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  • Idyllic rural setting in very popular village
  • Period cottage with contemporary extensions
  • Generous flexible accommodation (about 1,800 sq ft)
  • Sitting room with fireplace and woodburning stove
  • Open plan dining area and garden room
  • Large kitchen with quality appliances
  • 3 Bedrooms and 2 smart bath/shower rooms
  • Study or ground floor 4th bedroom
  • Lovely enclosed cottage garden
  • Garden store and space to build garage (subject to planning)


A picture perfect period cottage, in a picturesque village setting Briar Cottage offers a lovely combination of charming period character and stylish modern living in a very popular village setting. The original Victorian cottage had already been considerably altered when our clients acquired it about 15 years ago and they continued to alter and improve the cottage to create the perfect village home they have today. The sitting room with a fireplace and woodburning stove and the study (or ground floor 4th bedroom with an adjoining cloakroom) are both in the old part of the cottage. At the back of the house there is a large family dining area opening into a fabulous garden room that was added by our clients a few years ago, and beyond that a large modern kitchen with quality electric appliances. Upstairs there are three bedrooms, two doubles and a generous single, and two very smart bath/shower rooms, one of which is ensuite. Sensible maintenance and re-decoration have continued right up to date, and the installation of the latest efficient electric heating system make Briar Cottage an easy and economical home to run. A perfect character cottage in a picture postcard village, ideal for young families, for retirement or as a 2nd home/country retreat. The garden is another special feature of the cottage. A pretty enclosed garden with a path to the front porch separates the cottage from the lane and drive, but most of the garden lies to the side where there are two lawns surrounded by beautifully stocked, colourful borders. Immediately off the garden room, on the east and south side of the cottage is a large paved terrace which gets the sun throughout most of the day, and in front of the terrace there is a paved parking area for 2/3 cars. Tarrant Monkton is one of the prettiest villages along the picturesque Tarrant Valley. It is well known for the Langton Arms public house and restaurant, and surrounded by the distinctive rolling countryside of Cranborne Chase (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Although the four Tarrant villages at this end of the valley (Gunville, Hinton, Launceston and Monkton) are very rural they are by no means isolated and there is the thriving community in the valley. As well as the pub there is a local butcher, a church and busy village hall, and a rather good wine merchants and farm shop in Tarrant Hinton. Blandford Forum with its historic Georgian market square is only a short drive away and has an excellent range of amenities including an M&S food hall, Lidl and Tesco superstores. For a wider range of amenities Salisbury, Dorchester and Poole are all within about half an hour's drive. Communication links around the village are excellent, the business centres along the coast from Poole and Bournemouth through to Southampton and Portsmouth are all within reasonable driving distance. There is lovely walking, riding and cycling in the countryside that surrounds the village, and Poole harbour and Dorset's famous Jurassic coastline are only a short drive away to the South. Mains electricity and water are available at the property. Private drainage (septic tank). Electric ''Economy 7' heating.