Farm House For Sale

Bilston Brook Farm, Stafford Road, Lichfield

Guide price £1,950,000


A well-positioned and diversified residential farm with equestrian and commercial operations.

  • Period Farmhouse
  • Two well presented barn conversions
  • Wedding Venue
  • Multiple equestrian and storage income streams
  • Grazing and arable land
  • In all about 60.84 acres

• An attractive two storey (part Tudor) 5-bedroom farmhouse.
• Well-presented two storey 3-bedroom barn conversion.
• Well-presented two storey 3-bedroom barn conversion.
• A range of farm buildings with consent for caravan and motorhome storage.
• A highly successful 200-person capacity wedding venue.
• About 54.33 acres (21.99 ha) of grazing and arable land in a ringfence.
• In all about 60.84 acres (24.62 ha).

For sale freehold as a whole by private treaty

Vacant possession available on completion (subject to existing tenancies and licences).

Introduction
Bilston Brook Farm is a highly diversified residential farm with
significant non-agricultural income streams.
The farmhouse and barn conversions provide extensive
residential accommodation over 4,900 square feet with potential
for further rental income.
The Vendors have established several successful commercial
operations across the farm including a highly profitable caravan
and motorhome storage business providing significant yearround
income.

Bilston Brook Wedding Barn was established in 2019 and
presents a really exceptional countryside venue for weddings and
other private functions. Bookings have been agreed for 2021.
The majority of grazing land is let for equestrian use on a DIY
livery basis providing further income. The arable land is in hand.
The farm has been in the hands of the same family for over 50
years. The sale represents a very rare opportunity to acquire a
highly successful well diversified residential farm in close
proximity to the Cathedral City of Lichfield in Staffordshire.

Situation
Bilston Brook Farm is conveniently situated to the northwest of
Lichfield. The principal access is provided directly off the A51
Stafford Road along with a secondary agricultural access.
Lichfield offers a comprehensive range of facilities and amenities,
including shops, restaurants, schools, and leisure facilities.
Transport links are excellent with the A38 (5 miles) providing
access to Burton upon Trent, Derby City and the M1 Motorway.
The M6 Motorway (5 miles) provides access to Birmingham City
and north to Stoke on Trent. From Lichfield there are train services to London Euston from 1
hours 10 minutes.

There are a range of private and state schools in the locality
including Lichfield Cathedral School, Denstone College, Stafford
Grammar School, Foremarke Hall Preparatory School and Repton
School.

Bilston Brook Farm Farmhouse
The part Tudor farmhouse is of traditional red brick construction
under a tile roof, part rendered, and extends to about 2,516 sq.ft.
(234 sq.m.). Accommodation is arranged over two floors.
The ground floor comprises; entrance hall, farmhouse kitchen
with fitted floor and wall units with granite worktops, electric
Rangemaster cooker and a solid fuel Rayburn cooker. The family
sitting room benefits from an attractive feature fireplace with
wood burning stove and exposed beams. The additional snug
provides further flexible living accommodation.
Adjoining the sitting room, but with external access, is the cellar
room which presents many original Tudor features. Adjoining the
kitchen, but with external access only, is a small WC with lavatory
and wash hand basin.
The first floor comprises; four well presented double bedrooms
and one single bedroom currently utilised as a private office. The
family bathroom completes the first floor.
The farmhouse benefits from an attractive low maintenance
garden and outdoor seating area to the rear. Parking is provided
to the front of the property and within the internal garage / store
area.
The property benefits from timber and UPVC double glazed
windows throughout and heating is provided by way of an oil-fired
central heating system.
Drainage is to a private system and mains electricity is connected.
EPC rating: E

