4 bedroom character property for sale

Elm House Farm, Burleydam, Whitchurch, SY13

Sold STC £1,475,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Impressive farmhouse with potential for improvement and modernisation
  • Three reception rooms, kitchen, utility, office, cellar
  • Four bedrooms, bathroom
  • Lawned gardens
  • Range of traditional brick buildings with potential for alternative uses, subj to planning permission
  • Modern portal-framed farm buildings incl loose housing, cubicle housing and general purpose storage
  • In all 89.17 Acres
  • Offered for sale as a whole or in two lots

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Burleydam is situated in a popular area on the North Shropshire/South Cheshire border which is much sought-after as it enjoys all the benefits of rural living in a most attractive and peaceful setting whilst being in close proximity of a number of villages, towns and cities. The local area is steeped in history and natural beauty and is well renowned for its excellent walking opportunities with routes along the South Cheshire Way, Shropshire Union Canal and Sandstone Trail.

To the east is Audlem, an award-winning country village, the centre of which is designated as a Conservation Area, well known for its Church dating back to 1279. Audlem has a range of facilities including doctors' surgery, chemist, primary school, public houses, small supermarket and a range of bespoke shops. It is also the location of 15 locks on the Shropshire Union Canal. The farm is within close proximity of The Combermere Arms an award winning pub well-known locally for its excellent food and beer.

To the north is the charming market town of Nantwich which has a plentiful range of boutique-style shops and more comprehensive range of facilities. Further amenities including a thriving Livestock Market can be found in Market Drayton to the south and both Market Drayton and Whitchurch have a weekly street market.

The nearby towns of Crewe, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Shrewsbury and Chester all offer further services along with railway and motorway links to larger conurbations. A number of international airports including Manchester and Birmingham can be found within 1.5 hours' drive of Burleydam.
Elm House Farm was originally part of the Combermere and then Barton Estates. It was purchased by the current family in 1979 having farmed the land since 1953.

Originally three farm workers cottages, the farmhouse was altered to comprise the current accommodation in the 1920's. The farmhouse would now benefit from some modernisation works but nonetheless it offers spacious accommodation over two floors with well-proportioned rooms. The reception rooms all have the benefit of large bay windows allowing light to flood the rooms as well as a number of period features including coving and period fireplaces with open fires to all rooms. Whilst the kitchen is relatively small in size, it enjoys superb views to the rear of the house and this space would be the ideal location for an extension to the kitchen allowing full enjoyment of the open outlook.

A sweeping gravel drive leading from the road creates a striking first impression of the house. A second separate drive gives access directly to the farmyard ensuring a feeling of privacy for the farmhouse and preventing farming activities from having any detrimental impact on home life.
The impressive house is accessed from the front via a glazed entrance porch which leads to a substantial hall with spacious reception area to the far end. The hall gives access to the three reception rooms all of which have large bay windows providing fabulous views over the garden and farmland. The cellar, which provides excellent dry storage space, is also accessed from the central hall.

The kitchen is situated to the rear of the house and has outstanding views across the farmland to the rear. Beyond the kitchen is a useful utility room with a farm office and WC adjacent.
To the first floor are three spacious double bedrooms, a smaller fourth bedroom which would be ideal as a nursery or study and a family bathroom with separate WC. The larger two bedrooms benefit from built-in storage solutions offering both drawer and hanging space.

The gardens are predominantly to the front of the property and are largely laid to lawn with a small selection of planted borders. Beyond the lawn is an orchard area which is home to a large number of fruit trees and greenhouse and could easily be adapted to include a vegetable garden. Within the vicinity of the house and garden are several timber stores ideal for storage of mowers and small-scale garden machinery and beyond these are the main farm buildings.

The farmstead enjoys an elevated position and has the advantage of an open outlook over Barnett Brook and its own farmland to the Combermere Estate and the Bickerton, Bulkeley and Peckforton Hills in the distance.

Whilst the farm has a long history as a dairy and youngstock unit there is little doubt that it would be well suited for many alternative uses, not least equestrian with a number of the buildings being ideal for conversion to American Barn-style stabling. The plethora of quiet country lanes and bridlepaths surrounding the farm would be ideal for exercising of horses. Furthermore the level land surrounding the farm yard offers ideal space for creation of a manège and schooling area.

The farm benefits from a substantial range of traditional and modern farm buildings and has been occupied as a dairy youngstock enterprise since 2005, and prior to that a dairy unit, with little alteration since then. Whilst the buildings are tailored towards a livestock enterprise, the facilities could easily be adapted for other uses including equestrian or commercial use. Equally the traditional brick buildings would lend themselves to conversion for residential purposes, holiday-lets or office and work space, subject to the necessary planning permissions.
The buildings comprise: (numbers correspond to the block plan shown below)

1. Traditional Building (24.2m x 10m)
Single storey, brick beneath asbestos roof. Former cubicle housing utilised for general storage. Lean-to off utilised for general storage.

2. Traditional Building (19.2m x 10.8m)
Two storey in part (19.2m x 5.3m) brick beneath tile roof with intricate decorative feature brickwork. Comprising former parlour, dairy and pump house.

3. Open Fronted Store (21.6m x 9m)
Four-bay twin span steel portal-frame with one bay lean to. Sheeted roof and walls.

4. General Purpose Building (18.2m x 5.9m) & (11.8m x 5.9m)
Five-bay steel portal-frame building, part brick and concrete wall, Yorkshire boarding to eaves beneath asbestos roof with concrete floor.

5. Indoor Silage Clamp (33.8m x 7.05m)
Seven-bay steel portal-frame (part) with concrete floor. Part concrete block and wooden sleeper walls beneath corrugated tin sheet roof.

