3 bedroom cottage for sale

Gatton Park, Red Hill, Surrey

£3,500,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 100 acres approximately
  • Exceptional Equestrian or 'Lifestyle' design possibilities STP
  • Close proximity to London
  • Traditional Estate Gate Lodge in its own grounds

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

LOCATION GATTON PARK is situated near the village of Merstham on the outskirts of Redhill and has excellent transport links. There is a railway station situated approximately 1.5km at Merstham which has a regular service to central London. (17 miles).

The M25 motorway is 1 mile (2.5 km) to the north east and M23 2 miles (3 km) to the east, with Gatwick Airport 8 miles to the south. The topography of the land protects the property in terms of both noise and view, with the boundary to the A23 being screened by mature broadleaf trees. 

HISTORY Gatton Park was originally an estate of some 250 acres which was landscaped by the renowned Capability Brown, and the manor's history can be traced to the Domesday Book of 1086.

The estate was purchased in 1888 by Sir Jeremiah Colman (of the mustard food brand established in the early 19th century) and after a period when the property was requisitioned during the Second World War, the estate was then purchased by the current owners, The Royal Alexandra and Albert School. The parkland was acquired in 1976 by the current owner and farmed as a 120 head cattle rearing enterprise. 

LANDSCAPE The land is divided into two parts by Rocky Lane, a small (once private Estate) road that runs from Gatton to Redhill and the A23.

Physically the parkland is low lying within a bowl that is protected and screened by mature broadleaf trees. These trees together with the topography serve to physically protect the property from the adjacent road network and urban area of Redhill.

It also has several mature parkland trees, mostly oak, within fenced enclosures. The land has two streams running through the property on the areas both to the north and south of Rocky Lane.
 

LAND The Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute classify the area as having soil that is slowly permeable and seasonally wet, being slightly acid but of a base-rich loamy and a clayey soil. The Land Classification is 3-4.

There is approximately 100 acres of permanent pasture divided int two parts by Rocky Lane. A total of 75 acres is situated to the south of Rocky Lane which consists of level parkland that rises beyond the boundary to the original buildings of Gatton Park, now a school. There is a central stream which provides a landscape feature and runs from east to west through the park.

A further 25 acres of pasture is situated to the north of Rocky Lane, and rises to the boundary with Reigate Golf Course. This land also has a stream running through the lower fields alongside Rocky Lane.

All the land is well sheltered, and would provide good grazing for an equestrian enterprise such as a stud farm. The division of land either side of Rocky Lane is a useful barrier which presents the opportunity of alternative uses for land either side of the road.

One of the features of the area is "The Lake" which is a 26 acre expanse of water beyond the South West boundary of the property. This is of significant help towards the drainage of the area, as well as being an area of importance to wildlife.
 

AGRICULTURAL BUILDINGS East Lodge Farm

Comprehensive livestock housing of some 27,000 ft2 including storage and machinery buildings is situated at East Lodge Farm. These buildings are surrounded by hard standing and represent a total area of 2.8 acres.

This site is seen as having development potential for alternative uses subject to Planning Permission. It should be noted that the site lies within the Merthsam Conservation area, and is classified as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and of Outstanding Landscape Value. The 66 acres at Lower Gatton Park are classified as an Historic Garden.

Current buildings:

Machinery shed / Cattle shed 25m x 25m
Hay/Straw store, open fronted 12.5m x 38m
Cattle Shed 24m x 32m with outside pen area
Further cattle shed 24m x 12.3m
Manure slurry store lagoon. 

RESIDENTIAL East Lodge

East Lodge is situated to the east of the property and consists of a traditional Gate Lodge within its own grounds of approximately 1 acre and has no agricultural occupancy conditions attached to it.

The property has recently been refurbished to a high standard and provides a three bedroom lodge with a separate garage. It has a west facing aspect with a view looking down the valley of Gatton Park.
East Lodge has the potential for extension subject to the relevant planning permissions. 

POTENTIAL A variety of potential uses would be suited to the land, which could include the construction of a substantial house with a courtyard attached, to present an equestrian or other land based enterprise or pursuit. (STP) The parkland setting is a particular feature and could be enhanced considerably by the use of traditional features associated with such properties.

Local Authority: Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
Council Tax: band F  

LOT 1 9.5 acres (STS) of pasture adjacent to the south of Merstham Village.
Gently sloping to the south with a stream running through the bottom: Offers over £280,000 

LOT 2 11.5 acres of pasture adjacent to the East of Merstham Village, south sloping with a stream running through the land. Lightly wooded to the west; Offers over £345,000 

LOT 3 6.8 acres of pasture, gently south west sloping: Offers over £200,000 

LOT 4 66 acres of agricultural park land with areas of former woodland and a stream running through the land:
Offers over £825,000 

LOT 5 4.17 acres including agricultural buildings of 25000 square meters (26,000 sq feet) Potential for development to residential property under Permitted Development Rights: Offers over £1,000,000  

EAST LODGE East Lodge is a traditional 3 bedroom Gate Lodge set in 1 acre of grounds. It benefits from a large separate garage and the property could be extended subject to Planning Permission.
The property is currently let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy expiring December 2016.  

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Nearest stations

  • Merstham (0.6 mi)
  • Redhill (1.3 mi)
  • Reigate (2.2 mi)
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  • Merstham (0.6 mi)
  • Redhill (1.3 mi)
  • Reigate (2.2 mi)
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