Property Features High quality arable/stock farmPeriod farmhouseAttractive GardensExtensive range of farmbuildingsGood quality arable/grasslandApprox. 409 acres Download Brochure Property Description Period farmhouse dating from 1790 set within most attractive gardens. Extensive range of commercial beef and sheep buildings including large sheep shed capable of housing 400 ewes and cattle housing for 200 - 250 head, together with grain storage of 300 tonnes. Straw and hay barns.Good quality arable and grassland farm approximately 409 acresINTRODUCTIONThe Down has been farmed by the current family since 1951. It is an exceptional high quality arable and stock farm situated in beautiful unspoilt south Shropshire countryside. It is close to Offa's Dyke and approximately 5.5 miles from the Welsh Border. There are approximately 242 acres of arable, 139 acres of permanent pasture and about 21 acres of woodland. The Vendors' have always had the reputation for producing top quality Texel X and Suffolk X Lambs with a small Pedigree flock of Blue Faced Leicester Sheep, together with Limousin and Charolais cross store and fat cattle. This has been due to a combination of their expertise and the quality, productivity and habitat of The Down.SITUATIONThe farm is situated in beautiful south Shropshire countryside with easy access to livestock auctions in Bishops Castle, Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Knighton and Welshpool.Bishops Castle, 3 miles away, is an historic market town with a lively livestock market. There is a good mix of independent shops, cafes, pubs and two microbreweries. Communications in the area are also good with the A49 and the A458 leading to Shrewsbury and the North. The Down is situated in wonderful riding country over some of England's prettiest countryside. The farm also has its own all weather ménage. Within the farm is an ancient Norman fortification called Motte Castle one of only 100- 150 examples in Britain, and it is adjacent to Bury Ditches a well known beauty spot in South Shropshire, with its Bronze Age Camp and an extensive network of bridleways and footpaths through the Forestry Commission Woodland.THE DOWN FARMHOUSEThe Down Farmhouse is a most attractive and appealing period farmhouse believed to date from about 1790 with later additions. At present the house is divided into 3 separate portions, with the Vendors living in the main portion. A separate annexe has been created for family accommodation.On the ground floor is a large farmhouse kitchen, dining room, sitting room, with potentially 6 bedrooms on the first floor (if the whole house is incorporated into one).FARMBUILDINGSThere is an extensive range of farm buildings, including a bespoke sheep shed capable of housing 400 ewes with central feed passage. In addition there are an extensive range of largely general purpose portal frame buildings with potential cattle and youngstock housing for 200-250 head of varying ages.Further details contained within the sales brochure attached below.FARMLANDThe Down lies within a ring fence served by a small public road which runs from the hamlet of Brockton To Clunton. The farm is universal in nature, well suited to a mixed arable and livestock enterprise. The soils are all of a good quality, classified as Grade 3.The lower land is of the Conway series, being a clay over a well bodied loam, the balance being a reasonably heavy loam over shale.FARMING SYSTEMThe farm has been largely run as an arable farm, with sheep and beef. The arable activities extend to about 241 acres, with approximately 138 acres in permanent pasture.The arable cropping is based around winter wheat, winter barley, spring barley and winter oats, with some stubble turnips.A cropping schedule for the last 5 years will be available on request.DRAINAGEThe farm is understood to be well drained throughout.INFORMATION PACKAvailable on request from the joint selling agents.VIEWINGBy appointment with the vendors joint agents. Prior to making any appointment to view, we strongly recommend that you discuss any particular points which are likely to affect your interest in the property with a member of either Savills or Halls staff who have seen the property, in order that you do not make a wasted journey.TENURE AND METHOD OF SALEAt present the farmhouse is informally divided. The Vendor lives in the main portion with his mother in the annexe, which will be offered with vacant possession on completion.BASIC PAYMENT SCHEMEThe current entitlements are held by the owners and are available for the vendor to transfer to the purchaser. At present there are 155.29 entitlements.STEWARDSHIP SCHEMEThe farm is within an Entry Level plus Higher Level Stewardship Scheme which commenced on 1st November 2010. The understanding is that a purchaser will continue with these two schemes until they cease in 2020.SPORTING AND MINERAL RIGHTSWe understand that the sporting and mineral rights are included in the sale.INGOING VALUATION/TENANT RIGHTThe purchaser(s) shall in addition to the purchase price be required to take over and pay by valuation, to be made at completion, all the usual items of tenant right including the following:(a) All stores including fertilisers, seeds, sprays feeding stuffs, fuels and oils at cost.