Offering a country lifestyle on the fringes of a bustling market town, Beech House is a handsome Grade II listed house set within gardens of over six acres on the southern edge of Sturminster Newton. Dating from 1580, Beech House has attractive stone mullions to most of its windows. The property was subsequently extended between the 17th and 20th centuries.

Great British Life: Entrance hall at Beech House. Entrance hall at Beech House. (Image: Jonathan Stone)Great British Life: Hallway and staircase. Hallway and staircase. (Image: Jonathan Stone)

The principal reception rooms are arranged around an elegant hall and main staircase, there is also a cellar. The accommodation, which is spread over three floors, includes well-proportioned rooms, with all the main reception rooms having views over the gardens and grounds to the River Stour beyond. Features include elm flooring in the hall, elm ‘plank and muntin’ in the hall and the landing between the ground and first floors, and fireplaces in the drawing room and snug. There are a total of five reception rooms, seven bedrooms and four bathrooms. More recent works include the addition of the dressing room and bathroom to the master bedroom on the first floor. The second floor is laid out with two bedrooms, a bathroom, a snug and living room.

Approached off Bridge Street, Beech House is well screened from the road by evergreen shrubs, trees and close boarded fencing. The gravel drive leads up to the front and to the rear of the property, to a wide parking area, adjoining which is the garaging.

Great British Life: One of the reception rooms, with beams and fireplace. One of the reception rooms, with beams and fireplace. (Image: Jonathan Stone)Great British Life: Original fireplace in one of the downstairs reception rooms.Original fireplace in one of the downstairs reception rooms. (Image: Jonathan Stone)

In addition to the main house, there is an attractive brick and tiled former stable building, with potential for ancillary accommodation, subject to the necessary consents, which comprises a tack room with partitions dividing the space into three separate boxes. Behind the stable block there are timber sheds supplied with light and power.

The gardens are largely to the south and east of the property. To the south, there is a well-tended lawn, while the house’s façade is clad with wisteria and flanked by well-stocked flower and shrub borders. To the east, the gardens are laid to lawn, with beech hedging and at the rear, two separate areas of lawn divided by laurel hedging. There is also a hard tennis court. Extending to about 2.8 acres, the gardens provide a wonderful backdrop to the house, with a variety of mature trees including beech, copper beech, pine, eucalyptus and weeping willow.

Great British Life: The Games Room on the ground floor.The Games Room on the ground floor. (Image: Jonathan Stone)Great British Life: Light bright kitchen with range. Light bright kitchen with range. (Image: Jonathan Stone)

A paddock leading down to the Stour, to the south of the house, is approached via Bridge Street with separate access and a footpath. This is screened from the house by tall trees and shrubs and extends to just over four acres. In total, the land extends to about 6.93 acres.

Beech House is perfectly set up for an active family to enjoy, offering extensive grounds containing a tennis court and a paddock for horses. Surrounded by the unspoilt countryside of the Blackmore Vale, it offers access to wonderful walks, cycling and riding and yet it is within easy reach of a vibrant Dorset market town.

Great British Life: Master bedroom on the first floor. Master bedroom on the first floor. (Image: Jonathan Stone)Great British Life: One of the bedrooms on the second floor. One of the bedrooms on the second floor. (Image: Jonathan Stone)

The Location

Beech House lies on the southern fringe of Sturminster Newton, which has a weekly market. Local facilities include The Exchange arts centre which hosts shows, screenings, live music and theatre, there’s a GP surgery, supermarket, traditional butcher and delicatessen, cafes, pubs and dental practices. Dorchester lies to the south; other nearby towns include Shaftesbury, Blandford Forum and Sherborne; Poole and Bournemouth are within an hour’s drive. Nearby Gillingham has a mainline train station with services to London Waterloo in about two hours. And the A303 provides access to the southwest and London, via the M3. The area is well-known for its excellent schools. Private schools include Bryanston, Clayesmore, Sherborne and Sherborne School for Girls. Prep schools include Port Regis, Sandroyd, Hanford, Sherborne Prep, Bryanston Prep and Clayesmore Prep. Local state schools include William Barnes Primary School, Sturminster High School and Gillingham School.

Great British Life: Aerial view of Beech House showing the all weather tennis court. Aerial view of Beech House showing the all weather tennis court. (Image: Jonathan Stone)

Beech House Details

Ground Floor: porch | entrance hall | kitchen | breakfast room | dining room | drawing room | snug | back hall | games room | utility room | cloakroom | cellar

First Floor: master bedroom with ensuite dressing room and bathroom | four further bedrooms | two bath/shower rooms

Second Floor: two bedrooms | sitting room | bathroom | snug

Grounds: (approx 6.93 acres) double garage | stable block with attached stores (75sqm) | Gardener’s WC hard tennis court | landscaped gardens | paddock

Beech House is being marketed by Savills for a guide price of £1,700,000.

Savills Salisbury: 01722 426820 Savills Wimborne: 01202 856873

Great British Life: The Stable Block, ripe for conversion.The Stable Block, ripe for conversion. (Image: Jonathan Stone)Great British Life: Sunny patio for al fresco dining. Sunny patio for al fresco dining. (Image: Jonathan Stone)