An impressive Grade II* Listed Manor House with landscaped gardens, an annexe and outbuildings
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History: The Old Manor House has an interesting and colourful history. The Manor originally belonged to Cerne Abbey and it is believed that the oldest part of the house may have started life as a priests house or an abbey grange. Approximately two hundred yards from the manor is the northern end of The Backwater, which was a tidal reach behind Weymouth Harbour and until the beginning of the twentieth century, small boats could sail to Radipole and dock at the jetty close to the manor.
In 1540, Henry VIII granted the manor to Humphrey Watkins of Holwell, and in 1560 Elizabeth I granted him the property for life with the right to leave it to his heirs. His son Richard was responsible for altering and extending the house around 1580, and his initials R.W can still be seen on the porch above the doorway. Eventually the house came under the ownership of Captain and Mrs Cemmington Leigh who oversaw the careful restoration of the property over 10 years during the 1930s. The well-known architect they commissioned for the restoration, Mr E. Walmsley Lewis, had a particular interest in historic houses and paid meticulous attention to authenticity in restoration work. This attention to detail is still evident in the present day, throughout the property, which has retained so many of its original features.
The property: The Old Manor House is an impressive Grade II* Listed Manor House which has been continuously maintained by the current owners to create a magnificent family home. The detached property provides over 5,000 sq. ft. of living space, plus an adjoining annexe of approximately 500 sq. ft. which provides excellent income potential. Many original period features have been preserved, including the initials R.W carved on the entrance porch, mullioned windows and exposed beams.
Located on the ground floor are three very spacious reception rooms. The dining room has an original flagstone floor, exposed beams and an open fireplace with a decorative wood burner, whilst the triple aspect snug also has exposed beams, flagstone floor, a large inglenook fireplace with a wood burner and French doors leading to the gardens. The third reception room, the sitting room, is a wonderfully naturally light room with a double aspect, high ceilings, window seats and a large open fireplace. The floor in this room is a continuous bespoke, solid oak floor, made from a singular Scottish oak tree. The spacious kitchen/breakfast room is at the heart of the ground floor. The kitchen is well-equipped with a Rangemaster gas cooker, integrated dishwasher and an extractor fan. Also on the ground floor is a useful Butlers Pantry, with sink and fitted cupboards, a boiler room with drying racks, laundry room and cloakroom. There is also a welcoming entrance hall with a high ceiling, exposed beams, a flagstone floor and stone archways.
A striking stone spiral staircase leads to the first and second floors. On the first floor, the master bedroom suite benefits from a very large dressing room with bespoke wardrobes providing ample storage space, plus a bathroom with his and hers basins, a walk-in shower and a freestanding bath. The master bedroom itself is well-proportioned with a double aspect, an open fireplace and a mezzanine which currently serves as another reception room but is suitable for a variety of uses. Adjacent to the master bedroom suite is a viewing area which looks out to the gardens. There are two further, good-size double bedrooms on the first floor, plus a family bathroom with a freestanding claw foot bath and a separate shower.
Two further double bedrooms are located on the second floor, plus a single bedroom, a family bathroom and a separate W/C with washbasin. There is also a large office, with attractive A-frame beams and an exposed stone wall.
Annexe: Adjoined to the main house is an annexe which provides excellent potential for income, or could be used for additional family members. There is a kitchen with an integrated dishwasher, an electric oven, hob and French doors which open onto a rear patio. The annexe also has a sitting room with French doors opening to the patio, and a Velux window, plus a double bedroom and a shower room.
This property has 1.1 acres of land.
The Old Manor House is accessed via a secure, gated entrance which leads to a gravelled driveway, providing ample space for parking. The attractive gardens at The Old Manor House enjoy a high level of privacy, surrounded by a high stone wall and mature trees and shrubs. To the front of the house is a landscaped, level area of lawn. Stone and gravel pathways lead through mature planting and manicured box hedging which is in keeping with the historical architectural features of the house. There is a beautiful, established wisteria growing on the front of the house.
To the rear of the house is a large patio that has been thoughtfully designed to create a fantastic space for al fresco dining and entertaining. This patio is surrounded by a wildflower meadow which has been allowed to grow to create a space for wildlife and birds. In total, the gardens extend to approximately 1.1 acres.
Outbuildings: The Old Manor House has a number of outbuildings which provide ample storage space. There is a large greenhouse with a large covered storage space attached, plus a triple garage. There is also a former Coach House, an attractive stone building, providing a large workshop space, double garage and covered parking for three cars on the ground floor, plus two large storage rooms above.
The Old Manor House is situated on a leafy road, adjacent to St. Anns Church, on the outskirts of Weymouth. The town has a wide range of leisure and entertainment facilities, as well as plenty of shops on a charming network of cobbled streets. The attractive Georgian esplanade and beach is approximately 1.5 miles away from the property. The town swing bridge leads across the harbour to the Hope Square, a pretty part of town with a small number of boutique shops, galleries, open air cafes and several restaurants. The stone pier, Nothe Gardens, Nothe Fort, the picturesque Newtons Cove and beach are also all within easy reach. There is a direct train to London Waterloo from Weymouth station with an approximate journey time from 2 hours 45 minutes.
The property is ideally located for enjoying both the coast and countryside with the famous South West Coast path on the doorstep. The South West Coast Path stretches for 630 miles, running from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset. Weymouth is also situated on the designated World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast, which stretches a distance of approximately 96 miles, from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset. The Jurassic Coast is renowned for its natural beauty. Natural features seen on this stretch of coast frequently include arches, pinnacles and stack rocks, and the stunning Lulworth Cove is just 16 miles away. For the sailing enthusiast, the National Sailing Academy on Portland is just over 5 miles away and there is also the Weymouth Sailing Club. For those interested in golfing, Weymouth Golf Club is nearby.
Lyme Regis is approximately 27 miles away and is a gem of a fishing town with its literary and artistic connections. It has a wide range of shops, galleries, restaurants and pubs. There is fresh seafood available at Mark Hix Oyster and Fishhouse overlooking the beach, which has an excellent reputation. For other well-regarded eateries, the River Cottage HQ is approximately 5 miles from Lyme Regis and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstalls Canteen is based in nearby Axminster.
A good selection of independent schools are located within the area, which include Sunninghill Preparatory School in Dorchester, Sherborne School for Boys and Girls, Lewiston, Milton Abbey and Bryanston.
From Exeter, take the A30 in the direction of Honiton for approximately 15 miles. Take the A35 road to Dorchester and continue onto the A35. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Kings Road/A35 and continue for 36 miles. At the Dorchester roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Weymouth Road/A354 and continue. At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit to stay on the A354. Continue for approximately 0.3 miles and at the Veasta Roundabout, take the 2nd exit. Continue onto the Weymouth Relief Road/A354 and at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Dorchester Road/B3159. Take the 1st left onto Radipole Lane and proceed until the road bends right. The Old Manor House is located on the right hand side, adjacent to St. Anns Church, immediately after the bend.Read all
- Character features
- Beautifully restored
- Set within approximately 1.1 acres
- Extensive garaging