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Now on the market: this massive farmhouse in the middle of a UK nature reserve

Fancy upping sticks for the country? This sprawling property has just gone up for sale

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Sarah Green
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For those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, this sprawling property in the British countryside has just hit the market. Now’s your chance to live in a secluded bird and nature reserve – if you have £2.95 million to spare.

Maranoa Slepe Farm, on Dorset’s Arne peninsula, has recently gone up for sale for the first time in 40 years. Built in 1982, the massive farmhouse has an open-plan living and dining room, kitchen, study, three bedrooms and two bathrooms and two ‘sunrooms’ which allow for abundant daylight and views of the picturesque landscape.

The price tag might seem steep, but the location is the main draw. Surrounded by 127 acres of lush pasture, the farm promises breathtaking views and is home to a large herd of sika deer.

Here are a few more pics of the place:

Farmhouse for sale in Dorset
Photograph: Courtesy of Savills
Farmhouse for sale in Dorset
Photograph: Courtesy of Savills

Part of RSPB heathland, the isolated reserve is home to all manner of bird species and is renowned as a great spot to catch woodlarks’ gorgeous, fluting notes and the bizarre, whirring noises that nightjars make in their courtship displays. The neighbouring community of Arne, often known as Dorset’s secret village, is part of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which stretches out over a whopping 1,000 acres.

Are you sold yet? There’s one snag – an Agricultural Occupancy Condition applies to the property which means the homeowner must be working, or retired from working, in agriculture or forestry in the surrounding region. So, do you fit the bill and fancy giving it a look? You can find out more about the property here.

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