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440 acres, Rossett, Wrexham, North Wales, LL12 0BW
For Sale - Guide Price £4,875,000


  • Substantial Grade II listed farmhouse
  • Modern dairy buildings including robotic milkers
  • Versatile organic pasture and arable land in a ring fence
  • Extensive council road frontage and access
  • 2000m river frontage to the Rivers Dee and Alyn with fishing rights
  • Awarded Silver Lapwing Award for Conservation

For sale as a whole or in 2 lots

Lot 1 - Hem House Farmhouse, buildings and pastureland extending to 295.02 acres (119.39 ha) shown shaded red on plan. Offers over £3,750,000.

Lot 2 - 145.68 acres (58.96 ha) of pastureland shown shaded green on plan. Offers over £1,125,000.

Introduction

Following a lifetime in farming the owners of Hem House have decided to retire and as a consequence Hem House comes to the market for the first time in over 100 years, having been acquired at auction by the current vendors family on the 17th June 1912. Originally extending to 228 acres the later acquisition and amalgamation of additional adjoining land now provides for an outstanding organic dairy and stock holding of 440 acres, all of which is contained within a ring fence. The 18th century farmhouse is Grade II listed and provides well proportioned accommodation to three floors. The farm buildings are extensive and versatile providing 4000sq metres of stock housing, fodder and implement storage which includes 3 MK 2 Fulwood Merlin Robotic Milkers. The land is all currently down to pasture being a mix of new leys and areas of permanent pasture, though historically the land has grown a variety of arable and forage crops. One notable feature is that the entire farm is contained within a ring fence. Other features include the extensive road frontage and access, the river frontage and the wealth of wildlife, flora and fauna and the farms participation in a number of environmental schemes which has resulted in being awarded with a FWAG Cymru Silver Lapwing Award for Conservation.

Location

Hem House occupies an accessible location amidst open countryside adjoining the English/Welsh Border (River Dee) Equi-Distant between the popular villages of Rossett and Holt. The town of Wrexham (7 miles) and the City of Chester (9 miles) provide an extensive range of retail, recreational and commercial services and facilities, as do the cities of Liverpool and Manchester both of which are within easy travelling distance.

For agricultural services there are livestock markets at Mold, Oswestry, Market Drayton and Shrewsbury whilst the majority of the large dairy processors operate in the area. There is good accessibility to the A483 (2 miles) and the A55 (4 miles) which in turn connects to the M56 and the national motorway network. There are international airports at Manchester and Liverpool both of which are accessible in under one hour and there are railway connections at Wrexham and Chester, with the Crewe mainline rail service being 25 miles.

The farmhouse

Hem House Farmhouse is a striking Grade II listed property attractively constructed of rustic red brick beneath a slate roof. The house offers spacious and well proportioned family accommodation retaining many original features throughout the 3 floors. The Ground Floor offers 2 well proportioned Reception Rooms, Reception Hall, Cloak Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room and a number of Offices, Utilities Rooms and general storage. To the first floor are 6 Double Bedrooms and a Family Bathroom whilst the Second Floor has two useful Attic Rooms which could easily be utilised for additional accommodation.

The dimensions and layout are shown on the floor plans. Please click to view the brochure above.

Outside

The farm is approached via an attractive driveway leading off the B5102 Holt to Rossett Road with a separate farm access leading off. To the front of the farmhouse is a large partly walled garden mainly laid to lawn, whilst to the rear is a concrete yard providing ample car parking and access to an integral double garage.

The farm building

Hem House provides an extensive range of mainly modern versatile farm buildings. The nature and layout allows for the easy movement of stock and farm machinery, the loose stock accommodation currently houses the 170 head dairy herd of Montbeliarde and Friesian cows plus followers and young stock. The dairy herd is milked through 3 x MK2 Fulwood Merlin Robots installed in 2015 which are fully supported with Chrystalab services and a 12,000 litre bulk tank. The versatility and layout of the buildings could equally serve a specialist beef or other livestock enterprise. The buildings include the following (as numbered on Plan)

Description

3 bay steel portal frame fully enclosed building (2015) with profile sheet cladding over concrete block walls and 3 roller shutter doors. Internally the building is divided to provide a clear span area of 8.2m x 4.5m accommodating the bulk tank and dairy with independent roller shutter door access. The remaining building has an internal petition to ground floor accommodating a chemical store and motor room with mezzanine floor over with office, rest area and motor room 18.5m x 18.5m.

