Do you dream of living in a romantic Dorset setting? Well country boltholes don't get much better than Bloxworth House.
The beautiful Grade I-listed manor house and its surrounding eight-acre estate was used as a location in the 1967 film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel, Far from the Madding Crowd.
In the film the property was used as the fictional home of heroine Bathsheba Everdene, played by Julie Christie.
The property, currently on the market for a cool £4 million, has eight bedrooms, five bathrooms, four reception rooms and a breakfast room.
There are also 17th-century stables, a brewery, pump house, three-bedroom cottage, two-storey dovecote and tennis court.
If you're looking for history and character, you won't be disappointed.
The interior is opulent, decorated in a quintessentially English style. Architectural features include stone mullioned windows with leaded lights, shuttered sash windows and beautiful fireplaces.
The house is currently owned by renowned garden designer Martin Lane Fox, who is also a former Vice-Chairman of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) - and, needless to say, the property is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, including an ornamental canal at the front of the house.
Interestingly, the family of the estate agent selling the house also used to own it.
Peter Lane, of estate agents Savills, remembers being at the property as a child when the filming took place in the 1960s.
‘They had put fake walls around the gardens and the house, which were hollow,’ he says, ‘so my sister and I would crawl inside them. The house itself is stunning, but the gardens make it, and there are quite a lot of other beautiful, historic buildings.’
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