Guide price £850,000
Listed Grade II of architectural or historic importance, Picton House is believed to date back to circa 1776. Constructed of local mellow stone under a predominantly slate roof, this beautifully renovated townhouse offers over 4850 square feet of eminently flexible accommodation, set over three floors. The property is presented to a high standard, having recently undergone a fastidious and sympathetic programme of works with flair and attention to detail, including updated electrics, gas central heating and plumbing, resulting in a truly exceptional family home. It now boasts wonderfully light and well-proportioned rooms and retains an enormous amount of charm and character, with period features including high ceilings, open fireplaces, exposed beams, window seats and sash windows. A perfect juxtaposition of old and new, but with all of the modern conveniences in place. There are many rooms in the house worth noting, including the principal reception rooms which are all well proportioned. On the ground floor is the elegant almost south facing drawing room with corner Hamstone fireplace. Two arched openings lead to the dining room with stone fireplace flanked either side by recessed glazed display cabinets. The rustic style family kitchen/breakfast room with exposed brickwork and painted stone walls is of a really good size, with a walk in pantry. A good range of well designed timber base units under composite worktops with inset double stainless steel sink with mixer tap over. Under counter integral freezer and space and plumbing for white goods, plus a Belling range style cooker. French doors give access to the courtyard garden. To the first floor is the generous, stylish south west facing sitting room with views over the courtyard garden. Also on this floor is bedroom one, a very good sized double room with a Jack and Jill bathroom, shared with bedroom three. Plus a further double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. There is access to the terrace, attic and boiler room from this floor. The second floor provides three further immaculate, double bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities. The location and layout of the property provide very flexible living and an excellent opportunity for additional income such as an Air BnB or Bed and Breakfast business. Dominated by its ancient Abbey and school, Sherborne is arguably the most attractive town in Dorset. There are numerous musical and cultural events which happen throughout the year. The town offers a superb range of traditional shops and boutiques and Picton House is located just a short walk from the main shopping street with its wide range of shops, local businesses and facilities including both Waitrose and Sainsburys supermarket. The two castles - one of which was home to Sir Walter Raleigh - reflect the historic nature of the town, the centre of which is designated a Conservation Area in which a policy of strict planning control operates to preserve its special character. West Dorset is well known for its unspoilt landscape and there are many pretty villages and countryside walks nearby. The Jurassic Coast is a mere twenty miles away at Weymouth. This stretch of coastline, from Portland to Lyme Regis, with its spectacular cliffs, is designated a World Heritage Site. Communications to this part of the country are excellent. From Sherborne there is a regular train service to Waterloo in about 2 hours 15 minutes; the station is within walking distance. The A303 (linking with the M3) is a dual carriageway almost the whole way to the M3, thus putting London within about two hours' drive.
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