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Hermitage, Dorchester, DT2

Offers in excess of £950,000

Under offer

4 Beds 3 Baths 5 Receptions

REF: DOR200094


A truly exceptional family home tucked away near the heart of a lovely village, with a delightful garden and grounds amounting to approximately two and a half acres. THE PROPERTY Tucked away at the end of a no through lane on the fringe of the delightful village of Hermitage, first glimpses of Blackberry Farm are most impressive with its very attractive facade constructed of local stone under a pretty thatched roof. On entering the property there is a real sense of charm, space and light with a perfect juxtaposition of old and new, with many period features remaining but also the benefit of many modern conveniences. Justifiably Grade II Listed of architectural and historical interest, the property has recently undergone a fastidious programme of works, including renewal of the thatch in 2015, transforming this stunning property into the most fantastic family home with exceptional family accommodation. There are many rooms and features within this house worth a special mention, including the wonderful hall with stone flooring, exposed wooden beams and panelling. The sitting room is a magnificent room with an incredible stone fireplace and exposed wooden beams. Like many rooms in the house it has views over the delightful garden and unspoilt countryside beyond. The dining room is magical with a large fireplace and dual aspect windows. On the ground floor there is also a study/bedroom, a utility room and shower room. The real surprise however is the truly superb family kitchen with a central island, sliding doors opening out to the terrace which is ideal for al fresco dining, and a three oven Aga and breakfast area with plenty of room for two sofas and a breakfast table. This kitchen is simply as good as it gets and unusually large and spacious for a property of this age and type. The principal bedrooms are situated on the first floor with a large open landing and master bedroom suite which even has a wooden balcony - a perfect place to keep an eye on the wildlife and pets below. There are two further bedrooms and a family bathroom. GARDENS, GROUNDS & OUTBUILDINGS The gardens and grounds amount to approximately two and a half acres with a number of fruit and specimen trees and a very established vegetable area. There is a very pretty stable block with two stables, a hay barn and tack room. There is also planning permission for a three bay garage/car port. There are four pony paddocks, three with their own water supply. The property is approached via electric gates and there is plenty of parking to the side of the property. All in all, this is a wonderful family home in an idyllic yet very convenient location. LOCATION The property is located near the end of a no through road in this beautiful and peaceful part of West Dorset. Hermitage is located just over 8 miles south of the Abbey town of Sherborne. The name of the village originates from when the location was a hermitage for friars following the rule of St Augustine. The hermitage was abandoned by the 15th century. A small spring, from which waters were taken for healing purposes remains and is still known as Lady's Well. The village is a small and serene rural community with St Mary's church, village green and village hall where regular social events take place. Leigh, approximately 3 miles away has a garage, village store and post office. Alternatively, Cerne Abbas, approximately 5 miles away has a wider variety of amenities including shop, post office, three public houses, and a doctors' surgery. Dominated by its ancient Abbey and school, Sherborne is an attractive town hosting numerous musical and cultural events throughout the year. The town offers a superb range of traditional shops, boutiques and facilities and a Waitrose and Sainsbury's supermarket as well as a mainline railway station at Sherborne (London Waterloo 2 ¼ hours). The county town of Dorchester is 14 miles, where there is an excellent shopping centre and extensive amenities. Of particular note is the Conran-designed development at Brewery Square with its cinema, bars, restaurants and leading shops. There is a Waitrose and Tesco in Dorchester for everyday shopping and a mainline railway stations with a fast, regular service to London Waterloo.