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For sale: a Lake District hideaway owned by Prince Charles’s interior designer Robert Kime

When antiques dealer and interior decorator Robert Kime’s late wife, Helen Nicoll, fell ill, the couple made the decision to buy a home in the Lake District, near where she grew up. The author of the Meg and Mog children’s books, she was also a pioneer of audiobooks.

In 2008 they bought Docker Nook, an 18th-century farmhouse in Longsleddale, about five miles north of Kendal. “I’d spotted an advert for the house in the back of a newspaper but it was Helen who saw its potential,” explains Kime, who counts the Prince of Wales among his clients, having decorated both Clarence House and Highgrove.

“She was extremely clever. She didn’t make a big fanfare, just said it was rather nice and told me to…