"Peace and tranquillity within easy reach of Sherborne" A lovely period property standing in a large and mature garden; the perfect rural retreat.
Roecombe House has a date stone depicting 1803, and although not listed, still contains some features of the original building, most notably a beamed inglenook fireplace with former bread oven in the sitting room. Roecombe House was enlarged by the present owners over the course of 2004/5, and is beautifully presented throughout.
On the ground floor, an enclosed entrance porch with bench seat opens to a wide hallway with oak flooring. The sitting room has a beamed ceiling and woodburning stove, and on the other side of the hall is a large study with double aspect, currently used as a music room, but could be used as a ground floor bedroom if needed. The dining room has bevelled glass doors, and opens out into a wonderful conservatory/summer living room with underfloor heating, blinds and fan, as well as French casements out to the entertaining areas. From the conservatory there are views out over the garden to the wooded farmland of the Blackmore Vale beyond. The kitchen is a delight, focused on an oil-fired Aga with ample cupboard space and worktops. Adjoining the kitchen is a back hall and cloakroom, as well as a laundry with Belfast sink, and hobbies/utility room. The kitchen and utility areas are provided with terracotta ceramic floor tiles and down-lighting.
On the first floor, the principal bedroom is served by a dressing room and lovely ensuite shower room. A door from the dressing room leads out on to a roof terrace, which enjoys the same wonderful views as the conservatory, out over the garden to farmland beyond. There are two other bedrooms on the first floor, served by a well-fitted bathroom. The majority of the windows are either of sealed unit double glazed type, or are fitted with secondary double glazing.
A five bar gate opens to a long tarmac drive leading to a parking and turning area with space for a garage - we understand that there was previously planning permission for this, which has now lapsed. Adjacent to the parking area is a garden machinery store. Forming the approach to the front of the house is a beautiful flower garden with a mass of spring flowers, most notably snowdrops. It is partitioned by gravelled walkways in part covered by a rose and honeysuckle clad arbour. A seating area here looks back across the garden to the house. Adjoining the house is a terraced entertaining area looking out over the main sweep of lawn, studded with specimen trees. The lawn culminates in a serpentine shaped wildlife pond with water feature. The boundary with the adjoining farmland is set with a variety of fine mature trees, a window through the trees provides views out over the open countryside beyond. Set to the rear of the house is a very productive vegetable and soft fruit garden, with cage and raised beds. There are two greenhouses and a potting shed. A concrete hard-standing/yard stands in front of two stables, both with power and light. There is a further area of lawn with a screened storage area, and a garden store/studio. The garden is a delight, and a real oasis of peace and tranquillity. It extends to approximately three-quarters of an acre in all.