Dating back to at least the 16th century, Magnolia House was formerly used as offices before its conversion by the current owners into a residential home in 2013, but there is some architectural evidence on the second floor that the property may have begun life in Tudor times. One of the most impressive period town houses in Wimborne town centre, this stunning house is steeped in history, and its cellar is reputed to have been used by a former owner, the smuggler Isaac Gulliver, to store contraband.
The property is situated less than 100m from The Square, enjoying very easy access to shops, restaurants, the Tivoli theatre, doctors and dentists, and a Waitrose store.
Magnolia House was renovated in 2013, including re-wiring, re-plumbing and new heating, very much in sympathy with the age and character of the building. No expense has been spared in creating an outstanding period home. The majority of the walls are of solid brick, with a Georgian brickwork front façade, a roof of small plain clay tiles and a tall brick chimney.
Features include 4 separate reception rooms, a magnificent kitchen/breakfast room, 4 first floor and 2 second floor bedrooms, multiple en suite facilities, and a lovely enclosed town centre garden ideal for entertaining. There is scope to use the top floor rooms for home working.
The house is connected to all mains services, and has oil central heating, some electric under floor heating, single glazed sash windows (with bespoke secondary glazing), a security alarm, a water softening system, LED garden lighting and a sedum roof (for insulation and biodiversity) with 9 Schott PV panels providing an income of about £800 per annum. Several of the bathrooms have Carrara marble floor tiles.
An impressive bespoke solid Iroko wood door leads into a decoratively tiled inner porch with a Georgian style glazed panelled door. This leads to a large dining hall with an oak floor, a beamed ceiling and a fireplace. A doorway and stone steps lead down to a cellar with a flagstone floor, a curved brick ceiling, shelving and a cupboard.
From the hall, a passageway leads to 3 large reception rooms. The spacious drawing room has oak flooring, arched recesses, a crystal chandelier, an impressive stone fireplace with a wood burner, and a large Georgian window. The dining room (currently being used as a study), has a beamed ceiling, a Georgian window and a (currently sealed) open fireplace.
There is a magnificent kitchen/breakfast room with a pair of aluminium double glazed bifold doors to the rear garden, a ceramic tiled floor (with electric under floor heating), 11 LED spotlights, unusual polished granite surfaces, a large oval island (with cupboards under and LED plinth lighting) and an excellent range of high gloss contemporary units. Appliances include 2 Neff ovens (with microwave unit and warming drawer), a Neff induction hob with bespoke curved glass splashback, a state-of-the-art extractor, an integrated dishwasher, and a Samsung fridge-freezer (plumbed in for ice and water).
The separate utility room has cupboards, worktops, a large stainless steel sink, and space for washing machine and dryer. A walkway leads to a large boiler room housing 2 Flomaster pressurised hot water vessels, Grant oil fired boiler, salt water softener system, and washing lines providing year-round drying.
There is an impressive, spacious, half tiled cloakroom with WC, urinal, free standing oval sink on cabinet, towel radiator, large LED mirror, and space and plumbing for shower cubicle.
The fourth reception room is a large family/games room with Karndean floor, underfloor heating, concealed TV cabinet with shelves, aluminium double glazed bifold doors to the garden, large recessed Velux rooflight, 2 further windows, and concealed LED cinema ceiling lighting. The family room has a sedum roof for added insulation and to encourage biodiversity, with 9 Schott PV panels for electricity.
From the reception hall, a Georgian staircase with mahogany handrail leads to a mid-landing with a large oriel window, and a further short flight of stairs lead to the main landing. 4 steps lead to the large principal bedroom which has original floorboards, a (presently sealed) brick fireplace, wide oak floorboards and a large picture window.
Bedroom 2 has an en suite shower room with fully tiled double shower, vanity unit with basin and WC, shaver/toothbrush point (in cupboard under sink), lit recess for toiletries, towel radiator, lit mirror, hanging space and Carrara marble floor tiles. Bedroom 3 has a fireplace, open hanging space, drawer units and a Georgian window with a bespoke blind.
In between bedrooms 2 and 3 is a 6th bedroom/dressing room with Karndean flooring, hanging/storage space, radiator and the secondary glazing doubling up as a large mirror. There is a cloakroom with WC, basin and Carrara marble tiled floor.
The outstanding, luxury family bathroom features Carrara marble tiles and surfaces, mosaic features, electric under floor heating, free standing oval bath (with free standing tap), WC, bidet, twin sinks, shaver and toothbrush points (in cupboard under sink), fully tiled walk-in double shower with rainbow LED lighting and lit recess for toiletries, spacious airing cupboard, towel radiator, and Georgian window opening onto the sedum roof.
From the inner landing, a winding staircase leads to the second floor landing, and bedrooms 4 and 5. Both rooms have original doors that may be Tudor, as are all the beams.
From the landing a short flight of steps leads up to Bedroom 4 is an impressive room which could be considered a triple, with original flooring, exposed A-frame and wall plate timbers, and en suite shower room with shower, wash basin, WC, Karndean flooring, lit mirror with shaver socket, hanging space, towel radiator, eaves cupboards and exposed wall and ceiling timbers.
From the landing you enter bedroom 5, another very large room which is currently used as a yoga/art studio, and could be divided in two. It has a small smugglers’ window at one end, a Velux window and track lighting on the beams. The brick chimney breasts at each end could well be Tudor. There is an en suite cloakroom with LED lighting, Karndean flooring, WC, basin, bidet and eaves storage space.
Although there is neither garaging nor off road parking, there is a gate from the courtyard of Magnolia House leading directly into the Westfield car park for which residents’ season tickets (currently £200 for 2 cars and including the use of some other town centre car parks) are available from Dorset Council.
The rear courtyard is enclosed mainly by walling and features stone paving slabs, an artificial grass section, raised stone beds, a shed housing the 2000 litre bunded oil tank, and an established Magnolia Grand Floribunda echoing the one after which the house was originally named.
DIRECTIONS: On foot from The Square, enter West Street behind The Kings Head Hotel, and follow the road around. Magnolia House can be found on the right hand side.
COUNCIL TAX: G
EPC exempt due to its Grade II Listing.