4 Ivy Porch Cottages is opposite the green in this idyllic village, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB,) with a parish church, The Cricketers pub/restaurant, a popular village hall, and a cricket ground with immediate access to stunning walks over Hambledon Hill. A bus service between Shaftesbury (about 8 miles) and Blandford (about 6 miles) runs through the village.
This light and airy home, which has been refurbished in recent years, retains a number of period features and has electric central heating and UPVC double glazing. It is connected to mains water, electricity and drainage. The charming sitting room has an inglenook fireplace, a central beam and alcoves with shelves and cupboards. The kitchen/dining room has Shaker style units, marble worktops, John Lewis electric ceramic hob and electric oven, cooker hood, integrated fridge-freezer, Bosch washing machine and slimline dishwasher, and French doors to the rear garden. The spacious first floor landing/study area, which has loft space and a cupboard containing a Heatrae Sadia electric boiler, could be converted to form a third bedroom. Bedroom 1 has fitted and built-in cupboards, views of Hambledon Hill and an en suite shower room, and bedroom 2 has a fireplace and a deep wardrobe.
The front garden is arranged for ease of maintenance with a small patio and gravelled area with a crab apple tree and various shrubs. The rear garden, which affords a fair degree of privacy, has a lower terrace, further central and rear gravelled and paved seating areas, well stocked flower and shrub borders, and a central trellis with climbing shrubs. At the rear of the property there is a gated access to an area with a large insulated studio/home office. A right of way provides an independent access to the studio/home office from the Fairfield Road opposite the cricket ground at the foot of Hambledon Hill.
Directions: From Blandford, proceed along the A350 (lower road) towards Shaftesbury, passing through the village of Stourpaine. After about 3 miles, turn left into Shroton. Just after the village hall, and before reaching the Cricketers pub, the cottage can be found on the left hand side.
Council Tax Band: C
EPC Rating: F
Viewing: By prior arrangement through CHRISTOPHER BATTEN