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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Bourton, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8

Guide Price £2,850,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Beautiful, historic country house
  • Exceptional landscaped grounds
  • 2 cottages and outbuildings
  • Garaging and former clubhouse
  • Kitchen gardens, lawns and terraces
  • Parkland currently used as golf course
  • Further cottage available in addition

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Bullpits is a handsome country house set in exceptional gardens and grounds extending to almost 18 acres with outbuildings and 2 self-contained cottages.


Bullpits sits in a rural location on the edge of the village of Bourton and is set high above the River Stour amidst delightful rolling countryside.

The renowned Stourhead Estate is nearby with its beautiful National Trust gardens in addition to hundreds of acres of Forestry Commission land with numerous bridleways and footpaths.

Bourton has a range of local amenities including a primary school, shop, public house, doctors surgery and church with the nearby towns of Gillingham and Mere offering more comprehensive shopping facilities.

Gillingham also has a direct rail service to London Waterloo (from 1 hour 58 minutes). The Cathedral City of Salisbury is 27.5 miles away.

The A303 is close by and gives good road access to the West Country and London (via the M3).

The area is known for a number of excellent prep and secondary schools including Port Regis, Sandroyd, Hazelgrove, the Sherborne schools, Bryanston, Millfield and St Mary’s Shaftesbury.


Bullpits is a superb Grade II listed country house, believed to date from the 1720s with 19th Century additions.

The front door opens into a covered porch which in turn opens into a well balanced hall giving access to the principal reception rooms. To the left is the comfortable sitting room with a Jet Master fireplace and double doors opening through to a conservatory. The dining room is to the right and is well suited for entertaining with hidden doors leading to the kitchen and butler’s pantry and double doors opening through to an elegantly proportioned drawing room with French doors to the terrace.

The front hall leads through to a welcoming rear hall in the oldest part of the house and with a woodburning stove and access through to the kitchen/breakfast room and stairs up to a study. The study in turn has a hidden door within a fitted shelf unit which opens through to a galleried library. The kitchen is a superb family space with hand-painted fitted cabinets, a Welsh dresser, 2-oven Aga and a range of appliances. The cellar provides excellent wine storage and a cinema/games room.

On the first floor a galleried landing gives access to the four principal bedrooms. The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom and dressing room, laid out in a circular plan and with delightful views over the gardens and grounds. The main guest room is at the far side of the house with an en suite bathroom and two further bedrooms share the family bathroom. On the second floor there are two further bedrooms and a shower room.

Cottages and Outbuildings

Behind the main house is an attractive range of period outbuildings, two self-contained cottages and additional garages.


Bullpits is approached via double security gates with the driveway leading to a parking area at the side of the house. A spur drive leads around to a second courtyard with an additional parking and turning area.

The formal gardens are principally to the South and West of the house and are predominantly laid to lawn with many beautiful specimen trees including a magnificent Cedar of Lebanon, Weeping Ash, Copper Beech and Mulberry. There are two attractive formal ponds framed by laurels and rhododendrons with a secluded pathway giving access to the lower lawns. To the South and West of the house a large terrace has steps down to the lawns and provides a wonderful spot to enjoy the views towards the River Stour and countryside beyond. In the lower gardens to the South West are two leats which were constructed as part of the rope making industry but now form an attractive water garden.

Parkland and Golf Course

To the East, West and North of the house the balance of the grounds form a superb parkland golf course. It is an 18-hole par 60 course with plenty of natural obstacles and beautiful scenery. If the course is not required, this land could easily be returned to pasture, providing an exceptional setting for the house. To the North East there is additional gated access from Pen Mill Hill Lane.

Lot 2 – Iron Cottage

Iron Cottage is located on the right hand side of the gateway to Bullpits. The property has two/three reception rooms, a kitchen, three/four bedrooms, two bathrooms (one en suite), large boot room, utility room, a delightful garden and parking. The cottage is available in addition to the rest of the property.

Square Footage: 5,750 sq ft
Acreage: 17.9 Acres


Directions (Postcode SP8 5AX)
From London and the M3 take the A303 towards the West Country, leaving at the second exit for Mere, which is signposted to Frome, Gillingham and Stourhead House. From the slip road turn right onto the B3092 and after passing under the A303 turn left, following signposts for Zeals. Continue to follow the road through Zeals and into the village of Bourton. In the middle of the village take the right hand turning onto Bridge Street and continue up the hill, passing the old rope factory. Bullpits will be found on the left hand side after a short distance.

**Please note** from 18th April for approximately 6 months
Due to temporary road works, to access the property buyers will need to proceed along the High Street, past the village pub, then left into Forge Lane and left again at the first opportunity to turn left, which is not named but is the top of Factory Hill. The property can be found 200 yards down on the right, and is the first driveway. Twine Cottage and Iron Cottage are at the driveway entrance.

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Added on Rightmove:
30 September 2016

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