Senior Associate Director, Residential AgencyLudlow Estate Agents
CLOSING DATE FOR OFFERS 12:00 NOON 22ND SEPTEMBER 2022, PLEASE CONTACT THE SELLING AGENT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
Shirley Farmhouse Shirley Farm has connections to John Shirley (sometimes written Shurley) who was cofferer to Henry VIII and died in about 1529. The house itself is a Grade II listed timber frame long-hall with parts dating from the late 15th century with later extensions dating to the 17th and 19th century. To one end of the house is a timber frame and clad cider barn with the cider mill and press still in their original locations. Shirley Farm has not changed hands on the open market in over 80 years and retains a wealth of original features and a real sense of historic character and charm.
The farmhouse enjoys an elevated position sitting above its own land and is south west facing, the house is surrounded by gardens and a stand of mature deciduous trees including yew, walnut, apple and hazel sits to the south. To the rear of the farmhouse are the farm buildings, which are set close enough to be convenient without impacting on the houses privacy or aspect.
The farmhouse provides extensive floor area, with the main part of the house having been lived in until relatively recently and other areas, such as the attached cider barn offering scope to create additional living space and accommodation. The property is entered through the front door on the southern elevation, which leads directly into the main reception room providing a wellproportioned living space with main stairs to the first floor as well as the back stairs. There are further doors to a living room, storage rooms and the kitchen. The storage rooms provide additional useful space and scope to create more living space or functional areas such as a study or snug. The kitchen is accessed via steps down from the main reception room and provides scope to create a generous kitchen/breakfast room, the back door to the house leads from the kitchen into a small porch with wc. There is a further door from the kitchen leading to the pantry and cider barn beyond.
The cider barn provides a fascinating insight into the properties history and retains the cider mill and press, as well as a wealth of exposed beams. This extensive area offers potential to additional living space such as as large kitchen/family room with views over the farm and River Lugg making the most of the elevated position above the valley.
The stairs from the main reception room lead to a landing with doors to three bedrooms and the family bathroom, the first floor of the cider barn can be accessed via a door from the end bedroom. This area again provides potential to create further accommodation. From the landing there are two walk through rooms, currently used as bedrooms leading to steps up to an additional landing with the principal bedroom, and two further rooms.
The house is in need of complete modernisation throughout, however, with its wealth of historic features and spectacular setting above the River Lugg it offers the opportunity to create a truly exceptional family home in a private location.
Farm buildings The farm buildings at Shirley Farm are located to the north of the farmhouse and comprise a courtyard of traditional buildings and one modern farm building. The traditional buildings include a two storey stone and timber frame, part timber clad building under a corrugated iron roof with two single storey lean-tos. Beyond this is a single storey block under fibre cement roof livestock building.
Coming further round the courtyard is a part single storey, part two storey stone and timber frame building which is part clad with corrugated iron and part timber, under a corrugated iron roof. Completing the range of traditional buildings is a single storey timber and corrugated iron clad stable building.
Beyond the traditional farm buildings is a Dutch barn with lean-tos, compacted earth floor and fibre cement roof and part corrugated iron cladding. The farm buildings have all been utilised for agricultural purposes, however, with the correct permissions they could provide scope for a range of alternative uses.
