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Nunswell is an elegant home situated in an enchanted lakeside location in the small, sought after hamlet of Higher Coombe.
Originally part of a large country estate called The Coombe Estate where the main house was later split away to become Coombe House Hotel in the early 1930's. After the war it was seconded by the USA AF to be used as a rest home. Soon after the war it was sold and is now known as St Mary's School.
Nunswell was built approximately 10 years after the main house and is built of local greenstone with brick quoins and is situated in the most enchanted setting beside its own lake with in beautiful grounds. The property is light and spacious with all rooms on the ground and first floor all accessed from the main hallway/ landing. The ground floor comprises kitchen, utility/ boot room, sitting room, drawing room, study, wet room, dining hall leading through to the large conservatory with many rooms featuring open fireplaces. The first floor offers 3 double bedrooms, one en-suite and a family bathroom. Bedroom four can also be accessed by a rear staircase from the utility room through a dressing room/ nursery. This could potential become a self-contained annexe. All first floor rooms offer fantastic views over the grounds.
Higher Coombe is a collection of a small number of properties to the East of Shaftesbury and within the Cranborne Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The nearby historic town of Shaftesbury offers a variety of national and independent retailers for your everyday needs including opticians, dentist, doctors and a cottage hospital. There are a selection of supermarkets nearby including Tesco, Asda and Waitrose. Communications are excellent with the A350 running from north to the south coast and the A303 a short distance. The nearby town of Gillingham has a mainline railway station with services from London Waterloo to the West Country and Salisbury which is also a 30 min (approx.) drive. The area offers a large choice of State and Independent primary and secondary schools.
The gardens and grounds of Nunswell really make this enchanted setting. There is a flagstone terrace adjoining the lawn that stretches to the lake. To the south side is an outdoor, heated swimming pool with sun terrace. and a timber shed housing the Calor gas boiler and pool equipment. A network of pathways have been mown into the grass and lead to sheltered and private seating areas from where you can enjoy the views and tranquility of the lake. The lake itself features a wooden jetty and a pontoon suitable for mooring a boat.
The grounds are home to some fabulous mature trees, a mixture of large mature shrubs including Rhododendrons and Magnolias and some wooded areas of mixed native trees.
A timber shed is located near to the lakeside ideal for storing boats, oars and garden implements. A pump house is located on the east side of the lake. This has not been used for some time. A large former stable of part block and timber clad construction with slate roof is to the southern boundary next to a paddock with a further barn within another paddock with access nearby to a lane.
Wiltshire Council Tax Band H
Mains water and electricity are connected to the property. Drainage is via a septic tank and heating and hot water are supplied by an oil fired boiler.
From the Royal Chase roundabout in Shaftesbury take the A30 towards Salisbury. After approximately 0.5 miles turn left towards Higher Coombe. At the sharp right hand bend bear left and the property will be found on your right.