A handsome country house in circa 4.7 acres with extensive views. Separate two-bed/two-bath det. bungalow. Quadruple garage. Perfect opportunity for multi-generational living. Owners say, "We fell in love with the views, and the sunsets are sublime."
Welcome to Loscombe Lodge, a handsome country house set in grounds approaching 4.7 acres with extensive views in all directions. It also has the further advantage of a separate two-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow, known as Loscombe Cottage - the perfect opportunity for multi-generational living or for generating additional income if desired.
The interiors of the house are skilfully arranged and presented, with great attention having been given to creating a home full of light, which not only considers functional form, but also takes maximum advantage of the enthralling views. Constructed in the mid last century, an additional wing has been added in recent times. The result is a symmetrically appealing building, with outstanding living accommodation. The gardens, too, do not disappoint. In parts "Mediterranean" in style, with warm-toned stone boulders interspersed with planting and relaxed seating areas, amidst areas of extensive grassland, orchards and wildflowers - an enchanting and fitting setting.
The GROUND FLOOR is approached via a welcoming RECEPTION HALL, which is generous in size and gives an indication of what lies beyond. A solid oak staircase rises to the first floor, and stone flooring gives a luxurious-yet-practical touch. A STUDY sits off to the side and overlooks the front of the property; useful as a separate playroom or other alternative space, as there is also a secondary OFFICE - ideal if more than one party is working from home.
The KITCHEN/DINING/SITTING ROOM is undoubtedly the main attraction. The stone flooring, with cosy underfloor heating, extends throughout the whole area. The kitchen is beautifully fitted with bespoke solid timber units, providing extensive storage, and complemented by a granite work surface also used on the central island. Appliances include an Everhot range cooker (induction plus three ovens and warming drawer) and integral dishwasher. A sliding oak door hides the larder, and there is space for an American-style fridge/freezer. French doors frame views of the garden and countryside beyond. The dining/living area is a wonderful space for entertaining. Bi-fold doors to the corner of the room add a dramatic effect and provide a wonderful opportunity for watching the sunsets.
A SNUG lies to the far side of the house, where a pretty arched window adds visual interest, as does the use of split-face wood and stone tiles around the recess designed for an electric wood-burner. There is also useful fitted shelving. At this end of the house are the remaining rooms, including a BOOT ROOM/SHOWER ROOM with external door leading directly outside. It has practical, built-in seating, shelving and a cupboard with slatted shelving housing the oil-fired boiler. There is a SHOWER ROOM with WC and basin/vanity unit, and a GUEST CLOAKROOM with WC and wooden vanity unit with oval basin. A mirrored wall is a stylish detail.
At the end of the corridor is a private area with a door to the garden, which has been used as a gym. From here, a door leads into the LAUNDRY ROOM, which has auto-lighting, continuation of the stone flooring, a built-in broom cupboard, drawers and a sink unit and space/plumbing for an American-size washing machine and tumble dryer.
From the reception hall, stairs rise to the FIRST FLOOR, where the extensive landing is well lit by two windows overlooking the front of the property. There is an airing cupboard with Joule hot water cylinder, a further cupboard with fitted shelving, and there are FOUR DOUBLE BEDROOMS on this floor. The PRINCIPAL BEDROOM SUITE has a walk-in dressing room with shelving and hanging space. The ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM has a walk-in double shower with rain head and separate wand, and a double vanity unit with twin circular wash bowls and touch screen mirror above. The bedroom itself has ample room for furnishings and extensive views from both windows.
BEDROOMS TWO and THREE each have an ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM with a WC and vanity unit with touch screen mirror above. One bedroom also has a built-in wardrobe. The FOURTH BEDROOM is a generous room located next to the FAMILY BATHROOM. The bathroom is luxury realised. It has an open walk-through wet room shower; WC; a generous double vanity unit providing drawer and cupboard space; and a freestanding bateau bath carefully positioned to take in the views.
Loscombe Cottage is a detached, single storey building set away from the main house, with its own private garden to the rear. It has a modern interior providing TWO DOUBLE BEDROOMS, one with an ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM with WC and vanity unit with touch screen mirror above. There is also a separate SHOWER ROOM with WC and vanity unit with touch screen mirror above, this time with a step-in double shower. The SITTING ROOM has French doors to a wide stretch of garden to the rear, which could easily be used independently from the remaining acreage. The KITCHEN has base and wall units, a slot-in cooker with extraction hood over, and space for a fridge/freezer.
Set in circa 4.7 ACRES, the regular rectangular plot provides a spectacular setting, with the simple design providing a beautiful outside space while not detracting from the views. In part Mediterranean in style, with areas to enjoy intimate lounging and dining, and sheltered, shady areas for the hotter summer months. The terracing steps gently down to a wider paved patio area where a hot tub (available by separate negotiation) is positioned to enjoy the views across the valley and up towards Hardy’s monument. Softly coloured stone blends into the landscape, and the external lighting creates the perfect setting for twilight entertaining. With a natural area planted with wildflowers; a bountiful orchard; extensive areas of grassland; and interesting planting adding colour and texture, it is a well-considered garden with a reflective, soothing quality.
On a practical note, there is sensor lighting around the house, cottage and garage. A number of OUTBUILDINGS offer storage, including a BARN with electricity, an OLD PIGGERY, plus a further small, stone building immediately to the rear. The LPG tank supplying gas to the main house is discreetly hidden, as is the oil tank supplying heating to Loscombe Cottage. The GARAGE BLOCK is extensive, accommodating four vehicles. It has electrically-operated twin doors, power and light.
A countryside setting offering peaceful solitude and extraordinary views. A licenced farmshop at Higher Moor Farm is about half a mile away, with a deli and all the daily essentials. There is a mainline railway station (London Waterloo) at nearby Upwey (four miles), and a well-regarded pub is close to hand at Langton Herring (just under two miles). The coastal resort of Weymouth is circa five miles away, and the county town of Dorchester (with county hospital) is circa 7 miles away, both with extensive facilities.
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Local Authority: Dorset (West Dorset) Council
Council tax band: G
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