This quaint, thatched, 18th-century period home, one of a pair, stands peacefully within the delightful village of Stourpaine, which has a friendly local pub, village shop and playing fields, all with a great community feel. It straddles two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs, excellent for keen walkers.
Offering an abundance of charm and character, The Pincushion is a picture postcard holiday home, and has features such as beams, ornamental woodburner and inglenook fire surround in the kitchen with original bread oven. Formerly two smaller cottages which were converted into one, there are two staircases leading to the first floor, and there is a further twin bedroom on the top floor (accesed via steep stairs and very low sloping stairwell).
Outside, the garden has a low flint wall, overlooking the historic church, and has a seating area and barbecue to the rear of the lawned area. There is a pathway along the front of the property for access by the next door neighbour, whose cottage is at right angles to Pincushion.
This quaint setting is close to Hod Hill (National Trust), where the D-shaped Roman fort stands, and where the Romans may have first tested their ballista (catapult). The village holds its origins in the Saxon period, and the pretty church is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. The extensive walks, accessed almost from the door, take in magnificent views over Blackmore Vale, popular with ramblers along the Wessex Ridgeway, Jubilee Trail and Stour Valley Way. Nearby is Hambledon Hill, a fabulous hill fort with amazing views. Enjoy a trip, cycling or walking along the former Somerset and Dorset steam railway (also known as the ’old Soot and Dust’), where it used to chug its way along part of the route from Poole to Bristol. The nearest active steam railway is at Swanage.
Fishing can be enjoyed on the nearby River Stour, as well as sea fishing at Holes Bay near Poole. Excellent walking, cycling and wildlife are available locally. This super cottage is an ideal quiet retreat for those wishing to both relax or explore the area. Blandford Forum is about 3 miles distant, and places to visit include Stourhead House and Garden, Kingston Lacey, Sherborne Castle and Bovington Tank Museum. Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks and Studland Bay are within 30-45 minutes drive, and within easy reach are the cathedral city of Salisbury, Winchester, The New Forest and Christchurch harbour. Shop/post office, pub and restaurant 175 yards.
Living room: With Freeview TV and beams.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and tiled floor.
Cloakroom/boot store: With separate toilet.
Steep, narrow stairs to...
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed, high vaulted beamed ceiling and en-suite with shower cubicle.
Second steep narrow stairs to...
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
Steep, narrow stairs with low sloping ceiling to...
Bedroom 3: With 2ft 6in twin beds (for children) and sloped vaulted ceiling.
Oil underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Garden with lawned area, sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. On road parking. No smoking. Please note: There is a low wall in the garden, and there is access along the front of the property to the adjoining property.