A rare opportunity to purchase a splendid former church school house with three double bedrooms and potential for a fourth bedroom (extending into loft space), offered to the market with the advantage of no onward chain and boasting far reaching views over the surrounding Blackmore Vale countryside. The school house was built in 1857 for the Duke of Westminster and has been a much loved and cherished home for two generations of our selling family extending to over fifty years. Over their time of residency, this fabulous home has been extremely well maintained and improved with a two storey extension to the side providing a contemporary combined kitchen and dining room and large master bedroom with full en-suite bathroom. This wonderful home offers well proportioned bright rooms with multi functional use and could easily be adapted to provide accommodation for a relative and/or space to work from home. Option to create a studio/bedroom over the old school room, subject to the necessary permissions. The property benefits from double glazing, oil fired central heating and those views towards Hambledon Hill and Cranborne Chase. The property sits within the conservation area and enjoys a tranquil, rural location forming part of a small hamlet, just a few miles from Dorset's smallest town where there are everyday facilities.
Ground Floor -
Entrance Vestibule - Double door open into the vestibule (currently not used as the main entrance.). Window to the side of the property. Ceiling light. Electrics. Fitted with shelves. Power points. Terracotta tiled floor. Flagstone step to original double doors opening into the:-
Sitting Room - 8.51m'' x 4.55m'' (27'11'' x 14'11'') - This was the original school room. Large windows to the front and side with views plus double doors opening to the side garden. Arched door opening to the side storm porch. High ceiling with exposed timbers. Three radiators. Power and television points. Stone fireplace with wood burner. Fitted with plenty of book/display shelves. Shallow step down into the:-
Dining/Play Room/Study - 3.51m'' x 3.56m'' (11'6'' x 11'8'') - A versatile room that could also be a formal dining room or study. Window overlooking the side garden. Ceiling light. Picture rail. Radiator. Power and telephone points. Opening to the hall and door to the:-
Snug/Bedroom Four - 4.52m'' x 3.68m'' (14'10'' x 12'1'') - Window to the side enjoying fabulous far reaching views. Ceiling light. Picture rail. Radiator. Power and television points. Original door to the storm porch.
Hall - Ceiling light. Smoke detector. Radiator. Power points. Stairs rising to the first floor with recess under, door to the entrance hall and pane glass door to the:-
Kitchen/Dining Room - 3.66m x 6.53m'' (12' x 21'5'') - Dining Area - window to the side and rear with view over the main garden and part pane glass door to the decked seating area. Ceiling and recessed ceiling light. Extractor fan. Radiator. Power and television points. Wood effect vinyl flooring.
Kitchen Area - window to the rear with garden view and to the side with lovely countryside vista. Recessed ceiling lights. Coved. Plenty of power points. Fitted with a range of lime washed kitchen units consisting of floor cupboards with drawers, tray space and eye level cupboards with counter lighting under. Generous amount of work surfaces. Part tiled walls. One and half bowl sink and drainer with mixer tap. Dishwasher. Built in eye level electric oven with storage cupboards above and below. Ceramic hob with extractor hood above. Integrated fridge/freezer. Wood effect vinyl flooring.
Entrance Hall - Ceiling light. Electrics. Fitted wall shelves. Radiator. Old range fireplace housing the oil fired central heating boiler. Central heating programmer. Part pane glass door to the side garden, original panelled door to the hall and door to the:-
Cloakroom - Window with deep tiled sill to the side elevation. Ceiling light. Tiled walls.. Low level WC. Wall mounted wash hand basin. Space and plumbing for a washing machine or shower potential. Wood effect vinyl flooring. Door back to the hall.
First Floor -
Landing - Stairs rise to a half landing with window to the side taking in those lovely rural views and return up to the galleried main landing. Ceiling light. Access to the loft space with pull down ladder and light. Smoke detector. Power points. Airing cupboard housing the hot water cylinder. White panelled doors to all rooms.
Master Bedroom - 3.86m'' x 4.45m'' (12'8'' x 14'7'') - Maximum measurements - Two windows with outlook over the main garden and window to the side enjoying the far reaching view. Radiator. Power, telephone and television points. Two double fitted wardrobes. Door to the:-
En-Suite Bathroom - Enjoying a double aspect with windows to the rear and side. Recessed ceiling lights. Extractor fan. Radiator. Fitted with a modern and stylish suite consisting of deep double ended bath with central mixer tap and tiled panel,low level WC, corner tiled shower cubicle and pedestal wash hand basin with mirror and wall lights to either side. Part tiled walls and matching tiled floor.
Bedroom Two - 4.57m x 3.68m'' (15' x 12'1'') - Window to the side enjoying beautiful countryside views. Ceiling light. Radiator. Power and television points. Two double fitted wardrobes with shelves to one side.
Bedroom Three - 4.55m'' x 2.44m (14'11'' x 8') - Window to the side of the house. Ceiling light. Radiator. Power points. Walk in wardrobe with hanging rail and shelves and providing access to the space over the old school room. An original fireplace with black iron grate.
Bathroom - Window with deep tiled sill to the side elevation. Partly sloping ceiling with ceiling light. Radiator. Fitted with a suite consisting of low level WC, Pedestal wash hand basin, bath with mixer tap and telephone style shower attachment, folding shower screen and full height tiling to the surrounding walls. Painted wood effect vinyl flooring.
Parking And Garage - The property is approached from the lane onto a gravelled drive with space to park about five cars and the garage.
Gardens - A picket gate opens to a flagstone path leading past the original outside loo and wash house to the entrance that is currently being used. The main body of the gardens lie to the rear of the house and are predominately laid to lawn with a raised decked seating area overlooking the garden. There is an area for vegetable growing and shrub and flower beds. The grounds surround the property and offer a private and sunny aspect.
From The Sturminster Newton Office - Leave Sturminster via Bridge Street at the traffic lights go over the bridge and turn right onto the A357. Continue on this road for approximately 5 miles turning left where Stalbridge is signposted. On entering the town bear to the left just before single lane and turn left into Barrow Hill. Continue with the old stone wall on your right leaving the town behind. Take the next left turning to Stourton Caundle. At the triangle turn right - signposted Stalbridge Weston where the property will be found on the left hand side.