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Charming five bedroomed house, with shop & 2 bedroomed flat


A substantial and charming listed grade II five bedroomed home, with attractive shop and separate two bedroomed annexe and potential for development in a most prominent position in the heart of Beaminster Square. 3 The Square is an immensely handsome and versatile property in a position second to none overlooking The Square in the heart of the thriving market town of Beaminster. Formerly an old coaching inn, this listed grade II property is built of ham stone elevations under a slate roof and in parts dates back to the 1600s. Now a substantial 5 bedroomed home, the ground floor incorporates a good-sized shop / retail premises with a large attractive bay window fronting the bustling market square as well as a separate 2 bedroomed flat. This would be ideal for someone wishing to run a business from home with the potential to either generate additional income from the flat, or use as an annexe for dependent relatives or a growing family, with further scope for development subject to the necessary planning consents. Main House The house itself has spacious accommodation arranged over three floors and is a quirky and inviting family home, bursting with period features. Exposed original timbers are in abundance, beautiful windows including imposing bay windows, pretty stone mullions, some with window seats, and arches from the original coaching inn, fireplaces and lovely views over the pretty Square to the front and St Mary's church to the rear create a property of much character. The front door is to the rear of the property via Hogshill Street and from the hallway leads the handsome dining room with fireplace, which was previously incorporated into the retail premises by the current owners. The well fitted kitchen / breakfast room is a homely and charming room with a beautiful stone mullion window with window seat to one side and an arched window relating back to the days as a coaching inn to the other. It has a superb inglenook fireplace with exposed bread oven housing the Aga and an attractive island, with access to the immensely useful huge walk in larder - a room in its own right. The kitchen leads through to a further rear hallway, which also has external access, leading to the large utility area, WC and vast garaging and workshop space as well as access to the first floor flat / annexe giving various possibilities regarding layout and usage. On the first floor of particular note is the elegant sitting room with attractive fireplace with beautifully detailed mantle. This superbly proportioned room has a high ceiling with original moulded coving and spectacular bay window overlooking The Square making the very most of the magnificent position. The study, which could also be used as a 6th bedroom, also enjoys these stunning front aspect views. The master bedroom suite with en suite shower room, walk in wardrobe, in built cupboards and cosy window seat has superb views to the rear across to the church and also provides access into the flat / annexe. A second equally characterful double bedroom with beautiful exposed timbers and window seat, and the family bathroom and WC complete the first floor. On the second floor are three further quirky and charming bedrooms, with exposed timbers, sloped ceilings with Velux windows and all with superb storage cupboards. Two of these bedrooms have lovely views from the Velux windows to the church with the other having views over the market square to the rolling hills and countryside beyond. The Flat / Annexe The spacious first floor flat is to the rear of the property and accessed from stairs leading up from the rear hallway of the main house as well interconnecting locking double doors from the master bedroom suite. The large, light and bright sitting room, formerly the hay loft, has exposed timbers and superb views to the church, as well as two double bedrooms, galley kitchen and shower room. Currently empty, this space can be self-contained if required and the current owners have previously rented this as a separate flat. However, with access possible into the main house it would equally serve well as an annexe for dependant relatives or a growing family or has additional scope for reconfiguration or redevelopment, potentially including the garaging/workshop space below, subject to the necessary planning consents. The Shop The position of this elegant shop is arguably the best in Beaminster. A well-proportioned space with beautiful large bay window looking directly out onto the square yet still visible from traffic passing through the town. The current owners previously ran a very successful and long-standing dress shop, and have since let the premises under licence, although this unit is now empty. Outside The main house and flat are accessed from the rear of the property off Hogshill Street with a small courtyard area as well as parking for two cars. There is access to the double garage and another garage/workshop which all have scope for potential redevelopment subject to the necessary planning consents.