THIS 17th century former farmhouse offers a spacious family home full of charm and character.

Park End is a detached, stone-and-slate property tucked away at the end of a quiet country lane in the hamlet of Hale, near Milnthorpe, beside fields and woodland.

Among the many highlights are two welcoming reception rooms, each with multi-fuel stoves; a fantastic kitchen with handmade, bespoke elm units and underfloor heating; and five bedrooms - four of them doubles.

On the market with Michael CL Hodgson, the asking price is £535,000.

This picturesque property has been sympathetically improved by the owners. A traditional porch with twin stone bench seats and pitched slate roof creates a fitting entrance.

The wonderful beamed dining room features an oak floor and a fine open fireplace with stone lintel and multi-fuel burning stove on a period-style tiled hearth. Characterful details include an alcove lined with shelves and an old safe, two display niches and an oak-panelled screen.

The sitting room is charming, again with a beamed ceiling, splendid open fireplace with stone lintel and multi-fuel burning stove on a flagged hearth. One of the windows has a stone mullion, and there is a display niche and a wall of fitted bookshelves.

The kitchen is a light, bright and attractive space with three double-glazed skylight windows.

The handcrafted elm cupboards, drawers and work surfaces were individually made by John Purcell of Kendal. They sit beautifully alongside a tall, stripped pine larder unit, Belfast sink with granite worktop; Rangemaster stove with gas hob, electric oven and extractor hood; and limestone flagged floor with underfloor heating.

The kitchen also offers a dishwasher, plumbing for a washing machine and granite-sill windows.

A cloakroom with Belfast sink completes the ground floor.

A winding, pitch-pine staircase set into a curved wall leads to the first floor, where three lovely bedrooms - two doubles and a single - are located. All have beamed ceilings, and one features a decorative iron fireplace and an original oak floor.

The house bathroom has been stylishly refitted with a white suite, including bath, shower cubicle, pedestal basin and toilet.

The second floor is home to two more double bedrooms, the first of which would make an ideal home office. Its double-glazed skylights give spectacular views.

Outside, a driveway with five-bar gate leads to plentiful parking beside the house.

Park End's plot offers around a third of an acre and features a front garden with hedges and herbaceous borders, and a back garden with a sweeping expanse of lawn and fruit trees. There are two large log stores and two bunkers for storing fuel for the stoves.; tel 01539-721375.