Petley Farm is situated in wonderful East Sussex countryside, some two miles east of the historic town of Battle which is a thriving market town with attractive Georgian and medieval cottages amongst a host of interesting shops, restaurants, historic pubs and tea-rooms – all of which has grown up around the Abbey. Battle station gives access to London Bridge & Charing Cross and the A21 is very close by giving direct access to Hastings (7 miles) on the south coast and links to the M25 and the wider motorway network via Tunbridge Wells (23 miles) to the north. Local schools include Battle & Langton Primary School, Claverham Community College, Battle Abbey School, Vinehall Prep School, Claremont Prep School, Bexhill College and St Ronans & Marlborough House Prep Schools at Hawkhurst. Recreational facilities include: golf at Sedlescombe Golf & Country Club, Rye Golf Club, Cooden Beach Golf Club in Bexhill and Beauport Park Golf Club in Hastings. There is Fitness & Swimming at Crowhurst Park Leisure Club & Bannatyne’s Health Club. There are numerous walks in the area which includes the 1066 Way and access to numerous bridlepaths and footpaths
The farmhouse is a substantial detached property offering some 2,360sq ft of well-proportioned family accommodation arranged over three floors. Of modern construction the house reflects local vernacular and is of brick and tile construction with elevations of red brick and hung tile under a pitched clay tile roof. The ground floor comprises a reception hall, cloakroom, well-appointed kitchen with a good range of fitted units and stainless steel work surfaces, fitted Rangemaster oven, gas hob and Belfast sink, utility room, boot room with external door, spacious ‘L’ shape sitting/dining room with an attractive brick fireplace and two sets of French doors; one opening into a sun room and the second set opening directly out to the garden terrace. On the first floor there is a principal bedroom with en suite bathroom and four further bedrooms complemented by a family shower room. The top floor is an excellent open plan eaves living area of 413sq ft with separate sleeping and living areas plus velux windows for plentiful natural light.
The principal access to the farm is directly off Marley Lane from where a hard surfaced drive leads firstly to the farmhouse and then on to the equestrian centre. The farmhouse is close to the main entrance, set in good sized gardens and screened by mature woodland at the front with a lovely open aspect to the rear where an attractive lawned garden incorporates a sitting out terrace and further raised decked terrace enjoying open views over paddocks and towards the equestrian centre. There is a brick built double garage with utility area set to one side of the house and a private parking area.
On the opposite side of the drive is further surfaced parking area that accommodates a good number of vehicles; used as an additional carpark for the equestrian centre when required. To the south of the farmhouse and set off the drive just beyond the main entrance is a former farmshop of timber construction linking through to two attached porta-cabin units, previously operating as farmgate retail unit. The building is set within a lightly wooded plot of about 0.6 acres with road frontage and independent access via a field gate from Marley Lane, just west of the farm’s main entrance. There is a third entrance into the property about 0.4 miles west along Marley Lane leading into the southern edge of the woodland.
To the north of the farmhouse is the equestrian centre; its comprehensive facilities covering about 6.5 acres in all. Set centrally is the main indoor arena (50m x 25m) housed in a ten bay steel portal frame building fully enclosed with timber weather boarding and corrugated roof. The building benefits from floodlighting, a public address system and an overhead irrigation system plus viewing gallery and commentary box to one side. There is plentiful on-site stabling with a total of 33 stables including a courtyard where there is a U-shaped block of 19 boxes with rest rooms and hay barns. There is a separate American barn incorporating five spacious loose boxes. The main outdoor arena which extends to about 0.95 acres is enclosed by post and rail fence and benefits from floodlighting, CCTV and a professional quality PA system linked to the adjacent show commentary box. There is a second all weather manège (40m x 20m). Other facilities include a high quality circular horse walker, and a series of outbuildings including a cafeteria and rest room with a fully serviced catering kitchen. Also serving the equestrian centre is an extensive surfaced parking area of about 1.25 acres that can accommodate a great number of vehicles including lorries and boxes.
