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Liverpool Road, Backford, Chester, CH1

Offers in excess of £950,000


6 Beds 3 Baths 3 Receptions

REF: CHR240103




An attractive and recently refurbished farmhouse together with extensive farm buildings offering development potential subject to the availability of planning permission and set in 6.19 acres (2.50 ha). A further 45.32 acres of land available separately. LOT 1 - EXCESS £950,000 ACCOMMODATION - Front Porch - Sitting Room - Dining Room - Kitchen with Breakfast Area and Living Room - Playroom/Bedroom 6 - Cloaks/Shower Room - Study - Pantry - Utility Room - Bedroom with En-Suite Shower Room - 4 further Bedrooms - Family Bathroom OUTSIDE - Courtyard range of Traditional Outbuildings including former Ice Cream Parlour with Shop and Café Area - Extensive range of Steel Portal Farm Buildings - Concrete Yards - Former Car Park & Childrens Play Area - Pasture Land extending to 6.19 acres (2.50 ha) LOT 2 - EXCESS £295,000 - Pasture Land and Woodland extending to 45.32 acres (18.34 ha) DISTANCES ELLESMERE PORT 2.5 MILES CHESTER 5 MILES LIVERPOOL 14 MILES MANCHESTER 40 MILES (DISTANCES APPROXIMATE) DESCRIPTION Acres Farm comprises a period farmhouse dating from 1847 together with an attractive courtyard range of brick and sandstone outbuildings and beyond which is an extensive range of modern farm buildings. It is offered for sale with up to 51.51 acres (20.8 ha) and is available in two Lots. The farmhouse is a detached property constructed of brick under a tiled roof with upvc double glazed windows and the benefit of oil central heating. It has recently undergone a scheme of modernisation and offers comfortable family living accommodation with 2 living rooms, 5/6 bedrooms and 2 bath/shower rooms plus en-suite shower room. The traditional outbuildings in the adjoining courtyard comprise a single storey sandstone range and adjoining two storey brick range. Lot 1 which includes the farmhouse together with the traditional and modern farm buildings immediately behind the courtyard range is offered with 6.19 acres (2.5 ha) and stands centrally within its land. Lot 2 adjoins the farmhouse and buildings to the south, extending to 45.32 acres (18.34 ha) and is accessed independently from off Chester Road. DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL The traditional courtyard range of outbuildings offer tremendous development potential with many precedents having been set in recent years by the Local Planning Authority in similar circumstances. To further support a planning application, part of the site has been used for commercial purposes albeit to complement a farming operation. As for the modern farm buildings these are for the most part steel framed structures with concrete block walls and side cladding, such that they are capable of being converted without the need to dismantle them. Based on recent planning legislation, there may be a case to make for change of use on these buildings for residential under permitted development rights. As for the outlying land, it will undoubtedly be of interest to farming and equestrian buyers. However, owing to its strategic location within close proximity to large residential conurbations and commercially operated sites with excellent road links there may be some development prospects in the medium to long term. LOT 1 - 6.19 ACRES (2.50 HA) The farmhouse with the traditional and modern buildings stands centrally within its land and is accessed via an unadopted green lane which is a bridleway and public footpath. Off the lane there is a gate onto a gravelled drive with parking and turning area enclosed by a mature hedge. The front garden comprises a wide lawn to the front together with small orchard and former kitchen garden. The detached farmhouse which has recently been re-roofed and refurbished internally offers generous family accommodation arranged over two floors. ACCOMMODATION The front door opens into a porch which in turn accesses a small hallway at the bottom of the stairs. On either side of the hallway are the principal reception rooms comprising a sitting room and dining room. The sitting room is a light room with double aspect, sealed fireplace and understairs cupboard. The dining room has a light oak effect floor and is linked to a recently fitted open plan kitchen with breakfast area and family living space. The kitchen contains solid oak shelving with base units with cupboards & drawers and ceramic sink with drainer under oak work surfaces including a central island unit with breakfast bar and further cupboards. The kitchen appliances include a newly installed double electric oven & grill and a new electric induction hob with extractor and recently installed 16 place dishwasher. The kitchen has exposed beams, shelving, downlighters and a herringbone light oak style floor which extends into the living area which is also beamed. From the living area there is a side door to the garden and courtyard. Off the living areais a large walk in pantry with cupboards & shelving which extends into the adjoining utility room. The utility room contains fitted wall & base units with cupboards & drawers under work surfaces incorporating a sink with drainer. There is plumbing for a washing machine & tumble dryer, Lamona combination oven and a back door to the rear garden. Beyond the kitchen is an inner hall off which is the playroom/bedroom 6, study and cloaks/shower room. The playroom/bedroom is adaptable to suit those with elderly relatives and along with the shower room, can provide annexe style accommodation. The downstairs playroom/bedroom has a double aspect and built in cupboard with shelving. The shower room has a tiled shower with glazed screen, low flush w.c, built in handbasin, heated towel rail, half tiled walls and tiled floor. At the end of the inner hall is the study and to the side a store room housing a new Worcester oil central heating boiler. At first floor level there is a bedroom which is en-suite and four further bedrooms served by a recently fitted family bathroom. Bedroom 1 is a double room built in wardrobe, shelving and cast iron fire grate with white painted surround. Bedroom 2 is a twin room with cast iron fire grate incorporating a decorative surround. On the landing is an airing cupboard with fitted shelving and the hot water cylinder. Bedroom 4 is a double room and has an a boarded floor & cast iron fire grate. Opposite Bedroom 4 is the family bathroom containing a freestanding roll top bath with shower fitting, tiled shower with Gainsborough fittings and glazed screen, low flush w.c,, built in hand basin set in a composite stone with cupboards below, heated towel rail and part tiled & part panelled walls. At the end of the landing is Bedroom 5 which is currently used a dressing room and opposite is Bedroom 1 which is a double room with en-suite shower room with built in hand basin, low flush w.c., heated towel rail, tiled shower cubicle with Triton fittings and glazed screen and a useful shelving nook. OUTBUILDINGS Adjacent to the farmhouse is the traditional courtyard comprising a single storey sandstone range and two storey brick range both beneath slate roofs. The sandstone range (15.25 m x 3.10 m) has been used of late in conjunction with the ice cream retail business and includes a processing area, shop and café. The adjoining two storey range (16.20 m x 3.62 m) contains a milking parlour and dairy serving the former milking herd which were housed in the modern steel portal frame building behind the courtyard. Adjacent to the two storey range is a brick bull pen. The modern buildings are arranged around concrete yards and comprise 3 substantial covered sheds (36.50 m x 52.00 m) beneath fibre cement roofs with concrete floors and side cladding comprising a combination of concrete block walls, timber sleepers and corrugated tin. PROPERTY INFORMATION Address: Acres Farm, Chester Road, Backford, Nr Chester, CH1 6PE. Tenure: Freehold with vacant possession. Local Authority: Cheshire West & Chester Council. Tel: 0300 123 8123 Town & Country Planning: The land is within the jurisdiction of Cheshire West & Chester Council. Within the Local Development Plan the land is designated as green belt where there is a general presumption against development save for essential facilities for agriculture or forestry and in exceptional circumstances consideration may be given to affordable housing. Third Party Rights: Lots 1 & 2 are sold subject to all existing wayleaves, easements and rights of way, whether specified or otherwise. In this connection there is an overhead electricity line traversing Lots 1 & 2. Likewise, a bridleway and public footpath follows the northerly boundary to Lot 2. Entitlements: For the avoidance of doubt no Quotas or Single Farm Payment entitlement attach to the land. Future Development: The contracts will contain a clause reserving in favour of the vendor 25% of any uplift in value arising on the granting of planning permission for residential or commercial use within 25 years. Viewing: Strictly by appointment via the Chester Office of Jackson-Stops Tel: 01244 328 361. Directions: From Chester travel north on the A41 Liverpool/ Chester Road and having passed under the bridge to the M56 motorway, Lot 1 will be seen shortly on the left-hand side.