There is gas central heating (including under floor heating to the ground floor), and planning permission to build a rear conservatory. Due to the width of the plot, there is scope, subject to planning consent, to extend the property to the side.
Character features include exposed timbers, an inglenook fireplace (with bread oven and flagstone hearth), a Georgian terracotta tiled floor, and a number of latched, braced and ledged, stripped pine internal doors.
A driveway provides ample off road parking and leads to a carport which provides covered access from the house to a large adjacent studio/utility room. The private gardens extend to approximately 130ft and incorporate a large kitchen garden, and outbuildings including a fully insulated timber home office (with power and internet connection.)
Sturminster Marshall is approximately 4 miles west of Wimborne and offers a good range of amenities including a First School rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, post office, Co-op store, pharmacy, golf course and café, 2 pubs, ice cream garden, and traditional maypole green. There is easy road access to Dorchester, Wimborne and Blandford Forum, and the coastal towns of Poole and Bournemouth, both of which have mainline rail links to London Waterloo, are within 30 minutes’ drive.
The front door opens into an enclosed entrance porch/boot room, from which a door leads to a triple aspect sitting room with a Georgian terracotta tiled floor, a fireplace with wood burning stove and a shelved alcove. A door leads to a hallway with an under stairs cupboard and a door to the side (historically the front door), leading into the carport which gives access to the studio.
The spacious, dual aspect living room features a limestone floor, wide window seats, and a magnificent brick inglenook fireplace with original flagstone hearth, bread oven, bressummer beam and inset wood burning stove which, when in use, works in tandem with the boiler to provide hot water and central heating. A hallway leads to a rear lobby with side entrance door, wall mounted gas central heating boiler, water softener, electrical tripswitch panel, shelved larder cupboard, and cloakroom (with WC and wash basin.)
At the rear there is an extended kitchen/dining room which features double glazed French doors to the rear garden, and is fitted with a range of framed units and granite worktops. There is space for American style fridge-freezer, range cooker and dishwasher (all available by separate negotiation.)
From the hall, a spindled staircase leads to the large galleried first floor landing which has engineered oak flooring extending to all rooms, exposed timbers, wide window sills, and an airing cupboard containing a Heatstore tank with the facility to connect to solar thermal panels if desired.
The principal bedroom has oak floors, a delightful aspect over the rear garden, and an en suite shower room with walk-in shower, wash basin, WC and towel radiator. Bedroom 2 has an exposed A-frame, a chimney breast extending from the inglenook fireplace below, a deep alcove, and access to the boarded loft space (which has lighting.)
Bedroom 3 has a Victorian style fireplace and oak flooring, and bedroom 4 has fitted shelving. The family bath/shower room features a rolltop bath (with ball-and-claw feet), corner shower cubicle, WC, wash basin and towel radiator.
Hardings fronts onto The High Street, and the front garden is bounded by a low stone wall with a pedestrian gate and footpath to the front door.
A wide driveway provides ample off road parking and extends to the side of the property where high braced-and-ledged timber swing doors lead to secure parking under a carport. A drop kerb extends along most of the frontage of the property, providing a future opportunity to increase the off road parking further, if required.
Accessed from the carport is a large studio which provides a utility room with sink, plumbing for washing machine, and space for tumble dryer and freezer. The studio lends itself to a variety of uses including additional office space, due to power and wi-fi access.
The private rear garden has a number of outbuildings including 3 sheds and a workshop/garden store, a paved patio, a lawn, established shrubs, a large timber home office (with lighting, power and internet connection), established fruit trees and shrubs, a kitchen garden area with extensive vegetable beds, and a rear gate to Bartons Ground, from which there is access to the Wareham Forest Trail.
DIRECTIONS: From Wimborne, proceed west along Julians Road to the Lake Gates roundabout. Take the third exit onto the A31 towards Dorchester. At the Roundhouse roundabout, take the third exit towards Blandford, onto the A350, into Sturminster Marshall. Take the first turning right into Station Road, and proceed ahead at the small roundabout into the High Street. Hardings can be found on the right hand side, almost opposite the left hand turning to Balls Lane.
EPC RATING: Band D
COUNCIL TAX: Currently band E.