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Lower College Fields Farm, Buerton

Reference 
9545
Offers in Excess of
£1,700,000
For Sale
Property Description 

Lower College Fields Farm is found approximately 1.5 miles west of the village of Woore which makes its location unique as it straddles the three counties of Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire. The village offers a small range of facilities including pubs, village shop and school and is home to the renowned Bridgemere Garden Centre.

  • Impressive period farmhouse in need of renovation
  • Three reception rooms, kitchens and storerooms
  • Seven bedrooms
  • Domestic outbuildings
  • Extensive traditional farm buildings with potential for conversion
  • Versatile Dutch barns
  • 144 Acres permanent pasture perfect for grazing or mowing
  • 8 Acres of woodland

To the west is Audlem, an award-winning country village, the centre of which is designated as a Conservation Area, well known for its Church dating back to 1279. Audlem has a range of facilities including doctors surgery, chemist, primary school, public houses, small supermarket and a range of bespoke shops. It is also the location of 15 locks on the Shropshire Union Canal. To the north is the charming market town of Nantwich which has a plentiful range of boutiques style shops and more comprehensive range of facilities whilst further amenities including a thriving Livestock Market can be found in Market Drayton to the south.

The nearby towns of Crewe, Newcastle-under-Lyme and the Potteries all offer further services as well as railway and motorway links to larger conurbations.  A number of international airports including Manchester and Birmingham can be found within 1.5 hours’ drive of Buerton.

Lower College Fields Farm is situated in a stunning isolated position half a mile from the road, accessed along its own farm drive, and central to the accompanying land,  ensuring a feeling of total peace and tranquillity. The farmhouse sits in an idyllic location and the elevated position allows far-reaching views, particularly from the west of the farm over the Cheshire Plains towards the Welsh Hills.

The farm has been in the same family ownership since 1921 and is offered for sale  being surplus to requirement.

The Land

The land is an excellent block of productive permanent pasture, ideal for mowing and grazing, extending to 144.63 Acres of farmable land. The remainder of the acreage comprises 8.3 Acres of woodland, predominantly Long Wood which runs along the majority of the southern boundary of the farm, the farm drive and farm buildings.

The land is classified as a combination of Clifton and Wick on the Soil Survey of England and Wales both being coarse loamy soils ideal for cereals and grassland.

The Farmhouse

Largely unaltered, the farmhouse has now been unoccupied for eight years and has fallen in to a state of considerable disrepair.  This does, however, offer an exciting opportunity for buyers to renovate and modernise the property to suit their own requirements whilst making use of the inherent period features so prominent in this traditional farmhouse.  The house has previously been occupied in two halves with totally separate living accommodation, with one half now in a considerably poorer state than the other.

The current accommodation provides three reception rooms, a kitchen and a   number of ancillary store rooms, but inclusion of the adjoining rooms could create a more modern, open-plan living area subject to any necessary consents. To the first floor are seven bedrooms and a family bathroom; the bedrooms are all substantial in size and allow enough space for creation of additional bathrooms, en-suites and dressing rooms if required.

Mature gardens surround the house and whilst un-nurtured at present these could clearly be developed to provide charming country gardens. Particularly the garden to the rear of the house which is enclosed to three sides by the house, farm   buildings and pig sties, and could offer a peaceful and secluded space to enjoy.

The Farm Buildings

The traditional brick farm buildings are formed around a large courtyard with a smaller central building. Predominantly of brick construction and partially two-storey, these buildings have clearly been utilised through the ages for farming purposes; as well as for the housing of cattle there are clear signs of some buildings being used for stabling and others for storage of hay and grain.  Lower College Fields Farm has been used as a dairy farm for much of its life and the remnants of the dairy can be found in the buildings.

These charming buildings offer huge potential for residential or commercial conversion subject to any necessary planning consents, and could be converted to fully enhance the plethora of period qualities including feature brickwork, part timbering and impressive, original beams. The surrounding area is well-served with delightful historic towns and tourist attractions for those wishing to develop a holiday let.

To the rear of the courtyard is a stackyard area with a range of more modern buildings including tin stores, dutch barns and a loose-housing shed.

Tenure

We are advised that the property is freehold with vacant possession on completion. Tenure will be confirmed by the vendors’ solicitor during  pre-contract enquiries.

The land is let on a Farm Business Tenancy until the end of October 2019 and therefore completion will not be available prior to this date.

For more information please don't hesitae to contact us on 01630 692500 or info@barbers-rural.co.uk