Smiths Hill Farm, West Farleigh, Maidstone, Kent

Smiths Hill Farm is situated overlooking the Medway Valley close to the village of West Farleigh on the northern side of the agricultural district known as the Green Sand Ridge. The villages of Coxheath and Wateringbury are both within a 2 mile radius and provide the standard day to day facilities and amenities along with further links to national road networks if required. The county town of Maidstone is 5 miles to the north-east and provides a more comprehensive range of facilities, amenities and schooling along with links to the national road and rail network.

The property is located in an attractive rural location in a sought after part of Kent. The farm in its entirety extends to a total of 30.51 acres and occupies an elevated position overlooking the River Medway. The vendors have lived at the property for many years and have been running a successful equestrian business from the farm. The land surrounding the main yard area is predominantly used for equestrian purposes and is all laid down to grass and grazed either by horses or livestock. There is a good set of buildings in the main yard with both agricultural and equestrian uses in place. Further conversions have taken place over time to create an additional income stream via holiday let accommodation known as the “Hoplets” situated to the north-east of the main holding. This diversification project makes purchasing the property as a whole an attractive prospect with a proven income stream. The holding is being sold in three separate lots, as follows:-

Lot 1 – House, Buildings, Sand School & Land – 10.71 Acres
The dwelling at Smiths Hill Farm comprises a detached Scandia Hus type building that has been in situ for a significant amount of time and confirmation of its lawful use was granted in October 2005. The house is of high-specification throughout, timber frame clad in timber weatherboarding under a pitched slate roof. Please see the Property Particulars for further information on layout and a Floor Plan.

Outside there is ample off-road parking for vehicles with a significant vegetable garden, maintained by the vendors. The main access is directly off Hunt Street to the north over a private access road.

To the east of the house and residential curtilage are the Equestrian & Agricultural buildings that form part of this lot. The buildings are in all in good condition and comprise an Equestrian Barn, an Agricultural Barn 1, an Agricultural Building 2, Sand School and Washroom & WC. Details of these properties can be found within the Property Particulars.

The pasture land in Lot 1 extends to approximately 9.74 acres and is well fenced and divided throughout. The land has consent for change of use for equestrian purposes and is used for both the grazing of horses and the grazing of livestock from the vendor’s equestrian and farming business. The land is classified as Grade II on the Agricultural Land Classification Plan for England & Wales.

Please Note: Lots 2 & 3 will not be sold before Lot 1.

Lot 2 – Holiday Let Accommodation & Land – 0.54 Acres
The holiday lets (subject to occupancy conditions) known as 1 & 2 Hoplets comprise a range of recently converted former hopper huts arranged in a courtyard U shape of solid brick and timber construction clad in timber weather boarding under pitched hipped clay tiled roofs. The accommodation provides an additional income source into the business on site. Both holiday lets are identical in terms of size and layout and further information on layout and a Floor Plans can be found within the Property Particulars.

Outside there is a gravelled drive providing ample off-road parking to the front. Additional land running east down towards Smith’s Hill will be included within this lot and details of this can be found on the Lotting Plan within the Property Particulars. This will also include the Solar Panels that help with the electricity in the holiday let conversions.

Lot 3 – The Hunt Street Land – 19.26 Acres
A ring fenced parcel of agricultural land classified as Grade II on the Agricultural Land Classification Plan for England & Wales with a gentle northerly sloping aspect and soils consistent with this part of Kent and it was clear these are well draining throughout. The land is all laid to pasture and is well fenced and gated throughout with access directly to the north from Hunt Street through a gated entrance. There is a small woodland shaw in the south-western corner and there are no public rights of way crossing the property.

Please see the Property Particulars for further information on services, access, method of sale, tenure, planning and business rates etc.

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Asking Price £1,400,000

1395 square feet

30.51 acres

3 bedrooms

2 bathrooms

An equestrian small holding with a modest farmhouse, significant range of buildings, sand school, land and holiday let accommodation in a sought-after location.  For sale as a whole or in three separate lots.

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