Guide price £330,000
An enchanting period cottage thought to date from the 19th Century, built of warm, honey coloured local stone and conveniently placed close to the centre of Sherborne with all its amenities. The cottage has been the subject of fastidious improvement by the current owners who have created a wonderful home with all modern conveniences yet retaining its original architectural embellishments. The front door opens into the well-proportioned and welcoming front aspect sitting room, with good ceiling height and decorative fireplace with inset multi-fuel stove, flanked by a low-level cupboard and shelves. Beyond is the dining room with space for a table and chairs. Storage is provided by cleverly fitted base units with cupboards and open shelves under timber work surfaces. A single timber display shelf with discreet lighting, runs at eye level above the Esse cream range which not only provides extra cooking facilities, but will also keep you warm! From here stairs rise to the upper floors. Cupboards under the stairs provide further storage and houses the Montpellier freezer. Beyond is the kitchen, again beautifully fitted with Shaker style wall and base units incorporating a double Hotpoint eye-level oven and timber worktops with inset gas hob with tiled splashback and extractor over. There is an under-counter cream Swan refrigerator and under the westerly facing window is a Belfast sink with ceramic drainer. A part-glazed stable door gives access to the paved side courtyard area, where there is a covered bin and log store. Steps lead up to the garden. To the first floor is the front aspect principal bedroom with recessed wardrobe and pretty fireplace (sealed). Double doors open to the impressive and beautifully fitted rear aspect en-suite bathroom with traditional white sanitary wear including a roll topped bath with ball and claw feet. A cupboard provides ample shelved storage. At the rear is the double aspect garden room or bedroom three with trifold glazed doors which open to the lovely private, decked terrace and rear garden. Also on this floor is a shower room with WC and wash hand-basin. A recessed louvred cupboard provides space for a Hotpoint washing machine, above which is the wall mounted Worcester gas boiler. A ledge and brace timber door gives access to stairs leading to the second floor and the charming rear aspect bedroom two with exposed ceiling beams, ample eaves storage and hanging space. To the rear is a very pretty, traditional southwest facing cottage style garden, which has been carefully nurtured over the years and is beautifully planted with mature shrubs, roses and mixed borders providing year-round colour. Attractive stone walling and close boarded fencing heavy with a lilac wisteria and a yew hedge provide privacy and totally enclose the garden. At the front is an off- street parking space for one car. Immediately abutting the garden room and accessed via trifold doors is the decked terrace, ideal for outside entertaining. Steps lead up to a small area of lawn with two dwarf apple trees and bisected by stepping stones which lead to the rear area which is paved and partly shielded with a trellis and timber pergola draped with pink clematis and lilac wisteria. There is also a timber shed with power, partly hidden by an espalier trained apple tree. A timber rear gate gives access to a footpath. Adjacent to the decked terrace is a pretty rockery garden with a colourful selection of poppies, ferns shrubs and grasses. From the decking, timber steps with a handrail join stone steps under a stone arch which leads down to a paved area housing the bin and log store and gives access to the kitchen. There is outside lighting, a tap and garden storage. No onward chain. All in all, this is an utterly charming cottage, that would make a wonderful principal or holiday home in a very convenient location. Dominated by its ancient Abbey and school, Sherborne is arguably the most attractive town in Dorset. Numerous musical and cultural events occur throughout the year and there is a superb range of traditional shops and boutiques. The two castles - one of which was home to Sir Walter Raleigh - reflect the historic nature of the town, the centre of which is designated a Conservation Area in which a policy of strict planning control operates to preserve its special character. West Dorset is well known for its unspoilt landscape and there are many pretty villages and countryside walks nearby. The Jurassic Coast is a mere twenty miles away at Weymouth. This stretch of coastline, from Portland to Lyme Regis, with its spectacular cliffs, has recently been designated a World Heritage Site. Communications to this part of the country are excellent. From Sherborne there is a regular train service to Waterloo in about 2 ¼ hours; the station is within walking distance. The A303 (linking with the M3) is a dual carriageway almost the whole way to the M3, thus putting London within about two hours' drive.
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