Dorset Cottage is part of a former row of 3 cottages, and is joined to the neighbouring house at a 90 degree angle. The original part of the building is constructed of lime-rendered, colour-washed cob walls under a water reed thatched roof, and a substantial 1980s extension has cavity brick walls with a matching rendered finish under 2 ridged small tiled roofs with a lead gully. The cottage has been restored and updated to a high standard.
Tarrant Rushton is a small, quiet, picturesque village in the EastTarrantValley, benefitting from a parish church and lying just below the former Tarrant Rushton Airfield, from which, in June 1944, gliders used in the D-Day operations in Normandy took off. The market towns of Wimborne Minster and Blandford Forum are some 6 miles and 3 miles distant respectively, and Tarrant Rushton is close to 2 popular public houses, the True Lovers Knot Inn at Tarrant Keyneston and the Langton Arms at Tarrant Monkton.
The cottage’s gardens feature a terraced section leading to an upper lawn with outstanding views over the adjoining field, a garage and a carport.
The deceptively spacious cottage extends to over 1700 square feet and has many character features including 2 separate staircases, a wealth of exposed beams and timbers, an inglenook fireplace and window seats. Unusually for a period cottage, the property has a ceiling of just over 6ft below the beams.
It is connected to mains electricity and water, and has private drainage. Mains gas is not available.
From the tiled, open-fronted entrance porch, an entrance vestibule leads to sitting room which features an inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove, exposed beams and timbers, and a walkway to a snug with an under stairs cupboard. The dining room is a particular feature, having a high beamed ceiling and a raised tiled floor in part. A secondary staircase leads to a charming first floor study with exposed beams and timbers.
The kitchen has a door to the rear garden and an excellent range of oak work surfaces, a butler’s sink, painted framed units, and a Stanley range cooker providing central heating and domestic hot water. It also features a fan oven, a 4-plate ceramic hob with extractor, space for dishwasher, fridge-freezer, washing machine and dryer, a quarry tiled floor and downlighters.
Bedroom 4, on the ground floor, has an en suite shower room.
From the sitting room, a dogleg staircase leads to the first floor landing. There is a modern tiled bathroom/shower and an inner landing/bedroom 3 with exposed timbers. Bedrooms 1 and 2 both overlook the rear garden.
Dorset Cottage enjoys a good frontage to the village lane, with a detached garage, concrete driveway and carport with space for 2 vehicles. The front garden has brick walling, a rockery, many shrubs, ferns and climbing roses. Stone steps lead to the cottage, and there is a large shingle bed with a brick-lined well.
The rear garden is terraced, the top level of which is adjacent to farmland. There is a large, flat lawn enclosed by mixed hedges and post-and-wire fencing, a large garden chalet, an established horse chestnut tree and a sitting area with outstanding views.
An arbour leads to a stone terrace, from which steps lead down to the cottage. There are brick walls retaining walls, a wide variety of trees and shrubs, a fishpond with water feature, and a second terrace behind the garage. The garden has been beautifully maintained but is steep in part.
DIRECTIONS: From Wimborne, proceed towards Blandford on the B3082, through the avenue of beech trees beside Badbury Rings. Proceed down the hill into Tarrant Keyneston. Turn right at the True Lovers Knot Inn, signposted to Tarrant Rushton. After about 1 mile, turn right, again signposted to Tarrant Rushton. Proceed over a small river bridge and, at the T-junction, turn left. Turn left towards the village church, and Dorset Cottage can be found on the right hand side.
COUNCIL TAX: Band F.
EPC: Exempt due to Listed status.