Diptford

£3,250,000 Offers Over

Diptford

County: Devon Sale Type: Freehold Reference: DRO02268 Res W Category: Freehold

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Property Features

  • Substantial Part Grade II Listed Farmhouse
  • Separate Bungalow
  • Modern Farm Buildings
  • Traditional Stone Barns
  • Extending in total to 212.83 acres
  • Conveniently Located
  • Good access
  • For Sale by Informal Tender - Tenders Close 12 noon Wednesday 11th May 2022
  • Available as a whole or in 10 lots

Property Summary



Substantial Part Grade II Listed Farmhouse, separate Bungalow, considerable range of both modern farm buildings and traditional stone barns (without planning consent for change of use), conveniently located with good access and with further ranges of buildings and agricultural land extending in total to 212.83 acres (86.13 hectares).

Available in 10 lots or a combination of lots.

For Sale by Informal Tender.
Tenders Close 12 noon Wednesday 11th May 2022.

Full Details

Situation
Simpson Farm is situated within the parish of Diptford and lies just to the east of the village, which has its own primary school and church and which is conveniently located less than 3 miles from the A38 Devon Expressway with links to Plymouth and Exeter and beyond, whilst being within the rolling South Hams Countryside.



The market town of Totnes is just under 6 1/2 miles where there is a mainline railway station bringing London within 3 hours travelling and the town offering an interesting range of independent shops, cafes and restaurants, galleries and good educational provision.



The River Dart is celebrated for sailing and rolling and the beautifully South Devon coast is less than 30 minutes drive. The rugged beauty of the Dartmoor National Park is less than a 10 minute drive and the southern fringes of Dartmoor is visible from much of the land.

Description
Simpson Farm comprises a detached part Grade II Listed character Farmhouse which has been extended within the last 50 years with the benefit of Simpson Farm Bungalow and a substantial range of mainly modern farm buildings but with some traditional farm buildings within the higher yard area and with further buildings and yards on other blocks/lots which have not had any planning consent applied for change of use.

Simpson Farm in total extends to 212.83 (86.13 hectares) which is offered in 10 convenient lots or combination of lots as shown on the attached sale plan and detailed below.

Lot 1
Simpson Farmhouse, Simpson Farm Bungalow, buildings yards and 69.75 acre (28.22 hectares) as edged red on the sale plan. Situated at the head of a secluded valley the Simpson Farm complex of buildings and properties benefit from a private location.

Simpson Farmhouse
Simpson Farmhouse is a substantial property comprised of two different sections with the western wing being Grade II listed of traditional stone construction with part rendered and part slate elevations under a slated roof and the more modern east wing being rendered blockwork under a slated roof.

The property has been used with the west and east wings providing separate accommodation, however there have been no permanent works carried out to split the property. The property is in need of some modernisation and updating and offers the following accommodation.

East Wing
Entrance Porch with tiled floor and single radiator.

Downstairs WC
with sink and wash hand basin with tiled splashbacks, wc, fuse box, power points and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer.

Kitchen/Lounge:
Kitchen area with base and wall units, tiled splashbacks, stainless steel sink and drainer, double aspect windows, pressure jet rayburn (oil tank in garden area) and extractor fan.

Lounge Area
with double aspect windows, tv point, power point and two radiators.

Understairs Cupboard

Sitting Room
Single aspect with radiator, power points, fireplace with tiled hearth, ceiling architrave, doorway leading to west wing. Aerial point, telephone point and power points.

Staircase leading up to first floor with doors leading to:

Bedroom 1
with fitted cupboard, radiator and power points.

Family Bathroom
with lino floor, fully tiled with wash hand basin, low level wc, Linolite shaving light, power point, ceiling pull, mixer tap, bath, loft hatch, radiator, extractor fan and airing cupboard.

Bedroom 2
dual aspect with radiator and power points.

Bedroom 3
single aspect, power points, small built in cupboard, fireplace boarded up and radiator.

Cellar
with full head height.

West Wing

Utility Room
with power points, telephone point, single aspect, plumbing for washing machine, stainless steel sink unit and strip light with door leading to:

Office
with telephone point.

Kitchen
single aspect with range of base and wall units, part tiled splashbacks, strip light, oil fired aga (tank in garden area), stainless steel sink with drainer and with built in storage cupboard.

