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Lower Chapel, Brecon, Powys

Sold STC £5,500,000

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A superb Farming and Sporting Estate situated in the heart of the Breconshire Countryside. South facing estate extending to 738 acres or thereabouts. Period 4 Bedroom Farmhouse, Pant-y-Maes Farmhouse, Six Holiday Cottage, Indoor Heated Swimming Pool. Extensive range of Modern Portal Frame Agricultural Buildings. First Class Shooting. Panoramic views of the Brecon Beacons.

Introduction - The Vale Farm Estate is situated in the heart of the Breconshire Countryside, extending to a vast 738 acres of undulating pasture with a high amenity value to include lakes, woodlands and recent plantations. The property enjoys the most spectacular and panoramic views towards the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains and is situated only a short drive from the market town of Brecon.

The sale of The Vale Farm Estate represents a truly unique and rare opportunity to acquire a farming and sporting estate in Mid-Wales.

Situation - The Vale is approached via its own private tarmacadam drive with a separate access and entrance to the holiday complex and a further concrete road that approaches the Estate from the Eastern boundary.

The Vale is situated immediately North of the rural hamlet of Lower Chapel and is approximately 5 miles North of the market town of Brecon, where all of the major facilities can be found, to include supermarkets, leisure centre, range of shops, restaurants and public inns, primary schools and secondary school. From Brecon there are extremely good road networks to the major cities of Cardiff, Hereford and Bristol.

Description - The Vale is a substantial property that comprises a host of accommodation to include the The Vale Farmhouse, Pant-y-Maes Farmhouse, six holiday cottages, indoor swimming pool and extensive range of agricultural buildings which are all surrounded by 738 acres of farmland in one ring fence.

The farmhouses and holiday cottages are all situated in elevated positions and take advantage of the most beautiful and panoramic views that extend over the surrounding farmland and towards the Brecon Beacons mountain range.

The accommodation has the benefit of being situated separately from the farm buildings with separate driveways to each enterprise. A particular feature of The Vale is the Estate Shoot which has proved to be extremely popular and provides a significant income stream to the Farm. The farming element of The Vale consists of mixed livestock and arable enterprises. The land is split into conveniently sized enclosures which are easily accessed by a private concrete farm road, making for easy management of the farming and shooting enterprises on the estate.

The property has the benefit of natural streams, lakes, woodland and coppice plantations that create a natural haven for wildlife and a valuable shelter for livestock.

The topography of the land provides an ideal landscape for a great sporting shoot.

The Vale Farmhouse - The Vale Farmhouse represents a sizeable and detached stone constructed four bedroom residence that is situated in an elevated position overlooking much of the Farm Estate. The front entrance to the farmhouse leads into a central hallway which leads into two large reception rooms with further access leading into the kitchen/diner and conservatory.

A particular feature of this residence are the high ceilings and open fireplaces. The property offers very spacious accommodation on both floors and would make an ideal family home or as further accommodation for the holiday and shooting enterprises already implemented on the Estate.

Briefly The Accommodation Comprises The Following: - Rear Entrance Hall 0.94m 4.56m
Leading in to
The Dairy 5.00m x 3.49m to include wash hand basin, tiled floor, adjoining shower room with w.c 0.79m x 2.42m
Kitchen/Diner 5.46m x 5.21m
Conservatory (Double Glazed) 4.05m x 4.68m With tiled floor and views overlooking farmland
Lounge 5.29m x 4.72m with open fireplace
Internal Hallway 5.97m x 1.31m
Rear Lounge 5.07m x 5.26m with open fireplace
Stairs leading to Landing Area 4.76m x 1.00 and 5.95m x 1.1m
Main Bedroom 3.1m x 5.49m
Bedroom Two 4.09m x 4.26m
Bedroom Three 3.37m x 4.25m
Bedroom Four 5.31m x 4.06m
Water Closet 1.56m x 0.49m with w.c and hand basin
Airing Cupbaord (Off Landing)
Bathroom 3.4m x 3.58m with bidet, w.c, handbasin, corner bath with tiled surround

Outside - Surrounding the property are lawned and shrub gardens and a tarmacadam parking area. There are also various ancillary buildings to include:
External Wood Shed 3.05m x 3.13m
External Coal Shed 2.09m x 1.79
External Cold Store Room 2.11m x 4.22m

Pant-Y-Maes Farmhouse - Pant-y-Maes Farmhouse represents a detached stone constructed four bedroom residence. It is situated on the opposite side of the valley from the Vale Farmhouse and enjoys terrific views over the surrounding farmland that extend towards the hamlet of Lower Chapel. This property is in an elevated position and also has the benefit of separate road access off the central and internal farm road.

