Lot 1 - The Mollards Farm, in all about 60.57 acres
(Edged red on the sale plan)
Guide price - £1,500,000
A delightful small farm where the house, buildings and yard are positioned in the centre of the holding, surrounded by productive meadows, pasture, ponds and woodland. The detached farmhouse has four bedrooms and is in need of some modernisation. It could be suggested that the house lends itself to being extended, subject to the appropriate planning consents, to make a perfect family home.
The brick-built farmhouse has a pitched flag roof. The kitchen and master bedroom are within an extension built in 1968.
Providing access to the downstairs toilet benefiting from a low-level WC and wash hand basin.
Tiled floor, oil Aga, electric oven, stainless steel sink, wall and base mounted kitchen units, washing machine plumbing, dishwasher plumbing. Single glazed timber framed window to the rear.
Accessed from the kitchen with built in shelving.
Open fire, open ceiling beams, radiators, three single glazed timber framed windows,two to the front and one to the rear, access to the kitchen and dining room and first floor via the stairs.
Accessed from the living room and front porch benefiting from an open fireplace and radiators with five single glazed timber framed windows across the three sides.
Ceiling beam, radiator and timber framed single framed window to the rear.
A double bedroom with a built-in cupboard and single glazed timber framed windows to the front and rear.
A single bedroom with a single glazed timber framed window and radiator.
A double Bedroom, radiators and timber framed single glazed window.
A single bedroom off the hallway, built in cupboard, radiators and timber framed single glazed window to the front and rear.
The Bathroom benefits from a bath with a gravity shower, low level WC and hand wash basin, radiator and a frosted timber framed single glass window to front.
Garden and Curtilages
To the front to the farmhouse is a cobble courtyard and to the rear is a small lawned area with a mature orchard and garden shed to the west of the farmhouse.
The property benefits from septic tank drainage, oil central heating mains electricity and private water.
The EPC rating for the property has been assessed as Energy Rating F
The Mollards Farmhouse is in Council Tax Band E.
The Mollards Farmyard comprises for a mixture of traditional brick and tile and more modern farm buildings previously used for housing livestock and general storage. The yards are mostly concrete providing good access and extra storage facility.
The table below describes the various farm buildings.
Some of the traditional buildings may have the potential to be converted subject to the required consents at the expense of the purchaser.
The Mollards Farm is within a ringed fence and split into several usefully sized parcels. The whole of Lot 1 extends to 60.57 acres including approximately 41.37 acres of meadow and 16.85 of pastureland. The rest is made up of farmyard, ponds and a small area of woodland.
The land is of Grade 3 and is mostly freely draining slightly acid sandy soils, according to the Soilscape database.
Lot 2 - 6.31 acres of meadowland
(Edged blue on the sale plan)
Guide Price - £95,000
A regular shaped and level meadow with road frontage onto the Congleton Road and access from the private lane. The land is suitable for a range of purposes and could be used for arable cropping as well as grazing horses (STP).
Mains water is connected.
Lot 3 -Approximately 0.20 acres known as 'The Plot'
(Hatched pink on the sale plan)
Guide Price in excess of £20,000
A roadside plot of land surrounded on three sides by High Lane Farm to the rear, and two dwellings either side. It could be suggested that this Lot has some planning potential and is large enough to build at least one residential dwelling.
Viewings are strictly by appointment with the agents Whittaker and Biggs and will be conducted every Wednesday and Saturday between 2-4pm. Anyone inspecting the land and buildings does so entirely at their own risk and neither the selling agents nor the vendors accept responsibility or liability for any injuries or consequential loss howsoever caused.
SOIL TYPE AND LAND GRADE
According to the Cranfield Soil and Agri-food Institute Soilscapes of England & Wales), the soil is classed as “Soilscape 10” described as Freely draining slightly acid sandy soils and the land is Grade 3 Good to Moderate (Land Classification Series for England & Wales) (Grade 1 - best, Grade 5 – worst).
The land is not registered with the Land Registry.
WAYLEAVES, EASEMENTS AND RIGHTS OF WAY ETC.
The Land is sold subject to and with the benefit of all existing rights including Rights of Way whether public or private, light, drainage, water and electricity supply, and all other rights, obligations, easements, quasi easements and all wayleaves or covenants whether disclosed or not.
TENURE AND POSSESSION
The Land is sold freehold and with vacant possession granted upon completion.
BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME
The land is registered with the Rural Payments Agency and has been claimed on under the Basic Payment Scheme, but no Entitlements are included with the sale of the land.
Mains water is connected to Lot 2. If Lots 1 and 2 are purchased separately then the buyer of Lot 1 will have the right to take water from the supply at Lot 2.
The sale plans have been prepared by the Agents for the convenience of the prospective purchasers and are for identification purposes only and they are not to scale. They are deemed to be correct, but any error, omission or misstatement shall not affect the sale. Purchasers must satisfy themselves as to their accuracy.
In respect of Lot 1 there will be a Development Overage placed upon the farm buildings as detailed in the Schedule and plan of the buildings which will be in place for a 25 year period and in the event of Planning Consent being obtained for any non-agricultural development or permission obtained under Permitted Development Rights Class Q an overage will be payable on the sale of the building with planning consent or upon the commencement of development and which will be a 30% of the uplift from the value of the building as an agricultural building with no prospect of development and the value of the building with the benefit of planning consent or permitted development rights for a change of use.
MONEY LAUNDERING REGULATIONS
Prospective Purchasers will be required to provide photographic identification and a utility bill proving residency to enable us to comply with the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations prior to the acceptance of any offer made for the property.
METHOD OF SALE
The property is offered for sale by Informal Tender. The closing date for offers to be received by is 12 noon Monday 24th July 2023 A Tender Form is attached to these particulars and only offers submitted using the Tender Form will be considered. All Tender Forms should be addressed to Mr John Robinson Whittaker & Biggs, 16 High Street, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 1BD ' Mollards Farm- JR'. The vendor reserves the right to not accept the highest, or any offer.
DEPOSITS AND COMPLETION
The successful purchaser will be required to pay a deposit of 10% of the sale price upon exchange of contracts. It is expected that exchange will take place within 28 days of an offer being accepted and that completion will take place as soon as possible thereafter.
John Robinson FRICS FAAV FNAEA MARLA
Whittaker and Biggs
16 High Street
Tel: 01260 273241