Land for saleBlackdown House Farm, Briantspuddle, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7HX
- 16.1 acres (6.5 hectares)
- Water Meadows
- 16 acres
Lot 2a The Water Meadows 16.14 acres (6.53 ha). A well fenced fertile block of pasture with good road access. NB fishing rights are not included and are owned by a third party.
An attractive small estate with a substantial 8 bedroom country house, in a wonderful position overlooking parkland setting.
Detached 2 bedroom stable flat, traditional stabling, large office space. Selection of working farm buildings with separate access, pasture, amenity and commercial woodland.
About 245 acres (99.15 ha) in total.
For sale as a whole or in up to six lots.
Lot 1 - Blackdown House, Stable flat and farm buildings - 81.72 acres (33.07 ha)
Blackdown House commands an extremely
prominent position overlooking the main block
of land. Surrounded by mature gardens, the
house has far-reaching views. The surrounding
pastureland is currently farmed in hand and
is interspersed by small woodland glades and
large blocks of woodland. It gives an extremely
Blackdown House Farm was originally built by
the current owners ancestors in the 1920s in an
elevated spot on the outskirts of Briantspuddle.
The country house is constructed of Debenham
block and has a private driveway. The house
has been maintained but is now in need of
updating in parts. The ground floor has wooden
flooring in most rooms, impressive fireplaces and
wooden panelling in several rooms. The house
enjoys outstanding views over the natural valley.
There are eight bedrooms and three bathrooms
providing ample accommodation on the first floor.
Next to the house is a large gravelled area
which leads out into the orchard and rolling
lawns. The terraced formal gardens sit to
the south with a great aspect overlooking a
fabulous bluebell glade in the mixed woodland
opposite. The formal gardens and elevated
position provide an excellent vantage point to
enjoy the surrounding natural beauty. The views
span the natural parkland looking north-east
towards the river meadows of the Piddle Valley.
Outbuildings & Stable Flat
The outbuildings comprise a two bedroom
flat, which has a large kitchen/sitting room,
two bedrooms, a bathroom and space for
an additional bedroom. The large first floor
office has its own separate entrance. On the
ground floor there are three garages and three
traditional stabling boxes and a workshop
(former harness room)
The farm buildings
Accessed off Throop Lane and comprising:
Cow yard (98ft x 45ft 29.87m x 13.71m)
concreted apron with a timber frame barn
(chalk lined floor) which is open-fronted with
block walling under a box profile sheeted roof.
Hay store (30ft x 60ft 18.28m x 9.14m)
Modern steel-frame open sided portal barn
overlooking other farm buildings
Additional space for storage of machinery and
implements. Lock-up lean-to store.
There is an underground dirty water storage tank.
The farmland, extending to 40.59 acres
(16.42 ha) is attractive undulating pasture. In
addition there are 35.31 acres (14.28 ha) of
mixed woodland, ponds and beautiful bluebell
glades. The Farm currently supports a small
Welsh Black herd of cattle. There is a large
block of woodland located to the south of
the house. This has been well managed and
comprises a mix of species including native
hardwoods and a selection of softwoods.
Lot 2b The Water Meadows 7.59 acres
A good block of water meadow with road
access. NB fishing rights are not included and
are owned by a third party.
Lot 3 Blackdown Wood 107.00 acres (43.30 ha)
A single block of commercial woodland with a
mix of species including Beech, Oak, Ash, Cherry
and Hazel Coppice, Scots Pine, Douglas Fir, Sitka
spruce and Larch. The majority of the woodland
is in soft wood rotation. There is a Site of Special
Scientific Interest (Cull-peppers Dish) as well
as a smaller dish in the woodland.
to aid extraction. The woodland is included
within a 5 year management plan and has been
There is a network of rides throughout the
woodland to provide access.
Lot 4 The Nursery 3.04 acres (1.23 ha)
A former forest tree nursery currently in pasture
but with scope for a small market garden.
There is a semi-redundant block building.
Water is connected.
Lot 5 North Barn Land 29.51 acres (11.94 ha)
Established pasture. Good road access.
Mains water is connected.
Currently in pasture but suitable for arable/
maize cultivation, subject to EIA with good
road access from B3390.
About 245 acres (99.15 ha) in total
Method of sale and Tenure: Blackdown House
Farm is offered for sale as a whole, or in up
to six lots by private treaty. The property is
available with vacant possession on completion.
Services: Blackdown House and Stable Flat have
mains water, telephone, electricity and internet.
