Grange, Wimborne, Dorset

£1,350,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 4
A simply stunning 4 bedroom detached period cottage with two outbuildings, featuring double garaging and guest accommodation/holiday letting potential, set in a quiet country lane, tucked away from main roads on the fringe of Furzehill village, just over 1 mile from Wimborne town centre. STANDING IN GARDENS AND PADDOCKS OF ABOUT 1.5 ACRES

Michaelmas House dates back to the 19th century and is steeped in history, with many original features. The cottage nevertheless enjoys good ceiling heights throughout, a wealth of exposed beams and timbers, open fireplaces including a magnificent inglenook, oak and pine floorboards, latched pine doors, and quality kitchen and bathroom fittings. Sympathetic renovations have created a luxurious living space without compromising the essential genial charm of the original cottage.

Furzehill, the nearest rural village to the market town of Wimborne Minster, benefits from The Stocks Inn pub/restaurant and a thriving post office/shop. The major coastal towns of Poole and Bournemouth, both of which have mainline rail links to London Waterloo, are within about 25 minutes' drive.

Michaelmas House has oil fired heating and is connected to mains drainage, electricity and water, and has a water softener and high speed (160mbps) fibre to the property. In addition to the double garaging there are 2 converted outbuildings suitable as annexe or AirBnB accommodation.

The Stables, a 2-storey detached building, and The Studio, linked to the garage, have both been converted to very high specifications.

A brick entrance porch with a ridged thatched roof, a flagstone floor and an oak studded front door, leads to a magnificent sitting room with exposed ceiling beams and timbers, fitted window shutters, a wide oak boarded floor, a full width, full height inglenook fireplace (with wide bressummer beam, bread oven, priest's seat, flagstone hearth and inset wood burning stove), 2 recessed bookcases and a delightful view of the rear garden.

An arched walkway leads to a double aspect living room with a wrought iron, marble and pine fireplace, a full height dresser and shutters fitted to window and rear door to garden. An archway with a step and an ornate latched door lead to an inner hallway with a terracotta tiled floor and an under stairs cupboard.

The garden room has a pair of double glazed casement doors to an outside flagstone patio, and a wide oak boarded floor.

The kitchen/breakfast room has an excellent range of granite and beech surfaces, a comprehensive range of framed units (with recessed LED lighting), a feature terracotta tiled floor, exposed ceiling beams, a breakfast bar and a Smeg range cooker (with 5-ring induction hob, 2 ovens, extractor hood and glass splashback). There are superb views over the rear garden and farmland beyond

There is a boot room with exposed brick walling, a high sloping ceiling, a rooflight, exposed timbers, polished granite work surfaces, an excellent range of units, a Bosch combi oven, 4-ring induction hob, Neff American style fridge-freezer, and a door to outside. The ground floor shower room has a double shower cubicle, a wash basin, a WC, Bosch washing machine, and a wall mounted oil fired boiler.

From the inner hallway, a splendid carved pine staircase with a half landing and an arched Gothic window leads to a large, L-shaped split level landing with exposed ceiling beams and timbers.

The superb master bedroom has a feature wrought iron and marble fireplace, wardrobes, a wide oak boarded floor, and a shuttered window with a superb view over garden and farmland beyond.

Bedroom 2 also has fine views to the rear garden, and features a wide pine boarded floor and eaves storage space. Bedroom 3 has an exposed brick chimney breast, wall, shuttered window, ceiling timbers and pine boarded floor. There is a luxurious family bathroom, fully tiled in French limestone, with a large, modern bath (with rain and hand-spray showers), vanity unit with wash basin, and lighted mirror, WC, heated spotlit floor, and exposed ceiling beams and timbers.

Bedroom 4 is a single room with a pine boarded floor. Finally, there is a very well presented, fully Travertine tiled second bathroom with a large corner shower cubicle (rain and hand-spray showers) and a vanity unit with ceramic bowl, cupboards and drawers, lighted mirror, WC and bidet.

There is a gravelled in-and-out driveway directly outside the cottage, and an additional driveway leading to a large detached double garage and studio with brick elevations under a high slate roof. This building features 2 garages with lighting and power, incorporating a studio apartment. The Studio has a particularly well presented kitchen with modern oak work surfaces, fitted units, induction hob, dishwasher and terracotta tiled floor. The ground floor shower room has a corner shower cubicle, a wash basin, a WC and a stone floor. An enclosed staircase leads to the first floor which comprises a large studio/office/bed/sitting room with wide oak boarded flooring, two windows and two rooflights.

The Stables is a detached former stable block with brick elevations and buttresses under a high pitched slate roof. It features an entrance hallway with a storage cupboard, a fully tiled ground floor shower room (with double shower cubicle, wash basin, WC and exposed ceiling beams), a kitchen/living room with double-height ceiling, exposed timbers, a wood burning stove on a stone plinth, wide oak boarded flooring and a double storage cupboard. The kitchen area has beech work surfaces, fitted units, stainless steel sink, combi oven, ceramic hob, dishwasher, integrated fridge. A spiral staircase leads up to a double bedroom with storage cupboards and exposed timbers.

Adjacent to The Stables there is a private brick courtyard with inset features. In front of the garaging, a large gravelled courtyard provides additional parking space for vehicles/boats/trailers.

Outside the house there are grass verges with 3 separate entrances. A mixed hedge encloses the front garden area which has shingle pathways and a lawn with a staddlestone. The main garden area lies to the south, adjoining farmland, and has a large, well maintained, gently sloping lawn, a flagstone terrace and a thatched, brick-lined well. A brick pathway and pergola with old rose climber lead down the garden to a rose gazebo set on a brick terrace. There are box hedges, conifers, a wealth of established trees including beech, oak and apple, an entertaining/barbecue area and a kitchen garden area with a greenhouse and fruit cages. A timber bridge crosses a stream and leads to a further lawn adjacent to the rear boundary.

To the east there is a small, enclosed paddock with established treelines on 3 of the boundaries and a separate access to Grange. To the west side of the cottage there is a much larger triangular paddock with established trees on the boundaries, and a 5-bar gate from the courtyard.

Directions

From Wimborne, proceed north on the B3078 towards Cranborne for about a mile. Turn right into Furzehill and proceed through the village, passing the Stocks Inn on the left hand side. Take the next turning on the left. Michaelmas House can be found on the left hand side.

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Christopher Batten

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