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7 bedroom detached house for sale

Durweston, Nr Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11

Guide Price £1,575,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Handsome country house
  • Popular Durweston
  • Countryside views
  • 7 bedrooms, 2 bedroom annexe
  • Stable Cottage
  • Studio/office
  • Walled garden, outbuildings
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Fascinating maze

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Elegant Grade II listed Regency style house with landscaped gardens and grounds on the village edge


Portman Lodge is located on the south eastern side of the village of Durweston overlooking the water meadows of the River Stour. The village lies within a conservation area and much of it falls within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The entire village was owned by the Portman family until it passed to the Crown Estate sometime after World War II. Durweston lies two miles north west of Blandford Forum which has a good variety of shopping, educational and recreational facilities including a Marks and Spencer Food Hall and is well known for its Georgian architecture. Other villages of note nearby include Shillingstone, Okeford Fitzpaine, Stourpaine and Iwerne Minster. The towns of Shaftesbury and Sherborne provide a further variety of shopping, educational and cultural facilities. The area is renowned for its schools with Bryanston, Knighton House, Clayesmore and Hanford close by. Other schools in the area include Port Regis, Sandroyd, Canford, Sherborne Schools for Boys, Sherborne School for Girls and Leweston. There are mainline railway stations available at Gillingham and Salisbury and to the south at Poole and Bournemouth, all with a regular service to London Waterloo. The A303 is available to the north at Wincanton, giving good access to the West Country and London via the M3. Nearby airports including Bournemouth, Southampton, Bristol and Heathrow. Sporting facilities in the area include golf at Blandford, Sherborne, Rushmore and Broadstone, horse racing at Wincanton, Exeter and Bath and water sports can be enjoyed along the coastline to the south at Poole Harbour and Weymouth Bay.


Portman Lodge has handsome colour washed elevations under a slate roof and was built in the 1830's by Lord Portman and the present owners are only the second family to have lived in the property since it was built. There is attractive light and spacious accommodation comprising three reception rooms with good ceiling height, kitchen/breakfast room with Aga, five first floor bedrooms with two shower rooms and one bathroom, two second floor attic bedrooms as well as an adjoining two bedroom annexe. Features include many sash windows and attractive views overlooking the surrounding countryside. To the rear of the property is a walled garden and an adjoining group of former estate buildings, comprising Stable Cottage which is a two bedroom cottage and a useful studio/office. Other outbuildings within the grounds include a garden office, workshop, tool shed, pool pump room and there is also an outdoor heated swimming pool. The grounds, which are divided into formal gardens, paddock and orchard, also include a fascinating maze with central tower/folly designed by the vendor.

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The gardens and grounds of Portman Lodge are a particular feature of this fine property and the current owner is responsible for much of the design and layout. Tree lined gravelled driveway leading to parking areas. The main lawn is located to the front of the house and to the rear is a further garden area predominantly walled with lawn, hedging and well stocked flower/shrub beds. There is also a pool garden with lawns and outdoor swimming pool leading to the maze garden with yew maze and fascinating central tower with mirrored chamber morphing lights and retractable roof and spiral staircase leading to a battlement walk. The grounds are interspersed with many young and mature trees including cedars. Orchard area and paddocks laid to pasture.

Purchaser's Note
There is a public footpath across paddock from village playing field to Durweston Lodge (Gate Lodge).

Square Footage: 4,510 sq ft
Acreage: 6.79 Acres


From Blandford proceed along the Blandford Bypass in a north westerly direction. At the traffic lights turn left over the bridge and after a short distance the drive to Portman Lodge will be found on the left hand side.

Post Code DT11 0QA.

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Added on Rightmove:
23 September 2017

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