4 bedroom detached house for sale

East Morden, Wareham, Dorset BH20 7DS

£1,075,000 via Savills, Wimborne: 01202 145469

Handsome Grade II listed Georgian villa in this quiet and sought after Dorset village.


A particularly handsome Grade II listed village house, known locally for its distinctive five chimneys, in the heart of this sought after village. This fine house is understood to have been built around 1830, and designed by Joseph Sellars who also designed the village church. The most pleasing elevations, in the Regency style, are of mainly colour washed render under a slate roof. The symmetrical front elevation features a lead capped porch, timber windows with decorative glazing bars, and the central five chimney stacks.

Church Villa retains many original period features which include window shutters, fireplaces and plank and muntin panelling in the hall. The house was updated and extended in the late 1980’s and early 1990's, including the addition of the garden room and kitchen wings, and offers well proportioned accommodation across two floors. It is fair to say that it would now benefit from sympathetic modernisation and refurbishment yet offers the purchaser huge potential to personalise and improve to their own specification.

A panelled front door opens into an entrance vestibule with flagstone floor and guest cloakroom. The reception hall has a pair of doors on the garden front, which can also be used as the main entrance. The sitting room has a fireplace with cast iron inset, and a door to the garden room. This bright and versatile room has an oak floor and three pairs of French doors to the garden. The dining room also has a fireplace with inset tiles, and the study has fitted bookshelves. The breakfast room has a fitted cupboard and leads through to the good size kitchen having a range of units, oven and hob, oil fired Aga and French doors to the garden. There is also a useful utility/ boot room with Belfast sink, shower, washing machine plumbing, and the oil fired boiler.

The staircase has wood balustrading and leads up to the first floor landing. There are four double bedrooms, the main bedroom having a door to the third bedroom, used as a dressing room. There is a compact bathroom with half bath, and a separate shower room. Most rooms in the house enjoy lovely views across the gardens and to farmland beyond.

The pretty gardens are a particular feature, being triangular in shape and extending to just over half an acre. They are arranged in several ‘rooms’ and are well stocked with a wide variety of herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees. Within the garden are several terraces for entertaining, and a utility area with garden sheds and a greenhouse. Two driveways lead off the side lane, one providing a parking area adjacent to the front door and another leading to the garage, currently arranged as a garden studio.


Church Villa enjoys a delightfully quiet location, in the heart of this small village, just opposite the war memorial and along the lane from St Mary’s church.

Adjacent Morden has a modern village hall with sports and recreation facilities, and there is a popular pub, The World’s End, at Winterborne Zelston.

The village is conveniently situated midway between the A35 and the A31, approximately five miles north of the Saxon market town of Wareham and nine miles west of Wimborne Minster, both offering excellent amenities.

Poole town centre with its shopping, entertainment and recreational facilities is about nine miles, and the renowned Poole Harbour and Sandbanks beach are about 12 miles.

Trains run from Poole and Wareham to London Waterloo and the A31 leads directly onto the M27 and M3 to London.

Local state schools are at Lytchett Matravers and Lytchett Minster, and independent schools in the wider area include Castle Court, Canford, Dumpton and Bryanston.

Great walking and cycling can be enjoyed in Wareham Forest, along the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast beyond Wareham, and in The New Forest National Park, east of Ringwood.

Square Footage: 2,378 sq ft

Acreage: 0.5 Acres


From Wimborne, take the A31 west for about six miles. At the Worlds End pub, take the left turn onto the B3075 signposted to Morden. Follow this road for about a mile, and at the sharp right hand bend drive straight on signposted to Lytchett Matravers. After about 50m bear right signposted to Morden. Follow this lane along into the village. Church Villa can be found on the right hand side, a few houses past the church, and opposite the war memorial.

Additional Info

Council Tax Band G

Mains water, electricity and drainage. Oil fired central heating and Aga. Please not that the working condition of any of the services or kitchen appliances has not been checked by the agents but at the time of taking particulars we were informed they were all in working order.

Agent: Savills, Wimborne

Savills, Wessex House, Priors Walk, East Borough, Wimborne, BH21 1PB

Phone: 01202 145469