Amazing

By Kim Reader


Someone could have their own fairy tale ending as this Hansel and Gretel-style cottage is up for sale.

Enchanting Stockford Lodge, which was once the love nest of bohemian impressionist artist Augustus John, is on the market with Domvs estate agents for offers over £399,950.

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The quirky Grade II listed home is set in two acres of grounds and woodland in Wareham, Dorset.

Its thatched roof and plastered cob walls only add to the character of the cottage, which sits nestled among the bluebells during spring.

It was used regularly by artist Augustus John for his romantic liaisons at the turn of the century.

The promiscuous painter openly cohabited with his wife Ida and his model lover Dorelia, who he married after Ida’s death. He also had a number of girlfriends who he fathered several children with.

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Outside the property, a pretty trellised porch leads to a ledged door with othic detailing, which opens into the lobby.

The character of the cottage only extends into the dining room which boasts striking flagstone floors and exposed beams while the sitting room has an open fire place and bespoke built-in cupboards.

And chequerboard tile floors, leaded windows, a Belfast sink and a beautiful timber work surface make the kitchen a stunning feature.

The breakfast room has underfloor heating and a stable-style door that provides access to the garden.

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Downstairs in the property also includes a charming three-piece bathroom with a gorgeous slipper bath complete with a handheld Edwardian-style shower attachment and Edwardian-style overhead shower.

Upstairs, the house has one spacious bedroom but it has two doorways – on the left is a double bed and to the right are cupboards with cleverly built-in double and single beds.

The driveway has ample parking for several cars and the garden is full of mature shrubs and plants and part woodland.

Within the garden is a large summer house with water, electricity and telephone connection to the lodge.

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There is also a children’s play house and several sturdy timber sheds, including a brick-built scullery with water and electricity, and a working privy.

A spokesperson for Domvs said: “This unique and enchanting Hansel and Gretel-style cottage is set in approximately two acres of grounds and woodland.

“Grade II listed, thatched and nestled amongst bluebells in the spring, this property is simply charming.

“The property itself has an interesting history, including, we believe, the fact that Augustus John the artist used to bring ‘guests’ to the lodge for romantic liaisons.”