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4 bedroom equestrian facility for sale
Badgers Rake Lane, Ledsham
Foxes riding school was established in 1972 by the current owners and has developed over the intervening years to become one of the leading, highly regarded riding schools in the North West offering extensive specialist facilities and tuition. The sale has been brought about by the decision of the owners to retire. BHS registered, the property has a wide pool of private customers together with The Wirral and Chester Riding for the Disabled. Located on The Wirral Peninsula, reputed to have one of the highest densities of horse ownership in the country and with excellent road, rail and airport access Foxes Riding School is ideally situated to serve the constant demand for equestrian facilities and services in the region.
Complementing the excellent equestrian facilities are two deceptively spacious dwellings and a range of commercial buildings providing a substantial rental income and offering scope for further development and diversification subject to obtaining appropriate consents. The coming to the market of Foxes Riding School for the first time in almost 40 years is a rare opportunity to acquire an established Freehold business so ideally situated and suited to its market place.
SETTING AND APPROACH
Foxes is approached off Badgers Rake Lane, an attractive, tree lined country road, connecting the A540 Chester to Hoylake Road with the A550 Welsh Road. Approached over an impressive private drive flanked by railed pasture paddocks, the drive leads to the range of equestrian buildings which are well laid out having good accessibility and extensive car parking and hard standing, the whole extending to 25 acres or thereabouts shown on the enclosed plan.
The property briefly includes:-
THE DWELLING HOUSES:
A most attractive and deceptively spacious detached dwelling constructed circa 1974 and set within its own private gardens. Constructed of brick beneath a concrete tiled roof with upvc double glazing throughout.
The accommodation briefly affords:-
Large Covered Entrance Porch
Leading to Entrance Door to:
Reception Hall with cloakroom and leading through to:
With stairs off
3.89m x 3.5m (12'9" x 11'6")
Quarry tiled floor with extensive range of modern fitted kitchen units incorporating base and wall cupboards, fitted hob and Hotpoint oven over, door through to:
3.48m x 2.21m (11'5" x 7'3")
Quarry tiled floor, Belfast sink, plumbing for automatic washing machine and dryer vent. External door.
Leading off Kitchen:
3.63m x 3.0m (11'11" x 9'10")
With parquet block floor and door leading through to:
2.16m x 2.85m (7'1" x 9'4")
5.92m x 3.62m (16'5" x 11'11")
Parquet block floor, open fireplace with stone surround and slate hearth with timber television shelf to side and feature bay window overlooking garden.
1.65m x 2.43m (5'5" x 8'0)
Recently fitted with a modern suite to include glazed shower cubicle, low level wc, pedestal wash hand basin, panelled bath and heated towel rail.
4.22m x 3.62m (13'10" x 11'11")
3.51m x 3.6m (11'6" x 11'10")
Open timber staircase leading to first floor which provides a self contained suite with far reaching views to all sides to include:
4.66m x 3.6m (14'3" x 11'10")
With walk in wardrobe and roof eaves storage, sliding door through to:
2.2m x 2.4m (7'3" x 7'0")
With range of fitted units including hob and oven.
3.51m x 4.65m (11'6" x 15'3")
3.64m x 2.7m (11'11" x 8'10")
With modern fitted suite to include corner whirlpool bath, glass shower, low level wc, wash hand basin and fitted towel rails.
The property has the benefit of oil fired central heating and is set within its own private gardens which include useful storage shed.
Set in a private secluded position within the garden is a fully fitted two bedroomed mobile home, having the benefit of a permanent base, services and Planning Permission.
Foxes Cottage comprises a fully modernised and modified Woolaway dwelling set in attractive private gardens again providing spacious accommodation to include:-
Enclosed entrance porch with decorative stained glass door leading to:
With coat cupboard off.
Door leading through to:
6.34m x 3.18m (20'10" x 10'5")
Incorporating wood burning stove on decorative marble tiled hearth and surround. Opening through to adjoining conservatory.
4.68m x 3.16m (15'4" x 10'4")
With laminated floor
4.04m x 4.20m (13'3" x 13'9")
With an extensive range of modern fitted base and wall units incorporating Neff microwave, dishwasher, Rangemaster Toledo cooking range with extractor fan over.
Door through to rear porchway with external door and cloakroom off.
3.19m x 4.44m (10'6" x 14'7")
2.66m x 4.40m (8'9" x 14'5")
With built in wardrobes.
3.32m x 2.82m (10'11" x 9'3")
The Cottage benefits from a large private garden including a most attractive and spacious Log Cabin together with Single Garage.
THE EQUESTRIAN BUILDINGS
The equestrian buildings are well planned and laid out to provide well maintained stabling and schooling facilities capable of accommodating up to 60 horses and which include:-
Indoor Riding School
Six bay steel portal frame building with asbestos roof and cladding with kicking boards to side. fluorescent strip lighting throughout and over head sprinkler system. Specialist equine mix surface to floor. Overall measurement 120' x 42' excluding lean-to incorporating raised viewing gallery with external pedestrian access and seating.
Flanked by two bay general storage building with galvanised RSJ, asbestos roof and coated steel sheeting which faces a modern three bay galvanised iron fodder store fully enclosed with concrete floor, Yorkshire boarding to upper gables measuring 18.4m x 12.08m (60'4" x 39'8")with an eaves height of 4.64m (15'3")
Three Sided Courtyard
Of attractive traditional single storey construction with rustic Cheshire bricks beneath a slate roof set around a concrete yard with central drainage channel all of which incorporate fourteen horse boxes with drinking bowls and rubber matting, laundry, toilet and office. Similarly constructed two storey L-shaped range measuring 78' x 21' (23.77m x 6.44m) with a return range of 39' x 21' (11.89m x 6.4m) which incorporates feed room, staff room, secure tack room, foaling box, four pony boxes and open box with loft over part.
