Guide price £500,000
An impressive individual modern house in a quiet location with a very fine view. Little Croft is an unique and impressive modern family house situated in what was once the formal gardens of a large Victorian house which was Croft House School. The house was built about 30 years ago for the headmistress of the school, and the accommodation is spacious and light, with all of the main rooms upstairs and downstairs enjoying a lovely view towards Hambledon Hill. Centred around an attractive entrance hall the accommodation comprises; a large drawing room with an open fireplace and double doors to a generous dining room which in turn leads through an arch into a modern fitted kitchen/breakfast room. A useful study and a cloakroom complete the ground floor and upstairs there are four double bedrooms and two bath/shower rooms, including 1 en-suite. At the top of the house there is a large attic with natural light, which could easily be converted into more accommodation. The whole house benefits from double glazing and oil fired central heating and the views alone should make it appeal. The gardens that surround Little Croft are a notable feature of the property and are enclosed on all sides by tall hedges for privacy, but the house is slightly elevated so that it can still enjoy the view. To the south of the house and drive there are two separate lawned areas and behind the house to the east is the stone paved Italian garden which was a feature of the original Victorian property. Although the house fronts Hine Town Lane it is approached over a shared drive with electric gates running beside the School House from Church Road up to a 2nd gate which opens onto the private drive for Little Croft. There is plenty of parking on the gravel drive in front of the house and a detached single garage adjoining the house. The property is very well situated on the edge of Shillingstone overlooking the valley of the River Stour and with a lovely view towards Hambledon Hill. It is a thriving and sought after village with a petrol station incorporating a shop and post office as well as the Co-operative convenience store, a pub (the Old Ox Inn) and a successful primary school. Other local facilities are nearby in Sturminster Newton and for a more comprehensive range of shops and amenities it is only a short drive to Blandford where there is a M&S food hall, Tesco adn Lidl, or to Sherborne where there is a Waitrose. There is excellent walking, cycling and riding in the lovely countryside around the village and many good other opportunities for sport and recreation. The main line railway station in Gillingham has a direct service to London (Waterloo) (from 114 mins) and the A303 is about 17 miles north also bringing London within reasonable driving distance, via the M3. This part of the west country has become well known for its wide choice of good schools. Blandford, Sturminster and Gillingham all have good state secondary schools and independent schools in the area include Bryanston, Milton Abbey, St Mary's Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Canford and Clayesmore as well as prep schools at Sandroyd, Hanford, Knighton and Port Regis. Services: Mains electricity, water and drainage are available at the property. Oil fired central heating. Good broadband service.
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