A truly rare opportunity to acquire a lovely rural property with great potential for further development, subject to planning consent being obtained. The house, gardens, pasture land and mature woodland extend to over 18 Acres in all and has an abundance of wild life with in its grounds. Sheep Leys Covert is situated just 1.5 miles from the village of Clifford Chambers and 3.5 miles from the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon, the whole property benefits from a long frontage to the Campden Road, which is the route through to Chipping Campden, Broadway and the Cotswolds.
We are advised there is an opportunity to seek a Class 'Q' approval to convert the Dutch Barn, and the Brick Tractor Shed into dwellings as permitted by The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015.
Offered for sale by public auction (to be held at the property), subject to prior sale, reserve and conditions, at 11am on Friday 19th August 2022.
This property is approached from the public highway via a tarmac driveway, which swings to the left towards a range of old farm buildings. To the right, there is a three-bay steel portal framed agricultural building with pasture fields behind and a grass track leading to the area of woodland beyond. The driveway continues and leads towards the dwelling house, which is a two-storey brick cottage (painted white) with a cat slide roof to the Southern elevation. The front door, with windows to either side and canopy-style porch over, opens into:
3.40m x 2.70m (11'1" x 8'10")
Exposed timbers to ceiling, wooden staircase rising to the first floor, door to dining room, door to understairs storage cupboard, BT phone point, and stripped oak boarded floor. Door to:
5.60m x 3.50m (18'4" x 11'5")
Exposed timbers to ceiling, metal casement windows to the front and side, metal casement French doors leading to the garden, feature brick fireplace surround with open grate and brick hearth, and stripped oak boarded floor.
3.50m x 3.50m (11'5" x 11'5")
Exposed timbers to ceiling, metal casement windows to the front and side, multi-purpose wood burning stove with quarry tiled hearth, and stripped oak boarded floor. Sliding door to:
3.50m x 2.00m (11'5" x 6'6")
Metal casement windows to the side and rear, fitted kitchen with a range of wall, drawer and base units with roll edged laminate work surface over, inset stainless steel sink with hot-and-cold taps over, electric cooker with control panel, space for under counter fridge, and thermoplastic tiled flooring. Door to:
2.50m x 1.50m (8'2" x 4'11")
With concrete floor and metal casement sliding doors leading to the garden.
First Floor Landing
2.70m x 1.60m (8'10" x 5'2")
Metal casement window to the front. Door to:
4.50m x 3.50m (14'9" x 11'5")
Metal casement windows to the front and side, and two doors to boarded eaves storage cupboards.
4.40m x 3.50m (14'5" x 11'5")
Metal casement windows to the front and side, and two doors to boarded eaves storage cupboards.
2.40m x 1.70m (min) (7'10" x 5'6" (min))
Metal casement windows to the rear, 3-piece suite comprising; cast iron panelled bath, low level WC, stand with inset wash hand basin, mirror fronted medicine cabinet, and ceramic tiling to splashbacks. Door to:
With small hatch giving access to the roof space, and housing the insulated copper hot water cylinder with immersion heater.
Around the dwelling house, there are formal gardens and an orchard, which has a number of plum and apple trees as well as small aluminium framed greenhouse.
4.60 x 3 (15'1" x 9'10")
With timber doors to the front, power supply (old), and brick floor.
11.00m x 5.40m (36'1" x 17'8")
Formerly a chicken coop; with completely curved, corrugated asbestos roof, block and brick built up gable ends, and earth floor.
7.20m x 5.10m (23'7" x 16'8")
Completely curved tin roof with steel arched trusses, windows to either side, and old concrete floor.
10.20m x 4.70m (33'5" x 15'5")
Currently used as an agricultural feed and tractor store shed, and of concrete portal framed construction; with brick walls to four sides, eleven windows to all elevations, timber access doors, and part paved, part earth/stoned floor.
14.70m x 4.50m (48'2" x 14'9")
Divided up into calving/calf pens; steel hooped roof trusses, with brick walls to both sides and the rear, concrete floor.
13.00m x 5.00m (42'7" x 16'4")
Steel hooped roof trusses with corrugated tin cladding over, open access to the field for sheep and cow grazing.
18.30m x 8.70m (60'0" x 28'6")
Three-bay steel portal framed Dutch barn; corrugated roof with three roof lights, block walls (1.70m heigh) to three sides, corrugated down cladding to the remaining walls, concrete floor to two bays.
Old Timber Chicken Coop
9.30m x 3.40m (30'6" x 11'1")
Divided up into four sheep/pig pens; with single pitched corrugated tin roof, and earth floor.
An overgrown stoned track goes past ‘Building Four’ and the ‘Old Timber Chicken Coop’, through the pastureland, and up to a steel gate, which gives access to the principal woodland, totalling approximately 6.91 acres. It has been managed from time to time and there are maturing ash and oak trees. This would be a first-class area for nature conversation.
The smaller piece of woodland, totalling 3.21 acres, has road frontage and is accessed via a metal field gate from the large pasture field lying to the East of the dwelling house. It is well stocked with mature ash and oak trees and the odd fallen tree would be ideal for log burners or an on open log fire. Along the track from the access gate is a small brick building, with pitched felt roof, that houses the electricity meter and cable feed to the dwelling house and outbuildings. The land also has an electricity pole thereon.
Species to Note
We have been advised by our clients that, in recent times, all the animals and birds listed below have been seen on or over the pastureland and woodland.
Fixtures and Fittings
- Barn Owl
- Deer (Fallow and Roe)
- Red Kite
- Sparrow Hawk
All those items mentioned in these particulars will be included in the sale, others, if any, are specifically excluded.
Mains water and electricity are connected and drainage is to a septic tank located within the gardens.
Severn Trent Water - www.stwater.co.uk
Tenure & Possession
Stratford-on-Avon District Council - www.stratford.gov.uk
Warwickshire County Council - www.warwickshire.gov.uk
Western Power Distribution – www.westernpower.co.uk
The property is Freehold and vacant possession will be given upon completion, scheduled for 4 to 6 working weeks after the auction.
On the fall of the hammer, the successful purchaser will be required to sign the auction contract and pay a 10% deposit (minimum £5,000) to the vendors’ solicitors, together with an administration fee of £500 (plus VAT) to the auctioneers.
Rights of Way and Easements
The land is subject to all rights of way and easements that may exist. With this in mind, we understand that occasional access is permitted into the woodland on the South-Eastern side of the holding, by the gas company, in order to inspect the gas main.
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.
Strictly by prior appointment with the auctioneer (01564 794 343/01789 330 915).
By way of assistance, the approximate postcode is CV35 8LB and the 'what3words' reference is impresses.launcher.livid.
A full auction pack is available from the vendors’ solicitors:
Conditions of Sale
QualitySolicitors Moore and Tibbits
34 High Street
Acting: James Williams
Telephone: 01926 491 181
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 UK 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).
Earles is a Trading Style of 'John Earle & Son LLP' Registered in England. Company No: OC326726 for professional work and 'Earles Residential Ltd' Company No: 13260015 Agency & Lettings. Registered Office: Carleton House, 266 - 268 Stratford Road, Shirley, West Midlands, B90 3AD.