Guide price £785,000
An attractive and immaculately restored Dorset farmhouse with excellent accommodation in a popular village setting. With its striking mix of brick, stone and timber framed elevations Castle Farm House is a typically attractive listed C17th farmhouse that is nicely situated close to the centre of this very popular North Dorset village. Comprehensively refurbished, the house has very generous accommodation with an excellent arrangement of reception rooms including a dining hall with an inglenook fireplace and wood burner, a large sitting room with inglenook fireplace and a 32ft family room with another fine stone fireplace and wood burner. A recently refitted country style kitchen with stone floor, and separate utility room and cloakroom complete the ground floor and upstairs there are 5 well proportioned double bedrooms and 4 bath/shower rooms (2 ensuite). The substantial detached outbuilding is currently a double garage with a loft room, but it could easily be converted to create an annexe (subject to planning permission). With a wealth of period features, the house is exceptionally well presented and recent refurbishment work includes installation of the new kitchen and bathrooms, a new boiler and hot water system and the thatched roof was re-ridged in 2013. So, this charming old house is now a perfect period home with all the space and creature comforts needed for modern family life. The house is set back from the lane behind a low wall with a double five-bar gate to one side giving access to a large gravel courtyard behind the house. There are more formal gardens to the side (south) of the house and beyond the courtyard which back on to open farmland and are mainly laid to lawn with mature borders and both new and mature hedges. Their is plenty of parking in front of the timber clad barn style outbuilding that is currently a double garage with stairs up to a large studio/loft room that could be converted into a substantial annexe. subject to planning consent. Situated at the foot of Okeford Hill on the edge of the Blackmore Vale, Okeford Fitzpaine is surrounded by some of the prettiest countryside in this part of the south of England. It is as thriving village with a shop and Post Office, a pub (The Oak) a primary school and an active church and village hall. More local amenities are nearby in Sturminster Newton and Shillingstone, and it is only a short drive into Blandford Forum or Sherborne. Sherborne and Gillingham both have mainline stations with fast regular trains to London Waterloo, the A303 lies about 17 miles to the north bringing London within reasonable driving distance and the business centres in the Poole/Bournemouth/Christchurch conurbation are within easy commuting distance. This part of the west country has become well known for its choice of highly rated schools. As well as a popular village primary school, Sturminster and Gillingham both have state secondary schools and independent schools in the area include Bryanston, Milton Abbey, Sherborne and Clayesmore, as well as Sandroyd, Hanford, Knighton House and Port Regis prep schools. All mains services are available at the property. Gas fired radiator central heating and hot water.
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