Set in truly beautiful grounds of circa 1.123 acres. Also includes a two-bedroom detached bungalow, triple garage and workshop - a unique combination. Owner comments, "the garden has been a particular joy with the riverside setting creating such a tranquil place in which to live."
Welcome to Island Cottage, an engaging period home set in perhaps one of the most enchanting gardens in the area, and in one of the prettiest villages - a compelling combination. Aptly named and in a truly idyllic setting, Island Cottage is surrounded by garden alongside which gently runs the the River Wey. Grade II listed, this stone-built cottage provides generous accommodation with unexpectedly high ceilings, including four bedrooms, three bathrooms and copious room on the ground floor. In addition, there is a detached two-bedroom bungalow within the grounds, and a triple garage.
The accommodation for the cottage is as follows:
A spacious HALLWAY provides a welcoming entrance and also has practical CLOAKROOM. The adjacent DINING ROOM has an inglenook fireplace, which greatly adds to appeal of the room. There is also a useful coats cupboard, and the KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM is conveniently adjacent. The kitchen has a considerable number of fitted wall and base units, with a peninsula bar separating the breakfast area. Appliances include an induction hob with extractor fan above; a Neff double oven incorporating a grill and built-in microwave above; an integrated Neff dishwasher; integrated weighing scale within the work surface; and integral fridge/freezer. There is also a water softener. From the kitchen, there is access via a BOOT ROOM to the garden.
From the dining room, a further door leads to the DRAWING ROOM, a bright room enjoying a double aspect and a fireplace (not presently used) - a perfect room for entertaining. At the opposite end of the cottage is a SITTING ROOM with inglenook fireplace with a fitted wood-burner for the cooler evenings. Offset from this room is a STUDY, which is well-fitted with a bespoke range of base and eye-level storage units, including suitable space for accommodating files etc. Also on the ground floor is a light-filled GARDEN ROOM, which, with the radiator, can be used all year round and has excellent views over the garden.
Stairs from the hallway rise to the FIRST FLOOR LANDING, where there is access to the loft space, a storage cupboard, and a further cupboard housing the Heatrae Sadia Megaflo tank and the Vaillant gas-fired boiler. On this floor are four bedrooms - two of which have en-suite facilities - and a family bathroom. The PRINCIPAL BEDROOM enjoys a double aspect and has a bespoke range of fitted furniture providing bedside cabinets, window seating with storage under, and fitted wardrobes. The EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM has a matching fitted vanity unit with wash-hand basin, close coupled WC, and a double shower. BEDROOM TWO is also fitted with bespoke furniture, including bedside cabinets, a dressing table, wardrobes, overhead storage space above the bed, and window seat storage. Small steps lead up to the EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM with double shower, WC and fitted vanity unit with wash-hand basin. BEDROOM THREE also has fitted cabinetry including wardrobes, overhead storage and a dressing table. Movable bedside cabinets allow for a single or double bed as preferred. BEDROOM FOUR is a particularly large room enjoying a triple aspect, and is currently used as another reception room. It has fitted base and wall units and room within these units for a small fridge.
The accommodation for the bungalow is as follows:
The entrance hall has plentiful fitted cupboard space, and the SITTING ROOM enjoys a sunny triple aspect overlooking the garden. The KITCHEN/DINING ROOM has a range of base units incorporating a washing machine, oven and gas hob, with view over the kitchen sink to the garden. There is also a useful larder. The TWO BEDROOMS are both double rooms, each with a fitted wardrobe. A BATHROOM serves both bedrooms, with a new shower over the bath, a pedestal wash-hand basin, and a WC.
It is no wonder the owners of Island Cottage have won awards for their garden. It is, quite simply, a heavenly space, and to hear the river running by as you walk under the pergola or stroll through the scented shrubberies must be one of the dearest pleasures in life. In total, the plot measures approximately 1.123 acres, and the garden has been creatively designed so its secrets are revealed as you wander around.
A barbeque lodge is tucked away in a sun-lit position and creates a wonderful entertaining space. The Victorian greenhouse will appeal to the green-fingered, as will the addition of a modern greenhouse. There are also two stone outbuildings close to the cottage (the larger one providing a useful space for storage, with an electric point and space used currently for a tumble dryer and additional freezer). Colourful planting, seating under trees to take advantage of the views, ducks providing regular visits; you will be enchanted.
On a practical note, there is also a TRIPLE GARAGE with two remote-controlled doors and a manually-operated door. A covered area to one end is suitable for storage/further parking. There is also a well-fitted WORKSHOP, modern gardener’s WC, and three outside taps. Outside lighting illuminates this part of the driveway, and there is considerable parking space for numerous vehicles, all screened by a thick, well-groomed hedge. There are separate alarm systems for both the house and garage.
Upwey is one of Dorset’s prettiest, most unspoilt villages. The property is nestled quietly within this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the valley of the Dorset Ridgeway. The River Wey meanders gently through this picturesque village, most well-known for the romantic setting of Upwey Wishing Well at The Spring Head, a favourite place of King George III. Whilst enjoying ‘village living’, it is also a practical location within close proximity of the wide-ranging facilities of the seaside resort of Weymouth and the county town of Dorchester (four miles in either direction). Weymouth, Dorchester and Upwey itself all have stations on the main line to London Waterloo. There is also a regular bus service locally, and a popular public house, ‘The Old Ship Inn’.
Nearby, excellent sporting facilities abound. Beautiful Ringstead Bay is moments away, as is Weymouth & Portland’s National Sailing Academy. Moreover, there is first-rate fishing to be found on the rivers Frome and Piddle, golf at Wareham, Dorchester, Parkstone and Broadstone, and horse racing at Wincanton, Exeter, Salisbury and Bath.
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Council tax band: G
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