The property is subject to a 106 Agricultural Tie.

The property is in good order and the accommodation briefly comprises the following:
Utility 2.75m x 4.38m with tiled floor and adjoining w.c. And Shower Room 1.17m x 2.02m
Pantry 1.61m x 2.75m
Kitchen/Diner 5.05m x 6.08m with solid fuel Rayburn and fitted units
Lounge 6.07m x 5.72m with wood burning stove
Office 2.46m x 3.42m
Stone Circular Staircase leading to landing 8.50m x 2.59m with office space
Main Bedroom 3.48m x 6.12m with balcony and ensuite
Bedroom Two 3.50m x 4.26m
Bedroom Three 3.02m x 3.45m with fitted cupboards
Bedroom Four 3.42m x 3.44m
Bathroom 1.51m x 3.90m with bath, shower, w.c and hand basin
Ensuite 1.49m x 1.74m with shower, hand basin and w.c.
The property is double glazed throughout.

Outbuildings - This property has the benefit of external and ancillary buildings which have been utilised for the storage of vehicles and timber.
Wood Store 6.40m x 7.33m with concrete floor and steel frame with stone sides
Timber Frame Pole Barn 7.88m x 13.3m with corrugated sides and soil floor (open sided)

The Holiday Complex (Sleeps 25) - The Vale boasts a stunning holiday complex comprising six cottages which have been created through the conversion of the former traditional and characterful stone farm barns. This complex is easily separated from the main farmhouse, is approached via its own private tarmacadam drive and has separate parking areas. The holiday cottages have been completed to an extremely high standard and have been rated as 4 Star accommodation. All of the cottages are well equipped with their own fitted kitchens and are all well-furnished. Each of the units have their own separate access and a particular feature of this complex is the indoor heated swimming pool and changing rooms. The childrens outdoor play area, football pitch and mini golf course are also quite an attraction.

All of the cottages are situated in a position to take advantage of the stunning views and scenery surrounding the properties.

Beacons View - This is a four bedroom two-storey residence that has been renovated in recent years to an exceptional standard. Whilst this property is used as part of the holiday let enterprise this property could be let on a permanent basis or sold as a separate dwelling.

The property has the most stunning outlook towards the Beacons and the sun room takes particular advantage of the panoramic views on offer.

The room measurements are as follows:
Utility 1.96m x 3.47m with terracotta floor tiles.
Adjoining Shower/Wet Room 2.00m x 1.74m with hand basin, w.c. And towel rail
Utility leading in to:
Internal Hallway 2.15m x 2.95m
Kitchen/Dining Room 5.75m x 5.12m with fitted units, tiled floor, solid fuel Rayburn and exposed oak beams
Double Doors Leading to:
Sun Room 3.48m x 5.45m with panoramic views with oak flooring and door to rear parking area
Bedroom One 3.32m x 3.76m with fitted cupboards and oak flooring
Bedroom Two 3.01m x 3.20m with fitted cupboards and hot water storage tank
Bathroom 1.59m x 3.80m with hand basin, w.c., towel rail and tiled floor.
The property is double glazed throughout.

Bedroom Three 5.04m x 3.48m (min)
Bedroom Four 1.65m x 3.24m

The Granary - The Granary represents a first-floor three bedroom residence, including one en-suite. The property has a large family room with additional sun room and is often used as the main function room when a large family group occupy the whole of the complex.

The room measurements are as follows:
First Floor:
Kitchen/Dining/Living Area 5.39m x 10.4m (max) with exposed oak beams and solid wood burning stove plus additional cupboard space.
Sun Room 1.74m x 5.39m
Bedroom One 3.02m 5.31m (max) with oak flooring and storage
Ensuite 1.36m x 1.41m (min) with shower, hand basin, w.c, towel rail and tiled throughout
Bedroom Two 2.69m x 3.08m
Bedroom Three 2.68m x 3.09m
Bathroom 3.32m x 1.47m with shower/ bath, hand basin, w.c. And towel rail
Hallway 0.91m x 3.74m

The Swimming Pool & Facilities - The indoor and heated swimming pool is a spectacular feature of the holiday complex particularly with the adjoining sun trap conservatory offering wonderful views towards Pen-y-Fan. There is also separate sex changing rooms with showers and w.c. And a shared utility room with built-in washing machines and tumble dryer.

