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St. James Street, Shaftesbury, SP7

Guide price £1,550,000


6 Beds 4 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: SHA210051

A charming south facing Grade II listed Georgian house with adjoining cottage in delightful garden and grounds.


  • Main House comprising Drawing Room, Dining Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Four Bedrooms (Two Ensuite)
  • Cottage comprising Two Bedrooms, Bathroom, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Conservatory
  • Outbuildings including Workshop, Office, Car Port and
  • Stables
  • Gardens and Grounds in all about 1.54 acres
  • Exceptional views


Listed Grade II, The Chantry reputedly dates from the early 19th Century, has been enlarged over the years, and most recently with the addition of the Victorian cottage to the side. Constructed of stone with colour washed elevations under a clay tile and slate roof, The Chantry has architectural characteristics typical of the period, including sash windows some with shutters, well-proportioned elegant rooms with good ceiling heights, and open fireplaces in the dining room, hallway, drawing room and in the principle bedrooms. The house is only a short walk from the centre of Shaftesbury yet benefits from a very large south facing garden with far reaching panoramic views of Fontmell Down and Melbury Beacon. The cottage (which could easily be integrated into the main house), has been tastefully modernised, and has a separate entrance off St James Street. It has a delightful sitting room, conservatory (which can also be accessed from the main kitchen), with two double bedrooms at first floor level. The Chantry is approached off St James through white wrought iron gates onto a circular gravelled car parking and turning area, flanked by a car port. The property is accessed off the gravel drive through a covered way flanked by the office and the workshop to an inner yard with a stone arch (directly on St James) to the side entrance to The Chantry. The garden which, extends to approximately 1.54 acres, is a real delight. There is a paved terrace which runs along the whole of the rear faade flanked on one side by colourful flower and shrub borders. Steps lead down to a lawned area with a magnificent tulip tree (reputedly one of the oldest in the country). Beyond this, the pathway leads through a small copse with Yew, Laurel, and Copper Beech, to a further area of lawn with an orchard running down to the hedged boundary. There is a delightful gazebo from where there are spectacular views south towards Fontmell Down. The garden is well stocked with a variety of flowering shrubs and mature trees including copper beech, hawthorn, sycamore, holly, silver birch and maple. Historically, planning consent (now lapsed) was given to convert the timber loose boxes into a stone and slate roofed garaging. St James is an ancient settlement lying on the southern slopes of Shaftesbury with an Inn, primary school and Church. The ancient Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury rises above St James with its former Abbey founded by Alfred the Great in the 9th century; the centre includes national and niche retailers, cafes and restaurants, delicatessen, 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 the abbey town of Sherborne to the west. The town is surrounded by beautiful country, and there are mainline railway stations at both Gillingham and Tisbury (London Waterloo) with the A303 providing access to the south west and London via the M3.