Guide Price £2,350,000
Tarrant Monkton, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11
Fine & Country are delighted to represent a true idyll nestled in the ever popular village of Tarrant Monkton. A unique retreat comprising a sprawling family home, extensive garaging and offices as well as external heated swimming pool, this home is undeniably a slice of unspoilt countryside.
Sitting upon the banks of the River Tarrant, Orchard Cottage is surrounded by an abundance of greenery in very generous grounds, all the while backing onto the meandering river. Originating from the 16th century, the property is a welcome mainstay of the landscape of the village and has undergone a number of changes since it's construction. Built as two separate cottages, work has since taken place to transform the twin dwellings into the substantial family home it is today.
Entering the Cottage through the main door leads you into a warm and welcoming hall, complete with a functioning yet rurally attractive fireplace. From here, you have access to a large number of rooms on the ground floor. To the left, a peaceful study with views over the front aspect and delightful garden, and to the right, an intimate snug, again, with a fireplace and soothing atmosphere. Walking through the hall towards the rear of the house, we enter the formal sitting room. With it's dual windows and neutral decor, this room is bathed in light from the early hours, making it the perfect space for family to socialise. The vaulted ceiling adds ambience when the evening arrives and it is time to light the handsome log burning stove. The living room is also fitted with Cat6 cabling as well as B&O provisions, ensuring all kinds of media are suitably enjoyed. Internal French doors lead you effortlessly into the sizable dining room with an abundance of space and currently housing extensive dining furniture. A notable feature in this room is the handmade wooden cabinets that seamlessly amalgamate into the ideal setting for dinner parties. From the dining room we enter the beating heart of any family home, the kitchen. Following on from the previous room with its handmade cabinets, the drawers and cupboards that make up this exquisite country-style kitchen. It is difficult to mention just one focal point of this room when the accolade is competed for by the charming Aga, the luxurious stone worktops and the captivating views over the rear garden and bustling river wildlife. The shape of this wonderful room allows for an ideally placed breakfast table surrounded by access to the rear gardens. Light wooden flooring flows through the ground floor, accentuating the levels of natural light flooding in through the rear of the house. The other notable room on the ground floor is the 'boot room', a staple for any country property, neatly finished with concealed handmade cabinets and a practical yet pleasing butler style sink.
Climbing the oak staircase found in the hall, you arrive on the first floor. The character and notable features continue with the generous master bedroom complete with juliet balcony over the luscious green gardens, a newly refurbished modern shower ensuite and 'jack and jill' style dressing area, leading through to bedroom two. Bedroom two is, again, a very comfortable double room with views over the rear of the property towards the River Tarrant. There is a further modern ensuite shower room to accompany this delightful room. There are two further double bedrooms on this floor, both with views over the expanse of fields at the front of the property and both share access to a family bathroom. This room has been styled
by an interior designer and features the character of the wooden beams, as well as the cutting edge of the stand alone, roll top bath and modern, tiled walk-in shower. Climbing a further staircase to the second floor, you find yourself in a further double bedroom with ensuite shower room. A number of steps then lead to a versatile room which is ample space for a studio - attractive for musicians and artists alike.
The accommodation continues with an extensive array of offices and garaging which lie separate to the main house. At ground floor level there is a number of spaces beneath a timber constructed car port and adjacent to a workshop/outside store. Continuing around the courtyard there are a further two double garage spaces with remote access and CCTV surveillance. Atop these garages is the accommodation currently configured as offices complete with kitchenette and meeting room. Subject to the necessary conditions, this may give you the ability to convert this space into further living/sleeping accommodation, but further investigation is required.
The surroundings of the properties are a true reflection of the Dorset countryside, quiet, tranquil and secluded. The extensive gardens roll from the rear elevation of the main house to the bank of the slow flowing, peaceful River Tarrant. To the left you are beckoned by a cluster of native trees tidily navigated by a woodland path delivering you to a perfectly placed summer house set on the very bank of the river. Complete with decked seating area and power, light and TV connection this is the perfect evening retreat. Following the flow of the river across the back of the property, you will find a charming wooden footbridge, allowing you to enjoy both banks of the water. Back towards the house, you will find numerous seating areas allowing you to chase the sun around the grounds. The most notable is the sun terrace surrounding the heated swimming pool with retractable cover. The garden can be illuminated at the touch of a button to change the entire ambiance of the grounds. The inviting wooden gates at the front of the property give remote access to the driveway and your first glimpses of this quintessential country home.