5 bedroom detached house for saleChurch Street, West Stour, Gillingham, Dorset
Guide Price £1,100,000
Ashley House is a beautiful, mainly Georgian house, full of character, with large Blue Lias flagstone floors, original shutters in some rooms and period working fireplaces. It has been tastefully re designed and improved by the current owners to create an immaculate village house that flows extremely well. The back of the house has been extensively rebuilt. In addition, Ashley House has been completely rewired and replumbed and a new high efficiency condensing boiler fitted.
A spacious and light entrance hall is the centre of the ground floor reception area. The cosy snug to the front of the property features bespoke bookshelves in addition to a large open fireplace. Deep sash windows allow plenty of light into this characterful room with oak floors. The elegant oak floored drawing room also enjoys a working fireplace with attractive bookshelves to its left. This room is dual aspect with two deep sash windows creating a light and sunny room in addition to French doors that lead out on to the south facing stone walled white garden. This paved area is surrounded by white flowering plants, helping to create a space of tranquillity.
The 28ft kitchen/dining room is the heart of the home with an electric AGA, CDA hotplate, Bosch electric oven, Belfast sink and latest Quooker water tap. Neptune fitted cupboards provide plenty of storage and a granite topped island adds further workspace to this well planned kitchen. On the north east aspect of the kitchen is a walk in larder.
French doors provide access out to the rear terrace and additional sash windows allow plenty of light to flood in throughout the day. On the first floor, the galleried landing with fitted bookshelves leads to the master bedroom with triple aspect windows, an ensuite bathroom and dressing room with fitted wardrobes. There are three further bedrooms (1 with ensuite bathroom), all with good storage space and deep windows, and a family shower room.
The Coach House currently offers ancillary accommodation to Ashley House. On the first floor there is an open plan living space with exposed beams, a shower room and utility room. On the ground floor there is large room currently used as an office.
Ashley House is situated in the pretty village of West Stour, which is a peaceful village with a highly regarded village pub, The Ship Inn. There is also a village hall, a shop at the local garage and an excellent farm shop nearby called the Udder Farm Shop, selling local produce alongside a deli and a coffee shop. The nearby towns of Gillingham (3.9 miles) and Wincanton (7.8 miles) both offer a wider range of shops and amenities. The Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury offers an excellent range of cafes, restaurants and independent retailers including; a delicatessen, a florist, a small hospital and an arts centre. The cathedral city of Salisbury is within easy reach and offers further cultural, shopping and entertainment facilities including several theatres, a cinema and a City Hall.
West Stour is on the edge of the Blackmore Vale with Dorset countryside all around, providing extensive opportunities for walking, cycling and horse riding. There are a number of racing opportunities at Wincanton, Salisbury and Bath. Both Poole and Bath are within an hours drive. A wide array of sailing and water sports are accessible at Poole harbour.
There are excellent communication links via the A303 providing access to the M3 and into London. Mainline railway stations are at Gillingham and Templecombe (Waterloo approx 2hrs) and Castle Cary (Paddington 1hr 40mins).
The area offers a number of prestigious schools both at private and state level; Kings Bruton, Gillingham School, Sturminster Newton High School, Hazelgrove, Bruton School for Girls, Port Regis, St Mary's Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Millfield, Downside, Clayesmore, Hanford, Bryanston and Milton Abbey.
Ashley House is set back from the village road and approached through a set of wrought iron gates or a wooden gate up a gravelled drive to a large parking area. In addition, there is a large garage with an integrated workshop area, along with a small carport with both log store and tool shed.
The gardens at Ashley House have been carefully designed to create a number of areas of interest with the result being a garden in which wildlife can thrive and colours are retained through all seasons. There are wild areas with established shrubs and spring bulbs, far stretching lawns, herbaceous borders and mature trees including; apple, walnut, Victoria plum and fig. To the rear of the garden is a summerhouse which is fully insulated and is connected with power and water. A fenced off gravelled area with raised beds provides a productive vegetable garden adjacent to a 16ft greenhouse. A newly planted copse of three Jacquemontii silver birch trees provide colour to the garden throughout the year. There are several sheltered areas for alfresco dining and relaxing. From the summer house there are beautiful views of Duncliffe woods and beyond.
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