A superb modern house of over 3,000 sq/ft, with a lovely outlook in a very convenient location on the edge of town. Laurel Rise was built about 25 years ago and the current owners of the last 17 years have maintained and presented the house beautifully, and the well-proportioned accommodation features a large open entrance hall off which there is light double aspect sitting room with an open fireplace (fitted with a gas fire), a dining room, a kitchen/breakfast room and a separate utility room. Upstairs there are 5 double bedrooms with 3 bathrooms (1 ensuite) and a 2nd staircase gives easy access up to 2 large attic rooms, one of which is currently a study but could easily be a 6th bedroom. Double glazing and modern gas heating (new boiler in 2019) ensure this is an easy and economical house to manage. The existence of the attic rooms and a large integral double garage also give potential to create a separate annexe, and all of this make Laurel Rise a very appealing and flexible family home in a superb location. The garden at Laurel Rise is quite a surprise. It is larger than you might expect for a house in this location and being elevated it is private and has a lovely outlook across the fields towards Bryanston. Behind the house, the garden is largely laid out for easy maintenance. To the west there is a part paved gravel garden and around the corner an attractive circular lawn with colourful, well stocked borders, stone features and trellising. The tarmac drive in front of the house provides ample parking and continues beside the garage down to a secure parking area for a boat or caravan, with a separate gated entrance. Blandford St. Mary is a popular location surrounded by the picturesque Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and just across the river from Blandford Forum. The town has services and amenities for everyone's day-to-day needs including Tesco and Lidl superstores and an M&S Food Hall. From this ideal location, it is only a brisk walk over the river into the town or out into the lovely surrounding countryside. There are many good opportunities for sport and recreation in the area, the Jurassic Coast, New Forest and Cranborne Chase are all nearby and there are great opportunities for water sports around Poole Harbour and along the south coast which is less than an hour away. Communication links around Blandford are excellent and the commute to Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch is very straightforward making the town popular with people who work in that area. Easy access onto the A31 provides a quick link to the M27 for Southampton and Portsmouth, and the M3 up to London. The A303/M3 via Salisbury provides another option for driving to London, and Salisbury and Poole stations both have fast regular train services to London Waterloo and the West Country. This area is also well served with good schools at all levels. As well as a nearby primary school and state secondary school, there is a good choice of independent schools including Bryanston (on the doorstep), Milton Abbey, Canford and Clayesmore, and prep schools at Knighton House, Castle Court and Dumpton. All mains services are available at the property. Gas fired radiator central heating (new boiler 2019) and a water softener. Good broadband service.
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