Heatherwold has been a stud farm for many years producing thoroughbreds of consistent quality. As a stud farm it has its own mares and boards high quality mares and young stock for French and Irish breeders, not only due to its central location, but also due to the quality of its facilities and staff. Heatherwold has a good reputation for consigning and preparing young stock for the sales.
In addition to its status as a stud farm, it has some excellent flat land, and its accessibility makes it eminently suitable for a polo or sport horse centre. In addition to its trading potential, there is a fine principal house in a good location, approached by a long drive and surrounded by its own land.
Extremely well placed in central southern England, on the Berkshire/Hampshire border, close to the junction of the M4 and A34, Heatherwold Stud has quick access to London. It is an hour from Heathrow, Portsmouth, and various polo clubs and under 2½ hours from Newmarket. Due to its central location, it attracts boarding mares visiting stallions, and acts as a staging post for mares between Ireland and France.
Heatherwold Stud is available in 3 Lots:
Lot 1: Heatherwold House, Offices, 2 Flats, Heatherwold Lodge, the Stud Buildings and 79.35 acres
Lot 2: 50.6 acres of level paddocks
Lot 3: Heatherwold Cottage in 0.3 of an acre
Lots 2 and 3 are only available individually after the sale of Lot 1
Approached by a long woodland driveway from the Newtown Road, south of Newbury and a mile from the A34, Heatherwold House is a substantial house of about 7,000ft² built on two floors. Although extended and modernised in 2003, it does now need updating. It is in a lovely setting looking south over lawns with mature trees.
With three excellent reception rooms, and in particular a big orangery by the kitchen, the house is designed for entertaining. In addition to cloakrooms and stores there is a gym and garaging.
On the first floor, accessed by two staircases and a lift, are 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a games room, with its own conservatory. Five of the bedrooms face south overlooking the lawns.
On the north side of the drive are the garden stores and utility buildings. The gardens are mostly lawn, with some fine beech and cedar trees, a parterre, and some attractive brick walling. To one side is the base of a tennis court, surrounded by mature trees.
THE OFFICES AND FLATS 1 & 2
Near the house is an excellent office and accommodation complex, suitable for the stud farm or an independent business, built in 2004. There are 2 office rooms, a meeting room, a kitchen, WC's and a store on the ground floor and an extensive first floor.
The flats include one with living room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms and a bathroom; the other with living room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.
THE COTTAGES - these are either side of the back gate to Ox Drove and Burghclere.
Approximately 1,485 ft² with hall, kitchen, sitting room, 3 bedrooms and a garage and a garden.
Heatherwold Cottage & Annex (LOT 3)
The right hand part: 3 bedrooms, bathroom, wc, Utility Room, Kitchen, bedroom and sitting room. The left hand part: Kitchen, Bathroom and bedroom. Garage and Garden.
THE STUD BUILDINGS
Substantial and extremely practical, the stud buildings consist of:
The main barn and foaling unit containing four large foaling boxes and 34 further boxes. All have automatic drinkers and corner mangers. The foaling boxes are fitted with CCTV. There is also a veterinary examination room with a stock.
A second barn of 32 identical boxes, all fitted with automatic drinkers and corner mangers. Adjoining this barn is a tack room and feed room.
Between the two main barns there is a 5 horse Claydon horse walker and covered 14m lunge pen with viewing platform.
There is a third open-fronted barn used for storage of machinery, hay and straw as well as two large turnout pens.
With total paddock area of approximately 110 acres, the free-draining land is primarily flat or gently sloping. The 32 paddocks range from under an acre to 9 acres in size. Most have field shelters and are well fenced with post and rail throughout.
There are eight smaller turnout paddocks by the stud buildings, each of less than half an acre.
The southern seven paddocks (LOT 3) have a tarmac road for access purposes, with well managed Italian Alder trees creating an attractive avenue.
Method of Sale
The sale is of the property and fixtures and fittings. The property is offered in one or in 3 lots.
