Formerly a pair of Bankes Estate cottages constructed of brick and cob and dating back to around 1670, The Old Well House has been sympathetically extended and renovated to create a delightful home offering generous accommodation extending to nearly 2,300ft², with 2 separate staircases, a superb inglenook fireplace (with bread oven and wood burning stove), a wealth of exposed beams and timbers, ledged and braced internal doors and flagstones. Many rooms have a dual aspect, creating an unusually light and open cottage, and the accommodation is arranged to offer a guest suite or mini studio.
The cottage is connected to all mains services, with gas heating (under floor to 90% of the ground floor) and timber leaded windows, and neither expense nor attention to detail have been spared in the renovation. There is a painted wooden kitchen and boot room with copious storage, hand built by Dorset Kitchens, and a superb bespoke oak-framed garden room.
The Old Well House sits on a large corner plot of about 0.75 of an acre including a south west facing garden, and potential, subject to planning consent, to build on the land to the side. There is a large, oak-framed barn style outbuilding which has been fully converted, insulated and fitted out as a further multi-use space, along with a double door summerhouse. There is off road parking for several cars with private access at the rear of the cottage.
Wimborne town centre is within walking distance, as are pleasant country walks. Pamphill Dairy Farm Shop, Badbury Rings, Kingston Lacy House and Eyebridge are all within half a mile. The hamlet of Pamphill also has a beautiful parish church and a First School, and the popular Queen Elizabeth’s School is almost adjacent to the cottage. The wider area is well served by state and independent schools including Dumpton and Canford, and the coastal resorts of Poole and Bournemouth are within 30 minutes’ driving distance.
The original timber door leads to a small hallway with storage cupboards and a brick faced wall. The dual aspect sitting room overlooks the gardens and has a superb inglenook fireplace with bread oven and wood burning stove. A walkway with oak framework leads to a dining room with a walk-in storage cupboard, and on to the impressive kitchen/breakfast which has hand-built and painted framed units, oak work surfaces, a Rayburn range, an exposed ceiling beam and a range of built-in/integrated appliances. There is also a large boot room/second kitchen with an excellent range of storage space and cabinets, which leads to a spacious bathroom with a twin-ended bath, a double shower, a WC and a stone worktop with a circular basin.
The south facing garden room has a high gabled glass roof and double doors to a private terrace, and a large study/bedroom 4 with a brick fireplace. A concealed staircase leads to bedroom 2 which has an en suite shower room.
An inner hallway with a coat hanging area leads to a further staircase to the first floor landing. The spacious master bedroom has a built-in closet and storage cupboards. Bedroom 3 is currently used as a dressing room, and there is a bathroom with a wrought iron rolltop bath (with ball and claw feet), a glass basin on a chrome pedestal, a WC, a ceramic tiled floor and a beamed ceiling.
From the large gravel private parking area, double timber gates lead to a further large driveway, providing parking for several vehicles. A double door summerhouse sits to the side. There is also a large timber shed and a dog kennel.
The large front garden is enclosed by timber picket fencing and has a lawn, stone pathways, hedging, shrubs, and a brick-lined well.
The delightful main garden lies to the south west and is completely private, being enclosed by high mixed hedgerows, birch trees and an array of shrubs and plants, with a flat, well maintained lawn, a pergola over an entertaining area with space for table and chairs and exterior lighting.
DIRECTIONS: From Wimborne, proceed towards Blandford and Pamphill. Just before the traffic lights and Queen Elizabeth's School on the left, The Old Well House can be found on the left hand side.
COUNCIL TAX: Band E. EPC RATING: Band C.