A BEAUTIFULLY POSITIONED SECLUDED AND DIVERSE HOLDING WITH PROVEN COMMERCIAL INCOME AND SIGNIFICANT FURTHER POTENTIAL
Willow Farm is a well located, extremely pretty and diverse holding occupying an idyllic situation close to the quintessential Wealden village of Chiddingly. With land extending to approximately 15.26 acres, an impressive range of commercial units capable of generating significant income and a lovely individual dwelling, Willow Farm presents an exciting and flexible opportunity for a multitude of rural lifestyle and commercial ventures.
Willow Farm is accessed off Scrapers Hill via its private driveway. The main drive divides providing separate access to the farmhouse and that of the commercial element of the farm. The village of Chiddingly is under a mile away and offers a primary school, popular public house, shop and a parish Church. More comprehensive shopping and leisure facilities can be found in the County Town of Lewes 10 miles, Uckfield 8.5 miles and Eastbourne 13 miles.
The area has good road and rail communications with the A22 just over a mile away, in turn giving access to the M23, M25, national motorway network and Gatwick and Heathrow airports. The area is served by mainline railway stations at Lewes, Uckfield and Haywards Heath, to London Bridge and London Victoria.
There are many highly regarded schools in the area, both state and private, including St Andrew's School, Bede's, Brambletye, Ashdown House, Cumnor House, Lewes Grammar, Eastbourne College, Brighton College and Roedean.
Sporting and recreational activities in the area are extensive. The quiet country lanes offer good hacking and walking with many foot and bridle paths locally, and the Golden Cross Equestrian Centre is situated under 2 miles to the south. Golf at the Wellshurst Golf and Country Club, East Sussex National near Uckfield, Lewes and Piltdown; sailing at the Sovereign Harbour in Eastbourne and along the south coast; and racing at Plumpton and Brighton.
Willow Farmhouse is situated at the end of its private driveway, in the centre of delightful lawns and gardens. An established beech hedge borders the farmhouse and gardens and provides privacy from the commercial element to the farm.
A new property has replaced what used to be a farm workers bungalow in 2011 to provide the most exquisite and unique three bedroom house. Upon entrance through the oak Hobbit-style' front door, you are immediately greeted with a large open-plan entertaining hall under a vaulted ceiling with oak hammer beams, where the kitchen, sitting and dining room are all situated. The sitting room benefits from a large fireplace with log-burner and gothic stained glass windows on either side.
At one end of the ground floor is a spacious home office, double bedroom with en-suite wetroom and W.C, utility/boot room and boiler room. Oak stairs elevate to the first floor reaching two large double bedrooms, with built in storage space and en-suite bathroom to one and an en-suite shower room to the other. These are situated off the galleried landing area.
The design of the property has been thoughtfully created to maximise energy efficiency by providing an eco-efficient energy system centred around solar thermal panels, wood burning stove, and oil fired boiler which heats the water and underfloor heating system, and rainwater harvesting for the W.C's.
There are several rear access points that lead to the gardens, grounds and patio area, all of which are overlooked by the house. Where the lawn meets the pasture, there is a useful triple stable block and small adjoining lean-to barn which is currently being used as a log and tractor store.
Willow Farm benefits from an exceptional commercial setup with potential to double its size subject to planning permission. There are a total of 6 units, part tenanted and part in use by the owner. The construction is of Kingspan Fire Safe' composite panels; three of the six units also benefit from air source heating and air conditioning systems, as well as some having W.Cs, integrated office space, mezzanine storage and kitchen areas. In all in excess of 14,600 square feet.
There is a 10Kw solar array on the roof which benefits from the feed-in tariff and a rain water harvesting facility from the building which feeds rain water around the site and into the farmhouse for toilet and washing machine use.
The tenants are well established enjoying the unique facilities available to them along with the discreet and secure setting. Information regarding the rental income is available from the agents.
Willow Farm extends to approximately 15.26 acres of predominantly pasture with some woodland. The land is partly bordered by sloping wooded shaws to the east and the Bull River to the west, providing shelter and tranquility.
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