Originally part of the Shaftesbury Estate and dating back to the late 17th Century, the property was originally a 2 up and 2 down cottage which was substantially extended in the 1960s, and has been occupied by the present owners since 1992.
This country home will appeal to purchasers with equestrian interests, as there is a bridle way leading into excellent riding grounds at the back of Clump Hill onto Verwood. There are several outbuildings including a 3-bay Heritage car port, integral single garage, a large ‘U’ shaped stable block (with 8 stables and 2 tack rooms and turn-out area), and 2 large steel framed agricultural barns.
Slough Lane extends for three quarters of a mile from the main Horton Road to Three Legged Cross road (it is a unique environment), with access to the market towns of Ringwood (about 4 miles away) and Wimborne Minster, M27 to London, and the major East Dorset towns of Poole and Bournemouth are less than 30 minutes’ drive, both of which have mainline railway stations to London Waterloo.
Traditionally constructed, the cottage has both solid and cavity walls, smooth colour washed cement render, all under a concrete tiled roof, with 2 main gables, 2 small, pitched dormers, and a tall brick chimney. It is connected to mains electric and water, with a private drainage system, and there is no gas supply. The heating is supplied by oil.
The house has many outstanding features, and generous accommodation arranged over 2 floors, which extends to about 3083 square feet.
A gabled, oak framed entrance porch with oak door and double glazed windows lead through to the main reception hall where there are fired earth tiles, and understairs storage space.
The sitting room has a brick open fireplace (with raised hearth, inset wood burning stove and bressummer beam), and wall light points. There is a separate dining room overlooking the front courtyard, with a wood block floor, beamed ceilings, and storage cupboard.
An impressive living room has a central brick fireplace (with quarry tiled hearth and sill), exposed beams and timbers, excellent range of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, cupboards and display cabinets, 3 casement doors lead to outside, and 2 angular side windows overlook the stables and gardens.
From the reception hall, there is a latched door which leads into an inner hallway, off of which is a ground floor shower room (with enclosed fully tiled shower, pedestal wash hand basin, low level WC, and half tiled walls, stable door to outside), ground floor bedroom 5 is a good sized double room which overlooks the rear garden, and door to study overlooking the rear garden, which is a good sized room and could easily be used as an annexe/studio or sitting room.
The superb kitchen/breakfast room has a central arch feature. The kitchen area comprises an excellent range of solid oak working surfaces, comprehensive range of units, glass fronted display cabinets and bookshelves, Smeg Range cooker (with ceramic top, ovens and grills beneath), extractor unit, wine cooler, dishwasher, fired earth floor, and an archway leads through to a breakfast area which has matching oak working surfaces, additional units, fitted Samsung American fridge/freezer and drinks dispenser, downlighters, fired earth tiles, and stable door to outside. There is a laundry/boot room with work top, sink unit, and space for washing machine and tumble dryer.
A dog leg staircase leads to the first floor landing which is long and ‘L’ shaped with access to loft, cloakroom (with WC), and corner pine blanket/airing cupboard.
Bedroom 1 has superb views over the courtyard and gardens, with a built-in double wardrobe, and a fully tiled en-suite bath/shower room comprising corner bath (with mixer and handspray shower), vanity inset wash hand basin, WC, corner shower cubicle, and airing cupboard.
The double aspect second bedroom is a good sized double room, with an excellent range of wardrobe cupboards and outstanding views over the gardens.
Bedroom 3 overlooks the front garden, and bedroom 4 (which is presently used as a study) are both good sized double rooms.
The family bath/shower room comprises an enclosed double ended bath, vanity unit (with inset wash hand basin), corner shower cubicle, panelled and tiled walls, and access to eaves storage space.
The property is approached by a sweeping, gravelled driveway which leads down into an impressive courtyard, with stone stacked planted features, and 5 concrete parking spaces. There is an integral single garage with timber doors, light and power.
The rear garden offers complete privacy being enclosed by an impressive mixed treeline of oaks underplanted with laurels for year round interest. There is a large lawn area, entertaining terrace and BBQ area ideal for Al fresco dining, and a low capped brick wall leads to a further area of lawn. A detached lined summerhouse with a sandstone terrace to the front, is of pine construction with a pitched asphalt roof, light and power.
From the courtyard, a 5-bar farm style gate leads to the stables which are large and ‘U’ shaped of brick construction under a gabled slate roof with clay ridged tiles. There are 8 stables and 2 tack rooms (with light and power), and a central grass turn-out area with a concrete apron. In addition, there are 2 large agricultural barns (Barn 1 54’4 x 29’8 and Barn 2 53’4 x 41’, and a 3-bay Heritage car port.
A high arbour, from the courtyard, leads to the main garden area which has a large expanse of lawn interspersed with a wide variety of evergreens, rhododendrons and oaks, and a grass bank planted with grasses leads to an area of woodland. A stream borders Remedy Oak golf course. A meandering walk laid largely to grass, and a small flower meadow leads to the west side of the boundary. This area opens into a large lawn area which has a garden chalet, large lake (with timber bridge leading to an island), and a grass walkway leads back to the house. Opposite the lake there is a small paddock which backs on towards the golf course. Walking back toward the house is a small orchard with 3 apples and 3 crab apple for seasonal interest underplanted with wild flower meadow, and behind the rear garden there is a kitchen garden, with a greenhouse, fruit cages, and 3 further fruit trees. This area opens to a large paddock which is enclosed by oak trees.
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.
DIRECTIONS: From Wimborne, proceed north on the B3078 towards Cranborne, for about 5 miles. At the Horton Inn, turn right and proceed through Horton village. After passing Drusilla's Inn (now closed) on the left, proceed through Wigbeth and, as you go over a bridge, turn left into Slough Lane.
COUNCIL TAX: Band G
EPC RATING: Band E