Actons Farm, Sidley, Bexhill


Actons Farm, Buckholt Lane, Sidley, Bexhill, East Sussex, TN39 5AX


On the instructions of ESCC.
A compact small residential farm.

  • 3 bedroom converted Sussex barn
  • 7,000sq ft farm buildings
  • Pasture for grazing and cropping
  • Available from 1st May under a 10 year FBT
  • To let by informal tender
  • Tender deadline: 24th March 2016



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+44 (0) 1435 864020

On the instructions of East Sussex County Council.
A compact small residential grassland farm offering 3 bedroom accommodation, a range of farm buildings, fence enclosed pasture and in all extending to some 30 acres.




Actons Farm is part of the land East Sussex County Council acquired in association with the Bexhill Hastings link road project.  The new link road is now open and sweeps around the north and west of the property but does not immediately abut the farm.  Peripheral areas remain subject to the establishment of wildlife mitigation and flood attenuation and may be available under licence upon the completion of works.   As part of the link road project, a Greenway has been created providing a public right of way for walkers, cyclists and horses linking Hastings and Bexhill and following a similar route to the road.  Two surfaced trackways traverse the property as part of this scheme.

Actons Farm is located off an unmade track known as Buckholt Lane on the edge of Sidley, conveniently set about 1.5 miles north from the town of Bexill-On-Sea and about 6 miles to the northwest of the larger centre of Hastings with both towns offering a wide range of services and leisure facilities.  The property is well placed to link to the local road network whilst mainline rail services are available nearby at Bexhill, Hastings and Battle offering services to London (Charing Cross and Victoria).

The property offers a compact farm holding comprising of a 3 bedroom converted barn, a range of farm buildings and pasture land adjoining, in all extending to about 30 acres.

The traditional Sussex Barn provides for approximately 1,450 sq ft of living accommodation arranged over two floors and briefly comprises;

Ground Floor
Utility Room/Boot Room (14’ x 12’ / 4.2m x 3.6m)
Kitchen (13’ x 13’3 / 3.9m x 4m max) ‘L’ shaped room with tiled floor and a range of fitted pine units.
Family Bathroom bath with hand held shower unit, WC and wash basin.
Living/Dining Room (25’ x 16’3 / 7.6m x 4.8m) spacious living area with wooden flooring, vaulted beamed ceiling, full height barn windows and brick inglenook fireplace with log burning stove. Stairs off leading up to:

First Floor
Galleried Landing, with door to:
Master Bedroom (14’ x 10’3 / 4.2m x 3m) partly into eaves with single aspect and En-Suite Shower Room having WC, wash basin and cubicle shower.
A second staircase off the Kitchen leads to a further first floor landing with doors to;
Bedroom 2 (13’9 x 7’3 / 3.9m x 2.1m) partly into eaves with single aspect.
Bedroom 3/Study (10’6 x 6’6 / 3m x 1.8m) partly into eaves with single aspect.

The dwelling is situated at the entrance to the Farm, immediately off the drive.  To the front of the dwelling is a small paved courtyard enclosed by a low wooden close board fence off which the front door is located.  A pedestrian gate leads out into the concrete stable yard off which is the stable block with 3 loose boxes.  To the rear and east side of the dwelling is a good sized lawned garden.  An open fronted double cart lodge style structure is situated in the northwest corner of the garden.

The farm buildings which vary in age and design are situated to the east of the dwelling, located around a compact area of hard standing and in differing state and condition, some being rundown.  There are a number of useful small storage buildings with the larger buildings including:

Stable Block (55’ x 15’) a single story brick built stable block with tiled roof which adjoins the dwelling has three loose boxes fronting a fence enclosed concrete yard with metal field gates leading out to the Greenway and farmyard respectively.  An additional tack room/wash room and store are accessed via separate doors at the end of the building outside of the yard area.  An enclosed timber framed lean-to with corrugated roof measuring approximately 32’6 x 14’3 abuts the rear of the building.

