Merrymaids Farm, Staplehurst, Tonbridge, Kent
Merrymaids Farm is located off Couchman Green Lane, some 1.3 miles north west of the village of Staplehurst. Staplehurst has a range of amenities including a post office, medical centre, Sainsburys supermarket and a mainline station with connections to central London in about an hour. The nearby town of Maidstone has a full range of social, recreational, and educational facilities. The property falls within the Cranbrook School Catchment Area.
Merrymaids Farmhouse is an attractive detached 3/4 bedroom family home built to a traditional design with well-proportioned accommodation arranged over two floors.
To the front of the property is a hardstanding area with parking for multiple vehicles and a path to the front door. The garden is laid to lawn with post and rail boundaries. There is a detached double garage to the side which has light and power connected. The garage has two up and over doors and a pedestrian door leading to a link between the house and gardens.
To the west of the house is a detached 7 bay steel portal framed agricultural barn which is located outside the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and could offer the potential for consideration of a Class Q agricultural to residential change of use subject to planning permission.
The farmland lies to the north of the house and barn and extends to about 27 acres (10.93 ha) of newly established pasture leys and is classified at Grade III on the DEFRA Agricultural Land Classification Map. The farm is located on land identified in Flood Zone 3 by the Environment Agency.
The farmhouse is subject to an Agricultural Occupancy restriction. Planning Permission was granted by Maidstone Borough Council (Ref 05/1408) for ‘’the erection of the cattle yard and a new agricultural dwelling’’ Condition 7 of this consent states ‘’the occupation of the dwelling shall be limited to a person solely or mainly working, or last working, in the locality in agriculture… or in forestry or a widow or widower of such a person and to any dependent residents’’ A copy of the planning consent is available on request. Buyers will be required to evidence they understand/comply with this restriction.
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