Guide price £995,000
St Edwards Chantry is a fine period house lying at the end of Bimport, an area of the town reputed to have been the site of the original Saxon settlement. Listed Grade II, of special architectural and historic interest, the property's origins lie in the single storey stone building reputedly dating from the early nineteenth century. Subsequently a two-storey addition was added to the south side which has resulted in some particularly fine reception rooms and bedrooms with far reaching views. Attributes worthy of particular mention include some fine internal architectural detail such as the panelling in the dining room, some parts possibly dating back to the 1600's, carved stone work of gothic design, some mullioned and transomed windows and some carved doors rumoured to have come from Fonthill Abbey. Perhaps of less relevance, the owner of St Edwards Chantry also has the benefit of a ''beast leaze', the right to graze a heifer on St James' Common! While the majority of the accommodation lies on the ground floor some remodelling could be done, subject to the usual consents. Within the grounds is Stable Cottage, a converted coach house, providing two bedrooms. Approached off Bimport, and flanked by a green sandstone wall, the drive leads to an ample car parking area and a detached double garage and store. The gardens and grounds deserve a special mention providing a high degree of seclusion, unusual for a town centre property, and containing many unusual plants, and latterly to include plants to attract insect pollinators. There are some fine specimen trees. The gardens lie principally to the south where there are terraced lawns with shrub and herbaceous borders. Beyond the formal lawns a path leads through a Chinese style garden to a hard tennis court (in need of re-surfacing) bounded by trees and shrubs. In all the gardens and grounds extend to 1.86 acres. St Edwards Chantry lies at the end of Bimport in a stunning and secluded setting within a level walk of the town centre. Shaftesbury, a Saxon hilltop town which dates back to the times of Alfred the Great who founded the Abbey in the 9th century, has a good range of facilities. These include cafes, restaurants, niche retailers, a boutique hotel, banks, supermarket, a small hospital, library, health centre and an arts centre. More comprehensive facilities can be found in the Cathedral city of Salisbury to the east, the Georgian spa town of Bath to the north and Sherborne to the west. There are mainline railway stations at both Gillingham and Tisbury (London Waterloo) and the A303 lies some 8 miles to the north, giving access to the south west and London, via the M3.
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