A terraced, Grade ll Listed stone built cottage In Icen Way near the High Street in Dorchester - Durnovaria in Roman Times and the Casterbridge of Thomas Hardy's novels. A small house with: on the ground floor, a living room with a wood-burning stove (as well as the central heating!), a sliding door leading to a fully fitted kitchen with granite and wooden work surfaces and integrated fridge, washing machine and dishwasher, leading into a dining room with a tiny courtyard accessed through french windows. There are beams, ledged, braced and latched doors and a small lobby between the front door and the living room. An original narrow and... winding staircase leads to the first floor which has flying freeholds (i.e. the floor area is larger than the floor below as the property extends a small way over the adjacent houses), there is a spacious bedroom with a 6ft bed, a feature inset flame effect fire with fitted cupboards either side of the chimney breast and an adjacent bathroom, with bath with separate shower above and a toilet with concealed cistern and a granite handbasin set on a wooden support. A tiny landing leads to a door at the bottom of another narrow and winding flight of steps which has extremely restricted headroom at the top of the stairs. This bedroom has a 5ft bed and is vaulted into the roof space (so it is the eaves that have restricted headroom) there are fitted drawers in the bedroom and a sliding door leads to an en suite bathroom with a luxury fitted bathroom suite with shower fitted above the bath (which has a Velux Window above it) but there is restricted head space above the bath. Opposite the doorway there is a white alabaster basin set above cupboards and there is a clothes hanging area with shelves into the eaves to the left of the handbasin.
There is no parking outside the house, as there are double yellow lines, but it is always possible to offload from the car before driving either to the long-stay car park around the corner in Durngate Street or the main open-air car park behind Waitrose.
Dragon's Den is a charming 250-year-old stone cottage with a difficult staircase which is perfectly safe if used with care, but realistically the house is not suitable for the very young, the elderly or infirm, or people with disabilities.
The advantages of staying in Dorchester while you are in Dorset are that you can shop, eat and drink without using the car, and as Dorchester is central to a wide part of the Jurassic coast and using it as your base you can drive out of the town and visit many delightful villages and pubs and other visitor attractions such as the Steam Railway at Swanage, the Tank Museum at Bovington, Monkey World at Wareham, the Sub-Tropical Gardens and the Swannery at Abbotsbury or Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb featured in the French Lieutenant's Woman.Read more
Dragon's Den - Stone Cottage in Dorchester, Dorset Dorchester, West Country, England
Additional Location Information
Dorchester is a small town bounded by the River Frome to the north (two minutes from the house you can walk in fields!) and the ring road to the south, which means that a lot of it is accessible on foot. It is the County Town of Dorset, and is only a short drive to the coast, and has a large Tesco (on the outskirts of town so probably a short drive from the house), a Waitrose (walking distance), two railway stations within easy walking distance, a number of specialist shops such as the Fridge which sells a comprehensive selection of cheeses and local delicacies such as Dorset Apple Cake, a weekly out-door market, and the newly opened Brewery Square development has a very good and surprisingly affordable Carluccio Restaurant, among other businesses. In the town there are several museums and exhibitions and two cinemas, the original one in Trinity Street and the new one in Brewery Square. There are a number of good restaurants (including La Caverna diagonally opposite the house), lots of takeaways and a great number of pubs (my favourite is the Blue Raddle in Church Street) .
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AvailableUnavailableLast updated: March 16, 2014◀▶
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Feb 16 - Apr 12, 2014
Mid Feb/April until Easter
Apr 13 - May 31, 2014
Easter/May Bank Holidays
Jun 1 - Aug 23, 2014
Aug 24 - Aug 30, 2014
August Bank Holiday
Aug 31 - Sep 13, 2014
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