Believed to have late 15th century origins, the house was remodelled in the 17th century and is packed with history. The wealth of original character features includes exposed beams, flagstone floors, window seats, a bread oven, a 19th century cast iron fire stove and two large inglenook fireplaces with bressumer beams. The chamfered stone jambs around the main doorway are reputed to have come from the medieval ruins of nearby Marshwood Castle, while the plank and muntin screen between the sitting and dining rooms has a rare ogee edge. In Victorian times the sitting room doubled as a pub, no doubt serving cider to the local farm workers in a manner depicted in Thomas Hardys novels of rural Dorset life.
The current owners have sensitively conserved and repaired the property, creating a comfortable family home with potential for further improvement if desired. Works in the last few years include re-thatching the front half of the roof and ridge, painting exterior doors and windows, and electrical work. In the grounds they have planted a small cider apple orchard using traditional varieties of tree suitable for home cider making.
A particular feature of the property is the large stone and brick barn which offers substantial potential for conversion into accommodation or a home office, subject to the necessary consents. The barn has recently been completely re-thatched and basic repair work undertaken. It has light, power and water connected.
The charming garden features lawns, brick paths, a natural pond and many mature trees and shrubs, including a mulberry tree, walnut trees, a large fig tree, a grapevine and numerous old roses.
Properties of this calibre rarely come on to the open market in West Dorset. Internal viewing is very highly recommended.
Valehouse Farm is located down a no through lane in a tranquil rural setting between the villages of Whitchurch Canonicorum and Marshwood . Whitchurch Canonicorum is so named because in medieval times it was divided between the Canons of Salisbury in Wiltshire and has an historic village church which dates back to the Norman period. There is a thriving community within the village which also has the Five Bells Inn and a village hall. The immediate locality is designated as being one of outstanding natural beauty. There is easy access to the surrounding countryside, the beautiful World Heritage coastline and Golden Cap Estate. The coastal village of Charmouth is only about 2½ miles with a range of everyday shops and facilities together with a blue flag bathing beach. Nearby Morcombelake also has a post office/shop and large farm shop. The thriving market town of Bridport is only about 7 miles and with the coastal resort of Lyme Regis about 4 miles. The market town of Axminster is also nearby with mainline rail services to London.