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Price: £4,000,000

Reference: Common Farm

Status: Sold

Property description

SOLD.

On the market for the first time since 1947

Common Farm, Eastrop, Highworth, Wiltshire, SN6 7PP

Highworth under 1 mile.  Swindon (Paddington 55 minutes) 6 miles.  M4 Junction 15 8 miles.  Lechlade on Thames 4 miles, Cirencester 12 miles

A legendary residential racing & hunting grassland farm on the borders of the VWH & Old Berks Hunt within a ring fence occupying a quiet & tranquil location;

In all about 406 acres (164 hectares) of mainly old permanent pasture

A large detached 17th century period stone and brick farmhouse with an adjacent extensive range of period brick and stone farm buildings all in their original vernacular un modernised condition.  

INTRODUCTION

Common Farm is a legendary racing and hunting grassland farm which has been the home of the late John Manners and his wife Audrey until John’s death in September 2009.  The farm has been farmed by the Manners family since 1926 when John was six months old, his father having moved there as a tenant.

There were always cows at Common Farm.  John bred Pedigree Friesians and later built up a Naturally Polled Herd.  His passion was breeding and racing horses.  He had his own stallions and the stock grew up to win hundreds of Point to Points over the years, also many races under rules after he took out a Trainer’s Licence.  These included Knight of Love his first Cheltenham winner and of course Cavalero who after winning many Point to Points won both the Aintree and Cheltenham Foxhunters.

John liked to buy problematic or soured horses at The Sales & bring them back to Common Farm, where they loved the farm life and often went on to win.  Touch Silver won 8 hurdle races and of course Killeshin, a cripple when he brought him to the farm, won The Eider Chase, the Aintree Foxhunters and came 6th and 7th in the Grand National.

John started many Jockeys on their careers with his encouragement.
The year John died in 2009 he was the leading South Midland Point to Point Trainer and his home bred horses are still winning now. “All these horses over the years were trained on this lovely farm.” Audrey Manners.

LOCATION

The farm lies immediately to the south east of Highworth in open countryside, looking up towards the National Trust Village of Coleshill.

THE LAND

The farm extends in total to about 406 acres (164 ha) & is predominantly old permanent pasture, with historic herbage & wild flowers.  The majority has never been ploughed.


This is clay loam & joins the River Cole at the Northern end.  The land is sheltered by old hedges.

The 1977 Land Classification Map classifies the land as Grade III & a small portion of Grade IV bordering the River Cole to the North.

SPORTING RIGHTS

The sporting rights are included in the sale.

THE FARMHOUSE

A large detached south facing 17th century period stone & brick farmhouse in need of modernisation & restoration throughout & approached up a long drive together with the farm buildings.  It is not listed.

Accommodation

As per the floor plans together with extensive attics

GARDENS

There is a traditional walled garden to the front of the house.

OUTBUILDINGS

An extensive range of period stone & brick farm buildings, former dairy & parlour, livestock yards & cattle sheds with some lofts over, two stable yards & three dutch barns.

TENURE

Freehold with vacant possession.

SERVICES

Mains water
Mains electricity
Septic tank drainage

PLANNING / DEVELOPMENT UPLIFT PROVISIONS


Following the death of Mr Manners his executors sought planning advice regarding the potential to re develop the house & buildings into a residential complex.  The indications were that there was a potential to achieve 12 dwellings within the house & period buildings.  No formal enquires have been made to the local authority.

There will be no uplift or overage conditions in the event of redevelopment of the farmhouse or farm buildings complex, but there will be an overage clause of 30% in any uplift in value applied to the rest of the land for the beneficiaries of the late H J (John) Manners.

SINGLE PAYMENT SCHEME ENTITLEMENTS, SUBSIDIES & GRANTS
The Single Payment Entitlement is included in the sale and the vendors will used their reasonable endeavours to effect the transfer subject to the RPA rules.  
The 2012 application has been made and that payment is reserved to the vendors for the current year only.

Woodland Grant Scheme & RPA & any other information available from the auctioneers.

PRE-ENTRY 

The purchaser will have the right of pre-entry for cutting of grass.
The grass has and will remain uncut, in order that the purchaser can take a heavy cut for  silage or hay.

WAYLEAVES, EASEMENTS AND RIGHTS OF WAY

The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights including rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water & electricity supplies & other rights & obligations, easements, quasi-easements & restrictive covenants & all existing & proposed wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cables, drains & water, gas & other pipes, whether referred to in the General Remarks & Stipulations or not.

A footpath runs through the buildings, which is seldom used & discussions are taking place to divert it along the southern boundary of the farm.

FIXTURES & FITTINGS

The following are excluded from the sale & will be removed prior to completion; Horsewalker, horse turnout cages, the Rayburn & electric cooker

CO LOCAL AUTHORITY
Swindon Borough Council - 01793 463000
www.swindon.gov.uk.

COUNCIL TAX

Council Tax Band G - £2,423.52 per annum

BOUNDARIES

The ownership of the boundaries is believed to be in accordance with the custom of the country, but the property being open to inspection, the Purchaser(s) shall be deemed to have full knowledge of the boundaries & neither the Vendors nor their Agents shall be required to produce evidence as to the ownership of any boundary.

TIMBER AND MINERALS

Any standing timber is included within the sale.  The mineral rights are included in the sale in so far as they are owned.

LEGAL PACK

A legal pack will be available from Withy King.  Please email angus.williams@withyking.co.uk

N.B. REGISTRATION TO BID & PROOF OF FINANCE

Perspective bidders will be required to register their interest together with proof of finance (to the auctioneers satisfaction) by Monday 9th July 2012 5pm, at which point a bidding numbers will be issued.  Bidding will by pre issued number only.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

These particulars have been prepared with the utmost care, but their accuracy including text, measurements, photographs and plans is for the guidance only of prospective purchasers and must not be relied upon as statements of facts. Their accuracy is not guaranteed. Descriptions are provided in good faith representing the opinion of the vendors’ agents and should not be construed as statements of fact. Nothing in these particulars shall be deemed a statement that the property is in good condition or otherwise, nor that any services, facilities, fixtures or fittings are in good working order.  These particulars do not constitute part of any offer or contract.

FARM PLAN

Is for identification purposes only.

DIRECTIONS

On leaving Highworth Market Place on the B4019 towards Faringdon, Common Farm will be found immediately on the left hand side at the bottom of the hill.

ESTATE AGENCY ACT 1979 

Declaration of interest, Martin Kidson-Trigg FRICS is a director of Kidson-Trigg Ltd & also one of the Executors & Trustees in the Estate of the late HJ Manners.

VIEWING

Strictly by appointment with the Auctioneers please
(01672 520 512)

Common Farm Location Map

House & Buildings Plan

EPC

Floorplan

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