Eype, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6AL


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  • Bedrooms: 2
An intriguing character cottage for improvement in a highly desirable Jurassic Coast village.

With properties rarely available on the open market within Eype, this cottage can only be described as an exciting, unique opportunity to acquire, improve and enjoy a part of this wonderful Jurassic Coast village. Believed to date back to 1875, when it was built as a fisherman's cottage, this chocolate box cottage, thatched with water reed from Abbotsbury Swannery, has been subject to extensive enlargement and renovation under the current ownership, yet there is now great scope for a new owner to carry out further improvements, thus ensuring that the property can continue to cater for the needs of the busy modern lifestyle. Although the property is not listed, a host of character features typical of the property's age can be found throughout the older part of the cottage including two fireplaces in the reception room, exposed floorboards and window seats and a further benefit is the wonderful open outlook across the surrounding rolling hills, countryside and village with glimpses of the sea to be enjoyed from the garden.

The Chalet

Within the grounds of the cottage is a former detached chalet/studio building which has fallen into disrepair, but there is scope to re-instate or rebuild the chalet to provide useful ancillary accommodation, subject to any necessary consents being obtained. Planning advice has been obtained as follows:-

"With regard to the garden structure I believe there is a good prospect that this could be rebuilt/replaced with a new structure provided this were to fulfil a similar role to the old facility (i.e. a use ancillary to the main house). This opinion is based on a number of aspects: Firstly, the fact that there is an existing structure (albeit dilapidated), which is understood to have had such an ancillary use previously is a very important consideration and even though this structure is most likely abandoned the overall use of the planning unit remains residential. Secondly, even though the site is within the AONB, there are Permitted Development rights in the General Permitted Development Order relating to the provision of ancillary buildings for uses incidental to the main house and whilst these rights are subject to certain limitations it could well be that a proposal could be engineered to fit the limitations. Finally, setting the other points aside there is general policy support for development ancillary to an existing residential dwelling and therefore subject to specifics in terms of design and layout and in turn any impacts on neighbours or landscape character etc. this is the type of development one would normally expect to be approved. Any use would need to remain incidental to the main house and this would include uses like gym, studio, home office, accommodation for family/friends etc etc but not standalone holiday letting accommodation, though very occasional use (up to 28 days) for such would not constitute a material change of use."

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