A beautiful Grade II listed country house with exceptional gardens in a secluded setting on the Cranborne Chase.
Hookswood House is a truly delightful country house, formerly part of the Rushmore Estate and set in beautiful countryside at the end of a no-through lane in the heart of the Cranborne Chase. The earliest part of the house is
understood to date from the late 16th Century with the principal wing dating from the late 18th Century.
The front door opens under a porch into a reception hall with a flower room and cloakroom to the left hand side. A door from the flower room opens out to a pretty loggia overlooking the gardens to the east of the house. From the reception hall a door on the left opens into a charming, panelled sitting room with an open fireplace and an aspect over the gardens to the south and east. On the right hand side is an impressive 25 ft drawing room with an open fireplace, a French door opening to the terrace and the staircase leading up to the first floor. Beyond the drawing room a door links through to the dining room which is in the oldest part of the house and in turn links through to the kitchen/breakfast room. There are also double doors opening through to the adjoining conservatory and access down to the substantial cellars.
The kitchen has an oil-fired 4-oven Aga and a good sized walk-in larder. Beyond is a study and a utility room with an adjoining WC.
On the first floor landing there is a substantial study/library area. The principal bedroom is a beautifully proportioned, panelled room with a good-sized walk in wardrobe, there is an adjacent bathroom and bedroom four is currently used as a large dressing room. There are two further bedrooms each with en suite bathrooms.
Hookswood Cottage is located immediately adjacent to the main house and is a superb secondary property with a sitting room, kitchen, utility room and cloakroom on the ground floor and three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor. It has its own area for parking and a pretty terraced garden to the rear.
Pool Cottage and Outbuildings
The swimming pool and surrounding terrace at Hookswood are extremely pretty and have an adjacent pool cottage, formed from a converted outbuilding. The cottage has an open plan living room with a kitchen, a bathroom and a pool store room on the ground floor and two bedrooms on the first floor. There is a large adjoining greenhouse.
Behind the greenhouse is a substantial barn which provides excellent storage for machinery and garden equipment. There is a further machinery store adjacent to the kitchen garden and a wood store by the driveway.
Gardens and Grounds
Hookswood House sits in exceptionally pretty gardens which provide a wonderful setting for the house and offer a number of different vistas and areas of interest with many mature trees.
The property is situated at the end of a no-through lane, with a five-bar gate opening into the main driveway which in turn opens out into a turning area to the front of the house.
The formal gardens are predominantly found to the south and east and include two wonderful avenues with double herbaceous borders to the east, a rose garden surrounding a reflection pond to the south and a substantial raised garden to the south-west including areas of Spring bulbs, wild flower and specimen trees. There is a substantial stone terrace adjacent to the house providing delightful dining space. To the north-east there is a kitchen and cutting garden and adjacent to here is the extremely pretty pool terrace with a pergola.
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There is an unbelievable romance to the gardens and setting of this wonderful property and I cannot think of a more idyllic location to call home.James McKillop