Hinton Martell, Wimborne, Dorset


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  • Bedrooms: 4
A charming, Grade II Listed, 18th century 4 bedroom detached thatched cottage, full of character features and standing in superb cottage gardens of over half an acre, adjacent to the famous fountain in the heart of this idyllic Dorset village about 5 miles north of Wimborne. An added feature is a self-contained annexe which could be used for home working or Airbnb. NO FORWARD CHAIN.

Hinton Martell is a picturesque setting between the villages of Witchampton, Gaunts Common (both of which have First Schools) and Horton and about 10 minutes' drive from the market town of Wimborne Minster which offers an excellent range of schools and amenities. The wider area is well served by independent schools including Queen Elizabeth's, Dumpton, Castle Court and Canford, and there is good access by road to the coastal resorts of Poole and Bournemouth, both of which have mainline rail links to London Waterloo.

Traditionally built circa 1760 with a brick plinth, lime-rendered cob walls, exposed brick features, and a high ridged thatched roof with 2 brick chimneys, St Mary Magdalene Cottage benefits from mains water and electricity, private drainage and oil fired central heating.

This charming country home has many outstanding features including a wealth of exposed beams and timbers, oak boarded floors, 2 impressive brick open fireplaces (one of which has a wood burning stove) and generous ceiling heights with at least 7ft clearance in most rooms.

An entrance porch leads to a large reception hall with an oak boarded floor, a fine view onto the garden and access to a cloakroom. There is a large living room with a full height brick open fireplace, exposed ceiling beams and timbers, attractive views onto the front garden, and glazed double doors to a garden/play room.

A particular feature of the cottage is the superb kitchen/dining/family room which has glazed timber casement doors giving superb views of the garden, a skylight, an oak boarded floor, an inglenook fireplace with bressummer beam, wood burning stove and bread oven, a dresser, a curved wall, a Victorian style cylinder radiator and a bespoke handmade kitchen. There is an excellent range of units (with cup handles), a Rangemaster Classic range cooker set in a tiled recess (with extractor), and an integrated fridge, freezer and dishwasher.

There is a long split level first floor landing. The dual aspect master bedroom overlooks the gardens and boasts a dressing area (with fitted dressing table and wardrobes) and an en suite shower room.

There are 2 further double bedrooms, both of which have cupboards, and a family bathroom (which would benefit from refurbishment).

The self-contained annexe can be accessed from both the front drive and the rear garden. An entrance lobby leads to a kitchen (with oak work surfaces, ceramic sink, base cupboards, space for fridge-freezer and washing machine). There is a fully tiled wet room with basin and WC, and a lounge, from which a staircase leads to the first floor bedroom.

The cottage is set well back from the village road. A 5-bar gate leads to a long driveway and a gravelled courtyard. There is an attached double garage (with ledged-and-braced double doors, lighting and power), and excellent parking for 6-8 vehicles.

The front garden is enclosed by a beech hedge and walling, and has 2 flat lawns interspersed with mature trees including maple, holly and conifers, and established borders with climbing roses. The oil central heating storage tank is beside the garage.

The rear garden is enclosed by close boarded post-and-rail fencing and mixed hedges, and features a large lawn with trees including chestnut, maple, conifer and fir, along with a paved terrace and pathways.


From Wimborne, proceed north on the B3078 Cranborne Road for about 4 miles. Just past the left hand turning for Witchampton, take the next right hand turning, signposted to Hinton Martell. On approaching the centre of the village, there is a fountain, and St Mary Magdalene Cottage is set back from the road, directly opposite.

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Christopher Batten

15 East Street, Wimborne, Dorset

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