Coun­try es­tate of the month

THE HIGHER MELCOMBE ES­TATE, DORCH­ESTER, DORSET

The Field - - PROPERTY -

This is a Dorset es­tate of 538 acres – a mix of arable, graz­ing and pas­ture land and wood­land, with all sport­ing rights in hand. The main prop­erty is a Grade I-listed El­iz­a­bethan Manor with eight bed­rooms, a re­cep­tion hall, draw­ing room, library, chapel and wine cel­lar. There is also a de­tached farm­house and four cot­tages in the sale, as well as a range of listed tra­di­tional Dorset stone barns and live­stock build­ings. The es­tate forms a bowl, with the manor and build­ings cen­trally lo­cated. Higher Melcombe is home to a well-known beauty spot, the Dorset Gap – an his­toric cross­roads with views to­wards the Downs and the Wes­sex Ridge­way. The parcels of wood­land and the to­pog­ra­phy make for good sport­ing po­ten­tial and amenity, and with a lo­cal pub called The Brace of Pheas­ants you can’t go far wrong. The es­tate is 10 miles from Dorch­ester.

Agent: Strutt & Parker Tel: 01722 344010

Guide price: £8.75 mil­lion

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