Relocate to this enchanting Dorset manor house that inspired Thomas Hardy

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Poxwell Manor

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Poxwell Manor, located in a small hamlet of the same name just north of the famed Jurassic coastline, has stood pride of place since 1654. Through history, the Grade I listed, wonderfully romantic ash-grey manor with stone-mullioned windows twinking through ivy, has captured the imagination of those who encounter it. It served as a place to rest for King George III, who visited the house on a number of occasions when passing through Weymouth, and supposedly inspired Thomas Hardy’s Oxwell Hall in The Trumpet Major.

Dining room

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In more modern times, its current vendor, Peter Bolton, has actually bought the house on two separate occasions (nearly a decade apart). He first bought the property in 1977, in a decision fuelled by what he called ‘love at first sight’. He described the property as ‘completely charming, nestled in what looked like a big open field’. He was forced to sell the property since his enthusiasm for horse racing meant he needed more extensive training facilities. On retiring from the sport (after a Cheltenham Gold Cup win with Cool Ground), a Dorset neighbour tipped him off that the house was back on sale. ‘Do you want to come back home, Peter?’ he said, and within 48 hours a contract had been signed, sealing his destiny to return.

The great hall with its magnificent chimneypiece

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The south Dorset house with the wonderfully appealing architectural style, sits within a manageable 10 acres with beautifully landscaped, peaceful gardens. Inside, it is a feast of period features, including decorative wooden panelling, original fireplaces, intricately plastered ceilings and elegant stone and wooden floors. The great hall is the property’s pièce de résistance, with a decorative chimneypiece and elaborate chandelier. There is a glorious trio of reception rooms that includes a 30ft-long dining room and library, as well as the nine bedrooms and seven bathrooms located across the property.

The walled gardens

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The manor also comes with a pleasant outbuilding, the Stable Cottage, which is accessible via a cobbled courtyard. The cottage was once a traditional 17th century barn that has been converted and would now serve as an ideal guesthouse or additional place for entertaining friends or family. The gardens are a thing of great beauty: with an exquisite Carolean gatehouse (dated 1634) and sweeping lawns, impressively maintained flowerbeds, a variety of trees bordered by a stream and an elegant rectangular-shaped garden pond. There is also a tennis court (in need of restoration) and a swimming pool.

The gardens

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Mr Bolton is now downsizing but considers himself extremely lucky to have had the chance to live – on two occasions – at this remarkable home.

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