Commercial property for saleTorre, Washford
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 www.torrecider.co.uk
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
EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM/WC
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.
MAIN CIDER BARN
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.
FURTHER TIMBER STORAGE SHED 1
STORAGE SHED 2
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
MAIN PIG ENCLOSURE
ENCLOSED AREA FOR GOATS & HENS
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 £
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