This elegant gentleman’s residence extends to about 3,200 square feet of living space, arranged on 3 floors, and has 2 separate detached cottages within its walled gardens.
We believe Beechleas will appeal to purchasers seeking a character family home with good investment potential or a building which could be used as offices or practice rooms, close to the town centre. Beechleas formerly operated as a small boutique hotel and restaurant, and, due to its visible location, offers all sorts of commercial opportunities.
Built around 1800, Beechleas has red brick elevations, classic Georgian sash windows and a roof of small clay plain tiles with 2 tall brick chimneys. The front of the house is enclosed by wrought iron railings. It offers excellent parking facilities within a gated courtyard and is within easy level walking distance of the town’s amenities which include a good range of independent stores, bars and restaurants, a popular theatre/cinema and a modern Waitrose store.
The coastal towns of Poole and Bournemouth, both of which have mainline rail links to London Waterloo, are within about 20 minutes’ drive. There is an excellent choice of independent and state schools in the area. Connected to all mains services, the property has gas central heating.
A pillared entrance porch and panelled front door lead to an impressive entrance hall with a panelled arch, Marble flooring, ceiling cornicing, dado rail, storage cupboard and fully tiled cloakroom.
The charming drawing room has a south and west aspect, a feature Marble fireplace (with inset gas coals,) cornicing, dado rail and 2 archways leading into a magnificent, southerly facing orangery constructed by Marston & Langinger, with Travertine floor, Georgian style windows, high gabled glass roof, and a pair of doors to a stone terrace.
The dining room enjoys an outlook onto the garden.
The large kitchen/breakfast room has an excellent range of granite work surfaces with upstands, a comprehensive range of hand-painted base and wall cabinets, matching breakfast bar, ceramic twin bowl butler’s sink, waste disposal, and built-in appliances including a Siemens fan oven, a Gaggenau fan oven and a Siemens touch-control induction hob. There is a feature mantel with tumbled marble tiled behind, and an integrated dishwasher. The kitchen features downlighters, an exposed ceiling beam, Travertine flooring, a large walk-in cold room, and excess to large loft space.
There is a rear hallway with a door to the utility room which houses the gas heating boiler.
There is an attractive, dual aspect library/study with marble fireplace and adjacent book shelves.
A Georgian staircase with a mahogany handrail leads to a large landing with a walk-in airing cupboard. The master bedroom is a delightful, south west facing, dual aspect room with fitted wardrobes and a large en suite bathroom. Bedroom 2 is also a large, dual aspect room with a wardrobe cupboard, and a laundry room (which was formerly a shower room.)
Bedroom 3, at the rear, has a comprehensive range of fitted bedroom furniture.
On the second floor, there is a small landing leading to bedroom 4, which has exposed ceiling beams, A-frame timbers, wardrobes, access to a tank room, and an en suite bathroom. Bedroom 5 has a built-in cupboard and an en suite bathroom.
From the road, a wide shingle driveway leads to a pair of timber electric gates which in turn lead to a large, private gravelled courtyard with space for numerous vehicles. There is a Virginia creeper to the front of the house, and various fruit trees.
Beechleas benefits from a detached double garage with brick elevations under a slate roof, 2 electric up-and-over doors, and a personal door.
Within the courtyard there are 2 self-contained cottages.
THE GATE HOUSE could be used residentially, for ‘home and income’ or as offices, subject to the normal permissions being granted. It has an open plan sitting/dining room area with a fitted kitchen including appliances. Stairs lead up to a double bedroom with an en suite bathroom.
THE LODGE HOUSE is currently arranged as ground and first floor offices, with kitchen and 2 bathrooms.
The cottages have independent gas central heating systems and are connected to all mains services.
The main garden lies to the south side of Beechleas, and is completely private, being screened by a high, curved brick wall. There is a large shingle terrace interspersed with stepping stones, and a large stone terrace with pergola and productive grapevine. The garden features a wealth of trees and plants including acers, maples and magnolia.
A wrought iron gate leads to a garden store and back to the main courtyard, and a useful feature is a locked, private gate leading to the Wimborne town centre.
DIRECTIONS: From the roundabout at the junction of Lewens Lane, Leigh Road and Poole Road, turn into Poole Road. Take the first turning on the right (also Poole Road,) and Beechleas is the first property on the right hand side.
COUNCIL TAX: Beechleas Band F. The Gate House Band B.
EPC: Exempt due to Grade II Listed status.