Winterborne Zelston, Blandford Forum, Dorset


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  • Bedrooms: 5
A superb, modern 5 bedroom detached country house with a converted barn comprising gym, entertaining room/bar and en suite bedroom, in landscaped grounds with a large, south facing garden and delightful views across open countryside and fishing lakes.

The picturesque village of Winterborne Zelston is set off the A31, approximately 8 miles south of Blandford Forum and 10 miles north-east of Poole with easy access by road to the market town of Wimborne Minster and the county town of Dorchester. The village has a pretty winterborne stream, a historic church, a village hall, the Botany Bay Inne and a nearby petrol station/general store.

Built to a high specification circa 2002, with cement rendered elevations under a water reed thatched roof, Aylesbury Cottage features oil fired central heating with under floor heating to the ground floor, and separate systems for the house and barn, and UPVC double glazed windows. This charming cottage combines modern convenience with a number of character features including exposed beams and timbers, a galleried landing, high vaulted ceilings, a wood burning fireplace and a superbly fitted walnut kitchen with granite worktops. It underwent a course of refurbishment and improvement about 5 years ago, including conversion of the impressive barn which provides a gym, a double carport, a large entertainment/family room (with fitted bar) and a self-contained bedroom suite. The cottage and barn are beautifully presented throughout.

An impressive thatched entrance porch leads to a spacious reception/dining hall with a high vaulted ceiling and double glazed French doors to the rear terrace, and a cloakroom. From the dining hall, double doors open through to a charming sitting room featuring an inglenook style fireplace with an inset wood burning stove. There is a comprehensively fitted study with a desk, drawers, a wall unit, bookshelves, display shelves and storage cupboards.

An impressive feature is the large, open plan kitchen/family room which has built-in cupboards (one of which houses a water softener), an excellent range of walnut-fronted units, granite worktops, a large island unit, an Alpha oil fired range cooker (which supplies the central heating and hot water and has a double oven and 2 hotplates), a Miele electric hob, a cooker hood, a Smeg electric oven, an integrated dishwasher, and space and plumbing for an American style fridge-freezer (available by separate negotiation). The kitchen opens onto a large conservatory/breakfast room with doors and windows looking onto the rear garden. The ground floor also includes a utility/boot room with an excellent range of units, storage cupboards, space and plumbing for a washing machine and space a for tumble dryer.

From the reception/dining hall, stairs lead to a galleried landing (with a high vaulted ceiling) overlooking the dining hall. The triple aspect master bedroom has a high vaulted ceiling, a range of fitted wardrobes, a dressing room (with further wardrobes) and an en suite bath/shower room (with bath, corner shower, twin basins and WC). Bedroom 2 has built-in wardrobes, a feature brick chimney breast and an en suite shower room. Bedroom 3 has fitted wardrobes and there is a family shower room (with airing cupboard containing a pressurised hot water cylinder).

A staircase leads to the second floor landing, which has a high vaulted ceiling. Bedroom 4 has a sloping ceiling, built-in wardrobes and an en suite shower room (with a shower over the bath), and there is a fifth bedroom.

The barn, which was converted/rebuilt in 2014, has timber cladding under a slate tiled roof and includes a large gym/home office and an integral double carport. There is an impressive, large entertainment/family room with a vaulted ceiling, timber A-frames, a large seating area, a built-in bar (with cupboard housing a pressurised hot water cylinder and an independent oil fired central heating boiler) and a cloakroom. The barn also features a guest bedroom with an en suite shower room.

A gravel driveway leads over a red brick bridge and through a 5-bar gate onto the cottage's private drive. A courtyard to the front of the house provides ample parking and houses 2 large timber outbuildings and a concealed heating oil tank.

There is access at the side to a private, south facing rear garden which is beautifully landscaped, with a large paved terrace ideal for alfresco dining, and a large expanse of lawn interspersed with trees. Post-and-rail fencing allows open views over the adjacent fields.

Connected to mains water and electricity, the property has private drainage shared with the adjacent property. There is also a monitored security alarm system.


From Wimborne, proceed west along the A31 towards Dorchester. At the Roundhouse roundabout at Sturminster Marshall, take the second exit, continuing along the A31, passing Charborough Park on the left. Proceed past The World's End pub, and, opposite the Botany Bay Inne, turn right into the village of Winterborne Zelston. Proceed down the hill and, at the T-junction, turn left. After about 300 yards, turn right over a red brick bridge, and Aylesbury Cottage is the third property on the left.

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Christopher Batten

15 East Street, Wimborne, Dorset

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