Guide price £645,000
A SUBSTANTIAL DETACHED BUNGALOW WITH A LARGE GARDEN, LOVELY OUTLOOK AND EXCELLENT GARAGING AND WORKSHOPS. A substantial detached bungalow in a quiet rural setting Priestlands also has the benefit of a large garden extending to about ½ acre and excellent workshops and garaging (for 3 or 4 cars). The bungalow itself was built in the early 1960's, it had already been considerably altered when our clients purchased it in 2010, and they have carried out further simple but effective improvements including refitting the kitchen and adding an ensuite bathroom to the main bedroom. Extending to about 1,500 sq ft the bungalow is simply but neatly presented throughout, and the accommodation comprises a central hallway with a living room at one end which has a wood burning stove and French doors opening onto a raised deck with a lovely view. At the other end of the bungalow there is a generous kitchen with a separate utility/boot room, and in the middle three bedrooms and a smart family bathroom. The main bedroom has an ensuite shower room, and a 4th bedroom is currently used as a study and dressing room. The bungalow is double glazed throughout and has a modern gas fired heating system, and unlike many villages in this area, Broad Oak is connected to mains drains so no septic tank. The large attic remains unconverted and provides enormous potential to extend and increase the accommodation, and there may even be the possibility of creating a self contained annexe, all subject to the required planning permission. The garden surrounding Priestlands extends to over ½ acre and at present it is almost entirely laid to lawn for easy maintenance, but being on a gentle slope and southwest facing it will provide the new owners with the lovely opportunity to design and to create their own garden with a fine view towards Okeford Hill and Bulbarrow. Priestlands also has the advantage of two drives. The top drive provides parking for 2 or 3 cars in front of a single attached garage, and behind a secure five-bar gate the bottom drive has a large tarmac parking area in front of a substantial timber outbuilding which is currently a large double garage and 2 insulated secure workshops. Priestlands is nicely situated on the edge of the hamlet of Broad Oak, which is surrounded by lovely countryside and woodlands, and just about a mile from the busy market town of Sturminster Newton which offers most of the shops and services you need as well as doctor's and dentist's surgeries and the popular Exchange venue. For a wider range of amenities, it is only a short drive into Blandford Forum where there is a M&S Food Hall, Tesco and Lidl superstores, or in the other direction to Sherborne, with its pretty shopping streets and Waitrose. Nearby Gillingham station has a regular train service to London Waterloo (just over 2 hours) and the A303 is about 17 miles to the north bringing London within reasonable driving distance via the A303/M3. There is good walking, cycling and riding in the lovely countryside around Broad Oak and the coast at Poole Harbour, Studland Bay and along Dorset's renowned Jurassic coastline is under an hours' drive away to the south. This part of the West Country has also become well known for its highly rated schools at all levels and there are good primary and state secondary schools in Sturminster Newton and independent schools in the area include Bryanston, Milton Abbey, Clayesmore and Sherborne, as well as Hanford, Knighton House, Sandroyd and Port Regis prep schools. All mains services are available at the property. Gas fired heating and hot water. Reasonable broadband (to be improved).
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