The Old Byre and Brookside Barn
Formerly traditional red brick farm buildings, both properties were
sympathetically converted around 1998 to create two impressive
residential dwellings.
The Old Byre provides accommodation over two floors extending
to about 1,128 sq.ft. (105 sq.m.). The ground floor comprises;
entrance hall leading to the dining kitchen with fitted floor and
wall units and electric Rangemaster cooker. A utility room and
separate WC are accessed from the kitchen. The sitting room
benefits from an attractive feature fireplace with wood burning
stove. Adjoining the hallway is a double height integral party barn
which has previously been utilised for private events. The area
benefits from a kitchenette area and could be integrated to
provide additional living space subject to the necessary consents.
The first floor comprises; one single and two double bedrooms
with Velux skylights. The family bathroom completes the first
floor.
Brookside Barn provides accommodation over two floors
extending to about 1,279 sq.ft. (119 sq.m.). The ground floor
comprises; entrance hall leading to dining kitchen with fitted floor
and wall units. A utility room and separate WC are accessed from
the dining kitchen. The sitting room benefits from a feature
fireplace, exposed beams and under stair storage. A single
bedroom completes the ground floor.
The first floor comprises; two double bedrooms with Velux
skylights and a family bathroom with double shower.
The Old Byre and Brookside Barn benefit from double glazed
windows throughout and heating is provided by way of oil-fired
central heating systems.
Parking is provided to the front of both properties and there are
private gardens to the rear with lawn, gravel and patio areas.

Drainage is to a private system and mains electricity is connected.
EPC ratings : The Old Byre: F / Brookside Barn: F

The Farm Buildings
The farm buildings comprise an extensive range of steel portal
frame and more traditional brick and timber-built buildings which
are predominantly utilised for caravan and motorhome storage.
We understand planning consent was granted for the caravan
storage use in around 2000 with no specified limit on the number
of caravans permitted on site. There are currently about 150
caravans and motorhomes in storage with potential to expand
this income stream. Please note that parties may not reside on
site within the stored caravans/ motorhomes.
Storage spaces are let by way of individual licences. Further
details are available from the sole selling agents.
The farm buildings also include a workshop area.

The Farmland
The farm land comprises about 34.38 acres ( 13.92 ha) of gently
undulating grazing land and 19.95 acres (8.07 ha) of arable land.
The grazing land is split into individual paddocks with various in
field shelters, barns and tack rooms and let to various parties on a
DIY livery basis. The sand and rubber base ménage is utilised by
the existing licencees.
The arable land has previously been let under short term farm
business tenancies and is now in hand.
The farmland is classified as Grade 3 according to the Natural
England Regional Agricultural Land Classification Maps. The soils
are described as freely draining slightly acid loamy soils and are
generally suited to spring and autumn sown crops or grassland.
Adjacent to the farmhouse and overlooking the immediate pony
paddocks is the former pony party barn. The timber clad pole barn
with adjoining stabling, tack room and playroom was formerly
utilised for private functions and children's birthday parties.
Services are connected.

Bilston Brook Wedding Barn
The wedding barn provides an exceptional, well located venue for
wedding parties. The vendors established the wedding barn in
2019 and have enjoyed a significant level of demand through
2020. Bookings and deposits have been taken for 2021 and
further details are available from the sole selling agents.
The venue benefits from a premises licence for alcohol sales.
There is currently no licence for on-site ceremonies.
The barn has been converted from a steel portal frame farm
building with additional lean-to and recent extensions to form
WCs and a bridal suite. The ceremony hall can seat up to 100
guests and the reception room with fitted bar area and dancefloor
allows for maximum of 200 guests. An additional storeroom
provides ample space for furniture and associated storage.
The barn benefits from mains water and electricity connections.
Heating is provided by way of diesel fuelled heaters. Drainage is to
a septic tank.
Externally the barn is timber clad and benefits from a large gravel
seating area to the front. Onsite dedicated parking for 50+
vehicles is provided with additional overflow area when required.
The vendors have operated the venue in hand. In addition to the
venue hire the vendors have offered separate hire of tables, chairs
and other associated furniture and furnishings.
3D Tour: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=nAx5exTuioe
Website: www.bilstonbrookweddingbarn.co.uk

Particulars and photographs produced: September 2020

Method of Sale
The property is offered for sale as a whole by private treaty.

