An outstanding country house, immaculately restored in an idyllic setting in beautiful North Dorset.
Manston itself is a small hamlet but amenities including a shop, two pubs, a primary school and a doctor's surgery can be found in the nearby village of Child Okeford. The market town of Sturminster Newton also offers various local facilities.
In addition, Manston House is well located for access to Shafesbury, Blandford Forum and Sherborne and slightly further afield, the Cathedral City of Salisbury which offers a wealth of restaurants, shops and cultural activities. There are mainline stations at Gillingham and Salisbury with a direct rail service to London Waterloo and the A303 offers a fast road link to London and the South East.
The area is particularly well served by a number of well-regarded preparatory and public schools. These include Sandroyd, Port Regis, Hanford, Knighton House, St Mary's Shaftesbury, Bryanston, Clayesmore, Canford and the Sherborne Schools.
Sporting opportunities in the area include horseracing at Salisbury and Wincanton, golf at Rushmore and Sherborne, hunting with the Portman and Blackmore Vale and watersports along the Dorset coast.
Manston House is set in the heart of North Dorset within the triangle of Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum. It enjoys splendid views over unspoilt farmland with the River Stour forming part of the western boundary. Manston is a small hamlet situated between the neighboring village of Child Okeford and the market town Sturminster Newton.
Manston House is a distinguished Grade II listed country house with elegantly proportioned living accommodation arranged around a magnificent reception hall which is flooded with light from a galleried landing.
Recently the subject of a complete restoration project by the renowned country house builders R Moulding & Co, the house retains its late 17th century qualities including many period fireplaces, window shutters and cornicing but with the 21st-century conveniences and comforts and is therefore presented in immaculate condition.
The layout of the house is ideal for a family for in addition to the elegant drawing room and large dining room there is a library and family room along with a home office.
The principal bedrooms on the first floor are all supremely comfortable each having their own en-suite bathrooms and the master bedroom naturally having a separate dressing room. On the second floor there are three further family bedrooms (one of which is used as a music room) and two bathrooms.
This peaceful haven, free from any modern disturbances is nonetheless surprisingly accessible to a number of major West Country towns and cities as well as London by train and road.
As with the house, the grounds have also been transformed under the current owners careful guidance. New park railings have been installed which gives an immaculate appearance to the property. The gravel drive and paths lead to landscaped gardens with mature planting. There are a range of outbuildings suitable to house of this stature. The fine parish church (for which there is no chancel obligation) and a privately owned mausoleum are located within the grounds.
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Directions: From Blandford take the A350 towards Shaftesbury. About a mile after Stourpaine turn left to Child Okeford and go through the village signed for Manston. After about 2 miles you enter Manston and the entrance to Manston House will be seen on the left, on a right hand bend with the gate and Lodge clearly visible
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