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Challock, Ashford

Kent
21 Jul 2014

Strutt & Parker - Canterbury
Address of property to sell:
Squids Gate Farm, Ashford
TN25 4DR
Acres: 118
Telephone: +44 (0)1227 451 123
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£2,250,000

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Extensive modern equestrian facilities including: Floodlit outdoor manège | Range of buildings and planning permission for 35 loose boxes | 71 Acres of pasture | 41 Acres of mature woodland incorporating a cross country course

In all about 118 acres (47.75 Hectares)

Squids Gate Farm is offered for sale for the very first time in 32 years. A rare and unique opportunity to acquire a well-appointed home, farm and equestrian property set within its own surrounding farmland, offered for sale as a whole.

The farmhouse is situated high on the North Downs, offering delightful views across the farmland and neighbouring countryside. The property is approached through a gated entrance and driveway lined with lime trees with ample parking outside the house.

Squids Gate Farmhouse
Built in 1982 Squids Gate Farm House offers spacious and versatile accommodation throughout. Entering through the front double doors you find yourself in the spacious hallway, off which are a large walk-in cloak cupboard and a cloakroom. A door from the hallway leads to a large double aspect dining room with fitted log burner and French doors opening to the side of the property. Immediately opposite is the large kitchen with half beamed ceiling, period style tile and wood flooring; there is an oil-fired Aga and dark wood storage cupboards with tiled work surfaces. French doors lead out to the rear terrace and the spectacular views over the surrounding farmland. Off the kitchen is a good sized utility room with plumbing for washing machine and ample wooden storage units.

A spacious study overlooks the rear of the property with delightful views and period style features. Heading from the study you enter the light and spacious sitting room with its French doors opening out to the rear patio and large log burner, this is a room that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Off the hall are three double bedrooms and family bathroom.

From the hall you ascend the stairs to the galleried first floor landing with useful storage cupboards. The double aspect master bedroom is bright and spacious, with stunning views over the farmland and surrounding countryside. There is a generous en-suite bathroom with a ball and claw roll top bath and walk-in shower.

The property is subject to an agricultural occupancy condition, ref no: 82/01200/AS

The Farm
Squids Gate Farm is a fine downland farm with exquisite views centred on a well-appointed house. The property extends to around 118 acres of pasture and broadleaf woodland, each side of the stunning valley. Squids Gate Farm and Challock are well set high on the North Downs and the farm is ideally situated to enjoy superb views and the farm buildings are tucked away and hidden from the view of the main farmhouse. The farm is well set out as a stock rearing farm and has been home to a prize winning herd of pedigree Sussex Cattle for the last 10 years.

Farm Buildings
The Farm is well equipped with farm buildings suitable for stock rearing but which have recently been used for equestrian use and commercial B2 storage use. Access is via a secure gate from the country lane separate to the Farmhouse.

Manège
Outdoor flood lit manège with soft trek rubber chip surface and predominantly high level post and rail fencing with low level lighting. (42.00 x 26.15m 136.2” x 85.9”)

Building 1
Concrete portal framed building currently used as storage and stabling with planning permission for B1 storage use complete with a kitchen and WC.

Building 2
Timber clad portal building with concrete floor, recently used for storing hay and straw but which has previously been used for overwintering cattle and loose box livery accommodation. The right hand section of the building is currently used for eight loose box livery accommodation. Separate secure tack room with kitchen units and electrical storage heating. To the eastern end of the building is a concrete floored wash down area with water supply and drainage. To the side of the building is a separate isolation box.

To the east of Building 2 are cattle handling facilities and a large concrete storage area.

Portacabins
There are two portacabins with electrical supply and BT phone points with planning permission for B2 use.

Services
All of the buildings have single phase electricity supply and water that is metered separately from the main dwelling and also a separate septic tank to the south of the buildings.

Land
The land amounts to approximately 71.15 acres of well managed down land grazing divided into a variety of paddock sizes, the smallest of which are immediately adjoining the buildings divided by mains electric fencing. There is a water supply to each of the paddocks with individual troughs and the fencing has been generally well maintained over the years. There is a cross country course around the fields with a variety of different fences.

Woodland
The woodland is in two blocks and amounts to approximately 41.57 acres of mixed broadleaf.

Situation

Squids Gate Farm is set in a wonderful rural position on the North Downs accessed via a quiet lane and close to the most beautiful walks and rides in the surrounding countryside. The picturesque and highly desirable village of Challock, which centres on the pretty leas, is approximately ½ mile. Excellent local facilities include a primary school, Post Office, barn shop, pub and church. Charing (about 2 miles) has a wider range of facilities, including a railway station and doctor's surgery. Ashford (7 miles) offers a wide range of shops with state grammar schools and Ashford Independent School.

The cathedral city of Canterbury lies approximately 10 miles to the east where an even wider range of cultural and leisure opportunities exists, including the Marlowe Theatre, and a great selection of independent schools with Kent College, St Edmunds and The King's School Canterbury.

Rail services from Ashford International connect with London St Pancras in just 37 minutes. Road communications are good with the A20 connecting with the M20 at Junction 8 (10 miles), M20 Junction 9 (8.3 Miles) and the M2 at Junction 6 near Faversham (8 miles).

Outside

Squids Gate Farm is situated at the top of a beautiful valley, offering delightful views across the farmland and neighbouring countryside. The property is approached through a gated entrance and driveway lined with lime trees ending at a large driveway with ample parking. There is a double bay garage with workshop behind and games room. Above the garage there is a self-contained annexe with a combined sitting room, modern fitted kitchenette and bedroom, a separate useful laundry cupboard and fully tiled wet room, creating very useful extra accommodation.

To the front of the property there are formal lawns and hard standing tennis court alongside a wooded walk area, and to the side there is a large fenced chicken run with recently planted fruit trees.

To the rear of the property is a brick terrace with ornamental pond and formal shrub garden, heading down the steps from the terrace you come on to a formal lawn with a delightful clematis walk and secluded sunken patio. There is a small gate in the corner of the lawn leading out to the paddocks behind the house.

Directions

From Charing follow the A252 up Charing Hill. After reaching the top of the hill continue for approximately just over 1¼ miles before turning right into Squids Gate Lane which will be signed to The Gliding Club. The property will be found a short distance along on the left hand side.

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