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  • Four bedroom farmhouse
  • Adjoining two bedroom cottage
  • Planning permission for a new replacement dwelling
  • Extensive equestrian facilities, currently used as a stud
  • Gently sloping grassland divided by post & rail and mature hedgerows
  • In all about 79.23 acres (32 ha)

Property Description

Charming private ring fenced stud

Beech Tree Stud is a charming ring fenced Thoroughbred Stud located in the beautiful Somerset Countryside, with far-reaching views south and east to Alfred's Tower. There is a long private drive which leads to the four bedroom house and two bedroom cottage. There is also planning permission for a replacement dwelling.

The extensive equestrian facilities are currently used to run a successful Thoroughbred Stud standing its own breeding stallions. The stables are divided into three main buildings the layout of which is extremely well suited for a working commercial stud. All the land is down to grass and divided into manageable sized enclosures.

At the end of the private drive is a charming four bedroom house with adjoining two bedroom cottage. Both swellings are of stone and render construction under tile roofs. Please refer to the floorplans for room dimensions and layout.

The stud buildings and main yard lie to the south and there is a large concrete yard for lorry and staff parking. There is a large garden to the north of the properties with an attractive pond and private lawned garden.

There is planning permission in place to replace the house with a new two storey (with rooms in roof) five bedroom detached house.

The stable yards and outbuildings are located at the end of the private drive and surrounded by grass paddocks. The buildings are well laid out to help with the efficient functioning of a commercial stud farm. There are areas of concrete for the parking of lorries and cars as well as useful areas of hard standing.

The buildings comprise:
- Top Yard - comprising of 17 foaling boxes, feed room, tack room and stocks room. The stables, comprising concrete block construction under a tile roof with a concrete floor, are centred round a tarmacked yard with a raised grass area. All equipment in the stocks room belongs to the tenant.
- Six horse Claydon Horse walker.
- New General Prupose Barn. 6-bay steel portal frame building used for additional stabling, straw storage and as an indoor school for lunging, loose schooling, exercising and covering.
- Bottom Yard. 4-bay steel portal frame building with concrete block and weather boarding sides, concrete floor and a fibre cement roof. The central part of this building comprises five loose boxes, WC, store room and indoor pen. There are two lean-tos attached on either side. One lean-to comprises four yearling boxes and indoor pen. The lean-to on the eastern side of the building comprises eight loose boxes used for visiting mares. There is a red diesel tank at the rear of this building.
- Stallion Barn. 4-bay steel portal frame building with part concrete block and part corrugated sides with a fibre cement roof and hard core floor. The main part of this building is used for hay and straw storage as well as young stock stabling. A lean-to on the eastern side of the barn contains the four stallion stables with the stallion paddocks close by.
- To the west of the Stallion Barn is an area of hard standing used to store haylage. To the south lies a small attractive copse.
- From Dark Lane in Upton Noble, at the highest point of the stud there is a 3 bay Dutch barn and yard. This building is sued to house youngsters.

The land is all down to grass. The paddocks closest to the buildings are divided in to post and rail turnout paddocks. The fields not post and rail fenced, are bounded by thick hedges. The land rises up from the dwellings and buildings and the top of the land benefits from extensive views east across open countryside and to Alfred's Tower.

The land is all classified as Grade 3 with the lower part of the stud comprising shallow lime-rich soils over chalk or limestone, then as the land rises it becomes lime-rich loamy and clayey soils.

Beech Tree Stud is rated as a Stud farm and premises. Current Rateable Value £8,800.

Beech Tree House - Band G
Beech Tree Cottage - Band F

No Basic Payment Scheme Entitlements are included in the sale.

The land is sold subject to and with the benefit of all matters contained in or referred to in the title deeds together with all public or private rights of way, wayleaves, easements and other rights of way affecting the property. There are three footpaths which cross the land.

All sporting rights are understood to be in hand and are included within the sale.

Beech Tree Stud occupies an elevated position on the eastern side of the village Upton Noble with stunning views from the land across to Alfred's Tower. Upton Noble has a C of E Primary School and Church. The nearby village of Batcombe has a Public House. The stud is located between the popular market towns of Bruton to the south and Frome to the north. Bruton, approximately three miles, is a thriving town well known for its excellent schools and facilities and a railway station.

Sporting and recreational facilities include golf at Orchardleigh, Frome and Wincanton; National Hunt Racing is within easy reach at Wincanton, whilst flat racing can be found at Bath and Salisbury. Babington House Members Club, the National Trust's Stourhead Estate and the Longleat Estate with its famous safari park are all close by.

The area has also become increasingly popular ecause of its excellent selection of schools at all levels in both the private and public sectors, including Mary's Shaftesbury, Bryanston, Milton Abbey, Sexey's and Warminster School, with preparatory schools close by at Port Regis, Lewiston, Hazelgrove, Sandroyd, Hanford, Knighton House, Milton and Bourton.

Beech Tree House - Band G
Beech Tree Cottage - Band B

The house and cottage have a mains water and electricity supply. The fields and buildings are supplied by a spring water supply. Septic tank in the yard. Oil Aga and Calor gas central heating.

From London head west on the M3 and then take the A303 west bound. From the A303 take the B3092 north towards Maiden Bradley. Pass a left hand turn to Stourton and Stourhead House & Gardens. Take the next left toward Kilmington Common and Alfred's Tower. Follow this road through Kilmington Common and at the cross roads turn left sign posted to Bruton. After approximately one mile take the first turning right. Continue for 1.5 miles and then take the right hand turning signposted to Witham Friary. The entrance to Beech Tree Stud can then be found on your left hand side after about 50m.


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Upton Noble, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4

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