11 bay steel portal frame cement fibre clad loose stock house with mass concrete walls with Yorkshire board over to gables and one elevation. Full length external feed fence with verandah overhang and internal scraped feed passage. The building accommodates 3 robots with controlled access to collecting area over slats and exit gate with Archway Identification Controller and adjoining isolation pen. Mezzanine floor over robots accommodating office common viewing platform and Tank Room. 54m x 26m.

8 bay steel portal frame and cement fibre clad loose stock house with concrete panel walls to one elevation and gable and Yorkshire board cladding over. External feed fence with veranda overhang and scraped feed passage. Internal pen divisions. 48m x 26m.

9 bay traditional dome topped Dutch barn. Corrugated iron clad with block walls to rear and 2 internal divisions with lean toos to either side, providing loose stock housing, implement and fodder storage. Eaves height for central dome top section 4.8m. Overall size 22m x 40m.

Large concrete yard leading to earth bank silage clamp with steel RSJ and concrete panel central division, 40m x 22m concrete floor and 10,000 litre underground effluent tank. Overall size 25m x 38m (excluding concrete yard to front).

Brick and steel truss frame former shipon/piggery converted to calf rearing pens, accommodating 10 pens of approx. 2.2m x 4m concrete block dividing walls and drinking bowls. The remainder of building comprising general storage and work shop and fitted cattle crush. 11.1m x 42.5m.

Former milking parlour and collecting yard. Concrete brick and corrugated construction accommodating staff room. 5.9m x 16m.

Traditional brick and slate 2 storey L shaped range adjoining farmhouse.

Earth bank slurry lagoon with pumped slurry from slats in yard and dairy collecting area. Liquid intake from adjoining FYM store.

The land

All of the land is contained within a ring fence bounded to the west by frontage onto the B5102 with a number of access points thereto and a secondary access to the southern boundary. The northern and eastern boundaries are formed by the River Alyn and the meandering River Dee which also identifies the Wales/England boundary. All of the land is currently down to pasture contained within large level field and enclosures, all of which are well fenced and gated and suited to modern farming practices. The soils are generally of a silty clay or sandy loam which are classified as being Grade III on the Agricultural Land Classification Map of the Area. The majority of the land has been regularly re-seeded comprising productive organic glass leys with white and red clover, whilst a small area is of historic "Ridge and Furrow". Located adjoining the River Dee, parts can be prone to periodic flooding. The presence of a pumped central drain assists in the removal of flood water.

The farm has been included in a number of environmental schemes and as a consequence has a high degree of amenity value with a wide range of bird and wildlife including lapwings, sky larks, reed buntings, 3 species of dragon fly with kingfishers and otters being seen on the rivers.

General remarks and stipulations

The sale of Hem House for the first time in over 100 years is an increasingly rare opportunity to acquire an agricultural holding of this size and nature in this location, providing significant residential appeal with versatile buildings and, unusually for a farm of this size, land within a ring fence.

Directions

From the centre of Rossett take the Holt Road passing through the small settlement of Trevalyn and onto the Rossett - Holt straight, where the farm will be clearly seen on the left hand side. From Holt take the Rossett Road out of the village turning right at the first T junction into the Rossett/Holt straight, where Hem House will be found after approximately ¾ of a mile on the right hand side. See location plan.

