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Studley Farm, Mucklestone, Market Drayton

Reference 
8893
Guide Price
£2,700,000
Sold STC
Property Description 

A former dairy farm now in mixed arable production with period farmhouse, set in a stunning rural location with far-reaching views over Shropshire and Staffordshire to the Welsh Hills.

  • Attractive period seven-bedroom farmhouse with potential for modernisation
  • Three reception rooms, farmhouse kitchen with adjacent pantry and boot room
  • Charming gardens with lovely sandstone summerhouse, vegetable patch and fruit orchard
  • Substantial brick farm buildings with development potential (subject to necessary permissions)
  • Modern farm buildings including cubicle housing, grain store and loose housing
  • Extensive arable and pasture land and woodland (205.81 Acres in all)

Studley Farm is situated on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border in the small village of Mucklestone. The village centres around its medieval church and it is reputed that Queen Margaret of Anjou watched her forces being defeated at The Battle of Blore Heath from St Mary’s church tower before being forced to flee. The church tower dates back to the Middle Ages and the remainder of the church was rebuilt in keeping with this architectural style in the 1800s and later.

Nowadays the village offers a small range of facilities including a popular primary school and the church whilst the nearby villages of Loggerheads and Ashley offer everyday facilities including a small supermarket, butcher, chemist and primary school as well as a number of pubs and eateries.

The town of Market Drayton, which was granted its market charter in 1245,  offers further amenities including supermarkets, specialist shops, primary and   secondary schooling and medical facilities as well as a flourishing Livestock Market and weekly street market. Newcastle-under-Lyme and The Potteries, Shrewsbury, Nantwich and Crewe offer a more comprehensive range of facilities including private schools, leisure facilities and railway and motorway links to larger conurbations.  A number of international airports can be found within one hour’s drive of Mucklestone and the area is extremely well served with private and state primary and secondary schools.

The farm originally formed part of the extensive Crewe Estate. It was acquired by the Furnival family in 1900 and it has been farmed within the family since then, as a dairy farm until 1999 and more recently in arable production. It is only due to the  retirement of the current owners that this prominent farm is offered for sale.

The Farmhouse

The farmhouse is approached over a gravel drive which passes by the garden and the charming house allowing a striking view of this impressive residence before sweeping into the courtyard which is situated in front of the large range of traditional farm buildings.

The house is believed to date back in part to the 1700s with the front section of the house being a later addition and the impressive and unique timber porch a further addition in 1880.

This substantial property has a wealth of period features including beamed ceilings, original Minton tiled floor and period fireplaces.  The house, which enjoys views across the hamlet, would benefit from a scheme of modernisation and improvement throughout but there is little doubt that it could be developed to provide a spacious and impressive family home over three floors. 

The well-proportioned accommodation comprises two formal reception rooms to the front of the house, both being accessed via the central hallway from which the stairs rise. The impressive panelled hallway is spacious enough to allow use as a further entertaining space if required. To the rear of the house is the farmhouse-style kitchen with adjacent pantry and boot room and beyond this is the rear entrance with utility room and office. To the first floor are four bedrooms and a family bathroom, with three further bedrooms and a large landing area found to the second floor. Accessed using a separate staircase is another first floor room which could well be adapted to provide a self-contained flat or annexe ideal for a household worker or employee.

The Gardens

The gardens are largely found to the front of the house and are laid to lawn creating an impressive formal approach to the house. At the foot of the lawn is a charming entertaining and socialising part of the garden with paved section and an attractive sandstone summerhouse complete with electric along with an additional timber summerhouse. This secluded space is the perfect place from which to admire the house and enjoy the gardens. Beyond this is a further lawned area which includes a level section previously utilised as a grass tennis court and a substantial orchard with range of fruit trees including apple, plum and damson and a prolific vegetable patch, and a separate nut orchard. To the side of the house is a more informal garden with wildflower meadow and a charming pond with a bridge and seating area. Attached to the house is a range of single-storey buildings including WC, potting shed and garage.

The Land

The land is an excellent block of fertile arable and grassland extending to 202.47 Acres (81.94 Hectares). Formed in one convenient ring-fenced block, the land has the benefit of excellent road access from and direct frontage to the B5415 and B5026 as well as directly from the farmyard. The majority of the land is currently in maize with smaller blocks of winter wheat, permanent grass and potatoes. To the south of the farm is a small area of woodland of approximately four acres which grows along the banks of a small brook which meanders west towards the River Tern.

The soils are listed as a combination of Bromsgrove and Delamere on the Soil Survey of England and Wales. Bromsgrove is a well-drained reddish coarse loamy soil ideal for cereals, beet, potatoes and fruit; Delamere is a well-drained sandy soil.

The farm benefits from a substantial range of traditional and modern farm buildings with potential for continued agricultural use or conversion to residential dwellings, subject to the necessary planning consent. Until the late 1990s the farm was largely a dairy farm and thereafter has been mainly in arable production with the buildings used for rearing of youngstock and general storage.

The Buildings comprise: (numbers correspond to the block plan)

1. Farmhouse

The Farm Buildings. Traditional brick buildings beneath a tile roof with two collecting yards within courtyard area. These comprise:

2. Loose Boxes (16.7m x 5.3m)

Single storey with open front, feed troughs and hay racks

3. Stables & Open Fronted Storage (27m x 7.8m)

Single storey, divided into three stables/stores and an open-fronted storage area suitable for machinery

4. Traditional Building (66m x 7.2m)

Two storey, sub-divided into stores, workshops, calving boxes and loose housing pens

5. Former Parlour & Dairy (26.4m x 7.8m)

Single storey, collecting area, parlour with pit, former dairy now used as garage

6. Garage (3.6m x 6m)

7. Farm Office (4.8m x 3.3m)

With bull pen and cattle race to rear, attached stable and lean-to

8. Grain Store (14.3m x 13.5m)

Three bay with concrete block sides to 3/4 height, concrete floor, power, electric and water connected

9. Loose Yard & Lean–to (36.1m x 14.3m overall)

Open-fronted loose yard with lean-to storage building to rear

10. Cubicle Building (31.9m x 13.4m)

Cubicle building, wooden sleeper sides, approximately 100 newton rigg cubicles in four rows, two feed passages

11. Loose Housing (31.9m x 14.8m)

Previously utilised as indoor clamp, with sleeper walls

12. Cubicle Building (31.9m x 7.2m)

50 cubicles with central passage, sleeper walls

13.  Silage Clamp / Midden (31.9m x 11m)

To discuss this exciting opportunity in further detail, register for full sales particulars or arrange a viewing please contact us on 01630 692500 or info@barbers-rural.co.uk.