Watermans Vineyard is situated down the rural country lane known as Lordine Lane, half a mile directly south of the village of Ewhurst Green in the county of East Sussex. There are rolling hills throughout and the larger towns of Northiam, Staplecross and Robertsbridge are all within a 5 mile radius and are able to provide the usual day to day facilities and amenities if required.
Watermans Vineyard is a smallholding with established vineyard in a very sought-after location extending to a total of 22.14 acres. There is range for expansion of the vineyard with approximately 12.70 acres available for new planting and possible development ability with the buildings scattered throughout the property. There are a variety of component parts that provide an incoming purchaser with the tranquillity of the countryside of East Sussex along with opportunities including the potential of conversion for additional income via residential, commercial, or equestrian along with the possibility of creating a brand and a business with the vineyard already established.
The detached farmhouse was built in the 1980s and modernised & upgraded over time to satisfy modern living arrangements with large and bright rooms throughout. The dwelling is of cavity brick construction under a pitched half hipped clay tiled roof over three floors with far-reaching views to the south over the residential curtilage, Wealden ponds and agricultural land.
Outside there are lawned, bedded and landscaped gardens throughout with ample off-road parking for several vehicles along with a classical Wealden pond and fenced grass paddocks for livestock, horses or chickens. There are two Garden Stores, one of which is in need of some modernisation. The property is entirely rural and isolated in its own right with far-reaching views creating the idyllic country feel.
To the east of the farmhouse is the main access into the property and the main ancillary/agricultural buildings. The buildings have been constructed to a very high-specification throughout and are in very good condition for their age and type. They hold potential for conversion into a variety of uses including ancillary accommodation to the farmhouse, equestrian use or viticulture use as a winery or similar for the vineyard.
In the centre of the property is the 6.39 acres that was planted with vines in 2012 of the Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay varieties. Since their planting, yields have increased with age and the vines are producing an average of approximately 18-22 tons of grapes for pressing. The vines are managed and maintained on a contractual basis. It is likely the Vendor will retain a right of Holdover over the Vineyard land until harvest 2021 is complete. There is significant potential for further planting of vines at the property with other areas of land south facing at the right altitude and of the right soil type. It may well be that Watermans Vineyard is able to provide a company with a base to produce wine and develop a brand and winery.
All of the land on the farm is classified at Grade II on the Agricultural Land Classification Plan for England & Wales with south facing banks that are well hedged and fenced with a woodland border to the north allowing for protection for the already planted vines mentioned above. Some of the grassland is let out on a grazing agreement currently, although, it has been agreed that if vacant possession is required, this is possible within a month’s notice. The land in its entirety extends to 19.09 acres and is all situated to the west of the farmhouse itself. There is little or no woodland on the property other than along the boundary fences.
Please see the Property Particulars for further information on the property including a more comprehensive breakdown of the ancillary/agricultural buildings, services, planning, restrictive covenant, floor plans and boundary plans.
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4835 square feet
Established vineyard with modern high-specification 4-bed farmhouse. 22.14 acres approx.