Savills | Semley Road, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 9HE | Property for sale
452.44 sq m(4,870 sq ft)
Guide price £1,995,000(€2,309,560)

Semley RoadShaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 9HE


    Key features

    • A beautifully maintained 6 bedroom family house.
    • Uninterrupted far-reaching views over the Blackmore Vale.
    • Long private tree-lined driveway.
    • Extensive grounds including large field and woodland of 15.5 acres.
    • Detached Lodge cottage by separate negotiation.

    An exceptional Arts & Crafts style house in an elevated setting with breathtaking far-reaching views across the Blackmore Vale and beyond, with a separate lodge available by negotiation.

    About this property

    • Thanes House was constructed in 1930 and is built in the Arts & Crafts style with rendered elevations under a tiled roof. It sits in an outstanding, elevated setting enjoying incredible south-westerly views over the surrounding countryside. The house offers well-balanced accommodation with the principal rooms all enjoying the spectacular outlook.

      The reception rooms include a magnificent double drawing room and a sitting room opening from a central reception hall and a study off the kitchen. The kitchen/breakfast room is very well appointed and spacious with an adjoining sun terrace. There is a back hall, two cloakrooms and a strong room (currently used as a larder). The lower ground floor contains a wine cellar, large storage room and a laundry room.

      On the first floor there are six bedrooms, including a beautifully proportioned principal with an en suite shower room. There are five further bedrooms and two family bathrooms. Boarded attic storage runs the length of the house with access from a pull-down ladder. Thanes House is beautifully presented throughout and has been re-roofed in recent years. The house retains many original features including fireplaces and leaded windows.

      Gardens and Grounds
      Thanes House is approached via a long tree-lined drive which leads to a parking and turning area to the front of the house. There is a large detached double garage with a store room above and the drive continues around to access a substantial wood store.

      The gardens and grounds are delightful and extend to about 14.5 acres including about 4 acres of mature woodland. Adjacent to the house is a large south-west facing stone
      terrace, perfectly designed to make the most of the views. The gardens are laid out in terraces and include areas of lawn as well as a wide variety of beds, borders, trees and shrubs.

      Below the house is a formal garden with an ornamental fountain and other areas can be reached by a variety of gravel pathways. The pastureland extends to about 10 acres and has a water supply and a field shelter. The woodland runs along the western boundary and includes oak, ash and beech. Kingsettle Wood which extends to about 50 acres and is owned by the Woodland Trust borders the property to the North West side.

      LOT 2 (Vacant and available by separate negotiation)
      Thanes Lodge sits at the entrance to the property and is a well presented cottage with two reception rooms, a kitchen, conservatory and bathroom on the ground floor and three bedrooms on the first floor. It has its own kitchen garden, garage, garden store and parking area.

      View payable Stamp Duty for this property

    I have done this job for many years and can count the houses with better views on one hand. It is a lovely light house, with large rooms and great views, moments from the popular market town of Shaftesbury.

    James McKillopProperty agent

    Local information

    • Shaftesbury 1.5 miles, Gillingham 5.5 miles (trains to London Waterloo from 1hr 58m), Tisbury 7 miles (trains to London Waterloo from 1hr 48m), Sherborne 17 miles, Salisbury 22 miles (All mileages are approximate)
    • Thanes House sits high on the Dorset/Wiltshire border, in a truly exceptional position just outside the historic market town of Shaftesbury. Shaftesbury offers a good range of
    • local amenities and is famous for the historic street of Gold Hill and the Abbey ruins. Further amenities can be found in Sherborne, Gillingham, which has a Waitrose and the
    • Cathedral city of Salisbury. Tisbury is also nearby, offering a range of artisan shops.
    • Transport links are excellent with the A303, 5 miles to the North, giving access to the motorway network and either Gillingham or Tisbury providing a direct rail service to
    • London Waterloo. The airports at Bournemouth, Exeter and Southampton are all within easy travelling distance.
    • Dorset is renowned for its numerous well-regarded preparatory and public schools including Port Regis, Sandroyd, Hazlegrove, Hanford, Bryanston, the Sherborne schools and Clayesmore.

    Additional information

    • Directions: From Shaftesbury take the A350 Warminster road, after a short distance driving past the entrance to Wincombe Business Park and then across the county boundary into Wiltshire. Continue for a short distance along the A350 going past the turning to Donhead St Mary and then after a further 200 yards take the next turning left (just before the road starts to go down the hill). Go over a cattle grid and past the entrance lodge. Go over a second cattle grid then bear left along the entrance drive and Thanes House will be seen straight ahead. Post code: SP7 9HE
    • EPC Rating = E