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Water Lane, Durweston, Blandford Forum, DT11

Guide price £495,000

Under offer

5 Beds 2 Baths 2 Receptions

REF: BLA210067


  • Grade II listed detached cottage
  • Great space and potential
  • Present accommodation over 2,300 sq/ft
  • Sitting room with open fireplace overlooking gardens
  • Traditional kitchen parlour and utility areas
  • Currently 6 Bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
  • Garage and range of connected outbuildings
  • Traditional cottage garden


A SUBSTANTIAL GRADE II LISTED DETACHED COTTAGE AND LOVELY GARDEN, READY FOR RENOVATION AFTER 60 YEARS IN THE SAME FAMILY. With a combination traditional brick and flint, and more recent tile hung elevations under a part thatched part tiled roof, 8 Water Lane is an attractive detached cottage in a lovely part of the village. It has been home to the current owner's family for over 60 years and is something of a time warp, it has a serviceable kitchen and bathrooms, but practically speaking it is now a perfect project, ready for the new owners to enjoy creating their ideal family house. The accommodation extends to over 2,300 sq/ft and includes two reception rooms and a kitchen with an oil fired aga and sitting area overlooking the garden. The old kitchen, a larder and utility area complete the ground floor and upstairs there are currently 6 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Adjoining the cottage at the east end are the garage and the previous owner's studio and workshop, which could easily be redesigned and incorporated into the house to create extra accommodation or an annexe. 8 Water Lane offer a wonderful opportunity in an extremely popular village. The gardens are another lovely feature of the cottage. Extending for nearly 150' behind the cottage, they are south facing and have been beautifully tended over the years. Although the vegetable patch is now planted over, the lawn is awash with spring bulbs and cyclamen for all seasons, and there are lovely old fashioned Jekyll-esq borders, Magnolias and other specimen trees providing a wonderful display of colour throughout the year. There is plenty of parking on the lane in front of the cottage and a large integral garage which leads on to a workshop and studio, and beyond that a greenhouse. Durweston is a thriving village surrounded by a part of the Dorset countryside which straddles two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB's). The village has a busy village hall, tennis court and playing field, and a successful primary school. A short walk along the Dorset Trailway takes you over the river to the pub (The White Horse), village shop and post office in neighbouring Stourpaine, where there is also a sports club with playing fields and tennis courts. Further afield there are plenty of opportunities to watch sport, play golf and enjoy water sports along the coast, which is about 45 minutes away at Poole Harbour, Studland Bay and along Dorset's famous Jurassic coastline. Most of the other amenities you might need are nearby in Blandford,including an M&S Food Hall, 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 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 has the most convenient station, with regular trains to London Waterloo. This area is also well served with schools at all levels and in addition to a village primary school, and nearby state secondary in Blandford. Indepenet schools in the area include Bryanston and Bryanston Knighton House prep on the doorstep, as well as Milton Abbey, Clayesmore and Canford, and Hanford and Sandroyd prep schools. Mains electricity, water and drainage are available at the property. Oil fired aga.