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A SUPERBLY POSITIONED MODERN FARMHOUSE WITH LAND, ITS OWN LAKE AND OUTBUILDINGS, SITUATED IN A SMALL HAMLET IN THE SECLUDED DOWNLANDS OF WEST DORSET. IN ALL APPROX. 55 ACRES. *Please note that we understand this property is subject to an Agricultural Tie* Built in 1974 in place of the original farmhouse, Lake Farm is a most appealing property built of stone elevations under a tiled roof and is ideally positioned to take full advantage of the extraordinary views across its own lake and further to the countryside beyond. The property has been traditionally designed with well laid out, bright and spacious accommodation presented to a high standard and arranged over two floors. The hall, central to the house, leads to the kitchen/dining room with the AGA creating a warm and welcoming space in which to gather, together with a bespoke hand made wooden painted kitchen with granite work surfaces and slate floor. The generously proportioned dining area, with beautiful wooden flooring which also extends through to the hall and sitting room, opens through to the conservatory revealing the most fantastic panoramic views across the gardens to the lake and countryside beyond. A generously sized triple aspect sitting room is located to the other side of the hall, with its huge fireplace housing a wood burning stove making for a very cosy evening retreat. The first floor boasts four very well proportioned double bedrooms and a good sized family bathroom, all with stunning views. The current owners have added a stone-built utility/boot and boiler room, together with a second ground floor WC, which is situated alongside the rear entrance into the kitchen, with independent access. This provides a much needed practical space to facilitate countryside living. Lake Farm has previously been run as a successful rare breed pig farm with a well regarded farm shop but is now used for grazing sheep. This offers any new owners the possibility to start a new life in the country, and indeed the opportunity to create an income from the land, with all the comforts of a modern farmhouse. Approached from the lane and opening into a large gravelled parking area leading to the house, the purpose built farm buildings are situated above to the east. The lake and gardens lie mainly to the south, with the remaining land falling to the south and east making the majority visible from the house itself. To the north side, a neighbouring track provides right of way vehicular access to the farm buildings, although pedestrian access can be obtained from the house and land. Lake Farm occupies a delightful setting in the small hamlet of Toller Whelme which can be approached either via a private road or a council maintained no through lane and hidden away in the secluded downlands of West Dorset. This charming hamlet comprises a church and seven dwellings and was mentioned in The Domesday Book when it was in the ownership of the Count of Mortain. It later passed to Forde Abbey, a Cistercian order and at one time comprised an estate of some fifteen hundred acres. Nestled in the beautifully unspoilt countryside surrounded by hills, woodland and rolling pasture, much of it designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is a short walk to nearby footpaths and a vast network of routes. Just over three miles is the attractive town of Beaminster with an excellent range of facilities including a butcher, baker, post office, chemist, hardware store, convenience stores, greengrocers, two doctors' surgeries, veterinary surgery, independent gift and tea shops, restaurants, public houses, hotel and leisure facilities. The Georgian town of Bridport and the coast at West Bay are approx. 20 minutes' drive and Crewkerne with a main line railway service to London Waterloo is approximately 9 miles, both with a further range of facilities and supermarkets, including Waitrose.
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