General Information Method of sale: Shirley Farm is offered for sale as a whole by private treaty. Tenure: The Property will be sold with vacant possession on completion. Services: Shirley Farm is connected to mains electricity with a private borehole fed water supply and private drainage. There is currently no heating to the farmhouse. The farm buildings are connected to mains electricity and the private water supply. Fibre broadband is available to the property and we understand the final connections to the exchange will be made in late 2022 EPC and Council Tax: EPC Band G. Council Tax Band D Wayleaves, easements and rights of way: The property is being sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights including; rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and electricity supplies and other rights and obligations, easements and quasi-easements and restrictive covenants and all existing and proposed wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cables, drains, water and gas and other pipes whether referred to in these particulars or not. There is a public footpath crossing over part of the land. Further details are available from the vendors agent. Basic Payment: The entitlements to the Basic Payment are excluded from the sale. The vendor has submitted a claim for the current scheme year and will retain the payment for this scheme year in its entirety. The vendor will use reasonable endeavours to transfer the entitlements to the purchaser as soon after completion as the transfer rules allow. Schemes: None that we or vendor are aware of Designations: The River Lugg falls within a Site of Special Scientific Interest (River Lugg SSSI). The house is Grade II listed. Sporting, timber and mineral rights: All timber and mineral rights are included in the freehold sale, in so far as they are owned. The fishing rights on the River Lugg are excluded from the sale, all other sporting rights are included in the freehold sale, in so far as they are owned. Covenants and/or restrictions: There are restrictions/covenants listed on the Land Registry Title deed, details of which will be made available by the vendors solicitors on request. Fixtures and fittings: All items usually regarded as fixtures and fittings and equipment, including fitted carpets and curtains, together with garden ornaments and statuary, are specifically excluded from the sale. These may be available to the purchaser by separate negotiation. Local authority: Herefordshire County Council (01432 260000). VAT: Any guide price quoted or discussed is exclusive of VAT. In the event that a sale of the property, or any part of it, or any right attached to it, becomes a chargeable supply for the purposes of VAT, such tax will be payable in addition. Health and safety: Given the potential hazards of a working farm we ask you to be as vigilant as possible when making your inspection for your own personal safety, particularly around the farm buildings and machinery. Postcode: SY7 0EB (please note some satnavs do not take you directly to the farm). What3words ///maple.sleep.merely Directions: Please contact the agent for directions Viewing: Strictly by confirmed appointment with the vendors agents, Strutt & Parker in Ludlow 07721 260692 or Chester 07469 155950. Guide Price: £2,250,000
This property has 225 acres of land.
The land at Shirley Farm surrounds the farmhouse, with the majority of the land lying to the south,east and west and comprises predominantly Grade 3 pasture land extending to about 191 acres. The land is well served for access, with a network of tracks providing good connections back to the farmhouse and buildings as well as to the public road.
The land enjoys a pleasant aspect, with sheltered valleys, productive meadow land and well sized fields some of which are capable of being ploughed and cropped in rotation. The farmland is currently all in grass and is grazed by local farmers on short term grazing agreements.
The undulating nature of the land creates a truly private and traditional rural feel, with mature hedges, blocks of deciduous woodland and the River Lugg all adding to the charming and idyllic nature of the property, without detracting from it capability as a productive block of agricultural land.
The River Lugg runs along the northern boundary of the property and provides an attractive feature as the river meanders through the valley with gravel bends and pools being home to a variety of fish and wildlife.
Shirley Farm is situated in an attractive area of rural North Herefordshire. The property is located just a short distance from the pretty, quirky and eclectic Welsh border town of Presteigne, which is full of character and has some wonderful independent shops. Cafes, restaurants and a popular delicatessen line the narrow streets and add to this vibrant local community.
Villages like Lingen, Leintwardine and Wigmore offer excellent local pubs and community shops.
Ludlow is closeby and remains an incredibly popular market town, with plenty of local amenities. Famous for its foodie culture, architecture, festivals and independent shops.
The Cathedral city of Hereford is located 21 miles to the south, easily accessed via the A4110 and offers a wider range of supermarkets such as Waitrose.
There are main line train stations at Ludlow and Hereford, with trains to Manchester, Birmingham and London.
The M50 is located approximately 30 miles to the south and the M5 is located 39 miles to the east of the farm.
There are a number of well-known schools in the area including, Moor Park, Bedstone College, Lucton School, Hereford Cathedral and Kings Worcester to name a few.
There are ample local recreational and sporting opportunities in the area. The Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is within easy reach and provides an array of activities from walking to equestrian. The Wye Valley, located to the west of the farm, provides further activities from walking to water sports. Cheltenham 55 miles to the southeast is home to the renowned Cheltenham Festival and other popular race meetings and the Cheltenham Literary Festival takes place each year in the spa town. Worcester also has a well-known racecourse hosting national hunt racing and Rugby fixtures are hosted at Gloucester all within easy reach of the farm.
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