A diversified residential farm in an accessible location
Situation: Hawk Farm is situated at the end of a single track road in a private location outside the village of Weeley. Weeley is located on the A133/B1033 Colchester to Frinton-on-Sea road with good access to the A12 via the A120. Colchester lies 10 miles to the west with Ipswich 20 miles to the north.
London Liverpool Street railway station can be reached in 47 minutes from Colchester station, with Weeley station less than a mile from the farm providing a link to Colchester in approximately 19 minutes. Weeley provides local amenities whilst Colchester provides more extensive retail opportunities and leisure facilities. There are numerous primary and secondary schools nearby including a village primary and pre-school in Weeley, and Holmwood House Preparatory School, the Royal Grammar School, St Mary’s School, the Sixth Form College and the University of Essex in Colchester.
FOR SALE BY PRIVATE TREATY AS A WHOLE
SUMMARY (please see brochure for full details)
Introduction: Hawk Farm is a diversified residential farm conveniently situated on the edge of the village of Weeley. It offers a spacious 3 bedroom modern farmhouse with a range of traditional and modern agricultural buildings, arable land, orchards, woodland and a reservoir in all about 70.91 acres (28.69 hectares).As well as its amenity appeal the farm has great commercial potential including alternative enterprises and offers a unique opportunity to purchase an interesting and versatile unit in a secluded location but with excellent links to other parts of the County.
Viewings: By appointment with the vendor’s agent.
Hornbeams: Situated on the edge of the farmstead at Hawk Farm, Hornbeams is a spacious three bedroom farmhouse constructed in 2003, subject to an Agricultural Occupancy Restriction. Arranged on two floors the house is brick built under a tile roof, comprising a hallway, dining room, large conservatory, sitting room, kitchen and utility room with downstairs WC, on the ground floor, with three bedrooms (one ensuite) and a family bathroom on the first floor. A detached double garage lies adjacent to the house with a large first floor studio above, benefiting from exposed timbers and a balcony overlooking the garden, with a garden store on the ground floor. The farmhouse is approached from the farm drive with the garden extending to the rear of the property, partially laid to lawn with gravel paths and attractive beds.
Farm Buildings: Adjacent to the farmhouse is a range of traditional and more modern agricultural buildings with the surrounding yard laid to concrete. All are accessed via the farm drive, sit conveniently placed for access around the farm and may lend themselves to alternative uses, subject to planning consent. The buildings include a farm shop with a children’s play area and a unique oval log-built tea room which have until December 2016 been operational and open to the public. A summary of the agricultural buildings can be seen inset on the buildings schedule and plan.
Land: Hawk Farm extends to approximately 70.91 acres (28.69 hectares) comprising approximately 31.46 acres (12.74 hectares) of arable land, 22.28 acres (9.02 hectares) of fruit trees and 11.38 acres (4.61 hectares) of ancient woodland. The soils are classified as mainly Grade 3 on the Land Classification Soil Series of England and Wales being predominately of the Wix soil series, a sandy loam. The arable land has been farmed using contractors employing a typical cereal rotation. The fruit has been grown in house. There are 6 varieties of apples (15.47 acres/6.26 hectares) and 3 of pears (6.81 acres/2.76 hectares) in the orchards. The fruit is sold as fresh and for juicing. Some has been pressed and bottled to sell in Hawk Farm shop.
The wood is a mixed deciduous ancient woodland with a diverse canopy composition and trees of varying maturity, species include oak, ash, hornbeam and holly and has been used as part of the farm’s woodland walk in connection with the farm shop and tea room diversification. The farm includes a clay lined reservoir with a capacity of nearly 5 million gallons, with irrigation connection points in each field. This reservoir benefits from a 2.7 million gallon winter-fill abstraction licence and an additional summer-fill abstraction licence for 3 million gallons. The reservoir is stocked and has sporting potential, but is not currently fished commercially.
GENERAL REMARKS AND STIPULATIONS
Postcode: CO16 9AF
Tenure & Possession: Hawk Farm is offered for sale freehold with vacant possession on completion. The contracting arrangement on the arable land will be terminated prior to completion.
