Built in 1814 and extended in the 1980s, Harts Cottage has undergone a programme of modernisation and refurbishment over the last 12 years, and is presented in truly excellent decorative order throughout. Unusually for a period cottage, the spacious accommodation has a ceiling height of about 7ft in most areas.
The property is situated in a prominent location at the junction of Horton Road and Slough Lane in Wigbeth, a hamlet just outside the village of Horton and about 7 miles from Wimborne town centre. It features a separate detached annexe which could be used as a home office/studio or for bed & breakfast/airbnb.
Connected to mains water and electricity, Harts Cottage has private drainage and oil fired heating (the boiler for which was replaced in 2002) with Victorian style cylinder radiators throughout, and a wealth of original features including an inglenook fireplace, exposed timbers, ledged-and-braced internal doors and an oak staircase.
The cottage also benefits from an impressive contemporary kitchen, 2 well presented first floor bathrooms, a large detached double garage and a stable block with 3 stables.
The major coastal towns of Poole and Bournemouth, both of which have mainline rail links to London Waterloo, are within about 30 minutes’ drive, and local shops are available at Three Legged Cross and West Moors. Nearby Wimborne Minster offers a comprehensive range of shops, schools and other amenities, and there is easy access to Ringwood and the M27 towards London.
A long entrance hallway with a Travertine floor has an archway with a built-in coat cupboard, and a cloakroom. The living room has a floor-to-ceiling brick inglenook fireplace (with bressummer beam and quarry tiled hearth), wide oak floorboards, and a door to the front garden. The dual aspect dining room has casement doors to outside, with a view of farmland. The very well presented kitchen/breakfast room has an excellent range of contemporary high gloss units, a large island (with twin bowl ceramic sink and granite top), hardwood work surfaces, fitted bench seating, casement doors to outside, and a wide oak boarded floor. Integrated appliances include an electric range cooker, 2 larder fridges, a dishwasher and a microwave.
A straight oak staircase leads to the long first floor landing. The large, dual aspect master bedroom has exposed ceiling timbers and a state-of-the-art en suite shower room (with fully tiled walls and feature towel radiator). Bedrooms 2 and 3 have fine views over farmland, and bedroom 4 is a spacious room currently used as a dressing room.
There is a beautifully appointed family bathroom with a contemporary double-ended bathtub on an oak pedestal with a rainwater style shower head over the bath. There is a basin set on an oak pedestal, and a WC.
Harts Cottage enjoys 2 separate entrances, one from Horton Road, with ledged-and-braced timber double gates on brick piers leading into a gravelled courtyard, and another from Slough Lane, where a 5-bar gate leads to a large, gravelled area providing excellent parking for vehicles/boxes/trailers etc.
There is a detached double garage. The gardens, which are mainly laid to lawn, with shrubs including climbing roses, a magnolia tree and 3 mature apple trees, surround the property on 3 sides and are enclosed by close boarded and post-and-rail fencing, walling and natural hedges.
The detached annexe/studio is constructed of brick with a ridged thatched roof. The main area has a high ceiling with original timbers and a wall tie bar, and there is a shower room, and a kitchen with sink, worktops, base and wall cupboards, and a boiler cupboard housing an oil fired boiler.
There is a stable block with 3 boxes, and a level paddock enclosed by post-and-rail fencing and an established tree line (mainly of oak).
DIRECTIONS: From Horton village, proceed east towards Ringwood, passing Drusilla’s Inn on the left, and into Wigbeth. After about half a mile, immediately after the left hand turning to Slough Lane, Harts Cottage is immediately on the left.
COUNCIL TAX: Band G
EPC: Exempt due to Grade II Listed status.