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5 bedroom house for sale

St Catherines Down, Ventnor

Sold STC £1,600,000

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Lot 1 – The Farmhouse, holiday let, period and modern farm building and about 10 acres.

Lot 2 – About 137 acres of farmland with an expired consent for a farm building.

Downcourt Manor Farm is situated in an extremely quiet and picturesque location at the end of a private road surrounded by un-spoilt countryside. There are superb views over the area, which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and provides an unusually peaceful setting for the South of England. There are also a good network of footpaths and bridleways leading throughout the surrounding countryside providing great walking and riding. The nearby village Niton has local shopping facilities as well as a primary school whilst the Island’s principal town of Newport is about 6 miles away. The farm is well placed to access some of the Islands impressive coastal and country scenery including the beaches on the south western coast of the Island and numerous historic attractions as well as the nearby coastal town of Ventnor with its beach and fish market. Mainland ferry connections are available from Yarmouth, Cowes, East Cowes, Ryde and Fishbourne all within 12 miles of the farm, with high speed passenger services taking from 15 minutes and car ferry services from 35 minutes.

The farm was an original Domesday Manor and is referred to in C W R Winter’s “ The Manor Houses of the Isle of Wight”. The present house dates back to 1721 and is Listed, Grade II. A underwent modernisation around 10 years ago and has double glazing throughout, yet retains some characterful features including period beams and a particularly fine stone fireplace to the sitting room. The principal rooms are all south facing and have views over the gardens and downland beyond. The house was extended in 2002 and incorporates a former bakery providing self-contained guest accommodation. An attractive range of period stone farm buildings offer potential for diversification having previously been granted planning consent for conversion into 4 holiday cottages. The farmland lies in a natural bowl mainly to the south and west of the house and comprises a mixture of arable land and permanent pasture.



Arched opening to entrance porch with part glazed front door to:

Entrance hall Providing access to the farmhouse and the holiday let.

Inner hall With staircase off to first floor.

Cloakroom Pedestal wash hand basin, WC and tiled shower cubicle.

Kitchen/breakfast room A double aspect room with southerly and easterly views over the gardens and surrounding countryside. Window seat and beams to the ceiling. Fitted with a range of matching base and wall cupboards incorporating an integral fridge, freezer and space for a dishwasher. 1½ bowl stainless steel sink unit with mixer tap. Rangemaster cooker with extractor fan over.

Utility room Space and plumbing for washing machine and space for a fridge/freezer. Worcester oil fired boiler.

Dining room A well proportioned room with beamed ceiling and large open fireplace with stone hearth and wooden beam over and fitted with a canopy. Wide southerly window with views over the garden and downland beyond.

Front lobby With part glazed door to front elevation.

Sitting room With a wonderful stone fireplace now fitted with a woodburning stove. A beamed ceiling and a wide south facing window providing country views. Shelved storage cupboard.

Study Under stair cupboard and window to rear aspect.


Half landing With access to under eaves storage. Landing With staircase off to second floor.

Bedroom 1 A double aspect room with fine views over the farm and to the surrounding downland. Wash hand basin and beams to ceiling.

Bedroom 2 Beamed ceiling and southerly country views. Built-in cupboards.

Bathroom Panelled bath, WC and tiled shower cubicle. Pedestal wash hand basin.

Bedroom 3 Built-in cupboards, wash hand basin with cupboard beneath. Wide window with downland views.


Bedroom 4 A characterful triple aspect room with wonderful views with a partly sloping ceiling.

Bathroom Panelled bath with shower over, wash hand basin and WC.

Bedroom 5 A spacious triple aspect room with fine views and built-in cupboard housing insulated hot water tank.


Accessed either directly into the annexe sitting room or via the farmhouse entrance hall, comprising:

Sitting room A particularly spacious room with windows across the eastern elevation incorporating a pair of French doors providing views over the surrounding countryside.

Store room

Kitchen/dining room Fitted with a matching range of base and wall cupboards incorporating work surfaces with 1½ bowl sink unit with mixer tap. Space for a washing machine, fridge/freezer and cooker. Door to garden. Staircase off to:


Landing with hatch access into roof space.

Bedroom 1 Double bedroom with French doors opening to a balcony with country views.

Bathroom Bath set in a tiled surround with shower over, pedestal wash hand basin, WC and extractor fan.

Bedroom 2 Currently a twin room with outlook to the garden.

The access track leads to an extensive gravelled parking area to the east of the house and the holiday let with a separate spur leading to the farm buildings and land. The principal garden lies to the southern side of the farmhouse where there is a large paved terrace adjacent to the house providing and ideal place for outdoor dining with wonderful views. Lawns partly bordered by old stone walls extend south of the terrace. Within the garden there is a well (with a mesh safety cover installed) as well as a former ice house. There is a separate garden area adjacent to the holiday let.

