aerial view of stone farmhouse and annex with lake behind

West Dorset Farmhouse & Barn

A traditional stone farmhouse in West Dorset
Location West Dorset
Status Built
Use Agriculture
Client Private

A new five bedroom traditional farmhouse, holiday let accommodation,  stables and wildlife lake, on this small working farm with 52 ha of grazed pasture land, in an idyllic West Dorset location.

It is believed that there has been a farm on this site for over a thousand years and this is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.

view of finished farm house at night with lights on and lake behind

The new house

The original Farmhouse had fallen into total disrepair and had to be demolished.  Stone and bricks from the old farmhouse were saved for recycling in the new house and landscaping.

The project involved the construction of a new five bedroom traditional farmhouse with basement.

The house, nestling into its sloping site is laid out to take advantage of stunning panoramic distant views. The green oak framed glazed kitchen extension, and the L shaped enclosed courtyard provides year round sun and views.

All the principal rooms are of generous sizes.

before photo of dilapidated barn and farmhouse in need of repair
New large farmhouse and outbuilding with lights of at dusk
distant view of finished farmhouse from main road with beautiful scenic views

interior photo of sunroom with exposed wooden beams and beautiful countryside views

front view of finished large stone farmhouse and annex with red tiled roof

The cattle barn

A radical conversion of the redundant derelict stone barn into holiday let accommodation, and a private studio/office.

The conversion, includes a two-bedroom annexe with open-plan living space maximising panoramic views across unspoilt countryside. The upper end of the barn has been converted into a double height, vaulted studio space suitable for a home office, art gallery or children’s den.  Many of the original features have been retained and incorporated into the design to secure its future use.

before photo of stone barn with tiled roof
rear view of finished annex with red tiled roof and skylights in roof
Beautiful long driveway to new farm house with stunning rolling countryside views and large pond behind house


The character of the original landscape is retained with the addition of new post and rail fencing to the principle tracks and yard.

An exciting addition to the landscape is the excavation and construction of a large new wildlife lake, designed and constructed by Land and Waterscapes. this lake was populated by wildfowl almost as soon as it was constructed.

new large barn stables internal

The stables

The former modern barn was replaced with an American stable with a concrete yard and large turn-out paddock.


Completion date 2015
Photography James Pardon