The Farm is a charming former farmhouse and dairy farm, most likely dating back some 200 years if not longer. It has been a well-loved home by the current owner for the past 29 years. The accommodation extends to a very generous 4,000 sq.ft. and virtually all the principal rooms face south with stunning views over the grounds and ha-ha to miles of countryside. The farmhouse is not listed so offers far easier opportunities for alterations and potential for an annexe/accommodation wing and conversion of the garage.
There are a host of character features including an inglenook fireplace, ornate fireplaces, reclaimed wooden floors and staircase, exposed beams and window seats.
The land is a very important and special feature of the property surrounding and protecting the house on all sides.
The owner has painstakingly improved the land for conservation and over the years some 2,000 trees have been planted and masses of snowdrops and daffodils. No pesticides or fertilisers have been used for some 25 years and wild flowers are returning.
The land has recently been included in the higher level Stewardship Scheme due to the diversity of natural habitats.
The property is set on the southern slopes of its own land and approached over a neighbouring farm lane and then
THE AGENT SAYS
I have been an estate agent for over 35 years and for the past 25 years running the Humberts Bridport office. I can truly say that the Farm is a remarkable and exceptional property. On my first visit, driving along the lane and seeing the farmhouse nestling by itself in the distance, there is an immense sense of excitement which does not disappoint. Opportunities like this could be a once in a lifetime opportunity . Martin Bowen-Ashwin MRICS MNAEA Director, Humberts, Bridport Office.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
There are a selection of outbuildings including a stone shed, brick shed/former dairy unit, greenhouse and summerhouse.
The formal gardens lie to the south-side and enjoy the wonderful open aspect and views. A small stream runs through a valley of willows, oaks, elders, hawthorn and field maple, flowing into the lake. Thick double hedges have been carefully laid to form a wildlife corridor.
The woodland areas feature primroses, violets, bluebells and wild daffodils and over 100 species of flowers and grasses have been identified in the fields. In the small field adjoining Farthings Break Coppice, designated an Ancient Woodland, orchids have multiplied year by year.
There are a number of level grazing fields to the south and rising behind the farmhouse to the north, where there are breath-taking views towards the coast with sea glimpses.
Public footpaths cross parts of the land to the south of the farmhouse.
The property occupies a very special country setting within arguably one of the most beautiful parts of Dorset. It enjoys a tranquil and secluded setting, set within its own extensive land and with no immediate neighbours, in the beautiful Marshwood Vale and on the edge of the hamlet of Bettiscombe. There are uninterrupted panoramic and long range views. It is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and just back from the world renowned Jurassic Coast.
It is, however, far from isolated. Nearby Bettiscombe has a village hall and church, whilst the villages of Broadwindsor and Marshwood are close both with shops.
The larger towns of Bridport, Beaminster, Crewkerne and Axminster are within about 15 20 minutes drive. All of these towns apart from Bridport have main line rail connections to London and the West Country.
There is a wide choice of excellent private and state schools within West Dorset, East Devon and South Somerset.