Check it out. Frome House of Frome St Quintin (don’t you love that upper crust address) is the definitive country retreat, we’d say.
This Grade 2* listed house set in the heart of Dorset has spectacular views (think green and rolling), 8 bedrooms and 11 acres to play with including a tennis court, walled gardens and a vast, Tom and Barbara style, kitchen garden.
The house dates from 1782, was described by Pevsner as being ‘of rare distinction’ and has all the space and light you’d associate with the best Georgian architecture.
So many wonderful features here – a galleried hall lined with oak bookshelves, Adams fireplaces and a beautiful panelled ballroom. On top of that on the ground floor you have a sitting room, a family room and an interconnecting dining and morning room. Let’s just say there are plenty of options for me-time.
Frome House is properly old school but with a bang up to date Bulthaup kitchen for modern living.
The master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and there are a further four bedrooms all with their own bathrooms. Your friends will thank you, Frome House has got Gatsby-esque house party written all over it.
This is one of the loveliest parts of the West Country. You’re within easy reach of the Jurassic Coast (leisurely summer lunches at The Hive Café at Burton Bradstock) and the chi chi market towns of Sherborne, Dorchester and Beaminster are all within 12 miles. Trains to London just 2 .5 hours but we think you’ll want to leave the urban metropolis behind.
Frome House is £2.85m through Knight Frank
. The estate includes two cottages which are being sold in separate lots.