Great Napchester Farm is a well located and extremely pretty residential and equestrian farm situated to the north of the village Whitfield. The property extends to approximately 29 acres of predominantly grassland, with extensive equestrian facilities, various former agricultural buildings and scope to adapt and renovate.
The farm is characterised by its handsome period farmhouse believed to date back to the 16th century, which occupies an idyllic secluded position surrounded by its own land and enjoys views of the unspoilt open countryside. The approach to the farmhouse is up a long private drive lined with post and rail fencing and with paddocks either side.
Great Napchester Farmhouse
Great Napchester is a Grade II Listed timber framed traditional style farmhouse with well proportioned rooms, good ceiling heights and classical period features including exposed beams, sash windows and open fire places.
On the ground floor there is an open plan reception hall and drawing room with a splendid inglenook fireplace and a wood burning stove. This room is central to the house and is full of character. The large farmhouse kitchen is a particular feature and has recently been updated with new units and worktops (but remains incomplete). It combines a contemporary edge but in a traditional style, in-keeping with a farmhouse of this age. The adjoining utility/boot room which also doubles up as a rear entrance hall is a good size and incorporates a downstairs w/c with stairs leading down to a cellar. Furthermore there is the dining room/lounge and small study on the ground floor. On the first floor lies a master bedroom, which incorporates a bath and hand-wash basin in a recessed area and needs completing to form an en-suite. There are four further bedrooms, a dressing room and a newly fitted family bathroom.
PLEASE NOTE - We are aware that alterations have been made to the property prior to planning consent being obtained. However the property has scope for a buyer to make further improvements and alterations to suit their individual requirements and style, subject to necessary planning permissions.
An adjoining annexe to the rear of the main house provides excellent ancillary accommodation. The annexe can be accessed via the main house or separately through its own entrance. Comprising a reception hall, sitting room, newly fitted but again incomplete kitchen, utility room, three good size bedrooms and a newly fitted bathroom, the annexe provides additional spacious accommodation which could be used as separate staff or family accommodation or could be incorporated for use within the main house.
The annexe also requires some repair and redecoration as the current fit out is not complete.
Gardens and Grounds
Immediately surrounding the house are pretty gardens laid mostly to lawn, beech hedging and mature trees and shrubs. To the front of the property is a timber and tiled garage with adjoining tool store. Beyond the more formal gardens is a paved area comprising an old swimming pool and summer house, both require some refurbishment.
Equestrian Facilities and yard/farm buildings
The equestrian facilities lie a short distance from the house and are in very good order. There is an excellent steel framed barn with 10 internal boxes and a tack/day room. A further modern steel framed barn incorporates an indoor school with kick boards to all sides, excellent lighting and further open-fronted bays to the side providing scope to adapt into additional stabling or storage. Please note, this building does not currently have planning permission to be used as an indoor riding school. There are also further farm buildings including a timber workshop, two former turkey huts now used for workshops/storage and a nissen hut, all in very basic condition.
The majority of the land lies to the east of Great Napchester Farmhouse. The land is predominantly pasture in good sized paddocks and there are two areas of woodland. The main part of the land flanks the drive on both sides, with broadleaf woodland along the northern and southern boundaries. The woodland to the northern boundary is ancient and BAP priority Habitat woodland.
There are no public footpaths across the land providing a private and secure setting for the house. However, off Napchester Road is a bridleway onto The North Downs Way, which provides fantastic riding or rambling opportunities.
Method of Sale: The property as described is being offered for sale as a whole by private treaty.
Tenure and Possession: The tenure of the property is freehold with vacant possession being granted upon completion.
Services: Oil fired central heating to both farmhouse and annexe (separate boilers). Mains water and electricity. Private drainage.
Local Authorities: Dover District Council (01304 821199) and
Kent County Council (0300 333 5540).
Council Tax: The farmhouse is rated for Council Tax as Band G. The annexe does not appear to be rated separately.
Planning: Great Napchester Farmhouse is Grade II Listed. There have been some internal alterations to the farmhouse which have not had the benefit of Listed building consent.
Wayleaves, Easements and Rights of Way: The property is being sold subject to, and with the benefit of, all existing wayleaves, easements and rights of way whether public or private, specifically mentioned herein or not.
Single Farm Payment: The Single Farm Payment Entitlements are excluded from the sale and the 2013 claim will be retained by the vendor.
Environmental Schemes: There are no Environmental Stewardship schemes active on the property.
Sporting and Mineral Rights: The sporting and mineral rights, in so far as they are owned, are included in the sale.
Strictly by appointment with Savills on 01444 446066.
If there is any point which is of particular importance to you, we invite you to discuss this with us, especially before you travel to view the property.