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West Chelborough, Dorchester, DT2

Guide price £1,950,000

New instruction

5 Beds 3 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: DOR200082


An exceptional 18th century farmhouse tucked away in an idyllic location with superb outbuildings, two cottages and a good holding of land (approximately 20 acres in total) set in a private and elevated setting with wonderful views across unspoilt countryside. THE PROPERTY Tucked away in an idyllic and private location, first glimpses of Hemlock Farm are most impressive with its pretty facade and wonderful setting. Dating back to the mid-18th century the property has been very cleverly extended and improved over the years and is now a fantastic family home but still with huge potential to improve and extend in order to suit any family needs. Hemlock Farm is best described as a traditional Dorset longhouse constructed of local stone under a very pretty Welsh slate roof. On first entering the property there is a real sense of light, space and charm with most of the principal rooms in the house benefitting from fantastic views across unspoilt countryside and all taking full advantage of the elevated setting and back drop of Chelborough Hill. The property is totally untainted by inappropriate modernisation but is very well presented throughout and offers any purchaser flexibility to adapt to suit specific family requirements. There are many rooms in the house worth a special mention, including the wonderful family kitchen which is a lovely light room and fitted with bespoke painted timber units under granite work surfaces, and incorporating a two oven oil fired Aga (cream). Alongside the kitchen is also a good sized laundry room and leading through from the kitchen is a fantastic family room/playroom which has in the past been used as a dining room or games room. It has vaulted ceilings, a fireplace fitted with a wood burning stove and windows on two sides including French windows opening out to the garden. To the other side of the entrance hall is a dining room and a fantastic study, but one of the most magical rooms in the house is the sitting room which is a very well proportioned room and leads into the orangery which can happily be used all year round and boasts lovely views over the gardens and grounds with a paved terrace ideal for al fresco dining. The principal bedrooms are situated on the first floor with a superb master bedroom which has an en suite shower room, four further double bedrooms most of which have views over the surrounding countryside. There are also two further family bathrooms. THE COTTAGES There are two 1 bedroom cottages, Toad Hall and Mole End. Both produce a healthy income but would also be ideal for relatives, guests or staff. GARDENS, GROUNDS, OUTBUILDINGS A gravelled drive leads to an ample parking area in front of the house. The formal garden lies to the south of the house and comprises a paved terrace leading from the conservatory opening out to a lawned area with delightful flower and shrub borders. Adjacent to the cottages are the stable block, greenhouse and vegetable garden and there is also a collection of modern agricultural buildings, including two barns, tractor barn, 6-bay pig sty, livestock building and an L-shaped, brick-built livestock building, now converted to a series of inter-connected studios. There is a hard tennis court, fields laid to pasture, a paddock and woodland. In all about 20 acres (see site plan). LOCATION West Chelborough is a small hamlet of houses and a parish church situated at the end of a no through lane. Just 2.3 miles away is the village of Evershot with an active community which includes a village shop, bakery, the popular Acorn Inn, Summer Lodge country house hotel and primary school. Corscombe with The Fox Inn, is a beautiful 35 minute walk over the hills and through the woods. Beaminster lies just 7.1 miles away and is an attractive and popular town offering a good range of shops, churches, post office, library, two schools, health centres, and social and sporting facilities. Bridport, an attractive Georgian town with an excellent number of independent shops and restaurants, a thriving street market on Saturdays and Wednesdays along with an excellent vintage quarter. Bridport also has a number of large supermarkets including a Waitrose and a Morrisons, a community hospital, medical centre, dentists, leisure centre, and the Bridport Arts Centre and Electric Palace.The larger towns of Crewkerne, Dorchester and Yeovil are within easy distance and offer a large range of facilities including main line stations to London Waterloo.