Savills | Puddletown, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8TQ | Properties for sale
16,250 sq ft(1,509.67 sq m)
Excess of £3,000,000

PuddletownDorchester, Dorset, DT2 8TQ

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Grade II* Listed country house with striking proportions
  • Elegant and well-proportioned reception rooms
  • Delightfully presented gardens and grounds
  • Fantastic sporting pursuits in the area
  • In 2000 The Old Manor was presented with a 'Dorset Architectural Heritage Award'

A beautiful and historic Listed Grade II* manor house in the heart of Hardy Country

About this property

  • The Old Manor The house was originally owned by the 3rd Earl of Huntingdon and in 1724 by Robert Walpole, son of England's first Prime Minister. The Walpoles, Earls of Orford, were absentee landlords and the most renowned lessee of the manor house, between 1780 and 1830, was General Thomas Garth, principal equerry to King George III. The young Princesses, Mary, Sophia and Amelia frequently stayed at the house, as did the young Duke of York. Princess Charlotte of Wales, the Prince Regent's only daughter, spent time at the house, but the greatest historical infamy surrounds the fact that the General adopted King George III's illegitimate grandson and raised him at the manor. In 1861 the house was bought by John Brymer and during the following years, the house underwent much improvement, including the addition of the front porch and the billiard room (now the Garden Room). The house remained in the possession of the Brymer family for just over 100 years. In recent years the house has been subject to a complete restoration and, as a result in 2000, The Old Manor was presented with a ‘Dorset Architectural Heritage Award'.


    Staff/Guest Wing
    The western end of The Old Manor could be arranged into a superb self-contained, three bedroom / bathroom wing, suitable for guests or staff. On two floors, it has its own entrance and internal doors can separate it from the main house.

    Garaging
    Built to replicate the architectural features of the house, the garage block is attached to the house and has provision for five cars with up and over, electronically operated doors. Radiators are installed with the potential to create a proper, heated motor house. At one end there is a maintenance room for garden machinery and gardener's room with kitchen services.

    Gardens and Grounds
    The gardens surround the house and are delightfully presented. The main drive passes though neatly trimmed lawns, bordered bymature trees. The gardens feature mainly formal lawns and herbaceous borders, plus there is a hidden garden with fine topiary yew hedges surrounding a compass pond. A range of fruit trees, vegetable plots and a charming rose garden are all to be discovered. The paddock is separated from the formal garden by an effective ha-ha. The garden also features a unique potting shed, greenhouse and large cold frames. To the southern boundary there is approximately one acre of woodland which provides wonderful woodland walks.

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This is such a splendid house with beautiful gardens and grounds and yet within close proximity to the small market town, the best of both worlds

Lindsay CuthillProperty agent

Local information

  • Communications in the area include a regular train service from Dorchester to London (Waterloo) taking just over 2 1/2 hours and access onto the A352 providing a north / south route and the A35 at Dorchester providing an east / west link. Dorchester 5 miles, Weymouth 13 miles, Sherborne 18 miles, Bournemouth Airport 22 miles, London 120 miles (All mileages and times approximate).
  • Sporting pursuits in the area include National Hunt racing at Wincanton and Taunton; flat racing at Bath and at Salisbury;water sports, sailing and sea fishing along the spectacular Dorset coast and golf at Dorchester (Came Down), Yeovil and Sherborne. The area is well known for superb schooling including Sherborne Schools, Milton Abbey and Bryanston.

Additional information

  • The Old Manor The house was originally owned by the 3rd Earl of Huntingdon and in 1724 by Robert Walpole, son of England's first Prime Minister. The Walpoles, Earls of Orford, were absentee landlords and the most renowned lessee of the manor house, between 1780 and 1830, was General Thomas Garth, principal equerry to King George III. The young Princesses, Mary, Sophia and Amelia frequently stayed at the house, as did the young Duke of York. Princess Charlotte of Wales, the Prince Regent's only daughter, spent time at the house, but the greatest historical infamy surrounds the fact that the General adopted King George III's illegitimate grandson and raised him at the manor. In 1861 the house was bought by John Brymer and during the following years, the house underwent much improvement, including the addition of the front porch and the billiard room (now the Garden Room). The house remained in the possession of the Brymer family for just over 100 years. In recent years the house has been subject to a complete restoration and, as a result in 2000, The Old Manor was presented with a ‘Dorset Architectural Heritage Award'.
  • Staff/Guest Wing
  • The western end of The Old Manor could be arranged into a superb self-contained, three bedroom / bathroom wing, suitable for guests or staff. On two floors, it has its own entrance and internal doors can separate it from the main house.
  • Garaging
  • Built to replicate the architectural features of the house, the garage block is attached to the house and has provision for five cars with up and over, electronically operated doors. Radiators are installed with the potential to create a proper, heated motor house. At one end there is a maintenance room for garden machinery and gardener's room with kitchen services.
  • Gardens and Grounds
  • The gardens surround the house and are delightfully presented. The main drive passes though neatly trimmed lawns, bordered bymature trees. The gardens feature mainly formal lawns and herbaceous borders, plus there is a hidden garden with fine topiary yew hedges surrounding a compass pond. A range of fruit trees, vegetable plots and a charming rose garden are all to be discovered. The paddock is separated from the formal garden by an effective ha-ha. The garden also features a unique potting shed, greenhouse and large cold frames. To the southern boundary there is approximately one acre of woodland which provides wonderful woodland walks.
  • EPC Exempt