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Well located farm with potential
The farm is approached via a shared private tarmacked drive, with the farmland running up to the drive on the northern side. The drive forks and the left hand fork leads round to South Hill Farm yard and Dairy Barn.
The Dairy Barn has recently been converted to create a comfortable and light two bedroom single storey stone dwelling which the vendors moved in to in the spring of 2018. Dairy Barn comprises a spacious open plan Kitchen with gas Rangemaster and Dining Area which leads through to a cosy Snug with a wood burner. The dual aspect Sitting Room is located at the southern end of the dwelling with French doors leading out to the garden and paved patio. A hallway runs the length of the dwelling, off which can be found two Bedrooms both with en suites, as well as a Utility Room and a separate Cloakroom with WC and washbasin.
The garden wraps around Dairy Barn on two sides and is enclosed by wooden panel fencing on which climbing roses are growing, creating a peaceful and private haven with raised beds and a sheltered lawn.
Next to The Dairy Barn is a useful and spacious two storey stone barn. The first floor is used as the Farm Office with a Shower Room. On the ground floor the building is divided into a number of useful Workshops and Store Rooms. This building, subject to obtaining planning consent, could be used and converted for a number of purposes. Close to the stone barn are the stone Bull Pens used for general storage.
The extensive range of farm buildings and concrete yards are located to the east of Dairy Barn. The buildings are very well laid out for handling livestock with the minimum amount of manpower and stress to the animals, with well thought out gated yards and walk ways. The buildings comprise:
1. 5 Bay Dutch Barn & lean- to with box profile metal sheet roof, part concrete panel part weather boarded sides with concrete floor and external livestock yard.
2. 3 Bay Dutch Barn & lean-to with box profile metal sheet roof, concrete panel sides, earth floor and external livestock yard.
3. 4 Bay Dutch Barn open fronted with part concrete panel sides part weather boarding sides, hardcore floor under a corrugated roof.
4. 6 Bay steel portal frame barn with a fibre cement roof and concrete floor recently used for housing livestock and previously used as a machinery shed.
Adjoining livestock shed and cattle handling area with cattle crush, under a fibre cement roof, block walling and concrete floor.
Adjoining 4 Bay Dutch Barn with corrugated roof, concrete floor and steel plated doors.
Adjoining cattle shed formerly a cubicle shed, with fibre cement roof, concrete block walls and a concrete floor.
5. 5 Bay steel portal frame barn used as a machinery store, with fibre cement roof, concrete panels sides and concrete floor.
6. 5 Bay steel portal frame open fronted barn & lean-to used as a general purpose store for hay/straw/machinery, with fibre cement roof, part concrete panels part weather boarding sides.
7. 6 Bay steel portal frame livestock building & lean-to, part weather boarding part concrete panel sides under a fibre cement roof and external yard.
The land wraps around the farm buildings on three sides and is all down to grass. A hardcore track runs through the farm to allow access to the fields all year round. Since the vendors purchased the farm in 2012 they have undertaken a large number of improvements on the land including clearing ditches, new fencing and putting in water troughs.
The land is divided into manageable sized fields and rises up from the level banks of the River Axe to steeper ground to the north known as South Hill. The land is predominately Grade 3 loamy and clayey soil with the steeper slopes being Grade 4 free draining base-rich soil.
It should be noted that VAT is chargeable on the sale of South Hill Farm.
The farm lies within the Axe Brue Drainage Area for which an annual payment has to be made to the Axe Brue Drainage Board.
BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME
Under the current Farm Business Tenancy Agreement the tenant claims the Basic Payment Scheme Entitlements relating to South Hill Farm. On termination of the tenancy agreement the entitlements will be transferred back to the landlord. Purchasers should satisfy themselves that they will be in a position for the entitlements to be transferred back to them at the end of the tenancy agreement.
The farm is entered into an ELS/HLS agreement effective from 1st December 2013 to 30th November 2023. It is a condition of sale that the purchaser(s) takes over this agreement or indemnifies the vendor for any monies reclaimed in breaking this agreement. Further details are available from the vendors agents.
FARM BUSINESS TENANCY
The land and the majority of farm buildings (excluding the stone barns and Machinery Store (no. 5)) at South Hill Farm are currently let on a Farm Business Tenancy, which commenced on 12th March 2018 for a period until and including 11th March 2024. There is a break clause within the tenancy agreement stated as 12th March 2021. Further details are available from the vendors agent.
RIGHTS OF WAY
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 a number of footpaths which run across the farm please refer to the OS plan showing their locations.
There is a right of way for agricultural purposes to access Hill Field from Shiplate Lane, as shown hatched blue on the sale plan.
SPORTING & FISHING RIGHTS
All sporting rights and the single bank fishing rights along the northern bank of the River Axe are in hand and are included within the sale.
The mineral rights relating to the farm are owned by the Church Commissioners who retained the rights when the farm was sold to the current owners.
TENURE & POSSESSION
South Hill Farm is being offered for sale on a freehold basis. Vacant possession will be given on The Dairy Barn and the buildings not included within the Farm Business Tenancy. The farmland and farm buildings are sold subject to the Farm Business Tenancy in place.
South Hill Farm lies in a unique peaceful rural location on the banks of the Rive Axe, whilst having excellent accessibility to Weston-super-Mare, Bristol and the M5. To the west of the farm is the beautiful North Somerset coastline and Bristol Channel.
The farm lies on the edge Bleadon village benefitting from a village post office and store, farm shop, pubs and church. Weston-super-Mare lies approximately 4.3 miles to the north west and offers additional amenities whilst Bristol, approximately 27 miles away, is also within easy reach.
The area is well served for transport links with the M5 close by, Junction 22 to the south and Junction 21 to the north. The train station at Weston-super-Mare offers a direct link to London Paddington and Bristol Airport is just over 15 miles away.
Mains water and electricity, private drainage with a Digestor shared with South Hill Farmhouse, LPG central heating and Rangemaster with three-phase electricity to some of the buildings.
From junction 22 of the M5 at the roundabout head north on the A38 towards Weston-super-Mare. At the next roundabout take the first exit onto the A370 towards Weston-super-Mare and Bleadon.
After approx. 3.5 miles pass the Hobbs Boat Inn on your left hand side, then pass over a bridge and take the first right hand turning (before the Murco Garage) on to Bleadon Mill Lane. Almost immediately take the first left turn and then bear round to the right. Follow this road to the entrance of South Hill Farm. Continue up the drive and take the left hand fork. Follow the drive round into the farmyard and to the front of Dairy Barn.