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Elm House Farm, Burleydam

As a whole or in two lots
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Property Description 

Elm House Farm was originally part of the Combermere and then Barton Estates. It was purchased by the current family in 1979 having farmed the land since 1953.

Originally three farm workers cottages, the farmhouse was altered to comprise the current accommodation in the 1920’s. The farmhouse would now benefit from some modernisation works but nonetheless it offers spacious accommodation over two floors with well-proportioned rooms. The reception rooms all have the benefit of large bay windows allowing light to flood the rooms as well as a number of period  features including coving and period fireplaces with open fires to all rooms. Whilst the kitchen is relatively small in size, it enjoys superb views to the rear of the house and this space would be the ideal location for an extension to the kitchen allowing full  enjoyment of the open outlook.

Lot 1: An attractive period farmhouse, extensive traditional and modern farm buildings and pasture land 68.08 Acres in all

Lot 2 :  Arable land. 21.09 Acres

  • Impressive farmhouse with potential for improvement and modernisation
  • Three reception rooms, kitchen, utility, office, cellar
  • Four bedrooms, bathroom
  • Lawned gardens
  • Range of traditional brick buildings with potential for alternative uses, subject to planning permission
  • Modern portal-framed farm buildings including loose housing, cubicle housing and general purpose storage
  • In all 89.17 Acres (36.09 Ha)

A sweeping gravel drive leading from the road creates a striking first impression of the house. A second separate drive gives access directly to the farmyard ensuring a feeling of privacy for the farmhouse and preventing farming activities from having any detrimental impact on home life.

The impressive house is accessed from the front via a glazed entrance porch which leads to a substantial hall with spacious reception area to the far end. The hall gives access to the three reception rooms all of which have large bay windows providing fabulous views over the garden and farmland. The cellar, which provides excellent dry storage space, is also accessed from the central hall.

The kitchen is situated to the rear of the house and has outstanding views across the farmland to the rear. Beyond the kitchen is a useful utility room with a farm office and WC adjacent.

To the first floor are three spacious double bedrooms,  a smaller fourth bedroom which would be ideal as a nursery or study and a family bathroom with separate WC. The larger two bedrooms benefit from built-in storage solutions offering both drawer and hanging space.

The gardens are predominantly to the front of the property and are largely laid to lawn with a small selection of planted borders. Beyond the lawn is an orchard area which is home to a large number of fruit trees and greenhouse and could easily be adapted to include a vegetable garden. Within the vicinity of the house and garden are several timber stores ideal for storage of mowers and small-scale garden machinery and beyond these are the main farm buildings.

The farmstead enjoys an elevated position and has the advantage of an open outlook over Barnett Brook and its own farmland to the Combermere Estate and the Bickerton, Bulkeley and Peckforton Hills in the distance.

Whilst the farm has a long history as a dairy and youngstock unit there is little doubt that it would be well suited for many alternative uses, not least equestrian with a   number of the buildings being ideal for conversion to American Barn-style stabling. The plethora of quiet country lanes and bridlepaths surrounding the farm would be ideal for exercising of horses. Furthermore the level land surrounding the farm yard offers ideal space for creation of a manège and schooling area.

The farm benefits from a substantial range of traditional and modern farm buildings and has been occupied as a dairy youngstock enterprise since 2005, and prior to that a dairy unit, with little alteration since then. Whilst the buildings are tailored towards a livestock enterprise, the facilities could easily be adapted for other uses including equestrian or commercial use. Equally the traditional brick buildings would lend themselves to conversion for residential purposes, holiday-lets or office and work space, subject to the necessary planning permissions.

The buildings comprise: (numbers correspond to the block plan shown below)

1. Traditional Building (24.2m x 10m)

Single storey, brick beneath asbestos roof. Former cubicle housing utilised for general storage. Lean-to off utilised for general storage.

2. Traditional Building (19.2m x 10.8m)

Two storey in part (19.2m x 5.3m) brick beneath tile roof with intricate decorative feature brickwork. Comprising former parlour, dairy and pump house.

3. Open Fronted Store (21.6m x 9m)

Four-bay twin span steel portal-frame with one bay lean to. Sheeted roof and walls. 

4. General Purpose Building (18.2m x 5.9m) & (11.8m x 5.9m)

Five-bay steel portal-frame building, part brick and concrete wall, Yorkshire    boarding to eaves beneath asbestos roof with concrete floor.

5. Indoor Silage Clamp (33.8m x 7.05m)

Seven-bay steel portal-frame (part) with concrete floor. Part concrete block and wooden sleeper walls beneath corrugated tin sheet roof.

6. Livestock Cubicle Building (23.9m x 24.3m)

Five-bay steel portal-framed. 72 Cubicles with central feed passage. Concrete block walls, Yorkshire boarding to eaves beneath asbestos roof. Concrete floor, power and light connected.

7. Lean to Building (23.9m x 4.7m)

Steel portal-framed lean to with 16 Cubicles. Concrete block walls, Yorkshire boarding to eaves beneath sheeted roof. Concrete floor, power and light connected.

8. Muck Midden Store (16.4m x 31.2m)

Fully enclosed with wooden sleeper walls and concrete floor.

9. Lean to Building (15.5m x 4.8m)

Four-bay pole barn lean to with 12 Cubicles. Corrugated tin sheet covered walls and roof. Concrete floor.

10. Indoor Silage Clamp (29m x 6.9m)

Seven-bay Dutch Barn with concrete floor. Part concrete block and wooden sleeper walls beneath corrugated tin sheet roof.

11. Open Fronted Store (10.45m x 5.5m)

Steel portal-frame mono pitch general purpose building. Corrugated tin sheet walls and roof.

The Land

Lot One is offered for sale with the benefit of 68.08 Acres. Of this 1.53 Acres is made up of the farmhouse, buildings and farmyard with the remainder being in permanent pasture. The land is found predominantly to the south and west of the farmstead and is formed in four parcels. The land is gently rolling and slopes gradually down to the brook which crosses through the middle of the farm.

Although the land is bisected by the Barnett Brook, there are two crossing points allowing access for cattle and stock to both sides. Furthermore there are a number of access points from the roadside.

Lot Two is found to the south of the Wilkesley Lane. The land is formed in one parcel which totals 21.09 Acres and has been cropped with maize for a number of years but would be equally suitable for all combinable crops.

The land is classified as Clifton on the Soil Survey of   England and Wales being a coarse loamy soil suitable for cereals and grassland.

Method of Sale

For sale by Private Treaty as a whole or in two lots.

For further information relating to the sale, and conditions of the sale, please download the full sales details at the top right hand side of the page or alternatively call our office on 01630 692500.