Accessible off a long, private drive, the property is situated next to the Grade II Listed, 13th Century All Saints Church, on land formerly owned by the Shaftesbury Estate. The Old School is believed to have been built around 1900 and is of traditional sandstone construction, with a more recent extension, rendered elevations and a roof of small plain tiles (with 5 distinctive A-frame dormers and a brick chimney.) The house is connected to mains electricity and water and has oil fired heating.
This interesting and historic rural retreat is in an idyllic location in a small hamlet, set in the Cranborne Chase (An Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty), tucked away from main roads and traffic, offering seclusion and almost 180 degree views.
Chalbury Hill is situated between the villages of Hinton Martell and Chalbury, about 5 miles north of Wimborne Minster. There are local shops in the villages of Witchampton and Furzehill, while Wimborne offers an excellent range of amenities including a theatre/cinema and a Waitrose store. There is good road access to the coastal towns of Poole and Bournemouth, and the city of Salisbury (about half an hour drive) all of which have mainline rail links to London Waterloo. Schools are available in Gaunts Common, Witchampton and Wimborne, and the wider area is served by both state and independent schools including Dumpton and Canford.
An open-fronted arched entrance porch leads to a spacious reception hall.
The triple aspect sitting room has a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace with an inset wood burning stove, and direct views towards the coast and Isle of Wight.
There is a superb kitchen/dining/family room featuring a wide oak boarded floor, bifold doors to outside terrace, and superb views. The kitchen has solid oak work surfaces, a stainless steel sink, a comprehensive range of units (with cup handles), Rangemaster range cooker (with ceramic top and 2 ovens), and integrated larder fridge, drawer freezer, dishwasher and microwave. The dining area has an oak breakfast bar and space for a dining table and chairs. A door leads to an inner hallway (with an airing cupboard), off of which there is a bathroom with bath, wash basin, WC and half tiled walls.
A glazed door and a short flight of steps lead down to a large living room overlooking the driveway and front garden. There is also a utility room with worktop, space for white goods, and door to outside.
From the inner hallway, a short flight of steps lead up to an upper landing.
Bedroom 1 overlooks the driveway and has an archway to an en suite dressing room with built-in cupboards and hanging space, which in turn leads to a spacious en suite bathroom with twin-ended bath set in a panelled and tiled surround, vanity unit with wash basin and cupboards beneath, WC and ceramic tiled floor (with electric underfloor heating).
From the upper landing, a short flight of steps lead up to a further landing with cloakroom (with WC and wash basin.)
Bedroom 3 has a superb view, a pine boarded floor, a built-in wardrobe, and a door connecting to bedroom 4. From bedroom 4 there is access to a further landing at the top of the main staircase (from the reception hall), off of which is bedroom 2, which has pine wardrobes and an unusual en suite shower room with a central enclosed shower, vanity unit, wash basin and WC.
The property is accessed by both long tarmac driveway (flanked by a grass bank and mature trees including beech and horse chestnut) and a narrow adopted lane and a footpath to the church.
The gardens, which offer stunning country views, are arranged on multiple levels, with the main area facing south-west, and feature a detached double garage, ample parking, a raised brick terrace, lawns and a wealth of established trees and shrubs including willow, magnolia, wisteria, clematis and conifer, and a wealth of spring flowers. A stile leads to a public footpath giving access across Uppington Farm.
There is a spacious double garage with separate access, and potential to convert to a self-contained annexe, subject to the necessary planning consents.
DIRECTIONS: From Chalbury crossroads, proceed towards Chalbury Hill for about half a mile, and the property can be found on the left hand side. The church is well signposted.
This Promap image is not intended as a precise representation of the property’s boundaries or area of land. It should be treated as an approximate guide only. Interested parties should have their solicitor check the exact dimensions on the Title Plan.
EPC RATING: Band E