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Stoke Wake, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0HF

Guide Price Of £1,250,000

A charming 17th century farmhouse in a glorious rural setting with a cottage and 8.94 acres.

Ridouts Farmhouse is the perfect combination of a picturesque and historic stone farmhouse and a wonderful versatile family home. Originally dating from the early 17th century the house has an exciting history associated with the coastal smuggling trade, but in more recent times it has been altered and improved to create a comfortable and very practical family home. The accommodation is attractively presented and centred around separate entrance and stairs halls which are in the middle of the house, with a family sitting room and farmhouse kitchen with Aga to one side and a formal drawing room and dining room to the other. A utility room and cloakroom complete the ground floor accommodation and upstairs there are 5 good bedrooms and 2 bath/shower rooms. Across the courtyard behind the house there is an attractively presented detached 2 bedroom cottage, and the present owners have also obtained planning consent to rebuild the existing garage and to add a large open hall/family room connected to the house by a glazed link. All in all, a great opportunity to take on a wonderful family home in a glorious rural setting with schools and popular market towns nearby in all directions.

From the lane, the drive sweeps past the gardens on the left and pony paddocks on the right, into a wide gravel courtyard behind the house. The formal gardens are mainly laid to lawn with simple borders and a sunny stone paved terrace immediately in front of the house. Behind the cottage and close to the outbuildings there is a well-kept kitchen garden. Across the drive from the house with separate gated entrances there are two pony paddocks securely enclosed with post and rail fences and mixed hedging. There is a mains water supply to both paddocks. Outbuildings include detached twin garages with sliding doors and an attic storage area, and a small brick built barn divided into stables and a storage area.
There is mains electricity in the vicinity of all of the outbuildings.

Ridouts farmhouse is situated in the hamlet of Stoke Wake, which has the west facing escarpment between Okeford Hill and Bulbarrow as a back drop and is surrounded by some of the most picturesque countryside in Dorset. There are village pubs nearby in Ibberton and Ansty where there is also an excellent farm shop, and it is only a 5 minute drive into Hazelbury Bryan where there is a village shop and sub-post office as well as a pub, busy village hall and popular primary school. For more essential day to day services it is only a short drive over the hill into Blandford, an historic Georgian market town with a Tesco superstore and M&S food hall. Dorchester, the county town and Sherborne with its historic Abbey are also close by. Sherborne is also the closest railway station and has a fast regular service to London Waterloo (130 mins). The south coast is just over half an hour's drive away between Poole and Weymouth and there are many other good opportunities for sport and recreation in the area with excellent walking, riding and cycling all around. Stoke Wake is in Dorset's golden triangle of schools, and as well as good state primary and secondary schools, independent schools nearby include Bryanston, Canford, Milton Abbey, Sherborne, Clayesmore and Leweston with prep schools in the area including Knighton House, Dumpton, Castle Court and Port Regis.

Mains electricity and water are available at the property. Private drainage (septic tank). Oil fired radiator central heating and oil fired Aga.

Please note that Ridouts Farmhouse is listed grade II and situated in the Dorset AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).









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