Lounge
double aspect with two radiators, Worcester oil burner with open fire behind, window seat, power points, telephone point, tv aerial point, strip lights and understairs cupboard.

Sitting Room
single aspect with built in cupboards, blocked up fire place, power points and doorways leading to Lounge and Hallway.

Hallway
with fuse box, radiators and stairs leading to first floor.

First Floor

Bedroom 4
single aspect, loft hatch, radiator and ceiling pull light.

Bedroom 5
with feature fireplace, ceiling pull light, radiator and power points.

Bedroom 6
single aspect and power point.

Bedroom 7
single aspect, power points and built in airing cupboard.

Family Bathroom
with electric wall heater, single radiator, walk in shower, wash hand basin, towel rail, tiled splashbacks and New Team electric shaver.

Outside/Gardens
The property has lawned garden areas to the south and east of the property with some tree and shrub plantings. The oil tank which serves the rayburn/aga in both sides of the farmhouse is located just to the north/rear of the property with some further small outbuildings which are used for storage and equipment.

Simpson Farm Bungalow
Simpson Farm Bungalow is of rendered blockwork construction under a tiled roof, which is subject to an agricultural occupancy condition restricting use to persons presently or previously having been agricultural workers or retired agricultural workers.

The bungalow was originally a 2 bedroom property which has been altered with the original hallway being converted into a narrow third bedroom and with the original front door/porch being blocked up.

The property is in need of some modernisation and updating and the windows are single glazed wooden framed with many being rotten and in need of replacement.

The accommodation extends to:

Kitchen
with base and wall units, night storage heater, electric cooker point, tiled splashbacks, plumbing for washing machine, stainless steel sink and drainer, strip light and sliding door leading to:

Hallway
with doors to:

Bathroom
with lino floor, tiled splashbacks, wash hand basin, towel rail, single aspect window, shaver point, heated ceiling light and bath.

WC
low level wc with lino floor covering

Lounge
dual aspect with fireplace and surround, power points, tv aerial point and night storage heaters.

Bedroom 1
dual aspect with tiled floor, night storage heaters and power points.

Bedroom 2
single aspect with power points and fuse box cupboard.

Bedroom 3
double aspect with power points, night storage heater, built in cupboard and ceiling pull light.

Outside
Lawned areas surround the property with a small porch area to the front.

Garage
Directly adjoining the farm drive and of blockwork construction under a felted roof with concrete floor, power, light and window to south with up and over door.

Simpson Farm Buildings
Originally Simpson Farm Buildings comprised a range of traditional stone barns to the west of the main yard area which housed the milking parlour. The current owners have over the last 50 years or so carried out works to install an extensive range of modern farm buildings to support a modern dairy, arable and livestock farm enterprise. The majority of these buildings benefit from mains water and electric.

The buildings comprise:

1. General Purpose Storage Building 8.64m x 18.28m
Part blockwork construction with sheeted elevations and roof with concrete floor with power and light with small lean-to building 3.29m x 2.26m.

2. Lean-to Building 13.76m x 5.79m
Concrete panel elevations with part sheeted elevations above with sheeted roof and with clear panels for natural light and compacted floor.

3. General Purpose Agricultural/Workshop Building 18.28m x 9.14m
Steel frame construction under a sheeted roof with clear panels for natural light. Concrete floor, power and light and runs with:

4. Lean-to Building 18.28m x 6.09m
Part blockwork walls with sheeted cladding above under sheeted roof with adjoining:

5. Lean-to 18.28m x 3.61m
Blockwork walls with sheeted cladding above under a sheeted roof with some clear panels for natural light with concrete floor, light, power and water.

6. Storage Building 2.15m x 1.66m
Concrete floor, sheeted roof and fuse box.

7. Livestock House 5.74m x 4.41m
Rendered blockwork walls, sheeted roof with clear panels for natural light. Concrete floor.

8. Livestock Building 13.73m x 8.98m
Blockwork walls under a sheeted roof with some clear panels for natural light. Concrete floor, water, power and light with internal livestock area divisions.

9. General Purposes Agricultural Building 13.91m x 9.14m
Blockwork walls with galvanised sheeted gable end elevations and large sliding sheeted door for access to front, concrete floor to part and compacted earth floor to rear bay with power and light.

10. General Purpose Agricultural Building 13.72m x 9.36m
Part blockwork walls with GI sheeting above under a sheeted roof with some clear panels for natural light with concrete floor, power, light and water and internal divisions for livestock housing.

