Slough Lane, Wimborne, Dorset


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  • Bedrooms: 5
Little Oaks is a beautifully presented 4 bedroom detached period cottage, formerly owned by The Shaftesbury Estate and occupied by the present owners for just over 21 years. Little Oaks is offered for sale in truly excellent decorative condition and SET IN DELIGHTFUL GARDENS AND GROUNDS OF ABOUT 0.5 OF AN ACRE.

Little Oaks was sold by The Shaftesbury Estate in the 1940s and, since then, has only had 4 owners. The original building would have been a smaller 2 bedroom cob cottage, but during the 1980s, Little Oaks has extended twice and now extends to well over 2,000 square feet of living space, with the spacious accommodation arranged on two floors.


The cottage enjoys a wealth of character with some delightful features. The main living room has a superb inglenook fireplace with bressummer beam, and a raised tile and brick hearth. There is also a superb kitchen/family/living area overlooking the garden and swimming pool. The first floor has 4 good sized bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, 2 being en suite. Outside, there is a SELF CONTAINED STUDIO/ANNEXE with an en suite shower room and external staircase. This could be used as a home working area, or even as an Airbnb. There is a large integral garage, with electric roller doors, parking for numerous vehicles and boxes. The gardens are a real feature of the cottage and there is an outdoor swimming pool with a sliding cover.

The original part of Little Oaks is constructed of cob with colour-washed render and the later extensions are of cavity brickwork with colour-washed render, all under a tiled roof with a brick chimney.

The property is connected to mains electricity and water, and there is a bio-disc sewerage plant installed about 5 years ago. There is no gas supply. Throughout the house, there are quality white aluminium double glazed window units and pine latched doors.

Slough Lane is situated off the main Horton to Three Legged Cross road and is tucked away from main roads and traffic. Slough Lane is an idyllic country lane, servicing only 11 properties, and just under 1 mile in length.

From Slough Lane, there are delightful walking grounds towards Woodlands Manor Farm, Remedy Oak golf club and Woodlands village.

Little Oaks will appeal to purchasers seeking an attractive period country house, presented in excellent condition throughout with delightful lawned gardens of nearly 0.5 of an acre.

Enclosed porch entrance with glazed double casement doors, quarry tiled floor and coat hanging. The main entrance hall is L' shaped and has an understairs storage cupboard. There is a downstairs cloakroom comprising a cloaks cupboard, WC, basin with cupboard under containing a water softener. Delightful double aspect living room with a fine outlook over the rear garden, feature full width inglenook fireplace with a raised tiled and brick hearth, inset wood burning stove and bread oven, exposed ceiling beams and timbers. The main feature of the ground floor is a magnificent kitchen/family/dining area which overlooks the main garden area. The kitchen has a butler's sink, solid beech working surfaces and a range of framed base cupboards, drawers and matching wall cabinets with a cornice and bottom pelmet finish. There is a matching dresser with three full height cupboards, base cupboards, and worktop. There is an island unit with a granite working surface, storage cupboards and drawers under. Appliances include a Rangemaster range cooker, Rangemaster extractor hood, space for dishwasher and American style fridge/freezer. The kitchen has a ceramic tiled floor. Space for table and at least 6 chairs. Walkway to sitting area with space for sofa and additional chairs. Throughout this room, there are ceiling beams and downlighters to the kitchen area. Stable door to a side conservatory which acts as a boot room and a pair of double casement doors leads to the front garden.

A dogleg staircase leads to the first floor landing where there are an excellent range of cupboards incorporating the hot water cylinder. The main bedroom is a double aspect room with low windows overlooking the main garden and swimming pool. There is an en suite shower room with corner shower cubicle and bidet. Bedroom two is a double bedroom overlooking the front garden with an en suite shower room.

Bedroom three is another double bedroom with a double aspect. Bedroom four is a good size single bedroom overlooking the rear garden. The spacious family bathroom has a double ended bath with Victorian mixer tap and hand spray set in a tiled surround, basin, and WC.

Little Oaks is approached from Slough Lane via a 5-bar farm style gate onto a gravelled courtyard. Large integral double garage with two electric roller doors, lighting, and power. Adjacent to the garage, there is an external staircase that leads to bedroom five/studio. This is an attractive room with eaves storage space, ideal for use as an office, studio or even Airbnb. The room has an en suite shower with shower cubicle, basin, and WC.

There is a separate outbuilding measuring approximately 16ft x 10ft, of Dutch barn construction, which has been insulated, lined and has power.

To the rear of the garage there is an attached 20ft long outbuilding used for storing garden equipment and the oil tank.

The majority of the garden lies to the front of the house on the south side. The gardens offer almost complete privacy, enclosed by high mixed hedgerows including conifer, laurel, blackthorn, horse chestnut and a wide variety of other trees. The main lawn is L' shaped and well maintained and has a large beech tree to the bottom. In the middle of the main lawn is an outdoor heated swimming pool measuring 10m x 4m (32'9 x 13'). There is a polycarbonate sliding cover and the pool is heated by oil and has a fitted filter. The main garden has a rustic arbour with climbing roses and honeysuckle. A walkway leads round to a garden seat with some trellising, surrounded by honeysuckle. A grass footpath leads to the bottom of the garden, again enclosed by oak and laurels. There is a roundabout, well planted including a smoketree. Beyond, is a play area with two swings and slide. Rockery. A 5-bar gate leads to a productive kitchen garden area including a large greenhouse measuring (18' x 10'). Three compost bins. Three fruit trees.

The side garden is westerly facing and has a small lawn area, paved terracing, and BBQ area.


From Wimborne, proceed north on the B3078 towards Cranborne, for about 5 miles. At the Horton Inn, turn right and proceed through Horton village. After passing Drusilla's Inn on the left, proceed through Wigbeth and, as you go over a bridge, turn left into Slough Lane.

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Christopher Batten

15 East Street, Wimborne, Dorset

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