Built as a small cottage in the Victorian era, Stoats Hill was formerly used as staff accommodation by Canford School, and was substantially extended in the early 1980s. It now amounts to over 4100 square feet of living space arranged over 2 floors and would benefit from a programme of modernisation. There is tremendous potential, particularly on the ground floor, to re-model the existing accommodation.
Traditionally constructed, the house has rendered elevations, a large, concrete tiled roof, 5 hipped dormers and a brick chimney. It is connected to mains electricity, water and gas, and has a private drainage system.
Stoats Hill is set back from Magna Road, opposite the playing fields of Canford School, and accessed via a long tarmac driveway which is also a bridleway and leads into a large tarmac courtyard with parking for 15-20 vehicles. There is a large detached barn which could be used as a workshop or garage or, subject to planning consent, be converted into ancillary accommodation as an annexe, studio or holiday lets. A large, elevated paddock to the front overlooks the school playing fields, and the gardens include a heated swimming pool.
The property is situated about 1.5 miles from the market town of Wimborne Minster which offers excellent shopping facilities including a Waitrose store. The nearby village of Broadstone, about 2 miles away, has an 18-hole championship golf course and a good range of shops including an M & S Food Hall.
The major coastal resorts of Poole and Bournemouth, both of which have mainline rail links to London Waterloo, are within about 20 minutes' drive while the famous Canford School is within walking distance. The Preparatory Schools of Dumpton, near Wimborne, and Castle Court, near Corfe Mullen, are both within 10 minutes' drive, as are the boys' and girls' Grammar Schools.
Stoats Hill offers 4 large double bedrooms, 2 en suite dressing rooms and bathrooms, plus a family bathroom. The ground floor has 5 reception areas, a large kitchen/breakfast room and a utility room.
A wide covered entrance porch with 3 arches leads to a reception hall with a feature curved wall and a cloakroom. The drawing room has a floor-to-ceiling stone wall and an oval raised fireplace accessible from both the drawing room and the dining room. Double doors lead to a sun terrace, and there is an archway to a separate sitting room. The impressive dining room leads to a superb family room with a timbered ceiling and a large corner bar. The spacious, dual aspect kitchen/breakfast room features a comprehensive range of units and built-in appliances. There is a separate snug/study with a briquette open fireplace, overlooking the front courtyard.
The long first floor landing has a large picture window overlooking the front paddock and the playing fields of Canford School. The master bedroom has a comprehensive range of built-in furniture and 2 walk-in closets, as well as an en suite bath/shower room. An en suite dressing room is fitted with full height wardrobes and a dressing table.
Bedroom 2 has fitted furniture, a large dressing room with built-in wardrobes and dressing table, and an en suite bath/shower room. Bedroom 3 is a spacious double room overlooking the gardens and swimming pool terrace and fitted with a comprehensive range of furniture. Bedroom 4 also has fitted furniture and a rear aspect. There is a fully tiled family bathroom.
The long tarmac drive/bridleway leads to a space courtyard with space for 15-20 vehicles and a large detached barn. The front garden has a feature roundabout with a central fir tree, and a lawn interspersed with shrubs and a rockery. A post-and-rail fence to the front leads down to the main paddock which has a view of Canford School's playing field and is enclosed by established hedges and a tree line.
The large, south facing rear garden offers complete privacy, being shielded by an established tree line including oak, pine and fir trees. There is a large, triangular lawn with a brick-lined well, a rockery, a large beech tree, established borders and a full width paved terrace. The outside entertaining space includes a terrace enclosed by capped brick walling and terracotta tiles, housing a mosaic tiled concrete swimming pool measuring 35' x 15' (10.67m x 4.57m.) There are adjacent changing rooms.
A picket fence and gate lead to a large upper rear garden which is mainly laid to lawn, with an established mixed tree line.
DIRECTIONS: Proceed into Canford Magna village, passing Canford School on the left, and continue to the T-junction. Turn left into Magna Road. Proceed past the school playing field gates on the left and, on the right hand side, there is a narrow, concealed driveway marked 'Stoats Hill.'
COUNCIL TAX: Band H
EPC RATING: Band E