural views.


The Garden

The property is approached from the lane onto a drive leading to a five bar gate opening to a further drive, which sweeps up to the car barn. The garden has been beautifully landscaped with many areas of interest - there is a paved seating area outside of the sitting room with steps rising to a lawn, edged by well stocked mature shrub and flower borders and miniature privet hedge. An arch with climbing rose opens to a further part of the garden where there are fruit trees and a meandering gravel path leading to the outbuildings and vegetable garden. The whole grounds extend to just under half an acre, boasting a sunny and private aspect enclosed mostly by old stone walls.

The Outbuildings

The outbuildings - all with light and power, plus insulated - consist of:-
Double Car Barn with attached workshop - 4.62 m x 6.10 m (15'2'' x 20') + 4.62 m x 2.74 m (15'2'' x 9')
Old Stables - 3.68 m x 3.94 m (12'1'' x 12'11'') - 3.71 m x 4.78 m (12'2'' x 15'8'')
Workshop - 5.33 m x 3.25 m (17'6'' x 10'8'')

The Location


The property is located in the popular Dorset town of Stalbridge, which is reputed to be the county's smallest town, steeped in history and dating back to Saxon times with a 15th Century Church and Market Cross. The town has an approximate population of 2500 and caters well for everyday needs with an award winning supermarket, family run butchers, post office and community run library. There is also a primary school with excellent OFSTED report, dental surgery and public house as well as a variety of takeaway shops. Further facilities are available at Sturminster Newton 4 miles to the East and Sherborne and Shaftesbury both within 7 miles. The town is close to excellent communication links with the A30 and A303 within easy reach and just 3 miles from the mainline train station at Templecombe, serving London, Waterloo and the West Country.


From the Sturminster Newton Office

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 Stalbridge continue past the petrol station onto Ring Street. Just after the turning fro Dike's supermarket turn left into Grove Lane. Go straight over into the continuation of Grove Lane. The property will be found at the top of the road on the left hand side.