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Toller Fratrum, Dorchester, DT2

Guide price £1,350,000

Under offer

5 Beds 3 Baths 5 Receptions

REF: BRI180107


A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE A UNIQUE GRADE II LISTED HOUSE OF ARCHITECTURAL & HISTORICAL INTEREST SET IN A BEAUTIFUL RURAL LOCATION WITH A WONDERFUL STUDIO/OFFICE SPACE, STUNNING 1 BED ANNEXE, OUTBUILDINGS, PADDOCK, LARGE GARDENS AND LAND EXTENDING TO JUST UNDER 2 ACRES. Lower Dairy House occupies a very special position in this pretty and historic hamlet, made up of just a cluster of houses and a church situated alongside a no through-lane in a tranquil Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty teaming with wildlife. Built circa 1600, the main house is listed grade II of architectural and historical interest and is built of stone, chalk and brick elevations under a slate roof. It has been lovingly and beautifully restored by the current owners during their 12-year tenure, and now provides very light, spacious and versatile accommodation throughout, coupled with a subtle and tasteful finish. The hall, with custom-made oak cupboards, makes for a generous boot/cloak room and WC. The impressive bespoke kitchen with concrete worktops and Aga really is the hub of the home and forms an open plan arrangement in the centre of the house incorporating a dining area with doors opening onto the rear terrace overlooking the pretty garden and water-meadows. A useful utility room leading out to a small but very charming seating area amongst raised flower beds and herb garden is the perfect spot for morning coffee. The snug, children's play room and main staircase lead from the rear hall, while a larger sitting room/gallery is at the opposite end of the house, with its vaulted ceiling and exposed oak beams, wood burning stove, slate floor and handmade glazed openings make for an extremely flexible, light and bright space. The first floor is equally as impressive, with a generous landing that could easily double up as a study, again with fitted oak bookcases. The master bedroom (formerly the old potato store and creamery) with its vaulted ceiling, exposed timbers and medieval clunch (chalk) walks exudes character and hosts a generous shower room, separate dressing room and reveals a secret staircase taking you back down to the sitting room. Three further double bedrooms and family bathroom complete the accommodation on the first floor. OUTBUILDINGS Inside the walled garden, planted with wildflowers and vegetables, is a Victorian-built dairy that ceased operation in the 1960s and has been cleverly reimagined by the current owners for a rural working life in the 21st century. The restoration is stunning: open plan spaces with simple, durable finishes, polished concrete floor, vaulted ceiling, biomass stove, WC, kitchenette and underfloor heating, bespoke oak doors and windows overlooking a wildlife pond (with its resident kingfisher). The building is a great addition to the main house and provides an inspiring atmosphere for anyone who wishes to work or run a business from home. At the far end of the building there is a charming, self-contained annexe/holiday bolthole, with independent access and separate parking to the main house. With exposed stone walls, recycled timbers and vaulted ceiling, it opens onto a gravelled seating area with views over the raised beds and wildflower garden - an ideal spot to watch the resident swallows dipping over pond. Furthermore, there are a quadrant of outbuildings that have also been restored and suitable for a number of uses, including stables, storage or indeed conversion into further residential accommodation (subject to any planning permissions which may be required) plus open barn garaging that has been future proofed. There is approved planning consent for for an oak framed garage with log store. OUTSIDE The property is approached via a quiet single track lane leading to a 5-bar gate giving access to an extensive gravelled parking area and open barn garaging. The pretty gardens extend mainly to the rear of the house and comprise of lawned areas surrounded by well stocked herbaceous borders, wildflower garden, orchard, a wildlife pond complete with rowing boat and wild brown trout, a raised and fruitful produce garden, including polytunnel. Bifolding doors lead out from the kitchen/dining room onto a private and sunny paved terrace overlooking the garden, with views to the water meadows, chalk stream and downland beyond, making for a very tranquil and peaceful setting indeed. In addition, there are two paddocks, the smaller of the two with access from the rear of the property of approx. 0.835 acre, forming the south east boundary, and the larger situated opposite the main house, across the lane, of approx. 1.109 acre. All in all, Lower Dairy Farm would make the most perfect primary or secondary residence in this extremely beautiful location, with further opportunities to explore.