Poetic license in the heart of Sturminster Newton

One of Sturminster Newton's finest houses comes to the market today for the first time in many years. Extremely spacious and packed with character, the house has historic links to two of Dorset's finest poets, as Giles Wreford-Brown explains.

Poetic license in the heart of Sturminster Newton

Symonds & Sampson are delighted to bring to the market Vine House in Sturminster Newton. Partner Giles Wreford-Brown is excited with the instruction: Vine House has been in the same ownership for many years and is a Grade II Listed house of great importance.

Built in the 17th Century, there are some lovely features including an imposing oak carved staircase, stone mullioned windows, deep chamfered beams and window seats. It also has some notoriety as the Dorset poet William Barnes worked for three years as a solicitor’s clerk at the property.

And recorded by local historian Terry Townsend, ‘This impressive house was formerly the home and office of local solicitor and magistrate Thomas Dashwood. When Thomas Hardy (below) and his wife, Emma lived in Sturminster, they became friends with solicitor Henry Charles Dashwood, Thomas’s grandson. They dined and took tea together on a regular basis. On their last evening in Stur, in March 1877, the Hardys: ‘slept at Mrs Dashwood’s, after breakfasting, lunching and dining there; and in the morning saw their goods off, and left Sturminster for London’.

Soon afterwards in WW1 it became officers’ retreat/hospital before becoming a private house once again.

Giles speculates about a future resident, “We are meeting a lot of buyers from the Cities and the home counties and they like the pace of life of our part of Dorset. I wouldn’t be surprised if we sold to someone local however, although whether they will be inspired to pen poetic odes remains to be seen!”

Vine House is being marketed through Symonds & Sampson's Sturminster Newton office with a Guide Price of £1.25 million, contact Giles on 01258 473766 for further information 

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