Exchange and Completion: Exchange to take place with a 10% deposit within 20 working days of receipt of the draft contract from the vendor’s solicitor with completion post harvest.
Planning: The property is offered subject to any current or past development, designation and policies, tree preservation orders, town planning schedules, applications, missions and resolutions which may be or may come into force. Hornbeams is subject to an Agricultural Occupancy Restriction (Application Decision No. 99/01071/FUL dated 28th March 2000) as follows; “the occupation of the dwelling hereby permitted shall be limited to a person solely or mainly employed or last employed locally in agriculture as defined in Section 336(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 or in forestry, or a dependant of such a person residing with him or her or a widow or widower of such a person”. A small number of trees in field parcel 8899 are subject to a tree preservation order (No. 19/91).
Sporting, Minerals and Timber: In so far as they are owned by the vendor, rights of sporting, mineral and timber are included in the sale. All such rights are believed to be owned by the vendor.
Fixtures and Fittings: Unless described in these particulars, all fixtures and fittings are specifically excluded from the sale. The summer house in the farmhouse garden and the portable kitchen in the workshop are both excluded.
Basic Payment Scheme: The land is registered for the Basic Payment Scheme and about 12.25 hectares (30.27 acres) of entitlements are included in the sale. The vendor will make reasonable endeavours to transfer the relevant entitlements to the purchaser after completion of the sale. The 2017 Basic Payment will be retained. The purchaser will indemnify the vendor against any breach of cross compliance from the date of completion to the end of 2017.
Designations: The land is within a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) and the woodland to the northern part of the farm is designated as Ancient and Semi-Natural.
Services: Farmhouse mains electricity (single phase), filtered borehole water, private drainage and electric/LPG gas heating. Agricultural buildings mains electricity (3-phase), private drainage and filtered borehole water.
Solar: There is a 3.96kW array of solar panels on building 1 which serves the farmhouse only. The Feed-in-Tariff Plan has an eligibility period 7th December 2011 to 6th December 2036.
Water Abstraction: The farm benefits from the following water abstraction licences: No. 8/37/26/*G/0004 – effective 24th October 2002, providing 182 cubic metres per annum, year round for agriculture (other than spray irrigation). No. 8/37/26/*G/0066 – effective 27th March 2001, providing 13,600 cubic metres per annum within the period 1st May to 30th September for reservoir filling. No. 8/37/26/*S/0079 – effective 27th March 2001, providing 12,500 cubic metres per annum within the period 1st November to 31st March for reservoir filling.
Easements, Covenants, Rights of way and
Restrictions: The property is sold subject to, or with the benefit of all existing wayleaves, easements, quasi easements, rights of way, covenants and restrictions whether mentioned in these particulars or not. There is a public footpath along part of the eastern and western boundaries of the holding as shown on the farm plan. Various electricity and telephone cables cross the farm.
Overage: The farm will be sold subject to an overage covenant retaining to the vendor 25% of any uplift in value over a 25 year period arising out of a planning permission for residential development.
Local Authority: Essex County Council, County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1QHTel: 0345 743 0430
Tendring District Council, Town Hall, Station Road,Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 1SETel: 01255 686868
Council Tax Band: Hornbeams Band E
EPC Rating: Hornbeams Rating E
VAT: Any guide price quoted or discussed is exclusive of VAT. In the event that a sale of the property or any part there or any right attached to it becomes a chargeable supply for the purposes of VAT, such tax will be payable in addition.
Acreage: 70.91 Acres
Travelling north from the A12, follow the Colchester
bypass and take the A120 dual carriageway towards
Harwich. After approximately 6 miles take the left
hand fork on the A133 towards Walton-on-the-Naze
and Frinton-on-Sea. On reaching the roundabout
turn left towards Frinton-on-Sea. Continue along
the A133 then B1033 for a further 2.5 miles to the
village of Weeley. Just before the roundabout as you
enter Weeley, take Hawk Lane on the left hand side
then follow the right hand fork to Hawk Farm and