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Ripe, Chalvington, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8

£2,500,000

Guide Price
  • Approximately 220.10 acres (89.05 ha) of Grade 3 land
  • 198.65 acres of arable land
  • 12.28 acres of grassland
  • 600 tonne grain store with on-floor drying and machinery barn
  • Let fishing lake
  • 5.89 acres of amenity woodland

A productive block of arable land with 600 tonnes of grain storage and grain drying facilities, paddocks and fishing lake located to the north of the South Downs, East Sussex.
Approximately 220.10 acres (89.05 ha)

Situation
Curls Farm is located on the outskirts of the village of Ripe in the County of East Sussex. The Property is situated in a low-lying valley just north of the South Downs. The Property sits in an accessible position between the A22 and A27.
The villages of Ripe (0.4 mile) and Chalvington (1.3 miles) offer a small range of local amenities. Transport links can be found in the village of Berwick 3.6 miles southeast of the property where there is a mainline train station and direct services to London Victoria.

The towns of Hailsham, Lewes and Polegate are all located within 10 miles of the property and offer more extensive shopping and leisure facilities.

Description
Curls Farm is a productive arable farm extending to approximately 220.10 acres (89.05 hectares) with areas of grassland (inc airfield extension and equine grazing) as well as a lake and two agricultural farm buildings. The land is intersected by Mark Cross Lane. The farm has been farmed in hand under a contract farming agreement with the equine and airfield extension on separate agreements.

Land
The arable land at Curls Farm extends to approximately 198.65 acres of predominantly Grade 3 land under the MAFF Provisional Agricultural Land Classification and has been used for conventional arable farming. In addition there is approximately 12.28 acres of pasture, 5.89 acres of woodland shaws and finally 3.28 acres of yard, building and water. The lake measures approximately 1.82 acres.

The fields are mainly enclosed by mature hedging and trees, and benefit from a good network of access points with some gate connections. The topography comprises low-lying, level fields with a stream running west to east across the southern and northern parts of the land. The Soil Survey of England and Wales records the soils as being slowly permeable seasonally wet and slightly acid but base-rich loamy and clayey soils.

Buildings
There are two buildings set in a large hardstanding yard with direct access onto Mark Cross Lane. The grain store was built in 2015 and finished to a high standard. The store has a total capacity of 600 tonnes and an approximate floor area of 4,090 sqft (380 sqm). The building has a wooden grain drying floor with a built-in fan house and a gas powered grain drying system. The second building is a machinery store which is a steel portal frame construction with part breeze block and Yorkshire boarding elevations. It has an approximate floor area of 4,890 sqft (454 sqm). Both buildings are accessible via separate galvanised roller shutter doors.

Country Stewardship
The land is entered into Countryside Stewardship under a Mid Tier agreement. The current agreement expires on 31 December 2023. If the sale completes prior to this date the scheme will be transferred to the purchaser with all payments retained by the vendor for the scheme year 2023.
Full details of the agreement are available on request from the selling agent.

Designations
There are no designations on the land of which we are aware.

Registered Title
The property is registered under Title Numbers ESX80131 and ESX272719.

Branch Information

Tunbridge Wells Professional
1 London Road
Tunbridge Wells
TN1 1DH

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