6 bedroom detached house for saleLanchards Lane, Shillingstone, Blandford Forum, Dorset
Offers in Excess of
- Outstanding views
- Large open plan kitchen
- Cinema room
- Six bedrooms
- Gate house with planning permission
- Impressive leisure complex
- About. 35 acres
Lime Kiln House is a truly unique property that sits in a commanding position, making the most of the spell binding views over the Dorset countryside. It is an excellent example of a contemporary Arts & Crafts property. The current owners have transformed this home during their tenure with the result being a show stopping property, presented to the very highest standard. The attributes of this home are too long to list, but some examples are the solid oak doors and bespoke finishes throughout.
Lime Kiln House must be seen to be believed, to experience the breathtaking views along with the sense of space that this 10,000sq ft house offers.
The front door opens on to the grand entrance hall with a high vaulted ceiling, galleried landing and solid oak staircase creating an initial "wow" factor. Bifolding doors help to make the most of the views along with ensuring that this space is perfect for entertaining. The drawing room with an open fireplace is of particular note and as with almost every room in the house has the stunning views as it's central feature. A bespoke fitted, solid oak bookshelf covers the whole of one wall. The kitchen/breakfast room is central to this home with clear attention to detail in the form of soft close drawers and the result being a modern look for a classic kitchen. All of the worksurfaces have been constructed form local granite which blends in perfectly, creating a truly stylish finish.
Further cementing this as the perfect modern home, built for entertaining, is the addition of a high tech cinema with top of the range HD projector and sound system.
The attention to detail is clearly evident throughout the property and continues on the first floor where almost all the bedrooms are ensuite and the bathrooms have all been upgraded to an extremely high standard. The master bedroom personifies the style of the house and is one of hugely impressive proportions - with the vast vaulted ceiling and full length windows covering two sides. There are five further double bedrooms (4 ensuite) and one family bathroom. The bedroom and bathroom in the south wing offers the opportunity to create an annexe which can be approached up a separate staircase. This adds further flexibility to this enchanting home.
Whilst this mini estate offers almost everything one could want from a property of this size there are still opportunites that could help to enhance it even further.
The key feature of Lime Kiln House is the true flexibility that both the accommodation and outdoor space offers. Below are a number of options that, subject to the necessary consents, could provide additional features to this home, some of which could provide an income.
There is a derelict building at the entrance and a recent application has been submitted to create a separate dwelling here (2/2017/0437/FUL).
Within the grounds there is also a deep lake that could be stocked and could provide wonderful fishing opportunities. To enhance the lake further, a lake house (artist's impression shown left) could also be built making the most of the setting and offering a superb party venue.
There is also a good sized paddock and thus offers the opportunity to keep horses or other livestock. There are a large number of bridleways in the local area. The undulating landscape along with the different levels could also be used to create a mini golf course around the property.
The large flat and open spaces to the rear of the house could also be used for either a helipad or tennis court.
The opportunities are endless and along with the privacy and tranquillity leave little reason to leave.
Lime Kiln House is situated near the villages of Shillingstone and Child Okeford. Both have a good village store, a primary school, church and propular pub, The Ox Row Inn.
Both villages are set within the beautiful Blackmore Vale and North Dorset countryside. The village boasts a wellregarded pub, The Saxon Inn, a good shop, post office and a doctor's surgery. In addition there is a village hall with a busy social calendar further cementing the community of this village. The nearby historic hilltop town of Shaftesbury offers a wider variety of shops and facilities along with a monthly farmer's market. Further afield there is the market town of Sherborne and the cathedral city of Salisbury where there are a greater variety of entertainment and cultural opportunities.
Lime Kiln House is situated on the edge of the Blackmore Vale. This area of outstanding natural beauty provides numerous opportunities for walking, cycling and riding and from the house itself there are some of the best views around. A number of walks are directly accessible from the property.
Nearby Gillingham has a mainline railway station with direct trains to London Waterloo (1hr58mins). Communications by road are excellent with the M27 and the M3, M25 and London, or the West Country via the A303.
There are a wide range of highly regarded schools in the locality including; Sturminster Newton High School, Blandford School, Hanford School, Shaftesbury School, Shillingstone Primary School, Knighton House School, Clayesmore, Bryanston, Milton Abbey and Canford.
Lime Kiln House is approached up quarter of a mile of newly gravelled private drive which opens on to a large driveway. Being at the centre of the 35 acre plot there is true privacy and tranquillity here. The variety of the landscape and array of outbuildings provides numerous recreational opportunities too.
The current owners have built a triple garage with electric doors. Above this is a flexible space that could be used as a study or separate accommodation. There is also a well equipped indoor leisure complex featuring; a swimming pool, sauna, changing room, WC and plant room which features a Heatstar system. A striking mural covers all the walls and was painted by the renowned artist, Flick Baker.
The garden features established beds and pretty borders along with a number of outdoor seating areas to make the most of the breath-taking views. A beautiful wild flower meadow beyond the pool house softens this intriguing landscape throughout the spring and summer months.
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