The property comprises a two storey, detached cottage style farmhouse of great character, with a number of traditional features, together with a single storey domestic range, set well back from Aspley Heath Lane in secluded gardens and grounds. The property, which benefits from partial replacement UPVC double glazed units, offers great scope for refurbishment of the existing accommodation or perhaps extension and/or redevelopment in this most sought after location.
The above will be offered for sale by public auction, subject to prior sale reserve and conditions, at 6.30pm on Tuesday 13th July 2021 at The View, Hill Farm Marina, Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen, B95 6DE.
Coming onto the open market, it is believed, for the first time in almost 60 years, Park Farm, Aspley Heath Lane, gives buyers an almost unique opportunity to purchase a small farm with productive pastureland, a range of outbuildings with stables, just south of the Birmingham conurbation. Extending in total to some 53.30 acres (21.56 ha) the property is ideal for either the equestrian enthusiast or smallholder/farmer wishing to ‘grade up’ and yet remain close to centres of population.
The property comprises a detached three bedroom ‘cottage’ farmhouse, with three reception rooms and three bedrooms, stables and outbuildings, amounting to approximately 3,100 sq. ft. (1,254 sq. metres), in addition old established permanent pasture, now ripe for refurbishment, extension or redevelopment (STPP if required).
The property lies some 10 miles south of Birmingham city centre, 6 miles southwest of Solihull and 3 miles northeast of Redditch. The M42/J3 motorway is within easy driving distance and gives access to the national motorway network. Birmingham International Airport and HS2 interchange is within easy driving distance, whilst there are trains on the North Warwick railway line from Wood End Station (approximately ½ mile) into Birmingham (Moor Street and Snow Hill). Trains on the electrified cross city line to Birmingham (New Street) run from both Redditch and Alvechurch Stations.
The land, which lies in six main enclosures, has been sub-divided internally into a number of paddocks with post and wire fencing. It is mainly old established permanent pasture capable of growing heavy crops of grass. The fields towards the eastern boundary fall away to a brook (a tributary of the River Alne) and offer intriguing topography for perhaps the equestrian enthusiast laying out a small cross country course? The fields are bounded by old established hawthorn hedging, with a number of mature hedgerow trees, having good road frontage to Blind Lane on the southwest boundary. Located within one enclosure is a good sized pond which could be further developed for wildlife or fishing. Within the lower fields are two useful timber framed and clad field shelters.
Running northwards from the farmhouse and buildings is a wooded former fordrough, which is a haven for wildlife.
The whole is more particularly described as follows:-
Accessed from Aspley Heath Lane over a stoned and partly concreted driveway this leads to a parking area for several vehicles. A footpath runs to a good sized, pitched roofed and tiled entrance porch leading to a heavily studded oak ‘stable’ front door, which opens into the:-
3.90m (max) x 3.25m (12'9" (max) x 10'7")
Claygate hearth under a heavy inglenook beam, with exposed ceiling timbers, two wall light points. Door leads through to the:-
2.25m x 1.89m (7'4" x 6'2")
With night storage heater, storage cupboard, 5'9'"x 2' 10"(1.74m x 0.87m), with parquet block floor. Doors radiate off to:-
5.44m (max into bay) x 3.54m (17'10" (max into bay
Night storage heater, Adam style fireplace surround with open fire, feature archway to window.
1.73m x 1.44m (5'8" x 4'8")
With built in cloaks cupboard, matching coloured suite of low level close coupled wc and pedestal wash hand basin. Door to:-
3.39m 2.82m (11'1" 9'3")
With exposed ceiling timber, built in cupboard with plate rack over. Door to:-
4.86m (max) x 3.28m (max) (15'11" (max) x 10'9" (m
With Raeburn solid fuel cooker, electric meters and fuse board, run of built in shelved cupboards, sink unit with deep Belfast sink and elm draining boards, cooker point. Door to:-
3.26m x 2.26m (max) (10'8" x 7'4" (max))
Built in housemaid’s cupboard with shelves, deep Belfast sink with elm drainer. Door to rear yard. (Door also returns to the parking area).
3.82m x 3.38m (12'6" x 11'1")
Externally and attached to the Utility Room, but accessed via a separate doorway.
With night storage heater and raised settlas.
From the hall stairs with a quarter turn rise to the first floor landing, with built in cupboard. Doors radiate off to:-
4.02m (max) x 3.29m (max) (restricted height) (13'
With built in corner dressing unit and built in cupboard. Exposed timber beams.
Bedroom Three/Dressing Area
2.90m (max) x 2.12m (restricted height) (9'6" (max
Accessed via the dressing area., fitted with cupboards to three walls. Exposed ceiling timbers.
4.29m (max) x 3.54m (restricted height) (14'0" (ma
Night storage heater.
1.83m x 1.74m (6'0" x 5'8")
With matching suite of panelled bath, low level close coupled wc and pedestal wash hand basin.
6.9m x 4.2m (22'7" x 13'9")
Located facing the parking area. Timber framed and clad under a pitched corrugated fibre cement roof, with loft over, providing six stall accommodation.
6.9m x 2.9m (22'7" x 9'6")
Of brick elevations under a corrugated fibre cement, mono pitched roof.
The outbuildings lend themselves to equestrian use or perhaps could be replaced with other more bespoke buildings.
