Postcode: DT9 5QR
Sale Type: For Sale
A quintessential Grade 2 Listed Georgian former rectory which has been the subject of an exemplary scheme of renovation. On the market for only the third time in its history The Old Rectory lies deep in the heart of Thomas Hardy country between Sherborne and Dorchester and was built in about 1780 with an imposing Georgian façade added in 1800s.
Having undergone an extensive renovation project by the current owners the house has well proportioned reception rooms and bedrooms that are arranged equally well for modern family living and formal entertaining. The property is awash with period features including flagstone floors, sash widows with shutters and period fireplaces.
As you enter the house via the reception hall you have a perfectly proportioned drawing room and dining room room with sash windows and shutters, good ceiling heights, book shelving and fireplaces with wood burners which overlook the front gardens. The kitchen /family room is the hub of the house and an incredible living space for all members of the family to gather in. The kitchen has a flagstone floor, bespoke cupboards and drawers, central Maple island and a range set in the fireplace. The family room is part glazed and opens on to the courtyard which is a great area for summer alfresco dining and has a wood burning oven. Adjoining the courtyard is the essential home office with useful mezzanine bedroom over. Close to these rooms is the playroom and cellars which have retained their wine bins. Beyond the kitchen is the useful utility room with butlers sink and door to outside and a superb boot room with ample space for hanging coats and storing boots and ideal for dogs after a muddy walk through the surrounding countryside.
A staircase from the reception hall leads to the first floor. There is a splendid master suite comprising bedroom with book shelves and period fireplace leading to a dressing room and a fantastic contemporary bathroom with vaulted ceiling, double shower and sink unit as well as a roll top bath. From this area there is a stairway leading to a second floor bedroom which would be ideal for a teenager. Bedrooms 2 and 3 which have lovely proportions overlook the front gardens and have sash windows with shutters and period fireplaces. Bedroom 2 has an en suite shower room and there is a contemporary family bathroom which has a feature cast iron bath, shower and a bespoke double sink with mirror.
As with most old rectories there is a useful second floor with 2 bedrooms which will no doubt be taken over by older children.
The Old Rectory is approached through electric gates along a tree lined gravelled drive leading to a circular parking /turning area with excellent parking for many vehicles.
Adjacent to this area is a former coach house/workshop with 2 large doors and attached stables which have planning permission for a 2 bedroomed cottage.
Beyond this building is a yard with outbuilding housing the Biomass heating system as well as extra storage. There is also a 4 bay covered car port.
The gardens which surround the Old Rectory provide a beautiful private setting complimenting the house and comprise sweeping lawns, paved terraces and well stocked borders as well as a variety of young and mature trees.
There is also a part walled orchard with apple trees and a productive kitchen garden with raised beds and a further area of lawn.
To the side of the property is a paddock which is laid to pasture and planted with a variety of wild flowers to provide a riot of colour in the summer.
Total Area Approx 4 acres
The Old Rectory is located on the edge of the village of Glanvilles Wootton close to the parish church of St Mary. The village is located in the beautiful Vale of the White Hart and is about 6 miles south of the Abbey town of Sherborne and 7.5 miles north of the county town of Dorchester. Both provide an extensive range of shopping, recreational and business facilities. Other towns of note nearby include Sturminster Newton, Shaftesbury and Yeovil.
Communications in the area include a regular service from Sherborne to London Waterloo. The A303 is located at Sparkford and provides a link to the West Country or London. Sporting facilities including golf at Sherborne, horse racing at Wincanton and water sports can be enjoyed along the Dorset coastline to the south.
Independent schools in the area include Sherborne Prep School, Sherborne School for Boys, Sherborne School for Girls, Leweston, Hazelgrove and Port Regis. There is also the Gryphon state school in Sherborne and Thomas Hardy School in Dorchester.
From Sherborne take the A352 heading in a southerly direction. Pass through Longburton and after several miles turn left signposted to Glanvilles Wootton. Proceed to the centre of the village and turn left down Old Rectory Lane to the property.
Mains water, electricity, drainage. Biomass heating system.
Dorset District Council
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- A classically handsome Georgian Grade 2 listed country house
- 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms
- Magnificent kitchen/family room
- 2 delightful reception rooms
- Playroom and cellar
- Utilty Room and Boot Room
- Home Office with Mezzanine
- Attached coach house with former stables
- Splendid part walled garden and grounds of approx 4 acres