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Walberswick, Southwold, Suffolk, IP19

Guide Price £18,000,000
2,550.7 ac.

Property Description

Commercial information

  • 2,550.8 acres (1,032.3 hectares)

Key features

  • Large estate on Suffolk Coast
  • Part of a National Nature Reserve
  • About 1,034 acres of arable land
  • Seven dwellings
  • Sporting estate with historic shoot
  • Non-agri income IRO 280,000 a year
  • EPC Rating: F-G
  • EPC Rating = G

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

The Blythburgh Estate is a substantial holding set within the Suffolk Heritage Coast. Bordered to the north by the River Blyth, the Estate extends south across arable, grazing, marsh and heathland, including the Walberswick Nature Reserve which now forms a large part of the Suffolk Coast National Nature Reserve. The whole estate sits within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and much of the nature reserve is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a designation for the finest sites for wildlife and natural features in England.


The Blythburgh Estate sits on the Suffolk Heritage Coast, south of the River Blyth. The Estate extends from Blythburgh to Walberswick, historically a small fishing village at the mouth of the River Blyth. The villages are connected by the B1387 which the estate spans. Walberswick lies south of Southwold, a popular seaside town and parts of the estate have views over
the river towards Southwold Harbour. A bridge and passenger ferry provide a route across the River Blyth for walkers and cyclists. From the 13th Century to the First World War, Walberswick was once a busy trading port, today it is a small village with a population of just 380 (2011 census) and a popular coastal getaway.

Blythburgh is a village which sits inland from Walberswick. The A12 trunk road passes through Blythburgh providing key links to Norwich 47km (29 miles) in the north and Ipswich 50km (31 miles) to the south. The A14 is accessible off the A12 providing connections to Felixstowe, Cambridge and the wider national road network.


Included within the sale is a portfolio of residential properties.
The current total rent from these amounts to approximately
£30,240 per annum.

The property extends to some 1,032.28 Hectares (2550.76 acres) with a great diversity of land use and habitats. The principal use is arable farming over some 418.47 Hectares (1,034.04 acres) with flexible and easy working soils.

Pre-application documents for a water abstraction licence have been submitted. These consist of two proposals, the first for the abstraction of winter water from Westwood Marshes, the second to abstract winter water from Wenhaston Watercourse.

The aggregate annual quantity sought from these proposals is about 650,000 cubic metres (143 million gallons). Clay outcrops are understood to exist in suitable locations on the estate for possible reservoir construction. A three phase electricity line also conveniently passes across the land being sold.

Other farming activity includes upland and marsh grazing with some land used for horse paddocks and stabling. Much of the remainder comprises heathland, woods and extensive reed marshes which are included within the Nature Reserve.

Further land which is mainly of arable use may be available for the buyer to subsequently purchase. This is hatched in red on the plan and amounts to about 61.90 Hectares (152.94 acres).

Additional land may be available to farm at Poplar Farm, Hinton, by way of a farming arrangement. Poplar Farm is located separately, a few miles to the south, a plan of which is available upon request. This land extends to some 221.15 Hectares (546.47 acres) of arable cropping and may also provide some farm buildings with grain storage.

The Estate boasts an exceptional pheasant and partridge shoot which has records dating back to the 1840s. Until 1980 it remained a wild bird shoot and in recent years has become more commercial with as many as 40,000 reared birds put down each year. Bags average between 200 and 300 birds per day although could number as many as 600 birds if required.

The open heathland and arable land offers an attractive habitat for extensive partridge populations whilst the undulating wooded landscape provides some very impressive high pheasants.
An extensive network of tracks ensures good vehicular access to all drives and the light land offers easy walking all season.

The Estate is home to the greater part of the original Walberswick National Nature Reserve which is managed by Natural England. There are two agreements between the Vendor and Natural England. The main lease runs to 2018 with an index linked annual rent of £216,806.99, based on the index published for December 2014. The other arrangement with Natural England runs from year to year with a present annual payment of £10,253.86. Details of these arrangements are available in the data room.

Acreage: 2550.76 Acres

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10 June 2016

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