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Cretingham, Woodbridge

Guide Price £1,950,000

Property Description

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Tenure: Freehold

Introduction Cretingham Golf Club and Country Lodges represent a wonderful opportunity to acquire a lifestyle business in a popular tourist area in the attractive Suffolk countryside. The current owners acquired the Club in November 1998 since when they have extended the course from 9 holes to its current 18 hole format, improved the clubhouse and have developed the 11 existing lodges.

The vendors have held informal discussions with Suffolk Coastal District Council, which is supportive of the business and has indicated that further expansion of the existing lodge park would in principle be favourably considered, subject to suitable design, scope, siting etc.

The vendors are completely flexible over the basis of disposal and will consider offers for the whole property, its component parts, or elements thereof - be that for their existing golf and leisure use or alternative use purposes. 

Location Cretingham Golf Club is located in idyllic countryside within the Deben Valley on the Suffolk Tourist Trail in rural Suffolk, some Cretingham Golf Club lies 13.5 miles (20 minutes) north east of Ipswich town centre, with ease of access to the A12 and A140. Location plans are appended.

Ipswich - the county town of Suffolk - has an estimated population of 180,000 (to include the built up area around the town boundary) and is located some 80 miles (90 minutes) from Central London. Suffolk's economy is heavily based on agriculture; however tourism is a significant part of the economy facilitated by ease of access to London and the M25. 

Facilities The property extends to c. 49 hectares (120 acres) as indicated on the attached site plan. The facilities comprise: 

18 hole golf course: The 18 hole golf course extends to 6,052 yards (par 71) arranged in two loops of nine holes starting and finishing close to the clubhouse. The course comprises four par 3s, eleven par 4s and three par 5s; it's generally level terrain make the course an enjoyable round for all, with water hazards and established woodland adding challenges and additional beauty. Greens and tees are of traditional construction - with irrigation laid to greens and tees. 

Practice facilities: The Club benefits from a formal practice ground and a practice putting green - both situated close to the clubhouse and 1st tee. 

Clubhouse: The attractive clubhouse is situated towards the centre of the property. The mainly single storey building is of mixed construction with principally wood clad elevations. The extensive accommodation includes:

Ground floor:
Entrance lobby
Bar (20+ covers)
Conservatory room (40 covers)
Restaurant / function room (80+ covers)
Golf retail area
Family games room with snooker & pool tables
Ladies changing rooms with showers & WCs
Gent changing rooms with showers and WCs
Kitchen with associated stores
First floor:
Office space
Storage area

The building has a rustic air and fits in very well with its surroundings. Internally, the atmosphere is warm and friendly - wood burning stoves and informal seating areas combining to provide a relaxed environment for golfers and other clientele.

A hard surface tennis court (in need of refurbishment), barbeque area with patio area, and smokers' pergola are located close to the clubhouse. 

Greenkeepers complex: The greenkeepers complex and associated yard / storage areas are situated in a screened position to the north of the clubhouse. The accommodation comprises a machinery store / workshop / mess room and further workshop.  

Lodges: The main cluster of 10 lodges is situated within a short walk of the clubhouse. Served by their own access track (which spurs off the Club's main entrance track) the lodges enjoy a private setting. The lodges comprise:

Swiss Cabins - 5 cabins / lodges comprising four 2 bed cabins and one 1 bed cabin (Woburn). The 2

bed cabins sleep 4-6 on two double / twins and 2 futons. The cabins include a living room kitchen area and shower / bathroom.

Augusta - 1 lodge comprising one double bedroom (with en-suite shower), two twin bedrooms, main bathroom, living room (with sofa bed) and large fully fitted kitchen. The sitting room opens up onto a large veranda with secluded hot tub.

Royal Troon &Carnoustie - 2 lodges comprising a double bedroom with en-suite shower, twin bedroom with separate bathroom; open plan sitting / dining room and fully fitted kitchen. The sitting room opens up onto a large veranda with secluded hot tub.

Wentworth - one 1 bedroom luxury cabin comprising a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and separate shower, open plan dining and lounge area and a fully fitted and equipped kitchen.

A further lodge is located in the centre of the golf course adjacent to a secluded fishing lake. The A frame lodge has an open plan sitting room with kitchenette and bathroom off, and a two bed sleeping area above. .The lodge sleeps 2-4 people with access via golf buggy.

Informal touring caravan / tenting area: Adjacent to the lodge park (and sharing the same entrance road) is a touring caravan / tenting area. Laid out as an informal facility - but including 10 electric hook ups and water supply points - the area is tucked away from the main central clubhouse facilities, but still has ease of access for food / beverage and bathroom facilities. 

Grove Farm Cottage The detached cottage is understood to have been constructed in 1988. The single storey building is located to the west of the clubhouse overlooking a pond and an adjacent farmhouse (which is excluded from the sale). The accommodation comprises:
Master bedroom (en-suite)
1/2 further bedrooms
Family bathroom
Spacious sitting room
Dining room
Kitchen (recently refurbished)

The cottage has its own courtyard garden and a further small garden that opens onto the tennis court.
 

Tenure& Possession The property is held freehold.

All aspects of the business are operated in hand.

One lodge was let on a full repairing and insuring 45 year lease (no ground rent is paid) in 2007. We are advised that the Tenant only uses the lodge infrequently - however it is not used as part of the letting fleet in his absence. 

The Existing Business A comprehensive data room has been prepared for the property / the business, access to which will be made available to those who have made an accompanied inspection of the property and have signed an NDA.  

Town & Country Planning Suffolk Coastal District Council confirms that the property falls under the Suffolk Coastal District Local Plan, the Core Strategy for which was adopted in 2013. The whole property falls within a Special Landscape Area; parts of the property fall within the Flood Zone.

There are two public rights of way over the golf course.

Suffolk Coastal District Council has confirmed in principle that they are supportive for the further development of the facilities (additional lodge accommodation) subject to appropriate design, layout, density etc.
 

Suffolk Coastal District Council Has confirmed the Council's in principle support for the further development of the facilities (additional lodge accommodation) subject to appropriate design, layout, density etc. 

Energy Performance Certificate The clubhouse has an energy performance rating of C 58 

Basis of Disposal Cretingham Golf Club and Cretingham Country Lodges are being offered for sale as the Vendors - having owned the Club for 18 years and developed it to its current format - wish to focus on their other business interests.

Offers are invited for the freehold property - be that the whole, its constituent parts, or part thereof (e.g. 9 holes of golf and the clubhouse). Offers that are conditional on the granting of planning permission for further development and / or alternative use will be considered.

Consumable stocks are to be taken over by the purchaser at valuation on completion of the sale.

If appropriate, the sale contract will include a clause reserving a percentage of future development value to the vendor - the terms of which are to be agreed with the purchaser. 


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  • Wickham Market (6.6 mi)
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01728 571031 Local call rate

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