Grade II Listed farmhouse with approx. 40 acres

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Within the South Downs National Park and on the edge of Bishop’s Waltham, the charming detached Grade II Listed period farmhouse is set within a landscaped garden and grounds in approx. 40 acres of pasture, woodland, lake, ponds and former watercress beds at the headwaters of the River Hamble.

Suetts Farm has been thoughtfully updated and sensitively renovated to create an exceptional family home in wonderful surroundings. The house is full of character retaining original features. Arranged over three floors, the accommodation includes a sitting room and dining room, both with fireplaces, study, conservatory, fitted kitchen by Smallbone with an oil-fired Aga, utility room, cloakroom and cellar. Upstairs there are four bedrooms, one ensuite and the family bathroom set over two floors.

This property has 40 acres of land.

Outside

The farmhouse is complemented by a large detached annexe suitable for additional accommodation, studio, home office or playrooms. In addition, there is a small storage barn, stabling, workshop, garden store and detached double garage. To the north of the drive is a small home grazing paddock with iron railing park fencing and field shelter.

The garden is one of several exceptional features of the property and enhances the amenity, privacy and outlook from the farmhouse. The landscaped garden is laid out with a paved terrace with lawn beyond, a wildlife pond with fountain and Koi carp, well stocked borders, ornamental shrubs, brick garden storage shed and a highly productive vegetable garden with Alitex greenhouse and fruit cage. The whole of the garden is enclosed within a well-established broadleaf hedgerow with mature trees giving views to the adjoining agricultural land and “The Moors” beyond.

Farm Buildings Suetts Farm buildings comprise a 60ft x 20ft steel frame mono pitch barn with vertical timber space boarding under a steel roof and an additional adjoining 45ft x 50ft mono pitch building incorporating a 20ft lean-to. These two buildings provide all the winter housing for the livestock and more than adequate storage for hay, straw and machinery and equipment. In addition, there is an 84 panel PV solar array on one of the barns with 20Kwh capacity producing an annual Feed in Tariff income of circa £7000 and increasing on an annual basis. The agricultural buildings, accessed directly from Suetts Lane, benefit from an extensive concreted yard area with cattle handling facilities, run and crush.

The Farmland The farmland lies principally to the south and the property extends in all to about 40 acres of which some 9.5 acres are occupied by 6 separate wooded areas, 2.5 acres of former watercress beds, pond, lake, streams and the Mill Pond and about 30 acres of grade 3 loam rich soil and productive grassland. The land has been grazed by horses, sheep and the “Suetts Fold” herd of highland cattle. The farm is sub-divided into 7 separate fields of level pasture land comprising mainly historic and traditional water meadows.

The farmland provides priority habitats for good-quality improved grassland, lowland meadow, purple moor grass and rush pastures, lowland ferns and deciduous woodland and is also a priority habitat for snipe and turtle dove. Many natural streams run from the chalk springs that arise within the broadleaf woodland area with a canopy of ash, oak, hazel and some holly, all of which run into a large lake with an island and stocked with brown trout and complement the natural amenity and wildlife habitat of the farm. Many individual mature oak trees and hedgerows surround and sub-divide the farm into attractive, manageable parcels providing shade and shelter for livestock and grazing within the wooded over storey. All boundaries are stock proofed and well fenced.

Conservation The farm is a registered agricultural Holding and is also included with an Entry and Higher Level Stewardship Agreement with Natural England. This scheme expires in February 2020 but in the meantime provides an annual income of £5700pa and seeks to further conserve and enhance the natural habitat, flora and fauna of this important site.

Several of the pasture fields and woodland are also included in ‘The Moors’, Bishop’s Waltham Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The original notification for this SSSI designation stated: “unimproved wet meadows, draining to a central pool with associated mature alder, occupying a small alluvial basin in the head waters of a tributary of the River Hamble. The site supports a special-rich and ecologically diverse flora including many local and rare plants confined to unimproved, damp meadows. It is probably the richest site of its kind in the Hampshire Basin.”

Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) All the pasture land is registered for BPS with the Rural Payments Agency and entitlements are included in the sale of the freehold generating a further significant income for the Farm – in 2018 this amounted to about £2750. The vendor’s agents are able to assist in registration and transfer with the RPA after completion.

Rights of Way, Access, Wayleaves, Easements The farm is offered for sale subject to and with the benefit of all rights of way either public or private, all easements and wayleaves, whether specifically mentioned or not. Suetts Lane is an unadopted public highway; there are a number of public footpaths that cross the farm and these are all clearly marked or fenced.

Situation

There are a good range of shops, cafés and restaurants in Bishop's Waltham with mainline railway stations at Southampton Parkway, Winchester and Petersfield. There are a good selection of schools including Bishop's Waltham Infant & Junior schools, Swanmore College of Technology, Wykeham House, Twyford, Pilgrims, King Edward VI, Winchester College, St Swithun’s, Churchers, Bedales and Peter Symonds Sixth Form College in Winchester. Road communications are also excellent with the M27 about 9 miles away with good access to the M3 and A3 with direct routes to London and Southampton Airport is about 12 miles away.

Directions

From Bishop’s Waltham head along Hoe Road towards Swanmore. On leaving the village turn right down Suetts Lane and follow the lane to the bottom where the driveway to Suetts Farm will be found on the left hand side. The agricultural buildings and farm land beyond are at the very bottom of the lane.

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Other features

  • 2558 sq ft
  • 3 Reception rooms, Conservatory
  • Kitchen/breakfast room, utility
  • Cellar
  • 4 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
  • Double garage, garden store, large annexe building
  • Stabling, workshop, barn, farm buildings
  • Pasture, woodland, lake & ponds
  • In all about 40 acres

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Ref: WNR190018

Bishop's Waltham Hampshire SO32

Guide Price
£1,750,000

Ref: WNR190018

Bishop's Waltham Hampshire SO32

Guide Price
£1,750,000