The Old Rectory is delightfully situated in the historic village of Milton Abbas in a designated conservation area.
The village is well known for its distinctive thatched cottages on either side of the street designed in the late 18th century by Capability Brown. In the village there is a fine parish church and the popular Hambro Arms public house.
Within 1 mile is Milton Abbey public school with its magnificent Abbey. Other good schools in the area within the private sector include Bryanston, Canford, Sherborne, Clayesmore, Sandroyd, Port Regis, St Mary's Shaftesbury, Castle Court and Dumpton.
The village is located approximately seven miles from the historic market town of Blandford Forum which offers a good variety of shopping, educational, recreational and cultural facilities and 11 miles from the County town of Dorchester with its mainline railway station.
The larger centres of Poole, Bournemouth and Salisbury are within easy driving distance.
Dorset’s fine unspoilt countryside is close at hand including the Cranborne Chase and the Isle of Purbeck with its rugged and picturesque coastline.
Sporting pursuits in the area include three local hunts, golf at Blandford, Dorchester, Wareham and Broadstone and racing at Salisbury and Wincanton. A full range of water sports are available on the Dorset coast which boasts the large sheltered harbour of Poole and fine beaches at Bournemouth, Poole and Studland.
Communications in the area include the A31 at Wimborne which provides a route to London along the M27/M3 and there are regular train services to London Waterloo available from Salisbury, Dorchester and Wareham.
The Old Rectory is a wonderful Grade II* Listed period property with origins dating back to approximately 1780 thought to have been designed by the famous architect Sir William Chambers. Its handsome, double fronted façade with rendered elevations, Purbeck stone tiled roof and reconditioned small pane sash windows allow it to stand proud as one of the most notable homes in the village. Original features are prevalent throughout including high ceilings and exposed wooden floors and the current owner's sympathetic programme of works allows the property to be in excellent order and cater to the demands of modern family life. Improvements include a fitted Mark Wilkinson hand painted kitchen with integral appliances and electric programmable Aga, breakfast island and a delightful orangery with ceiling lantern affording views over the gardens.
The entrance hall welcomes guests with its generous proportions and the first floor landing is flooded with light from the south facing, feature fanlight window. The accommodation is flexible and adaptable in its layout including five reception rooms, three of which offer original fireplaces and five bedrooms arranged over the top two floors, the master bedroom offering an en suite with walk in shower and roll top bath.
The Old Rectory sits prominently in its plot surrounded by well tended gardens and a southerly facing main lawn. From a quiet village lane a driveway provides off road parking and access to the garage. The gardens lie mainly to the side and rear of the property from where they rise to the rear of the plot and back onto open farmland. The pretty gardens are elegantly landscaped with level areas of lawn, colourful borders and some fine mature trees. Immediately to the rear of the house is an attractive, secluded stone terrace with steps up to the rear lawn.
From Blandford take the A354 Dorchester road and after approximately five miles in the village of Winterborne Whitechurch turn right by the Milton Arms public house signposted to Milton Abbas. On entering Milton Abbas turn left down the hill signposted to Milton Abbey, continuing past the Hambro Arms public house and the church. The Old Rectory will be found near the bottom of the hill on the right hand side.