Pursa Farm, Shocklach, Nr Malpas, Cheshire

Farm with Grade II listed farmhouse, farm buildings and 89 Acres
Guide Price
£1,750,000

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Annabel Fearnall
Annabel Fearnall

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  • Attractive farmhouse with potential for improvement
  • Kitchen, dining room, three reception rooms
  • Potential to create ground floor self-contained annexe
  • Four large bedrooms, two bathrooms
  • Attic rooms with potential as further bedrooms
  • Lawned gardens, orchard
  • Extensive range of brick outbuildings with permitted development rights to create four residential units
  • Modern farm buildings including loose housing, cubicle sheds, fodder stores
  • Stunning views towards Welsh Hills
  • Pasture land - 87.02 Acres (35.22 Ha) 

The Area
Pursa Farm enjoys a rural position within close proximity of the hamlet of Shocklach. Although small, the hamlet has a strong community ethos centred around the pub, primary school and Norman church. Almost equidistant is the village of Threapwood which has a small village shop providing everyday essentials. 

Nearby Malpas has a range of local shops, restaurants, pubs and amenities including two small supermarkets and is home to an impressive, and well-supported, 14th Century church. The market town of Whitchurch offers a variety of social and leisure facilities with specialist shops on a bustling high street.  The historic City of Chester, which boasts defensive walls constructed by the Romans, and the ever growing commercial town of Wrexham provide extensive shopping along with a broad range of commercial and social facilities.

The area is extremely well served educationally with a superb selection of both primary and secondary state and private schools.  Shocklach Primary school is rated as 'Good' by Ofsted and is only one mile from Pursa Farm whilst the well-respected Bishop Heber High School and Malpas Alport Primary School are only five miles distant.

The local area is steeped in history and natural beauty.  The Sandstone Trail is considered by many to provide the best walking in South Cheshire and there are a number of footpaths and bridlepaths, including the lengthy Bishop Bennett Way, criss-crossing the surrounding farmland. There are a plethora of equestrian facilities in the vicinity and the network of quiet country lanes and bridlepaths surrounding the property offer extensive opportunities for riding out.

With excellent road links and nearby rail links, along with a number of international airports 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 of urban facilities.

The farm originally formed part of the Broughton Estate and the sellers' family were tenant farmers for three generations until 1999 when they purchased Pursa Farm. The farm has been utilised as a dairy farm and is ideally suited for continued dairy enterprise either as a stand alone farm or as a secondary unit for rearing stock although the buildings would also be well suited for equestrian purposes. Equally, the impressive range of traditional brick farm buildings, which have planning approval under Permitted Development Rights Class Q for conversion to four dwellings, will make a stunning residential development prospect.


The House
The attractive part-timbered Grade II Listed farmhouse is believed to date back to the early 17th century. The age of the property is abundantly clear both externally in the impressive oak timbering and internally in the exposed beams and prolific period features. The property has been lovingly cared for over the years however it is clear that it would now benefit from a scheme of modernisation to create an impressive family home.

The farmhouse is accessed via a covered lean-to leading directly into the farmhouse kitchen.  Although well-equipped, the kitchen is relatively compact and would benefit from extension to create an open-plan kitchen and living space. Beyond the kitchen is a cosy family room. There are two further reception rooms, one with a log burning stove and the other with a period fireplace. To the rear of the house is a further  reception room with basic kitchen and store rooms off it - these rooms could potentially be altered to create a self-contained annexe and living space ideal for a dependent relative or as staff accommodation or could also be incorporated in to the main house to provide further living space.

On the first floor there are four substantial bedrooms and a family bathroom. In  addition there is potential to convert the currently unused attic bedrooms to provide further bedroom or office space if required. An additional flight of stairs leads from the kitchen to a self-contained bathroom which, whilst not currently linked to the main part of the house, could be adapted as an en-suite bathroom to the adjoining bedroom. 

