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Guildford Road, Slinfold, West Sussex, RH13


Offers In Excess Of
  • One of the top fisheries in the country
  • Well established and lucrative business
  • With Potential to Extend
  • Superb Catfish and Carp lakes
  • Well run and maintained
  • Thriving cafe and shop
  • Modern barns and extensive parking
  • Impressive detached period house
  • 3 further units of accommodation
  • Equestrian facilities, woodland and in all 64 acres
  • Would consider selling with less land and lakes

A rare opportunity to acquire one of Britain’s top fishing venues. A lifestyle business in beautiful surroundings. 6 stunning lakes and stock ponds. Retail shop, thriving cafe, outbuildings and barns. All set in a beautiful rural location comprising approx 64 acres, on the Surrey/West Sussex border, between Guildford & Horsham.

Furnace Lakes is an extremely busy, upmarket and well established commercial fishery that attracts anglers from all over the world. The complex occupies a unique position enjoying it’s own supply of fresh water from a large bore hole, which supplies fresh cold water to the lakes at the push of a button. The lakes are purpose built with many features and woodchip pegs. The grounds have their own network of hard roads throughout. Furnace is predominantly a long stay venue with more than 100 pegs available.

It provides a wonderful opportunity to acquire a lifestyle business that is well established and profitable.

NB A pre-application (PE/20/0238) for a linked two storey extension to include a balcony overlooking the lakes has been supported in principle, subject to a formal application.

The Lakes: There are six, all different in character, namely Roman, Kiln, Hyes, Specy, Plantation and Furnace. These lakes are home to Carp to approximately 50lb and Catfish to approximately 140lbs. All lakes have an abundance of silver fish. The fishery has a rare Catfish licence.

The Outbuildings:
A modern agricultural barn has recently been added, built to high commercial specifications with 120mm and 80mm box profile sheeting, full electric panel door with external key entry, security door, internal workshop area with fitted benches. Mezzanine with custom made staircase, wc and wash basin, fitted units and sink with hot water. Power floated 6” concete re-enforced flooring. Water drainage, electric points and compressed air points. Wifi and CCTV fitted. Further outbuildings.

Retail Shop and Cafe Complex:
Steel framed block with timber clad retail shop outlet, trading in fishing tackle and thriving cafe leading onto a recently upgraded covered seating terrace. Extensive hard surface car park.

The Land: Around the lakes are well constructed pegs, brick built toilet blocks and anglers lodges. In addition there are paddocks, stables for equestrian pursuits, and mature woodlands. Total area extends to approximately 64 acres (25.9 hectares) (not surveyed).

The Main House: An attractive Grade II listed period farmhouse with mellow stone, brick and tile hung elevations under a clay tiled roof, set in mature gardens including a new south facing terrace. The well presented home has many period features including exposed beams and brickwork, and Inglenook fireplace. A front door opens to a semi-vaulted entrance hall with an oak turning staircase to first floor. There is a double aspect snug with bay window and a door leading to the sitting room and a large study. The kitchen/breakfast area is semi-vaulted and is well fitted with hardwood units and includes an Aga, built in larder and extensive work surfaces, slate floor, breakfast area. Rear lobby with boot and dog area, w/c and shower room with Mosaic tiled power shower cubicle and modern white suite with toilet and vanity unit. The first floor leads to three double bedrooms, one with an en-suite bathroom, all with fitted wardrobes. Central heating is oil fired and there is a cellar. Large recently built brick garage with electric up and over door and utility area.

NB A pre-application (PE/20/0238) for a linked two storey extension to include a balcony overlooking the lakes has been supported in principle, subject to a formal application.

Swimming Pool Area: Screened outdoor swimming pool with paved surround and summer house. There is a large hot tub and log clad pool house over looking the pool with wc, shower room, kitchen, with fitted units and work surfaces along with a filtration room.

Furnace Bungalow: A detached timber clad building, well appointed internally with spacious living room with outside door and patio door onto seperate garden, fitted kitchen, double bedroom and fitted shower room. Electric heating.

The Stable Cottage: Detached timber built single storey cottage with spacious living room with double doors leading to garden area. Fitted kitchen, double bedroom and fitted bathroom. Electric heating.

Further 1 bedroom accommodation.

Furnace Lakes is tucked away, yet extremely conveniently located off the A281 between Guildford and Horsham, midway between the villages of Rudgwick and Slinfold. The market town of Horsham is 5 miles away with the city of Guildford some 18 miles. The near A24 provides access to the M25 and Gatwick Airport. Central London is approximately 38 miles.

Access to extensive public bridlepaths and the Dowsnlink path is nearby for riding, walking and cycling.

Additional Information:
Stock and Equipment: Equipment, vehicles, machinery and stock in the shop will be available in addition, by separate negotiation. The fish stocks in the lakes are included in the sale.

Local Authority: Horsham District Council. Telephone 01403 215100.

Business Rates and Council Tax: There are no business rates apart from the shop (Rateable Value £6,900) and this currently qualifies for Small Business Relief and therefore there is nothing to pay. House: Council Tax Band G. Furnace Bungalow, Stable Cottage and Mobile Home - All Council Tax Band A.

Services: (not checked or tested) Mains metered water and electric, water bore hole (not currently connected to residential area). Drainage is recently installed Marsh Treatment Plant. No gas.

Rights and Easements:
The property 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 supplies and any other way leaves or easements.

Plans and Areas: These are based on the Ordnance Survey and are for reference only. The purchasers shall be deemed to have satisfied themselves as to their accuracy and any error or misstatement shall not annul the sale or entitle any party to compensation in respect thereof.


EPC: Listed House - exempt. Bungalow: EPC D. Stable Cottage: EPC D. Shop/Cafe: EPC B

From the A24 west of Horsham, take the A264 and then A281 towards Guildford, and after just over 4 miles having past the A29 junctions both to the north and to the south, turn right into the drive to Furnace House and Lakes. Continue up the drive through the brick pillared entrance and park opposite the house.

Branch Information

Stratton House
57 Lower Street
RH20 2AZ

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