Most handsome Edwardian Listed Grade II country house hotel with 5 star rated accommodation situated close to the county town of Dorchester.
Little Court was built in 1909 in the Arts and Crafts style and is understood to have been designed by Percy Morley Holder well known for his work during the early part of the 20th century.
Little Court is a most handsome house constructed of brick with rendered elevations and hung clay tiles, arranged in a courtyard style around a central gravelled parking area with accommodation arranged over two floors. To the North a wing originally constructed to house cars, coaches, stables and a harness room has now been incorporated into the house providing an impressive main guest reception room with guest accommodation above and to the South the main private drawing room, with Delph tiled fireplace has charming views over the beautiful landscaped grounds, designed in the Gertrude Jekyll style. The first floor is given over to guest bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and is currently in use for bed and breakfast. The property is presented in good order throughout having been improved and updated over recent years and incorporates some lovely period features including stone mullion windows with leaded lights and open fireplaces in a number of the rooms.
From the road impressive stone pillars give access to a gravelled driveway and parking area within a courtyard at the front of the house. To the north of the house there is access to the garages. The remainder of the gardens surround the house with the main walled garden being particularly impressive to the rear.
The gardens were part of the original design by Holder and inspired by Gertrude Jekyll and noted in the publication gardens for small country houses (1912). Within the walled garden is an outdoor swimming pool with covered gazebo changing area and a series of paths dissect the lawn. Throughout the walled garden and beyond the boundaries of it there are a wealth of mature hedges, some fine trees, shrubs and plants providing a wonderful setting for the house. Beyond the walled garden is a hard tennis court beyond which there is a paddock and to the south east of the property is a large sweeping lawn.
Please note the property is currently registered for business rates.
Planning consent for further accommodation WD/D/17/001255 & WD/D/17/001256
We are advised that there is a proposal for new housing on land to the East of the property. Details on request.
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Lovely country house hotel close to Dorchester.Ashley Rawlings