Deaks Lane, Ansty, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 5AS | Property for sale | Savills
97 Ac(39.25 Ha)
Guide price £2,250,000

Deaks LaneAnsty, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 5AS

  • Sold
  • Freehold

Key features

  • Sold in January 2022
  • Detached farmhouse (subject to AOC) in need of refurbishment and garage with studio flat above
  • Extensive range of modern agricultural buildings with part commercial use
  • Around 65 acres (26.32 hectares) pasture land
  • Redundant barn with Permitted Development for 5 residential units
  • 15.3 acre (6.19 hectares) vineyard
  • Peaceful yet highly accessible location

Diverse farm with agricultural, commercial, development and viticulture elements

About this property

  • Lot 1 – Ansty Farm

    78.77 acres (31.89 hectares)

    New Farmhouse

    Ansty Farm is approached off Deaks Lane with a hard surface track leading through the farm buildings to New Farmhouse where there is a gravelled parking area to the front.

    The formal front door leads into the entrance hall off which there is access to all the ground floor rooms. The sitting room has a wood burning stove and leads through to a corner conservatory with a westerly aspect and an outlook over the gardens. The heart of the house is a spacious kitchen/ breakfast room which also has access to the front via a porch, particularly useful for muddy boots and wet dogs. In addition, the ground floor has a dining room, study and WC. Stairs rise from the entrance hall to the first floor where there are three double bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room.

    Outside there is a detached double garage which has a WC in one corner. There is an external staircase to the rear which leads to a first floor studio flat. The flat has open plan living accommodation, including a kitchen area, and separate bathroom.

    The gardens surround the house and are mostly laid to lawn with herbaceous borders and shrub beds, it is enclosed by hedges giving the house a high degree of privacy. There is a timber pool house with a disused swimming pool.

    New Farmhouse is in need of refurbishment or may be suitable for redevelopment (subject to necessary consents).

    New Farmhouse is subject to an Agricultural Occupancy Condition, details are available from the agents.

    Ansty Farm Buildings

    The farm buildings are extensive, extending to about 38,800 square feet (excluding Lot 2).

    The layout of the buildings is identified in the block plan in these particulars and they can be summarised as:

    1. Ansty Farmhouse
    2. Garage and studio flat
    3. Main Barn (about 19,041 sq.ft.) The largest building on the farm, the main barn has consent over a small area for light industrial use. Details are available to view on the Mid Sussex District Council website and the original planning reference is 08/03775/COU which was extended under 09/01664/COU. The remainder of the barn is used for agricultural storage and there is a farm office in one corner.
    4. Barn 2 (about 11,937 sq.ft.) A large single span barn with potential for alternative uses (subject to necessary consents) such as an indoor riding arena.
    5. Barn 1 (about 5,242 sq.ft.) A former livestock building with Change of Use planning permission to B1. Details are available to view on the Mid Sussex District Council website and the planning reference is 02/01708/COU.
    6. Silage clamp
    7. Front barn (about 2,659 sq.ft.) An open fronted barn near to the entrance of the farm used for the storage of machinery and hay.

    In addition, permission was granted in 2018, under General Permitted Development, for a new agricultural barn to the north of the farmstead with a new and separate access from Deaks Lane. Details are available to view on the Mid Sussex District Council website and the planning reference is DM/18/3388.

    The Farmland

    The land at Ansty Farm is predominantly pasture, around 65 acres (26.32 hectares), across good size field enclosures. There are pockets
    of woodland and shaws, around 8.21 acres (3.32 hectares), and several ponds allowing opportunity for a small but interesting shoot.

    Parts of the farm afford fine views towards Cuckfield and the South Downs.

    Lot 2 - Redundant barn with Permitted Development
    0.32 acres (0.131 hectares)

    Shown as building 8 on the block plan, this redundant farm building has prior approval for change of use from an agricultural barn to form 5 residential units. Details are available to view on the Mid Sussex District Council website and the planning reference is DM/21/1525.

