Stunning South Downs location
Predominantly organic downland pasture
Rich in wildlife
Proven environmental credentials
About 197 acres (79 ha) in total
The land slopes away from the top of the track, into the bottom of a valley known as France Bottom, before rising up again to the west. The productive pastureland is split into three large fields comprising about 141 acres in total, all of which has been used for sheep and cattle grazing. The scrubland is located on the steep banks and comprises approximately 43 acres. The two largest pasture fields have water troughs from a supply that enters the land beside the access gate.
Neighbouring land owners have their land in arable production, so converting the land for this use should be possible, albeit the Land at Kingsride has been down to organic pasture since the late 1980s. About 11 acres in the southern corner has recently been ploughed and sown with a wild bird crop as part of some obligations under the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme. With an abundance of flora and fauna, this free draining chalk downland has proven environmental credentials.
Located near to the Rathfinny Wine Estate, our investigations have identified some of the land as being suitable for planting vines.
From the top of the land, there are some stunning 360 degree views towards the English Channel and Seven Sisters to the south, over the Cuckmere valley to the east, Sussex Weald to the north and an iconic downland outlook to the west.
The Land at Kingsride spans a beautiful valley, on the top of the South Downs, to the west of the historic village of Alfriston. Alfriston nestles in the Cuckmere valley near Seaford and Eastbourne, within the South Downs National Park. This historic village has a newsagent, primary school, doctors surgery and a number of pubs and cafés popular with walkers of the South Downs Way.
The Alfriston Road which travels through the centre of the village provides access to the A27 in the north (1.5 miles), linking to Lewes and Eastbourne; it also connects with the A259 at Seaford in the south. There is vehicular access to the land from two tracks, shown on the sale plan. The main access is from within Alfriston village, off the end of a road named Kingsride, following the South Downs Way to a crossroads, before turning left/west to a gate at the top. An alternative route is from the end of Winton Street, a lane located in the north of the village.