Guide price £995,000
A perfectly proportioned Georgian Regency house in a perfect secluded village setting with a wonderful garden and grounds of just under 1.40 acres. The Red House is a picture-perfect house for which the phrase ''a Georgian gem' could well have been coined. Built in 1816 probably as part of a small farm, the house was converted into a hunting box by the Victorians, and it then became a private family home. Today it is an immaculately presented and perfectly proportioned house that still retains all the grace and elegance of the Georgian period with fine period detail evident throughout. Centred around a long entrance hall the accommodation comprises a drawing room and generous dining room at the front, both with fine fireplaces and at the back of the house, in the Victorian wing, the old domestic offices are now a sitting room with wood burning stove and a smart modern kitchen/breakfast room. A study/office, large cloak and shower room, utility room and a boot room complete the ground floor. Upstairs on the first floor, there are 4/5 double bedrooms and a modest family bathroom. The 5th large room on the first floor is currently a kitchen which could easily be converted back to a bedroom or ensuite bathroom/dressing room. Upstairs again, on the second floor there are 4 further large rooms; 2 double bedrooms, a large bathroom and an attic room. The Red House is a quite beautiful and comfortable family home as it is and it has been very well maintained, but we fully anticipate that it will probably be refurbished and updated by the next owners to suit their specific requirements. Work that might include renewal of the essential services, reorganising the bedrooms and creating more bathrooms. After this we are sure The Red House will continue to be a wonderful family home, maybe even for over 45 years for the next owners as well. The gardens are something of a surprise and a testament to the imagination and skill of the current owners. The house is set nicely back from the High Street behind a simple garden that is dominated by a mature copper beech tree below which there is a neatly kept lawn with a gravel drive sweeping around the front of the house to a detached double garage and parking area. Most of the garden lies to the south-east of the house where it is divided in to a number of themed areas. Immediately behind the house there is paved terrace and seating area easily accessible from the kitchen and the entrance hall. Walk across the terrace or out from the kitchen and you come in to a beautiful ornamental garden with shaded seating areas dotted around the lawn which is uniquely planted with silver birch and box hedge. Walk on through the trees and you come out on to a larger level lawn with a more natural garden and a play area backing onto open fields. Both lawned areas of garden are south and east facing and can be enjoyed with a high degree of privacy. The Red House is nicely situated off the High Street in the older part of the village, close to all the amenities that make Sturminster Marshall so popular. It is only a short walk to the village shops and post office, and to the well regarded primary school and either of the 2 pubs in the village. For a wider range of everyday services and amenities it is only 15 minutes or so from Blandford Forum with its bustling Georgian market square (and M&S Food Hall) and Wimborne with its lively restaurants and bars (and Waitrose). The popularity of the village is enhanced by its great location in the Stour valley, surrounded by lovely countryside and yet only a short drive from many of the region's main business centres including Wimborne, Ferndown, Poole, Bournemouth and Blandford. It is an ideal base for commuting to any of those locations but has all the benefits of lovely surrounding countryside and good village amenities. A brisk walk will take you along the river valley or up to Badbury Rings and the National Trust estate at Kingston Lacy. There are also many good opportunities for sport and recreation nearby with numerous golf courses and plenty of other sports clubs in and around Blandford and Poole, and great opportunities for water sports in Poole Harbour and along the Jurassic coast, which is less than half an hours' drive away. Communication links from the village are excellent and as well as the local business centres already mentioned, easy access on to the A31 provides a quick link to the M27 for Southampton and Portsmouth, and the M3 up to London. Bournemouth and Southampton airports are easily accessible and Poole station has a fast regular train services to London Waterloo (about 2 hours). The area is also well served with schools at all levels and as well as an excellent village primary school and secondary schools in Wimborne and Corfe Mullen, there are boys and girls grammar schools in Poole and Parkstone. Public schools in the area include Canford, Bryanston, Milton Abbey and Clayesmore, as well as Dumpton, Castle Court and Knighton House prep schools. Mains electricity, water and drainage are available at the property. Oil fired radiator central heating and hot water. Mains gas is available nearby.
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