Property of the Day: Lobswood House, Farnham, Surrey

This six-bedroom house was once the summer retreat of the author JM Barrie

THE PROPERTY: Originally called Black Lake Cottage, Lobswood House is part of a larger residence that was used as a summer retreat by the children’s author Sir JM Barrie between 1901 and 1908. The home’s gardens and nearby woods were sources of inspiration for many of Barrie’s creations, including the ‘boy castaways of Black Lake Island’, who eventually became the characters in Peter Pan

THE LOCATION: Situated to the south of Farnham, a Georgian market town with excellent shopping facilities and a mainline station to London Waterloo, the property is also close to the pretty village of Tilford and about 14 miles from the Surrey county town of Guildford. 

THE INTERIOR: The property has been restored by the current owners over a number of years, with an extension added in 2015 incorporating two bedrooms and a bathroom. Highlights including a kitchen with an Aga oven, a beamed dining-room and a sitting-room with a fireplace and French doors leading out into the garden. 

WHY WE LOVE IT: Much-loved by JM Barrie and his wife Mary Ansell, who even wrote a book called The Happy Garden while living here, the gardens include terraced and lawned areas, and a heated swimming pool with views of the abundant lavender collection.

BUY IT NOW: £1,350,000 with Strutt & Parker



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