A thatched cottage that suffered a devastating fire has been restored to its former glory and is now up for sale.

The Grade II listed property Honeysuckle Cottage is in the hamlet of Poxwell, near Weymouth, and has an asking price of £375,000.

The semi-detached house, dating back to 1843, suffered extensive fire and water damage following a serious fire at the end of 2020.

A total of 65 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze throughout the night, which devastated the thatched cottage.

Following several years of planning applications and renovations, the cottage has now been sympathetically restored.

The house is thought to be linked to nearby Poxwell House, once part of the Cerne Abbey Estate and the current owners have done everything possible to retain its heritage throughout the painstaking renovations.

Karen and Keith, the owners, were devastated when the fire spread from a neighbouring property and destroyed the roof as well as damaging the upper floor of the cottage.

Karen said: "Some of the original parts of the roof, dating from the 1840s, were lost.

"To know that the cottage had been there for nearly 200 years and had such history meant a lot to us and we wanted to make sure it was rebuilt to last another 200 years.

"With help from a local builder - the brilliant Trevor Stockley of Warmwell - we were able to rebuild using local, experienced craftsmen.”

Dorset Echo: Honeysuckle Cottage undergoes rebuilding worksHoneysuckle Cottage undergoes rebuilding works (Image: DOMVS)

The owners said they fell in love with the village and cottage after driving through the hamlet when visiting the area.

Karen said: “We were really excited when we were able to buy Honeysuckle cottage and make it our own. We spent many weekends travelling down from our home in Essex to redecorate the property to use for holidays.

"It has also been a holiday cottage for others to enjoy too. We’re delighted that Honeysuckle Cottage is now restored to its former glory and its legacy will live on, providing a wonderful, happy home for the next family."

Honeysuckle Cottage is set in just over a quarter of an acre of beautiful grounds, there is space for a number of vehicles at the front and a rear lawned garden with extensive views over the countryside.

It is for sale with DOMVS estate agents.