Tenure and Possession
The freehold is available with vacant possession subject to occupancies described below.
EPC's and Council Tax
Heatherwold House: EPC Band - E. Council Tax Band - H (£3,739.28 payable 2022/23)
Heatherwold Lodge: EPC Band - E. Council Tax Band - E (£2,285.12 payable 2022/23)
Heatherwold Cottage: EPC Band - E. Council Tax Band - E (£2,285.12 payable 2022/23)
Heatherwold Cottage Annex: EPC Band - E. Council Tax Band - B (£1,454.16 payable 2022/23)
Flat 1 Heatherwold Stud: EPC Band - D. Council Tax Band - A (£1,246.43 payable 2022/23)
Flat 2 Heatherwold Stud: EPC Band - D. Council Tax Band - A (£1,246.43 payable 2022/23)
Electricity - All the accommodation and buildings have mains electricity.
Water - Mains water throughout
Drainage - Heatherwold Lodge and Heatherwold Cottage are on mains. The office, flats and main house are on a septic tank.
Central heating - All accommodation and office buildings have oil fired central heating.
Sporting, mineral and timber
The sporting rights, the minerals and timber in so far as they are owned are included in the sale.
Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)
There are BPS entitlements for 45.37 hectares. This may be apportioned according to the lotting. Basic Payment Scheme payments have been claimed over the land annually and the Entitlements may be available for purchase from the vendor, by separate negotiation. The vendor will retain the payments from the 2022 claim. The buyer will be responsible for Cross Compliance between completion and 31st December 2022 and will indemnify the seller against any losses as a result of a breach of Cross Compliance regulations.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke. RG21 4AH
Tel: 01256 844844
Rateable value £33,750. Rates payable of £17,280 in 2022/23.
Boundaries, plans, areas, schedules, and disputes
The Boundaries are based on the Ordnance Survey and are for reference only. The Purchaser will be deemed to have full knowledge of the boundaries and any error or mistake shall not annul the sale or entitle any party to compensation thereof. Should any dispute arise as to the boundaries or any points arise on the general remarks and stipulations, particulars, schedules, plan on the interpretation of any of them, such questions shall be referred to the selling agents whose decisions acting as an expert shall be final.
Easements, covenants, rights of way and restrictions
The property is sold subject to, or with the benefit of, all existing wayleaves, easements, quasi-easements, rights of way, covenants, and restrictions, whether mentioned in the particulars or not. There is a wayleave payment from SSE of £280.95 for several poles around the property. Note that a footpath passes between paddocks in the southern part of the stud.
Where appropriate, the Purchaser will be responsible for complying with statutory provisions of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulation 2006 (TUPE) in relation to employees at the property.
Any price guide given or discussed is exclusive of VAT. In the event that the sale of the property or any part thereof or any right attached to it becomes a chargeable supply for the purpose of VAT, such tax will be payable in addition
Stud Farm Name
The purchaser may continue to use the name Heatherwold Stud.
Fixtures and Fittings
The fixtures, fittings and equipment may be available to purchase at a reasonable valuation; however, they are not necessarily included in the sale of the property.
A development uplift covenant applies to the southern part of the property. This expires in June 2023.
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Richard Pinney Tel: 01865 811700 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Reference RPIN1/HEA7060/1
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Strictly by appointment with the sole agents Windsor Clive International. Tel: 01672 521155.
From the M4 take Junction 13 (A34 south). From the A34, take the exit for Tot Hill. At the roundabout, take the second exit signposted for Burghclere. At the next T-junction, turn left. Follow Harts Lan through Burghclere, then turn left onto Wells Street. At the crossroads just after the village, turn left onto Ox Drove and the entrance to Heatherwold Stud will be on the right.
Note that the main entrance is direct from the B4640, half a mile from the Tot Hill junction of the A34
Postcode RG20 9DU
Photographs taken October 2021 and April 2022
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