Penhurst, Near Battle, East Sussex, TN33
- Fabulous East Sussex Estate
- Historic Rural AONB Location
- 300 Acres of mixed agricultural land
- 2 Cottages
- Listed Sussex Barn
- Old Stable Block with Holiday Let
- 10,000 sq ft Portal Frame Buildings
An historic estate, presenting a rarely available opportunity to acquire some 300 acres of mixed agricultural land, two semi-detached farm cottages, The Old Stable Block with Granary holiday let, workshop, superb Sussex Barn and about 10,000 ft2 of portal-framed farm buildings, all situated in a rural hamlet in AONB East Sussex countryside.
The Penhurst Estate stands on high ground and commands magnificent views in many directions, including to the sea in the distance. Penhurst is considered to be one of the most rural and unspoilt locations in this stretch of East Sussex countryside, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and with its own 14th-15th century church.
For those with equestrian interests, there is a network of country lanes and nearby access to a bridle path. The popular country pub, The Ash Tree, in Ashburnham is about 1.5 miles.
The historic town of Battle with its range of shops and amenities including main line station (London Bridge/Charing Cross) is about 4.5 miles. Further up the line is Etchingham station which is about 8.6 miles. Heathfield is some 9 miles and the coast at Bexhill-on-Sea and Eastbourne is 9 and 15 miles respectively.
There are several state and private schools within reach including the Primary School at Dallington; Claverham Community College and Battle Abbey at Battle; Vinehall at Robertsbridge; Bedes at Upper Dicker; Claremont Preparatory School on the outskirts of Hastings and Senior School at Bodiam.
The Penhurst Estate originally formed part of the Ashburnham Estate, the farmland surrounds the hamlet of Penhurst in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
A travel writer, Barbara Willard, describes the Penhurst landscape in this way: The Penhurst lanes twist and turn, drop and rise again, seeming to revolve upon themselves. The wooded land, the steep sudden hills and deep cut valleys conceal navigation marks…… this is the intensest countryside I can think of for miles, turned in upon itself, separate, pinned to the past, silent undisturbed as country should be.
1 and 2 Church Farm Cottages
These form a pair of semi-detached farm cottages of brick construction beneath a tiled roof.
Number 1 is approached from the lane over its own driveway at the head of which is a dilapidated timber and corrugated car port. The house is in need of refurbishment, has no central heating and the gardens extend to the front, side and rear.
The accommodation comprises:
Sitting Room with brick fireplace opening through to the Dining Room with solid fuel stove.
The first floor has three bedrooms, all with views, and a shower room.
Good sized garden with ample parking space
Number 2 is an attractively presented property with a private drive approach, glorious southerly views and oil-fired central heating:
Good sized Garden with ample parking and adjoining paddock of 0.7 of an acre.
The Old Stable Block
This comprises a traditional Grade II Listed Brick and tile building, built by John Ashburnham of Ashburnham Place in 1776 with a date stone bearing his initials. Constructed of red brick with grey headers beneath a half-hipped tiled roof. Converted into a workshop on the ground floor and holiday let above, as follows:
At the rear of the building (west facing) an oak door opens into a large workshop 322 x 146, currently used as an upholstery unit. A further door leads into an entrance hall through to a wash area with stainless steel sink and cupboard units, cloakroom and WC. There is a wide front door facing east towards the church.
An internal door leads from the entrance hall into a large store room (formerly known as The Parish Room) with double opening doors facing east towards the church, and a staircase to the mezzanine with vaulted oak timbering. There is a door to an additional store room 397 x 237 which can also be entered from the two open-fronted cart lodges.
First floor Granary Holiday Let
An external staircase leads to a stylishly converted holiday let, with oak stable door to the triple aspect kitchen/living room with a range of fitted units, vaulted ceiling and exposed timbering. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom with bath, basin and WC. Electric storage heaters. Lovely views are enjoyed from the property including those back to the church.
