Downe Hall Bridport


SETTING AND LOCATION: Built in 1790, Downe Hall is one of the finest Georgian houses in Dorset. Completely renovated in 2000 the Hall occupies a remarkably private and tranquil site in its surrounding gardens, yet is only minutes' walk away from Bridport town centre. The grounds are maintained communally, with costs shared between the Hall and a small number of houses in the grounds. A locked gate leads onto a nearby footpath which leads directly into the town centre, making the residence ideal for country lovers who also appreciate the benefits of a Waitrose some 10 minutes' walk away.

Bridport is a charming, historic market town, just recently designated the 'capital of culture' for Dorset. With the Arts Centre and the 'Electric Palace' it has two live music venues, also a number of bookshops and independent stores, an antiques quarter, and a thriving twice-weekly market. There is a modern leisure centre with pool within easy walking distance of the property which also enjoys direct access to the excellent walking and cycling in the nearby countryside and coast.

The Jurassic Coast lies some 2 miles to the south with walkways and cycle routes from Bridport giving access to the South West Coastal Paths. The gateway to the coast lies at West Bay which has an ancient fishing/boating harbour and beaches.

THE PROPERTY: The Hall was sensitively divided into 3 apartments and two wings after renovation by C G Fry and Son, builders well known for their work in nearby Poundbury.

No 10 is the first floor apartment occupying the classic 'piano nobile' position of a Georgian house, thus having the traditional high ceilings, classically framed windows and Juliet balconies which make the most of the south-facing site and offer extraordinary views towards the coast. The house has retained its interior shutters which offer shade is summer and insulation in winter.

All the rooms are well proportioned, leading off the magnificent gallery hall. The principal rooms face south but, at the rear, an unusually-shaped room with partly curved walls serves presently as a classical Georgian dining room. The study offers direct access to a substantial curved balcony with room for outside dining. The kitchen is amply sized for dining and informal entertaining. The large utility room, recently renovated, frees up the kitchen from appliances.

Recent works have included new engineered oak flooring to the magnificent gallery hall, sitting room and study, a refurbished, luxury en-suite shower room, a re-modelled kitchen, exterior window painting and tasteful re-decoration throughout.

There is also a garage within a purpose-built block, residents' parking, long private driveway and a private cellar/basement room providing storage.

DIRECTIONS: Vehicular access to Downe Hall lies off Barrack Street at the end of St Andrews Road. Turn into Bedford Place adjoining Port Bredy, proceed to the end of the road and fork right into the Downe Hall Estate drive. Parking is available in the residents' parking area adjoining the main Hall. The stone flight of steps to the east lead up to the shared access leading to Flat 10 and the top floor apartment.

THE ACCOMMODATION comprises the following:
MAIN SHARED ENTRANCE VESITBULE with large part-glazed entrance door with part-glazed side panels, a statement display area with attractive stair case rising to the:
FIRST FLOOR LANDING with impressive entrance door to No 10 featuring stained glass panels above and opening to the:
ENTRANCE HALL/GALLERY comprising a wide central corridor with large wall spaces ideal for gallery display and a fine ornate plaster ceiling. There are picture and dado rails and panelling and an airing cupboard with water tank and slatted shelf for linen storage. Double doors opening to:
SITTING ROOM enjoying a delightful southerly aspect from the floor-to-ceiling windows each with Juliet balcony and wooden shutters and featuring a fine and ornate fireplace surround with inset flame-effect gas fire fitted.
DINING ROOM: A finely proportioned room with semi-circular bay with a large window to hillside views and with walk-in storage cupboards either side. Spectacular ceiling cornice and rose, ceramic tiled floor.
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM: This is a large lifestyle room for daytime living, directly south-facing with floor-to-ceiling glazed twin windows. This modern kitchen is fitted with a comprehensive range of wall-mounted and base cupboards and drawers with integrated dishwasher, one-and-a-half bowl single drainer sink unit, built-in double oven and hob, large fridge, central island with attractive breakfast bar and cupboards under and a recess fitted with base units and display shelving over.
STUDY/BEDROOM 3 facing south with the window opening to a semi-circular balcony with wrought-iron railed surround, providing a small terrace enjoying stunning views towards the coast.
MAIN BEDROOM with large sash window to the north overlooking the field/hillside rising behind, with two large double wardrobe cupboards and with deep high level storage cupboards over.
EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM comprising a very attractive ultra-modern suite and decor.
BEDROOM 2: This room faces north and offers a family room with double and single wardrobes built in.
FAMILY BATHROOM with luxury suite comprising panelled bath, shower cubicle, pedestal wash basin and low level WC, mirror-doored medicine cabinet, ceramic tiled floor.
UTILITY/LAUNDRY ROOM: This room is located off the first floor landing and is well fitted with storage cupboards and has a single drainer stainless steel sink unit with work surface and plumbing for washer/dryer and space for freezer. Windows for natural light. Modern Vaillant mains gas boiler which provides hot water and central heating.

Immediately to the rear is the large gravelled semi-circular residents' parking bay. West of the parking area is a locked gate leading to a footpath to the town centre.

A stone flight of steps leads down to a large CELLAR/BASEMENT which is divided to provide secure storage units for each flat. The room for No 10 has a flagstone floor and window to the front providing some natural light. There is also a SINGLE GARAGE in a purpose-built block with up-and-over door and electric power and light.

There is a lower pathway off the drive affording access into the southerly formal gardens and woodland grove which is a communal area to be enjoyed by these flats, affording well maintained lawns and magnificent mature trees.

TENURE: The property is held on a 999-year lease with a share of the freehold and Hillsdon Management are appointed to manage the block and grounds. There is a quarterly maintenance/service charge for the property of £414.82, a grounds maintenance charge of £336.22 and a separate annual insurance charge divided between the other flats/wings, with charges of £2,000 for this flat. There is a reserve fund which is presently being used for imminent repairs to the roof. (Approx £5,000 per annum in total estate outgoings.)

SERVICES: All mains services are connected. There are Fast Fibre Broadband and TV aerial points provided. Gas-fired central heating via the boiler to individual radiators throughout. Council Tax Band 'F'. Mobile phone coverage from 4 main providers.

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL INFORMATION: There is no lift facility. Pets are subject to Management Committee approval.

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