Small Livestock Barn (80’ x 20’) a low level concrete portal framed open fronted structure with concrete block walls and corrugated roof, divided into pens with gates at the front opening out onto a small semi-enclosed concrete yard fronting the Greenway.  To one end are also two secure storage rooms.  Along the length of the rear is a timber framed lean-to which also adjoins a corner of the larger Livestock Barn.

Livestock Barn (80’ x 60’) 4 bays long and of steel portal frame construction, mostly open sided with some corrugated cladding and Yorkshire boarding and a corrugated roof.

General Purpose Barn (30’ x 25’) steel framed portal building with concrete floor, corrugated metal cladding and roof.  Presently part of the barn comprises two temporary modular classrooms with locking doors, lighting and electricity connected.

The land offered under the FBT is permanent pasture and extends in total to about 30 acres (TBV), situated to either side of the Greenway, where to one side it gently slopes down to the north, and to other to the south.  The land is divided into a number of hedge and fence enclosed field parcels with metal field gates for access and water supplied to most parts of the holding via drinking troughs.  There is potentially some small areas of peripheral land that may become available to the tenant under some form of licence agreement upon completion of the road works.

Whilst the land has been activated for Single Payment Scheme historically, Landlord BPS Entitlements are not offered as part of the agreement.

Mains water and electricity.  Oil fired central heating and hot water.  Private drainage.

Council Tax Valuation Band D (£1,636.73 2015 /16)

Rother District Council Tel: 01424 787000.  Email:

Domestic EPC Rating: F – a copy of the Energy Performance Certificate is available upon request from the Agent.

A public right of way, known as the Greenway traverses the property, as referred to previously, but does not form part of the land offered under the FBT.  The property is offered to rent subject to and with the benefit all existing rights of way, wayleaves and easements whether public or private and whether specifically identified or not.

The farm will be let on a standard East Sussex County Council Farm Business Tenancy with terms set out under the provisions of the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995.  The property is offered for a ten year term from the 1st May 2016 with a five year break clause.  The agreement is not assignable, no subletting of any part for whatever purpose will be permitted.  The tenant will be responsible for all outgoings including council tax and all services.

Strictly by confirmed and prior appointment with the sole Agent, Samuel & Son with viewing slots available to book on:
Tuesday 23rd February – 10am – 1pm
Friday 26th February – 1pm – 4pm
Wednesday 9th March – 10am – 1pm

Any viewings are undertaken entirely at the risk of prospective tenants and insofar as may be permitted under statute the Lessor and their Agents accept no responsibility for any loss or damage incurred as a result.

Offers to rent the farm are to be submitted in writing on the official tender form available from the Agent, Samuel & Son and sealed and sent in the pre-addressed envelope provided to:
Head of Property Operations,
Corporate Resources – Property,
East Sussex County Council,
County Hall,
St Anne’s Crescent,
LEWES, East Sussex, BN7 1UE.

The pre-addressed envelopes provided are already correctly labelled:
“Private & Confidential – Offer for Actons Farm, Sidley – Reference C-4361”

Closing Date:
Tenders must be received by 3pm on Thursday 24th March 2016.

  • All offers must be submitted on the official Tender Form and sent in the envelope provided.
  • No offers or increased offers received after the stated closing date will be considered.
  • East Sussex County Council reserve the right not to accept the highest or any offer received.

From the direction of Bexhill, off the A259 take the A269/London Road northwards, direction Sidley for about 1 mile.  On arriving in Sidley turn right onto Glovers Lane, shortly before the Lidl supermarket on the same side of the road and the public car park on the opposite side.  Take the second left turn onto Buckholt Lane which is an unmade road.  At the top of the lane follow the track around sharply to the right, continuing over the bridge crossing the new Hastings Bexhill link road and Actons Farm will be seen at the terminus of the track.  Proceed slowly and with caution over Buckholt Lane due to the uneven surface. (Please note, if using satellite navigation, the postcode will, incorrectly, take you towards Buckholt Farm).

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Samuel & Son and their clients give notice that: 1. They have no authority to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property. These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact.   2. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive.  3. It should not be assumed that the properties have all necessary planning, building regulations or other consents and Samuel & Son have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise.