Former Boarding School, Shaftesbury, Dorset For Sale – Could Make 75+ Room Hotel

Location: Shaftesbury, Dorset…Close to the Wiltshire Border, England, UK…40 minutes Drive to Stonehenge (North-West)

Name: Currently St Mary’s School

Guide Price: £7.5m +

No. of Keys: Yet to be Determined – 75 plus


The Opportunity: Dorset, rated as one of England’s most attractive counties, with it’s famous Jurassic Coastline, Poole, Sandbanks just one hour away.

The main school building was constructed in circa 1900 as a substantial residential dwelling built in a Jacobean architectural style. Over the last 100 years it has been adapted for use as a convent and more recently a school. An assembly hall was added in 1925 with further additions since then including the refectory and teaching and sports accommodation. One of the most noteworthy was the addition of the Chapel in the 1960’s.

As a boarding school, it housed some 225 boarders. The site is made up of several buildings, including an indoor pool, purpose-built gymnasium, Chapel and drama school. We have a full layout and scheme of sqm per building.

The site has a private water supply sourced from a Bore Hole within the School’s ownership but
located off site as well as a private drainage system. The School is currently heated by a biomass heater and solar panels which are located on the school grounds but not owned by the school and which may be removed. There are a number of oil fired boilers on site which could be recommissioned if necessary.

Main Photo: The school as is

Current Owner: The school is in administration…Planning consent as a hotel, is NOT in place at this time, but we think it will be granted unless another school was to step in. 160,000 sqf of internal space, in 55 acres of grounds…the building are NOT listed (a good thing!),

Financials: Full layout scheme available upon signing LOI/NDA

Agent: Savills…..Offers required by 22nd October 2020.

Guide Price: Between £7.5m and £9m

Date Posted: September 2020

THPT Comment: A great building, with grounds to make the best “country-house” hotel in this fab County.

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