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A charming period cottage in a picturesque setting


  • A picturesque listed C17th detached cottage
  • Generous accommodation with period features
  • A perfect project for updating and refurbishment
  • 3 or 4 reception rooms with two inglenook fireplaces
  • 4 double bedrooms and large family bathroom
  • Huge potential to extend (subject to planning consent)
  • Lovely garden extending to over ½ an acre
  • Village setting in beautiful Dorset countryside
  • Private parking and plenty of space for a garage (subject to planning consent)


A perfect opportunity to refurbish a charming C17th listed cottage in a peaceful and picturesque village setting. Abbots Barton has been a wonderful home for our clients family for over 35 years, and although the cottage has been upgraded and well maintained, it now provides a perfect opportunity for the next owners to complete another project of refurbishment and upgrading to create their own unique country home. Starting from the kitchen/breakfast room at the south end of the cottage, the accommodation runs through to a dining room, then a sitting room with an inglenook fireplace and across the hall to a 2nd sitting room with another inglenook fireplace and stairs to the first floor, and finally an art studio/study or ground floor 5th bedroom with an adjoining wet room (bathroom 2). A conservatory and rear lobby and upstairs there are 4 good double bedrooms and a large family bathroom. The layout of the cottage and the large garden means there is enormous potential to extend (subject to planning permission) and Abbots Barton really does provide a wonderful opportunity for the new owners to create a fabulous family home in a very lovely rural setting. Surrounding the cottage on three sides and extending to over 1/2 an acre, the gardens are an important feature. A wide lawn with a neat border, Wisteria and rambling roses separate the cottage from the lane, and at the south end there is a large tarmac parking area. Divided in two by a small stream, the already attractive back garden offers another opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of garden design and landscaping to make the most of the different areas and the potential views. There is a range of outbuildings on the northern boundary and plenty of space off the drive to build a garage/annexe (subject to planning). Abbots Barton is amongst the oldest of the many character properties in Hilton, a pretty village situated in one of the lovely valleys to the west of Blandford, a stone's throw from Milton Abbey and surrounded by some of the most picturesque countryside in the south of England. Hilton has a thriving community and although it has no services, it is by no means isolated. There is a pub (The Fox) and an excellent farm shop and post office nearby in Ansty, and village shops a few miles in either direction in Hazelbury Bryan and Milborne St Andrew. More extensive amenities are only a short drive away in Blandford and Dorchester, and there are main line railway stations within 1/2 an hour in Sherborne, Dorchester and at Moreton, all with regular trains to London (Waterloo) and the West Country. The easiest drive to London and the home counties is probably via Blandford and Salisbury and onto the A303/M3. This part of Dorset has also become popular for its excellent choice of schools at all levels with village primary schools nearby in Cheselbourne and Milborne St Andrew, state secondary schools in Dorchester and Blandford, and a wide selection of independent schools on the doorstep including Milton Abbey, Bryanston, Sherborne, Clayesmore and Leweston as well as Port Regis, Sandroyd, Hanford and Knighton House prep schools. Services: Mains electricity and water are available at the property. Private drainage (septic tank). Oil fired radiator central heating.