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Slip End Farm And Lodge Farm, Ashwell, Baldock, Hertfordshire, SG7 6SG

2,615,097.39 Sq M, (28,148,674 Sq Ft)

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Guide price £7,140,000

SLIP END FARM & LODGE FARM
Baldock, Hertfordshire SG7 6SG
An exceptional commercial arable farm
4 Bedroom Farmhouse set within 1.12 Ha (2.76 Acres)
Two principal complexes of farm buildings
3 Bedroom detached bungalow
245.46 Ha (606.54 Acres) of Arable farmland
12.30 Ha (30.40 Acres) of Permanent Pasture
In all extending to 261.51 Ha (646.16 Acres)
FOR SALE BY PRIVATE TREATY



DETAILED DESCRIPTION


INTRODUCTION
This highly desirable arable farm comes to the market for the first time since 1936 and offers an opportunity to purchase one of the best positioned arable farms within the region. The farm extends to 261.51 ha (64.16 acres) divided into three principal parcels with an average field size of 10.73ha (26.52 acres) an…

SLIP END FARM & LODGE FARM
Baldock, Hertfordshire SG7 6SG
An exceptional commercial arable farm
4 Bedroom Farmhouse set within 1.12 Ha (2.76 Acres)
Two principal complexes of farm buildings
3 Bedroom detached bungalow
245.46 Ha (606.54 Acres) of Arable farmland
12.30 Ha (30.40 Acres) of Permanent Pasture
In all extending to 261.51 Ha (646.16 Acres)
FOR SALE BY PRIVATE TREATY



DETAILED DESCRIPTION


INTRODUCTION
This highly desirable arable farm comes to the market for the first time since 1936 and offers an opportunity to purchase one of the best positioned arable farms within the region. The farm extends to 261.51 ha (64.16 acres) divided into three principal parcels with an average field size of 10.73ha (26.52 acres) and includes a 4 bedroom farm house, 3 bedroom bungalow, and two farmyards. The farm is considered to offer future development potential due to the farm's location adjoining the A505 subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents.

LOCATION AND SITUATION
The farms are located within the county of Hertfordshire, close to the towns of Baldock and Royston with direct access on to the A505.
The settlement of Royston lies approximately 5 miles to the east and offers a good range of local services whilst Baldock 4 miles offers a further range of services, with both offering easy access to main line rail services to London.
The nearest train station offering a direct line service into London is Baldock, with a journey time of approximately 40 minutes to London Kings Cross.

THE FARMLAND
Slip End, Farm and Lodge Farm are subdivided into three principal blocks extending to 260.39 ha (643.30 acres).
The soils are of the Upton & Swaffham Prior series and identified on the Land Classification Map as being principally Grade 3 with some Grade 2. The farm comprises 19 arable fields with an average field size of 10.73ha (26.52 acres). Together with 12.30ha (30.40 acres) of permanent pasture.
The land benefits from frontage to Council roads providing good access, with internal tracks serving Lodge Farm.
Field nos. TL2837 6427, TL2936 1595 and pt. TL2936 7686 are identified as scheduled monuments and are currently under Low Inversion Arable Rotation.
The land is suitable for the growing of combinable crops and grass with parts of the farm having been farmed by the sellers family for the past 100 years.

LOT 1 - SLIP END FARM, BUNGALOW, FARM PREMISES AND ARABLE LAND, 53.78 HECTARES (132.84 ACRES) AS COLOURED PINK
SLIP END FARM BUNGALOW
A detached brick and tiled bungalow set within 0.13ha (0.73 acres) built in the 1970's. Extending to approximately 1,392 sq ft. The accommodation comprises; 2 double bedrooms, 1 single bedroom, living room, kitchen with pantry and bathroom.
The property is currently occupied under an Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement which commenced on the 19th May 2019 at a rent of £950 PCM.

