High Street, Fortuneswell, Portland, Dorset DT5


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  • Bedrooms: 4
Formerly one of the grandest houses in Underhill and referred to as The Captains House, Claremont represents one of the finest examples of a skilful reconstruction of an 18th century Portland stone house enjoying dramatic sea views across Chesil Beach and the Jurassic coastline.

Originally dating from 1730 and owned by a powerful quarry firm, this part of Underhill was considered the place to live by quarry managers and sea captains. In later years the house fell into decay and ruin until the mid-1990's when it was acquired by the current owner and sympathetically reconstructed over several years into a highly impressive family home.

The house is listed Grade II of historic or architectural importance and offers a unique opportunity for discerning buyers. Great attention to detail has restored this house to its former glory with a host of character features typical of its age and type.

The extensive accommodation is arranged over 3 floors together with cellar and is approached via impressive Portland stone steps. On the ground floor, a delightful reception hall with flagstone floors, oak internal doors and staircase provides a welcoming feel and leads to 3 reception rooms and kitchen together with a door down to the cellar. The kitchen is fitted with a range of wall and floor cupboards with granite worksurfaces, built in electric oven and microwave oven, dual gas and electric hob and integrated dishwasher. The sitting room, dining room and study all have feature fireplaces with gas stoves with the sitting room a particular feature, with oak framed bay window overlooking the sea and doors leading into a delightful conservatory with quarry tiled floors, overlooking the rear garden.

On the first floor, a split level landing with oak flooring and sea views provides access to the bedrooms and has stairs to the second floor. All 3 bedrooms on the first floor have feature fireplaces with gas stoves and 2 have stunning sea views across Chesil Beach and the coast. The family bathroom is extremely spacious with roll top bath, separate shower cubicle and fireplace with gas stove.

On the second floor a landing leads to a substantial 4th bedroom enjoying the most fabulous, far reaching views beyond.

From the ground floor hallway, a door leads down to a useful cellar with ample storage and utility room housing the gas fired boiler.

Outside, the gardens are a particular feature and extend in all too around 0.28 of an acre. From the road, a brick paved driveway provides off road parking and leads to a double garage with up and over door, power and light and roof terrace. Stone steps lead up to the house and front gardens which are landscaped with lawned areas interspersed with a variety of shrubs and plants, flagstone paths and patio areas designed to take advantage of the breath-taking views to the sea. Pedestrian side access leads to the rear gardens which are enclosed by stone walls. Immediately adjoining the rear is a large paved patio which extends around the side of the house where there is a useful outside washroom/wc and garden shed. Dry stone retaining walls and steps lead up to lawned gardens stocked with an abundance of plants and shrubs with gravelled paths leading to a summerhouse and substantial workshop/dark room, ideal as a home office or studio.

The property is situated in an elevated position within Fortuneswell which boasts a range of eateries, public houses, convenience store, post office, public gardens and a promenade edging Chesil Beach and the dramatic Jurassic coastline.

The island provides the opportunity to enjoy many leisure pursuits, in particular, excellent sailing, fishing and water sports facilities including those at the Portland Sailing Academy. The coastal resort of Weymouth is within easy reach by car as well as regular bus services from the island.

Weymouth provides a comprehensive range of shops, a marina as well as cultural, recreational and further educational facilities.

The area also provides the opportunity to enjoy the sandy beaches and walks along the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline and the rolling countryside that surrounds the area.

There are mainline rail services from Weymouth to London Waterloo and Bristol Temple Meads.

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