Guide price £825,000
Dating back to 1770, Purse Caundle House was formerly The Travellers Rest public house and shop before becoming a substantial private residence in 1965. It has been transformed over the years, resulting in an exceptional family home with many period features remaining including beamed ceilings, window seats, fireplaces, original wooden floors and doors. It is the juxtaposition of old and new that makes this house so special. As soon as the front door opens there is a real sense of space and character and it is immediately obvious that this is a property steeped in local history and that it would once have been the heart of this rural community. Of particular note is the sitting room with its deep window seat, beamed ceiling, and superb inglenook fireplace. There is also a spacious dining room with a central fireplace and inset wood burning stove and delightful snug also with window seats and a fireplace with wood burning stove. Also worth a special mention is the large family kitchen/breakfast room with stone tiled floor incorporating a good range of wooden units with built in ovens, hob and plenty of space for a table. This is a lovely room which is filled with natural light having a large window and French doors opening out to the pretty garden. A utility room with cloakroom and loggia compliment the accommodation on this floor. The bedrooms are all situated on the first floor, including a master bedroom and guest bedroom with en-suite shower room. There are two further bedrooms and a family bathroom on this floor. The private garden is delightful with a central lawned area, well stocked herbaceous beds, a vegetable patch, a well established grape vine and a selection of fruit trees including pear, apple, and apricot. There is also a paved terrace, ideal for ''al fresco' dining whilst enjoying the peace and tranquillity that this property has to offer. There is a very useful stone outbuilding and a stone double garage which could be suitable for a variety of uses (subject to the necessary planning permissions) All in all this would make a wonderful family property is a very convenient and idyllic location. Dominated by its 15th Century Church and Manor House, Purse Caundle is a delightful village situated just 4 miles from the Abbey town of Sherborne. Lying in the heart of the Blackmore Vale, it is a pretty village comprising of a handful of mainly period stone houses and cottages and tucked away from main roads. This wonderful landscape, which has changed little for centuries, comprises mainly dairy farms and thus the area is predominantly grassland, broken up with hedges and small woodland coverts. This gently undulating landscape is well known for its beauty and was immortalised by Thomas Hardy in his Wessex novels, since which time it has remained unspoilt. To the south the Dorset Downs rise up with the majestic heights of Bulbarrow and High Stoy in the distance. Nearby Milborne Port, a vibrant village which has a range of every day facilities is within 2 miles, and Sherborne with a full range of shops, boutiques and supermarkets is within 4 miles. The larger commercial centre of Yeovil is within 8 miles and is the main town in the area. Communications to this part of the world are excellent, with the A303, which is predominantly dual carriageway to the M3 and London. To the north of the village the A30 gives access to Shaftesbury and Salisbury and there are main line railway stations in Sherborne and Templecombe, serving London Waterloo in a little over two hours.
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