Lean to store/workshop There is a stone built lean to store to the western elevation of the house accessed from the garden.

A traditional courtyard of stone farm buildings lie to the south east of the farmhouse in addition to more modern structures:

Stone barn 1 15.6m x 4.6m sub divided into 2 rooms.

Stone barn 2 6.2m x 22.75m Corrugated roof. The date 1721 is carved into the stone. With an additional lean to store to one end.

Stone barn 3 14.27m x 15.75m Formerly divided into 4 large loose boxes under a corrugated roof.

Farm building 1 11.75m x 18m A 4 bay portal frame barn with blockwork lower walls.

Adjoining farm building 2 7.92m x 6.75m A 3 ½ bay portal frame barn partially used to house 3 grain bins. There is a further 100T external grain bin.

Blockwork store Approx17m x 6m with a corrugated roof.

To the south of the farm buildings there is a open concrete yard.


Lot 1 extends to about 10 acres in all and includes 2 areas to the south of the farm buildings could create paddocks, (a fence would need to be erected to sub-divide field number 8197, which is currently down to wheat). To the west, field 5264 is in permanent pasture, (also see tenure section with lease detail from the National Trust).


As shown on the plan, the land includes about 85 acres (34.8 ha.) in arable production with predominantly productive loam soils over clay.

There are about 47.6 acres (19.25 ha.) in permanent pasture mainly on the sloping downland to the south of the farm. The farm is subject to an HLS agreement, (see more details later in the particulars).

From the village of Rookley proceed south on the Niton Road towards Niton and Chale for approximately 2 miles, passing the Chequers Inn on the left hand side. Proceed straight over the crossroads with Appleford Road and Beacan Ally towards Niton and after approximately 0.7 mile turn right into Shinybricks Lane. After 1/3 of a mile turn left into Dolcoppice Lane and after 1/3 mile bear right passing the sign saying “Private Road” and “To The Hermitage” and continue for ½ mile. Bear right at The Hermitage and carry on for approximately ½ mile where upon you shall arrive at Downcourt Manor Farm.

Postcode PO38 2PJ

The farm is served by a private water supply, which includes a storage tank and UV filtration system. Private drainage. Calor gas serving cooker in the holiday let and hob in the farm house. Oil fired central heating for the farmhouse (also serving the holiday let).

The farm is offered freehold with the exception of:
1. The field to the west of the farm buildings, cross hatched on the plan is held on an 80 year lease dated 8 September 1972 from the National Trust. This field is sublet until 31st December 2011.
2. There is an annual grazing licence over about 36 acres of pasture to the south of the farm including fields 9168 and 8551.
3. The blockwork store is presently let but vacant possession can be achieved.

Sporting Rights: Sporting rights are let until 1st February 2012.

Rights of Access
The property has a right of access along the private access road, partly owned by The Hermitage for which there is presently a responsibility to pay in the region of £110 per annum towards maintenance. The southern section of the access drive is owned by Downcourt Manor Farm, for which the 2 neighboring properties have a right of way and a obligation to share the maintenance costs.
There are public rights of way over the farm as shown on the Ordnance Survey plan.

Planning consent was achieved on 2nd November 2004 for the conversion of stone farm buildings into 4 holiday cottages, (one with 3 bedrooms, the other 3 with 2 bedrooms). This had planning consent reference TCP/1356/W-P/00197/04 and expired on 2nd November 2009.
In addition there is an expired approval for a new agricultural building to the east of the existing buildings that was to measure 36.6m x 12.2m.

Single Farm Payment
The 2011 claim for the single farm payment will be made by the vendor and payment relating to this and the 2010/2011 cropping year shall be retained. The entitlements shall be transferred to the purchaser following completion.

Entry Level and Higher Level Stewardship Agreement
A 10 year agreement from 1st August 2008 to 31st July 2018 provides an annual income of £6,051.95 excluding capital works.
Part of this scheme involves 2 hectares of fields 8928 and 9502 being put into grass and field 9472 reverting to low input grassland. It also involves the arable land being Spring cropped. The vendor will retain the payment in respect of 2011
The purchaser will either take this scheme on or be responsible for any repayments to Natural England should they wish to withdraw from this.

Holdover/ Ingoing valn

Viewings: All viewings will be strictly by prior arrangement with the sole selling agents.

Spence Willard for themselves and the vendor of this property whose agents they are give notice that:

i The particulars are set out as a general outline only for the guidance of intending purchasers and do not constitute, nor constitute part of, an offer or contract.
ii All descriptions, references to condition, necessary permissions for use and occupation and other details are given in good faith and are believed to be correct, but any intending purchaser should not rely on them as statements or representations of fact and must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness and accuracy of each of them.
iii No person in the employment of Spence Willard has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatever in relation to this property.


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05 April 2012

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