Guide price £695,000
The Old House is a fine detached period house with double garage constructed of squared dressed stone elevations under a clay tiled roof. The property is thought to date back to the mid-17th century, with later sympathetic additions and wholly earns its Grade II listing as a place of Architectural and Historical importance. Requiring some updating, the house nevertheless provides excellent family accommodation with light and airy well-proportioned rooms with good ceiling height. Many original features have been retained including elm panelled walls, window seats, exposed ceiling beams as well as an open fire in the sitting room, behind which, is thought to be a concealed Inglenook fireplace. The property is entered from the quiet village lane via an old, studded timber door under a timber canopy, which opens into the wide and welcoming entrance hallway with recessed shelving and painted elm panelled walls. The double aspect sitting room on the southeast side of the house is a most impressive and congenial space, extending to over 28 feet in length, perfect for family gatherings and parties. Part glazed French doors with side lights open to a secluded paved southwest facing terrace, ideal for outside entertaining. There is also an open fireplace with stone hearth and mantel providing a central focal point and ensuring a cosy atmosphere. Either side are recessed shelved alcoves with cupboards beneath. Additional storage is provided by two sets of low timber bookshelves. There is a further fitted shelved unit with a cupboard beneath. At the end of the hallway is the double aspect dining room with vaulted ceiling. Also off the hallway is the spacious, rear aspect, cloakroom. Following on, is the front aspect kitchen/breakfast room with space for a table and chairs. There are wall and base unit with space and connection for white goods and a free-standing stove, plus a 2-oven white (Oil) Aga to keep you warm! A recessed shelved cupboard provides further storage. A door leads to an inner lobby, with coat hanging space and side access to the garden. Also off the lobby is the utility room with space and connection for a refrigerator and washing machine, as well as useful shelving. From the hallway, stairs with storage cupboard under rise to the first-floor landing, off which is the generous double aspect main bedroom, with views overlooking the lovely gardens. There is a linen cupboard and a recessed wardrobe plus a shelved cupboard. Also on this floor are two further front aspect bedrooms and a family bathroom. On the second floor is a rear aspect bedroom with en-suite bathroom, plus an attic room, which could be converted to a further bedroom subject to the necessary consents. The glorious, landscaped gardens which lie to the rear of the property are an absolute delight and are a real feature having been well-kept and nurtured over the years. Completely enclosed and private, the gardens are an oasis of peace and calm, providing a truly serene place to while away the afternoon. Immediately abutting the rear of the house and accessed from the sitting room is a secluded sun-kissed terrace, the perfect place for al fresco dining, and an evening drink. There is a substantial central area of lawn, bounded by a wide range of mature shrubs, richly stocked flower beds, climbers, including rose, clematis, and honeysuckle, as well as vivid and colourful mixed borders, beautifully planted with, amongst others, delphiniums, peonies, lupins, dahlias, lavender and poppies, the natural beauty of which can be enjoyed all year round in total privacy and peace. Paved pathways meander through the gardens, where to the rear is a stone bench with raised beds, bordered by a low stone wall. A variety of carefully selected trees including two rather splendid magnolias provide shade and interest. To the side of the house is a further sheltered paved area with an ornamental pond, timber shed and oil tank. A timber gate gives access to the village lane. Adjacent is the detached double garage, draped with a lilac wisteria, with twin doors, workbench, power and light, plus plentiful roof storage space. From the bottom of the garden a gate opens to an impressive vegetable and fruit garden with apple trees, greenhouse and composting area. Beyond is a portion of ''wild' garden leading down to the Honey Brook. The lasting impression is of a wonderful family home, with the chance to put your mark on it, in a truly magical garden setting, within this tranquil and sought-after village. Sandford Orcas is one of a handful of villages rightly regarded as some of the finest in Dorset. Lying between the delightful Abbey town of Sherborne and the A303, spectacular countryside surrounds the village, yet it is within easy reach of all amenities. Much of the surrounding country has been in the hands of the same landowners for centuries, whose careful stewardship has helped to preserve its special character. In addition, the centre of the village is designated a Conservation Area in which stringent planning controls are in operation to preserve its unspoilt nature and to prevent incongruous development. There is a 13th century church, Tudor manor house and The Mitre Inn, a traditional public house, in the village, which in the majority comprises period stone houses and cottages. Communications have improved markedly in recent years with the upgrading of the A303 to dual carriageway almost the whole way to London. In addition, there are mainline stations at Sherborne on the Waterloo to Exeter line, or at Castle Cary on the Paddington to Penzance line. Thus, despite the rural nature of the area, London is a little over 2 hours away by both road and rail.
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