A well positioned commercial vineyard in the heart of the Sussex Weald, situated between the historic Bluebell Railway and Weir Wood Reservoir.
Available as a whole or in two lots.
Location (distances approximate)
Central London 52 miles
Gatwick Airport / Gatwick Express 11 miles
East Grinstead Station (Victoria) 3.6 miles
M25 12 miles
Leisure and Tourism
Situated in the High Weald AONB and close to Ashdown Forest, this is a popular tourism destination. The famous Bluebell Railway runs through the estate.
There are a number of gastro-pubs, country house hotels and independent shops in the vicinity.
Mid Sussex District Council (01444 458166) and West Sussex County Council (01243 777100).
Lot 1 – Kingscote Estate Vineyard
Across the estate about 60 acres (24 hectares) as above of vines have been planted, with varieties including Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Bacchus, Pinot Blanc and Regent.
The initial vines were planted in 2010, 2011, 2013 and more lately extensive planting in 2018, which will be bearing significant fruit from 2021 onwards. The vineyards have been planted on southerly slopes and have been established to produce more than 100,000 bottles of still and sparkling wine per annum.
There is also a two acre apple orchard which lies to the east of the farmstead and was planted in 2011, the fruit from which has been used in the past and present to produce Original method Cyder.
The winery contains all the latest technology for producing premium sparkling and still wine using stainless steel and temperature control. All the stages of wine production from vine to the shop can be undertaken on site
Tithe Barn / Visitor Centre
Timber framed under a tiled roof, this magnificently resorted barn originates from the 15th century and occupies a prominent position with a courtyard to the front and garden behind with views over the vineyard and towards the Bluebell Railway.
Inside, the barn is open plan and full of character, with a wealth of exposed original timbers and offers potential for a variety of uses. The ground floor is home to an impressive kitchen and bar area, with utility room beyond. At one end, a mezzanine gallery overlooks the main entertainment space, which has been used in the past as a smaller meeting area and as a stage for the band at functions. There are ladies, gents and disabled WCs.
The current owners have created a highly popular venue for buyers of wine (and many of the other products on offer), vineyard tourists and locals.
The Coach House
The Coach House is currently used as a holiday let and comprises an open plan living space and kitchen on the ground floor with two bedrooms and a bathroom to the first floor.
Within the yard is a substantial (c.7,750 sq.ft) barn, which has previously been used in part for stabling liveries and storage. The stables have been removed opening opportunities for a variety of alternative uses. There remains a produce shop, office and bonded area.
The estate also benefits from a newly constructed Shufflebottom farm building which extends to about 4,000 sq.ft and serves as a machinery store and workshop.
Farmland and Fishing Lakes
The remaining land extends to approximately 80 acres and is predominantly pasture with around 22 acres of woodland. The land is extremely attractive, stretching out over opposing sides of the Medway Valley lending itself to grazing or sporting and leisure activities. A hard track leads to the top of the farm and from there are some stunning views across the Weir Wood Reservoir and undulating countryside beyond, towards the Ashdown Forest.
There are two picturesque and popular fishing lakes on the estate extending to about 2.7 acres. The lakes are well stocked with Carp, Perch, Bream and Rudd.
Lot 2 – Mill Place Farmhouse
The Grade II Listed farmhouse sits in a prominent position enjoying views across the vineyard and beautiful undulating countryside beyond.
The layout is shown on the floor plans, so in summary it has 5 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, conservatory, cellar, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a dressing room. As one would expect from a house of its age, it has an abundance of traditional character features and exposed timbers.
Surrounding the farmhouse are gardens laid mostly to lawn with herbaceous borders, mature trees and a patio area to the front of the property, which enjoys views overlooking the estate’s gently undulating pasture and attractive vines. Adjacent to the farmhouse, is a three bay garage with fuel store with a large loft area above.
Acreage: 152 Acres