Balston Cottage is a stunning example of a typical 17th century Dorset thatched cottage with a tiled roof extension and some very special extra additions. The property has been extensively modernised and updated, providing generous family accommodation, It includes a warm and inviting, spacious reception room with a large, feature fireplace, currently housing a wood burning stove. There is a super farmhouse style, family sized kitchen/diner with a stone feature wall, currently housing a table to seat twelve and a AGA, plus a utility room/summer kitchen which can be completely self-contained via its own external access and leads to one of the bedrooms and en-suite allowing the option of a completely separate one bedroom annexe. There are three further double bedrooms, a family bathroom, a cloakroom, a south facing garden with mature shrubs and fruit trees, plus outbuildings which could be converted into a further bedroom or home office (with the relevant planning permissions). Outside there is a walled and gated courtyard which can happily accommodate five or six cars.
The cottage is located on the outskirts of the village of Martinstown, which is only 4 miles outside Dorchester, the country town of Dorset and only 7 miles from the beautiful Dorset Coast. Martinstown has many village amenities such as a village pub, a village shop and a Post Office, a pretty church, a village hall and many local community activities and clubs, as well as breath taking countryside walks in all directions. There are many points of historical interest on the doorstep such as Admiral Hardy’s Monument, The ancient Hillfort of Maiden Castle. Plus Thomas Hardye’ s birthplace plus the village of Abbotsbury with its famous Abbey, Swanary and sub-tropical gardens.
Dorchester has many Ofsted rated “outstanding” schools including Thomas Hardye High School. Dorchester also has fast train links to London Waterloo (2.5hr) and Bristol.
A pretty stone storm porch with slate roof leads to a sturdy wooden front door with a glazed viewing panel.
19' 3'' x 17' 8'' (5.86m x 5.38m)
A lovely dual aspect room, with an oak floor and high ceilings and a large fireplace housing a log burning stove and doors leading to…
19' 3'' x 15' 10'' (5.86m x 4.82m)
A stunning example of a modern farmhouse style kitchen with an oak floor, hand built, coloured wall and floor units, a solid oak work surface, the character stone wall and alcove currently house an AGA (by separate negotiation). There is space for an American style fridge freezer, integrated dishwasher and a double Belfast sink, window to the front, and French doors out to the garden. Door to..
Utility Room/Annexe Kitchen
12' 0'' x 7' 8'' (3.65m x 2.34m)
With a Fired Earth stone paved floor, a window overlooking the garden, a door out to the garden, hand built coloured wall and floor units, a solid oak work surface, a Neff oven and induction hob, a butler sink and space for a washing machine, Plus a door to..
12' 0'' x 11' 7'' (3.65m x 3.53m)
With a window to the side and front of the house and a stone paved floor, there is also a cupboard housing the boiler and water tank. This bedroom can be completely self-contained from the rest of the house with its own access from the Utility room exterior door.
With a stone tiled shower cubicle and electric shower, a low level wc and a hand basin, plus a heated towel rail.
From the reception room the hallway provides access to the newer part of the house, with a floor length glazed window and a slate tiled floor. There is a side door to the courtyard which is used by the current owners as the main access to the house.
With coats and boots storage, a window to the side, a low level wc and a hand basin, plus a slate tiled floor
With a window to the side, a slate tiled floor, a good sized shower bath with a drench shower and a separate shower. There is a hand basin in a fitted vanity unit, a low level wc and a heated towel rail.
14' 8'' x 14' 1'' (4.47m x 4.29m)
A generous sized, dual aspect master bedroom offering views of the garden and courtyard with built in wardrobes.
10' 11'' x 10' 5'' (3.32m x 3.17m)
A good sized double room, with a window overlooking the garden and built-in wardrobes.
14' 1'' x 10' 1'' (4.29m x 3.07m)
A good sized double bedroom with a window overlooking the garden.
Accessed via the French doors in the kitchen or the back door in the utility room and also from side gated access to the house, is a stone patio area, perfect for barbequing, which leads onto the lawn of this south facing private garden. There are lovely mature trees including Apple & Cherry varieties, flowerbeds native hedging and another patio area further up the garden which leads to…
24' 5'' x 14' 8'' (7.44m x 4.47m)
Store: 14’8” (4.5m) x 11’11” (3.6m)
Workshop: 14’8” (4.5m) x 12’6” (3.8m)
With the right planning permissions this building could be converted into another self-contained annexe, or a home office or even a fabulous summer house. There ia farm gate with “right of way” access over the neighbouring property to this building.
At the front of the property is a gated courtyard with parking for 5 cars. There is also another parking space on the other side of the house, which would be perfect as parking for the annexe.