Bettiscombe, Bridport


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  • Bedrooms: 2
For sale by online auction - end date 6pm on Tuesday 6th October 2020. A unique opportunity to acquire and refurbish an endearing rural home set in just under 0.5 of an acre with far-reaching country views. EPC Band G.


The property will be offered for sale by Online Traditional auction (unless sold prior). The auction end date is 6pm on Tuesday 6th October 2020. The vendor reserves the right to withdraw or alter the property for sale prior to the auction end date. The property can be accessed via our website


The Old School House represents a fascinating and unique opportunity to refurbish an attractive period property which is located within a secluded rural hamlet. with far-reaching country views. As the name suggests, it was once the village school from its construction in the 1850s until World War II. In the time since it has also served as the village hall before becoming a private residence. Having been under the same ownership since the 1970s, the property is now in need of sympathetic refurbishment and as such offers excellent potential to create a fantastic character home.

Internally the accommodation is very spacious and still exhibits a number of character features including stone mullion windows, an open fireplace with an ornate pine surround, exposed beams and pine panelled doors. The accommodation includes two reception rooms, kitchen, two bedrooms and family bathroom with scope for an extension or for conversion of the loft above the kitchen to create additional space if desired (planning permission was believed to gave been passed some time ago for a 2 storey extension and there is evidence of foundations).


The property is surrounded by grounds which amount to approximately 0.5 of an acre and are primarily laid to lawn with a sweeping driveway and a concrete base for a garage. Also within the grounds are a number of established shrubs and trees, including an apple tree, and a former outbuilding which is also in need of improvement.


Please be aware that a public footpath crosses part of the rear garden and leads to the village hall. The purchaser will be responsible for installing a new independent private sewerage system.


The property is situated in the heart of Bettiscombe: a historic hamlet set amongst glorious countryside in the Marshwood Vale, which forms part of the West Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Bettiscombe's name is thought to mean valley of the hermit yet nowadays, despite its secluded rural setting, there is a village hall and church within the hamlet, both accessible off-road from the property, and there are miles of footpaths throughout the surrounding countryside. A short drive from the property (or walk across the fields) is the Shaves Cross public house, and both Beaminster and Bridport are within easy reach, offering between them a very broad range of shopping, leisure, healthcare and cultural facilities. The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site is also nearby as is the highly regarded Regency resort of Lyme Regis. There are schools for children of all ages in the area including primary schools in nearby Marshwood, Thorncombe and Broadwindsor.


Mains electricity. Private water supply via the Conran Estate (currently a nominal charge). Private drainage (currently shared but please see agents notes). Solid fuel central heating (back boiler to woodburner).


From Bridport follow the B3162 to Broadwindsor and turn left at the square, signposted to Birdsmoorgate. Continue along this road for approximately 3 miles before turning left towards Bettiscombe. Proceed into the village and the entrance to the property is the second on the left after the village hall.


Under the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 it is a requirement for Estate Agents to perform due diligence checks on any person that intends to bid at auction. There will be a requirement for all bidders to register via the online sales site and complete the ID checks. There is no charge for registration.


-Guide price is an indication of the seller's expectation.

-Reserve Price is a figure below which the auctioneer cannot sell the lot at auction.

-We expect the reserve will be set within the guide range or no more than 10% above a single figure guide.

-Guide prices may change at any time prior to the auction.


Copies of the legal pack and special conditions of sale are available from the agents or online to be downloaded, via the tab on the online auction property listing page ( It is the purchaser's responsibility to make all necessary enquiries prior to the auction. Prospective purchasers are strongly advised to inspect the legal documentation and to consult legal advice prior to bidding.


Sam Smith, Nantes Solicitors, 36 East Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3LH Tel: 01308 422313 Email:


The completion date will be as dictated by the solicitor and included in the legal pack.


Particulars, remarks and stipulations contained herein shall be deemed to form part of the special conditions of sale/auction information pack and in case of any inconsistencies the provision of the latter shall prevail. Special conditions of sale/auction information pack is available online. It is assumed that the Purchaser will have made all necessary enquiries prior to the auction.

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