Briefly the facilities comprise the following:
Utility/Wash Area 6.98m x 1.66
Storage/Control/Boiler Room 3.10m x 2.17m
Ladies Changing Rooms 2.13m x 3.08m with shower, wet room, hand basin and w.c
Gentlemens Changing Rooms 2.58m (max) x 3.11m with shower, hand basin, w.c.
Swimming Pool Room 5.53m x 11.15m with tiled floor and acrylic panel surround. Pool Depth 1.2m, Pool Size 3.6m x 7.8m
Conservatory 1.68m 5.30m

The facilities have automatic lighting.

The Cott, The Byre And The Dairy - Converted from the former milking shed and cow barn these three spacious holiday cottages have been renovated and furnished to a high standard with all three offering balcony views over the surrounding farmland. All of them have the benefit of an open plan kitchen, lounge and dining room.

These are two-storey cottages that each sleep two, with the bedroom and bathroom facilities situated on the ground floor. Each cottage is very well equipped with dishwasher, microwave, modern oven and all have the benefit of a large balcony which can interconnect with the neighbouring cottage making it ideal accommodation for families.

The Cott - The room measurements are as follows:
Ground Floor Entrance Hall with tiled floor and stair case
Shower Room 2.23m x 1.35m to include shower, hand basin and w.c.
Bedroom One 2.92m x 4.02m with oak flooring, fitted cupboards and double glazed throughout
Stairs Leading to First Floor:
Open Plan Kitchen/Diner 2.63m x 4.29m
Lounge 2.92m x 4.33m with oak flooring throughout
Double Doors Leading to Balcony Area 2.03m x 5.90m

The Byre - The room measurements are as follows:
Ground Floor Entrance Hall 3.02m x 2.29m leading into:
Shower Room 1.29m (min) x 2.66m (max) to include large shower cubicle, w.c, hand basin and towel rail
Bedroom 3.08m x 4.17m with oak flooring and fitted cupboards
Stairs to First Floor:
Open Plan Kitchen/Diner 3.08m x 4.28m with fitted units, electric oven and oak flooring throughout
Lounge 4.31m x 3.06m with exposed oak beams
Double Doors Leading to Balcony Area 2.12m x 6.05m

The Dairy - The room measurements are as follows:
Ground Floor Entrance Hall 2.21m x 2.23 with tiled floor
Leading through to:
Shower Room 1.57m x 2.62m with shower, hand basin, w.c, and towel rail
Bedroom One 3.48m x 3.95m with fitted cupboards and oak flooring
Stairs to First Floor:
Open Plan Kitchen/Dining/Living Room 5.65m (max) x 4.30m with fitted units and electric oven
Balcony Area 2.11m x 5.15m

The Kennel - The Kennel is a two-storey, two bedroom cottage that has been converted to accommodate wheelchair users on the ground floor with a large ground floor bedroom, low level kitchen units and appliances and suitable wet room facilities. The property also has the benefit of a solid wood burning stove in the lounge area and direct disabled access to the swimming pool via the sun room. There is an attic style double bedroom and w.c. Facility on the first floor.

The room measurements are as follows:
The Kennel is a two-storey, two bedroom cottage that has been converted to accommodate wheelchair users on the ground floor with a large ground floor bedroom, low level kitchen units and appliances and suitable wet room facilities. The property also has the benefit of a solid wood burning stove in the lounge area and direct disabled access to the swimming pool via the sun room. There is an attic style double bedroom and w.c. Facility on the first floor.

The room measurements are as follows:
Entrance Door Leading in to Open Plan Kitchen/Dining/Living Area 4.02m x 5.50m with fitted units, electric oven, hob and sink. Oak Flooring and solid wood burning stove. Exposed oak beams.
Ground Floor Bedroom 4.05m x 2.77m with fitted cupboards
Ground Floor Bathroom/Wetroom 2.31m x 2.41m tiled throughout with shower, hand basin and w.c.
Stairs to Bedroom Two 2.67m x 3.63m (max) with low ceiling height. Exposed beams
Bathroom 1.41m x 1.10m with hand basin, w.c, and fitted cupboard
The Sun Room 1.79m x 9m with views towards the Brecon Beacons and surrounding farmland.

Testimonials - The Vale holiday complex is currently rated Excellent with 5 stars on Trip Advisor.

"The facilities were top class there was nothing we needed, like home from home. What an amazing place to stay, fabulous views. Thank you both so much and we will be returning".

"Thanks for a fabulous stay in such a lovely location and cottage. So much space for us all to spread out, we felt at home and had everything we needed, so well equipped".

"What a fabulous place, great location and amazingly well appointed. We had everything we needed. We had great fun 5 families together for the first time to celebrate a Golden Wedding".

"Our third visit to The Vale Farm and stay here. Each time it becomes more magical as we explore more and more".

