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Your very own Neverland: Stunning six-bed country home where real-life 'Lost Boys' inspired JM Barrie to write Peter Pan hits the market for £1.35million

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 03/08/2018 Sebastian Murphy-Bates
a small house in a garden: JM Barrie owned the site and was even inspired to create Peter Pan after the children of family friends were photographed playing as pirates at the magnificent space, which includes a swimming pool and sits on the edge of Bourne Wood, providing plenty of space for youngsters to enjoy adventure © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited JM Barrie owned the site and was even inspired to create Peter Pan after the children of family friends were photographed playing as pirates at the magnificent space, which includes a swimming pool and sits on the edge of Bourne Wood, providing plenty of space for youngsters to enjoy adventure

The gardens surrounding this country getaway were the scene of the childhood adventures that inspired author JM Barrie to create the iconic character Peter Pan.

The writer owned Black Lake Cottage from 1901 to 1908 and his wife, Mary Ansell, documented the happy time he spent with four youngsters he brought to life as the Lost Boys of Neverland. 

He had invited the Llewelyn Davies family to his weekend retreat on the outskirts of Farnham, Surrey. Photographs from Mary's The Happy Garden show the youngsters pretending to be pirates there and in nearby Bourne Woods.

a house with trees in the background: Lobswood House - the central section of what was formerly called Black Lake Cottage - is on the market along with 1.5 acres of land and its current owners say the space is ideal for raising children. They have added a substantial extension, bringing the number of bedrooms up to six

Lobswood House - the central section of what was formerly called Black Lake Cottage - is on the market along with 1.5 acres of land and its current owners say the space is ideal for raising children. They have added a substantial extension, bringing the number of bedrooms up to six
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Current owners Annabel and Mark Jermyn say their five children have enjoyed the gardens and surrounding landscape but now the children are grown, they want to downsize.

Mrs Jermyn told The Times: 'We have 30 years of memories here; the children were pretty much brought up here. The garden is the best part. It has a lovely big lawn with a water garden, a fountain and view over to the woods. We also have a pool and tennis court, put in when the house was a hotel, which has been amazing for the children. It really is a magical garden.'

The Victorian house has been used as a hotel as well as a children’s home during its history and it the 70s was split into three. 

a bedroom with a bed and a large window: This is just one of the six bedrooms that the lucky buyer of Lobswood House could choose from after it went on the market for £1.35million in Surrey

This is just one of the six bedrooms that the lucky buyer of Lobswood House could choose from after it went on the market for £1.35million in Surrey
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Its central section is the six-bedroom property that is now on the market for £1.35million and goes by the name Lobswood House. 

Estate agents Strutt & Parker say the name is thought to have derived from the character Lob in Barrie's Dear Brutus. 

The woods are not directly accessible from the property but can be reached with just a few minutes' walk and the black lake is opposite the house. 

a kitchen with a lot of furniture in a room: The beamed dining hall is full of period charm and leads through to a stylish, open-plan kitchen/breakfast/family room, complete with a five oven dual control AGA

The beamed dining hall is full of period charm and leads through to a stylish, open-plan kitchen/breakfast/family room, complete with a five oven dual control AGA
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Walls within the property have been knocked through to allow for an open-plan kitchen and dining area and the Jermyns have also built an extension featuring a bathroom and two bedrooms.  

Estate agent Richard Barnes-Walker, who is selling the house, says the 'excellent family home' is ideal for raising children.

The property comes with 1.5 acres of land and sits on Bourne Wood's edge but is also just 1.5 miles from Farnham station, which takes trains to Waterloo in about an hour.   

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