Brief description Edgeley Farm is found within close proximity of the charming market town of Whitchurch. This small town has enjoyed a revival in recent years and the high street is now home to a wide range of independent shops as well as national chains including four supermarkets. The town boasts private and state schools catering for all ages and the surrounding area is well-served with independent schools.
To the north is the delightful town of Nantwich which has numerous boutique-style shops and a comprehensive range of facilities. Further amenities, including a thriving Livestock Market, can be found in Market Drayton.
The nearby towns of Shrewsbury, Chester and Crewe all offer a range of 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.
This attractive area combines the best of both worlds offering the opportunity for a truly rural lifestyle whilst still being within close proximity to urban facilities. The area is well known for its excellent walking opportunities and the adjoining countryside is crisscrossed with a number of footpaths and bridle paths.
Initially intended as an outreach farm, the farmstead originally had no farmhouse and was centred around the L shaped range of brick buildings which still stand in the yard and date back to 1879. The handsome period farmhouse is believed to have been added in the late 1880's and sits in an elevated position enjoying far-reaching views in all directions. The Welsh Hills and South Shropshire Hills are clearly visible in the distance and Brown Moss, an adjacent nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest, is evident in the foreground.
A sweeping gravelled area leads from the main drive to the front of the house allowing a striking first impression. The drive gives separate access directly to the farmyard ensuring a feeling of privacy for the farmhouse and separating farming activities from home life. From the front door an impressive hallway gives access to the main reception rooms which include a substantial dining room, a smaller snug currently utilised as a games room and the main sitting room with log-burning stove. In addition there is a cellar found below the games room and utility room.
The kitchen is found to the rear of the property, with window overlooking the yard, and is well-equipped with a comprehensive range of farmhouse-style units and an aga. This striking property has a wealth of original features including coving and period fireplaces and the high ceilings ensure a light and airy feel.
To the first floor there are five bedrooms, the master having an en-suite shower room and the others serviced by a family bathroom. As is typical of a property of this age, a second servants' staircase leads to the rear bedrooms.
The Farm benefits from a range of traditional brick farm buildings and whilst these clearly have potential for continued agricultural use, they have the benefit of full residential planning permission. Consent was grated in August 2019 (Ref: 19/01204/ful) for creation of three residential dwellings and accompanying open fronted garages. Further information relating to this planning permission can be obtained from the Agents.
The traditional brick buildings are adjacent to the farmhouse, formed around a concrete yard. The remaining buildings are of more modern construction and have been utilised when the farm was in dairy production and, subsequently, for calf rearing. The buildings offer huge potential for diversification; for equestrian stabling and indoor manege, for residential use or for light industrial use including office and storage space, subject to any necessary planning consent.
The buildings are numbered to correspond with building plan shown:
2. Range of Traditional buildings:
Single storey: 5.4m x 18.8m plus extension: 4.1m x 5.5m
Two storey: 2.5m x 12.9m plus 5.6m
Brick walls, corrugated tin, slate and fibre cement roof
Part single storey, part two storey
Block lean to with fibre cement/asbestos roof and covered yard area
3. Traditional buildings
Single storey, 23.2m x 9.8m
With brick single storey lean to, 3.8m x 4.5m
Brick and Slate
4. Cubicle housing 22.7m x 18.3m
4-bay, steel portal framed, corrugated tin, fibre cement/asbestos roof
63 cubicles including lean to
5. Cubicle housing and former indoor silage clamp, 5-bay
Steel portal framed, 22.7m x 11.8m
Lean to, 20 cubicles, 5.7m x 22.7m
6. Loose Housing 29.2m x 20.2m
6 bay, steel portal framed, fibre cement/asbestos roof
Front feed barrier
7. General purpose and log store 25.8m x 10.7m
5-bay, wooden framed, corrugated tin sides and roof
8. Silage clamp with wooden sleeper walls and concrete floor
9. Dutch barn 18.1m x 8.8m
4-bay, steel portal framed, corrugated tin sides and roof
10. Loose housing 18.1m x 11.3m
4-bay steel portal framed, block and corrugated tin sides and roof
Front feed barrier
11. Cubicle shed and lean to 8.2m x 11.1m
Steel portal framed, fibre cement/asbestos roof
12. Former poultry shed
Wooden sides with fibre cement/asbestos roof
the land The farm sits centrally to the land and is situated in a ring-fenced block. Access to the land is gained predominantly from the farmyard but there is access from Edgeley Lane and also direct access from the A41/49 Whitchurch Bypass at the Heath Road roundabout. The land is predominantly permanent pasture with the two fields to the east of the house being classified as temporary grass. The soil is classified as Wick I which is a deep, well-drained, coarse, loamy and sandy soil ideal for cereals and horticultural crops as well as grass.
