Maiden Bradley, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7JH | Property for sale | Savills
108.57 Ac(43.94 Ha)
Guide price £3,350,000(€3,819,707)

Maiden BradleyWarminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7JH

  • Sold
  • Freehold

Key features

  • Sold in October 2023
  • Range of ancillary accommodation
  • Equestrian facilities including stabling, horse walker and gallops
  • Pasture and woodland
  • In all about 108 acres

A historically important Grade II listed house in 108 acres, with superb equestrian facilities

About this property

  • Noted in the Domesday Book and reputed to be on the site of one of the oldest houses in Wiltshire, Baycliffe Farm has a continuous history of occupation on the site since 1087.

    Prior to the Norman Conquest, Baycliffe appears to have been the property of Tostig Godwinson, Earl of Northumberland and brother of King Harold.

    At some point in the 13th Century, a charter of King Henry III records that the farm was granted to the Priory of Bradley. The Priory Chapel held tithes over Baycliffe Farm until 1662.

    The property was severely damaged by Parliamentarian forces during the Civil War, when the house was attacked whilst the then resident, a staunch Royalist, was away attacking nearby Stourhead House, a Parliamentarian stronghold.

    Nowadays, this remarkable stone and brick house under a thatched roof, sits in a tranquil position, surrounded by its own grounds, giving way to its grazing and woodland beyond. It is well configured, with nicely proportioned rooms.

    The entrance hall offers access to the principal rooms. The dual-aspect dining room has shuttered stone mullion windows with window-seats and a fireplace with a wood burning stove. Wide steps lead down into the drawing room (formerly the “Cheese Room”, where cheese was produced). Again, this room benefits from shuttered stone mullion windows and a fireplace with a wood-burning stove. A dual-aspect sitting room has an open fire and shuttered stone mullion windows. The kitchen/breakfast room, with a flagstone floor, has bespoke hand-built cabinetry, Belfast sink and a solid oak work surface. This room boasts a large inglenook fireplace with a wood-burning stove. A stable door leads from the kitchen out to a sheltered rear courtyard garden, with access to the boiler room. A cloakroom, with separate WC, has flagstone floors, as does the spacious utility/laundry room, along with fitted cupboards, a sink and plumbing for a washing machine.

    Upstairs, the galleried landing offers access to the principal bedroom. Adjacent to this is a ‘work-in-progress' (previously two bedrooms) to create a magnificent principal suite with a planned balcony overlooking the swimming pool garden. Due to these works, there are currently a further three double bedrooms, one with en suite shower room and dressing room and one with en suite shower room, in addition to a family bathroom, with free-standing roll-top bath. Several of these rooms have stone mullion windows.

    A small studio annexe with separate access adjoins the drawing room which could be connected, extending the overall square footage of the main house. The house has a large parking courtyard to one side, with a small lawn and rear access into the kitchen.

    The gardens wrap around the remainder of the house. A walled vegetable garden includes a greenhouse with a vine, a brick double-ended potting shed and fruit cages. The heated swimming pool sits within its own walled courtyard garden and has a garden store/pump room to one side.

    The adjacent courtyard garden has the beginnings of a pool changing room/WC. The main garden is part-walled and is laid mainly to lawn, with a pond and various mature trees and shrubs, including a spectacular magnolia.

    Ancillary Accommodation and Buildings

    Baycliffe Farm offers plentiful ancillary accommodation which was originally converted from a range of traditional brick agricultural buildings and suited to multi-generational living, staff accommodation or could be let out to generate a useful additional income. The additional properties include a three bedroom cottage, two bedroom cottage,two one bedrooms flats and a separate one bedroom wooden cabin. Sat within these traditional buildings also lies a car port and a large double-height Party Barn with vaulted ceilings.

    Land and Equestrian Facilities

    Baycliffe Farm boasts impressive equestrian facilities and has operated as a Racing Stud in recent years. Set adjacent to the house lies the front yard with twelve stables set around a picturesque central courtyard. Privately placed away from the house, with secondary road access, lies the main yard, where a range of converted agricultural buildings house American Barn style stabling, a large storage barn and an indoor menage / loose ring (in need of refurbishment). The property also benefits from a Monarch horse walker.

    Sat within the traditional brick buildings and adjoining the cottages and party barn is a tack room with first floor one bedroom flat suitable for staff. These buildings also house an office, staff room and WC facilities with disabled access.


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Local information

  • Maiden Bradley is a village in south-west Wiltshire, about 6 miles south-west of Warminster and bordering the county of Somerset. The parish sits in the renowned Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has a popular pub, The Bradley Hare, and a well-supported cricket ground/club. It also has a church and an active village hall. Longleat and Stourhead are both approximately 5 miles from the village. The A303 provides access to the south west and London via the M3. The market town of Warminster offers a broad range of amenities, including schools and supermarkets. Trains from Warminster to London Waterloo have an approximate journey time of 2 hours. Trains also run from nearby Westbury, with an average journey time into London Paddington of 1 hour 24 minutes. There is a wide selection of both state and private schools in the area, including Warminster School, Dauntseys, Bruton, Sherborne and Godolphin.

Additional information

  • Method of Sale and Tenure: The freehold of Baycliffe Farm is offered for sale by private treaty with vacant possession on completion.
  • Services: Mains water and electricity. Private Drainage (with treatment plant). Oil fired and electric central heating.
  • EPC: Baycliffe Farmhouse – Exempt, Cottages – D & E, Flat 1 D, Flat 2 E, The Cabin E
  • Local Authority Wiltshire Council – 0300 456 0100
  • Council Tax: Baycliffe Farmhouse – F, Cottages - F
  • Town and Country Planning: The land is registered for payments under the Basic Payment Scheme. It is intended that the entitlements are included in the sale and the Vendor will assist with their transfer to the Purchaser after completion. For the avoidance of doubt, the Vendor will retain the 2022 payment in full.
  • Designations: Baycliffe Farm falls within the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone.
  • 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. A footpath is known to cross the property as indicated in the sale plan.
  • Fixtures and Fittings: Those items mentioned in these sales particulars 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 Stud we would ask you to be as vigilant as possible when making your inspection for your own personal safety, particularly around the farm buildings and railway.
  • VAT: Should any sale or any other part of the Estate 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: From Salisbury, take the A36 towards Warminster. At the roundabout just before Warminster, take the A350 towards Crockerton. After Crockerton, turn right towards Parsons Lane and then into Clay Street. Clay Street will take you past Shearwater Lake and on towards Maiden Bradley. Baycliffe Farm will be found on the left-hand side before you reach the village itself. What3Words: backed.incurring.oval - What3words gives every 3mx3m square in the world a unique three-word address. This one describes the precise entrance to Baycliffe Farm.
  • EPC Exempt