We bought Lake Farm in 2010 and only carried on working in London for another year before moving permanently to Devon in 2011. We understand that no one had lived at Lake Farm since the second world war but the site had been used for livestock and agricultural machinery storage in the intervening years. When we took over the ownership of Lake Farm, only the cottage had been refurbished but no one had lived in it, so we are the first people to live here in over 60 years. The barns were still derelict, the garden completely neglected and covered in building debris, so it has been a labour of love for us to restore Lake Farm, in its entirety, and create the wonderful home it is now.
It was a huge project as the property, including the barns, is Grade II listed, made mostly of cob and with parts dating from the 16th century, so we needed specialist help. We teamed up with a local specialist building firm, Character Builders South West who completed the building in two stages over three years, finishing in 2014. There was a lot of hard work and a lot of mud, an awful lot of mud, but it was definitely worth it, as we trust you will agree.
At Lake Farm, we are committed to creating the most sustainable environment possible, within the constraints imposed by a 16th-century building. During the renovation, we have invested in air source heat pumps to provide hot water and heating and also have an array of solar panels to help meet our electricity needs. We try to minimise our use of single-use plastics wherever possible and we provide eco-friendly bathroom supplies for our guests.