This delightful rural home was formerly part of the Bankes Estate (now administered by the National Trust,) and was a small 1.5 bedroom thatched cottage when the present owners took ownership in 1971. It was extended in 1972, 1978, 1985 and 1992, and a garden room was added in 2008. The cottage now extends to over 3600 square feet of living space.
Accessible from the road along a gravelled bridleway, Applegarth affords almost complete privacy, being surrounded by protected (SSSI) land, except for one neighbouring property. Wimborne town centre is about 3 miles away.
The property has 5-car garaging, excellent parking facilities for boats/caravans/trailers, and a heated outdoor swimming pool.
The most attractive elevations include 5 eyebrow windows. The original cottage was built largely of cob, with some rendered brick. The more modern extensions have smooth rendered cavity walls, all under a small plain tiled clay roof (with a tall brick chimney.)
Directions: From Wimborne, proceed north on the B3078 towards Cranborne Road and turn right into Furzehill village. Continue past The Stocks Inn and continue on to Holt village. Proceed past The Old Inn on the right, and take the next turning on the right hand side, signposted to Lower Rowe. Proceed past Bowers Farm on the right hand side, and Hayters on the left, to Holt Heath. Just past the cattle grid, turn right, signposted to Broomhill. Turn immediately right onto an unmade track. Applegarth is on the right hand side.
The accommodation comprises
COVERED ENTRANCE WAY: Pergola over (with wisteria.)
SPLIT LEVEL ENTRANCE HALL: Concealed stairs to first floor. Coat cupboard.
CLOAKROOM: Low level WC. Wash basin set in a vanity unit.
SITTING ROOM: 15-pane glazed door from the hall. A superb, dual aspect room with sliding double glazed doors to the terrace and garden. Cast iron late Victorian fireplace (in the style of Adam) with inset marble surround and raised hearth. Downlighters.
DINING ROOM: This superb room was the sitting room of the original cottage. Feature tall Swanage briquette fireplace with bressummer beam, brick hearth and brick canopy. Exposed ceiling beams and down timbers. Wall light points. Ledged, braced and latched door to outside. Full height built-in dresser cupboard. AGENTS' NOTE: This room has restricted head height under the beams in part.
STUDY: Overlooking the rear terrace. Downlighters.
SUPERB KITCHEN/FAMILY ROOM: Feature ceramic tiled floor throughout.
KITCHEN AREA: The kitchen has been refitted with beech-fronted units comprising a comprehensive range of base cupboards, drawers and wall cabinets (with cornice, pelmet and concealed worktop lighting.) Excellent range of polished granite work surfaces. Stainless steel under-bowl sink (with a brass and ceramic mixer.) Aga range cooker which has 2 ovens and 2 hotplates, and supplies the domestic hot water. Stainless steel extractor unit above. Electric double fan oven with cupboards over and under. Inset 4-burner gas hob. Space for dishwasher and fridge-freezer. Downlighters. Walkway to;
FAMILY ROOM: Ceramic tiled floor. White aluminium double glazed casement doors to;
GARDEN ROOM: Built in 2007. Large windows overlooking the terrace and garden. High glass roof. Ceiling fan. Ceramic tiled floor with electric under floor heating. Double glazed casement doors to terrace and gardens.
UTILITY ROOM: Comprehensive range of units. Stainless steel sink unit. Work surfaces. Base cupboards, wall cupboards and full height broom cupboard. Space for washing machine. Ceramic tiled floor. Door to;
GARDEN CLOAKROOM: Low level WC. Wash hand basin. Coat hanging area. Ceramic tiled floor. Door to double garage.
FIRST FLOOR LANDING: A long, split level, L-shaped landing. Downlighters. Exposed timbers. Fitted book shelves.
PRINCIPAL BEDROOM: A superb dual aspect room enjoying an open outlook. 2 fitted double wardrobes.
EN SUITE BATHROOM: Panelled bath with mixer, Aqualisa quality chrome shower, hand spray attachment and separate Daryl shower screen. Large mosaic tiled vanity worktop with 2 inset wash basins (with mixer taps.) Low level WC. Ladder style towel radiator. Shaver point. Wall light points.
BEDROOM THREE: A light, dual aspect room overlooking the swimming pool and gardens. Walkway to;
EN SUITE DRESSING ROOM: 3 built-in wardrobes. Access to loft.
LUXURY EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM: Refurbished suite. Large double walk-in shower cubicle with tiled surround, fixed glass screens and Aqualisa shower (with hand spray attachment.) Vanity unit with inset wash basin (with gold and chrome mixer tap.) Low level WC with concealed cistern. Ladder style towel radiator. Partly tiled walls. Downlighters. Ceramic tiled floor. Electric underfloor heating.
BEDROOM FOUR: Overlooking the gardens to the front. 3 built-in wardrobes.
BEDROOM FIVE: Currently used as a dressing room, this is a good sized double bedroom overlooking the rear garden. Fitted with a comprehensive range of wardrobes, shelves and shoe boxes.
FAMILY BATH/SHOWER ROOM: A comprehensive suite comprising panelled bath (with chrome and gold pillar taps,) pedestal wash basin (with chrome and gold pillar taps,) low level WC and bidet. Large double shower cubicle with Daryl sliding doors, quality shower and hand spray attachment. Half tiled walls. Downlighter.
From the landing, a short flight of steps lead down to a LOWER
LANDING, giving access to Bedroom 4, which was part of the original cottage.
BEDROOM TWO: Exposed A-frame timbers. Built-in wardrobe. Refurbished in 2011.
EN SUITE CLOAKROOM: Low level WC with a concealed cistern. Wash basin with mixer tap. Ladder style towel radiator.
OUTSIDE: Applegarth is approached from Rowe Hill along an unmade bridleway. An electric 5-bar gate leads into a large, gravelled courtyard.
INTEGRAL DOUBLE GARAGE: Electric up-and-over door. Personal doors to the house and to outside. Walkway to;
WORKSHOP: With separate WINE STORE.
DETACHED TRIPLE GARAGE: Matching rendered elevations under a high tiled ridged roof. 2 large open bays with oak framing. 1 lock-up garage. Excellent space for the storage of boats/caravans etc.
THE GARDENS: Behind the garage there is a large expanse of flat lawn, enclosed by an established tree and shrub line.
THE FRONT GARDEN: The front garden has a separate pedestrian gate onto the bridleway, and is enclosed by a high mixed hedgerow. 2 lawns. Extensive crazy paved pathways. Water feature. Large paved terrace. Sitting area. Established wisteria and climbing roses across the front of the house. Wealth of established shrubs. A pathway leads round to;
THE REAR GARDEN: Retained by a capped brick wall. Landscaped as a large, gently sloping lawn, interspersed with established shrubs and enclosed by a treeline including oak, chestnut and fir. Small terrace in the far corner. Steps lead down from the lawn to an Indian sandstone entertaining/barbecue area. Oil storage tank behind the house. A lytchgate and an arbour (with climbing honeysuckle) lead to;
SWIMMING POOL: 32' x 16' (9.75m x 4.88m) A heated pool, set in a paved surround, with a POOL HOUSE (with heat exchanger unit and sand filters.) This area offers complete privacy, being surrounding by walling and trellising (with climbing roses.)
COUNCIL TAX: Band H.
EPC RATING: Band E.