A private borehole water supply is connected to the majority of the fields and therefore the land is not only ideal for mowing but also for grazing of stock.
Gardens Mature gardens are found to three sides of the house. Predominantly laid to lawn they are bisected by a gravel drive and turning circle which gives access to the front of the property. To the side of the house, within an area well sheltered by the house and brick buildings, is a vegetable patch and orchard area. There is also a large ornamental pond with trees and shrubs surrounding it which screens the garden from the farmyard and gives a very pleasant approach to the house.
Stewardship scheme The farm is subject to a Mid-Tier Countryside Stewardship Scheme, however this scheme terminates on 31st December 2020. The full details of the scheme and the option requirements are available on request.
Nitrate vulnerable zone The Farm is not located within the Nitrate Vulnerable Zone as designated by defra.
Ingoing valuation If necessary the buyer will be required to take to and pay for at the valuation of the vendor's Agents any growing crops, silage, maize and fodder remaining on the farm at the date of completion. The valuation of the vendor's Agents will be final and binding on the parties.
Method of sale For sale by Private Treaty as a whole.
Tenure We are advised that the property is freehold with vacant possession on completion. This will be confirmed by the vendors' solicitor during pre-contract enquiries.
The land is currently let under an Annual Grazing/Mowing license. This agreement terminates on 31st October 2020 and vacant possession will be available thereafter.
Rights of way Please note that a restricted byway and two footpaths run across the farm. The driveway, although privately owned by the property, is partially council maintained.
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.
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 2021 claim year onwards. The payments for 2020 are reserved to the vendors.
Services Mains electric is connected. The farmhouse has a mains water supply whilst the farm buildings are supplied from a private borehole. Drainage is to a private drainage system. Oil fired central heating system, a back boiler on the aga supplements the hot water. None of these services have been tested by the joint selling agents.
Planning Field no 3270 is sold subject to a residential development clawback. In the event that planning permission is granted for any use over and above agricultural within 20 years of completion of the sale then the seller will be entitled to a 35% proportion of the increase in value.
Further details can be obtained from the sellers' solicitors.
Local authority Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6nd
fixtures and fittings These sales details are for descriptive purposes only and the seller reserves 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.
Farm sale The vendors and their Agents reserve the right to hold a Farm dispersal sale at the property.
Viewing Viewing is strictly by appointment with Barbers Rural/Barbers and is subject to strict guidelines in light of the current covid-19 pandemic. It is the responsibility of viewers to ensure they wear suitable, sensible clothing and footwear and ppe. All enquiries to be directed to Mike Arthan of Barbers. Barbers Rural contact- Annabel Fearnall.
Disclaimer Please note that a member of Barbers has a family connection with the sale.
Directions From Whitchurch town centre leave the town past Sir John Talbots School. At the roundabout turn left for Nantwich, after half a mile turn right on to Edgeley Bank. Follow this road to the top of the hill and then turn right on to the private driveway leading to Edgeley Farm.
Misrepresentations The joint selling agents for themselves and for the vendors of this property have endeavoured to ensure these details are accurate. However, if any point is of importance to you please contact the office to the check the information, particularly if viewing involves travelling some distance.
The joint agents give notice that:
The particulars are set out as a general outline only for the guidance of the intended purchaser and do not constitute part of, any offer or contract.
All descriptions, dimensions, reference to condition and necessary permissions for use and occupation and other details are given without responsibility and any intended purchaser(s) shall not reply on them as statements or representations of fact, they must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of them.
No person in the employment of Barbers Rural or Barbers has any authority to make or give any representations or warranty whatsoever in relation to this property.