    Lot 3 – Cheniston Vineyard
    17.91 acres (7.25 hectares)

    Cheniston Vineyard lies to the west of Deaks Lane with its own access. It is an established stand-alone vineyard having around 25,500 vines planted gently sloping ground with a southerly aspect. The grape varieties are Chardonnay (about 55%), Pinot Noir (about 25%) and Pinot Meunier (about 20%).

    Approximately 15.4 acres are planted with the remaining land being headlands and a wooded shaw along the northern boundary.

    View payable Stamp Duty for this property

Additional information

  • Basic Payment Scheme The farmland is registered with the Rural Payments Agency and the Entitlements will be included within the sale. The claim for the current year will be retained by the vendor who agrees to use reasonable endeavours to transfer the entitlements for future Basic Payments to the purchaser(s).
  • Countryside Stewardship
  • There is a Countryside Stewardship Agreement over the farm which expires on 31/12/21, and the purchaser(s) will be expected to continue the scheme for the remainder of its term or indemnify the vendor against any losses.
  • Soils
  • Predominantly fine clayey soils over sandstone.
  • Designations
  • The entire farm is designated as within a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone.
  • The majority of the farm lies within the High Weald AONB although some of the farm buildings are outside its boundary.
  • Overage and Restrictions
  • The farmyard area within Lot 1 will be sold subject to residential overage of 25% over 25 years.
  • Lot 3 will be sold subject to a covenant restricting its use to agriculture, which includes viticulture.
  • Services
  • Mains electricity, including 3 phase to the buildings.
  • Mains water.
  • Mains drainage.
  • No mains gas. LPG heating system to the farmhouse.
  • Tenure, Method of Sale and Possession
  • The freehold of the farm is being offered for sale by private treaty and is available as a whole or in three lots.
  • The commercial elements are currently let and the tenants have been served notice that their agreements will not be renewed beyond 31/03/22.
  • The vineyard is subject to a grape supply and purchase agreement and the recipient has been served notice that grapes will no longer be supplied beyond the 2021 harvest.
  • The farmland is in-hand.
  • Fixtures and Fittings, Holdover and Early Entry
  • We do not expect holdover be necessary; however, if holdover is required, a clause will be introduced into the sale contract which will enable the tenant to retain use of some of the property for a short while after completion.
  • All fixtures and fittings, unless specifically mentioned in these particulars, are excluded from the sale.
  • Employees
  • There are no employees to be transferred under TUPE regulations.
  • Plans and Lotting
  • The plans and associated acreages have been prepared for illustrative purposes and their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. The vendor reserves the right to alter the lotting or to not sell any of the lots.
  • VAT
  • Any guide price quoted or discussed is exclusive of VAT. In the event that the sale of the property or any part of it or any right attached to it becomes chargeable supply for the purposes of VAT such tax will be payable in addition.
  • Mineral, Timber and Sporting Rights
  • All mineral, timber and sporting rights are included in the sale insofar as they are owned by the vendor.
  • Wayleaves, Easements and Rights of Way
  • The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all existing wayleaves, easements and rights of way, whether public or private, specifically mentioned or not.
  • There is one public footpath along the southern boundary which then crosses the easternmost field exiting the farm onto the A272.
  • Local Authorities
  • Mid Sussex District Council
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Council Tax and Business Rates
  • New Farmhouse Band G
  • Pt main barn Not currently rated
  • Barn 1 Not currently rated
  • EPCs
  • Ansty Farmhouse E
  • Studio Flat F
  • Health and Safety
  • Given the potential hazards of a working farm, we would ask you to be as vigilant as possible when visiting for your own safety.
  • Postcode
  • RH17 5AS
  • Directions: From the A23 (A272 junction) proceed in an easterly direction towards Haywards Heath and after about 2 miles, you will enter the village of Ansty. Turn left onto Deaks Lane, just before the roundabout, and Ansty Farm is on the right as you leave the village.