Located to the north of the house are an ‘L’ shaped range of stables measuring overall 24’ 6” x 24’, (7.5m x 7.3mwith lean-to, timber framed and clad under both mono pitched corrugated steel sheet and pitched corrugated roofs, providing two loose boxes, ‘back to back’ open fronted shelter, steel framed store, loose box and feed store, the former with a covered verandah.
Surrounding and south of the above are extensive concreted areas which lead to:-
17.9m x 4.5m (58'8" x 14'9")
Part concreted floor, together with a lean-to, 59’ x 12' (17.9m x 3.6m)
Timber framed under a mono pitched corrugated steel sheet roof.
7m x 3.6m (22'11" x 11'9")
Timber framed pole barn construction under a mono pitched plastic coated corrugated steel sheet roof.
7.4m x 3.8m (24'3" x 12'5")
Timber framed and clad under a mono pitched plastic coated corrugated steel sheet roof.
Prospective purchasers should make their own enquiries with the appropriate utility companies for the verification as to the availability, or otherwise, of services, but we understand that mains water and electricity are connected to the property, and it is believed that drainage is connected to the mains system.
Warwickshire County Council – www.warwickshire.gov.uk
Tenure and Possession
Stratford District Council – www.stratford.gov.uk
Severn Trent Water – www.stwater.co.uk
Western Power Distribution – www.westernpower.co.uk
The property and land is freehold and vacant possession will be given upon completion, scheduled for 28 days after the auction, ie 10th August 2021 (or earlier by mutual agreement). On the fall of the hammer the successful purchaser will be required to sign the auction contract and pay a 10% deposit to the vendor’s solicitors, together with an administration fee of £500 plus VAT to the auctioneers, in the room, on the night.
There will be no ingoing valuation for UMV/RMV’s and no claim for dilapidations (if any) will be entertained from the purchaser(s).
Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)
It is understood that the land is not registered with the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) for BPS purposes. No entitlements are available for transfer or purchase, those interested in the BPS Scheme should make their own enquiries of the RPA (www.rpa.gov.uk)
Rights of Way and Easements
The property and land is subject to all rights of way and easements that may exist. It should be noted that a public footpath runs down the farm drive and then bisects the land, crossing a stream via a small foot bridge and connecting with another footpath that runs from Blind Lane towards Tanworth-in-Arden. An Esso oil pipeline parallels the southeastern boundary and is clearly located by marker posts.
Boundaries and Timber
All growing timber is included in the sale. The ownership of boundaries (where known) is delineated by an inward facing ‘T’ mark.
Sporting and Mineral Rights
Sporting and Mineral Rights where owned are included in the sale of the freehold.
Plans shown are for identification purposes only.
The property and land may be inspected by prospective purchasers strictly by prior appointment only with the auctioneers,' Earles', Tel. No. 01564 794343, during daylight hours only, at their own risk. It is specifically requested that potential purchasers, when viewing, have regard that the land may have livestock grazing upon it. All gates must be left as found, no litter left, and no dogs whatsoever are allowed on the land.
A full auction pack is available from the vendor’s Solicitors.
1 Montpellier Parade,
Cheltenham. GL50 1UA
Tel. No. 01242 229094
Acting – Ms Caroline Nemecek
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
From Birmingham, the north and the M42/J3 take the A435 dual carriageway south for approximately one mile. At Bransons Cross take the slip road off, signposted to the B4101 and Tanworth-in-Arden, bearing left onto Broad Lane. After approximately 1/8th mile turn right into Blind Lane and, after approximately 500 yards, turn left into Aspley Heath Lane. After some 200 yards the property will be found on the right hand side, as indicated by the 'Earles' auction sale board.
Conditions of Sale
From Solihull, the east and the A3400, take the B4101 Spring Lane in Hockley Heath. This merges into Pound House Lane and then Broad Lane. Pass through Wood End with the railway station on your right and, after approximately ½ mile, take the second left into Aspley Heath Lane, where the property will be found on the left hand side, indicated as above.
Post Code – B94 5HU
The property will, unless previously withdrawn, be sold subject to the Special and General Conditions of Sale, which have been settled by the Vendor’s Solicitor. These conditions may be inspected during the usual office hours at the offices of the vendor’s Solicitor mentioned in these sales particulars during the five days, exclusive of Saturday and Sunday, immediately before and exclusive of the day of the sale. The conditions may also be inspected in the Sale Room at the time of the sale but they will not then be read. The purchaser shall be deemed to bid on those terms whether he shall have inspected the Conditions or not.
Money laundering regulations have been introduced by the government, affecting auctioneers, under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002/Money Laundering Regulations 2007. To comply with this Act, we require all purchasers to pay the deposit by any of the following methods: Bank/Building Society Draft, Personal/Company Cheque. All purchasers will be required to provide proof of both their identity and current address and all parties intending to purchase any property must bring with them the following items: Full U.K. Passport or Photo Driving Licence (for identification), a recent Utility Bill, Council Tax Bill or Bank Statement (as proof of residential address). These should be presented to the vendor’s Solicitor when signing the contract.
The guide price offers an indication of the price below which the vendor is not willing to sell. It is not necessarily the exact final sale price, and is subject to change prior to and up until the day of the auction. Any change in the guide price will reflect a change in the reserve (a figure below which the auctioneer will not be able to sell). The reserve can be expected to be set within the guide range or not more than 10% above a single figure guide. (RICS Common Auction Conditions 7th Edition).