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8.2 acres, Pennhill Farm, Bedchester, Shaftesbury, SP7., Dorset
For Sale - Guide Price £2,500,000


  • 5 bedrooms
  • 2 reception rooms
  • 4 bathrooms
  • 8.20 acres
  • Outbuildings
  • Detached
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Restored
  • Rural

The original part of Pennhill Farmhouse was built in 1958 by the well-known local builder Perry & Son. Of block and local brick construction, planning permission was granted in 2018 to extend, refurbish and extensively remodel the property to create a generous-sized farmhouse offering just over 5,500sq ft of modern living space. It is positioned so that its reception rooms, the kitchen/breakfast room and principle bedrooms are all orientated on a south-east/south-west axis, affording the best views of the surrounding countryside including Hambledon Hill to the south west and Shaftesbury Abbey to the north.

The construction and refurbishment embraces the local vernacular with the house being faced in Greenstone (rubble and ashlar) sourced from Melbury Stone three miles away. Portland stone has been used for the window cills and heads, corbels and water tabling above the gables and kitchen. The stonework is complemented by a slate roof. Clay double roman tiles have been used for the annex and garages which will be clad in timber (cedar).

The owners were keen to embrace modern construction techniques and used insulated concrete formwork (ICF) for the construction of the extension and annexe. ICF provides high levels of thermal insulation, energy efficiency, structural integrity (strength) and acoustic insulation. The house has been completely rewired and a new central heating and plumbing system using copper pipes has been installed. The windows in the 'old' house have been replaced and are traditional timber sash windows to match those in the extension.

At the same time as the house, permission was given for the demolition of 13 loose boxes, garages and stores and for the erection of a separate annexe, providing further accommodation and a new garage block. A new driveway and entrance were created off the country lane, away from the house.

The stable block by Harlow Bros provides stabling for four horses together with tack room, wash bay, storeroom and feed store, together with a modern 3-bay agricultural barn, were constructed in 2018 under a separate planning application. Closer to the house the drive passes between a newly planted mixed orchard and the original 44m x 20m ménage bordered by grass banks (the ménage is not surfaced to allow for the desired finish to be added by the purchaser).

The annexe and garaging form a courtyard to the front of the house. The annex comprises a living room, kitchen and shower room with potentially two further bedrooms in the roof space. The garage block comprises an open car port, double garage and machinery store. Both buildings are faced in cedar wood and have a Roman clay tile roof. The garden extends out on two sides of the house with an area of pasture divided into two paddocks beyond and an outside boundary of mature hedging and oak trees. In all about 8.2 acres (3.3 hectares).

Owing to our commitment to keep both our colleagues and clients safe during this period of recommended isolation, we also have many self-serve viewing options available to you. Please contact the office to see which self-serve options this property has to offer. These may include video guided walkthroughs, 360 virtual reality viewings and enhanced comprehensive photography.

Pennhill Farmhouse is situated outside the hamlet of Bedchester and surrounded by the beautiful, rolling countryside with views of Hambledon Hill to the south and Shaftesbury to the north.

The nearby small village of Fontmell Magna (0.8 mile) is a thriving community with a pub, parish church, village shop & post office and village hall. For everyday needs, the market towns of Shaftesbury (4½ miles) and Sturminster Newton (4½ miles) are both close by and have a wide range of shops and local businesses including medical, dental and veterinarian surgeries.

More extensive shopping and recreational facilities are available in Salisbury, Bath and Southampton. For transport links, there is a direct rail service from Gillingham to Waterloo (2 hours) and from Castle Cary (20 miles) to Paddington (90 minutes). Bournemouth Airport is about a 50-minute drive away and Bristol, Exeter and Southampton give a wider range of domestic and international flights, all within a reasonable drive. The surro

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