Rose Cottage is delightful, a classic cottage in North East Dorset, with mellow brick and flint elevations under a thatched roof, set within a beautifully planted, contemporary cottage style garden. Dating from the 18th Century and Grade II Listed, this charming detached cottage has been completely renovated and restored to a wonderful period home.
Carefully transformed, the former estate cottage now offers surprisingly light and airy accommodation, stylishly presented, without losing any of the original character, and finished to an exceptionally high standard. Soft, neutral tones complement mellow beams, whilst beautiful Travertine floors with underfloor heating, combined with new oak windows, exposed floorboards, latch doors and fitted woodburners to create a welcoming, country feel that flows throughout the cottage.
Occupying a central location within this popular and friendly village, the cottage is set well back from the village road, with a wide gravelled drive to the front that offers excellent private parking. With traditional picket fencing, a five bar gate and pedestrian opening to the front garden, a gravelled path leads to the pretty porch covered front door.
The Travertine floor provides continuity throughout the ground floor, flowing through into a large Dining Room, which has a pretty cottage window, with deep sill overlooking the front garden, and a working fireplace with large woodburner.
The inviting Sitting Room is a comfortable reception space to be in, with attractive brick fireplace, again with woodburner, beamed ceiling, built in book shelves and double, hardwood doors opening to the beautiful garden, it forms a perfect room in which to relax or entertain.
The Kitchen/Breakfast Room has been designed to sit comfortably within the cottage, including room for a table and chairs, and fitted with shaker style units under solid wood work-surfaces, arranged around a Falcon range style dual fuel cooker and fully equipped with integrated fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
The fourth bedroom is located on the ground floor, has built in storage and luxury en suite shower room.
On the first floor there are three further double bedrooms, two with built-in storage, and a luxury family bathroom with generous walk in shower and large bath.
The gardens are a delightful feature of the property. beautifully planted and well tended, they form a lovely setting for the cottage. The inclusion of a substantial Studio building has created further guest accommodation or ideal work from home space. Fitted with excellent built in storage, underfloor heating, (independent from the cottage), and with a useful Utility/Cloakroom, the building is suitable for a myriad of uses. To the side, a covered dining area, complete with lighting provides a secluded and sheltered place to entertain throughout the seasons.
The Garden is of very good size and borders countryside at the rear, enjoying open rural views, it faces due south and the planting has capitalised on this favoured aspect. Landscaped to provide interest and originality, shaped and raised, interspersed with borders planted with soft, ethereal herbaceous plants, form a more modern take on a traditional cottage garden. Specimen trees add height and interest, productive raised vegetable beds include soft fruits and a sunken garden, filled with box and lavender, edged by white roses, provideing the perfect focal point to this exceptional and wonderfully unexpected space.
The village of Sixpenny Handley lies in the heart of the historic and picturesque Cranborne Chase within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Sixpenny Handley offers an excellent selection of local facilities including a village store, post office and tea room, butcher, hairdresser, together with a junior school, church, public house and respected doctors surgery and dispensary.
The village is conveniently located for a number of centres including Blandford Forum and Shaftesbury, both offering an excellent range of amenities. The Cathedral City of Salisbury is within easy striking distance, approximately 25 minutes by car, offering an excellent range of educational, recreational, leisure and shopping facilities, a twice weekly market and main line railway station for London, Waterloo, approximately 90 minutes.
The glorious surrounding countryside offers wonderful opportunities to partake in many pursuits including riding, cycling and walking. There is a fine 18 hole golf course at nearby Rushmore. Rose Cottage is close to two wonderful nature reserves, Martin Down and Garston Wood, both of which are rich in wonderful flora and fauna.