FARM PREMISES
The principal farm premises adjoin Slip End Farmhouse & Bungalow, with access via an electric gate from the A505.
Building 1 - 4 bay steel framed open fronted former livestock building, with block walling to one side, front and rear steel double opening doors, with concrete floor under asbestos roof, measuring 19.0m x 10.15m.
Building 1A - 2 Bay steel framed open fronted machinery store over former livestock yard, block walling to part with concrete floor under asbestos and tin roof, measuring 9.50m x 9.0m.
Building 2 - Brick built former piggery buildings under asbestos roof with concrete floor, measuring 12.50m x 10.50m.
Building 2A - Brick built chemical store 8.50m x 8.50m.
Building 3 - 6 bay steel portal framed grain store split into
4 internal bays with 8ft grain walling sections, low volume ventilation floor with adjoining 2 bay steel framed drying shed including intake pit, 70t storage bins, Bentall grain drier with overhead conveyor complex, measuring in total 38.0m x 19.0m.
Building 3A - 3x 30t covered Crittell grain bins.
Building 4 - 4 bay steel framed grain store with low volume ventilation floor, brick walling to approx. 6ft with central conveyor under asbestos roof, measuring 18.0m x 9.50m.
Building 4A - Generator shed.
Building 4B - Brick built Chicken shed.
Building 5 - 4 bay Steel and concrete framed open sided and fronted general-purpose store, with 3 open fronted bays and 1 enclosed bay measuring 18.0m x 11.50m.
Building 5A - 3x 30t covered Crittell grain bins.
Building 6 - Timber framed open fronted stores.
Building 7 - 4 bay Steel framed dutch barn with two adjoining
lean-tos, with concrete floors under tin roofs, measuring 36.0m x 18.50m.
Building 8 - General purpose store with breeze block walling to part, split level concrete floors, double opening timber and steel doors under asbestos roof measuring 25.50m x 11.50m.
Building 9 - 4 bay steel framed general purpose building, with breeze block walling to approx. 6ft, with central manual roller panel door, with concrete floor under asbestos roof, measuring 19.0m x 21.50m.
Building 10 - Traditional Chalk & Flint general purpose building with breeze block walling to part, internal storage bin, mill & mix, concrete floor, with double opening steel doors leading to former piggery yard measuring 17.0m x 10.0m.

ARABLE FARM LAND & SPINNEY 52.19 HECTARES (128.96 ACRES)
Arable farmland with soils of the Upton & Swaffham Prior series and identified on the Land Classification Map as being principally Grade 3 with some Grade 2. The land is accessed from Slip End Farmyard and from the Council Road.

LOT 2 SLIP END FARMHOUSE & PADDOCK, 1.12 HECTARES (2.76 ACRES) AS COLOURED YELLOW
A 1950's detached 4-bedroom farmhouse with later extensions undertaken in the 1960's & 1990's of brick construction under tile roof extending to approximately 2,100 st ft benefiting from a separate access onto the A505. The accommodation comprises:
Ground floor, entrance hall leading to internal hallway with dining room, sitting room, office, shower room with w/c and sink, boiler room and large farm house kitchen with range of oak style units, with double drainer and dishwasher, utility room with single drainer and plumbing for washing machine.
First floor accommodation comprises, master bedroom with built in cupboards and ensuite with 3 piece suite with over bath power shower. Two further double bedrooms, single bedroom and family bathroom with 3 piece suite.
Outside the property benefits from a single garage and outside stores, with mature garden, separate access drive and adjoining grass paddock extending to approximately 0.83 hectares (2.05 acres) in total.

LOT 3 - SLIP END FARM, ARABLE FARM LAND 115.20 HECTARES (284.67 ACRES)
AS COLOURED BLUE
Arable farmland with soils of the Upton & Swaffham Prior series and identified on the Land Classification Map as being principally Grade 3 with some Grade 2. The land is accessed from the adjoining Council Road.

