Briantspuddle, Dorchester, Dorset DT2
£2,250,000

Guide price

Bedrooms: 8
Blackdown House was previously owned by the Debenham family. Ernest Debenham, owner of Debenham department stores, bought 3,500 acres across Briantspuddle, Affpuddle and Turnerspuddle. In 1914 his plan was to target rural unemployment by merging production and sale to create self sufficient agricultural holdings. Ernest Debenham was later awarded a baronetcy for his services to agriculture and in particular his work on model farms.

Blackdown House was originally built by Ernest Debenham in the 1920s in an elevated location on the outskirts of Briantspuddle. This country house is constructed of Debenham block and has a private driveway. Blackdown House commands an extremely prominent position overlooking its well maintained land. Surrounded by a mature garden, the house has far reaching views across open farmland and beyond. The land is currently used for equestrian grazing and, together with woodland glades and the mixed woodland, they combine to give a magnificent outlook.

The ground floor has traditional oak flooring in many rooms, impressive fireplaces, wooden panelling in several rooms and a large bay window in the dining room with a beautiful view of the garden and the natural valley. The oak panelled drawing room is the centrepiece of the house with an intricate fireplace, and French doors which open to the terrace. The recently refurbished kitchen is large, light and spacious with quality fittings including a modern electric aga.

There are seven well-proportioned bedrooms and a dressing room/further bedroom. The principal

bedroom has a fine bay window with views over the garden, valley and woodland beyond. There

are two bathrooms, two shower rooms and a WC, which have recently been refurbished.

Beside the house is a large, gravelled courtyard leading to the orchard and rolling lawns. The terraced formal garden sits to the south with a great aspect overlooking a fabulous bluebell

glade in the mixed woodland opposite. The garden with its elevated position provides an excellent vantage point to enjoy the surrounding natural beauty. The views span the pasture looking north-east towards the water meadows of the Piddle Valley.

The outbuildings comprise a two bedroom flat, which has a large kitchen/sitting room, two bedrooms and a bathroom. There is additional second floor space with potential for a bedroom and shower room.

The large first floor office/games room has its own separate entrance; a wonderful room which could be used for a variety of purposes On the ground floor there are three garages, three traditional loose boxes and a large tack/feed room area with space to store equipment. A separate barn is close by.

Located in the heart of Dorset, Blackdown House lies close to the nearby towns of Dorchester, Bournemouth, Wareham and Poole providing an excellent variety of shopping and recreational facilities. There are good communications in the area with a mainline railway service available from Moreton (3.5 miles), Wool (5.9 miles), Dorchester (10 miles) and Poole (16 miles) to London Waterloo. The A35 joins the A31 and provides a route along the M27/M3 to London. The area is well served by established independent schools such as Canford, Clayesmore, Bryanston, Milton Abbey and the Sherborne schools.

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