School Lane, Blandford Forum, Dorset


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  • Bedrooms: 3
Harrow House is a stunning 3 double bedroom detached former school, tucked away at the head of a quiet lane in the heart of the picturesque village of Pimperne. Steeped in history and brimming with character, this impressive village home offers easy living and numerous outstanding features.

Built by Lord Portman in 1913 and later gifted to the Church of England, the building operated as a school until 2015 when a brand new school was built elsewhere in the village. The old school was refurbished to a very high standard of specification in 2016/17 and became Harrow House. Traditionally built, the property has facing brick elevations with and a slate ridged roof with finials. It is connected to all mains services and has gas heating.

Pimperne is a popular Dorset setting with a parish church, a Primary School, a children's nursery, a busy village hall and 2 pubs. It is about 2 miles from the market town of Blandford Forum, and enjoys easy access to Wimborne Minster, the city of Salisbury and the coastal resorts of Poole and Bournemouth.

The impressive entrance porch with a ceramic tiled floor and access to a fully panelled cloakroom with a brick and tile fireplace, a high level WC and a wash basin on a chrome pedestal.

The main sitting room has a high vaulted ceiling, tie bars, picture rails, dado panelling, 3 high windows (one of which being a sash windows,) exposed brick walls, oak block flooring, cylinder radiators and a floor-to-ceiling brick open fireplace with an electric stove on a slate hearth.

Partly pine double doors lead to a magnificent kitchen/dining/family area which is the hub of the house. It features exposed brick walling, a part vaulted ceiling, exposed timbers, a wide timber door and full height windows to an entertaining terrace.

The kitchen/family area has a lowered ceiling (with downlighters), oak block flooring and an open fireplace with an inset wood burning stove on a slate hearth. There are traditional kitchen units (with concealed uplighting) and an excellent range of polished granite work surfaces. The appliances include an integrated full height larder fridge, a drawer freezer, a microwave, a dishwasher and a fitted range cooker with a stainless steel splash plate and an extractor. There is a large island/breakfast bar with drawer beneath.

The separate utility room has worktops, base and wall cupboards, a wall mounted gas boiler, a pressurised hot water cylinder, and space for white goods and a wine chiller.

The study has double doors to the garden, exposed brick wall features, partly panelled walls and a natural slate floor.

Bedroom 3 has mainly panelled walls, some exposed brick features and downlighters. Its luxury en suite shower room has a large walk-in double shower, a WC and a wash hand basin on a timber pedestal.

From the sitting room, a dogleg staircase leads to a semi-galleried first floor landing.

The superb master bedroom has a high ceiling, a feature low window, an exposed brick band and a dado rail. Its luxury en suite bath/shower room has a free standing rolltop bath (with ball and claw feet and a Victorian style hand spray shower attachment), a fully tiled double shower, a WC and a wash basin on a timber pedestal.

Bedroom 2 has a panelled ceiling, feature low windows, fitted wardrobes and an en suite shower room with a double shower cubicle, a WC and a wash basin on a pedestal.

Outside, Harrow House is approached from School Lane via a large shingle courtyard providing excellent parking facilities. There is an open-fronted, Heritage style, detached double garage with a ridged slate roof. The front garden area has a planted shrub bed.

The main garden is enclosed by close boarded fencing and a low brick capped wall. It features a flat lawn, colourful, well stocked flower and shrub beds, established trees, a large paved entertaining terrace, an exterior power socket and a log store.


From Blandford, take the A354 towards Salisbury. Proceed into Pimperne, passing the Farquharson Arms on the right, and turn left (just before the Anvil Inn) into Anvil Road. Take the second turning on the right into School Lane, and Harrow House can be found at the top of the lane, on the right hand side.

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Christopher Batten

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