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Durweston, Blandford Forum, DT11

Guide price £1,300,000

Under offer

6 Beds 2 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: BLA210030

PROPERTY FEATURES

  • Attractive Grade II listed Manor house
  • Refurbishment and restoration opportunity
  • Very convenient location
  • Centre of village overlooking the church
  • Well-proportioned accommodation
  • Extending to over 5,500 sq/ft
  • Range of outbuildings, another 2,000 sq/ft
  • Lovely gardens and pony paddocks
  • In all about 3.0 acres

THE PROPERTY

A SUBSTANTIAL PERIOD HOUSE SET IN ABOUT 3 ACRES WITH EXTENSIVE OUTBUILDINGS AT THE HEART OF A SOUGHT AFTER VILLAGE. Perfectly situated near the church in the centre of the village, Knighton Manor is a substantial period house which combines an attractive 18th Century farmhouse with a later brick and flint wing added by the Portman estate in the early 19th Century. The two styles are reflected nicely in the well-proportioned accommodation which features an impressive entrance hall and overlooking the garden two fine Georgian reception rooms with marble fireplaces in the newer wing complimented by a snug sitting room, study, farmhouse kitchen and extensive domestic offices in the farmhouse. Off the wide landing upstairs there are six generous bedrooms and two bath/shower rooms plus some unconverted attic space on the second floor. Acquired by the present owner's family and updated in the 1970's, Knighton Manor has been a wonderful family home but is now ready for the next phase of updating and refurbishment. It presents a rare opportunity for a new owner to acquire and restore a beautiful period house and create their own perfect country home in one of the most sought after villages in this part of Dorset, close to town, very good schools and surrounded by lovely countryside. Screened from view behind a wall and high hedges, the gardens and grounds surrounding Knighton Manor extend to about 3.0 acres and are a valuable part of the property. A gated entrance and sweeping drive approach the south facing front of the house and from here there are large level lawns and mature borders on either side of the house with a fine southerly view across the pony paddocks into the countryside beyond the village. Behind the house to the north there is a gravel courtyard and an extensive range of brick and flint, slate roofed outbuildings, including stabling (4 boxes), feed stores, a workshop, garaging and various stores. Durweston is a thriving village in a lovely setting under the Bryanston Estate woods and surrounded by a lovely part of the Dorset countryside which straddles two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB's). The village has a new and very busy village hall and successful primary school, and it is only a short walk across the field and over the river bridge to the pub (The White Horse), village shop and post office in the neighbouring village of Stourpaine, where there is also a sports club with playing fields and tennis courts and direct access onto the Dorset Trailway. Further afield there are plenty of opportunities to watch sport, play golf and enjoy water sports with the coast being less than half an hour away at Poole Harbour, Studland Bay and along Dorset's renowned Jurassic coastline. All the other amenities you might need are nearby in Blandford which boasts an M&S Food Hall and Tesco and Lidl superstores. In not much more than half an hour you can also be in the county town of Dorchester, Sherborne with its pretty shopping streets or historic Shaftesbury. Wider communication links are also good. The business centres along the coast from Poole and Bournemouth through to Southampton are all within reasonable driving distance. The A31 is nearby and provides an easy link to the M27and M3 up to London. The A303 and M3 via Salisbury and Andover is an alternative route to London, and Salisbury, Gillingham and Poole stations all offer fast regular trains to London Waterloo. The local area is also well served with good schools and as well as a village primary school and state secondary in Blandford, private schools nearby include Bryanston and Bryanston Knighton House (prep) on the doorstep, as well as Milton Abbey, Clayesmore and Canford, and Hanford and Sandroyd prep schools. All mains services are available at the property. Gas fired radiator central heating and Aga. Good broadband service available.