This splendid house has the benefit of a separate access direct from Purser Lane meaning that farm traffic does not pass close to the farmhouse and family living is well-contained and separate from the daily activity of the farmyard.  In the event of the farm buildings being developed for residential use, the privacy of this charming farmhouse would be well-protected.  Further information on the development    opportunities for these traditional buildings can be obtained from the Agents.
The substantial rear lawned garden also ensures further privacy and seclusion. The house sits centrally within extensive lawned gardens which are well planted with a wide selection of trees and shrubs. In addition there is an orchard with a selection of fruit trees. 

The farmstead sits in an elevated position and enjoys fabulous views across the plains of the Dee valley towards the Welsh Hills.  There is no doubt that there is huge potential to develop Pursa Farm into a stunning family country residence.

The Farmbuildings (numbers correspond to farm plan above)

The buildings have the benefit of a separate access from Purser Lane. This leads to a courtyard parking area to the front of the traditional buildings. The more modern buildings are located to the rear of the brick buildings and are accessed either through the driftway or a side access.

The Farmbuildings (numbers correspond to farm plan above)
The buildings have the benefit of a separate access from Purser Lane. This leads to a courtyard parking area to the front of the traditional buildings. The more modern buildings are located to the rear of the brick buildings and are accessed either through the driftway or a side access.

1. Pursa Farmhouse

The traditional brick buildings have the benefit of planning approval under Permitted
Development Rights Class Q for conversion in to four dwellings of varying sizes.
Unit 1 - 1,670 sq ft, Unit 2 - 2,125 sq ft, Unit 3 - 1,350 sq ft, Unit 4 - 890 sq ft. 
The proposal allows for private garden space to the rear of each property with     attractive views over open farmland.
This permission was granted on 4 June 2020 Ref: 20/01332/PDQ

2. L-shaped range of traditional brick and slate buildings. Two storey. Part-exposed timber work. External steps leading to first floor.

3. L-shaped range of traditional brick and slate buildings. Single and two storey. Roller shutter door access to the front.

4.     Lean-to former cubicle housing, with tin roof, block and boarded sides      (14.9m x 7.4m).

5.     Timber-framed cubicle housing (72 wooden cubicles). Tin roof and wooden side cladding 
(21.4m x 13.5m).

6.     Silage clamp with concrete floor.

7.     6-bay general purpose building. Steel portal-framed, asbestos roof, block sides and concrete floor (22.0m x 8.2m).

8.     4-bay open fronted Dutch barn. Tin roof, with block and tin sides(18.0m x 8.2m).

9.     4-bay lean-to pole barn, with tin roof and earth floor (18.0m x 9.3m).

10.     2-bay lean-to, with tin roof and hardcore/earth floor (12.5m x 9.3m).

The Land
The land is formed in one substantial block to the south of the farmstead. Sub-divided into eight parcels, the land remains in permanent pasture as it has been for a number of years.  Ideal for grazing stock, each field is well-fenced with mature hedgerows and the majority has additional post and wire.  There are access points to the land from both Purser Lane and Worthebury Road as well as via the farmyard. 

The land is classified as Grade III and is listed as Salop on the Soil Survey of England and Wales as being a fine loamy soil over clay ideal for grazing. 

Permitted Development Rights 
Permission was granted on 4 June 2020 under Permitted Development Rights Class Q for the traditional farm buildings. In accordance with the decision notice all works must be completed within three years of this date. 
Full copies of the permissions and proposals are available on request from the Agents.

For further information on the sale and full details of conditions of sale please download the full sales details. 

File Name
sales details (1.26 MB)
floorplan (137.32 KB)
plan of land (1.07 MB)
schedule of land (22.47 KB)
buildings plan (885.7 KB)
EPC (1.72 MB)
What the Current Owners Love About this Property

This has been our much loved family home for three generations - we will be very sad to sell it. 

What the Agent Loves About this Property
It is exciting to sell a farm with such huge potential. It is hard to predict whether it will be developed or remain as a farm.

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