A handsome period 7 bedroom house full of original character features and offering particularly spacious and versatile accommodation.
The Old Malthouse is a delightful character house with origins possibly dating back to the 16th century wand with further additions over time. Constructed of brick and stone elevations under a pitched tiled roof the house is Grade II Listed as being of architectural or historic interest.
The accommodation is extremely flexible and comprises 5 bedrooms in the main house with a further 2 bedroom adjoining annexe. The front of the house is south facing with the principal rooms being light and bright. There is a lovely large hall with ornate staircase to first and doors to the dining and drawing rooms. Beyond the dining room is a library/study. From the hall the kitchen is towards the rear with good range of wooden wall mounted and free standing units, work surfaces and 4 over oil fired Aga. Off the kitchen is a laundry and utility room, study area and store. Internal doors lead to an inner hall and the annexe with kitchen, sitting room on the ground floor, 2 bedrooms ,bath and shower rooms on the first floor. In the main house there are five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a separate W.C. The house has been used as a successful B&B and has tremendous potential for further income with scope to create ancillary accommodation. The house has been sympathetically updated and retains many period features including fireplaces, recessed panelled doors, window shutters and architraining.
Outside is a detached double garage, two former stables, enclosed courtyard and garden.
The house is approached from Carraway Lane via double wooden gates onto a gravelled drive where there is plenty of parking and the detached double garage. The main garden is to the side and rear of the house and has a well-kept lawn with hedge or stone boundaries. There are many plants and shrubs with a variety of climbing roses, clematis and honeysuckle and a black grapevine. A paved sun terrace runs across the back of the house with Marnhull stone wall and mature borders providing a lovely sheltered spot. two topiary Yew trees are shaped like chess pieces and an impressive avenue of Yew trees leads to a wooded area. To the west of the house is an enclosed courtyard with climbing rose and clematis making it an ideal place for al-fresco summer's evening entertaining.
Marnhull is one of the largest villages in England with a thriving community life and is celebrated in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. It has two public houses, two primary schools, three churches, doctors' surgery, pharmacy, butchers, two grocery shops (one with a post office), hairdresser and beauty salon. There are many clubs and societies and it is surrounded by beautiful countryside. More extensive shopping, business and recreational facilities are available in Sturminster Newton 3½ miles whilst the larger towns of Shaftesbury 6 miles and Gillingham 6 miles, together with Sherborne 11 miles, are all easily accessible.
The A303 is to the north of Gillingham linking with the M3 to London. Mainline railway stations in Gillingham and Sherborne with a regular service to London Waterloo taking about 2 hours.
The area is well known for a number of independent schools including Port Regis at Motcombe, Hazlegrove at Sparkford, Sherborne Schools and Bryanston near Blandford. There are two primary schools in Marnhull and secondary schools in Sturminster Newton and Gillingham.