Local Authorities

Wrexham County Borough Council
The Guild Hall
Wrexham
LL11 1AY
Tel: 01978 292000

Hafren Dyfrdwy
Packsaddle
Wrexham Road
Rhostyllen
Wrexham LL14 4EH
Tel: 01978 846946

Manweb/Scottish Power
Customer Services
P.O. Box 276
Warrington
Cheshire WA4 6FJ

Welsh Assembly Government
Government Buildings
Penrallt
Caernarfon
LL55 1EP
Tel: 01286 674144

National Resources for Wales
Rivers House
St Mellons Business Park
St Mellons
Cardiff CF3 OEY
Tel: 0300 065 3000

OS & G Organic
The Old Estate Yard
Shrewsbury Road
Shrewsbury
SY14 3AG
Tel: 01939 29180

Tenure

The farm is understood to be freehold. It is sold with vacant possession subject to the occupation of Simon O' Rourke Ltd Tree Carving who occupies part of Building No. 1.

Services

Mains water, electricity (3 phase) private drainage, oil fired central heating to dwelling house. Borehole water to the farm buildings and land. Solar panels to building Nos. 1 and 2.

Lotting

Hem House Farmhouse is offered for sale either as a whole or in 2 Lots as indicated below:

Lot 1 - Hem House Farmhouse, buildings and pastureland extending to 295.02 acres (119.39 ha) shown shaded red on Plan.

Lot 2 - 145.68 acres (58.96 ha) of pastureland shown shaded green on plan.

Whilst the farm has been Lotted as indicated above, consideration will be given to proposals for any different subdivision or Lotting of the farm.

Viewing

Lot 1 may be inspected strictly by appointment through the selling agent, subject to coronavirus restrictions or regulations that may be in place as at the time of viewing. Further details and requirements to comply with any such regulations will be given as at the time of viewing.

Lot 2 may be inspected at any time during daylight hours with a set of particulars to hand.

Organic Registration

Hem House entered organic conversion in 2000 which completed in 2002. It holds a Certificate of Compliance with Organic Farmers and Growers (O.F.G.) for grass and forage, cereals, dairy cattle and milk, beef calves and stores. Registration No. UKF030483.

Fishing Rights

The farm benefits from extensive frontage onto the River Dee and River Alyn and the associated fishing rights thereon. The fishing rights along the banks of the River Dee are currently let on an informal agreement to Lavister Angling Club whilst the rights from the banks of River Alyn are let to Warrington Anglers. Two ponds on the farm (Lot 1) are informally let to a local village syndicate.

Commercial Let

Part of Building No. 1 is currently occupied by Simon O' Rourke Ltd a highly acclaimed and internally known tree carver on an informal agreement. Details of the terms of occupation are available upon request.

Easements, Wayleaves, Public & Private Rights of Way
The property is sold subject to an with the benefit of all public and private rights of way, light, drainage, cable, pylons or other easements, restrictions or obligations, whether or not the same are described in these particulars or contract of sale.

Sales Particulars & Plans

The plans and schedule of land is based on the Ordnance Survey. These particulars and plans are believed to be correct, but neither the vendor nor the agents shall be held liable for any error or mis-statement, fault or defect in the particulars and plans, neither shall such error, mis-statement, fault or defect annul the sale. The purchasers will be deemed to have inspected the property and satisfied themselves as to the condition and circumstances thereof.

Basic Payment Scheme

The vendors have submitted a claim for the 2020 Basic Payment Scheme (including Glastir Organic). The 2020 payment will be retained by the vendor. The purchaser to be responsible to meet all Cross Compliance Regulations for the remainder of the 2020 scheme year, and indemnify the vendor for any losses arising from the breach of the regulations.

Town & Country Planning Act

The property notwithstanding any description contained within these particulars, is sold subject to any Development Plan, Tree Preservation Order, Town Planning Scheme or Agreement, Resolution or Notice, which may come to be in force and also subject to any statutory provisions or bylaw, without obligation on the part of the vendor to specify them.

Dispersal Sale

The vendor will reserve the right to hold a dispersal sale of livestock and farm machinery on the holding. Consideration will be given to the sale of the dairy herd (and machinery) to the purchaser should that be of interest.

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