A driveway leads to the rear of the property where there is a parking/turning area for a number of cars. Adjoining is an area of garden with beautiful views, currently used by the holiday let, and to the north is a 3-bay portal-framed barn 397 x 237.
i) The Old Stable Block is the subject of an unsolicited speculative planning application by a third party, without involvement by the seller. At the time hereof the applicant has not yet indicated a willingness to make an offer for purchase.
ii) The upholstery workshop is let on a contracted-out Landlord and Tenant Act lease; vacant possession is available on service of a six month notice if required by the purchaser.
The Sussex Barn and Farm Buildings
This forms an exceptional Grade II Listed Sussex timber-framed Barn of 4,356 ft2 of part red brick with grey headers and weatherboarded elevations beneath a pitch hip end tiled roof with magnificent catslide to the rear. To the front of the barn is a farmyard enclosed by a wall on one side and byre on the other.
To the north of the Barn is a collection of more modern portal-framed buildings with an overall area of about 10,000 ft2, including a 4-bay portal framed barn with breeze block surround which in turn links into two additional 3-bay portal-framed barns.
There is a separate gated access to a further farmyard with an area of concreted hardstanding, and additional barns including a 3-bay concrete portal framed barn and a steel-framed 3-bay hay barn. To the east of the barn is an area of pasture extending to about 2.1 acres. In all about 3.3 acres.
The land provides the perfect example of rural East Sussex countryside with glorious views to the South Downs and the sea beyond.
In total the land extends to 295 acres, with 196 acres laid to permanent pasture and 53 to temporary grassland following its conversion from arable land in 2017. All field parcels are full of character with stunning views, traditional hedgerows and interspersed with woodland shaws. The land is currently used for the grazing of sheep and cattle and making forage.
There are a number of ponds and streams passing through the mixed broadleaf traditional woodland and an area of water meadow. The woodland extends to about 46 acres.
All the land is of an Agricultural Land Classification of Grade 4. The soil type is described by Soilscapes as being slowly permeable, seasonally wet, slightly acid but base rich loamy and clayey soils. The land known as Hill Farm is certified organic.
Historically, the land has been let as two separate farms, Church Farm and Hill Farm. Church Farm has been farmed by the same family for over 100 years but is now offered with vacant possession in preparation for the upcoming retirement of the present tenant farmer on 28th September 2020.
Hill Farm has been farmed for many years by the same family. The current tenant has a Farm Business Tenancy over the land which equates to 91 acres. The term of the tenancy expires on 25th March 2022 when vacant possession will be available. A copy of the tenancy is available in the estate data room together with a plan of the land which it covers. The annual passing rent is £4,702. The tenant farmer has a Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship Scheme on the land at Hill Farm that can either be ceased at the end of 2021 or transferred to the incoming farmer.
Basic Payment Scheme and Entitlements
We understand that all the land at Penhurst Estate is registered on the Rural Payments Agency database and that the Basic Payment Scheme is claimed across the whole by the two current tenants.
Please note that no Basic Payment Scheme Entitlements will be included in the sale or transferred on completion of the sale. It may be possible, by a separate negotiation, to purchase entitlement from the outgoing tenant in respect of Church Farm. The tenant of Hill Farm will continue to claim the Basic Payment Scheme until the end of this tenancy but in accordance with the tenancy agreement will return the entitlements in respect of this land to the landlord at the end of the term.
Sporting and Timber
All sporting and timber rights are in hand. It should be noted that a small syndicate shoot has been run across the estate for several years.
Plans and Areas
These are based on the Ordnance Survey and are for reference only. The purchaser shall be deemed to have satisfied himself as to their accuracy and any error or misstatement shall not annul the sale or entitle any party to compensation in respect thereof.
Rights of Way
The land is sold subject to and with the benefit of rights, including rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water, gas and electricity supplied and any other wayleaves or easements. There is a short stretch of public footpath in the furthest south west corner of the estate.
Penhurst Estate Company Ltd
In addition to the freehold sale of Penhurst Estate there is the opportunity to purchase a leasehold interest in 98 acres of grassland currently let by Penhurst Estate Company Ltd. The land adjoins the estate to the north and is coloured blue on the sale plan. The passing rent is currently £5,037 per annum and it is occupied on an Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 tenancy agreement. For more information on this point please contact the office directly.
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