11. General Agricultural Building 13.60m x 9.14m
Part blockwork walls with wooden cladding to some and with Yorkshire boarding above. Concrete floor with power, light and water.

12. Modern General Purpose Agricultural Building 21.57m x 18.28m
Concrete panel walls with Yorkshire boarding above and compacted earth floor.

13. General Purpose Agricultural Building (four bay) 19m x 13.72m
Part poured concrete walls and part blockwork walls with Yorkshire boarding above with sheeted roof with some clear panels for natural light, concrete floor, water, power and light and gated to the front yard area.

14. General Purpose Agricultural Building/Covered Silage Pit 32m x 13.72m
Poured concrete walls with Yorkshire boarding above under a sheeted roof with clear panels for natural light.

15. Livestock Building 21.33m x 18.28m
Poured concrete walls with Yorkshire boarding above under a sheeted roof with clear panels for natural light, power, light and water.

16. General Purpose Agricultural Building 18.28m x 7.88m
Poured concrete walls with sheeted elevations above under sheeted roof with clear panels for natural light with power and light.

17. Livestock Building 31.91m x 14.56m
Poured concrete walls/blockwork construction with Yorkshire boarding above under sheeted roof with some clear panels for natural light, concrete floor, power and light.

18. Fodder Storage Building 31.82m x 10.38m
Poured concrete walls with Yorkshire boarding above under sheeted roof with clear panels for natural light and concrete floor.

19. Parlour and Exit Building 13.72m x 9.14m
16/8 singular herringbone parlour fully fitted with Alfa Delaval fixtures, feeders etc. Dual-vac units, fans etc. Power, light and water.

20. Bulk Tank Building 6.97m x 4.40m
Building used for bulk tank being a 6,000 litre tank with a Cotswold water heater and plate cooler with plastic ceiling/surfaces for ease of cleaning and management with concrete floor, light and water with additional farm office area.

21. Traditional Stone Barns 14.78m x 4.24m
Two storey building with fibre cement roof. The ground floor which faces onto the upper yard area has concrete floor throughout, power and light. NB The barn benefits from numerous window/openings.

At first floor level the building is accessed from the northern end. There is a Lean-to 22.7m x 7.14m with poured concrete walls and compacted earth floor with sheeted elevations under a sheeted roof with some clear panels for natural light, power and light.

Within OS2137 to the west of the main buildings is:

22. Former Chicken Shed 7.26m x 5.71m
With sheeted elevations, sheeted roof and concrete floor.

Simpson Farm Land
Extending to 69.75 acres (28.22 hectares) comprised of 29.31 acres (11.86 hectares) of arable/grass leys, 37.32 acres (15.10 hectares) of permanent pasture with the remaining 3.12 acres (1.26 hectares) being houses, buildings and yard areas.

The land adjoins the Diptford to Moreleigh Road to the west and the Beenleigh Road to the north with various 15’0, 12’0 and 10’0 gateways directly off the adjoining roads providing useful access.

The boundaries are predominately solid Devon hedge banks which are supplementary stock fenced. The land is predominately gently sloping, free draining running down into the central valley. The western arable fields do not currently have the benefit of a water supply but the eastern and valley fields benefit from a natural water supply from the stream which runs to the east below the buildings area.

Services
Simpson Farmhouse and Simpson Farm Bungalow both benefit from mains water, mains electric and septic tank drainage with Simpson Farmhouse benefitting from oil fired rayburn/agas.

Most of the farm buildings benefit from mains water and mains electric.

Simpson Farmland benefits from natural water supply from the stream that runs through the eastern side of the land.

Lot 2
Land at Christone Cross - 8.06 acres (3.26 hectares) Edged dark green on sale plan.

The land is predominately level arable quality land with the benefit of access directly from the adjoining Moreleigh Road via a 15’ gateway and is bordered by solid Devon banks with some supplementary fencing and benefitting from a mains water supply.

Lot 3
Land East of Holsome Lane - 16.56 acres (6.70 hectares) Edged yellow on sale plan.

The land directly adjoins Holsome Lane and is comprised of two arable quality fields which are gently free draining and bordered by solid Devon hedge banks which also has supplementary stock proof fencing and benefits from a mains water supply to a trough on the land.

Lot 4
Land South of Holsome Lane - 6.45 acres (2.61 hectares) Edged light blue on sale plan.

