At first glance, Coldharbour appears to be a 4 bedroom detached bungalow occupying an attractive, varied plot amounting to approximately 7.4 acres, however there is more to this property than meets the eye. One of the most endearing assets of Coldharbour is the location, nestled amongst glorious countryside forming the National Trust Golden Cap Estate with stunning views in all directions taking in Golden Cap, Langdon Woods and the sea. The bungalow itself dates back to the 1920s and has been under the same ownership for the past 30 years, but now offers a wealth of opportunities for refurbishment or redevelopment, subject to any necessary consents (please see below). With outbuildings including 5+ stables, a large barn and a workshop, this fantastic rural property has much to offer a broad range of purchasers including those with equestrian interests, smallholders or anyone seeking somewhere off the beaten track to "get away from it all" and get closer to nature.
The bungalow is pleasantly positioned within the plot, immediately surrounded by lawned gardens which are delineated from the adjoining land by a low brick wall. Divided into three sizeable fields of gently sloping pasture, the land is ideal for livestock or horses and, bordered by established hedgerows, trees and wooded areas, provides a haven for wildlife. The outbuildings, comprising a timber stable block and brick and stone building divided to provide a workshop, barn and three further stables, are well situated within easy sight of the bungalow, yet set sufficiently far away to provide a healthy division between domestic and working parts of the property.THE BUNGALOW
Under the current ownership, the bungalow has provided a much-loved home and has been well maintained with improvements including an extension. Dating from the 1920s. features typical of this period of architecture can be found throughout including high ceilings, picture rails, bay windows and fireplaces, and it is clear that the accommodation has been arranged to take full advantage of the stunning views. Primarily arranged over a single storey, with a basement level providing a utility room and a boot/tack room, the spacious accommodation includes two reception rooms, both with glorious views and one benefitting from French doors to the balcony; kitchen; four well proportioned bedrooms (the largest of which enjoys an ensuite shower room); and a shower room which is arranged in a Jack-and-Jill layout with bedroom 2. To the front of the property is a gated driveway providing space for several vehicles and also giving access to the up-and-over door of the detached double garage.REDEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL
It is considered that Coldharbour offers potential for redevelopment, subject to any necessary consents being achieved. Examples of similar properties with permission for redevelopments to "Grand Designs" style country homes in Morcombelake include Highmead, Gibbs Lane and Thorvald, Loves Lane which may provide inspiration (plans can be viewed on the Dorsetforyou website planning portal).SITUATION
The property is surrounded by beautiful, unspoilt countryside belonging to the National Trust and forming part of their Golden Cap Estate within Morcombelake; a popular village approximately mid-way between Chideock and Charmouth and therefore enjoying easy access to the Jurassic Coast. The estate embraces most of the coastal land between Charmouth and Seatown with access to many magnificent walks including Langdon Hill and Golden Cap. Very nearby is also Hardown Hill which again belongs to the National Trust, offering fabulous 360 degree views. The immediate area is designated one of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Jurassic Coast is designated as a World Heritage Site. Morcombelake village offers excellent amenities including Felicity's Farm Shop, church and a very active village hall, together with regular bus services.
The villages of Chideock (and the coastal hamlet of Seatown) and Charmouth are both within only a few miles, again both located on the World Heritage Coast (the latter with a Blue Flag world-famous fossil and bathing beach). The thriving market town of Bridport and the historic coastal resort of Lyme Regis are both within about 5 miles. there is a mainline railway service to London and the West Country from Axminster, about 8 miles. Exeter, with its international airport and access to the M5 is within about 35 miles.AGENTS' NOTE
Please be advised that the access to the property is partly along an unmade road which may be unsuitable for vehicles with low suspension and all viewers should proceed carefully and slowly along the road through the National Trust Golden Cap Estate.SERVICES
Mains water and electricity. Private drainage (septic tank). LPG fired central heating with heat exchanger.VIEWINGS
Strictly by appointment with Stags Bridport office, telephone 01308 428000.DIRECTIONS
From Bridport follow the A35 West towards Honiton and pass through the village of Chideock. At the top of Chideock Hill (before entering Morcombelake) turn left shortly before the end of the dual carriage way and proceed along Muddyford Lane. Continue past the National Trust "No vehicles" sign and follow the lane through the estate for approximately 3/4 of a mile. Take the second available right hand turning and proceed carefully and slowly along the unmade road. The entrance to Coldharbour is the first on the right.