Shipton Gorge, Bridport, Dorset, DT6




Seldom will you find a large renovated period house with land within a pretty Dorset village in the Bride Valley and yet only 2 miles from both the Jurassic coast and the market town of Bridport.

Nestling in its own valley with no near neighbours, Small Coombe Farm boosts 13.4 acres (5.4 hectares) with sea views, 500m of road frontage for easy access to the four fields, an orchard and large valley garden.

This pretty stone fronted, detached farmhouse has a slate roof yet is not listed, it has recently been thoughtfully extended and updated giving versatile, spacious, bright accommodation with an excellent flow. The extension has been built in the style of farm barns forming two sides of a pretty courtyard.

The property has mains gas central heating with underfloor heating to the ground floor, wood burning stoves, CAT 5 throughout, integrated mains smoke detector system. The timber windows are double glazed and the breakfast/garden room has UPVC windows. Albeit the house has been sympathetically restored and updated both the original house and extension have period features such as fireplaces, stripped pine doors and window seats.

You approach the house over a gravelled area to a large fossil paved terrace, ideal for outside entertaining. As you enter the slate tiled hall you immediately get a sense of space and light with the stairwell being lit by a rooflight.

From the hall is a charming dining room of classical proportions. At one end there is a woodburning stove flanked by arched alcoves with shelves, the opposite wall has French doors that lead to a fossil paved terrace for summer dining.

Off the hall is the large and most impressive kitchen with a range of wall and base cupboards with granite surfaces, the huge central island houses numerous cupboards and drawers and a granite worksurface with pop up power points. The island has a butler sink and seating at one end. There is a Rangemaster oven set in the impressive chimney and a Rangemaster ceramic sink. Up three steps to the breakfast area or garden room which overlooks the courtyard garden and has double doors which makes it a lovely place to sit or eat.

Next to the garden room is a large wet room ideal when coming back from the beach or after a relaxing soak in the hot tub. It has an intercommunicating door to the utility room which could easily be turned into a second kitchen if you wanted a holiday let.

From either the breakfast room or up three steps from the entrance hall you enter the most impressive sitting room, which has a large fireplace with woodburning stove. The original front door gives access to the enclosed front porch.

Off the sitting room is a cosy snug with a fireplace and a window seat. This room could be a ground floor bedroom (6) as it has access to the nearby wet room on the ground floor.

Rising from the sitting room is the original staircase leading to the first floor.

The master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling with roof lights and the duel aspect windows. It has fitted mirrored wardrobes and a sumptuous vaulted en suite bathroom.

Across the galleried landing is bedroom 2 with a vaulted ceiling and has an en suite shower room.

Along the landing is bedroom 3, another double bedroom with vaulted ceiling, this room can be accessed by either staircase making the accommodation flexible for dividing into two halves.

Off the secondary landing is the family bathroom with quadrant shower, bath, basin w.c and airing cupboard.

Bedroom 4 is a good size double.

Bedroom 5 is a most impressive bedroom; the vaulted ceiling features the original ‘A’ frame, purlins and pine cupboards.

The garden and grounds are truly magical, offering a natural haven of peace and tranquillity. Next to the house and accessed through double exterior doors is an enclosed private courtyard with a hot tub, grand Portland stone steps lead to a dining area. The enchanting valley has a spectacular stone escarpment which was an old stone quarry, this would be a landscape gardener’s dream for a backdrop to a magnificent garden. There is a large lawn on the higher level with views to the sea, an elder orchard and 4 large fields are enclosed by ancient hedgerows. The fields are easily accessed via the lanes, having 500m of road frontage. The land and gardens have so many possibilities such as a vineyard or shepherd huts and glamping etc. The present owners let the fields for grazing.


All wired for lighting and power

Building 1 - 30’6” (9.3m) x 15’10” (4.8m) Totally refurbished, this timber barn sits on a concrete base and has waney edge larch walls and a metal roof. It can be used as a tandem garage.

Building 2 - 30’4” (9.25) x 16’1” (4.9) is an old cow byre with a concrete base it still has the original cattle stalls and mangers. Half block, half-timber with a metal roof.

Building 3 - 10’4” (3.15) x 8’6” (2.6m) This is a block-built store room with concrete base.

An independent Planning Consultant has assessed that buildings 2 and 3 could be combined and rebuilt into one single story ‘L’ shaped studio or annex building, with a floor area of approx. 59 sq metres or 635 sq feet, STPP.

As a farm in excess of five hectares it has agricultural permitted development rights

As a residential farm its status for SDLT could be classed as ‘mixed use’.

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