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HIDDEN FROM VIEW IN THE NEW FOREST, THERE'S MORE
TO THIS FAIRYTALE COTTAGE THAN MEETS THE EYE
On first impressions you could be forgiven for thinking that you've crossed over in to the world of make-believe. Passford Farm, situated a mile or so from the Georgian town of Lymington, is what I envisage the witch's house from the Hansel and Gretel tale to look like were it not made of sweets. From the outside it is veritable eye-candy.
Set back from the main road, the property is approached through electronic gates and along a sweeping gravel drive which opens up in to a large circular parking area. Adjacent to this is a pond which is fed by the running brook, Passford Water. It's just utterly enchanting!
Steeped in history - the origins are lost in the mists of time but it is thought to date from around the beginning of the seventeenth century - this Grade II listed cottage is deceptively capacious with six bedrooms (five with en-suite). The living room features a large inglenook and the kitchen is fitted with top of the range appliances and a Corian work surface.
The biggest surprise though is to the rear of the main cottage. The beautifully landscaped grounds extend to approximately three acres (so you might want to leave a trail of breadcrumbs to find your way back!) and incorporate a swimming pool and orangery/pool house, paddocks and a wealth of additional accommodation perfect for those wanting to potentially run holiday lets (subject to the necessary consents).
Overall it's a unique property with enormous charm. There's bound to be a happy ending!
Passford Farm is for sale at £1.495m and is available through Hayward Fox in Lymington.