Overlooking the church, the house is believed to date from the late 17th to mid 19th centuries and is a quintessential old Rectory with its symmetrical Georgian façade. Full of period features, the house boasts beautifully proportioned rooms with tall ceilings, sash windows bringing in plenty of light, window shutters, flagstone floors and ornate ceiling cornices.
The drawing room has two bay windows which overlook the beautiful gardens and a door opening out onto the terrace. There is a carved marble fireplace surround with frieze and reeded pilasters either side, flanked by display shelves and cupboards. The morning room has a stone fireplace and extensive bookcases and cupboards, and there is a good sized dining room. The large kitchen/breakfast room has an excellent range of cupboards with marble work tops and a central island. Recessed in the old fire place is a four door Aga and there is a door out to the garden. There is also a pantry, larder, large utility room and cloakroom.
The master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom. There are six further bedrooms, one with an ensuite bathroom, two further bathrooms. And a
large linen cupboard.
The Old Rectory is located in the picturesque and active village of Okeford Fitzpaine, set within the beautiful Blackmore Vale and North Dorset countryside. There are numerous opportunities for walking, cycling and riding. The village has a village store and post office, primary school and the Royal Oak pub. The nearby towns of Blandford Forum, Sturminster Newton and the historic hilltop town of Shaftesbury offers a wider variety of shops and facilities. Further afield there is the market town of Sherborne and the cathedral city of Salisbury where a greater variety of entertainment and cultural opportunities can be found.
Nearby Gillingham has a mainline railway station with direct trains to London Waterloo (1hr58mins). Communications by road are excellent with the A303 providing a link to the M3, M25 and London, or the West Country.
There are a wide range of highly regarded schools including; Sherborne for both boys and girls, Hanford School, Knighton House School, Clayesmore, Bryanston, and Canford.
Wrought iron gates set on brick pillars and open to a gravelled driveway approach to a parking area at the front, enclosing a central lawn and flanked hedged limes and yew. A spur leads off to a double garage. The gardens extend to about 1.25 acres and are largely walled. To the rear of the house is the southwest facing terrace which has steps leading up to the main area of lawn and bordered by impressive flower beds. Beyond the yew hedge are further areas of lawn. There is a productive kitchen garden with vegetables, soft fruit and espalier fruit trees. To southern side of the garden is a well maintained hard tennis court.