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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Iwerne Minster, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11

Guide Price £2,850,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Grade II Listed village house
  • Sought after Iwerne Minster
  • Separate Cottage
  • 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
  • Indoor swimming pool with gym
  • Oak framed barn
  • Double garage with workshop
  • Two stables
  • Studio/party/games room

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Outstanding Grade II Listed village house occupying a delightful position with separate Cottage, gardens, woodland and paddocks of about 7 acres


Preston House is situated in a quiet location close to the edge of the conservation village of Iwerne Minster which is surrounded by attractive countryside. The village lies between Blandford Forum to the south and the hilltop town of Shaftesbury to the north. Iwerne Minster has amenities including village shop, public house, parish church and the independent school Clayesmore. Other villages of note in the area include Fontmell Magna, Durweston and Child Okeford which have between them a variety of everyday facilities. The towns of Shaftesbury, Blandford Forum and Wimborne Minster all provide a good variety of shopping, educational, recreational and cultural facilities. Communications in the area include the A303 to the north of Shaftesbury and the A31 to the south at Bere Regis, both of which provide a route to London and Home Counties. Mainline railway services are available from Tisbury to London Waterloo. Sporting facilities in the area include golf at Sherborne, Blandford, Rushmore and Remedy Oak, racing at Wincanton, Exeter and Bath and water sports can be enjoyed along the Dorset coastline to the south at Poole Harbour and Weymouth Bay. The area if well served by good independent schools at Sherborne, Clayesmore, Bryanston, Port Regis, Hanford and Knighton House.


Preston House is Grade II Listed, has stone elevations under a tiled roof with Tuscan columns either side of the front door and is believed to date from the 17th Century and altered in the late 19th Century. . Constructed around 1620 by the Bower Family who resided there for the next 250 years and their family crest, a Talbot Hound survives in the name of the village pub, The Talbot Hotel. The accommodation is light, spacious and well presented and includes two reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, bar/study, five bedrooms and four bath/shower rooms, most of which are en suite. There is also a useful attached one bedroom Cottage, indoor swimming pool and gym with changing and shower room and a superb oak framed barn combining stabling, garaging and a splendid party room. There is oil fired central heating and features include panelled walls in the entrance hall and staircase hall, fireplaces in the drawing room and dining room, many rooms with exposed oak floorboards, kitchen/breakfast room with beamed and vaulted ceiling and Limestone flooring, many windows with shutters and stylish bathroom suites. The gardens and grounds are a splendid feature of this fine house and include lawns, many young and mature trees, well stocked beds and borders, an attractive area of woodland, small stream and paddock.

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Electric gates provide access to gravelled drive leading to extensive gravelled parking/turning area. Oak framed barn with tiled roof comprising two bay open fronted garage, double garage with workshop, two stables and a splendid studio/party/games room with cloakroom. The heated indoor swimming pool with Porcelain timber effect flooring and dehumidifier, plant room, shower room, gym room and Granary. The formal gardens comprise extensive lawns, terrace, well stocked flower/shrub beds and borders, yew hedging, variety of wild flowers, young and mature trees including Flowering cherry, ash, oak and horsechestnut. There is also a delightful area of woodland interspersed with paths which includes wild flowers and trees including oak, Indian bean and Japanese Ginko a small stream with bridge providing access to a paddock which is currently laid to pasture.

Fixtures and Fittings
Only those mentioned in the sales particulars are included in the sale. All others such as curtains, light fittings, garden ornaments etc are specifically excluded but may be available by separate negotiation.

Purchaser's Note
There will be an uplift clause on the paddock for a period of 10
years from any purchase.

Square Footage: 6,365 sq ft
Acreage: 7 Acres


On entering the village of Iwerne Minster on the A350 from the south (Blandford direction), you will find a layby on your left hand side and just before this layby is a private lane. Proceed down this lane, following the road round to your right where there are electric gates providing access to Preston House.

Post Code DT11 8QS.

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25 May 2017

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