Brook Cottage was acquired by the present owners in 2000, and since then it has undergone a comprehensive programme of sympathetic refurbishment and modernisation to an exacting standard. The house is listed as being of architectural and historical importance, Grade II and as a consequence all works have been undertaken in such a way as to restore and enhance the period qualities which make buildings of this type and age so popular, but at the same time adapt it to provide facilities consistent with 21st century needs.
The older part of the building is thought to be early 17th century, and has features such as beamed ceilings. The Georgian part of the house is classic, with its symmetrical main façade and double hung sash casement windows, with an interior including shutters, picture rails and cornices, a lovely flagstone floor in the Reception Hall and handsome fireplaces.
The Ground Floor has a centrally set Reception Hall with cloakroom, giving direct access to the Sitting Room, Drawing Room and Dining Room. The rear wing of the house contains a spacious Kitchen/ Breakfast Room with French casements out to the terrace, and an open fireplace. Beyond lies a study with wood burning stove, fitted furniture and a plank and muntin partition. Beyond again is the Back Hall and staircase, with a utility room and a second cloakroom.
The first floor has three double bedrooms: one with an ensuite shower room, and the other two served by an in character bathroom. The back stairs gives access to a fourth bedroom with en-suite bathroom, which together with sitting space on the back landing, is ideal for guests or an older child wanting to be semi-independent.
The whole interior is beautifully presented, and fitted to a high standard.
Gates open to a parking area for two cars, behind which is set a double garage with timber doors, a range of cupboards and a loft over. A door at the back of the garage, gives access to a secret walled herb garden, which catches the morning sun, and also provides access to the back door enabling shopping to be brought directly from the garage to the back door without going through the main part of the house. A gate from the herb garden opens on to a Riverside walk, connecting with the garden at the front of the house. The majority of the garden lies to the western front of the house where a sunny terrace and rose-clad arbour provide a delightful seating area for entertaining enhanced by the sound of a water feature. The terrace leads on to a very well maintained lawn, shaped by colourful and well stocked borders. The garden is entirely walled and served by stone and tile garden tool store and lean to.
Brook Cottage occupies a central position in the iconic Dorset village of Cerne Abbas. The village origins are associated with the establishment of the Benedictine monastery, and then post-dissolution was well known for its brewing businesses taking advantage of the wonderful chalk stream that runs through the valley and the village itself. The village is sheltered by the chalk downlands that characterise this part of the county, and is overlooked by the 180 foot Rude Giant hill carving. Much of the village is designated a Conservation Area and the surrounding locality is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village itself has a village store, doctors surgery,first school, church, three pubs and a tearoom all of which lie within walking distance of Brook Cottage.There is a real community feel to the village with various clubs and societies. There is a regular bus service to both Sherborne and Dorchester, nad numerous sporting facilites within the area including golf at Dorchester, Sherborne and Yeovil and sailing and water sports from the Jurassic coastline.
The county town of Dorchester and the Jurassic coast are a short drive to the South, whilst the regional centre of Yeovil and the Abbey town of Sherborne are a short drive to the North. All these towns have a mainline railway station connecting with London Waterloo. The A303 can be joined just to the North of Sherborne at Sparkford giving access to London and the Home Counties.