Notton, Dorchester, Dorset DT2


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  • Bedrooms: 4
A country house with four excellent holiday cottages in a spectacular rural elevated setting.

Notton Hill House stands in a commanding and elevated rural setting at the head of a valley, surrounded by unspoilt undulating farmland.

The house is positioned towards the southern side of its land, set well away from the cottages which are towards the northern side. The house is believed to date from the 1850’s with an extension in the 1980’s, with the addition of the fine conservatory and rear hall/utility room in the early 2000’s. The excellent holiday cottages have been thoughtfully converted (two in 1990 and two in 2003) to a high standard from predominantly stone and flint barns dating from circa 18th century.

Notton is well placed within the county for access to its many attractions. The Macmillan Way passes along the eastern boundary, linking directly with the south-west coastal path. There is also easy access to the cycleway for Dorchester and Maiden Newton at the valley bottom.

The holiday cottages are well equipped, each having modern kitchen areas with a dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave and in the reception rooms a wood burning stove. There is a communal games room and laundry room with a washing machine, tumble dryer and additional freezer space.

There are areas of lawn around the house together with a small orchard and a productive vegetable garden. Green house, shed. There is a substantial parking area to the east side of the house and an adjacent double garage. To the northern side of the house beyond some lawn are a variety of trees, a pond and thence an expanse of lawn for the cottages. To one side of this lawn is a useful 8 bay open fronted implement barn.


Mains electricity. Private water and drainage. House - Oil-fired central heating.

Rabbit and Mole cottages - lpg gas heating.

Fox and Badger cottages - Electric storage heaters. All cottages have woodburning stoves


There is a right of way in favour of the property over the lane from Notton to the property. There are rights of way over the track (which is also a bridleway) within the eastern side of the property and to two gateways on the northern edge in favour of adjoining landowners.


There is planning consent for a replacement principal dwelling and a 3 bay garage. Contact the agents for further detail.

Additional Land

There is a field of about 6 acres of water meadow beside the Notton drive entrance (east side) available by separate negotiation.

Notton Hill House is over 3/4 mile up the valley from the small cluster of houses and cottages which make up the hamlet of Notton. It enjoys a magnificent and enviable secluded setting, totally surrounded by farmland and at a height of about 600’ above sea level. There are some spectacular distant views from the property - with Hardy’s monument to the south and White Nothe Head to the south-east. It is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, about 2 miles equi-distant from Frampton and Maiden Newton. Maiden Newton provides a wide variety of local facilities including a village store, newsagent, fish and chip shop, hardware store, garage/shop, parish church, primary school, village hall, public house and restaurant. There are many more hostelries in the area. Frampton has a parish church, village hall and garage. Maiden Newton is on the Weymouth/Dorchester/Bristol railway line. The county town of Dorchester has extensive shopping, recreational, educational and cultural facilities, including a leisure centre, the county hospital and main line railway service to London/Waterloo. Poundbury has a vibrant mix of boutique shops, restaurants and with Waitrose and The Duchess of Cornwall public house in the acclaimed Queen Mother’s Square. Sherborne with its Abbey, the ‘market’ town of Beaminster, Yeovil and the coastal towns of Bridport, Weymouth, Poole and Bournemouth are all within commuting distance. Bournemouth, Bristol, Exeter and Southampton airports are between an hour/ an hour and half’s drive offering connections around the UK, Europe and to other destinations. There is an excellent choice of both state and private schools in the locality.Sporting pursuits in the area include numerous golf courses, fishing on the River Frome and along the spectacular World Heritage Jurassic coast with Chesil beach and sandy beaches including at Weymouth, Ringstead, Lulworth Cove and Studland. Sailing along the Heritage coast and within the renowned Weymouth bay.

The bridle path which runs along the inside eastern edge of the property gives access to the south-west coastal path and network of foot/bridle paths over the surrounding rolling countryside and downland.

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