Prop­erty of the week

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A grand coun­try house with

as­ton­ish­ing views

Look­ing for a suit­ably stately coun­try re­treat with spec­tac­u­lar views and a se­ri­ous his­toric pedi­gree? Grade II listed, nine-bed­room Ched­ing­ton Court, near Beamin­ster in Dorset, dates back to the reign of Ed­ward I in the 13th cen­tury, though it didn’t ap­pear in its cur­rent Ja­cobean form un­til about 1840, writes Eleanor Doughty.

Sir Henry Peto, son of the Vic­to­rian rail­way mag­nate, Sir Sa­muel Mor­ton Peto, bought the es­tate in 1893 and lived there un­til 1938.

Ex­ten­sive build­ing works, com­pleted in 1999, saw the ad­di­tion of an or­angery, study and Great Hall, built on the western side of the house, com­plete with ham­mer­beam ceil­ing.

There is now the full set of rooms for a game of real-life Cluedo – although Mrs White, the Cluedo house­keeper, never had ac­cess to an in­te­grated hi-tech com­mu­ni­ca­tions and en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem con­trol­ling ev­ery­thing from tem­per­a­ture and light­ing to mu­sic and tele­vi­sions. And you never know, the elec­tric gates and se­cu­rity equip­ment might have pre­vented the mur­der in the first place.

It’s on sale for £7.5m with Sav­ills (020 7016 3780; sav­ills. co.uk) and the price tag in­cludes al­most 60 acres of land, in­clud­ing wa­ter gar­dens, green­houses, and a plateau lawn that would be the per­fect spot for a sum­mer gar­den party.

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