A handsome Grade II listed country house with exceptional gardens and grounds
occupying a private elevated position within the rolling Blackmore Vale Countryside, with planning approval to develop the property further if required.
The home boasts a superb private setting with a gorgeous fully refurbished detached cottage, long barn and traditional outbuildings/garaging all formed around a beautiful central courtyard. The land extends to almost 13 acres of landscaped gardens, orchard, fenced paddocks and lakes.
The main farmhouse boasts an elegant, timeless double fronted façade that exudes a certain poise and presence befitting of the early Victorian date of construction. From the moment you enter the property and into the expansive entrance, the quality and charm is immediately apparent. Throughout, the accommodation is flooded with natural light from the gorgeous sash windows and exceptional care has been taken to maintain the intrinsic character and heritage features including moulded cornicing, original sandstone fireplaces (some dating back to the 1840s) and original blue lias stone floors.
The home perfectly balances modern convenience and versatility within a traditional period farmhouse. To the ground floor, a central entrance hall links to a double aspect drawing room to one side and a dining room to the other. Both of these lovely rooms enjoy elevated views across the front aspect and countryside beyond. At the end of the hallway is the superb ‘heart of the home’ kitchen/breakfast room, fitted with a stylish range of country style units and built-in appliances
including a Rayburn cooker, gas hobs and an additional electric oven. Doors from here lead to a small inner hall providing convenient access to a pantry, utility, wet room and boot room with external access. To the other side of the kitchen is a magnificent garden room with feature lantern roof and two sets of double doors opening onto the rear terrace. The garden room also links to a double aspect family room with log burner offering options for a number of different uses. To the first floor, there are four bedrooms, including an impressive principal bedroom suite with fitted wardrobes and an en-suite bathroom and dressing area. The second bedroom also has an en-suite shower room. The remaining two bedrooms are serviced by a modern family bathroom. Each of the bedrooms enjoys stunning elevated views across the gardens, grounds and undulating Blackmore Vale countryside beyond. Completing the accommodation is a wonderful dry cellar, accessed from the entrance hall, with suitable conditions for wine storage. The home also benefits from superfast fibre broadband. This glorious home has undergone considerable renovation in recent decades and is presented tastefully
and impeccably throughout.
The magnificent barn has been skilfully converted by the current owners and now offers a fantastic space set across two floors. The barn offers options for a variety of recreational or business uses with whitewashed walls, stage and a drinks bar set to the far end. The barn also enjoys views across the grounds. There is extant planning approval to convert this barn into additional accommodation for ancillary accommodation and holiday lets. See Dorset County Council Planning Ref No: 2/2008/0298 (08).
The stunning detached farm cottage is adjacent to the home. Much thought and attention was paid when creating characterful spacious accommodation. Features to note include a log burner, flag stone flooring and exposed beams. To the ground floor there is a large, open plan sitting room/ dining room and a separate country style kitchen, whilst the first floor features a light and airy vaulted bedroom with a modern, en-suite bathroom. The cottage was successfully used as a holiday cottage for many years before becoming private ancillary accommodation for the main farmhouse.
The outbuildings include a double garage, workshop, several store rooms and a large corner barn used as a store. The farmhouse, cottage and barns are constructed of traditional Shaftesbury green sandstone elevations under pitched slate roofs and arranged around a beautiful central courtyard offering uninterrupted views across to Melbury Beacon. In summary, Cann Farm presents a wonderful, lifestyle opportunity to purchase a gorgeous residential farm centred around a stunning listed farmhouse, a picturesque cottage and barns set in 12.98 acres of pasture land and situated on the outskirts of the highly sought after Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury.
Gardens and Grounds
Over the years considerable thought and consideration has gone into the arrangement and presentation of the formal gardens. ‘Garden rooms’ have been created with abundant colourful floral beds and borders. There is a productive kitchen garden with raised beds and fruit cages as well as a well-stocked orchard. The hedged borders are lined with numerous spring bulbs and wild flowers ensuring there is colour and texture all year around. The grounds are interspersed by mature trees.
There is a choice of seating areas extending from the formal terrace adjoining the home, to more intimate, quiet seating areas that are ideal for reading or capturing evening sunshine. The main terrace enjoys far-reaching views to the south west across the garden and rural vista beyond, an ideal area to entertain and dine al fresco. Sitting within a natural wetland and accessed over a small bridge walkway is the newly created Scandinavian BBQ cabin, a fun and cosy entertaining area. The gardens are linked by flowing pathways.
The land extends to approximately 12.98 acres of well-maintained, established pastureland arranged into several paddocks. The lower paddocks are also host to two private spring fed lakes, which have been allowed to rewild to encourage diversity.
The Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury provides a range of everyday services and shops including public houses, cafés, restaurants, independent and high street shops, a doctor’s surgery and a cottage hospital. The local schools are excellent and within easy reach; these include St Mary’s School, Clayesmore, Port Regis, Sandroyd, Millfield, Canford, Sherborne School for Girls, St Anthony’s Leweston and many highly regarded local state schools. The communication links in the area are very good with the A303 just a few miles to the north providing road access to London & the West and a mainline railway station at either Gillingham (5 miles) or Tisbury (9.3 miles) serving London Waterloo
(approximately two hours).
Agents note: There is a footpath that runs across the lower paddocks.
Local Authority: Dorset Council.
Council Tax: Band G
4 Bathrooms (3 En-suite)
4 Reception Rooms
Detached 1-Bed Cottage
2 Storey Barn