1 Front Street, Portesham, Weymouth


Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 4
A fascinating Grade II* Listed character cottage with enchanting gardens and scope for sympathetic improvement, located at the heart of a sought-after village. Generous 2115 sqft floor area including 4 bedrooms, 3 reception room and kitchen/breakfast room. EPC Band F.


Portesham has many appealing, characterful homes yet The Knapp is amongst the most charming and historically significant properties in the village. Dating back to 1603, this thatched chocolate-box cottage is justifiably Grade II* Listed and as such, there are a wealth of fascinating period features inside and out including architectural stylings typical of the era such as stone mullion windows and inglenook fireplaces, as well as many characterful attributes which have been added throughout its lifespan. During the past 2 decades, the property has served as a fantastic family home, yet there is now scope for a new owner to carry out sympathetic updating and improvement to ensure that the property can continue to cater to the needs of a busy modern lifestyle.

Entering the property through the front door, it is immediately apparent that this is no ordinary home. The beautiful front door opens into a panelled reception hall which leads to most of the ground floor rooms. With impressive inglenook fireplaces and exposed beams, the sitting room and dining room both portray the character of the house whilst ensuring a wonderful setting for entertaining and family enjoyment alike. There is also a cosy study/book room, leading into the kitchen/breakfast room which benefits from an oil fired Rayburn and space for a central dining table. A further asset on the ground floor is the utility/shower room which benefits from plumbing for laundry facilities as well as a shower, WC and basin.

A relic of its past configuration, the property still benefits from three staircases, with the first floor accommodation divided into two areas. The main staircase rises from the reception hall, giving access to three of the bedrooms, along with the family bathroom. This part of the house includes a stunning principal bedroom which enjoys a dual aspect over the garden as well as its own staircase to the sitting room. From the kitchen, a further staircase rises to another characterful double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, making this a superb set-up for regular guests, AirBnB or for a degree of separation between child and adult bedrooms.


Typically for properties of this style, The Knapp enjoys a charming cottage garden, much of which is arranged to the rear. Primarily laid to lawn with well stocked flower and shrub beds and a stream, the walled garden provides an atmospheric setting for spending time out of doors, and to the side is a further area of lawn as well as several outbuildings including a large stone workshop/store, a boiler room and coal store. There is also an area of garden to the front which, separated from New Road only by a low wall, could be re-purposed as off road parking, subject to any necessary consents being achieved.


Please be aware that the property has a history of flooding from the stream which runs beneath the dining room. It is understood that no insurance claims have been made, and an existing insurance policy covering the property for flooding is in place. The vendor is currently in discussions with other riparian owners and local authorities regarding the dredging of silt from the water course and management of a nearby sluice gate.


The property is located at the heart of Portesham which rates highly amongst the many desirable villages in the West Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Within the village amenities include a farm shop/cafe, pub, doctor's surgery, primary school, village hall and church with an active and friendly community as well as many interesting and unusual features such as the green telephone box on the village green, just opposite the property. The village enjoys close proximity to Chesil Beach and The Fleet with many fantastic walks through the surrounding countryside and nearby coastline. Dorchester, Bridport and Weymouth are all within easy reach, providing between them a broad variety of facilities including schools for children of all ages, a choice of supermarkets, independent and national retailers, cultural and leisure experiences to suit all tastes and rail stations in Dorchester and Weymouth.

Council Tax Band F.


Mains water, drainage and electricity. Oil fired central heating.


Strictly by appointment with Stags Bridport office, telephone 01308 428000


From Bridport follow the B3157 Coastal Road towards Weymouth and continue on this road to Portesham. Once in the village turn left by The Kings Arms, then immediately left again by the green: viewers are advised to park by the green telephone box.

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