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Long Street, Cerne Abbas, Dorchester DT2 7JF

Guide Price Of £565,000

A fantastic Grade ll Listed attached property dating back to the 1590's in the heart of the sought after village of Cerne Abbas.

The property, which has three lovely double bedrooms, has recently undergone a fastidious programme of works and is now presented to the highest possible specifications but very much retaining the enormous charm that the property has in abundance. Of particular note is the superb open plan family kitchen and the large sitting/dining area. There is also a private driveway for two cars and a very pretty enclosed cottage garden.

This exceptional house boasts spacious rooms at ground floor level, with a large open plan area dominated by the great Tudor Inglenook fireplace, a legacy of its earlier history as a bakery, where
Sir Walter Raleigh is said to have supped on his way to answer charges at Cerne Abbas after offending Elizabeth I.

A host of period features include 16th-century beams and stonework, a fine Georgian cupboard and some later 'Arts and Crafts' style detailing. Bakers' tally-marks and a mason's emblem scored in the 'clunch' wall in the sitting room elaborate the building's rich history.

A substantial Georgian extension to the rear contains the characterful family kitchen which opens directly onto the sun-trap walled garden, permitting al fresco entertaining when the weather is warm. All the expected high quality fitted equipment is present and a second traditional fireplace, with bread oven to one side, holds an Aga cooker with a fitted extractor hood above.

The first floor is charming, the stairs rising to a simply stunning landing, where the antiquity of the building is demonstrated in its original oak board floors and surviving plank and muntin panelling.
Three double bedrooms each have their own unique character, one containing a further, smaller Tudor fireplace and a delightful window-seat.

The present owners acquired the property in 2013 and undertook a major restoration, aiming to create a truly 21st-century home while respecting the historic structure. All services were completely replaced and a new 3-phase electricity supply was installed, capable of fast-charging a vehicle as well as meeting all the demands of contemporary living. Naturally, entirely new plumbing was fitted, and a high-output heating system, featuring stylish cast-iron enamelled radiators and exposed copper pipework, complements and enhances the traditional architecture.

Attention to detail extends beyond restoration using traditional lime-render and locally-sourced oak, to high-grade roof insulation and conservation roof-windows located in the two well-lit and fully boarded lofts - one retaining the oak A-frame beams of the original structure.

There is high speed broadband connection and satellite television reception.

There is private off-road parking for 2 cars, and a secluded and sunny walled garden to the rear, featuring Purbeck stone slabs and terracing that graces a well-established cottage garden with mature compact trees and shrubs. There is also a custom-made greenhouse created to the same design and solid oak structure as the rear woodwork of the house, and a traditionally-built workshop/store with mains electricity.

All in all this would make a wonderful primary or secondary home in a much sought after location.

The conservation village of Cerne Abbas, with its fine parish Church of St Mary, lies within the unspoilt Dorset Downs about 8 miles north west of the county town of Dorchester. The village itself has an excellent range of facilities including a general store and post office, tea rooms, 3 public houses, a first school and doctor's surgery, all within easy walking distance from the property.

From the front door it is only a short step to the heart of the village, and there is superb walking and riding in the surrounding countryside along the extensive network of footpaths and bridle ways that cross the beautiful countryside around the village. There are many other good opportunities for sports and recreation in the area with golf and other sports clubs in and around Dorchester and Sherborne, and it is a relatively short drive down to Dorset's beautiful heritage coast line between Weymouth, Lulworth and Bridport.

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