LOT 4 - LODGE FARM, PREMISES AND ARABLE LAND, 91.18 HECTARES
(215.31 ACRES) AS COLOURED GREEN
FARM PREMISES
Located to the southwest of Slip End Farm, access from the A503 and adjoining the Council Road, the premises at Lodge Farm comprise:
Building 1 - 4 bay steel framed open sided straw building with concrete panel walling to approximately 2m, with concrete floor, measuring 25.0m x 14.0m.
Building 2 - 6 bay open sided former livestock building with steel gates to one end, part concrete and earth floor under asbestos roofing 28.0m x 12.0m.
Building 3 - 7 bay steel framed general purpose 32.0m x 10.0m.
Building 4 -5 Bay steel framed grain store with wooden drive over grain drying floor with central Bentall air tunnel, profile grain walling to approx. 8ft with one side benefiting from concrete panel grain walling, electric roller shutter doors, rear fan house with 3 phase electric fan, under asbestos roof measuring 23.50m x 19.0m.
Building 5 - Block built stable building comprising 8 loose boxes, with wooden access doors under asbestos roofing measuring 26.0m x 6.0m.
Building 6 - Timber framed and clad former granary building on steel plinths under tiled roof.
Building 7 - 5 bay timber framed former livestock building with earth floor under corrugated tin roof.
FARM LAND 90.43 HECTARES (223.47 ACRES)
Arable farmland with soils of the Upton & Swaffham Prior series and identified on the Land Classification Map as being principally Grade 3 with some Grade 2. The land is accessed from the A505 over a shared access track. The Land extends to 78.13 hectares (193.07 acres) of arable land with 12.30 hectares (30.40 acres) of permanent grassland situated close to the farm premises having been used for grazing and haymaking.

