Lanterns, also affectionately known as the 'animal house', is an individually designed distinctive detached family home offering versatile and well proportioned accommodation with five good sized bedrooms and five reception rooms. The property sits in about a third of an acre and lies on the edge of the town of Blandford boasting wonderful views over the adjoining Dorset countryside. This attractive home dates to 1928 when it was a nursery school - hence the animals and also has bricks running along the lower course, which has the children's initials engraved in them as well as being used as a Registry Office at some point. However, over the last thirteen years it has been the much cherished and enjoyed home to our seller. During this time it has been greatly improved with a new gas fired boiler, replacement conservatory and a snug has been created by reconfiguring the layout. In the sitting room the fireplace was replaced by a lovely marble surround and recesses to either side of the chimney breast were uncovered. The kitchen and bathrooms have also been replaced. This unique home offers an interesting interior with the upstairs bedrooms enjoying slightly irregular shapes. The property has to be viewed to truly appreciate what it will provide for the next owner.
Energy Efficiency Rating D - Council Tax Band E - draft deails
Arched storm porch to the solid wood front door that opens into a welcoming entrance hall with cloaks cupboard, stairs rising to the first floor and doors to the main ground floor accommodation. The sitting room benefits from a triple aspect with double doors opening out to the front garden and open fireplace with marble surround and granite hearth. The dining room enjoys a double outlook with double doors to the side and solid oak flooring, there is also a study with doors opening out to the side sun terrace and snug with feature coal effect gas burner and arch opening into the kitchen, which enjoys a view over the rear garden and surrounding countryside. The kitchen is fitted with plenty of solid wood fronted soft closing units, gas fired Aga plus further appliances and double doors to the conservatory, which also enjoys rural views and leads out to the side terrace. There is also a shower room and utility with door to the garage. On the first floor there a a galleried landing, main bathroom and four double bedrooms and a single bedroom. The main suite benefits from a dressing room and en-suite bathroom plus double doors opening to the rear balcony.
Double electric gates open to a generous block paved drive with space to park at least six cars. The garage has an electric roll up door, plenty of storage and houses the gas fired boiler.
The front garden is mostly laid to lawn and flower beds with a feature well and pump, concealing the gas exchanger. A gate to the side opens to the sun terrace, which overlooks the rear garden and the adjoining countryside. The garden is stocked with a variety of flower, shrubs and fruit trees, which include quince, damson, plum, apple and pear. There is also outside light and power, a further terrace to the rear where there is a barbecue area. In addition, there is a summer house, garden shed and double length greenhouse. The garden has been tastefully landscaped and has plenty of space for children and pets. The total plot size is about a third of an acre.
The property lies on the outskirts of the small village of Blandford St Mary - just a mile from Blandford Forum. Blandford Forum is a small market town in North Dorset with the River Stour running through it and boasting some fabulous Georgian architecture. The town benefits from individual and high street shops, including supermarkets and diy store. There are also a number of industrial parks hosting a variety of businesses. Blandford is also the base of North Dorset District Council and has a military base about two miles away. There are primary schools and a secondary school which also has a sixth form attached, as well as a number of independent schools close by. The town is well served by public transport with buses going to major towns, such as, Bournemouth, Poole and Salisbury.
From the A354 turn first left at the roundabout onto Bournemouth Road heading towards Charlton Marshall. The property will be found on the left hand side.