Building of the Month June 2018: Cattistock Lodge, Dorset

Eveleigh Photography

Standing on a country road near Maiden Newton and set in wooded grounds, very little is known about this house which may date from the 19th century but could also have earlier origins.  Built in banded stone and flint, the house has clearly been extended and altered at various times with a double height insertion at the front constructed in brick.  A porch in ashlar stone and wooden double doors provided access to the house when it was in use. The house itself sits behind flint walls and presents only its side to the road, giving a very private feel.  The main front looks south and has tall, elegant windows.

The building appears uncared for with some window glass broken and extensive vegetation growth.  There are other buildings, perhaps a cottage or outbuildings, on the site set back from the road which may be inhabited but it appears that the main house is not.

The house is not listed and therefore, unless the state of the building threatens the safety of the adjoining road users, it is unlikely that the council will be able to take action.  However, the house was clearly a very charming building and built in a typically local style.  Its history and that of its owners is sure to be of great interest and it would be ideal to see a new owner take it on who is able to preserve this history and bring it back to life.