A substantial arable farm set in a beautiful location in The North Downs comprising 428 acres of arable and pasture land, 186 acres of woodland, farm buildings with development potential and a renowned shoot. Available as a whole or in 2 lots.
Court Lodge Farm. Stalisfield, Faversham. ME13 0JG
Guide Price - £4,550,000
Overlooking Whitstable and Faversham to the north and Charing to the south, the farm is within the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and enjoys an elevated position to the east of the popular village of Stalisfield Green.
Charing, 3 miles south offers good local shopping and amenities. More extensive shopping can be found in Ashford, 9.5 miles south, Maidstone, 15.5 miles north-west, and Canterbury, 16 miles east.
Mainline rail services run from Charing to Ashford International station which provides connections to London St Pancras from 38 minutes and the Continent. The nearby M20 (Junction 9) provides connections to London, Ashford International, the coast and other motorway networks such as the M25 which provides access to Gatwick and Heathrow Airports.
The sale of Court Lodge Farm presents a rare opportunity to acquire a productive and attractive arable and sporting farm in a striking location with the potential to re-develop the farm buildings for residential or other uses, subject to the necessary planning consents.
The farm has been sympathetically farmed in-hand by the current owner's family since 1975.
The farmland comprises undulating countryside within a ring fence, although an unclassified single track public road runs through the farm, providing excellent access. The land is serviced by farm and woodland tracks, particularly through the wooded valley which forms the north south spine of the farm. The fields are of a commercial nature and size suitable for modern arable farming techniques.
The land is classified as Grade III on the Agricultural Land Classification Plan for England and Wales with the soils comprising a mixture of shallow lime rich soils over flinty deep clay soils. The land has been sympathetically farmed by the current owners with a 3 year arable rotation of predominantly autumn and spring sown cereals, with occasional oilseed rape and beans.
The acreages are broken down as follows:
412.32 acres (166.86 hectares) of arable land
15.5 acres (6.27 hectares) of pasture land
186 acres (75.26 hectares) of woodland
2.12 acres (0.85 hectares) of tracks/paths
5.97 acres (2.42 hectares) of farm buildings and ancillary land
The woodland on the farm extends to approximately 186 acres (75.26 hectares) and largely consists of mature broadleaf coppice with a high percentage of Sweet Chestnut, Ash, Birch and Hornbeam interspersed with Oak. The woodland is sub divided into eleven principal woods and shaws, the majority of which are designated as Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland Sites. The timber has been well managed in recent years and a 10 year Woodland Management Plan was put in place with the Forestry Commission in 2016, with the aim to clear invasive species and in time establish a mosaic of uneven aged and mixed species.
The woodland is part of a Countryside Stewardship Agreement which commenced on 1st January 2017 and runs until 31st December 2021. The Agreement covers 180.83 acres (73.18 hectares) split into 22 compartments.
Details of lotting and guide prices are as follows: -
Lot 1 - Court Lodge Farmland and Woodland – Guide Price £4,200,000
Approximately 615.94 acres (249.25 hectares) of land in total; 412.32 acres (166.86 hectares) of arable, 15.5 acres (6.27 hectares) of pasture and 186 acres (75.26 hectares) of mixed species woodland, benefiting a highly regarded shoot.
Lot 2 - Court Lodge Farm Buildings – Guide Price £350,000
A centrally located range of modern and traditional farm buildings with potential to re-develop, subject to necessary planning consents, in an area of approximately 5.97 acres (2.42 hectares).
Further details are available within the Data Room and for information on how to access this please contact the selling agent: BTF Partnership, Challock Office on 01233 740077 or Savills, Haywards Heath Office on 01444 446066