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Mosterton, Beaminster, Dorset, DT8

Offers in excess of £1,200,000

Under offer

8 Beds 7 Baths 7 Receptions

REF: DOR200020


A CHARMING PERIOD GRADE II LISTED FARMHOUSE, WITH DELIGHTFUL FORMAL GARDENS AND WOODLANDS SITUATED ON THE FRINGES OF THIS THRIVING WEST DORSET VILLAGE, TOGETHER WITH 2 HOLIDAY COTTAGES AND A RANGE OF OUTBUILDINGS WITH FURTHER POTENTIAL (STPC), ALL IN APPROX. 3.4 ACRES. THE PROPERTY The Farmhouse This 17th Century former farmhouse of Ham stone elevations under a slate roof with later additions is beautifully positioned in its plot, surrounded by the most delightful, well planted gardens and grounds, with far reaching views to the surrounding countryside beyond. Whetley Farm has undergone a fastidious program of works by the current owners, creating what is now a superb family home in this idyllic and very convenient location. Offering the perfect juxtaposition of old and new, the original house oozes character and charm with a range of period features having been retained, including exposed wooden beams, original flagstone flooring and stone mullion windows to name but a few; whilst in contrast the contemporary oak framed garden room together with veranda creates a seemless connection to the outside and offers a further all year round reception room in which to enjoy the view to the garden. The spacious farmhouse kitchen is very much the heart of the home, with Aga (red) and ample room for a dining/breakfast table for family and friends to gather around. The sitting room affords a great deal of light and space, with double aspect stone mullion windows framing the views to the pretty gardens. With a wood burning stove, this room offers the perfect evening retreat. The impressive staircase climbs to the first floor revealing the principal bedroom with en suite with walk in shower and bath, two further double bedrooms, one single bedroom and a family shower room. The real surprise however, is the fantastic loft conversion, a most cleverly designed and versatile space, boasting exposed beams, modern wood burning stove and far reaching views to the surrounding countryside. There is also a shower room at this level. Old Stable Courtyard The Stable courtyard is situated close to the main entrance a good distance from the farmhouse, offering a great deal of privacy. Made up of two well established holiday cottages Dairy Cottage and The Granary, which are not listed, and a range of further outbuildings. The holiday cottages (rated 4* by Visit England) derive a healthy additional income stream and each consists of two bedrooms, two bath/shower rooms, an open plan sitting/dining room and kitchen with a paved terrace and garden area to the front, and separate parking area. Part of the old stable buildings has been converted to house an indoor heated Endless Pool with shower, changing area and automatic dosing system, providing all year round temperature controlled aquatic fitness. There is storage for the holiday cottages supplies and linen, a generous wood store for seasoning timber and log cutting, and semi open and secure closed storage. This could equally offer further potential for conversion subject to the neccessary planning consents. GARDENS & GROUNDS A long gravelled daffodil lined driveway passing the two holiday cottages (Old Stable Courtyard) on the left, leads to the main parking area for Whetley Farm and garaging. Hornbeam hedging provides a good screen and separates the front gardens and remaining grounds of the main house from that of the cottages and parking area. The gardens and grounds at Whetley Farm, extending to approx. 3.411 acres in all, are a true delight and have been lovingly designed and planted for all year round interest which can be enjoyed from both inside as well as out. The farmhouse is well positioned in its plot, with the formal garden situated to the rear which can be accessed from the hall and garden room. The veranda and paved terrace, which are south facing towards the formal gardens, offer the perfect spot for alfresco dining and to entertain. Here, raised beds are home to a variety of stunning tropical plants and flowers offering a riot of scent and colour for all year round interest. This in turn overlooks a spring fed circular lily pond, surrounded by a manicured lawn, and bordered by rose hedging, leading to the acer glade, bog garden and woodland bank with white flowering trees and shrubs, making for a very peaceful setting indeed. To the left of the terrace, a gated archway leads into a very productive vegetable garden, which is partially walled and rabbit fenced. Arranged in raised beds for ease, together with a herb wheel, the beds are all pump fed from the well making for eco gardening at its best. To the front of the main farmhouse is a small orchard, to include plum, apple and walnut and a large walk in soft fruit cage. Here you will also find chickens and happy hens who live safely in the orchard and Eglu's. At the bottom of the drive further beyond the farmhouse, is a 5 bar gate that opens into a 2 acre deer fenced woodland planted with native trees, wild flower meadow and pretty riveret. This is an enchanting spot with seating areas in which to relax and enjoy the outstanding views to the surrounding countryside, and a utopia for wildlife and children alike. OUTBUILDINGS Situated to the Western side of the farmhouse, there are two further barns, one currently used as a utility room and general store, with the other having been converted (fully compliant with build regulations) into one larger and one smaller room, fully insulated and with roof lights. Although this garden office is currently used as a rather luxurious potting shed, this space could lend itself for use as a separate studio/home office or would make a perfect gym/games room. LOCATION The property lies on the fringes of the village of Mosterton, a popular village with good amenities including village stores, the Admiral Hood public house, primary school and active village hall. The small town of Beaminster is just 2.5 miles and has 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. Crewkerne, 4.3 miles, also has a good range of facilities and supermarkets, including a Waitrose, and has a mainline railway station to London. The Georgian town of Bridport and the coast at West Bay are within 20 minutes' drive. Located in Dorset's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to the Somerset and Devon borders, with the Jurassic coastline, now a World Heritage site, a short distance away with sailing and water sport facilities. Walking and riding on the extensive network of coastal and bridle paths. Racing at Taunton, Bath and Wincanton, theatres at Bath, Taunton, Salisbury and Bournemouth, golf at Bridport, Dorchester Came Down, Yeovil and Sherborne. Schools within catchment include the Parrett and Axe Church of England Primary School in Mosterton and Beaminster School a well-regarded secondary school. Colyton Grammar, a renowned state co-educational selective grammar school offers transport from Bridport. Private schools include preparatory schooling at Perrott Hill, Sherborne and Sunninghill in Dorchester. Public schools in the area include the Sherborne Schools, Bryanston, Canford, King's Taunton.