A permanent pasture field being gently west facing, free draining and with the benefit of access via approx. 12’0 gateway onto Holsome Lane to the north. There is a natural water supply via a pond which is spring fed to the south.

Lot 5
Land East of Christone Cross - 6.05 acres (2.45 hectares) Edged dark blue on sale plan.

A single field of arable quality being predominately level and benefitting from access gateways to the south/south-west. The land is bordered by solid Devon hedge banks and benefits from an elevated position with views over surrounding countryside.

Lot 6
Land North of Simpson Farm - 28.93 acres (11.71 hectares) Edged light green on sale plan.

The land extends in total to 28.93 acres (11.71 hectares) and is comprised of four permanent pasture fields totalling 28.14 acres (11.39 hectares) and wood/copse areas totalling approximately 0.79 acres (0.32 hectares). The land slopes down to the mid-valley section and the wooded/copse areas and has the benefit of a stream/natural water supply which feeds a pond within the wood/copse area as well as mains supplies to troughs also on the land.

The land is predominately bordered by solid Devon hedge banks with some supplementary stock fencing with internal boundaries being merely fenced. There is access from adjoining roads and a stoned track running up to a gate entrance opposite the entrance to Simpson Farm (Lot 1) to the south.

Lot 7
Barn and Paddock South of Stert Barton Road - 5.19 acres (2.10 hectares) Edged orange on sale plan.

The land directly adjoins the Stert Barton Road to the north and benefits from access via gate entrance to the building and stoned yard area and the pasture paddock which adjoins to the south.

The land is south/south-east facing and free draining and is in an elevated position with views to the east towards Beenleigh and beyond.

The building is a general purpose building 18.28m x 9.144m of timber frame with Yorkshire boarding and some additional sheeting to sides under a sheeted roof and with a sliding door to the front/western elevation of the building. The building has been used for agricultural purposes and may offer potential for alternative use subject to necessary consents and permissions being obtained.

Lot 8
Buildings and Land North of Stert Barton - 16.45 acres (6.66 hectares) Edged pink on sale plan

Buildings North of Stert Barton
1. Storage Building 6.09m x 4.57m

Rendered blockwork walls with Yorkshire boarding above under a sheeted roof.

2. General Purpose Agricultural Building and Lean-to 24.11m x 18.28m

Blockwork construction with Yorkshire boarding above under a sheeted roof and some clear panels for natural light, concrete floor, power and light via generator (no mains supply) and mains water supply via troughs.

3. General Purpose Agricultural Building 18.28m x 16m approx.

Concrete block construction with Yorkshire boarding above under sheeted roof with some clear panels for natural light with concrete floor throughout with adjoining concrete yard area to south.

The buildings benefit from spring and mains water supplies and there is also a large stoned yard area to the western side of the buildings providing a useful bale and machinery storage area and from this area there are double gates leading onto the land.

The land extends in total to 16.45 acres (6.66 hectares) three fields of permanent pasture totalling 15.42 acres (6.24 hectares) with two small areas of copse to the north totalling 0.62 acres (0.25 hectares) with the remaining 0.41 acres (0.17 hectares) being the building and yards.

The land is gently north facing, free draining and mostly bordered by solid Devon hedge banks which have some additional stock fencing. There is a natural water supply from the stream that borders the land to the north as well as trough supplies within the fields.

Lot 9
West Stert Barton Land - 50.69 acres (20.51 hectares) Edged purple on sale plan

The land is comprised of five arable fields totalling 36.26 acres (14.67 hectares) a single permanent pasture field extending to 10.97 acres (4.44 hectares) and a wood/copse to the north west of the land which extends to 3.46 acres (1.40 hectares).

The land is predominately east and north facing, free draining and benefits from access from the Stert Barton Road to the south via 12’0 gates and the land is mostly bordered by solid Devon hedge banks which have supplementary stock fencing and some internal boundaries that are only fenced. The land benefits from natural water supply from the stream that borders the northern side of the land as well as OS4712 which has a trough supply.

Lot 10
Land at Lower Larcombe - 4.70 acres (1.90 hectares) Edged brown on sale plan

The land is comprised of a single pasture paddock which directly adjoins the southern side of the Larcombe Road with access via an approx. 8’0 gateway. The land is south facing, free draining running down to a small copse and pond area to the south which is fed by a stream which runs along the southern boundary.

