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SITUATED IN A TRANQUIL POSITION OF OVER TWELVES ACRES OF LEVEL PADDOCKS (with huge development potential, subject to the necessary planning permission), WOODLAND, LAKES AND GARDENS ON THE SOMERSET/DORSET BORDERS. STUNNING FIVE BEDROOM 16th CENTURY PERIOD FORMER WATERMILL HOUSE CONVERSION (3422 SQUARE FEET). ENVIABLY FREE FROM THE RESTRICTIONS OF GRADE II LISTING. LUCRATIVE LICENSED BOARDING AND DOGGY DAY CARE KENNELS AND CATTERY BUSINESS. RUN BY THE CURRENT OWNERS FOR 12 YEARS. AWARDED MAXIMUM 5 STARS BY DEFRA. TURNOVER OF £193,309 PER ANNUM (year end 31.03.18) WITH HEALTHY PROFITS AND FANTASTIC REPUTATION! IDEAL FOR FAMILIES LOOKING FOR LIFESTYLE AND BUSINESS CHANGE FOLLOWING CORONA VIRUS LOCK-DOWN. ALSO IDEAL FOR INVESTMENT BUYERS OR LAND AGENTS LOOKING FOR POTENTIAL BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES. THE LAND WOULD ALSO BE OF INTEREST TO A BUYER LOOKING FOR EQUESTRIAN USE.
The Old Mill House in Lattiford incorporates Merrymeet Kennels and Cattery. It is situated in a coveted semi-rural position with stunning countryside views surrounding, and yet only a few moments from superb access to the A303 trunk road from London to Exeter. It is a very short drive to the towns of Wincanton and Sherborne. This amazing property comes with over twelve acres of stunning, level paddocks, woodland, lakes and gardens. The selling agent believes that the land bordering the B3145 Sherborne Road is potential development land (subject to the necessary planning permission) as well as having great potential for equestrian use, glamping or camping. Merrymeet Kennels and Cattery is a very well established, lucrative business with a very good reputation. The business is licensed for 90 dogs in 44 kennels and 40 cats in 27 pens. Current records and accounts can be inspected after an initial viewing. There is huge scope to develop the business further by introducing a grooming service, develop the retail shop, and with potential to board smaller animals such as Rabbits, Guinea pigs etc. The Old Mill House is simply lovely and dates back to the 16th century. It is enviably free from the restrictions of Grade II listing and has been renovated and finished to a high, tasteful standard throughout.
The accommodation is very flexible and offers scope for a self-contained annexe or holiday let (subject to the necessary planning permission). The house oozes with original character and charm with features including exposed heavy beam work and Inglenook fireplace with log burning stove. The property is heated by an oil-fired radiator central heating system and also boasts double glazing. The open-plan farmhouse kitchen/breakfast room has a real 'wow-factor' and is enhanced by an oil fired Aga. There is a huge parking area for customers, guests and private use. This leads to a double car port and an integral garage.
The extensive accommodation briefly comprises:
Entrance porch, entrance reception hall, drawing room, sitting room with bi-folding doors on to a private garden, stylish mezzanine level, open- plan farmhouse kitchen/breakfast room, pantry, dining room, utility room/WC and two inner halls. On the lower ground floor there is a large open-plan bedroom/reception room and further room. On the first floor there is a landing area, master bedroom with stylish en-suite bathroom, three further bedrooms, large mezzanine study area and a luxury family bathroom.
The business facilities are completely separate from the main house and comprise:
Three main kennel blocks providing 44 units with indoor and outdoor runs. All kennels are centrally heated with uPVC doors and double glazed windows with shutters, providing excellent heat and noise insulation. There is a fitted kitchen and food preparation area, with staff room and separate staff WC, laundry room and dog bath area with stainless steel bath.
The Cattery comprises of 27 pens with electric heat and lamps.
All of the facilities are maintained to the highest possible standard and the business was recently awarded the maximum 5 stars by DEFRA. Experienced and loyal staff are a great asset to the business. Daily cleaning, feeding and exercise regimes ensure animals are cared for to the highest standard.
THE BUSINESS AND PREMISES ARE A LABOUR OF LOVE BY THE CURRENT OWNERS WHO ARE NOW PLANNING ON RETIRING.
THERE IS SO MUCH ON OFFER WITH THIS PROPERTY AND ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES FOR GROWING AND DIVERSIFYING THE CURRENT BUSINESS. THE LAND AND OUTBUILDINGS WOULD BE OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO BUYERS SEEKING EQUESTRIAN USE OR LOOKING FOR A DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY (subject to the necessary planning permission).
THIS PROPERTY SIMPLY MUST BE VIEWED TO ITS FULL EXTEND TO BE APPRECIATED.