Guide price £430,000
Formerly the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Elham Court today comprises eleven individual properties, including 9 conversions undertaken in the 1980s. The building at the front comprising 3 conversions is listed Grade II as a fine example of mid-victorian architecture, originally built to provide a National Board School for Gypsy children and which incorporated an earlier farmhouse. Colshaw Cottage is an unlisted end of terrace cottage, with attractive fish tail tiles on the front elevation and immediately behind the listed building, It forms 1 of 6 conversions from the two additional museum galleries designed and built by General Pitt-Rivers in the early 1880's. The accommodation is sensibly configured with a nicely proportioned sitting room with multi-burner stove, a well fitted kitchen/breakfast room together with three first floor bedrooms with an en-suite bathroom and shower room. In addition there is a useful 2nd floor attic space. Other attributes include oak strip flooring in the hall and kitchen/breakfast room, a pressurised water system and lovely views at the rear over the Cranborne Chase. OUTSIDE The property is approached off the Wimborne-Shaftesbury lane onto a shared gravel drive which leads to Colshaw Cottage with an attached garage with up and over door and light and power. There is hard standing for one car outside the garage. There is additional parking available for visitors. The garden lies to the rear and is principally to lawn with a stone terrace accessed from both the kitchen and sitting room. The lawned area is flanked on both sides by tall hedging with a variety of flowering shrubs including roses, fuschia, and honeysuckle. There are two apple trees. At the end of the garden there is a right of way for maintenance. Elham Court is situated on high ground between Farnham and Chettle in the heart of the Cranborne Chase, designated an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is surrounded by agricultural land, much of which is in the hands of the local Rushmore Estate. Five minutes walk takes you to The Museum Inn in Farnham and there is a much valued children's playground opposite. Across the valley at Chettle is the popular Castleman Hotel, a restaurant with rooms, and the Chettle Estate shop. Farnham has an active and thriving community with a succession of events throughout the year. There is a small attractive church with roots dating to the 12th century. The property lies within easy striking distance of Blandford, Wimborne and Shaftesbury all of which have an excellent range of facilities including shops, supermarkets, hotels, libraries, arts centre, doctors and dental surgeries and small hospitals. There are useful general stores and doctors surgeries closer at hand in Sixpenny Handley and Cranborne. For more sophisticated requirements there is the Cathedral city of Salisbury to the north east, Bournemouth to the south, and Bath to the north west. Communication links from Farnham are also good, there is a main line railway station in Salisbury with fast regular trains to London Waterloo and elsewhere. Useful National Express links are from Ringwood. You can also link via Horton to the A31 onto the M27 and M3 to drive to London and to Southampton and Bournemouth airports and the east. 1 mile to the north east the A354 gives access to the A345 and the A303 and the Midlands. To the west the A350 takes you to the A303 and the west country. The beautiful Dorset coast is also within easy striking distance.
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