"We had a lovely time staying in The Kennel, it is perfectly adapted for wheel-chair users and so beautiful inside and out. The pool is brilliant, the children loved it so much that they did not want to come out! Look forward to coming again".

"An absolutely wonderful property with amazing views. The pool was a hit".

(Testimonials derived from visitor book).

Sporting And Recreational - The topography of The Vale lends itself to provide an excellent days shooting. The rolling hills and undulating valleys provide the ideal setting for a sporting pheasant shoot. Many of the woodlands and coppice plantations have been created with shooting in mind. In the region of 20 days are let through the season generating a sizeable annual income. There are approximately 20 drives on the shoot of which a couple are rented in from neighbouring properties. The shoot is run on a relatively low key basis by the current owner but could easily be increased with very little input. An average days bag through the season would be 150 birds.

Currently this shoot is not advertised, however its popularity and the number of shooting days is increasing every year on return business and word-of-mouth alone. The current owner has added much amenity and conservation value to the property with the addition of lakes and ponds creating an ideal habitat for wild duck, skeet, woodcock and snipe. Arrangements can be made with the current owners to continue the game keeping up until sale completion.

A private function room, complete with kitchen area and wood burning stove is utilised for shoot luncheons and entertainment.

Shoot/Dining/Function Room 7.90m x 5.19m (max) with overhead storage.
Adjoining Toilet 2.03m x 1.96m with hand basin, w.c and tiled
Storage Room 2.14m x 1.97m

The Land - The farm extends to 738.10 acres which is largely laid down to pasture, however the land is ideally suited, with its southern aspects, for growing other forage and arable crops to include maize and corn. The land is split into good sized enclosures bordered by mature hedgerows which have all been well maintained and fenced with various woodland and coppice plantations to aid the estate shoot and to provide natural shelter. A particular feature of the property are the lakes and ponds that attract an abundance of natural wildlife.

Land Schedule - A land plan and acreage schedule can be provided upon request. Please note that all schedules have been derived from the Welsh Assemblys Basic Payment Maps and should only be relied upon as a guide only. Detailed Land Registry plans can be obtained from the solicitors upon request.

Basic Farm Payment - The property is fully eligible for the Basic Payment Scheme and is currently claimed by the vendor. There are no other agricultural schemes currently on the property. Entitlements are available by separate negotiation.

Water - The property has the benefit of a mains water supply. There is also the added benefit of a bore-hole and further additional natural springs and tributaries on the property.

Outbuildings - The Vale has a terrific range of agricultural buildings that are situated away from the main homestead and holiday complex. The majority of the buildings are situated in one main complex except for one building that is located in a woodland area of the estate and a storage building that is situated below The Vale Farmhouse. The buildings have been well maintained, are in good order and are in regular day to day use. Between the main livestock buildings there is a large central concreted yard which can be gated off for the ease of managing the cattle herd. The buildings have the benefit of an electricity and water supply.

General Storage Shed & Workshop 12.2m x 18.19m Modern portal frame with concrete floor & breeze block and corrugated zinc sides (below farmhouse)

Farm Complex South Side:
Sheep Shed 45.55m x 21.15m
Concreted central passageway 10 bays
Sheep Race and Handling Unit 4.58m x 45.55m Modern portal frame building
Cattle Building 27.55m x 19.70m Modern portal frame building and central feed passageway. Concrete floors throughout.
Hay Shed 27.55m x 7.58m Modern portal frame building with concrete floor.
Pole Barn 7.33m x 22.80m Timber & steel with soil floor.

North Side Buildings:
Hay & Straw Barn 27.26m x 13.37m with concrete Floor.
Cattle Shed & Silage Store 27.26m x 10.10 with concrete floor & concrete panel sides.
Main Cattle Shed 32.0m x 19.76m with dividing partition.
Cattle Shed 32.0m x 8.96m with Yorkshire boarding & block sides.
Slurry Lagoon & Store 27.26m x 18m with concrete floor.
Building in the Wood 12.19m x 22.86m Modern portal frame with overhanging front with open sides.

Services - The property has the benefit of mains electricity, mains water and telephone connection. There is a private drainage system. The property also has the benefit of a water borehole supply. All of the farmhouses and holiday cottages have separate Oil Central Heating Systems Further Details upon request.

Tenure - Freehold with vacant possession upon completion.

Council Tax - The Vale Estate - Tax Band "G"
Pant-y-Maes Farmhouse - Tax Band "E"
Beacons View - Tax Band "D"
Cottages - Tax Band "C"

Local Authority:
Powys County Council
County Hall
Llandrindod Wells,
Powys LD1 5LG.
Tel: 01597 826000

Timber, Woodland, Sporting And Mineral Rights - We understand that all of the above-mentioned rights are included within the freehold sale.

