Savills | Folly Mill, Thaxted, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2NW | Property for sale
222 Ac(89.84 Ha)
Guide price £2,750,000

Folly MillThaxted, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2NW

  • Sold
  • Freehold

Key features

  • Sold in April 2021
  • Range of traditional outbuildings
  • Established shoot
  • Attractive arable and grassland unit
  • Available as a whole or in 2 lots
  • In all about 222 acres
  • For sale by private treaty as a whole

A well appointed residential estate in a private location.

About this property

  • Folly Mill is an attractive small residential estate in a popular part of north Essex. It boasts a private location yet is within easy access of the A120, M11 and M25 giving excellent accessibility across the country.

    The property was purchased by the Renton family in 1938, who have turned the estate into a well-known shoot and party venue over the last 80 years. The estate is renowned for providing enjoyable sport and famous dances and house parties.

    The property lies just to the south of the market town of Thaxted with Great Dunmow some 5 miles away.
    The location of the farm within 6 miles of the A120 and with access to the M11 near Stansted airport (London Liverpool St Station from 50 minutes) provides excellent access to London, other parts of East Anglia and the Midlands.

    The property forms a most attractive small estate with a 16th century Grade II listed manor house with attached annex sitting within mature gardens and grounds and adjacent to a brook. The farmland provides a mixture of arable land and grassland in undulating countryside, interspersed with attractive mature and semi-mature woodland forming a well-appointed shoot. Vehicular access to the fields is provided off the main road and via a series of tracks across the agricultural land. There is a small modern grain store situated adjacent to the B184.


    A detached Grade II listed manor house dating back to the late 16th century and extended in the early C17. The farmhouse is constructed on a timber frame and rendered under a peg tiled roof. The property which is largely constructed on two floors has a more modern single storey annex to the east end.

    The property benefits from wonderful traditional features including exposed beams, inglenook fireplaces and a most attractive panelled dining room.

    Accommodation provides 3 reception rooms, a kitchen and utilities on the ground floor with a 1 bedroom, 1 reception annex to one side. The first floor includes 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms one of which is en-suite, with a dressing room/study to the principle bedroom. The property sits in mature gardens and grounds with an outdoor swimming pool and an area formerly used as a grass tennis court.

    Outbuildings include a double garage, attractive under cover terrace, workshop and potting sheds all facing the garden.

    The property would benefit from updating throughout.

    There is an attractive woodland extending to about 2 acres situated on the opposite side of the minor highway – Folly Mill Lane.

    The land is a compact block of undulating mainly arable land with grassland lying close to the farmhouse. The land is interspersed with attractive woodland which has been well laid out for shooting purposes.

    The land is classified by DEFRA as grades 2 and 3 with the soil type being of the Ludford and Hanslope soil series.

    The farmland is gently undulating with a majority of the farmland extending to 62.43 hectares (154.25 acres) in arable and grass production with woodland extending to 7.62 hectares (18.84 acres). The rolling nature of the holding interspersed with mature and semi mature woodland provides for an excellent family shoot.

    This Lot includes a modern style farm building providing grain storage of 250 tonne capacity. Of steel frame construction on a block plinth with corrugated asbestos elevations and roof. It benefits from a concrete floor and grain walling.

    The building is located off the main B184 and may have opportunities for conversion subject to planning.

    The land is bounded by farm tracks, mature hedgerows interspersed with mature trees. The arable is currently farmed by contractors.

    Lot 2 ARABLE LAND EXTENDING TO 19.19 HECTARES (47.43 acres)

    An off lying parcel of arable land known as Buckinghams which is located a short distance away from the main block.

    View payable Stamp Duty for this property

Wonderful residential estate in a private location.

Gi D'AngibauProperty agent

Local information

  • Thaxted 2 miles, Saffron Walden 9 miles, Stansted Airport 8 miles, Stansted Mountfitchet Station 8.8 miles (London Liverpool Street 50 mins). (All times and distances are approximate).

Additional information

  • Method of Sale: Folly Mill is offered for sale by private treaty as a whole or in 2 lots.
  • Tenure and Possession: The farm is offered for sale freehold with vacant possession, except fields OS4354 and OS5651 of grassland which are subject to a verbal agreement with a local farmer at a rent of £495 per annum.
  • Contract Farming Agreement: The land is currently farmed by a local farmer under a contracting arrangement who is happy to continue farming for any interested parties.
  • Basic Payment Scheme: The Entitlements to the Basic Payment Scheme on the arable land are included in the sale. The vendor has submitted a claim for the current scheme year and will retain the payment for this year. The vendor will make reasonable endeavours to transfer the relevant Entitlements to the purchaser after completion of the sale.
  • Environmental Schemes: The land is not subject to any environmental schemes but is located in a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone.
  • Holdover: The vendor and their contractors may require holdover over the farm building following completion of the sale.
  • Ingoing Valuation: Dependent on timing of sale there may be a requirement for an ingoing valuation on the arable crops.
  • Drainage Plans: Parts of the farm have been drained and drainage plans are available from the vendor's agent.
  • Sporting, Timber and Mineral Rights: Sporting, timber and mineral rights are included in the freehold sale in so far as they are owned. There is currently a shoot organised at Folly Mill, the arrangements for which will expire on 1st February 2021.
  • Timing: The vendor will be seeking to exchange contracts within 6 weeks of receiving a draft contract with completion to take place on a date to be agreed thereafter. A 10% deposit will be payable on exchange of contracts.
  • Services: Mains electricity, mains water, oil-fired central heating, private drainage, council tax band G. Farm building – Mains electricity and mains water.
  • Easements, Covenants, Rights of Way and Restrictions: The property is sold subject to, or with the benefit of all existing wayleaves, easements, quasi easements, rights of way, covenants and restrictions whether mentioned in these particulars or not.
  • The property is subject to 2 footpaths which cross the land as shown on the plan.
  • There is a right of way for the benefit of the farm between points A and B from Folly Mill Lane for access into Steps Wood via a farm track.
  • Boundaries, Plans, Areas, Schedules and Disputes: The boundaries are based on the Ordnance Survey and are for reference only. Purchaser will be deemed to have full knowledge of the boundaries and any error or mistakes shall not annul the sale, or entitle any party to compensation in respect thereof.
  • Should any dispute arise as to the boundaries or any points arise on the general remarks and stipulations, schedules, plan or the interpretation of any of them, such questions shall be referred to the selling agent whose decision acting as expert shall be final.
  • Local Authority: Uttlesford District Council, Council Offices, London Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4ER.
  • Solicitor: Tees Law, Titan House, Castle Park, Cambridge, CB3 0AY. Tel: 01223 311141. FAO Alexander Waples
  • Anti-Money Laundering: In accordance with the Money Laundering Regulations 2017, once an offer has been accepted, the purchaser will be required to provide proof of identity and address prior to the instruction of solicitors.
  • VAT: Any guide price quoted or discussed is exclusive of VAT. In the event that a sale of the property or any part of it or any rights attached to it becomes a chargeable supply for the purposes of VAT such tax will be payable in addition.
  • Viewings: Strictly by appointment through Savills Chelmsford Tel. 01245 293258 (Gi d'Angibau)
  • Health and Safety: Given the potential hazards of a working farm, we would ask you to be as vigilant as possible when inspecting the holding for your own personal safety, in particular around the garden, the brook and swimming pool area.
  • Ref: GDA201112. External photographs taken June 2020. Interior photographs taken November 2020.
  • Directions: Postcode CM6 2NW
  • EPC Exempt
  • Tenure = Freehold