(b) Growing crops and all other tillages, post harvest sprays and other acts of husbandry in accordance with CAAV costings and SB109 1978 and any other statutory instrument thereof. Any livestock and machinery (if agreed to be purchased)(c) UMVs and RMVs to be paid at an additional rate of £15 per workable acre.The Tenant Right shall be paid over immediately the valuation is agreed between the two valuers acting for the Vendor and the Purchaser(s) respectively, with interest at 3% above the Lloyds Bank base rate, payable on the day of completion to the date of payment. Should the valuation not be agreed within 10 working days by agreement or in the event of dispute, it should be settled by the President of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.The Purchaser(s) shall not be entitled to make any claim or set off whatsoever in respect of any dilapidations, if any, to the buildings, hedges, ditches, fences and any other items.LIVE AND DEAD FARMING STOCKThe Vendor reserves the right to hold an auction sale at the premises for the live and dead farming stock prior to completion date.A detailed schedule of livestock will be available from the Vendor's agents.SERVICESElectricity: Mains electricity is connected, with single phase to the buildings. There is however a 3-phase transformer on the edge of the garden. Water: There is both a mains supply together with a private estate system. Further details on request.Drainage: Private disposal system.CCTV: There is an integral CCTV system connected to the farmhouse linking the main sheep handling shed and the principal cattle yard.BOUNDARIES, AREAS, SCHEDULES AND DISPUTESThe boundaries are based on Ordnance Survey and are for reference only. The Purchaser(s) will be deemed to have full knowledge of the boundaries and any error or mistake shall not annul the sale or entitle any party for compensation in respect thereof. Should any dispute arise as to the boundaries or any points arise on the general remarks and stipulations, particulars, schedules, plans or the interpretation of any of them, such questions shall be referred by the selling agents whose position acting as experts shall be final.TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNINGThe property is offered subject to any development plans, Tree Preservation Orders, Town Planning schedules or resolutions which may or may not come into force. The Purchaser(s) will be deemed to have full knowledge and satisfy themselves as to the provisions of any such matters affecting the property.EASEMENTS, WAYLEAVES AND RIGHTS OF WAYThe farm is sold subject to all electricity easements, public footpaths and existing rights of way and all other easements, whether referred to or otherwise. There is BOAT down a farm lane, but not near the farmhouse or buildings.FIXTURES AND FITTINGSAll fixtures and fittings unless specifically referred to in the details are excluded from the sale.HEALTH AND SAFETYGiven the potential hazards of a working farm, we would ask you to be as vigilant as possible when visiting the farm for your own personal safety, in particular around the farm buildings.LOCAL AUTHORITYShropshire Council. Tel: 0345 678 9000COUNCIL TAXFarmhouse: GSOLICITORSMFG Solicitors9 Corve StreetLudlowShropshireSY8 1DEAttn: Susan MorrissyTel: 01584 873156Email: susan.morrissy@mfgsolicitors.VATAny guide prices quoted or discussed are exclusive of VAT. In the event that the sale of the property or part thereof or any right to becomes a chargeable supply for the purposes of VAT, such tax will be payable in addition.SALES PARTICULARSThe sales particulars have been prepared for the convenience of prospective purchasers, and whilst every care has been taken in their preparations, their accuracy is not guaranteed, nor in any circumstances will they give grounds for an action in law. The standard important notice clause covers this.JOINT AGENTSHalls Holdings LtdHalls Holdings HouseBowmen WayBattlefieldShrewsburyShropshireSY4 3DRAttn: Peter WillcockTel: 01743 450700Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Attn: Stuart RichardsTel: 01743 450700Email: email@example.comSavills, Hall Court, Telford, TF3 4NFAttn: Tony Morris-EytonTel: 01952 239500Email: TMEyton@savills.co.ukAttn: Rhydian Scurlock-JonesTel: 01952 firstname.lastname@example.orgIMPORTANT NOTICESavills, their clients and any joint agents give notice that:1.They are not authorised to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property, either here or elsewhere, either on their own behalf or on behalf of their clients or otherwise. They assume no responsibility for any statements that are made in these particulars. These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representation of facts.2.Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive. It should not be assumed that the property has all the necessary planning, building regulations or other consents and Savills have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise.Halls Holdings Ltd and any joint agents for themselves, and for the Vendor of the property whose Agents they are, give notice that: (i) These particulars are produced in good faith, are set out as a general guide only and do not constitute any part of a contract (ii) No person in the employment of or any agent of or consultant to Halls Holdings has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatsoever in relation to this property (iii) Measurements, areas and distances are approximate, Floor plans and photographs are for guidance purposes only (photographs are taken with a wide angled / zoom lenses) and dimensions shapes and precise locations may differ (iv) It must not be assumed that the property has all the required planning or building regulation consents. Halls Holdings Ltd, Halls Holdings House, Bowmen Way, Battlefield, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY4 3DR. Registered in England 06597073.