This stunning character property blends contemporary luxury with a wealth of character. Built in 1893 by the church to give the local community access to a library and reading rooms, it was converted some years ago and has undergone a comprehensive programme of renovation in the last 2 years. Traditionally built, with facing brick elevations and a distinctive bell tower and turret to the western elevation, The Reading Rooms retains many original features and exudes charm at every turn.
The property is set in a pretty, ‘no through’ lane leading to the parish church in the centre of this picturesque village. A short walk leads to Stourpaine recreation ground (which houses a football pitch, tennis courts, a sports pavilion, a children's play area and a recently built village hall) and the North Dorset Trailway which offers a scenic, off-road walk/cycle ride to Shillingstone's former station and on to Sturminster Newton. Nearby Hod Hill also provides walks with impressive views. The market town of Blandford Forum is about 4 miles to the south, and the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury is also easily accessible. Stourpaine has a thriving pub (The White Horse) incorporating a post office and community shop.
An enclosed porch with a decorative ceramic tiled floor leads to a magnificent living room with a high vaulted ceiling, herringbone woodblock flooring and a full height brick chimney breast (with combined open fire and wood burning facility). This delightful, light and airy room has a dual aspect, with a double glazed square bay window (with window seat) to the front. Glazed double doors lead to a separate dining room/family snug with a brick fireplace, a wood burning stove, a braced-and-ledged door to a walk-in coat/storage cupboard, a separate airing cupboard, and double glazed French doors to the rear garden. An engineered oak floor extends from the dining to the kitchen/breakfast room.
The superb fitted kitchen features UPVC double glazed French doors to the rear garden, an excellent range of units, exquisite ornate wall tiles, solid oak worktops, and an island incorporating a shallow Belfast sink, an integrated dishwasher and a breakfast bar. Appliances include an Alpha oil fired range cooker (supplying the central heating system and hot water), Bosch induction hob, Siemens cooker hood, Neff electric oven and microwave, and integrated larder fridge. A step and walkway lead through to an auxiliary lower kitchen with a further shallow Belfast preparation sink, storage cupboards concealing space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer, and UPVC double glazed doors to the rear garden and side access.
The master bedroom features triple glazed windows, a cast iron fireplace, and an excellent range of fitted wardrobes, cupboards and shelving.
The superb family bath/shower room has a high cistern WC, a circular basin on a wash stand, a rolltop bath, a large double shower, leaded stained glass windows and electric under floor heating.
From the living room, a white oak and glazed staircase leads to the first floor where there are 2 further double bedrooms, both with outstanding views of the historic church and southerly views towards Blandford Forest.
There is a fully tiled second bathroom with a timber panelled bath, concealed low cistern WC and wash basin.
From the living room, a secondary staircase in a circular turret leads to bedroom 4, which was previously an open gallery above the hall, and has a stained glass window overlooking the living room.
Outside, high timber gates provide access to a side carport. The front garden is bounded by a low brick wall with wrought ironwork, and a gravelled driveway provides off road parking.
The private, south facing, walled rear garden has an Indian sandstone paved terrace, a shaped lawn and well stocked flower and shrub borders. To one corner there is a large brick outbuilding which could be used as a home office or workshop. The garden also has a timber shed, a woodstore, and a side footpath to a further courtyard area.
DIRECTIONS: From Blandford, proceed along the A350 towards Shaftesbury. Proceed past the left hand turning for Durweston and enter the village of Stourpaine. Just past the White Horse pub, turn left into South Holme and proceed down the hill. At the staggered crossroads, turn left into Manor Road, and The Reading Rooms can be found on the right hand side.
COUNCIL TAX: Band F
EPC RATING: Band F