Grazing Rights - There are no hill grazing rights attached to the property.

Asbestos - The vendors accept no liability for any asbestos on the property, and the purchaser must comply with procedures set out in the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.

Health & Safety Notice - Please be aware that this is a fully working and active farming estate. We advise all viewers to take extra care when making an inspection of the property. Viewing is undertaken solely at your own risk and neither the agents or the owners of the estate take any responsibility for any injury howsoever caused.

Vendors Solicitors - Mr Anthony Mears
H Vaughan Vaughan & Co
Manchester House
50 High Street
Builth Wells
Powys LD2 3AD

Tel: 01982 552 331

Money Laundering - As a result of anti-money laundering legislation all persons offering for the property should include a copy of the following documentation:
1.Photo ID for example Passport or Driving Licence.
2.Residential ID for example current Utility Bill.

Wayleaves Easements And Rights Of Way - The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all easements, quasi easements, wayleaves and rights of way both declared and undeclared.

Town And Country Planning - The property is offered subject to any development plans, tree preservation orders, ancient orders, public rights-of-way, town planning schedules or resolutions which may be or may come into force. The purchasers will be deemed to have full knowledge of these and have satisfied themselves as to the effects such matters have on the property.

Plans, Areas And Schedules - These are based on Welsh Assembly Maps and Ordnance Survey and are for reference only. The purchaser(s) shall be deemed to have satisfied themselves as to the description of the property. Any error or mis-statement shall not annul a sale or entitle any party to compensation in respect thereof.

Boundaries Roads And Fences - The purchaser shall be deemed to have full knowledge of the boundaries and neither the Vendor not the Vendors Agents will be responsible for defining the boundaries of ownership thereof.

Misrepresentations Act - A) The property is sold with all faults and defects (if any), whether in good condition or otherwise and neither the Vendors nor
Sunderlands & Thompsons LLP, the Agents for the Vendors, shall be in any way responsible for such faults and defects, or for any statements contained in the particulars of the property prepared by the said Agents.
(b) The purchaser shall be deemed to acknowledge that he has not entered into this contract in reliance on any of the said statements that he has satisfied himself,
as to the contents of each of the said statements by inspection or otherwise, and that no warranty or representation has been made by the Vendors or the said Agents in relation to, or in connection with the property.
(c) Any error, omission or misstatement in any of the said statements shall not entitle the purchaser to rescind or to be discharged from this contract, nor give either party any cause for action.
(d) All measurements and distances are approximate. The electrical, drainage, water and heating installations have not been tested by the Agents. (The normal enquiry is carried out by the purchasers Solicitors and the type of inspection undertaken by a purchasers surveyor have not been carried out by the selling agents for the purchase or preparation of these particulars). Interested perspective purchasers are recommended to obtain an independent survey report on this property.

Inconsistency - In the event that there are any variance between these particulars and the contract of sale, then the latter shall apply.

Important Notice - These particulars are set out as a guide only. They are intended to give a fair description of the property but may not be relied upon as a statement or a representation of facts. These particulars are produced in good faith and are inevitably subjective and do not form part of any contract. No persons in the employment of Sunderlands has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatsoever in relation to this property.
HEAD OFFICE: Offa House, St Peters Square, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR1 2PQ

Price On Application -

Viewing And Contact Details - Strictly by appointment with the sole selling agent (only).
Contact Tel: 01497 822522
Office opening hours:
Mon-Fri 9.00am - 5.00pm.
Sat 9.00am - 1.00pm.

Matthew Nicholls 07811 521267 or

Directions - From the Severn Bridge: Follow the M4 west to Jct 24 and take the A449 dual carriageway towards Monmouth. After approx. 13 miles take the slip road signposted Abergavenny and continue on the A40 through the villages of Crickhowell and Bwlch. Turn right at the first roundabout at Brecon and proceed along the A470 signposted Hereford. Continue for 2 miles and take the next left signposted Brecon. Continue along the B4602 into Brecon taking the next right hand turn signposted Builth Wells/ Upper Chapel. Continue along the B4520 into the hamlet of Lower Chapel, take the first right and proceed to The Vale Estate.

None of these statements contained in these particulars are to be relied upon as statements or representations of fact. These particulars are not an offer or contract or part of one. Floor plans are provided for guidance as to the layout of the property only. Room sizes and measurements are approximate only. Please note we have not tested the equipment, appliances and services in the property and interested parties are advised to commission appropriate investigation before formulating their offer.

Sunderlands are a member of the Ombudsman for Estate Agents Scheme and therefore adhere to their Code of Practise. A copy of the Code of Practise is available on request.

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