A handsome Victorian farmhouse in a lovely village setting with great potential for refurbishment and extension (subject to planning). Parsonage Farmhouse was built by the Portman Estate in around 1890 and our clients' acquired the house in 1978, so it has been their home for well over 40 years now. In all that time the house has been extremely well maintained, and although it is nicely presented it does now offer the new owners a rare opportunity to refurbish and, subject to planning permission, extend a lovely period house to create their own perfect home in the heart of a popular Dorset village. The existing accommodation is well organised with a central entrance hall, two double aspect reception rooms at the front, a sitting room to the right and dining room to the left, and at the back a large kitchen breakfast room with an AGA and a utility room. Upstairs there are four double bedrooms and a family bathroom. The size and configuration of the garden means there is plenty of space to consider building an extension which would enhance the house enormously and make sure that the potential of the plot is properly maximised. The property is approached down a long private drive which does provide access at the road end for two neighbouring properties. At the end of the drive, in front of the house there is a wide gravel forecourt with plenty of parking room and space to build a garage (subject to planning). The rear gardens are enclosed by high walls and a mature hedge, and on the sunny west facing side of the house there is a large paved terrace and beyond that a lawn with borders and a wealth of colourful plants, shrubs and specimen trees. At one end of the lawn there are some raised beds and a cage for soft fruit and vegetables. Close to the house on the south side there is also a red brick barn and garage, which could be utilized as a home office or a small annexe. From the terrace and across the lawn there is a lovely view towards the woods on the hill above Durweston. Parsonage Farmhouse is nicely situated in the heart of the older part of Stourpaine, a picturesque and thriving village that has a pub, The White Horse which incorporates the village shop and post office, there is also a pretty C19th church, village hall and playing field which hosts many well supported clubs and associations with a newly re-furbished pavilion and tennis courts. The Dorset Trailway runs through the heart of the village and the south coast is about half an hour away at Poole Harbour, Sandbanks, Studland and along Dorset's famous Jurassic Coast. All the other amenities you need are nearby in Blandford Forum which also boasts an M&S food hall, Lidl and Tesco superstores. Wider communication links around the village are excellent, the business centres along the coast from Poole and Bournemouth through to Southampton are all within reasonable driving distance, and the nearby A31 provides an easy link to the M27 and M3 to London. The most convenient station is Poole which has a fast regular service to London Waterloo, and Southampton and Bournemouth airports are close by. This part of Dorset has also become extremely popular because of the wide selection of schools at all levels. There is a successful primary school nearby in Durweston, a secondary school in Blandford and independent schools in the area include Bryanston (on the doorstep), Sherborne, Milton Abbey, Canford and Clayesmore, as well as Knighton House and Hanford and prep schools. Services: Mains electricity, water and drainage are available at the property. LPG (gas) fired radiator central heating and AGA.
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