Ingoing crop valuation/holdover
If appropriate, the purchaser(s) shall be required to take and pay
for any growing crops, including enhancement, seed, fertiliser,
sprays and lime, plus tillage in accordance with the CAAV
costings guide, in addition to the price offered for the property.
Contractors' rates will be charged where applicable. The
valuation is to be made by Fisher German LLP as agents acting
for the vendor and valuers appointed by the purchaser(s). If
timescales dictate otherwise, then a right of holdover may be
required.

Basic Payment Scheme and Environmental Stewardship
The land is registered on the Rural Land Register and the
vendors have claimed payments under the Basic Payment
Scheme.
Where entitlements are transferred, then payment for the current
scheme year will be retained by the vendors and the purchaser/s
will indemnify the vendors against any breech of cross
compliance.
The property is not entered into any environmental stewardship
schemes.

Mineral, Sporting and Timber Rights
As far as they are owned, the mineral, sporting and timber rights
are included in the freehold sale.

Rights of way, wayleaves and easements
The property will be sold subject to and with the benefit of all
rights of way, wayleaves and easements, whether mentioned in
these particulars or not.

Overage
The property will be sold subject to an uplift provision which will
specify that 25% of any increase in value due to development (as
defined in Section 55 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990) will
be payable to the Vendors or their successors in title should such
development occur within 30 years from the date of completion. The
uplift will be payable upon implementation or on sale with the benefit
of a planning consent but shall not be triggered by any development
for agricultural and/ or equestrian purposes.

Tenure and possession
The property is offered freehold with vacant possession available upon
completion subject to all existing leases, licences and tenancy
agreements.
The arable land is offered with vacant possession.
The grazing land is let under various livery and licence agreements.
The farm buildings are let under a number of licences.
Further details are available from the sole selling agents.

Services
Mains water and electricity are connected to the property. Heating to
the residential properties is by way of oil-fired central heating systems.
Drainage for the residential elements is to a private system. None of
the services have been tested by the selling agents.

VAT
Any guide price quoted or discussed is exclusive of VAT. In the event
that a sale of the property or any part thereof or any right to it becomes
a chargeable supply for the purposes of VAT, such tax will be payable
in addition to the sale price.
Local authority
Lichfield District Council, District Council House, Frog Lane,
Lichfield, Staffs, WS13 6YY
Tel: 01543 308000

Fixtures and fittings
All fixtures and fittings whether mentioned or not in these
particulars are excluded from the sale but may be available by
separate negotiation.

Plans, photographs and measurements
The plans, photographs and measurements within the sales
particulars are provided for identification purposes only and do
not form part of the sale contract and the purchaser(s) shall be
deemed to have fully satisfied themselves as to the
description of the property and neither the vendor nor the
vendors agents will be responsible for defining the boundaries
or the ownership thereof.

Solicitors
Pickerings Solicitors
Etchell House, Etchell Court, Bonehill Road, Tamworth,
Staffordshire, B78 3HQ
FAO Mr H Dhatt

Covid 19
All viewings, inspections and meetings will be subject to strict
protocol in order to adhere to COVID-19 rules and
recommendations as set-out by the UK Government.

Viewings
All viewings are strictly by appointment through
Fisher German LLP.
Telephone: 01530 410840.
Email: ashbyagency@fishergerman.co.uk

Please note: Fisher German LLP and its Joint Agents give
notice that: 1. They have no authority to make or give any
representation or warranty on any property whether on their
own behalf or on behalf of their clients or otherwise. 2.
They do not owe any duty of care to you and assume no
responsibility for any statements, representations,
warranties or otherwise made in the particulars and you
should not rely on those in the particulars. 3. The
particulars are produced in good faith are set out as a
general guide only and do not constitute or form an offer or
a contract or part thereof. 4. Any photographs,
descriptions, plans, measurements, distances and any
other details in the particulars are approximate estimates
only taken as the property appeared at the time and should
not be relied upon as factually accurate. 5. Fisher German
assumes prospective purchasers/tenants have carried out
inspections to satisfy themselves that the information in
the particulars is correct.

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