The land is bordered by solid Devon hedge banks which has some supplementary stock fencing.


Basic Payment Scheme
The land is registered with the Rural Payments Agency for the Basic Payment Scheme and will be claimed for the 2022 scheme year by the vendors. The entitlements relating to the eligible areas of the various lots will be apportioned and the agents will use their best endeavours to transfer such entitlements if required and requested by the purchasers to enable use for the 2023 scheme year.

Stewardship Schemes
The land is not included in any Countryside or Mid-Tier Stewardship Agreement.

Wayleaves, Easements and Rights of Way
The property is sold subject to any Rights of Way, Wayleaves, Rights or Easements which exist at the time of sale whether they are mentioned in these particulars or not.

Public Rights of Way
The land is sold subject to any public rights of way that currently exist whether detailed in these particulars or not.

Sporting and Mineral Rights
All sporting and mineral rights are included in the sale, as far as are known.

Boundary Ownership
All boundaries between separate lots will be owned to the middle of the boundary with each purchaser responsible for stock proof fencing and maintaining the boundary on their own sides.

Plan
The plan incorporated at the rear of these sales particulars is for identification purposes only and where different from the contract plan, the latter should prevail.

Local Authority
South Hams District Council, Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5NE. Telephone: 01803 861234

Tenure
Freehold with vacant possession upon completion.

Council Tax
Simpson Farmhouse: Band G
Simpson Farm Bungalow: Band B

Energy Performance Certificates
Simpson Farmhouse: Energy Rating: F
Simpson Farm Bungalow: Energy Rating: F

Viewing
Lot 1 Simpson Farmhouse and Simpson Farm Bungalow and Buildings strictly by appointment through the Agents, Messrs Rendells, 57 Fore Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5NL Telephone: 01803 863888 or Email: totnesrural@rendells.co.uk

All other lots may be viewed at anytime during daylight hours only with a set of Rendells Sales Particulars to hand.

Please make sure that all gates are shut in case there is livestock on the land.

Directions
From Totnes head up the western bypass and at the traffic lights turn right heading towards Avonwick. After approximately 4 miles after passing Bluepost Garage on your right take the next turn left signposted Diptford, stay on this road heading up the hill and after approximately 1 mile instead of turning right towards Diptford stay left on the Moreleigh Road and after a further approximately three quarters of a mile the land will be found on both sides of the road at Christone Cross and Beenleigh Cross. For Simpson Farm turn left at Beenleigh Cross and after approximately 100 yards the entrance to Simpson Farm and Buildings will be on your right hand side.

The land will be identified by Rendells ‘for sale’ boards.

Method of Sale
The land is offered for sale by informal tender with tenders closing on Wednesday 11th May 2022 at 12 noon.

Tenders should be submitted on the enclosed tender form placed in a sealed envelope and marked on the top left hand corner Land at Simpson Farm and returned to Rendells 57 Fore Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5NL or by email to totnesrural@rendells.co.uk (Applicants must allow sufficient time for tenders to be received prior to the tender time/date)

The vendor reserves the right not to accept the highest or any tender received or any tender if so wished.

Guide Prices
Lot 1: Simpson Farmhouse, Farm Bungalow, Buildings, Yards and 69.75 acres (28.22 hectares) Guide Price: OIEO £1,750,000

Lot 2: 8.06 acres (3.26 hectares) Guide Price: OIEO £85,000

Lot 3: 16.56 acres (6.70 hectares) Guide Price: OIEO £155,000

Lot 4: 6.45 acres (2.61 hectares) Guide Price: OIEO £75,000

Lot 5: 6.05 acres (2.16 hectares) Guide Price: OIEO £70,000

Lot 6: 28.93 acres (11.71 hectares) Guide Price: OIEO £230,000

Lot 7: Agricultural Building and Paddock 5.19 acres (2.10 hectares) Guide Price: OIEO: £125,000

Lot 8: Range of Agricultural Buildings with Yards and 16.45 acres (6.66 hectares) Guide Price: OIEO £250,000

Lot 9: 50.69 acres (20.51 hectares) Guide Price: OIEO £445,000

Lot 10: 4.70 acres (1.90 hectares) Guide Price: OIEO £65,000

Whole: Simpson Farmhouse, Farm Bungalow, Buildings and 212.83 acres (86.13 hectares) Guide Price: OIEO £3,250,000

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