Lee Farm

High Bickington, Umberleigh, Devon
Offers in excess of: £ 1,845,000
  • 3,500 sq ft 6 bedroom farmhouse
  • 3,900 sq ft traditional cob and stone buildings
  • 25,345 sq ft modern buildings
  • 92 cubicles and loose housing
  • 8 : 16 swing-over herringbone parlour
  • 35,000 cu ft (1,000 cu m) above ground slurry tank
  • 930 tonne (57.5 sq m) silage clamps
  • 71.97 Non-SDA entitlements by separate negotiation
  • 18 acres deciduous woodland
  • 233 acres (Lots 1 & 2)

A 233 acre commercial dairy farm with a 6 bedroom farmhouse, modern buildings and traditional farm buildings suitable for conversion, with views of Exmoor and Dartmoor. Available as a whole or in lots by Private Treaty.

The retirement sale of Lee Farm is being offered as a whole or in two lots by Private Treaty, although the Vendor will consider offers for the farmstead with less land.

Lot 1 is guided at OIEO £1.6 million and Lot 2 at OIEO £245,000. The guide for the whole is OIEO £1.845 million.

Lee Farm has been farmed by the same family since the 1800s, with mostly south-facing and well-drained land on a low ridge, straddling a single-track road between High Bickington and Great Torrington on the edge of the Taw Valley. The attractive deciduous woods running along the boundary streams add amenity and sporting interest. The 3,500 sq ft cosy and fully double-glazed six bedroom farmhouse, with picturesque views towards Exmoor and Dartmoor, provides flexible accommodation, making it suitable to use as two dwellings.

There is also potential for further dwellings, subject to the usual consents, in the traditional buildings alongside the house and in the Threshing Barn, which has stunning views over open countryside towards Exmoor, and potential for a separate access from the east. All the traditional buildings were in agricultural use in March 2013, and therefore would meet this criteria for residential planning permission under Class Q of Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015.

Lot 1 – 194.37 acres – Please see full details in attached brochure. Please note Lee Farmhouse is Council Tax band F and not D as stated in the brochure and has a payment of £2,461.84 for 2017/18.

Lot 2 – 39.11 acres – Lot 2 is a useful block of 18.55 acres of arable land and 17.63 of permanent pasture with good road access and a small spinney of deciduous woodland with a pond adjoining the southern boundary of Lot 1, which then could be easily run within a ring fence having created a stream crossing. (Please note that the track shown on the plan has been partly ploughed out in OS no. 7032.) This block of bare land is mainly free draining with the same loamy Neath soil over carboniferous sandstone and shale as in Lot 1. There are a few single drains where the ground lies wetter. The 2.5 acres of deciduous woodland is of a similar type to Lot 1. The freehold is offered with vacant possession although the sporting rights will be retained for 15 years. There is three-phase electricity running over the land but no mains water. The land has not been registered with the RPA and therefore no entitlements are available with the sale of this lot. The land is not in any stewardship scheme but is in an NVZ. The same comments apply for Lot 2 as for Lot 1 in respect to boundary ownership, ingoing valuation, waste and disposal, fixtures and fittings, sale plans, easements and misrepresentation.

Please see the covering letter for details of viewing arrangements and the Legal Pack for Lot 1.