Savills | Newtown, Farnham, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8DQ | Property for sale
4,462 sq ft(414.53 sq m)
Guide price £3,000,000

NewtownFarnham, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8DQ

  • Under offer

Key features

  • An exceptional and peaceful rural position, surrounded by farmland.
  • The main house is complemented by two cottages, a barn and further outbuildings.
  • The gardens and grounds are idyllic and provide a wonderful setting for this charming house.
  • Very popular location on The Cranborne Chase with excellent local amenities.
  • For sale by private treaty.

A beautiful Grade II listed country house with exceptional gardens in a secluded setting on the Cranborne Chase.

About this property

  • Hookswood House is a truly delightful country house, formerly part of the Rushmore Estate and set in beautiful countryside at the end of a no-through lane in the heart of the Cranborne Chase. The earliest part of the house is
    understood to date from the late 16th Century with the principal wing dating from the late 18th Century.

    The front door opens under a porch into a reception hall with a flower room and cloakroom to the left hand side. A door from the flower room opens out to a pretty loggia overlooking the gardens to the east of the house. From the reception hall a door on the left opens into a charming, panelled sitting room with an open fireplace and an aspect over the gardens to the south and east. On the right hand side is an impressive 25 ft drawing room with an open fireplace, a French door opening to the terrace and the staircase leading up to the first floor. Beyond the drawing room a door links through to the dining room which is in the oldest part of the house and in turn links through to the kitchen/breakfast room. There are also double doors opening through to the adjoining conservatory and access down to the substantial cellars.

    The kitchen has an oil-fired 4-oven Aga and a good sized walk-in larder. Beyond is a study and a utility room with an adjoining WC.

    On the first floor landing there is a substantial study/library area. The principal bedroom is a beautifully proportioned, panelled room with a good-sized walk in wardrobe, there is an adjacent bathroom and bedroom four is currently used as a large dressing room. There are two further bedrooms each with en suite bathrooms.

    Hookswood Cottage is located immediately adjacent to the main house and is a superb secondary property with a sitting room, kitchen, utility room and cloakroom on the ground floor and three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor. It has its own area for parking and a pretty terraced garden to the rear.

    Pool Cottage and Outbuildings
    The swimming pool and surrounding terrace at Hookswood are extremely pretty and have an adjacent pool cottage, formed from a converted outbuilding. The cottage has an open plan living room with a kitchen, a bathroom and a pool store room on the ground floor and two bedrooms on the first floor. There is a large adjoining greenhouse.

    Behind the greenhouse is a substantial barn which provides excellent storage for machinery and garden equipment. There is a further machinery store adjacent to the kitchen garden and a wood store by the driveway.

    Gardens and Grounds
    Hookswood House sits in exceptionally pretty gardens which provide a wonderful setting for the house and offer a number of different vistas and areas of interest with many mature trees.

    The property is situated at the end of a no-through lane, with a five-bar gate opening into the main driveway which in turn opens out into a turning area to the front of the house.

    The formal gardens are predominantly found to the south and east and include two wonderful avenues with double herbaceous borders to the east, a rose garden surrounding a reflection pond to the south and a substantial raised garden to the south-west including areas of Spring bulbs, wild flower and specimen trees. There is a substantial stone terrace adjacent to the house providing delightful dining space. To the north-east there is a kitchen and cutting garden and adjacent to here is the extremely pretty pool terrace with a pergola.

    View payable Stamp Duty for this property

There is an unbelievable romance to the gardens and setting of this wonderful property and I cannot think of a more idyllic location to call home.

James McKillopProperty agent

Local information

  • Situation and Amenities
  • Hookswood House sits in the heart of the Cranborne Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the borders of Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire and famed for its rolling chalk downland, ancient woodland and chalk river valleys. Hookswood is surrounded by land belonging to the Rushmore Estate, historically owned by the Pitt-Rivers family and extending to over 5,000 acres. There are many opportunities for walking with a network of footpaths and bridleways accessible directly from the property.
  • The village of Farnham is close by and has a popular pub, The Museum Inn and a church. Tollard Royal is less than two miles away and also has a popular pub, The King John as well as being home to the preparatory school, Sandroyd which is based at Rushmore House.
  • There is a superb farm shop at Chettle with further shopping facilities at Shaftesbury, Blandford Forum and Wimborne as well as the Cathedral City of Salisbury.
  • Well-regarded preparatory and public schools in the area include Sandroyd, Port Regis, Salisbury Cathedral School, Godolphin, Bryanston, Canford and the Sherborne Schools amongst others.
  • Cranborne chase is famed for country pursuits including shooting and fishing, there is golf at Rushmore Golf Club and numerous opportunities for watersports on the Dorset coast.

Additional information

  • Method of Sale - The freehold of Hookswood House is for sale by private treaty with vacant possession on completion.
  • Services - Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil fired central heating. Wessex Internet broadband with 100 mb download speed.
  • Local Authority - Dorset Council
  • Hookswood House Council Tax Band - G
  • Hookswood Cottage Council Tax Band - C
  • Viewing - Strictly by appointment with sole agents Savills.
  • Directions: From Salisbury take the A354 (Coombe Road) following signs for Blandford Forum. After about 11.5 miles, follow the road over the Handley Cross Roundabout following signs for Blandford and then after about two miles take the right hand turning onto Millers Lane following signs for Farnham and Tollard Royal. After about half a mile bear left at the fork and after a further mile turn left onto Hookswood Lane. Hookswood House will be found at the end of the lane after a short distance. All distances and travel times are approximate.
  • EPC Exempt
  • Tenure = Freehold