Magnificent Grade II listed Arts & Crafts residence.
A most impressive and beautifully presented Grade II listed character house, built in the Arts & Crafts style around 1900 as the vicarage for St Michael & All Angels Church. This significant property was designed by the eminent architect W D Caroe, a major figure in the Arts & Crafts movement. The house has handsome elevations of render and tile hanging under a tiled roof, and features tall sash windows to most rooms, providing an abundance of natural light.
The present owners have carried out an extensive programme of refurbishment regardless of expense. Wherever possible, original fittings and period details such as, fireplaces, door furniture and ceiling cornices have been retained, and where these have been lost or altered, great care has been taken to replace with correctly proportioned, high quality replacements. Of particular note is the stunning custom made kitchen by Searle & Taylor of Winchester which features hand painted and figured walnut joinery, granite surfaces, large central island with breakfast bar, incredible fitted larder and appliance cabinets, and a four oven gas Aga with module. The lavish principal bedroom suite includes a fully fitted dressing room, and luxurious marble shower room.
An entrance portico and oversize front door with glazed fanlight open into the panelled entrance vestibule with tiled floor, and guest cloakroom with period style suite. The reception hall has a decorative tiled fire surround, parquet flooring and understairs cupboard. The drawing room has twin pairs of French doors to the terrace and garden, an original fireplace set into a panelled arched recess and parquet flooring. The dining room has a feature bay window overlooking the garden, a stone fire surround with open grate and herringbone parquet flooring. The separate sitting room also has a bay window to the side, a stone fire surround, and parquet flooring. The outstanding kitchen/ breakfast room as detailed above, includes a double Belfast sink, Miele oven, Fisher & Paykel drawer dishwasher, large Gaggenau larder fridge, separate freezer, and limestone floor. Leading off the kitchen is a family room with storage cupboard and secondary staircase to first and second floors. The utility room is fitted with a range of hand painted units with granite tops, double sink, and tall unit with space for washer and dryer. There is a boiler/ drying room housing the gas fired boiler, a wine store, and the back door opens into a useful walled courtyard.
An elegant staircase with hardwood handrail leads up to the first floor landing. The principal suite which covers over 550 sq ft includes a spacious bedroom, double doors to a lavishly appointed dressing room fully fitted with custom made wardrobes, and a luxurious marble walled shower room. The guest suite has a bedroom, dressing area with fitted wardrobes and shower room. The third bedroom is a large double room with adjacent family bathroom with freestanding bath and separate shower. The secondary staircase continues up to the second floor landing with eaves storage, two large double bedrooms both with fitted wardrobes, and a modern family bathroom, also with freestanding bath and separate shower.
The house has the benefit of gas fired central heating, with many rooms featuring period style cast iron radiators
The house is approached via a brick pillared entrance, and a generous shingle driveway providing parking and turning areas. The detached Double Garage has an electric roller shutter door and stairs lead up to a useful Playroom/ Office above. The front garden is lawned with box topiary surrounding, and secluded by a boundary of beech hedging, brick pillars and iron railings. Gates to either side give access to the superb rear garden which has a wooded backdrop of mature trees and enjoys a sunny south aspect. It is laid to a paved terrace running across the rear of the house, perfect for outdoor entertaining. There is a good size lawn with surrounding borders planted with an attractive variety of herbaceous plants and flowering shrubs. At the rear of the garage is a garden chalet and a further secluded terrace.
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I think this must be one of the finest houses I have seen in Wimborne - an original Arts & Crafts gemJamie Morten