A holiday letting business in a period property on the edge of Axminster has been sold.

Furzeleigh House and Cottages is set within 37 acres with holiday letting cottages set down a quarter of a mile driveway and was available at a guide price of £1.95 million.

The four to five-bedroom property incorporates a one-bedroom apartment and adjoins a two storey, two-bedroom annexe and the house includes a walled garden with orchard, vegetable patch and greenhouse.

There is also potential for glamping - yurts, shepherd huts and pods - and an outbuilding to include stores, laundry and cloakroom in its grounds, which also includes paddocks, woodland, a lake and pond.

Stephen Richards, head of Humberts Leisure, said: “It is unusual to find a property of this size in the centre of its acreage nowadays and the property is located only four miles from the harbour town of Lyme Regis on the Dorset coastline.

“We received strong interest for the property as soon as we brought it to the market and had several bids on the property before agreeing a sale on behalf of our clients.

“The new owners are looking to run the property as a holiday letting business due to being in a prime holiday area.

“The majority of the potential purchasers that viewed Furzeleigh House were coming from London and the south east looking to move to the west country for a change in lifestyle.”