Lower Howsen Farm offers a unique opportunity to acquire a traditional, tranquil livestock farm close to the city of Worcester. Comprising a Grade II listed five bedroom farmhouse, agricultural farm buildings and approximately 82.37 acres (33.33 ha) of agricultural land. BEST OFFERS IN WRITING ARE INVITED TUESDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER 5PM - The Ox Pasture, Overton Road. Ludlow. SY8 4AA.
The Local Area The village of Cotheridge is located to the west of Worcester within the Malvern Hills District with the River Teme running through. There are beautiful walks and bridleways through the nearby countryside including the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cotheridge is noted for its 12th Century St Leonards church. The pretty towns of Malvern and Evesham are nearby, as well as historic Gloucester and Hereford. Cheltenham and Birmingham are renowned for excellent shopping. Worcester University is based within the city along with private schooling at RGS Worcester and Kings School. The property is within the catchment area of The Chantry School. The area benefits from by-roads and bridleways for equestrian use. The farm is situated within Worcester Hunt Country.
The Farm The farm consists of a Grade II listed five bedroom detached farmhouse in close proximity to the agricultural buildings. The farm land as a whole consists of approximately 82.37 acres (33.33ha) of prime agricultural land which is currently in permanent pasture. The land is in good heart and has been farmed sympathetically. The land rises from the river meadows through the farm with the occasional field only suitable for grazing. The vast majority can be mown for hay/silage. We believe the situation of this lovely farm is almost unique. Only three miles from Worcester, yet in the most idyllic setting in open countryside with wonderful views of the Teme Valley and beyond.
The Farmhouse The farmhouse is a detached Grade II listed 17th Century property with later 18th and 19th Century additions, brick built with tiled roof. The accommodation is laid out as described on the floor plan and includes a two room cellar. This farmhouse provides a fantastic opportunity to purchase a character property with huge potential for improvement and upgrading to create a beautiful rural family home. Ideal for smallholders, equestrians, developers or individuals seeking their own project. Please note, certain parts of the house on all floors require great care when inspections are made. We advise you to seek further information from the selling agent.
Outside The gardens are mainly laid to lawn with Ha-ha, mature trees, former unfinished swimming pool, former cider press, metal railings and ornate gate.
Timber BarnApprox. 39'4" x 18'1" (Approx. 11.99m x 5.51m). With corrugated roof, brick base and exposed beams. An excellent example of a timber framed building situated close to the house within the garden area. The building lends itself to a multitude of uses subject to planning.
The Land The land can be accessed via the main farm driveway access point. The land surrounds the main holding on three sides (excluding the North West), the buildings are located within 100 meters of the farmhouse. The land can also be accessed via an agricultural right of way leading directly from the A44 to the north of the farm. The holding comprises approximately nine field enclosures of permanent pasture. These are located from near the River Teme rising up to the buildings and beyond to a plateau. The majority are only used for grazing with two/three used for hay making each summer. The holding also comprises two areas of woodland which forms part of a ‘Farm Woodland Grant Scheme’. This area amounts to approximately 5.26 ha (12.99 acres).
The land in general is Grade 3 with the ground near the river being a medium to heavy loam. The remainder being a heavier clay loam texture.
Agricultural Buildings The farm buildings comprise of a range of traditional brick built, semi-modern and pole barn constructions. A three sided fold yard is located opposite the farmhouse. These form a foot plate of approximately 17.5m x 43m with an approximate width of 4.5m. These buildings are former stables, garage, dairy and livestock housing. They have latterly been used for sheep housing. They have a mixture of tile and corrugated tin roof, concrete yard to the front with some livestock handling gates. Most of the buildings have electricity and water supply. Workshop and Loft - Adjoining the fold yard is a brick built 17.5m x 6m two storey building, ground floor with electric supply, first storey used as a grain/fodder store. Garage and Workshop Area - Brick built 14m x 6m under a corrugated tin roof, concrete floor, open ended and used as a garage/workshop.
Tractor/Machinery Shed - Pole barn construction under a corrugated roof with part stone floor used for storage. Semi Modern Farm Buildings - The farm benefits from two semi-modern buildings which are set away from the traditional buildings. Building 1 - 22.5m x 9.5m, steel portal frame building with block walls to three sides, fibre cement roof and part tin clad doors. The building has an electric supply but no water. Building 2 - Opposite Building 1 is a five bay steel frame former Dutch barn measuring 22.5m x 9.5m with corrugated roof and stone floor. Galvanised doors to the front, complete with lean-to off the rear being 22.5m x 9m steel frame, fibre cement roof and block wall to rear. Electric supply currently used for livestock housing. Agents Note - As some of the traditional farm buildings are within the curtilage of the Grade II listed farmhouse they may fall under the listing regulation by association. Prospective purchasers are advised to make their own enquiries with the Local Authority.
Stewardship/Environmental Scheme The farm is currently claiming grant funding from the Woodland Grant Scheme.
Basic Payment Scheme All eligible land is registered on the Rural Land Registry. All eligible land has been claimed for the 2019 Basic Payment Scheme and payments received for the 2019 scheme year will be retained by the vendors. 24.98 ha non-SDA entitlements are held by the vendors. The entitlements for the holding are sold within the purchase price and will be transferred by the vendors for the 2020 scheme year. Please note: It is the purchasers responsibility to ensure they are registered with the Rural Payments Agency in order for the Basic Payment Entitlements and land to be transferred to them.
Local Council Authority The property is within the Malvern Hills Local Authority. Council Tax - The farmhouse falls within Band E for 2019/20 at a cost of £2,189 per annum.
Plans These are based on Ordnance Survey and are for reference only. They have been checked and compiled by the vendor’s agents and the purchaser(s) shall be deemed to have satisfied themselves as to the description of the property. Any error or misstatement shall not annul a sale or entitle any party to compensation in respect thereof.
Boundaries, roads and fences The purchaser shall be deemed to have full knowledge of the boundaries and neither the Vendor nor the Vendors Agents will be responsible for defining the boundaries of ownership thereof.
Footpaths Footpaths cross parts of the land and a bridleway also passes through the farm as indicated on the plan.
Health and Safety The Agents advise all prospective purchasers when viewing the land to take due care.
Method of Sale Tenders must be received at the selling agents office: McCartneys, The Ox Pasture, Overton Road, Ludlow, SY8 4AA in a sealed envelope marked Lower Howsen Farm no later than 5pm on Friday 23rd August 2019. The Vendors reserve the right not accept the highest offer or indeed any offer made. Solicitor: Stallard, March & Edward Solicitors, 8 Sansome Walk, Worcester, WR1 1LW,[use Contact Agent Button]. The information given in these particulars have been stated by the vendors to the best of their knowledge. The vendors’ solicitors will confirm all legal matters to the prospective purchaser(s) prior to exchange of contract.
General SERVICES: We are informed that the property is connected to mains electricity and mains water, LPG gas and septic tank drainage. HEATING: LPG bulk tank in garden. NOTE: The selling agents wish to remind prospective purchasers that the services, service installations, heating & electrical appliances have NOT been tested. COUNCIL TAX: Band E. TENURE: We are informed that the property is of freehold Tenure. POSSESSION: The property is offered with vacant possession on completion. INGOING: The property is free of any ingoing valuations. FIXTURES AND FITTINGS: Only items mentioned in these particulars are included with the sale of the property. SPORTING RIGHTS: All sporting rights are included within the sale price. TIMBER: All timber growing is included within the sale. VIEWING: By appointment through selling agents – McCartneys LLP:[use Contact Agent Button]
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