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Court Lodge Farm, Ewhurst Green, Robertsbridge, East Sussex

Guide Price £4,750,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 5 bedroom farmhouse
  • 3 bedroom cottage
  • 2 farmsteads
  • 398.33 acres - arable land
  • 149.72 acres - pasture land

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Situation

Local facilities are available at nearby Northiam. More comprehensive shopping is at Robertsbridge, Tenterden, Hastings, Tunbridge Wells and Bluewater Shopping Centre at Dartford.
Mainline rail services run from Etchingham (about 7 miles), Robertsbridge and Battle with services to Charing Cross/Cannon Street from approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Excellent educational facilities, both in the state and private sectors, include Marlborough House and St. Ronan's Preparatory Schools in Hawkhurst, Claremont, Vinehall and Benenden School for Girls.
The M25, via the A21, affords access to other motorway networks, Gatwick and Heathrow Airports. The M20 at Ashford provides access to the Channel Tunnel Terminal.


Description

LAND
The farmland extends to about 591.08 acres (239.20 hectares) including the orchard, of which 591.73 acres (239.47 hectares) have been registered for Single Farm Payment. The arable land amounts to approximately 398.33 acres (161.20 hectares), whilst the pasture land extends to 149.72 acres (60.50 hectares). The apple orchard within Lot 3 was predominantly planted in the 1960s with a programme of re-planting half of the orchard over the past 20 years. The farm is interspersed with pockets of amenity woodland, well placed to maximise its sporting potential.

The majority of the land is accessed from public roads or well maintained internal tracks. The land has been under drained where necessary and the arable fields are of a commercial size suited to modern farming techniques.
The soils are classified as grade 3 on the Land Classification Soil Series of England and Wales being a mix of fine and in places slightly coarser loamy clayey soils. The farm has been sympathetically farmed by the current owners with a 3 year arable rotation of predominantly cereals, with occasional winter beans. The pasture land was originally grazed by 1,500 ewes. This number has been reduced in recent years, there now is a small flock of 150 head of ewes grazed the land, reduced in the autumn of 2011 from 250.

SPORTING AND WOODLAND
The sporting rights have been let on an annual basis and the shoot has been run as a small syndicate, utilising the woodland along with a number of game covers. The syndicate currently holds a small number of days a year with an average bag of 70 birds, over the farm and adjoining let woodland.


Accommodation

INTRODUCTION
The sale of Court Lodge Farm presents an excellent opportunity to acquire a productive and attractive commercial farming unit in a location where such opportunities are rarely available on the open market.
This mixed arable and livestock unit has been sympathetically farmed in-hand by the current owners since it was purchased in 1973.

SITUATION
Overlooking the Rother Valley and Bodiam Castle to the north, the farm sits in an elevated position surrounding the sought after village of Ewhurst Green enjoying superb views over classic Wealden countryside. Ewhurst Green has a parish church and popular village pub.

LOT 1
148.53 ACRES (60.11 HECTARES)
LONGWOOD HOUSE
Longwood House is a five bedroom property sitting in a secluded position overlooking its own land. The weatherboard clad property includes an open store adjoining the property along with a barn to the rear. Sitting within mature gardens, which include a substantial lawned area to the south and vegetable garden to the north. The property offers potential for expansion and development, subject to planning.

The property is subject to an Agricultural Occupancy Condition.

Internally the property briefly comprises a Drawing Room, Sitting Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Study, Utility Room and Garden Room on the ground floor and 5 Bedrooms and a Family Bathroom on the first floor.

LONGWOOD FARM
Situated to the south of the farmhouse the farm buildings are currently used for grain and general storage purposes and comprise two part block, part cement fibre clad grain stores and bins with a total storage capacity of 800 tonnes.

Grain Store (75 ft x 30 ft)
The store includes 8 bins with a storage capacity of 50 tonnes each. The bins are enclosed with part concrete block walling and cement fibre cladding and are accessed through a roller shutter door. The grain store includes drying facilities with a grain fan and auger system.

Grain and General Purpose Store (75 ft x 50 ft)
Steel portal frame building with concrete block walling, concrete floor, roller shutter door, cement fibre cladding and roof. The on-floor storage has a capacity of approximately 400 tonnes.

Former stabling (75 ft x 11'6 ft)
Adjoining the secondary grain store as a lean-to, the building includes 6 loose boxes accessed from outside, now redundant.

LAND
The land lies within a single ring fence, split by a minor unclassified road; the land is predominantly arable, interspersed with pockets of woodland. The arable land is currently in a rotation of cereals and winter beans whilst the pasture is grazed on a seasonal basis.

LOT 2
201.71 ACRES (81.63 HECTARES)
COURT LODGE LIVESTOCK AND GENERAL PURPOSE BUILDINGS
Sitting at the centre of the land to the east of Ewhurst Green, the buildings are set in a commanding position overlooking the Rother Valley and Bodiam Castle. The buildings may offer development potential, subject to planning.

Livestock Building (150 ft x 88 ft)
Timber framed building with concrete block walling to the gable ends and weatherboarding above. The building comprises a central feed passage with livestock pens, all covered by a cement fibre roof.

General Purpose Building (80 ft x 50 ft)
Recently constructed timber frame building with weatherboarding to the western gable and access provided from the eastern end. The building is currently used for general storage purposes.

LAND
The largest of all the lots, the land, a mixture of arable and pasture, slopes down from the Ewhurst Road to the Rother Valley. The arable land is currently in a rotation of cereals and winter beans whilst the pasture is grazed on a seasonal basis.
Adjoining the Ewhurst Road to the west of the main farm track, a licence has been granted for five touring caravan pitches with the possibility to expand this, subject to planning.

