The Old Farmhouse, Okeford Fitzpaine, Blandford Forum, Dorset

£1,650,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 6
4 Reception rooms

Kitchen/breakfast room with walk-in pantry

Utility/laundry room

2 Downstairs cloakrooms

Boot/coat room

Principal bedroom with dressing room & en-suite bathroom

6 Further bedrooms (2 en-suite)

Family bathroom

External gym/studio/workshop

Garage and garden storage

Established garden

Tennis court

Woodland and wild flower area

Set in approx. 5 acres

The Old Farmhouse is a substantial Grade II Listed period property, set in a superb position on the edge of the sought-after village of Okeford Fitzpaine. The property is an original Yeoman's Farmhouse and is thought to date from the 17th Century. With splendid stone and brick elevations and many original period features which been carefully restored during the renovation when the current owners bought the property just over 12 years ago, The Old Farmhouse is a quintessential country residence.

Leading through the original front door, are the two main reception rooms, all facing due south with views across the front lawn and gardens beyond. The drawing room is a beautiful room, with an original inglenook fireplace, fitted with a gas-fuelled wood-burner, making this the perfect space for formal entertaining. The adjoining family room offers further more relaxed reception space, which again has a wonderful inglenook and a gas-fired wood burning stove. There is also a practical study with elegant book and display alcove shelving either side of the original fireplace, which leads from the drawing room. A further adjacent room could be used as a single bedroom if needed on the ground floor. A cloakroom leads off the nearby back hall.

Leading from the family room is the stunning open-plan kitchen/breakfast room with a superb vaulted dining area in the garden room extension, which benefits from panoramic windows overlooking the garden and southwest facing terrace. The kitchen has stylish modern units, a large central island and a stainless steel range gas cooker. The central island has a breakfast bar with space for several chairs making this the perfect spot for informal entertaining or casual dining. A walk-in pantry with bespoke shelves and cupboards is situated next to the kitchen, along with a well-appointed and particularly well-proportioned utility and laundry room. The boiler and pressurised water tanks are housed in this area. Leading from the kitchen is a fabulous boot/coat room which has been fitted with bespoke units and storage cupboards. There is also a downstairs cloakroom and access to the rear garden via the back door if needed. The tiled area on the ground floor has underfloor heating.

An elegant curved staircase gives way to a spacious and light landing which has a sky-light and a window looking down to the rear hall. The principal bedroom faces due south and again has stunning views across the garden and countryside beyond. There is an en-suite bathroom with separate shower and twin sinks. A walk in dressing room has been finished with bespoke shelving and hanging rails. There is a large family bathroom with a bath and separate walk in rain shower and four further double bedrooms on the first floor. The guest bedroom has an en-suite shower room and a fitted wardrobe. The bedrooms are all well-proportioned and generous doubles. Stairs lead to the second floor which has a further bedroom and en-suite shower room.

The property is located in the tranquil village of Okeford Fitzpaine, a highly sought-after village located six miles northwest of the market town of Blandford Forum. The village is particularly picturesque with an active community. The village is surrounded by beautiful Blackmore Vale and North Dorset rolling countryside, and has a good pub (Royal Oak), a post office, a convenience store, a parish church and a primary school.

The neighbouring village of Shillingstone provides further amenities, while Blandford Forum offers a choice of shopping, supermarkets and leisure facilities. The nearby towns of Sturminster Newton and the historic hilltop town of Shaftesbury offer a wider variety of shops and facilities. Further afield there is the market town of Sherborne and the Cathedral city of Salisbury where a greater variety of entertainment and cultural opportunities can be found.

Nearby Gillingham has a mainline railway station with direct trains to London Waterloo (1 hr 58 mins). Communications by road are excellent with the A303 providing a link to the M3, M25 and London, or the West Country. There are a wide range of highly regarded schools locally including; Sherborne for both Boys and Girls, Hanford School, Knighton House School, Clayesmore, Bryanston, and Canford. There are numerous opportunities for walking, cycling and riding immediately available from the front gate.

The property is set in an extensive and beautifully presented garden, with rolling lawns, woodland, an orchard and well-maintained shrubs, hedgerows and established flowerbeds. There is also a pretty rose garden with gently scented roses which was first planted at the property many years ago. There is a hard tennis court, enclosed by chain link fencing, and paved and gravel pathways and terracing. An octagonal rotunda, which leads from a covered walkway offers the opportunity to watch tennis in the shade or for alfresco dining on warmer evenings.

At the front of the property, a five-bar wooden gate opens onto the gravel driveway, which provides plenty of parking space for a number of cars. The property also has a single garage, an adjoining garden store and a further detached outbuilding with a workshop and a studio which is currently being used as a home gym, but could be used for a number of uses including a home office or artists studio.

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