The owners have developed a successful equestrian enterprise on the property over the last decade. Its convenient location, accessibility, parking provision, excellent facilities and on-site hacking have combined to establish Petley Wood Equestrian Centre as a very popular regional venue and livery yard. The arena and school facilities are regularly used for events, shows and competitions, of which there is a full calendar throughout the year including British Dressage, British Showjumping and unaffiliated competitions. The venue is also offered for private hire. Further details can be seen on the centre website at www.petleywoodequestrian.co.uk. Petley Wood Equestrian Centre also holds a licence for weddings granted by East Sussex County Council. There is a dedicated site for ceremonies within an attractive woodland clearing adjacent to the equestrian facilities providing a level grassland parcel screened by mature woodland and offering an idyllic rural/woodland wedding setting.
t is considered that there is excellent scope to further develop and enhance income from existing enterprises but also potential for further commercial/ business development for a whole host of activities including leisure and tourism, subject to all necessary consents.
Post and rail fenced paddocks surround the equestrian facilities providing about 17.5 acres of level grazing land. Extending westwards , the remainder of the holding comprises a most attractive ring fenced ancient broadleaf wood known as Petley Wood ,and presents a rare opportunity to acquire a significant area of private designated Ancient Woodland in East Sussex with no public rights of way through the fenced woodland area. Covering about 168 acres, under a canopy of tall oaks, there is an understorey of birch, beech and chestnut coppice below which is a vibrant ground flora including an abundance of ferns and pockets of bluebells and rhododendrons providing a riot of spring colour. A pretty pond is situated on the far western boundary. The woodland has been well maintained and is part of the DEFRA Woodland Grant Scheme. It can be navigated along unsurfaced tracks traversable by 4x4 vehicles. The owners have established an extensive network of trails throughout providing acres of safe on site hacking and walking. The rich habitat supports numerous woodland animals, birds, butterflies and insects and could appeal to a buyer interested in the wood’s high conservation and biodiversity value. This wood should also appeal to a range of forestry investors, from those seeking timber income to those looking for a large amenity woodland for sporting and recreational use (subject to any necessary consents). On its eastern edge is a Scheduled Ancient Monument that includes a bowl barrow, an ancient burial site believed to date back to the Bronze Age, situated on the south side of a ridge overlooking the river Brede. The barrow mound survives as an earthwork feature 13m in diameter and stands to a height of 1.3m. The land is predominantly of the Weald Clay series of soils and is registered as grade III on the land classification series.
Mains water and electricity. LPG fired central heating and hot water. Private drainage.
Fixtures and Fittinngs
All fixtures, fittings and chattels whether referred to or not should be presumed excluded from the sale.
Rother District Council. www.rother.gov.uk East Sussex County Council www.eastsussex.gov.uk Farmhouse: Council Tax Band ‘F’. The Equestrian Centre is subject to Business Rates.
EPC Rating: F
Sporting & Mineral Rights
Sporting rights and mineral rights are in hand in so far as they are owned.
Easements, Wayleaves & Rights of Way
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights including rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and electrical supplies and any other rights and obligations, easements and proposed wayleaves from masts, pylons, stays, cables, drains and water, gas and other pipes, whether specifically referred to or not. There are public footpaths over the property that run adjacent to both the main drive and secondary access track, past the southern side of the equestrian centre and along the northern and eastern periphery of Petley Wood, fenced outside of the main woodland area.
Plans, Schedules, Acreages and Boundaries
Purchasers must satisfy themselves on the location of all boundaries from the Land Registry Plans available and their own physical inspection of the property. Any acreages, areas and measurements quoted are for guidance purposes only and should not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact.
The property is offered freehold with vacant possession upon completion, subject to the various tenancy and licence agreements.
Method of Sale
The property is offered for sale by private treaty.
Strictly by prior appointment with the Vendor’s Sole Agent, Samuel & Son, Horam.