Just a mile from the coast, Candida House is situated in the pretty village of Whitchurch Canonicorum, which lies within a conservation area and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village has a church, pub and hall, with local shopping in Charmouth (3 miles) and Felicity’s Farm Shop (1½ miles). The market town of Bridport (6 miles) has a range of shopping and businesses, a twice weekly market, leisure facilities and arts centre and Exeter is also within easy reach. There are two village primary schools within a 3 mile radius, with a choice of local secondary schools; The Sir John Colfox School in Bridport and The Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis and the prestigious Colyton Grammar School. Nearby private schools include the Sherborne schools and Perrott Hill. Axminster 9 miles away has a rail service to London Waterloo taking 2¾ hours. Exeter Airport is about 45 minutes’ drive away, offering connections within the UK and to many international destinations.
Built originally in the 18th century and then substantially altered around 1830, Candida House is a quintessential Grade II listed example of a Georgian rectory and has been structurally unaltered since then, apart from a former service range, which is now a self-contained two bedroom cottage. The house has good ceiling heights throughout and its tall sash windows give the house a light and airy feel. It has also retained many original features such as working shutters, fireplaces, joinery and cornicing. It has been the family home of the current owners for the past 42 years and has undergone extensive renovation over the period.
On the ground floor the house has a lovely reception hall with a tiled floor and an elegant staircase rising to the first floor. On one side are two good sized reception rooms, both with attractive fireplaces and tall sash windows looking out over the garden towards the church. The sitting room also has access to a terrace via a set of French windows. A short passage from the hall leads past the cloakroom through to the kitchen, which is fitted with a range of electric and gas-powered cooking appliances. Beyond the kitchen are the breakfast room, which has direct access to a charming courtyard through French windows, the laundry and snug. The fireplaces in the sitting room and snug are both fitted with wood burning stoves. Beneath the house is a useful brick vaulted cellar.
The main staircase rises to the broad galleried landing on the first floor, which has a seating area, all illuminated by natural light. The principal bedrooms are all accessible from the landing and comprise the master bedroom, with ensuite dressing room and wet room, and three further double bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities. In the attics are four further bedrooms (one used as a studio), two bathrooms (one en-suite) and extensive loft storage space.
The Coach House
The Coach House provides garaging and a self-contained first floor two bedroom flat. Immediately behind the house is a courtyard, off which are three storerooms and a former service range converted to provide a self-contained two bedroom cottage (Candida Cottage). The cottage does not impose on the privacy of the main house.
Set back from the village lane, Candida House is approached via a drive shared with two neighbouring properties (Ashleigh Cottage and Little Candida, which have vehicular access rights) and leads to a gravel parking area in front of the house and to the coach house, which is set back to one side.
The garden wraps around three sides of the house and looks out to the church and open countryside of the Marshwood Vale. It consists of extensive lawns and mature trees, with two areas of terracing for outside entertaining, a south-facing serpentine wall of mellow red brick fringed with herbaceous borders, a stream, a delightful woodland area under planted with spring bulbs and a garden shed. Behind The Coach House is the kitchen garden, which has raised beds and a greenhouse. In all the grounds extend to about 1.5 acres (0.61 hectare).
Mains water and electricity. Private drainage shared with Ashleigh Cottage and Little Candida. LPG-fired central heating for Candida House, Candida Cottage and The Coach House. Solar panels.
West Dorset District Council. Tel: 01305 251010
Candida House (including The Coach House) Band: G.
Candida Cottage Band: C
The nearby A35 coast road provides easy east/west access. At Felicity’s Farm Shop between Chideock and Charmouth, take Star Lane, signposted Ryall and drop down into Whitchurch Canonicorum for approximately 1½ miles. Candida House is opposite the War Memorial by the Church.
Photographs: 2014 & 2019. Particulars: February 2019.
Strictly by appointment with the agents:
Parkers Property Consultants and Valuers Tel: 01308 420111