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Former chapel and school in Fontmell Magna up for auction

By Blackmore Vale Magazine  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

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A chapel and school room in a Dorset village, that once led the way in trying to get parents to send their children to lessons rather than keeping them at home to work in the fields, is to come under the hammer.

The Chapel at Fontmell Magna, near Shaftesbury, is made up of two Grade II listed buildings which were used for worship and education in the 18th century.

In the 19th century the village introduced a bye-law demanding full attendance at school with fines for parents who did not comply.

The property, which has been transformed into a yoga retreat by its current owners, is to be sold at auction by the Shaftesbury office of Woolley & Wallis at Milford Hall Hotel, Salisbury on Thursday 2nd October at 2pm.

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Yoga teacher Suzanne Powell and her partner Robert bought the property at auction in 2008 and renovated it into a tranquil setting for relaxation.

Mr Powell said: “The Old Chapel has a wonderful spiritual feel which is perfect for the type of yoga we have been teaching. The village is a beautiful place and has a real community feel.”

At the moment the property consists of two large rooms with The Old Chapel restored with old pine wooden flooring, high ceilings and wrought iron chandeliers and used for yoga. The old schoolroom is now used as a living room.

Planning and Listed Building Consent have been given for rooms to be added at first floor level and for the property to be occupied on a live/work basis. A door to the back garden can also be created.

Ben Marshall, a partner with Woolley & Wallis in Shaftesbury said: “Purchasers may be interested in carrying on the yoga business or for an alternative live/work use.

“Outside ornamental cast iron gates give access through a stone wall with iron railings to a charming garden stocked with mature plants. The rear garden is extremely private and includes a very attractive seating area.

“Fontmell Magna is one of Dorset’s loveliest villages having predominantly period traditional property and excellent community facilities.”

For more information contact the Shaftesbury office of Woolley & Wallis on 01747 852242.

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