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Melbury Osmond, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2

Guide price £725,000


4 Beds 2 Baths 3 Receptions

REF: DOR190082

An idyllic historic 4 bedroom cottage with beautiful garden in the heart of this lovely conservation village


  • Idyllic 4 bedroom cottage with principal en-suite
  • Family shower room with underfloor heating
  • Wonderful dining room with Inglenook fireplace and bread oven
  • Sitting room with stone fireplace and bressummer beam
  • Excellent size kitchen/breakfast room with Aga
  • Utility room with belfast sink and door to garden
  • Glorious private garden
  • Storeroom
  • Detached wash house
  • Off street parking


An utterly delightful Listed Grade II family home, which exudes old-world charm and character. Bridge Farm Cottage, which is attached, is thought to date from the 18th century, though with some much earlier interior features. Built originally as a pair of cottages, it is now a supremely comfortable and beautifully presented home just bursting with period features. There are ceiling beams and timbers in almost every room. Blue Lias flagstone floors, stone fireplace with Bressummer beam, Inglenook fireplace with bread oven, window seat and deep cills. The sense of history is impossible to miss. An extension was added about 30 years ago to provide an additional first floor bedroom, bathroom, kitchen extension and rebuilding of the utility room. The current vendor has completely updated the kitchen and re-surfaced the drive and parking area as well as added a new paved terrace to the rear. The front door opens into the welcoming entrance hall which leads to the sitting room with stone fireplace with Bressummer beam, shelved alcove, exposed ceiling beams and enclosed staircase to bedroom two. Also off the hall is the study and cloakroom. The dining room is just made for entertaining with its majestic Inglenook fireplace with bread oven, deep alcove and chamfered beamed ceiling thought to date from the 16th century. An enclosed staircase with inset stained-glass panel rises to the first floor. The well-appointed kitchen/breakfast room is a particular delight. Communal and spacious, with a good range of wall and base units and plenty of space for an island as well as a table and chairs. There's even an Aga (oil) to keep you warm! From the kitchen is the utility room with Belfast sink and door to rear garden. Off the upstairs landing are four good sized bedrooms, with the principal having ample fitted wardrobes and a generous en-suite bathroom with underfloor heating. There are a further three bedrooms with exposed beams and timbers. A Jack and Jill family shower room again with underfloor heating, which also opens to bedroom two. A loft hatch gives access to the roof void. The cottage is approached from a quiet lane to the private drive and off-road parking area. Secure oil tank and exterior storeroom with power and light. A side gate opens to the rear garden and detached, former village wash house, still with its ''copper' and fireplace, now providing useful storage space. The glorious landscaped rear garden is a real feature and has been carefully nurtured and well kept. There is a substantial area of lawn, together with a wide range of mature shrubs, well stocked flower beds and mixed borders which ensure colour and form all year round. A variety of carefully selected trees including a white weeping cherry, silver birch, two pink magnolias and apple trees to name but a few provide shade and interest. Climbing roses and a mature wisteria adorn the front and rear elevations. Abutting the rear of the cottage is a paved terrace, ideal for outside entertaining. A timber shed is tucked away providing garden storage. Stone steps lead down to a vegetable garden and timber greenhouse. There is a further sheltered paved area, which is a real sun trap, perfect for alfresco dining. Adjacent is a raised ornamental pond and timber pergola heavy with scented climbing roses. This beautiful garden is a real haven of colour, peace and tranquillity, the perfect place in which to relax. Melbury Osmond, set along a no through road, is rightly regarded as one of Dorset's premier villages. Consisting of almost entirely period houses at its heart, stringent planning controls have prevented incongruous development over the years and thus the special character noted by the eminent architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner in his ''Buildings of England' has been retained. The surrounding countryside (most of which is designated an (AONB) has been in the hands of the Ilchester Estate for centuries, preserving the landscape for which this part of West Dorset is well known. Thomas Hardy's mother lived here as a child. The village appears in his novel ''The Woodlanders' as ''Little Hintock.' There is an active community with its village hall hosting a number of events/activities for all to enjoy. There is a Boules club, tennis courts, playing fields and play park. Evershot, about 4 miles has the Acorn Inn Public House, village shop/bakery, Summer Lodge Country House Hotel and a primary school. Yeovil has an excellent shopping centre with supermarkets and high street stores. There are additional shopping facilities in the Abbey town of Sherborne and the County town of Dorchester. Sherborne to London Waterloo, about two and a quarter hours.