An outstanding development opportunity to create a single residential estate or up to 7 independent residential dwellings in a superb rural location in East Hampshire.
The High Hurlands estate occupies a magnificent position approximately 400 ft above sea level. The land, which extends to approximately 55.3 acres in total, sweeps towards the South with resplendent panoramic views over the surrounding countryside and the South Downs.
The estate was purchased by the Carter family in 1960 with the intention of developing the apple farm and creating an equestrian facility on the estate. The principal building, High Hurlands, was built in 1933, designed by William Curtis Green around a hexagonal hall and 2 wings to maximise the uninterrupted views.
In 1971 the family started a care home for children and young adults which ran for 51 years until its closure in the summer of 2022. The house was extended twice during this period, increasing the footprint to 12,809 sq ft. In July 2023 East Hants District Council granted permission for change of use on the care home from Commercial to Residential providing the opportunity for the building to be returned to a family home.
Located adjacent to High Hurlands and currently accessed via the same driveway is Badgers Watch, a secondary dwelling in the Arts and Crafts style of approximately 2,918 sq ft, dating to 1995. This building occupies a lower ground level than High Hurlands and is sensitively screened by mature trees.
A secondary access from Gentles Lane leads to a range of farm buildings. The current owners have obtained Class Q consent for the conversion of these buildings into 5 residential units, namely; a pair of single storey 2 bedroom semi-detached units, a pair of 2 storey, 2 bedroom semi-detached houses, a 4 bedroom detached house.
The village of Passfield is less than 1 mile from the property and has a village store for every day convenience. The larger town of Liphook offers a range of local shopping, including a Sainsbury's supermarket and mainline train station, with services to London Waterloo from 59 minutes. Grayshott is three miles away and has a popular butcher and independent vintner, doctor's surgery, two mini supermarkets, a collection of restaurants and a public house. In addition, Haslemere is about six miles away, offering excellent shopping including a variety of independent shops, a Waitrose, M&S Food Hall and several restaurants and pubs. Haslemere train station has services to London Waterloo from 50 minutes.
A wider choice of shopping, recreational and cultural pursuits are available at the county towns of Farnham, Guildford, Alresford and the picturesque city of Winchester. The property is well situated for access to the A3, which provides swift access to the M25 and the national motorway network, as well as Heathrow, Gatwick and Southampton airports and the south coast.
There are a range of schools in the area including, Grayshott Primary, Liphook Infant's school, Highfield & Brookham and Bohunt in Liphook, St Edmunds, Amesbury and The Royal School in Hindhead, Woolmer Hill in Haslemere, Churchers and Bedales in Petersfield and Edgeborough, Frensham Heights and Moorehouse in Frensham and Charterhouse at Godalming. Winchester has a large selection of additional independent schooling options.
Sporting facilities include golf at Liphook, Old Thorns, Hankley Common and West Surrey, racing at Goodwood, polo at Cowdray Park and sailing off the south coast at Chichester Harbour. Forest Mere (Champneys) Health Spa is located between Liphook and Liss.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Ludshott Common can be reached via Gentles Lane to the North of the estate, ideal for equestrian activities, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. This part of east Hampshire, bordering Surrey and West Sussex offers excellent walking, cycling and riding opportunities from locations including; Waggoners Wells, Bramshott Common, Passfield Common, The Devil's Punchbowl, Frensham Great and Little Ponds, Blackdown and across The South Downs.
High Hurlands: A substantial former care home, which extends to approximately 12,809 sq ft currently, with planning permission to convert to a residential (reference 20601/027) dwelling house.
Panda Cottage is a 3 bedroom, detached property of over 1,000 sq ft. There is a variety of mulit- purpose outbuildings.
Badgers Watch: A detached house extending to 2,918 sq ft approx, comprising; kitchen/dining/family room, drawing room, sitting room, study, utility, shower room, pantry, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, attached twin carport. Outside, there is a garden room, tennis court and approximately 5 acres of mature gardens and pasture. There is a pending planning application to lift the current occupancy restriction on Badgers Watch: reference 20601/028.
Farm buildings: Planning has been granted [reference 20601/029] under Class Q for the development of the existing farm buildings into 5 residential units as follows:
Barn 1 Proposed: Two attached single storey units totalling 826.67 sq ft approx. Each unit comprises; 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, open plan kitchen reception.
Barn 2 Proposed: One detached single storey unit totalling 4,628.48 sq ft approx. Comprising; 4/5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, utility, pantry, office, coat cupboard, WC, open plan kitchen/reception room, outdoor covered seating area.
Barn 3 Proposed: Two attached 2 storey units totalling 1,076.39 sq ft approx. Each comprises; open plan kitchen/reception room, WC, utility, 2 bedrooms, bathroom.
Special note: The sellers have prepared some pipework for the water supply leading from Gentles Lane to the first agricultural barn in readiness for the development of the barns and separation of Badgers Watch.
High Hurlands change of use consent: Reference 20601/027
Class Q consents: Reference 20601/029
Application for lifting occupancy restriction on Badgers Watch pending: Reference 20601/028
Rarely do we see an opportunity that offers such great flexibility for a range of potential buyers.Phillippa Dalby-WelshProperty agent