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Ashmans Farm, Braxted Road, Kelvedon, Colchester, CO5

Sold STC £1,600,000
155 ac.

Property Description

Commercial information

  • 155 acres (62.7 hectares)

Key features

  • In all about 67.18 hectares (166.01 acres)
  • For sale by private treaty as a whole (lots considered)
  • Period 5 bedroom farmhouse
  • 1 bedroom annexe
  • Traditional and modern agricultural buildings
  • Productive arable land with water abstraction licence
  • Income-producing woodland and stocked fishing lake

Full description

Residential arable farm with woodland income


Kelvedon, Essex

Colchester: 11 miles
Chelmsford: 15 miles
Kelvedon Railway Station: 1.8 miles (London Liverpool Street station - 50 minutes)
(All mileages and times are approximate)

- Period 5 bedroom farmhouse
- 1 bedroom annexe
- Traditional and modern agricultural buildings
- Productive arable land, income-producing woodland and stocked fishing lake




Ashmans Farm, Kelvedon is an unusual residential and commercial farm conveniently situated close to the A12. It offers a compact residential farm with versatile agricultural buildings, arable land and income-producing woodland including coppice and cricket bat willows as well as a stocked reservoir.
The property is bounded to one side by the River Blackwater and has good access onto the A12 dual carriageway. Having been farmed in hand by the vendors for a number of years, it offers a unique opportunity to purchase an interesting and varied family unit in an attractive location but with excellent links to other parts of the county and London.


Travelling north from the A12, take the Kelvedon turning (junction 23) onto the B1024 London Road. On entering the village turn right towards Braxted heading over the small river crossing and bear right to reach the Great Braxted to Tiptree road. Turn right at the T-junction and the property is found lying on both sides of the road less than half a mile after the junction.


The village of Kelvedon sits in a convenient location between the historic towns of Colchester and Chelmsford. Ashmans Farm is located to the south of the village.

London Liverpool Street station can be reached in about 50 minutes from Kelvedon railway station and Kelvedon provides local amenities including retail opportunities, leisure facilities and a good road network. There are numerous primary and secondary schools nearby including Colchester Royal Grammar School (11 miles), Holmwood House Preparatory School (9 miles) and New Hall School (12 miles).


By appointment with the vendors' agent. Before travelling to view the property please discuss with the vendors' agent any point which is of particular importance to you. Given the potential hazards of a working farm, visitors must, before entering the property, meet with our representative on site to be briefed on possible hazards.


Situated adjacent to the Great Braxted to Kelvedon road, the farmhouse is an attractive Grade II listed timber frame brick-skinned house under a peg tiled roof built in the mid-1700s. Arranged on two floors, the house provides five bedroom accommodation with an attached annexe providing a further bedroom. The annexe has been converted for disabled use. Three reception rooms and two kitchens are provided on the ground floor. The property has been lived in as two parts and would benefit from cosmetic renovation.

Outside, the house sits in a compact garden with attractive lawns and an extensive kitchen garden.


Lying adjacent to Ashmans Farmhouse is a small range of traditional and more modern agricultural buildings. All are accessed via a private drive from the public highway and sit conveniently away from the farmhouse.

A summary of the agricultural buildings can be seen inset on the buildings plan.

Barn: Timber frame and timber clad on a brick plinth. Concrete floor and corrugated fibre cement roof. 9.6m x 4.4m.

Cattle Stalls: Timber frame and timber clad on a brick plinth. Hardcore floor and pantile roof. 12.0m x 4.3m.

Workshop: Steel portal frame with part block walling and corrugated fibre cement cladding to sides and roof. Concrete floor. 17.7m x 14.0m.

Black Barn: Block built and timber clad with corrugated metal profile sheeting to roof. Concrete floor. 10.5m x 10.1m.

Fuel Tank: 1000 litre bunded diesel tank.


Ashmans Farm extends to some 62 hectares (155 acres) comprising approximately 34.9 hectares (86.2 acres) of arable land and 24.0 hectares (60 acres) of woodland. The western aspect of the farm adjoins the River Blackwater and the land benefits from good access off the public highway and internal tracks. The soils are classified as Grade 2 and 3 on the Land Classification Soil Series of England and Wales being predominantly of the Fladbury 1 and Efford soil series, a combination of stoneless clay and sandy silt loam soils.

The arable land has been farmed in hand using contractors employing a typical cereal rotation, however in 2015 the vendors intend to plant cress over the arable area. Cropping records for the previous five years are available from the vendors' agent on request. About 33.71 hectares (83.30 acres) of eligible land has been registered for the Basic Payment Scheme (formerly the Single Payment Scheme) and the relevant Entitlements will transfer with the sale.

A 0.4 hectare (1.1 acre) reservoir of 3.5 million gallon capacity lies to the north of Kelvedon Hall Lane and a water abstraction licence provides for 13,600 cubic metres of winter abstraction per year. The reservoir has sporting potential as does the farmland which in part has been let to a local shooting syndicate on an annual agreement.

The remainder of the land has been planted to woodland, including rotational coppice and amenity planting, comprising approximately:

Short rotation willow and poplar- 15.1 hectares (37.4 acres).
Poplar established under a Farm Woodland Premium Scheme - 3.4 hectares (8.4 acres).
Old willow set beds and cricket bat willow standards - 2.5 hectares (6.3 acres).
Willow plots for basketry and ceremonial (kosher) use - 2.1 hectares (5.2 acres).
Broadleaf woodland (with a small area of willow and poplar) - 2.0 hectares (4.9 acres).
Cricket bat willow set beds - 1.5 hectares (3.7 acres).
Chestnut and ash coppice - 0.9 hectares (2.2 acres).
Chestnut coppice - 0.5 hectares (1.1 acres).

Income from the woodland areas is in the region of £60,000 per annum, a large part of which is derived from the willow plantations, in particular for cricket bats, basketry and ceremonial use within the Jewish community.

(For detailed information please refer to brochure available to download below)

Postcode: CO5 9BT

Method of Sale: Ashmans Farm is offered for sale by private treaty as a whole.

Particulars and photographs taken October 2014.

Acreage: 155 Acres

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