LOT 3
43.04 ACRES (17.42 HECTARES)
Planted on a south facing slope located to the east of the village, the whole area has been cultivated as a productive apple orchard, with a program of replanting in more recent years. The western part of the orchard was planted approximately 10 years ago previously down to arable land.

LOT 4
88.74 ACRES (35.91 HECTARES)
An attractive block of gently undulating arable land lying to the south of Ewhurst Green. The land sits within a ring fence bordered on two sides by roads. The land has been cropped in a rotation of cereals and winter beans.

LOT 5
125.28 ACRES (50.70 HECTARES)
An attractive mixed parcel of land sitting in a bowl to the south of Ewhurst Green, the lot includes 69.67 acres of arable land but offers extensive amenity and sporting potential as the land is interspersed with mature woodland and pasture land. The arable land has been cropped in a rotation of cereals and winter beans whilst the pasture is grazed in a seasonal basis.

LOT 6
46.58 ACRES (18.85 HECTARES)
An off lying parcel of pasture land located to the east of Lot 2, the land has been grazed by a local farmer since September 2011. The land is accessed by a right of way between A and B, as marked on the attached sale plan. Part of the right of way is currently inaccessible to vehicles and we would advise that the land is inspected on foot.

LOT 7
COURT LODGE COTTAGE
A detached, two storey, three bedroom cottage set on the edge of Ewhurst Green village. The property benefits from private front and rear gardens, the latter of which enjoys views over the fields to the south-east. The driveway adjacent to the house provides parking for at least two vehicles.
Internally the property briefly comprises a Sitting Room, Dining Room, Kitchen and WC on the ground floor and 3 Bedrooms and Family Bathroom on the first floor.

The property is subject to an agricultural occupancy condition.


GENERAL REMARKS

SINGLE FARM PAYMENT
The land is registered under the Single Payment Scheme and the appropriate entitlements will be transferred with the land. Details of the entitlements sold with the farm are available from the vendor's agent upon request. The purchaser will indemnify the vendor against any non-compliance for the remaining period of the 2012 claim.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES
The farm is not currently entered in to any environmental scheme, the Entry Level Stewardship Scheme having expired in 2011.

SPORTING RIGHTS
The sporting rights, in so far as they are owned, are included in the sale.

MINERAL RIGHTS
The mineral rights in so far as they are owned are included within the sale.

FIXTURES AND FITTINGS
All fixtures and fittings will be excluded from the sale unless specifically mentioned in these sales particulars.

VALUATION
In addition to the purchase price the purchaser will be required to pay for any growing crops established for the 2011/2012 season along with any other acts of husbandry at cost, and any other items normally paid for at ingoing. No claim will be allowed for dilapidations or any other matters.

LOCAL AUTHORITIES
Rother District Council, The Town Hall, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3JX.
Tel: 01424 787000

East Sussex County Council, County Hall, St Anne's Crescent, Lewes, BN7 1UE.
Tel: 0345 60 80 190

COUNCIL TAX BAND
Longwood House - Band F (£2,320.67 - 2012)
Court Lodge Farm Cottage - Band D (£1,565.00 - 2012)

SERVICES
Longwood House benefits from mains water and electricity and private drainage and oil fired central heating. Court Lodge Cottage benefits from mains water and electricity and private drainage. Heating is provided by electric night storage heaters.

Both properties are subject to Agricultural Occupancy Conditions.

WAYLEAVES, EASEMENTS AND RIGHTS OF WAY
The property is being sold subject to, and with the benefit of, all existing wayleaves, easements and rights of way whether public or private, specifically mentioned or not. There are a number of footpaths that cross the farm. Their locations can be ascertained from the vendor's agents on request.

VAT
Any guide price quoted or discussed is exclusive of VAT. In the event that a sale of the property or any part of it or any right attached to it becomes a chargeable supply for the purposes of VAT such tax will be payable in addition.

VIEWINGS
Strictly by appointment through the joint selling agents:
Savills London: 0207 409 3780
Savills Haywards Heath: 01444 446066
Standen Hodgson Cranbrook: 01580 713250
Standen Hodgson Rye: 01797 229922
Given the potential hazards of a working farm we would request that you take care when viewing the property, especially around the farmsteads.

IMPORTANT NOTICE
Savills, their clients and any joint agents give notice that:
1. They are not authorised to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property either here or elsewhere, either on their own behalf or on behalf of their client or other statements or representations of fact.
2. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. They assume no responsibility for any statement that may be made in these particulars. These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as accurate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents and Savills have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise.
3. The reference to any mechanical or electrical equipment or other facilities at the property shall not constitute a representation (unless otherwise stated) as to its state or condition or that it is capable of fulfilling its intended function, and prospective purchasers / tenants should satisfy themselves as to the fitness of such equipment for their requirements. Particulars produced February 2011 and photographs taken February 2011.


Directions

DIRECTIONS
Heading south on the A21 running from Sevenoaks towards Hastings, proceed through Hurst Green to Silver Hill and at the White Horse Public House fork left on to the road signposted to Bodiam and Staplecross.
Continue along this road (crossing the A229) for approximately 4 miles, through the village of Bodiam and over the railway. Take the next left onto Dagg Lane signposted towards Ewhurst Green and Northiam, continue for approximately ½ mile until you reach the T-junction, signposted left to Ewhurst Green. Continue along the road through the village green and Longwood House will be seen approximately 1½ miles to the east of village, as identified in these sales particulars.The farm surrounds the village of Ewhurst Green to the north, south and east.


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37-39 Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 3BN

01444 700029 Local call rate

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