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French Mill Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7

Guide price £995,000

5 Beds 2 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: SHA130140


  • Living Room
  • Dining Room
  • Kitchen/Breakfast Room
  • Conservatory
  • Utility Room
  • Bedroom/Office with ensuite bathroom
  • Four/Five Bedrooms
  • Family Bathroom
  • Garden Room, Loggia, Pergola and Conservatory
  • Outstanding Gardens of about half an acre
  • Superb views over the Blackmore Vale
  • Fast Broadband


A light, airy and spacious home reputedly modelled on a tea-planters house. Within recent years the property has been subject to a major programme of extension and refurbishment; works have been wide ranging and include re-wiring, re-plumbing, overhaul of the roof, extension and creation of a new garden room and essentially a re-build of the existing property. Planning also exists (application no. 2/2016/0228/FUL) to extend the kitchen and create a new sunroom together with an additional bedroom and utility room at lower ground and ground floor level. The property has many attributes worthy of particular mention including a spectacular outlook, and versatile and adaptable accommodation; for example, the office/studio could easily revert to a large bedroom suite, or alternatively could be used as an impressive reception room. Particular emphasis has been placed on energy efficiency with heavily insulated cedar clad elevations over brick. Approached off French Mill Lane, the property is accessed through electric gates up a part tarmac and gravelled drive with sensor lighting, which culminates in a large car parking and turning area with concrete hard standing, and an electric charging point. There is planning permission for a triple garage, with storage above. Designed by Muriel Hoare in the 1930's and completed in 1974 and subsequently restored by the current owners, the gardens are a real delight, whilst being easy to maintain. Characterised by skilful landscaping and careful planting, there are a wide variety of spectacular trees and shrubs accessed through a variety of paths and intermingled with areas of terracing. Specimen trees include the handkerchief tree, a variety of ornamental acers, a Persian ironwood, paperbark maple and a cedar atlantica. Unusual shrubs abound and include rhododendron, azaleas, hostas and foxgloves with strategically placed areas with magnificent views over the surrounding countryside. Separate raised vegetable beds; timber shed with power and water. Woodridge is situated in an elevated position on the southern slopes of Shaftesbury within a Conservation Area and an officially designated Important Open Space/Woodland Area. 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.