Most handsome 18th century listed Grade II* house in one of Dorset's prettiest villages.
Unquestionably one of the finest houses in Sydling St Nicholas, East House is a most handsome Georgian village property with classical proportions and is justifiably listed Grade II*, as being of architectural and historical importance. The house is set back from the road behind a decorative brick wall and the principal elevation is of red brick in Flemish bond with a hipped clay-tile roof. Thought to have been constructed in the late 18th century the well laid out accommodation is arranged over three floors and retains many original period features including sash windows, open fires, dado rails and ornate alcoves.
The house has been sympathetically restored and enhanced in recent years by the present owners and now provides a modern functioning family home but with timeless classical period style at the same time. On the ground floor there are three nicely proportioned formal reception rooms as well as a kitchen/breakfast room and additional garden room. On the first floor are four bedrooms, a bathroom and shower room and the top floor provides the option for use as a self-contained guest flat and comprises of a spacious sitting room with views over the neighbouring hills, two double bedrooms, bathroom and kitchenette.
The property is approached through wrought iron gates. There is a private driveway leading to the garage and converted stone barn. The gardens are a major feature of the property and extend to just under half an acre. To the front is a pretty walled garden mostly laid to lawn and with a central stone path from the lane with original millstones and wide steps leading to the front door. Immediately to the rear of the property is a paved area with a low level stone and flint wall. From there steps lead up to the main garden which rises gently to the rear (West). The garden is mature, secluded and well stocked with colourful borders, hedging and trees. From the garden there are far reaching views over the surrounding hills with direct access to superb walking countryside. At the top of the garden is a particularly charming open fronted thatched summer house providing a peaceful retreat.
The area is noted for its excellent schools. There is a well regarded first school in Cerne Abbas and further state schools including St Osmunds, the Middle School and Thomas Hardye School, all in Dorchester. Private schools include Sherborne School for Girls, Sherborne
School for Boys, Sherborne Preparatory School, Sunninghill Preparatory in Dorchester, Leweston, Hazlegrove, Port Regis and Perrott Hill.
Sporting and recreation
There is an excellent range of sporting and leisure pursuits in the area including golf at Dorchester Came Down, Yeovil and Sherborne golf clubs. The Jurassic coast is approximately half an hour away by car and is a designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and is well known for its spectacular coastal path, sailing and water sports at Weymouth and the National sailing academy is based at Portland. Horse racing at Wincanton, Salisbury, Exeter, Bath and Taunton. Walking and riding in the surrounding countryside where there is are an excellent variety of footpaths and bridleways.
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I love the views of the surrounding hills from the thatched folly at the top of the gardenAshley Rawlings