Broadwindsor, Beaminster, DT8

££1,650,000 Guide

3 Bedroom Farm House For Sale

An excellent and diverse 35.11 acre livestock/residential farm set close to Beaminster.
Handsome period farmhouse, two semi-detached barn conversions and a barn with
planning for conversion. Versatile modern farm buildings, pastureland, lake and coppice. For sale private treaty as a whole or in up to four lots.

Honeycombe Farm is nestled in the rolling Dorset countryside just half a mile from the picturesque village of Broadwindsor in the West Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to the popular towns of Beaminster and the coast at Bridport. Broadwindsor has an active community with a village shop, pub, church, village hall and craft centre. The historic town of Beaminster has a wide range of independent shops, restaurants and pubs, as well as a veterinary surgery and medical centre. Further amenities are available at the vibrant market town of Bridport including a twice weekly market, regular farmers markets and Waitrose. There are a range of cultural activities including a cinema, arts centre and newly refurbished leisure centre. The easily accessible Jurassic Coast offers excellent opportunities for walking, fishing and swimming. Crewkerne and the county town of Dorchester, each with a mainline rail service to London Waterloo, are within easy commuting distance.

The Property
Currently run as an organic livestock farm with beef and sheep, Honeycombe Farm offers prospective purchasers the rare opportunity to acquire a working farm in this sought after area of West Dorset. The farm has been in the current owners’ family for three generations and comes to the market for the first time in over fifty years. There is excellent residential accommodation with four dwellings, planning permission for a further barn conversion, a range of modern farm buildings and an excellent block of productive land. This versatile farm could offer multi-generational living and has a diversified income from the established rents of the existing barn conversions. Additionally there is considerable sporting/amenity appeal with mature hedgerows, watercourses, the wildlife/fishing lake and areas of coppice.

Lot One
Lot One – Spring House, Mead Barn, Cowleaze Cottage, The Milking Parlour, Farm Buildings and about 35.11 acres (14.20 ha).
At the heart of the farmstead is Spring House, a handsome period detached farmhouse which dates back over 200 years. With golden hamstone elevations under a slate roof, this quintessential Dorset farmhouse offers light and airy accommodation with character features such as flagstone floors, period joinery and fireplaces. Our clients have carried out a programme of refurbishment to create a welcoming home, featuring the use of natural materials such as travertine floors. At the heart of the farmhouse is the charming open plan kitchen with a Rayburn and island, and a cosy seating area around the wood burner. Upstairs the bathroom is newly appointed and one bedroom is now a dressing room. Planning permission was granted in 2017 for a sympathetic three storey side extension to the farmhouse, with sizeable windows on the gable end. The steel frame is in place which has secured the permission. The extension will provide a full width drawing room with bifolds opening onto the garden and two further
storeys to create a master suite with a dressing/study space. The gardens to the front and rear of the house give a sense of privacy and separation from the surrounding farm.
Please see floorplan for accommodation and measurements.

Spring House is well screened by mature hedges and approached by a drive that sweeps to the parking and turning area in front of the double garage. The surrounding gardens are mostly laid to lawn, with a terrace to the rear. On the far side of the garage well-shielded from the farmhouse with a separate entrance drive, are the stone former hay barn and cow stall which were converted in 2004 into the semidetached Mead Barn and Cowleaze Cottage respectively. Both properties are well presented and have been successfully rented as Assured Short Term Tenancies, providing significant rental income.

Mead Barn
The accommodation is arranged over two floors, with a kitchen and living area and three bedrooms on the first floor. Externally there is a courtyard and parking area.

Cowleaze Cottage
A single storey barn with a kitchen/living area and two bedrooms. Externally there is a private courtyard and parking area.

The Milking Parlour
A traditional red brick single storey barn, formerly the milking parlour. There is permission to convert into a two bedroom, two bathroom property with an open plan kitchen/living area and adjacent parking. Planning permission granted by West Dorset District Council under application WD/D/20/0011 dated 22 April 2021.

Farm Buildings
With Lot One is a three bay steel framed Machinery/general purpose farm building (18.4m x 10.2m). Concrete floor, open fronted and clad with box profile.

The Land
An excellent block of productive pastureland offered in good heart and well fenced for cattle or sheep. Divided into five main enclosures, the land would be ideal for livestock or equestrian purposes, with secondary access to the north for outriding. Close to the farmstead is an extremely attractive amenity area with some coppice and the substantial lake, which has a mown path surrounding it. In all about 35.11 acres (14.20 ha).

Lot One – Main electricity, private drainage and private water supply. Oil fired central heating to Spring House. Electric heating to barn conversions.
Sub meters will be required and rights to water if the farm is sold in lots.

Agricultural Schemes
The farm is currently entered into a Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship Scheme which runs until 31st December 2031.

All freehold with vacant possession upon completion, with the exception of Mead Barn and Cowleaze Cottage which are each let on an AST.

All rights are understood to be owned and included in the sale. Hunting with the Seavington Foxhounds. Racing at Taunton or Wincanton. Golf at Sherborne, Yeovil or West Bay. Sailing on the coast at West Bay.

Rights of Way
A public footpath crosses Lot One a good distance from the farmhouse. If sold in lots, two rights of way will be granted over Lot One giving access to Lot Two and Lot Three access to Common Water Lane to the north.

State primary at Broadwindsor and secondary school at Beaminster. Independent schools in the area include Perrott Hill, Sherborne, Millfield and Taunton.

Local Authority
West Dorset District Council. Tel: 01305 251010
Council Tax Bands: Spring House: F Mead Barn: D Cowleaze Cottage: C

Tenure: Freehold

Broadwindsor, Beaminster, DT8
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