West Allington, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 5BH


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  • Bedrooms: 6
A gracious detached 5/6 bedroom Edwardian house with a wealth of character features and a two bedroom cottage, making an outstanding family house with an income, within walking distance of Bridport town centre.

The property is believed to have been built in 1907 by William Saunders Edwards, who was a Bridport rope maker, a mayor of Bridport, a member of Parliament and a gentleman on the rise. It was built specifically to reflect his prominent standing in the community with 'no expense spared'. The result is Edwardian living at its best. The house is beautifully proportioned with generous ceiling heights, open fireplaces, large mullioned windows, a fine staircase, panelled walls and some magnificent moulded ceilings designed to entertain and impress in equal measure.

In recent years the property has been both a family home and a holiday let/bed and breakfast business which has had a good turnover which our vendors believe could easily be improved upon.

The scene is set on entering the property with a magnificent panelled hallway, with a galleried landing above from which all the principal rooms are accessed. The main entertaining rooms face South making them particularly light and bright, the largest of which is a lovely drawing room centred around the fireplace. Beside this there is a dining room with a fireplace to one end with a 'snug' area and to the other a large curved bay window. On the South East side there is a study with a square bay window and yet another fine fireplace. To the rear of the house there is a large kitchen with space for large farmhouse style table to its centre and an AGA to one end. There is a good selection of floor and wall mounted units and cupboards with hardwood work surfaces over. Behind the kitchen there is a laundry room, a boiler room, a back hall, a gardener's WC and access to the two twin integral garages. Upstairs there are 5/6 bedrooms spread over three floors, with two of the bedrooms having en-suite shower rooms and the four other bedrooms sharing two further bathrooms equipped in some style with hand-painted wallpaper. On the second floor the sixth bedroom could be developed further into the roof space and would probably at the moment be deemed an occasional bedroom for use on a special occasion.

The property is in good decorative order throughout and has gas fired central heating. In short this is a lovely family house that could be used to generate a substantial income if so required.

The Cottage

The cottage lies on the East side of the property and would have originally been servants' quarters. It is currently arranged with a large contemporary kitchen/living room to one side and two bedrooms and a bathroom to the other. The interior has been equipped and decorated in a clean contemporary style making it particularly popular with holiday makers. To the rear there is a private garden for its exclusive use, planted with a tropical feel to it and with access from double doors to the rear.

The property is accessed through a gated entrance with a driveway laid to tarmac sweeping around to the front of the house. To the front there is parking and turning for a number of cars and access to the twin integral garages. The gardens lie on the South side of the house with a lovely raised stone terrace running the full width of the house. The terrace takes in the country views and the sun for much of the day, making it an ideal entertaining area during the Summer months. The main body of the garden is on the other side of the driveway and is formally laid to lawn and would have originally been a grass tennis court.The lawn is punctuated by herbaceous and shrub planting with a magnificent Beech tree on the East side. To one side there is a vegetable garden, a useful timber garden shed and a greenhouse


Mains gas, electricity, water and drainage are connected. Gas fired central heating.

Local Authority

Dorset Council 01305 251010. Council Tax band E.

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