Guide price £1,375,000
The Gardens was originally part of the Stalbridge Estate and was built by Lord Stalbridge for his Head Gardener in 1870 and backs onto the Port Regis School grounds. Over the last twenty years it has been sensitively extended and renovated; the current owners have carried out extensive work to the land and house, including recently enlarging the kitchen and creating a new boot room which has significantly improved the living space. The property now offers excellent family accommodation in a quiet and secluded position. The property is typical of its era with good ceiling heights and generously proportioned rooms, particularly the drawing room and the dining room, which has French doors opening onto a terrace. All the rooms have attractive views and the principal rooms are south facing. Attributes of particular note include a fine oriel window in the study and a spacious hall with a flagstone floor. The kitchen has an AGA along with an AEG steam oven and gas hob and opens into the dining room. Planning consents have been granted to enlarge the roof of the adjoining garage to provide two additional bedrooms and a bathroom and to extend the master bedroom with a dressing room and balcony. The property is approached from the village lane by a long drive, through a brick entrance opening into a large gravel parking area flanked by laurel and beech hedging with an adjoining double garage with up and over doors. The front garden is laid mainly to lawn and is bordered by a stream across which a bridge gives access to another large area of garden. The gravelled area extends around the side to a large rear walled garden and York stone terrace extending most of the width of the property. The garden, which is mainly laid to lawn, is divided by a stone path with pergola over, and includes a colourful variety of shrubs and fruit trees (including apple, pear, quince and two vines), an ornamental fountain and wildlife pond. The Gardens lies on the south western fringe of Motcombe, a thriving village with a shop/post office, pub, primary school, church and a village hall, as well as equestrian facilities. It lies to the north west of Shaftesbury, an ancient Saxon hilltop market town which has an excellent range of facilities, including a good variety of shops, a supermarket, churches, a boutique hotel, a health centre, a small hospital, a library and an arts centre. A more comprehensive range of facilities can be found at Salisbury, Bath and Sherborne. There is a mainline railway station at nearby Gillingham (London Waterloo and the West Country) while the A303 lies some six miles to the north, giving access to the South West and London, via the M3.
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