Property of the Day: Malabar House, Child Okeford, Dorset

A family home dating from the 1800s with delightful views over the Dorset countryside

THE PROPERTY: This spacious village home, dating from the 1800s, is ideal for families. Malabar House is situated within 2.3 acres of land, and offers far-reaching views looking west over the rolling Dorset countryside, as well as a heated swimming pool, all-weather tennis court and coach house.

THE LOCATION: The sought-after village of Child Okeford has local amenities including a primary school, surgery and organic farm shop, while more extensive facilities are available in nearby Blandford Forum, Sturminster Newton and Shaftesbury. Salisbury, Bath and Yeovil all lie nearby and the mainline rail service from Gillingham to London Waterloo takes just two hours.

THE INTERIOR: Recently refurbished by its current owners, Malabar House features a relocated (and improved) kitchen, new French windows, working fireplaces, parquet flooring and under-floor heating. With five bedrooms, five bathrooms and four reception-rooms, as well as a swimming pool complete with a pool-house and changing facilities, and a detached coach-house with the orignial stalls, workshop, storage and garage, the house provides ample space for a family. 

WHY WE LOVE IT: Over the years, wisteria and Virginia creeper have grown up the exterior walls of the house, accentuating the property’s country charm.

BUY IT NOW: £2,525,000 with Knight Frank

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