Edwardian Manor house in the heart of Hardy Country for sale at £2.25m

Want to get far from the madding crowd? Edwardian Manor house run as five-star bed and breakfast in the heart of Hardy Country goes up for sale for £2.25m

  • Little Court is on the outskirts of Dorchester, attracting fans of the author from all over the world to the home 
  • Idyllic countryside retreat boasts 11 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a swimming pool, a tennis court and an office
  • For the last 14 years the Edwardian Arts and Crafts-style house has been run as a five star bed and breakfast 

An Edwardian manor house in the heart of ‘Hardy Country’ run as a B&B has gone on the market for £2.25m. 

Little Court is on the outskirts of Dorchester and attracts fans of the author from all over the world to visit the Dorset county town Thomas Hardy called Casterbridge in his novels.

The idyllic countryside home sits on land the Far From the Madding Crowd writer would have regularly walked across and used as inspiration for his novels and poetry.

An Edwardian manor house in the heart of ‘Hardy Country’ run as a five star bed & breakfast has gone on the market for £2.25m

For the last 14 years the Arts and Crafts-style house has been run as a five star bed and breakfast.

The business regularly attracts tourists from all over the world who visit the area to take in the Hardy Trail – a route through ‘Wessex’ that takes in key locations mentioned in the author’s text.

Little Court has 11 bedrooms, eight of which are used for the guest house business and the other three for private quarters.

Little Court is on the outskirts of Dorchester and attracts fans of the author from all over the world to visit the Dorset county town Thomas Hardy called Casterbridge in his novels

The idyllic countryside home sits on land the Far From the Madding Crowd writer would have regularly walked across and used as inspiration for his novels and poetry

For the last 14 years the Edwardian Arts and Crafts-style manor house has been run as a five star bed and breakfast

It also has a large reception hall, drawing room, dining room, sitting room, kitchen and pantry, 10 bathrooms and an office.

Outside there is an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, garaging, a garden workshop and a summer house.

The property was designed in 1907 by the English architect Percy Holder and the beautiful grounds landscaped in the style of the famous horticulturalist Gertrude Jekyll.

Among the home’s many features, Little Court boasts a swimming pool beside a beautifully manicured lawn and hedges

‘Tis the season: Any Wimbledon fans will be glad to know there will be no shortage of practice at Little Court which also has a tennis court

The approximate internal area of the sizeable Edwardian manor house is 6300 square foot, plus two garages and a garden workshop 

Little Court is being sold by estate agents Savills either as a private residence or as the successful B&B that it has become.

A spokesman for Savills said: ‘The property is currently run as a very successful bed and breakfast but equally it could be used as a beautiful, imposing house that is perfect for families.

‘Being a five star B&B, the house has been kept in very good order and gets a re-spruce every year.

It also has a large reception hall, drawing room, dining room, sitting room, kitchen and pantry, 10 bathrooms and an office

The property was designed in 1907 by the English architect Percy Holder and the stunning grounds landscaped in the style of the famous horticulturalist Gertrude Jekyll

Little Court is being sold by estate agents Savills either as a private residence or as the successful B&B that it has become

‘It is perfect for somebody looking to slip straight into an up and running business that has income potential and regular repeat custom.

‘The current owner has a rather large area of the house to herself and uses eight of the en suite bedrooms for guests.

‘Equally Little Court could be turned back into private use and make an exquisite manor house for a family.

‘It is in a fabulous location that is right in the heart of Hardy Country. It is also just a few miles from the the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.’

For more details about Little Court, visit: https://search.savills.com/property-detail/gbwirswbs180200  

A spokesman for Savills said: ‘The property is currently run as a very successful bed and breakfast but equally it could be used as a beautiful, imposing house that is perfect for families’

‘Being a five star B&B, the house has been kept in very good order and gets a re-spruce every year,’ said the Savills spokesman

The bucolic home has a cream-coloured kitchen and pantry nestled in the heart of the house on the ground floor

The Savills spokesman added: ‘It is perfect for somebody looking to slip straight into an up and running business that has income potential and regular repeat custom’

‘It is in a fabulous location that is right in the heart of Hardy Country’, which was a major source of inspiration for Thomas Hardy’s novels

‘The current owner has a rather large area of the house to herself and uses eight of the en suite bedrooms for guest’

The sprawling grounds are perfect for a family looking to start a B&B or for a family looking to take advantage of this ‘exquisite’ country home

 

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