Askerswell, Dorchester


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  • Bedrooms: 5
A wonderfully spacious and adaptable period home, dating back to approximately 1850, offering annexe or income potential in an attractive thriving village set close to the popular Jurassic Coast. This four bedroom main residence with three bedroom annexe, or combined family home, has a wealth of possibilities and a convivial flow benefitting from not being listed! The residence is situated in an exceptionally picturesque West Dorset village near the Jurassic Coast at the heart of the community.


Grey Cottage is a delightful character home which dates back to approximately 1850, although some parts of the property are believed to be considerably older. The property has evolved over the years and benefits from not being listed which has meant that a substantial programme of renovations, extensions and improvements have been carried out to the property by the current owners creating a convivial flow to the home. Grey Cottage could easily be configured as a main residence and cottage or has potential for holiday letting or ancillary income (subject to any relevant consents). The property is predominantly of stone elevations beneath a slate roof and sits in grounds of approximately a quarter of an acre.

This charming residence currently offers: an impressive open plan kitchen breakfast room with attractive flagstone floors, a fully fitted hand-made kitchen with a substantial kitchen island, integrated fridge and dishwasher and plenty of room for a large dining area. This also enjoys a window seat, bespoke built-in storage within an original fireplace and a Range which is available by separate negotiation. The attractive dual aspect drawing room has a more retiring feel and sits to the side of the kitchen with wood burner and bespoke book case; a small window overlooks the River Asker.

Further ground floor accommodation includes a separate formal dining room with flagstone floor and an open fireplace, a charming music room with wood burner and storage, a garden room that runs along the front of the property and integrates the house with the secluded garden setting. There is also a utility room/second kitchen and a downstairs shower room. A gallery walkway runs along the rear elevation of the house which ties in the two sections of the property giving the home a more contemporary feel and making for a lovely space from which to hide from the midday sun and appreciate the garden. At one end of the gallery the original stone-floored village bakery oven showcases some of the building s heritage and to the side of it is a substantial cool pantry.

Upstairs, Grey Cottage has seven bedrooms, each of individual proportions. The bedrooms enjoy different attributes, in keeping with the evolution of the building. The older section of the property has more of a cottage feel with lower ceilings and some slightly smaller rooms whilst the main portion of the house has much squarer rooms and proportions and enjoys larger bedrooms with higher ceilings. There are 4 bathrooms throughout the building with the large annexe room enjoying its own en-suite and being a perfect space to accommodate guests, particularly those with family. This room could also suit home working or provide an attractive studio space. Stairs to a further floor lead to a very useful well insulated attic space where there are two rooms and an entrance vestibule offering good light and headroom. They are currently configured as a further reception room/cinema room and a study.

NB: The current owners have looked into various energy efficiency measures at the property and there is plenty of scope for solar panels or a water source heat pump which they are happy to discuss with a potential buyer should this be of interest.


Grey Cottage can be approached via several different entrances from the quiet village lane. To the front and Western elevation of the home, one can appreciate the full extent of the dwelling and curtilage with the level lawn, mature gardens with Summer house and shed and a whole host of attractive shrubs, trees and specimen flowers. The rear of the house offers a spacious patio, the original 18th century well and a prolific kitchen garden, raised beds and a greenhouse.

The rear garden and patio enjoy the morning sun and have access to the parking area with space for several vehicles. A well-insulated utility room / studio with plenty of natural light adjoins the patio. A double garage with a useful store to the side, formerly a stable, adjoin the parking area.


Askerswell rates highly among the many fantastic villages in the beautiful Asker Valley and forms part of the West Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village is renowned for its warm and active community and amenities including a village hall, church, children's playground, and the newly renovated Spyway Inn pub which now has outdoor pods with exceptional vistas. There is a primary school at nearby Loders village, and a school bus service to the secondary school at Bridport. The popular market town of Bridport is just 4 miles distant, offering a broad variety of shopping, dining, leisure and cultural experiences, and the County Town of Dorchester 12 miles away with rail services to London (Waterloo), Bristol and Bath. The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site is also very nearby with excellent renowned beaches at Burton Bradstock, West Bay and Cogden. There are numerous delightful rights of way across the surrounding countryside with Eggerdon Hill providing the most stunning far reaching views.


Mains water, drainage, electricity and phone connection. Oil fired central heating. Full fibre broadband up to 900Mbps with internal network wiring throughout (ideal when home workers and others all need fast internet at the same time).


Strictly by appointment with Stags, Bridport. Telephone 01308 428000.


From Bridport follow the A35 towards Dorchester and at the second signpost to Askerswell turn left onto Portway. Follow this road into the village taking the left-hand fork downhill onto Burrywells. Turn right at the crossroads onto Parsons Lane. The property is the first house on the left. A member of our team will meet you at the parking area to the rear.

Arrange viewing 01308 301006

Stags - Bridport

29 South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR

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