There is a private drainage system. Oil-fired
central heating to the house. LPG fired heating to
Stable Flat as well as cooking into the main house.
The farm buildings have single phase mains
electricity and mains water.
Wayleaves, easements and rights of way:
The property is being sold subject to and with
the benefit of all rights including: rights of
way, whether public or private, light, support,
drainage, water and electricity supplies and
other rights and obligations, easements and
quasi-easements and restrictive covenants and
all existing and proposed wayleaves for masts,
pylons, stays, cables, drains, water and gas
and other pipes whether referred to in these
particulars or not.
There are public footpaths and bridleways over
the land. In addition, some of the neighbouring
properties have a right of way over part of
lots 2a, 3 and 4. Further details are available
from the vendors agents.
Basic Payment: The entitlements to the Basic
Payment are included in the sale. In the event
that the property is sold in lots the entitlements
will be included with the eligible land on a pro
rata basis at the discretion of the vendors.
The vendors have submitted a claim for the current
scheme year and will retain the payment for this
scheme year in its entirety. The vendors will use
reasonable endeavours to transfer the entitlements
to the purchaser as soon after completion as the
transfer rules allow. The purchasers will meet the
agents costs for arranging transfer.
There are 37.65 entitlements (2015).
Sporting/fishing: There are currently two
temporary stalking licences in place which can
be terminated on sale should the purchaser wish.
The water meadows (lot 2a and 2b) do not
have the benefit of fishing rights on the River
Piddle. More information is available from
the agents regarding both matters if required.
Shooting rights are currently in hand and will be
transferred to the purchaser.
Designations: The agricultural land falls
predominantly within a Eutrophic Nitrate
Vulnerable Zone (NVZ); the commercial woodland
also falls in a Groundwater NVZ. There is also a
geological SSSI (Cull-Peppers Dish SSSI) located
in the block of commercial woodland (lot 3). The
block of woodland to the east of the farm buildings
is also designated as ancient woodland.
Part of the property is located in the Piddle
Valley Conservation Area.
General: A small part of Lot 1 is subject to some
historic rights to the former Bladen Estate (further
information available from the vendors agents).
Overage: Part of Lot 1 and Lot 4 will be sold
subject to an overage on future residential
development. This overage will be effective for
40 years from the date of completion of the sale
and will be payable on the start of development
(or disposal with planning permission) for such
uses. The amount payable will be 30% of the
increase in value resulting from that consent.
A plan is available from vendors agents.
Fixtures and fittings: All items usually regarded
as tenants fixtures and fittings and equipment,
including fitted carpets and curtains, together with
garden ornaments and statuary, are specifically
excluded from the sale. These may be available to
the purchaser by separate negotiation.
Dorset County Council (01305 221 000);
Purbeck District Council (01929 556561).
VAT: Any guide price quoted or discussed is
exclusive of VAT. In the event that a sale of the
property, or any part of it, or any right attached to
it, becomes a chargeable supply for the purposes
of VAT, such tax will be payable in addition.
Health and safety: Given the potential hazards of
a working farm / estate / shoot we ask you to be as vigilant as possible when making your inspection
for your own personal safety, particularly around
the farm buildings and machinery.
Located in the heart of Dorset, Blackdown House
Farm lies close to the nearby towns of Dorchester,
Bournemouth, Wareham and Poole providing
an excellent variety of shopping and recreational
facilities. There are good communications in the
area with a mainline railway service available
from Moreton (3.5 miles), Wool (5.9 miles),
Dorchester (10 miles) and Poole to London
Waterloo. The A35 joins the A31 and provides
a route along the M27/M3 to London. The area
is well served by established independent schools
such as Canford, Clayesmore, Bryanston, Milton
Abbey and the Sherborne Schools. Sporting
facilities in the area include water sports along
the outstanding Dorset Jurassic coastline, fishing
(dependent on permit) on the Rivers Piddle &
Frome, golf at Wareham, The Dorset Golf and
Country Club and Broadstone and horse racing at
Bath, Exeter, Taunton, Salisbury and Wincanton.
Blackdown House Farm has been owned by the
same family since 1914 when Ernest Debenham,
owner of Debenham department stores, bought
3,500 acres across Briantspuddle, Affpuddle
and Turnerspuddle. His plan was to target rural
unemployment by merging production and sale
to create self-sufficient agricultural holdings.
Ernest Debenham was later awarded a baronetcy
for his services to agriculture and in particular
his work on model farms.
Blackdown House Farm is part of the former
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