Detached brick barn
17' x 23' (5.18m x 7.01m)
Incorporating two stables with loft over.
Concrete block and corrugated iron range of stables measuring 32' x 15' (9.75m x 4.57m) providing three stables with small adjoining pony box.
Part brick concrete block slate range measuring 46' x 18' (14.02m x 5.49m) incorporating six stables.
Timber framed and concrete block range of stables measuring overall 26'' x 48' (7.92m x 14.63m) providing eight stables with concrete block divisions and adjoining newly constructed work shop measuring 26' x 24'(7.92m x 7.32m)
Three bay timber concrete block workshop measuring 34' x 45' (10.36m x 13.72m)
Indoor Riding School
120' x 70' (36.58m x 21.34m)
Of 6 bay steel portal frame construction with coated steel cladding to side, kicking boards, electric lights and sprinkler system over with adjoining prefabricated complex incorporating disabled toilet, kitchen, lecture room and two viewing galleries.
Outdoor Riding Arena
65'7" x 131' 3" (20m x 40m)
With propriety special equine surface, floodlight and adjoining railed paddocks.
In addition to the equestrian facilities, Foxes also offers interesting and potentially lucrative commercial diversification from a variety of former agricultural buildings utilised for commercial purposes which in total generate a gross annual rental income of approximately 51,165. (exclusive of rates) which include an attractive single storey office building approximately 730 sq ft benefiting from air conditioning, central heating and disabled access facilities currently let at a rent of 700 per month exclusive of rates.
To the rear of the stable yard are eight independent detached buildings principally of timber construction which in total provide approximately 20,000 sq ft (external measurement) of storage accommodation. A full schedule and details of the tenants and rents may be available to bonafide interested parties after initial inspection.
The whole property extends to 25.56 acres or thereabouts of which approximately 7 acres comprises the buildings and stable yards with the remaining being within two level regular sized pasture paddocks providing horse grazing, exercise and cross country jumping together with attractive heavily stocked fishing ponds and two woodland copses flanking Badgers Rake Lane.
GENERAL REMARKS AND STIPULATIONS
Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council*
4 Civic Way
Ellesmere Port CH65 0BE Tel: 0151 3566789
Chester City Council*
Chester CH1 2HS Tel: 01244 324324
Cheshire County Council
Chester CH1 1SP Tel: 01244 602424
PO Box 459, Warrington, WA55 1WB
Tel: 0845 746110
Cheshire WA4 6QD Tel: 0845 2721212
Crewe CW1 6GJ Tel: 01270 754208
* The property is bisected by these Local Authority boundaries.
Both The Farmhouse and Foxes Cottage are subject to occupancy conditions
restricting the occupation of both properties to
"The occupation of the dwelling herby approved shall be limited to a person solely or mainly employed, or last working, in the locality in agriculture, in forestry or equine activities, or a widow or widower of such a person , and to any resident dependants."
Additionally a planning obligation is due to be completed which will ensure that the dwellings, buildings and land shall remain as a single unit.
Single Farm Payment Entitlement
The net usable acreage of the Riding Centre has been registered for Single Farm Payment entitlements and these will be included within the sale at no additional charge to the purchaser. Further details of which are available from the selling agents.
Easements Wayleaves Public and Private Rights of Way
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all public and private rights of ways, light drainage, cable, pylons or other easements, restrictions or obligations, whether or not the same are described in these particulars or contract of sale
Town and Country Planning Act
The property, notwithstanding any description contained within these particulars, is sold subject to any Development Plan, Tree Preservation Order, Town Planning Scheme or Agreement, Resolution or Notice, which may come to be in force and also subject to any statutory provisions or bylaw, without obligation on the part of the vendor to specify them.
Sale Particulars and Plans
The plans and schedule of land is based on the Ordnance Survey. These particulars and plans are believed to be correct, but neither the vendor nor the Auctioneers shall be held liable for any error or mis-statement, fault or defect in the particulars and plans, neither shall such error, mis-statement, fault or defect annul the sale. The purchasers will be deemed to have inspected the property and satisfied themselves as to the condition and circumstances thereof
The property has the benefit of mains water, electricity and private drainage.
Electricity to the commercial units is via the main supply to the riding centre subject to sub meters and a charge according to the sub meter readings.
COUNTY COUNCIL LICENCING
The current proprietors are licensed with Cheshire County Council as a Riding School (which is not transferable). The vendors will assist purchasers in obtaining their own Licence, though prospective purchasers should make their own enquiries as regards the requirements of obtaining such a Licence. The School also has the benefit of "where to train" accreditation.
BASIS OF SALE
The property is offered for sale Freehold as a going concern with an audited turnover for the year ending 2008 of 416,000 (inclusive of rental income, tuition fees etc) details of the management accounts and schedule of rents can be made available to bonafide applicants after initial inspection. The sale price includes the goodwill of this established profitable business though excludes live and dead stock to include horses, tack, feed and fodder, tractors and machinery, including the stand by generator and horse walker, all of which are available at valuation (VAT may be appropriate)
Clive Watkin Partnership,
19 The Cross, Neston CH64 9UB
Telephone No: 0151 336 7070
Fax No. 0151 336 3232