The Old Cottage is believed to date back to the 1600s and has rendered elevations under a wheat straw thatched roof. The main part of the house was re-thatched in 2002, and a further section of thatch was replaced 3 years ago, along with the ridge. Apart from a mezzanine gallery above the sitting room, all of the accommodation in the house is arranged on the ground floor.
This well maintained, picturesque cottage is presented in excellent decorative order. An electrical inspection was carried out in 2019 when there was a course of electrical updating. The property benefits from gas central heating (for which a new Worcester boiler was installed about 2.5 years ago), and replacement UPVC double glazed windows. Electric gates lead to ample off road parking and an additional garage, and the cottage gardens amount to approximately a third of an acre.
The Old Cottage stands on a large, nicely enclosed, private garden plot in this quiet residential location which enjoys immediate access to a bridleway running up to Colehill and the Bytheway Field, which is ideal for dog walking. The market town of Wimborne Minster is about 1.5 miles away, offering schools for all ages, and a wealth of shops and other amenities. Bus services connect to the coastal towns of Poole and Bournemouth, both of which have mainline rail links to London Waterloo.
The charming living room has a brick fireplace with an inset gas fire, window seats, a high vaulted ceiling, and a charming wooden staircase to a mezzanine gallery providing an additional sitting area. The dining hall has a high vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, and an inglenook fireplace with an inset gas fire. The original front door now leads to the front garden where there is a thatched porch.
The spacious kitchen/breakfast room has an excellent range of Shaker style units, ample worktops, Neff electric double oven, Neff microwave, Neff 5-burner gas hob, extractor above, Miele dishwasher, integrated larder fridge and space for a table and chairs. There is a large utility/boot room with feature brick wall, tiled floor, fitted units, sink, space for washing machine and freezer, side door and stable door to the rear garden.
From the dining hall, a latched door leads to bedroom 3/study which has oak flooring, a feature circular window and a high vaulted ceiling with exposed timbers. A central hallway provides access to a boiler/laundry room with Worcester combination boiler (replaced within the last 3 years), water softener, and space and ducting for tumble dryer.
Bedroom 1 is fitted with an excellent range of furniture including wardrobes and dressing table, and an en suite shower room with WC, vanity wash basin, shower cubicle and fully tiled walls.
Bedroom 2 has fitted wardrobes and corner dressing table, and access to the roof space. The family bathroom has a jacuzzi bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, WC, wash basin and fully tiled walls.
A brick pillared entrance way with electric gates and security entryphone leads to a block paved drive and parking area.
There is a detached 3-car garage of cavity construction with 2 electric up-and-over doors and a substantial rear workshop (with side door). A staircase leads to 2 attic rooms above, and this building could, subject to the necessary planning consent, be converted into a home office or annexe. There is a further timber garage at the far side of the property.
A side gate leads to a courtyard area with space for al fresco dining, and there is a large storage area to the side of the garage.
The rear garden is a particular feature, enjoying a southerly aspect and a large degree of privacy. It has a large central lawn, a working well, well stocked flower and shrub borders, a fishpond, an aluminium-framed greenhouse, and wood and garden stores.
DIRECTIONS: From Wimborne, proceed east along Leigh Road. As you leave the town, turn left into Northleigh Lane and proceed over the old metal railway bridge. Turn right into Leigh Lane and proceed past the left hand turning to The Vineries. On the right hand bend, The Old Cottage can be found on the right hand side.
COUNCIL TAX: Band E EPC RATING: Band D