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Newmans Lane, West Moors, Dorset


West Moors, Ferndown BH22 0LP

ARTISAN. Beautifully extended & carefully renovated smuggler’s cottage offering the benefits of a wonderful character family home, approx. 1,750 sq.ft and situated in approx. 1.8 acres of garden with paddock. Four/five bedrooms, 2/3 receptions, versatile living, appealing to a wide range of prospective purchasers, high specification. No forward chain. SOLE AGENT


Owler’s Keep is a delightful and impressive smuggler’s cottage offering the benefits of a wonderful character family home set in a semi-rural location on the outskirts of West Moors. The versatile living accommodation offers four/five double bedrooms with two/three receptions enabling the opportunity to work from home, as well as enjoying a stylish contemporary family home. Originally constructed at the turn of the 18th century, Owler’s Keep is beautifully presented having been the subject of an extensive renovation and extension program by our clients. The property benefits from underfloor heating both upstairs and downstairs; wiring for technology to key points; a stunning vaulted kitchen dining room that forms the hub of this outstanding home, complete with a dual aspect brick fireplace and double fronted wood burner that creates a beautiful enhancement to the character and charm associated with the cottage’s origin. The living accommodation is arranged over two levels and offers two/three reception rooms on the ground floor supplemented by a stunning kitchen dining room, utility room and a practical downstairs shower room. On the first floor there is a charming master suite complete with a shower room and a further three double bedrooms supplemented by the family bathroom. The plot combining the formal gardens and the paddock extends to approximately 1.8 acres and is surrounded by a picturesque rural setting on the edge of West Moors. Owler’s Keep quite simply is a breath of fresh air, combining a fusion of traditional charm and character with desired contemporary living requirements. The village centre of West Moors offers a good selection of day to day amenities, whilst Ferndown’s town centre is located approximately 3.5 miles away and offers a further selection of shopping, leisure and recreational facilities.


We understand that Owler’s Keep was originally built circa the 1800s as a smuggler’s cottage for the owling trade; ‘owling’ was a common term for the smuggling of sheep or wool. This impressive and distinctive property has been carefully extended and lovingly renovated to offer a spacious and comfortable home filled with the modern amenities including underfloor heating, digital wiring, a stylish hub offering an open plan kitchen and dining area combined with bespoke features that the present owners have meticulously restored. The delightful entrance porch located at the front of the property offers you the first taste of detail that the cottage has to offer, a seat to aid removing those muddy boots and storage for those extra requirements needed for wintery walks. Double doors then lead you through to a cosy snug area enjoying views to the front aspect and benefiting from a feature dual brick built fireplace complete with wood burner that is shared with the pivotal hub of the cottage, the kitchen dining room. The hub is a splendid room and forms part of the extension to the property enjoying a vaulted ceiling with sky lights, as well as a dual aspect overlooking the gardens with double doors leading through to the patio area. This lovely room therefore affords much natural light and is well equipped with an array of storage units, earth stone work surfaces and integrated appliances; including an electric Rangemaster stove with extractor hood and lighting over; built in fridge & freezer, integrated dishwasher, an island with breakfast bar and further storage cupboards and a walk in larder style cupboard; complemented with attractive wall tiling and flooring. The sociable flow of this ground floor accommodation offers a wonderful scene for entertaining family and friends as well as ideal relaxation areas to sit and enjoy, with the living room benefitting from a feature brick fireplace with wood burner offering the perfect opportunity for quietness and contemplation. Just off the kitchen area there is also a useful utility room providing additional storage units with space and plumbing for washing facilities, as well as a well fitted shower room on the ground floor with a modern white suite. Also located on the ground floor is the third reception room offering lovely views of the paddock and gardens and giving the opportunity to be used as a ground floor 5th bedroom or an office to work from home with double doors providing a natural flow through to the garden. From the ground floor the staircase ascends to the first floor of this highly impressive property. The first floor also does not disappoint, the characterful master bedroom hosts a feature fireplace and a chic ensuite shower room. Three further double bedrooms, two with a loft room access, capture the feel of the countryside each enjoying a different aspect of the delightful rural views. The contemporary styled family bathroom with stylish freestanding roll top bath, walk-in glazed shower cubicle, low level WC and pedestal wash hand basin complete the first floor accommodation. Externally the property enjoys extensive gardens, the formal front and rear gardens extend to approximately 0.6 acres and are mainly laid to lawn with mature borders. There are two driveways, a neat formal driveway to the front of the property providing parking for several vehicles and at the rear of the property there is an additional driveway and parking area that leads to a newly constructed oak framed single garage. A noteworthy feature of the property is the paddock measuring approximately 1.2 acres; this can be reached via a small pedestrian wooden bridge.


The present owners of Owler’s Keep through their determination and diligence have not only renovated and extended this beautiful cottage to provide a comfortable and versatile home; they have also been Highly Commended by the Dorset Excellence Awards 2018 for Best Extension or Alteration to an Existing Home. The main boiler supplies the domestic hot water and under floor heating via oil run system. Council Tax Band: F. EPC rating: C.

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