Built in 1816, and substantially extended in mid-Victorian times, The Red House has been occupied by the current owners for 48 years. Its beautifully presented, well proportioned accommodation extends to over 4,700ft², arranged over 3 floors, and the gardens are an outstanding feature of the house, being hidden away from public view and offering complete privacy. The house is set back from the High Street and accessed off a long, gravel driveway leading into a forecourt with garaging.
The Red House is situated in the centre of the village, within walking distance of amenities including shops, pub/restaurants, a parish church and a First School. Sturminster Marshall also has a 9-hole golf course. The nearby market towns of Blandford Forum and Wimborne Minster offer a wide range of amenities, and there is good access by road to the county town of Dorchester and the coastal towns of Poole and Bournemouth, all of which have railway stations. The wider area is well served by state and independent schools including Bryanston, Clayesmore, Dumpton, Castle Court and Canford.
The property is traditionally built of solid brick with partly tile hung gable elevations and a high ridged slate roof with 4 tall brick chimneys. It has many original features including ceiling cornicing, pine and flagstone floors, internal doors and architraves, and impressive marble and brick open fireplaces. Mains electricity, water and drainage are connected, and mains gas is available nearby. The house has oil fired central heating.
An inner hallway with flagstone floor, a (presently sealed) secondary staircase, and passageway with coat hanging area, gives access to a spacious shower room (with large double shower, WC, wash basin and an excellent range of storage/blanket cupboards.) Further to the rear there are two small rooms, one being a small library and the other an office, both also having flagstone floors. This area has a door to the outside and a small courtyard.
The family snug has a full height pine fireplace with wood burning stove and adjacent cupboards, and double doors to the garden. A further door leads through to the superb, large, dual aspect kitchen/breakfast room which features a vaulted ceiling, exposed A-frame timbers, black-and-white Amtico tiles, Iroko hardwood work surfaces, a Belfast sink with brass taps and an extensive range of units. There is a fitted Leisure range cooker set beneath a mantel, a built-in pantry, space for dishwasher and fridge-freezer, and a feature brick copper.
The separate utility room has a stone sink, a flagstone floor, cupboards, space for white goods, and a door to a boot room/workshop (with door to outside).
The principal staircase leads from the reception hall to a large, split level landing with some pine floorboards and a superb view over the front garden. There is an impressive, dual aspect master bedroom with a marble fireplace and fitted book shelves, and bedroom 2 is an ideal guest room with a marble fireplace, full height wardrobes and a far reaching view. Overlooking the front garden, bedroom 3 has built-in cupboards and a marble fireplace. The family bathroom has an original cast iron bath with brass mixer tap, a wash stand with marble top, wash hand basin and cupboards, and a classic high level WC. There are 2 further first floor rooms, one of which is currently arranged as a kitchen, with steps leading up to a bedroom with cupboards and a marble fireplace. This area could provide annexe potential.
From the upper landing, stairs lead to the second floor which offers 3 spacious double rooms, a large bathroom and a tank room with WC and Belfast sink.
The detached double garage has 2 up-and-over doors, lighting and power. The front garden is enclosed by walling, a high Portuguese laurel hedge, and trees including beech and holm oak.
There is a small side garden area with a lawn and a 5-bar gate leading to established flower and shrub beds. The delightful rear garden features a rolling lawn interspersed with a wide range of trees, shrubs and hedges including box, birch, conifer, willow, eucalyptus and maple. Near the house there is a large shrub bed with box hedges. A shingle path with stepping stones leads to a further garden area, with established trees. There is a splendid view over the adjacent farmland. A trellis with established climbing roses divides this area from a large enclosed paddock which has a separate access to the road.
DIRECTIONS: From Wimborne, proceed west along the A31 to the Roundhouse roundabout at Sturminster Marshall. Take the third exit onto the A350 towards Blandford. Take the first turning on the right into Station Road. Proceed ahead at the small roundabout into the High Street.
This Promap image is not intended as a precise representation of the property’s boundaries or area of land. It should be treated as an approximate guide only. Interested parties should have their solicitor check the exact dimensions on the Title Plan.
COUNCIL TAX: Band F
EPC RATING: Band F