Meerhay is a country house believed to date back to the first half of the 19th century, and constructed of stone under a slate roof with tall brick chimneys, and wreathed in clematis, honeysuckle and roses.

Accommodation is laid out over three floors and the handsome reception rooms are classically proportioned with open fireplaces and attractive bay windows with working shutters. The kitchen makes an excellent room for entertaining, and off it lies a much-used family room.

The four double bedrooms upstairs on the first floor are spacious, and three are already en-suite. The second floor offers two further bedrooms, a bathroom and a useful store room. The house also comes with useful cellars, and there is plenty of potential for extension and conversion as the house hasn’t been listed.

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Outside, the gardens lie predominantly to the front of the house. They are landscaped and include a heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi with a paved sunbathing area. A paved terrace and steps lead down to sweeping lawns with flower and shrub borders, and mature trees including an oak tree, a mulberry tree and a magnolia.

A croquet lawn lies towards the bottom of the garden, while the orchard sits below the pool, and features prolific apple, pear and plum trees. Two fields to the north are currently laid to pasture; the grounds come to around five acres.

Meerhay lies on the outskirts of the small market town of Beaminster in Dorset which has a good range of local shops, a number of inns and a restaurant. Bridport and the Jurassic coast are just six miles.

The guide price is £1m. For further information please contact Strutt & Parker on 01722 344 010 or visit www.struttandparker.com.

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