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St James, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7

Guide price £775,000

5 Beds 2 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: SHA190206

A substantial south facing family house on the southern fringe of Shaftesbury with delightful views.


  • Sitting Room
  • Family Room
  • Kitchen/Breakfast Room
  • Conservatory
  • Utility Rooms
  • Five Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
  • Shower Room
  • Garden
  • Garage, Car Parking and Workshop


Built in the 1980s, Shaston House is a spacious south facing family home occupying an enviable position on the edge of the town overlooking the parish church. The present owners have carefully re-configured the accommodation, which is light, bright and with particularly fine southerly views from the first floor overlooking Melbury Hill and beyond. There is a good sized entrance hall, well proportioned sitting room with fine brick fire place and open fire, well appointed kitchen/breakfast room opening on to a conservatory and useful utility room. The landing is light and bright, with five bedrooms, the main bedroom being of a particularly good size with a bathroom and separate shower room. In the past the family room and utility room were designed for a self-contained ground floor bedroom suite and this could easily be re-instated. A five-bar gate leads to a stone chipped drive running to the rear of the property where there is a car parking space, garage and adjoining workshops. The garden lies mainly to the front (south) of the house and is enclosed by stone walls on three sides. Adjoining the house is a paved terrace beyond which is a shaped lawn edged with established shrubs and herbaceous borders. Further gravelled sitting area. To the side of the house there is a stone chipped area with raised vegetable beds. Shaston House is situated on the lower southern slopes of Shaftesbury, a Saxon hilltop town, overlooking St James Church and close to open country. The historic Saxon hilltop town rises above St James with its former abbey founded by Alfred the Great in the 9th century. The town has a good range of facilities including cafes, restaurants, niche retailers, a boutique hotel, banks, supermarket, a small hospital, library, health centre and a thriving 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.