Built 20 years ago and being sold for the first time since then, Darknoll Farm is a characterful and substantial farmhouse with accommodation on two floors and is built of brick with a clay tiled roof. The house is in a superb position on high ground with commanding and beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. It has an attractive drawing room with exposed ceiling beams and ash wood flooring, a fireplace fitted with a wide Jetmaster grate and windows on the three sides including French windows, which open out to the garden. Across the hall is the large kitchen/breakfast room which has a laminate floor and windows on two sides. These look through the wrap-around orangery which incorporate two sets of French windows enabling the house to be opened up in fine weather and provides seating and dining areas off the kitchen with views out across the garden. The kitchen itself is fitted with a range of base and glazed wall units under timber work surfaces, a 2-oven mains gas-fired AGA and adjacent AGA Companion with gas hob and two electric ovens. Beyond the kitchen is the large boot room/laundry room which also serves as a tack room with a door leading to a well laid out home office with far-reaching views of the surrounding countryside. From the back door a covered veranda leads to the attached double garage which has extensive loft space for storage. On the first floor is a galleried landing leading to the master bedroom which incorporates an integral en-suite bathroom and dressing room, the guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom, two further double bedrooms and family bathroom. All the bedrooms have windows on at least two sides with views. There is scope to develop the extensive space within the roof void, which could potentially be converted to provide two further double bedrooms and a bathroom.
The garden extends out on three sides of the house and comprises a lawn on two sides bounded by mature beech hedging with a south-facing terrace, shrub and rose borders and a vegetable and soft fruit garden. On the third side is a large kidney-shaped pond. The house is approached up a concrete driveway leading to a concrete yard in front of the house that provides ample parking space and serves the farm's modern agricultural outbuildings. These comprise a large livestock barn that houses an all-weather indoor school (43m x 22m), 11 loose boxes and 5 weaning boxes, a 3-bay tractor shelter, haylage barn, 3-bay lorry/machinery shelter, silage clamp and tallet barn. The tallet barn has detailed planning consent for a catering/briefing facility on the ground floor with a self-contained 1-bed flat above (Application No: 2/2017/1397/FUL).
Darknoll Farm has no agricultural tie and has been registered as organic for 20 years. It has been used for rearing cattle and sheep on land that comprises ten separate enclosures of well-managed permanent pasture. The farm's
infrastructure has undergone extensive refurbishment recently under the Mid Tier Countryside Stewardship scheme. All the enclosures are bound by recently erected stock-proof fencing and mature recently cut and laid hedgerows, partially grant-funded through the scheme. In all about 95 acres.
Okeford Fitzpaine 0.5 mile. Sturminster Newton 3.5 miles. Blandford Forum 7.2 miles. Gillingham (Waterloo 2 hours) 11.8 miles. Dorchester 19.3 miles. Bournemouth Airport 24.7 miles (Distances and time approximate)
Darknoll Farm is situated at the end of a council maintained, no-through lane about 0.5 mile outside the small pretty village of Okeford Fitzpaine set amidst beautiful unspoilt countryside of the Blackmore Vale. The village has a church, shop, post office, pub and village hall and is a thriving and friendly community (see www.okeford- Fitzpaine.org). For broader requirements, the local market town of Blandford Forum (7.2 miles) and the county town of Dorchester (19.3 miles) both provide a wide range of shopping, business facilities and amenities. The locality has good travel li