Gare Hill, Frome, Somerset, BA11 5EZ | Property for sale | Savills
52 Ac(21.04 Ha)
Guide price £2,600,000(156,015,538 EGP)

Gare HillFrome, Somerset, BA11 5EZ

  • Under offer
  • Freehold

Key features

  • Unlisted, four bedroom farmhouse with charming period features
  • Extensive range of modern farm buildings largely converted for Equestrian use
  • Equestrian facilities including stabling, menage and gallop
  • Further 2 bedroom cottage and portable cabin
  • In all about 52 acres (21.04 hectares)

A recently modernised equestrian facility with far reaching views and easy communication links

About this property

  • Summary
    West Forest Farm is situated in a peaceful rural location approximately 5.6 miles south of the popular market town of Frome, enjoying far reaching views over adjoining farmland. Located a short distance from the A303 the property enjoys excellent communication links with Bath (A36) to the north, Bristol (A4) to the north west and the Cathedral City of Salisbury, south east. Mainline rail connections are available from Westbury, Gillingham and Bath.

    West Forest Farmhouse
    West Forest Farm is a private residential equestrian property with secondary accommodation, modern farm buildings, extensive equestrian facilities and 52 acres of productive pasture, all within a ring fence.

    The farm was a dairy farm until 2002, it was then converted for equestrian use and a cottage created for ancillary accommodation.

    The current owner has continued to invest in the facilities, providing new track to access the turnout paddocks, building an all-weather turnout area, and substantially improving the stables and barns with new cladding and insulated roofing. The gallop has also been regraded and serviced.

    West Forest Farmhouse is an attractive unlisted period country house of stone elevations under a tiled roof. The property offers spacious and well-presented accommodation arranged over three floors.

    The house has been comprehensively refurbished by the current owner, including lime repointing, new metal guttering and refurbishment of all the exterior doors and windows as well as extending the eastern ground floor elevation, creating a wonderful garden room which has undoubtedly created a huge amount of light and warmth throughout the ground floor of the property. While the house has a number of period features including exposed beams, flagstone flooring and an Inglenook fireplace, the windows are all large and so it does have very good light and the work done by the current owner has certainly improved this.

    West Forest Farm benefits from two driveways, the first serves the house only and was recently created by the owners to provide a gravel drive leading to an oak framed double car port. The second serves the equestrian facilities and gives a degree of seclusion to the house meaning that a commercial operation, subject to planning, could be founded at West Forest Farm without disturbing the house. The garden has been planted with perennials and shrubs in the borders, and the rest of the garden was planted as a wild flower meadow, which is really starting to come into its own.

    The Cottage and Cabin
    The Cottage at West forest farm is approached by the equestrian drive with parking in front, it has recently been renovated and contains two bedrooms and a private garden with access to the yard. The two bedroom Cabin was installed by the vendors under permitted development rights and is located away from the buildings with views over the land.

    Equestrian Facilities
    The equestrian facilities at West Forest Farm include:
    50m x 25m Arena with Martin Collins surface
    Claydon Covered Horse walker
    American Barn with 11 monarch boxes and wash down bay
    Stabling barn with 3 foaling boxes and inspection chamber and 3 boxes overlooking yard
    Dutch Barn machinery and feed store
    Lean to with 8 further stables
    Undulating circular waxed gallop
    Stone tack room with staff toilet, under tiled roof
    Stone store under tiled roof

    Land
    Lying to the north of the house the land lies within a ring fence and is laid to permanent pasture. The pasture is made up of four large fields and a central paddock divided into 8 turn outs. There are a further two smaller paddocks. The majority of paddocks have water supplies and troughs, and all are accessed by hard tracks. The majority of the fields are connected to water and a 22 acre field to the North West of the farm contains the all-weather gallop and has an area of woodland and pond at its centre that attracts an abundance of wildlife. In all the property amounts to approximately 52 Acres.

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A beautiful and quiet equestrian yard with fantastic connectivity

Geoffrey JonesProperty agent

Local information

  • West Forest Farm is situated in a peaceful rural location approximately 5.6 miles south of the popular market town of Frome, enjoying far reaching views over adjoining farmland. Located a short distance from the A303 the property enjoys excellent communication links with Bath (A36) to the north, Bristol (A4) to the north west and the Cathedral City of Salisbury, south east. Mainline rail connections are available from Westbury, Gillingham and Bath.
  • In recent years the market towns of Bruton and Frome have become incredibly popular and both provide an excellent range of independent shops, art galleries, restaurants, supermarkets and cinema with more comprehensive shopping, sporting, cultural and education facilities found in Warminster and Bath. There are plentiful walking, cycling and riding opportunities directly from the property into the surrounding countryside with the National Trust owned Stourhead Estate and Longleat Estate nearby. Additional local recreation can be enjoyed at the exclusive Babington Country House and Centre Parcs in the Longleat forest. Sailing and water sports are available at Shearwater and on the south coast. Horseracing is at Salisbury and Bath (flat), Wincanton and Taunton (National Hunt). Local hunts include The South & West, Wilts, Mendip Farmers, Blackmore & Sparkford Vale. Both the successful Wylye Valley and South and West Wilts pony clubs hold their training within 10 miles. Fishing can be enjoyed on the River Frome and River Avon nearby on licence via private clubs and organisations. Golf can be enjoyed at Orchardleigh, The Mendip and Cumberwell Park.
  • The area is well known for schools with Sandroyd and Clayesmore offering preparatory education and King Bruton and Millfield as secondary independent options.

Additional information

  • Method of Sale: The freehold of West Forest Farm is offered for sale by private treaty with vacant possession on completion.
  • Local Authority: Somerset County Council.
  • Town and Country Planning: Interested parties are advised to make their own enquiries in respect of any planning matters and development opportunities for any element of West Forest Farm to Somerset County council.
  • Timber Mineral and Sporting Rights: In so far as they are owned, the Timber, mineral and sporting rights are included in the sale.
  • Easements, Wayleaves and Rights of Way: The property is sold subject to and with benefit of all existing rights of way whether public or private, including rights of way, supply, drainage, water, electricity supplies and other rights, covenants, restrictions and obligations and all wayleaves whether referred to or not. Public rights of way that cross the sale area are shown on the sale plan.
  • Fixtures and Fittings: Those items mentioned in these sales particulars, including fitted carpets and curtains, are included in the freehold sale. All other fixtures, fittings and other furnishings are expressly excluded.
  • Viewings: Viewings are strictly by appointment through Savills.
  • Health and Safety: Given the potential hazards of a working farm we would ask you to be as vigilant as possible when making your inspection for your own personal safety.
  • VAT: Should any sale or any other part of the property or any right attached to it become a chargeable supply for the purposes of VAT, such tax will be payable by the purchase(s) in addition to the contract price.
  • Directions: Postcode: BA11 5EZ What3Words: ///chatting.eradicate.majoring. What3words gives every 3mx3m square in the world a unique three-word address. This one describes the precise entrance to West Forest Farm.
  • EPC Rating: D
  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Council Tax Band: E