GENERAL REMARKS & STIPULATIONS
METHOD OF SALE
The property is offered for sale by private treaty as a whole or in up to 4 lots.
TENURE
The farm is being sold with vacant possession on completion subject to the existing tenancy agreements and licences.
HOLDOVER
The seller will reserve the right to harvest the current crop with a right of holdover for the loading of grain from building 3 at Slip End Farm and building 4 at Lodge Farm until March 2021.
The seller will also reserve the right for a farm machinery sale at Lodge Farm within 6 months of completion.
The seller shall remain within Slip End Farm house for a period of
12 months from completion.
INGOING
The buyer will be required to pay an additional sum of any cultivations or crops established after the 2020 harvest year.
LAND DRAINAGE
The land benefits from some land drainage, copies of the land drainage plans are available from the selling agent.
CROPPING
The land is cropped under a combinable crop rotation, historic details of past cropping and soil data are available from the selling agent.
BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME
The land is registered with the Rural Payments Agency for the purposes of claiming the Basic Payment Scheme. The seller will transfer the relevant number of entitlements to the buyer(s) with the seller claiming the 2020 claim. The details of previous claims and the entitlements are available from the selling agent.
CROSS COMPLIANCE
The buyer(s) will be required to indemnify the sellers for any non-compliance that results in the penalty or reduction of the seller's payment under the Basic Payment Scheme in relation to the 2020 claim.
EARLY ENTRY
Early entry onto the land maybe available following exchange of contracts entirely at the purchaser's risk.
STATUTORY DESIGNATIONS
The land lies within a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone.
Field numbers 6628,1998 & 7487 are detailed as being scheduled monuments, recorded under Entry Numbers, 1003549, 1012073 & 1003550, further details are available from the selling agent.
WAYLEAVES, EASEMENTS & RIGHTS OF WAY
The property is being sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights including rights of way whether public or private, light, sport, drainage, water and electricity suppliers and other rights obligations, easements and quasi - easements and restrictive covenants and all existing and proposed wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cables, drains, water and gas or other pipes whether referred to in these particulars or not. In particular: -
Field numbers, 9729, 1731 and 6427 are crossed by overhead power lines. Fields numbers 0469, 1598, 3950, 4722, 6412 and 7405 are crossed by a water main.
Access to Lot 4 is via the established farm track being parcel 9531, from the Council road and directly from the A505 using the shared access track as shown coloured brown on the attached plan.
PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY
Lot 3 is crossed by two footpaths on field boundaries.
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
The farm is not currently subject to any Environmental Stewardship Agreements. The farm was previously entered into an Entry Level Stewardship Agreement. It is considered the farm would be suitable for a new Countryside Stewardship Scheme Agreement.
OUTGOINGS
Council Tax
Slip End Farmhouse - Council Tax (Band G) £3,113.38 p.a.
Slip End Farm Bungalow - Council Tax (Band D) £1,868.03 p.a.
DRAINAGE RATES
The land is subject to an Environment Agency General Drainage Charge of £2.0947 per hectare.
ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATES
Slip End Farmhouse - F
Slip End Farm Bungalow - D
SPORTING RIGHTS
The Sporting Rights are in hand and so far as they are owned are included in the sale of the property.
TIMBER AND MINERALS
The Timber and Mineral Rights are included in so far as they are owned.
LAND REGISTRY TITLES
The farms are registered under the following Land Registry Titles:
HD447959, HD252188, HD450505
OVERAGE
Slip End Farm as coloured pink on the sale plan together with the land coloured blue on the sale plan will be sold subject to an Overage Clause whereby the vendor will be entitled to 30% uplift in the value over a period of 30 years. In the event that planning consent is obtained for any non-agricultural use. The Overage will be triggered upon the sale of the land with the benefit of planning consent or the implementation of any such consent.
TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING
The property notwithstanding any description contained within these particulars is sold subject to any development plan, tree preservation order, town and planning scheme, resolution or notice which may or may not come to be enforced and also subject to any statutory provisions or bylaws without any obligation on the part of the sellers to specify this.
VALUE ADDED TAX (VAT)
Should any sale of the farm or any rights attached become a chargeable supply for the purposes of VAT, such tax will be payable by the buyers in addition to the contract price.
POSTCODES
Slip End Farm - SG7 6SG
Lodge Farm - SG7 6SH
HEALTH & SAFETY
Given the potential hazards we would ask that you be as vigilant as possible when making your inspection of the property for your own personal safety.
VIEWING
The property can be viewed strictly by appointment only with the selling agents (Brown & Co). Tel: 01480 213811
COVID 19 - In accordance with the current government guidelines viewing of the residential properties is not permitted at this time and further images are available from the selling agents. Viewing of the farmland is permitted with particulars to hand having first made an appointment with the selling agent.
DISPUTES
Should any disputes arise as to the boundaries or any matters relating to these particulars, or the interpretation thereof, the matter will be referred to an arbitrator to be appointed by the selling agent.
PLANS AND AREAS
These are prepared as carefully as possible by reference to digital OS data and the Rural Land Registry. The plans are published for illustrative purposes only and although they are believed to be correct their accuracy cannot be guaranteed.
ANTI MONEY LAUNDERING
In accordance with the most recent Anti Money Laundering legislation the purchaser will be required to provide proof of identity and an address to the selling agent once an offer has been submitted and accepted (subject to contract) prior to solicitors being instructed.
FIXTURE AND FITTINGS
All fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale unless specifically referred to in these particulars.
BOUNDARIES
The buyer(s) shall deem to have full knowledge of all boundaries and neither the seller nor the selling agents will be responsible for defining boundaries nor their ownership.
INFORMATION PACK
An information pack is available from the selling agent.
SOLICITORS
Tees Solicitors
95 London Road, Bishop Stortford, CM23 3GW
T: 01279 710610
USEFUL ADDRESSES
North Hertfordshire
District Council
Council Offices, Gernon Road,
Letchworth Garden City
SG6 3JF

Hertfordshire
County Council
County Hall
Pegs Lane
Hertford
SG13 8DQ









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