|Lindholme Grange Farm|
Stainforth Moor Road, Thorne Levels, Doncaster, DN8 5TE
A Productive Commercial Arable Farm
Extending to Approximately 497 Acres
SOLD SUBJECT TO CONTRACT
|Lindholme Grange Farm was acquired by the Lyon Family in the 1940s from Lindholme Estates. Virtually the entire acreage was warped in the mid 19th Century. This farm presents an excellent opportunity to acquire a good quality commercial arable unit. The Farm, apart from one field, lies in a ring fence East of Doncaster and South of the M180 (Junction 1 being 5 miles distant). Postcode DN8 5TE.|
Lindholme Grange Farm is approached from the North, leaving the Hatfield Woodhouse to Sandtoft Road at the entrance to the former peat works. Doncaster has excellent road and rail links, Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport is 11 miles.
The following viewing dates have been set:
Soils at Lindholme Grange are unusual. In the 1850s the land was warped by a process known as “dry warping” when rich alluvial deposits were excavated at Don Farm from an ancient river bed. This warp material was transported, by a railroad laid onto the moor and spread over virtually the whole acreage of the farm to a depth which seems to vary from 8 to 14 inches or so.
The soil is fairly uniform across the Farm being a virtually stone free silty loam.
Lot 1: Lindholme Grange, Farmstead and Land
The original farmhouse has not been occupied since the early 1980s and is in need of total refurbishment/renovation. With the house and buildings are included an area of woodland 4.24ha approx and an arable field 10.53ha approx. Council Tax is paid on this property (Band C). The charge for the twelve months to 31st March 2018 being £2,014.
Constructed of brick under a Welsh blue slate roof. The property affords the following accommodation: Sitting room, Dining room, Kitchen and pantry/cellar, Bedroom 1, Bedroom 2, Bedroom 3, Bathroom.
A traditional range of brick and pantile barns, stables, loose boxes and cart sheds constructed around a central yard. These buildings are in poor structural order but may have some scope for redevelopment/conversion subject to satisfactory planning consent being obtained.
Modern Farm Buildings
Modern Farm Bungalow “Flaxfield” - Constructed circa 1985. Council Tax is Band A. The charge for the twelve months to 31st March 2018 being £1,007.
The planning consent for the bungalow includes an Agricultural Occupancy Condition.
The property is in good condition, constructed of brick under a concrete tile roof, with solid floor, gas central heating, UPVC double glazing throughout.
The Bungalow affords the following accommodation:
Externally, the Bungalow stands in mature grounds with lawns, paved areas and feature trees. Within the curtilage there is a screened gas tank, garden shed and twin prefabricated garage.The farmstead benefits from: 3 phase electricity, mains telephone and water, satellite broadband, septic tank drainage (separate tanks serving the old farmhouse and the bungalow).
Solar Panels - An array of 84 panels is arranged on the Southern side of the machinery shed and dryer shed roofs, producing circa 21kw. The Purchaser will be required to take over the contract. In the last 12 months income of approximately £2,900 was received and approximately £1,600 was paid for electricity, a “profit” of some £1,300.
Lot 2: The Land
A compact block of warp over peat, capable of producing good yields of a range of arable and root crops. Whilst the farm has grown potatoes in the past, none have been grown now for eight years. Would any parties interested in part only of Lot 2 make the extent of their interest known to the Agents.
Schedule & Past Cropping
A gas pipe crosses Lot 2 from East to West following the cart track, principally lying within fields OS2674, OS4971 and OS7266. Electricity Lines cross field OS8026 and also follow the North/South cart track turning West along the North side of OS9267. Modest wayleave payments are received.
The cottages on the North side of the drain at the entrance to Lindholme Grange will have the benefit of a right of way along the farm track, which follows the Southern boundary of OS8026.
We understand the owners of Lindholme Hall have the benefit of a right of way through the farm but that the farm enjoys a reciprocal right of way through Lindholme Hall grounds, currently neither party exercises these rights, as each property has its own separate access.
Mineral and sporting rights will be included insofar as owned.
Modest drainage rates are paid in respect of field 8026 of approximately £68 per annum.
We are advised that virtually all of the land was comprehensively under drained in the 1970s (with the exception of OS8026). Unfortunately no plans have been retained. We are told the scheme was installed using clay tiles with no porous fill. We are further advised that few if any main drains were installed. Virtually all of the drains outfalling directly into adjacent ditches. The Vendor has prepared an indicative plan showing his understanding of the schemes.
The property is freehold. Vacant possession will given on completion, subject to holdover rights and the right to hold a farm machinery sale as detailed below. Successful purchaser(s) will be required to sign a contract within 28 days of their offer being accepted and to complete within 28 days thereafter.
To facilitate this, the Vendor’s solicitors will undertake searches and compile a comprehensive legal pack for each Lot. The purchaser of each Lot will be required to reimburse the seller the costs of all search fees.
The Vendor will retain holdover rights on Flaxfield, the farm buildings, farmyard and an area of the adjacent field (all within Lot 1):
The 2017 Basic Payment is reserved in full to the Vendor. All relevant entitlements will be transferred to the successful purchaser(s) in time for the 2018 claim.
The purchaser(s) will be required to give indemnities on cross compliance to the end of 2017.
In the event any Autumn crops are drilled by the Vendor prior to completion, the cost of seed, labour, spray and fertiliser as determined by John H Pickup & Co LLP will be paid for at the date of completion in addition to the purchase price. There will be no allowance or claim for any item of dilapidation.
The Farm is entered into ELS and HLS Agreements, which currently produce approximately £16,000 per annum. The Agreements run to 31st March 2022. The Purchaser(s) will be required to take over these Agreements.
The principal elements of the HLS Agreement are:
Whilst none of the Farm is a SSSI, much of Hatfield Moor carries SSSI and other designations.
In the event of a sale of the property or any part becoming a chargeable supply, then such VAT as may be due will be payable in addition to the purchase price.
The Farm is offered as a whole or in 2 Lots as shown on the plan and described in these particulars.NB: Would be purchasers of a smaller acreage are invited to make their requirements known to the Agents as offers for parts may be considered.
The Farm is offered for sale by Informal Tender. Tenderers should also confirm availability of funding and finance arrangements.
This is a working farm, parties viewing must pay due care and attention at all times whilst on the property. In addition as stated elsewhere in these particulars, the old farmhouse and the traditional farm buildings are in poor structural order and should not be entered.
Only those fixtures and fittings specifically mentioned in print within these particulars are included in the sale. Any fittings, furniture or chattels which happen to be included in any photographs are not included in the sale unless specifically referred to in print. No appliances have been tested. All measurements are approximate and should not be relied upon. Moveable grain elevators and the diesel tanks are NOT included in the sale.
2 Doncaster Road • Bawtry • Doncaster • South Yorkshire • DN10 6NF
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