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Torre, Washford


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Tenure: Freehold

This tourist attraction is located less than a mile from the A39 tourist route between Williton and Minehead, being approximately 2 miles West of Watchet. The cider farm is well signposted with a brown tourist sign off the A39 and is close to Cleeve Abbey, believed to be one of the best preserved medieval monasteries in England. Nearby in the village of Washford is Washford Station, the West Somerset Steam Railway operated Heritage railway line.

The property comprises of a cider farm with approximately 8 acres of land, with ample on-site parking and a tourist farm shop with adjoining tea room and outside seating area. In addition, within the immediate curtilage, are the parking facilities, children's play area, toilet block and craft workshop. To the left of the tea room and farm shop, the owners have converted a barn to provide a spacious 4 bedroom family home and below, at garden level, one 2 bedroom apartment and one 1 bedroom apartment. The apartments benefit from a lawned foregarden and the main barn conversion has its own private lawned garden to the rear. Just above the main barn conversion and to the right is a detached single storey barn for cider pressing, a video display room and a storage room. Beyond this, at the brow of the hill, there are various timber storage sheds and a large open area for storage of vats of cider.

Our clients acquired the property over 20 years ago and have developed this cider farm during that period which now provides a substantial income. The land is therefore divided between the main farmhouse and public areas with a gently sloping, South facing valley, set aside for apple trees. We have been advised, by the vendor, that the land is a Grade II sandy soil. The owners also have a variety of livestock on site, including a Gloucester Old Spot pet pig, goats and hens.

The cider farm opens throughout the year. Opening hours are 7 days a week, 10am - 4pm in the winter and 10am - 5pm in the summer. The business is currently operated by part time staff. Income is provided from the tea room and sale of cider and gifts within the shop, including a selection of cheeses in a cold display cabinet, gingerbread men biscuits, packets of fudge, a selection of preserves and, of course, the cider produced under the name of Howzat cider, Sheep Stagger scrumpy and Tornado cider, all made at the farm. In addition the owners have, during the Christmas period, been very successful in selling hampers with a cider theme. At the present time, the owners do not charge an entrance fee and income is derived from the tea room and tea garden. The turnover for the financial year ending 2011 was 187,460 with a gross profit of 112,415. Audited accounts will be made available to those seriously interested parties who have inspected the property.

As well as their traditional ciders, the owners produce apple juice and cider vinegar. The cider is still ranging from medium sweet to extra dry, proving very much in demand with tourists and locals alike. Included in the sale is the website

The accommodation briefly comprising:
OWNERS PRIVATE BARN CONVERSION    This barn was converted some 28 years ago and briefly comprises


REAR HALLWAY    With Radiator

UTILITY ROOM 10'2" x 4'11" (3.1m x 1.5m). With single drainer stainless steel sink unit, Worcester combi boiler LPG gas supplied

CLOAKROOM    With low level toilet, wash hand basin and radiator

PRIVATE KITCHEN 10'4" x 16'9" (3.15m x 5.1m). With single drainer sink unit, solid fuel Rayburn, range of matching laminate work surfaces with wall cupboards. Access to

LOUNGE/DINER 21'4" x 16'9" (6.5m x 5.1m). With 3 radiators, open grate fire, ceiling beams.

MAIN ENTRANCE HALLWAY    With parquet flooring, radiator and understairs cupboard

LOUNGE 17' x 20'3" (5.18m x 6.17m). With radiator, parquet flooring and minstrel gallery over. Open plan staircase to


LANDING    With 2 radiators

BATHROOM/WC    With three piece suite

BEDROOM 1 11'1" x 10'7" (3.38m x 3.23m). With


BEDROOM 2 13 x 10'11" (13 x 3.33m). With radiator

BEDROOM 3 9'11" x 12'9" (3.02m x 3.89m). With radiator

BEDROOM 4 10'1" x 9'1" (3.07m x 2.77m). With airing cupboard, radiator and entrance to roof space.

APARTMENT 1    At garden level. Briefly comprising






LOUNGE/KITCHEN 16'6" x 13' (5.03m x 3.96m). L-shaped

BEDROOM 1 8'6" x 13'5" (2.6m x 4.1m).



BEDROOM 2 9'5" (2.87m) x 12'5" (3.78m) (excluding lobby). With built-in airing cupboard

AGENTS NOTE    The owners currently let out both apartments on short term tenancy agreements producing valuable income.


VIDEO ROOM 14'6" x 10'11" (4.42m x 3.33m).

PASTUERIZING ROOM 14'7" x 2'3" (4.45m x 0.69m). With bottling machine

MAIN FRUIT PRESS ROOM 14'11" x 10'3" (4.55m x 3.12m).

MAIN CIDER STORE    With 5 holding barrels.



STORAGE SHEDS 3 & 4    With pasteurising shed. Lower area for storage of 35 cider vats being plastic containers.

MAIN FARM SHOP 14'7" x 35' (4.45m x 10.67m). L-shaped. Having counter, cold display cabinet, range of shelving, intercommunicating access to

TEA ROOM 34'10" x 19'4" (10.62m x 5.9m). L-shaped. Seating for 34 customers inside. On the verandah and decking outside another 40 customers.

COMMERCIAL KITCHEN 17'7" x 11'10" (5.36m x 3.6m). Fully fitted stainless steel

TOILET BLOCK    Located beyond the children's play area and the static tractor. With 3 separate wcs

ADJOINING WORKSHOP    Currently let out to a clock repairer and a flower arranger



OUTSIDE    The farm has ample on site parking for tourists. The land covers about 8 acres and is gently sloping.

PLANNING PERMISSION    The owner has planning permission for the erection of a new visitor attraction comprising of a barn and courtyard for tea rooms and craft shops.

OVERAGE CHARGE    We have been advised by the vendor, that should any of the land be sold for development during her lifetime, the 40% of the increase in the value of the land between its agricultural and development values would be due to her.

AGENTS NOTE    The adjoining neighbour has a right of way over the entrance and reserves 2 parking spaces for their cars in the car park.

SERVICES    Mains electricity, water, drainage and LPG gas

RATEABLE VALUE    6,100 per annum. UBR, as of April 2011, 43.3p in the

VIEWING    Strictly by appointment through the selling Agent

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