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Hill Farm Barn, Goldford Lane, Bickerton, Malpas, Cheshire

Offers Over £550,000 Sold

Lot 2 - Two barns with planning consent for dwellings, in an elevated setting with exceptional rural views, extending to approx 6.62 acre in total. **By Informal Tender**

  • **By Informal Tender on 28th January 2021, 12 noon**
  • Lot 2 (edged blue on the plan within these particulars)
  • • Agricultural barn with planning for a 5-bedroom
  • dwelling of approximately 418 sq m (4497 sq ft)
  • • Secondary barn with approval for a single dwelling of
  • approximately 86 sq m (927 sq ft)
  • • Formal gardens and paddock extending to
  • approximately 6.62 acres.

Hill Farm sits in an elevated location within an idyllic semi-rural setting, enjoying exceptional south-easterly panoramic views across some of Cheshire's finest countryside. The property occupies a sheltered setting with the Bickerton Hills providing an attractive backdrop.

Bickerton is a pretty village, offering a village hall with tennis court, a church, and a scout group. The nearby villages of Tattenhall and Malpas offer a broad range of day-to-day amenities while Chester offers comprehensive opportunities. On the recreational front the vicinity offers some outstanding walks along the nearby Sandstone Trail, golf and fitness at Cardon Park Golf Club and Spa, mountain biking and horse-riding prospects.

The area is well served by state schooling including Bickerton Church of England Primary School, Tattenhall Park Junior School and Bishop Heber High School, Malpas, the latter rated "outstanding" by Ofsted. Independent schooling includes King's and Queen's Schools in Chester and Abbeygate College, Saighton.

Bickerton is well placed for commuting to the commercial centres of the North West by road and rail with direct rail services to London, Euston from both Crewe and Chester stations within 1¾ and 2 hours respectively.

The Property
The sale of Hill Farm represents a rare opportunity to purchase a former Oulton Estate farmstead with outbuildings and land. Hill Farmhouse was extended circa 1980 with the addition of Hill Farm Cottage, now providing two self-contained dwellings. The properties could be incorporated to create a substantial family home, but equally appealing to those with a dependent relative or those requiring a rental/Airbnb property.

To the south of the farmhouse is a L-shaped traditional brick range with planning consent for conversion into a substantial detached family home. Adjacent to the principal barn is a secondary brick built agricultural building which has prior notification approval for change of use from agricultural to a residential dwelling.

Hill Farm also includes various secondary brick buildings along with garaging, formal gardens and three paddocks. The property in all extends to approximately 11 acres.

Lot 2
Principal and secondary agricultural buildings with planning.

Planning approval has been granted for the conversion of the L-shaped agricultural building of brick and sandstone construction under slate roofing. The proposed accommodation briefly comprises a galleried reception hall, superb open plan family kitchen, two reception rooms, utility, pantry and ground floor shower room with WC.

To the first floor the approved plans show a master bedroom suite, four further double bedrooms all having en suite facilities.

To the north west of the principal barn is a secondary brick and timber framed building with a corrugated tin sheet roofing which benefits from prior notification under Part 3, Schedule 2 for change of use from agricultural to a residential dwelling. The approved drawing does not detail an internal layout which offers the purchaser flexibility. This building could suit as a granny annex but equally as a home office, studio, home gymnasium or simply as garaging.

The approved planning will allow for domestic gardens to either side of the barn. A field gate to the northern gable end of the barn, gives access to a large single paddock featuring a natural pond flanked by a copse of broadleaf trees. The land and gardens in total extend to approximately 6.62 acres.

Planning consent
Application No. 16/3364N - conversion of the large farm building to form a single dwelling with domestic curtilage, dated 9 November 2016.

Application No. 19/2170N - Certificate of Lawful Use or Development confirming the planning approval has been implemented, rendering the planning approval extant, dated 30 May 2019.

Application No. 17/0331N - prior notification for change of use of the smaller agricultural building to a dwelling house, dated October 2019.

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