An outstanding 409 acre commercial and arable stock farm with easy access to livestock auctions in Bishops Castle, Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Knighton and Welshpool.
The Down has been farmed by the current family since 1951. It is an exceptional high quality arable and stock farm situated in beautiful unspoilt south Shropshire countryside. It is close to Offa's Dyke and approximately 5.5 miles from the Welsh Border. There are approximately 242 acres of arable, 139 acres of permanent pasture and about 21 acres of woodland. The Vendors have always had the reputation for producing top quality Texel cross and Suffolk cross Lambs with a small Pedigree flock of Blue Faced Leicester Sheep, together with
Limousin and Charolais cross store and fat cattle. This has been due to a combination of their expertise and the quality, productivity and habitat of The Down.
The farm is situated in beautiful south Shropshire countryside with easy access to livestock auctions in Bishops Castle, Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Knighton and Welshpool.
Bishops Castle, 3 miles away, is an historic market town with a lively livestock market. There is a good mix of independent shops, cafes, pubs and two microbreweries. Communications in the area are also good with the A49 and the A458 leading to Shrewsbury and the North.
The Down is situated in wonderful riding country over some of England's prettiest countryside. The farm also has its own all weather manège.
Within the farm is an ancient Norman fortification called Motte Castle, one of only 100-150 examples in Britain, and it is adjacent to Bury Ditches a well known beauty spot in South Shropshire, with its Bronze Age Camp and an extensive network of bridleways and
footpaths through the Forestry Commission Woodland.
The Down Farmhouse: a most attractive and appealing period farmhouse believed to date from about 1790 with later additions. At present the house is divided into separate portions, with the Vendors living in the main portion. A separate annexe has been created
for family accommodation.
On the ground floor is a large farmhouse kitchen, dining room, sitting room, with potentially 6 bedrooms on the first floor (if the whole house is incorporated into one).
There is an extensive range of farm buildings, including a bespoke sheep shed capable of housing 400 ewes with central feed passage. In addition are an extensive range of largely general purpose portal frame buildings with potential cattle and young stock housing for 200250
head of varying ages.
The Down lies within a ring fence served by a small public road which runs from the hamlet of Brockton to Clunton. The farm is universal in nature, well suited to a mixed arable and livestock enterprise. The soils are all of a good quality, classified as Grade 3.The lower land is
of the Conway series, being a clay over a well bodied loam, the balance being a reasonably heavy loam over shale.
The farm has been largely run as an arable farm, with sheep and beef. The arable activities extend to about 241 acres, with approximately 138 acres in permanent pasture. The arable cropping is based around winter wheat, winter barley, spring barley and winter
oats, with some stubble turnips. A cropping schedule for the last 5 years will be available on request.
The farm is understood to be well drained throughout.
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Fantastic access to livestock auctions.Tony Morris-Eyton