Sorel Cottage dates from the middle of the 17th Century and it is thought that the beam over the sitting room fireplace and the well in the garden date from this period. It was rebuilt in 1960 and subsequently extended and comprehensively refurbished by the present owners over 2002/03. It retains the charm of the original building but at the same time now provides living spaces and a quality of interior consistent with 21st Century expectations. In addition to the beamed fireplace, there are exposed roof timbers and window seats, harking back to the original, complimented by modern stone and oak flooring, a well lit interior and excellent fitted storage.
On the ground floor, a large enclosed porch opens into a central hallway, there is a fully fitted study and a dining room with bevelled glass doors accessing both the conservatory and the sitting room. The sitting room has a triple aspect and the fireplace has a gas fired coal effect stove. The kitchen breakfast room is beautifully fitted and equipped with an excellent range of integrated appliances and Corian worktops. It is big enough to take a sofa as well as a dining table and has French casements which can be thrown open directly onto the terrace and garden beyond. The utility room has direct access into the garage.
The first floor has a lovely principal bedroom suite with a dressing room and en-suite bathroom which includes a separate shower. There is a guest bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and then two more bedrooms served by a third bathroom. The bedrooms have fitted wardrobes and the dressing room and principal bedroom are particularly well fitted. There are plantation shutters to many of the rooms on the first floor. The interior is quite charming and beautifully presented throughout.
At the front of the house is parking for a number of cars, also giving access to a garage on one side. The garage has a mezzanine floor for storage and double doors at the rear to enable cars to be brought through to a gravelled hardstanding at the rear if desired. Most of the garden lies to the rear where a large paved terrace and entertaining area gives on to the main lawn in turn shaped by well stocked and colourful borders, all focused on a mature liquid amber tree. A shallow flight of steps leads down to a lower lawn, all focused on a large pond with footbridge and water feature. To one side of the pond is an elevated sun deck with runway lighting and a garden gazebo looking out over fields to the south and west. In addition, there is a bog garden, an Italian garden and wisteria clad arbour walkway.
A second terrace and entertaining area is protected by a 6ft high wall pierced by an ornamental archway to a gothic design. This screens a productive kitchen garden with brick pathways and raised beds, fruit trees, fruit cage, greenhouse and potting shed. By way of a summary, the garden is extremely well stocked and beautifully maintained. It provides a beautiful oasis and offers a good degree of peace and seclusion. It is worth mentioning that in 2014 there was correspondence with the planning authority over the possibility of building an additional dwelling on the kitchen garden. This may be of interest to anyone wanting ancillary accommodation, a copy of the letter from the planning authority is available on request from the Agent's Sherborne office.