A well-equipped residential and arable farm with significant potential
For sale on behalf of the Davenport family, who have farmed the holding for 45 years.
4 bedroom, Grade II Listed farmhouse
A significant range of traditional buildings with clear potential for conversion, subject to obtaining the necessary consents
Over 1,000 tonnes of grain storage
1,000 tonnes of potato storage
Modern farm buildings
Significant mineral reserves with potential for sand and gravel abstraction, subject to obtaining the necessary consents
322 acres of productive arable and pasture land
Further cottage available by separate negotiation
For sale by private treaty as a whole
Lawford Lodge Farmhouse comprises a Grade II listed residence constructed of mostly coursed limestone and brick elevations over three storeys and dates back to both the 17th and 18th centuries.
The property benefits from generous living space and traditional features throughout and offers significant potential to create an exceptional dwelling.
The accommodation includes a kitchen with boot room and cloakroom off, leading to a dining room with original AGA. Off the front hall there is a large formal drawing room, sitting room, office and further reception room. The principle timber staircase provides access to four double bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor. On the second floor there is potential for further bedrooms and a bathroom.
The farmhouse is adjoined by a large courtyard providing access to a number of traditional buildings and a large garden primarily down to lawn with some attractive herbaceous borders.
Attached to the farmhouse is an 18th Century Grade II listed barn with a Queenstrut roof and handmade tiles.
The farm benefits from a range of modern buildings with grain storage capacity of over 1,000 tonnes and ambient potato storage capacity of 1,000 tonnes.
In addition, there is an exciting selection of traditional buildings with significant potential for conversion and change of use, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents.
The remainder of the buildings are predominantly utilised for housing cattle, temporary crop storage and machinery storage.
Lawford Lodge Farm is principally an arable farming enterprise with highly productive fertile soils, all being within a ring fence.
All the land benefits from excellent road frontage or is accessed via internal tracks.
The land is classified on the soil classification maps as Grade 3. The Soil Survey of England and Wales describes the land as Arrow (deep permeable coarse loamy soils affected by groundwater, suitable for growing cereals, some field vegetables and potatoes) and Crewe (slowly permeable seasonally waterlogged reddish clayey and fine loamy over clayey soils, often stoneless).
The arable land extends to about 303 acres of gently undulating land which is capable of growing a range of high yielding combinable crops and potatoes.
The remainder of the farmland is classified as permanent pasture, woodland and a number of small ponds.
There are two ponds utilised for coarse fishing stocked with carp.
METHOD OF SALE
For sale as a whole by private treaty with the benefit of vacant possession on completion.
There is a short term fishing licence on the pond and a cropping licence on field 2920.
BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME
The land is registered for the Basic Payment Scheme. The entitlements are included within the sale and the Vendors will take all reasonable steps to transfer them to the Purchaser(s). The Vendors will claim the 2019 payment.
The farm is not currently within any Stewardship Scheme.
Lawford Lodge Farmhouse and the adjacent barn are listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservations) Act 1990 as Grade II.
The Vendors reserves the right of holdover on both the grain and potato store as well as a number of other buildings for the storage and loading of grain and housing livestock until 29 February 2020. The Vendors reserve the right to hold a farm machinery sale on a date to be determined. Further details can be obtained from the selling agents.
The land is all understood to benefit from drainage schemes.
A detailed information pack on the farm, including a schedule of cropping can be made available upon request. The adjacent Lawford Lodge Farm Cottage (highlighted blue on the plan) is in separate ownership and may be available for sale by separate negotiation.
A family member of the Vendors works for the selling agent, albeit in a different office.
FIXTURES & FITTINGS
Certain fixtures and fittings within the house and farm buildings are excluded from the sale and may be available by separate negotiation. The services, equipment, fixture and fittings have not been tested and cannot be verified as in working order or fit for their purpose.
Lawford Lodge Farmhouse is serviced by mains water and electricity, private drainage and oil fired central heating. Farm Buildings: Mains water and three phase electricity.
WAYLEAVES EASEMENTS & RIGHTS OF WAY
The property is sold subject to the benefit of all rights, including rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and electricity supplies and any other rights whether
referred to in the Conditions of Sale or not. The mains water supply also serves four properties in third party ownership.
The farm is subject to a public footpath crossing the eastern corner of field 4057 and a prescriptive right of way over a short track between fields 4057 and 0709.
There is a Deed of Grant in place relating to a high pressure gas main on the farm.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Potential purchasers are requested to take particular care when inspecting the property. Potential purchasers should bear in mind the risks associated with sudden movements from livestock and machinery which may be present in and around the farm buildings and on the land at the time of inspection. Potential purchasers are requested to wear supportive footwear for viewings, and are advised to be conscious of potentially uneven, steep and slippery ground surfaces.
SPORTING TIMBER & MINERAL RIGHTS
Both the sporting and mineral rights are to be included in the sale in so far as they are owned.
Rugby Borough Council, Town Hall, Evreux Way, Rugby, CV21 2RR.
Strictly by appointment with the selling agents, Carter Jonas.