Guide price £695,000
The Cross House is a fine Listed Grade II detached village property thought to have been built in the 17th century, with later additions and has local stone elevations under a pitched slate roof. This striking house has been the subject of a thorough and complete programme of restoration and renovation, carried out to an outstanding level with no expense spared and no detail, however small, overlooked. The result is a 21st century property with all modern conveniences, yet retaining its original architectural embellishments such as quality joinery, a fine Inglenook fireplace with bread oven, flagstone floors, exposed ceiling beams and timbers, Elm doors, window seats and wide floorboards. Of particular note is the impressive kitchen/breakfast/dining room, with exposed timber A frames. The fully fitted kitchen has a Rangemaster range with induction hob, integrated Neff dishwasher, double Belfast sink and a pull-out bin and recycling drawer. The worktops are granite and the island unit has a solid oak worktop. The dining area, with 3 floor to ceiling windows is spacious and light, and is big enough to fit a large table and chairs, an ideal space for celebration and entertainment. Following on is the triple aspect family room, again flooded with light and with French doors to the garden perfect for al fresco dining. Above is ample loft space, which could be converted, subject to the necessary consents. At the front of the house is the charming sitting room with its impressive Inglenook fireplace and bread oven, together with window seat and original flooring. A most inviting room in which to curl up during the cold winter months. Also, on the ground floor is a useful study, a downstairs bedroom with open fireplace and window seat, cloakroom, and utility room with stainless steel sink, space and connection for a washing machine and door to the back garden. On the first floor are two bedrooms with the family shower/bathroom. On the second floor is a cleverly converted attic space, which now provides a wonderful spacious bedroom with exposed timbers and beams, leading to its own splendid en-suite bathroom. Each of the bedrooms has its own unique character, some with open fireplaces, window seats, exposed beams and polished floorboards. All exude a wonderful sense of history. The property is approached from the village lane through a timber five-bar gate to a shingle parking and turning area and a double bay oak framed cart shed garage. The rear garden, which is lawned and fully enclosed, is ready for someone to put their mark on it. Interestingly there is a well in the garden, (behind iron railings), with unusually, thirteen steps down to it. As Leigh is on one of the old pilgrim routes to Glastonbury, perhaps the well, which was reputed to have been holy, could have provided welcome and much needed refreshment for pilgrims and their mounts on their journey. A paved patio area runs along the edge of the lawn and is the ideal place to enjoy an evening drink or meal as the sun goes down. There is a strip of lawn to the front of the house bordered by decorative iron railings and with a central pedestrian gate to the front door. The Blackmore Vale has changed little since Thomas Hardy immortalised it in his Wessex novels over a century ago. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it comprises a patchwork of fields and small woods with no major roads or pylons to spoil its rural nature. That said, the main towns of the area are in easy reach with both Sherborne and Yeovil within a short drive and the County town of Dorchester about 14 miles to the south, easily accessed along the A37 some two miles to the west of the property. Leigh has a village shop/post office, petrol station, St Andrew's church and village hall. Communications to this part of the world have improved markedly in recent years with the upgrading of the A303 (which passes to the north of Sherborne and Yeovil) to dual carriageway most of the way to the M3 and London . To the west, the A37 leads from Weymouth to Bristol and the A30 gives access to Honiton, Exeter and beyond. The M5 is also within easy reach, the junction at Taunton being some 40 minutes away. There are main line railway stations at Yeovil Junction and Sherborne, both on the Exeter to London Waterloo line or Chetnole on the Weymouth to Bristol/Cardiff line. Of particular note is the high-speed cross channel ferry which takes 2¼ hours from Poole to Cherbourg. An alternative service from Weymouth goes to St Malo via the Channel Islands.
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