Productive and well equipped Cheshire Investment Farm
Shannock Farm is a versatile holding that benefits from productive quality land, with mature woodland and shelter belts creating a strong amenity feel. The farmstead is extensive having previously carried a significant dairy herd, but following a change of farming direction the tenant has focused on the rearing of youngstock in these buildings. The majority of the land is down to temporary grass leys, with a rotation of barley being grown on the holding most years. Farm yard manure is applied back to the land improving soil quality. The farmstead sits to the northern boundary of the holding and is accessed via a track directly from Giantswood Lane leading past the farmhouse and to the farm buildings.
Shannock Farmhouse - Shannock Farmhouse is an attractive detached brick built property with a slate tile roof. The property is inhabited by two generations and divided by internal doors to create separate living spaces. The property extends to approximately 2,600 sq ft. The ground floor includes a living room with log burner, dining area that leads to a galley kitchen; through a door is access to the main farmhouse kitchen and living area along with small office. There are two staircases, one at the entrance to the house and a second one in the utility room enabling the different generations to live independently. Upstairs in total there are 5 bedrooms and a living area that could be used as a bedroom if desired. There is one family bathroom, with a bath and shower over, WC and hand basin, with a further small shower unit being located in the living area.
The property has a lawn garden to the north with a range of mature trees enclosed by a hedgerow. To the west of the farmhouse is a small brick built outbuilding that houses a dog kennel and at present provides general storage.
Traditional Farm Buildings - A large L shape of two storey traditional red brick farm buildings with slate tile and corrugated cement fibre roof in a courtyard adjoining the house. These are used for a mixture of purposes by the tenant including storage, workshop and a games room. These buildings offer scope for development to alternative uses subject to planning permission being granted.
Farm buildings - Immediately south of the farmhouse are the significant agricultural buildings. These are livestock focused with a number of large well ventilated buildings and a large area of concrete that drains into the slurry lagoon. The buildings run to the south and are all interconnected allowing ease of movement of livestock between the buildings. The buildings are predominantly constructed from steel frames, Yorkshire boarding, cement fibre roofing and roof lights. To the front of the old cubicle housing and silage pits is a large canopy with a concrete floor. There is a further open fronted building that was erected by the tenant and is classed as a tenant's fixture. They currently use this as storage for their machinery and other implements.
Land - The farmland lies in a ring fenced block running to the south of the farmstead. The land is divided in two via a steep wooded bank that runs east to west, with water courses flowing through to the River Dane. The land lying below the bank adjoins the river and is accessed via a track. In total the farm extends to 148.96 acres, there is 113.51 acres of pasture and arable land, with the remaining land comprising buildings, woodland, ponds and part of the River Dane.
The land runs from a height of 90 metres dropping to 65 metres by the River Dane. The land is classified as a mix of Grade 2 and Grade 3 land under the MAFF Provisional Agricultural Land Classification. The soils are freely draining and slightly acid sandy soils, suitable for a variety of crops including combinable and root crops if desired. The farm has supported a typical rotation that would be expected of a dairy farm which is predominantly temporary grass leys with combinable crops rotating round the land.
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