24 July 2002

Cider lovers dream

PLANNING consent has been granted for a new farmhouse which would offer spectacular views over cider orchards launched this week just over the Welsh border.

Springfield Farm, close to Monmouth and about 10 miles from Chepstow, already has two barn conversions – one being used as the farmhouse and another for staff accommodation. But a derelict house behind the steading can now be pulled down in favour of a new house on a more appropriate site.

Of a total 188 acres, over 100 acres have been planted with cider apple trees within the past five years.

"There are over 28,000 trees," says Edward Welton at selling agent Knight Franks London office. "Theres a lot of potential for revenue. A buyer would probably need to find a contract, but the current owners have had no problems in selling the crop without."

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The cider orchards at Springfield Farm, near Monmouth.