6. Livestock Cubicle Building (23.9m x 24.3m)
Five-bay steel portal-framed. 72 Cubicles with central feed passage. Concrete block walls, Yorkshire boarding to eaves beneath asbestos roof. Concrete floor, power and light connected.

7. Lean to Building (23.9m x 4.7m)
Steel portal-framed lean to with 16 Cubicles. Concrete block walls, Yorkshire boarding to eaves beneath sheeted roof. Concrete floor, power and light connected.

8. Muck Midden Store (16.4m x 31.2m)
Fully enclosed with wooden sleeper walls and concrete floor.

9. Lean to Building (15.5m x 4.8m)
Four-bay pole barn lean to with 12 Cubicles. Corrugated tin sheet covered walls and roof. Concrete floor.

10. Indoor Silage Clamp (29m x 6.9m)
Seven-bay Dutch Barn with concrete floor. Part concrete block and wooden sleeper walls beneath corrugated tin sheet roof.

11. Open Fronted Store (10.45m x 5.5m)
Steel portal-frame mono pitch general purpose building. Corrugated tin sheet walls and roof.

The Land
Lot One is offered for sale with the benefit of 68.08 Acres. Of this 1.53 Acres is made up of the farmhouse, buildings and farmyard with the remainder being in permanent pasture. The land is found predominantly to the south and west of the farmstead and is formed in four parcels. The land is gently rolling and slopes gradually down to the brook which crosses through the middle of the farm.

Although the land is bisected by the Barnett Brook, there are two crossing points allowing access for cattle and stock to both sides. Furthermore there are a number of access points from the roadside.

Lot Two is found to the south of the Wilkesley Lane. The land is formed in one parcel which totals 21.09 Acres and has been cropped with maize for a number of years but would be equally suitable for all combinable crops.

The land is classified as Clifton on the Soil Survey of England and Wales being a coarse loamy soil suitable for cereals and grassland.

Method of Sale
For sale by Private Treaty as a whole or in two lots.

We are advised that the property is freehold with vacant possession on completion. Tenure will be confirmed by the vendors' solicitor during pre-contract enquiries.
The land is let on an annual licence until the end of January 2020 and the cubicle and silage sheds are let until the end of March 2020. Therefore completion will not be available until the end of these agreements.

Sporting, Mines and Mineral Rights
The sporting rights are included in the sale.

Plans, Areas and Schedules
These are based upon the Ordnance Survey and the Rural Payments Agency digital land maps. The information is provided for reference purposes only. The buyer shall be deemed to have satisfied themselves as to the description of the property and any error or mis-statement shall not annul the sale or entitle either party to compensation in respect thereof. No warranty for the accuracy of any information can be given.

Farm Sale
The vendors reserve the right to hold a farm sale or sales prior to the completion without claim for any damage or injury occasioned thereby.

Nitrate Vulnerable Zone
The Farm is located within the Nitrate Vulnerable Zone as designated by DEFRA.

Mains water and electric are available. Drainage is to a private septic tank. There is no central heating system, the house is heated via electric night storage heaters.
Mains water is connected to all fields within the main farmstead block but not to field no 9194.
We are advised that the above services are available. The Agents have not tested any apparatus, equipment, fittings, etc, or services to this property so cannot confirm that they are in working order or fit for the purpose. A buyer is recommended to obtain confirmation from their surveyor or solicitor.

Basic Payment Scheme
The relevant Basic Payment entitlements will be included in the sale. The vendor will use all reasonable endeavours to effect the transfer of these for the 2020 claim year onwards. The payments for 2019 are reserved to the vendors.

Easements and Rights of Way
A footpath crosses the land to the south of the farm buildings. The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights including rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water, telephone and electricity supplies and other rights and obligations, easements, quasi-easements and restrictive covenants, and all existing and proposed wayleaves or masts, pylons, stays, cable, drains and water, gas or other pipes, whether referred to in the Sales Particulars or not, and to the provisions of any Planning Scheme or County or Local Authorities without obligations on the part of the vendors or their Agents to specify them.

Viewing is strictly by appointment with Barbers Rural and must be accompanied by Barbers Rural staff. It is the responsibility of any viewers to ensure that they wear suitable, sensible clothing and sturdy footwear and that any protective clothing made available during the viewing is worn as requested. 

Local Authority
Cheshire East Council, Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe, CW1 2JZ.

Ingoing Valuation
If necessary the buyer will be required to take to and pay for at the valuation of the vendors' Agents any growing crops, silage, maize and other fodder remaining on the farm at the date of completion. The valuation of the vendors' Agents will be final and binding on the parties.

Fixtures and Fittings
These sales details are for descriptive purposes only and the vendors reserve the right to remove all fixtures and fittings unless specifically agreed otherwise. A buyer is recommended to check with their solicitor regarding inclusion or exclusion of specific fixtures and fittings.

Vendor's Solicitors
Hibberts Solicitors, 1 Pillory Street, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5BE. (Oliver Lewis)

From Whitchurch follow the A525 north towards Nantwich. After 4 miles bear right continuing on the A525 towards Audlem. Pass through Burleydam, passing The Combermere Arms, and take the second right for Royal's Green. Elm House Farm will be found on the right after 0.5 mile.

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10 September 2019

Nearest stations

  • Wrenbury (3.1 mi)
  • Whitchurch (Salop) (4.6 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Wrenbury (3.1 mi)
  • Whitchurch (Salop) (4.6 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Barbers Rural Consultancy LLP, Market Drayton

Smithfield House Smithfield Road Market Drayton TF9 1EW

01630 806006 Local call rate

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