Key Features

  • • A mixed Residential/Commercial/Equestrian unit.
  • • In a sought after location in the village of Boxley, at the foot of the North Downs.
  • • Land totalling some 31.32 acres (12.67 hectares) with Equestrian or Viticulture potential.
  • • Junction 6 M20/A229 3 miles.
  • • Maidstone Town Centre 3.4 miles.
  • • Central London 38 miles.

DESCRIPTION: Downsview Farm enjoys excellent transport links but is located in glorious open countryside with far reaching views from the Farmhouse through the Valley. Access to the main Yard and Farmhouse is from the Pilgrims Way. The Farmhouse is of traditional brick and tile construction located on the edge of the Yard with views over its own and adjacent Farmland. 

The accommodation on two floors comprises Entrance Hall with sweeping staircase to first floor landing, off to L-Shaped Sitting Room with views over the Garden Farmland, connecting through to a Dining Room and Open Plan Kitchen/Breakfast Room, both rooms having French Windows opening up to raised Patio area. Rear Cloakroom and Utility Room with back door. Completing the downstairs accommodation Bedrooms 3 and 4 and a Family Bathroom.

Stairs lead to first floor landing with Master Bedroom with built-in wardrobes, Bedroom 2 with built-in wardrobes, WC and under eaves Dressing Room. The total floor area of the dwelling on two floors is 1885 sq ft (175.1 sq m). 

A number of French Doors and Windows open onto the Patio Terrace, with an underground Swimming Pool with views through the Valley. 

The property would benefit from general modernisation and updating. 

DOWNSVIEW YARD and BUILDINGS

The Farm Buildings are located to the north west of the Farmhouse with the commercial buildings having a separate access off the Pilgrims Way. The layout of the Buildings are shown on the attached plan and individually comprise the following: 

1.The Commercial Yard and Building
A 4 Bay Steel Portal Frame building and lean-to (18.3m x 19.1 m), clad with box profile steel sheeting under a corrugated fibre cement roof with screeded concrete floor, and roller shutter door opening onto concrete apron off the Pilgrims Way. The building incorporates a WC, Storage and Office area. 

2.The Office/Administration Block 
A Single storey brick construction incorporating a Open Plan Office (4.65m x 5.28m), a Kitchenette (2.22m x 1.89m), a Storage Room (2.8m x 2.96m) and a separate WC. 

3.The Commercial Store 
A former Farm Building (20.4m x 9.98m) and (11m x 4m) now adapted for general commercial storage including 2 Block Stores with an external stable door openings. 2 Stables and with the potential of 2 further Stables being created. The building has 3 sets of double doors opening onto the main Yard. 

4.The Equestrian Buildings and Yard 
A detached 5 Bay Steel Frame shed with a concrete floor with part rendered block and corrugated fibre cement clad elevations under a pitched corrugated fibre cement roof. The building has been adapted to accommodate 9 Stables/Loose boxes a Feed Room with stairs to first floor Loft Storage and a Mezzanine Hay Store under the eaves. The Stables are set either side of a central alley which connects directly to the fenced and railed Sand School immediately to the side of the building. 

The Farmhouse and Yard occupy an area totalling some 1.31 acres (0.53 hectares). 

5.The Farmland 
Downsview Farmland extends to some 31.32 acres in two blocks either side of the Pilgrims Way. The land comprising chalk downland is laid to pasture and classified as Grade III on the DEFRA Agricultural Land Classification. The southern block within the view of the Farmhouse comprises undulating pasture parkland, and the northern block has a southerly sloping aspect. Boxley is a popular location for viticulture with large acreages of vines established in the last few years. 

PLANNING: The Farm is located in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

Consent was approved, subject to conditions, for the use of the land as a Contractors Yard (being the use of a building as an office storage and workshop and an adjacent area of hardstanding for parking, including the parking of no more than 3 lorries with no open storage). Ref: MA/95/1088. (20/03/1996)

Consent was approved for the use of the land as a Contractors Yard (being the use of the building as an office, storage and warehouse and an adjacent area of hardstanding for parking, including the parking of no more than 3 lorries with no open storage). Ref: MA/97/0609. (11/06/1997) 

Downsview Farmhouse was originally granted planning consent, subject to an Agricultural Occupancy Restriction, but a Certificate of Lawfulness confirming non-compliance of the Agricultural Occupancy Condition was issued in May 2003. Ref: MA/92/1030. (08/05/2003) 

Copies of these consents are available to be viewed online at the Maidstone Borough Council Planning website www.maidstone.gov.uk/residents/planning or can be sent on request. 

NOTES TO PROSPECTIVE PURCHASERS:

Services

Downsview Farmhouse is connected to mains gas, electricity and has septic tank drainage. 

Downsview Buildings are connected to mains electricity and share a foul water drainage system with the Farmhouse. A single water system is connected throughout the property. 

Council Tax

Downsview Farmhouse Council Tax Band F 

Commercial Business Rates

The warehouse and premises have a rateable value of £17,250. 

The lorry park at Downsview Farm has a rateable value of £830. 

Public Footpath

A Public Footpath crosses the land on the far easterly boundary of the land to the south of Pilgrims Way. 

DIRECTIONS: The postcode of the property is ME14 3EB. From the Running Horse roundabout at the intersection of the A229 Bluebell Hill and the M20 junction 6, take the exit into Sandling Lane. Follow Sandling Lane until the roundabout intersection with the Boxley Road and take the left hand turn towards Boxley. Pass through Boxley and as your leave the village look out for Styles Lane on the right hand side, take the right hand turning and Downsview Farm will be found after a short distance on your right hand side. 

SITUATION: Downsview Farm is located in a sought after location at the foot of the North Downs on the northern outskirts of the popular residential village of Boxley in Kent. Extensive recreational, educational and shopping facilities are available in Maidstone some 3 miles to the South. The Farm has good access to Junction 6 of the M20 (approximately 3 miles) and Junction 3 of the M2 Motorway (approximately 5.2 miles) both with onward connections to the National Motorway Network and the Coast. Maidstone East and West Railway Stations provide direct access to Central London Stations in about an hour. 

LOCAL AUTHORITY: Maidstone Borough Council, Mid Kent Planning Support, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone ME15 6JQ. Telephone 01622 602736. Email planningsupport@midkent.gov.uk 

VIEWING: Strictly by appointment with the Agents’ Paddock Wood Office on 01892 832325. 

PARTICULARS, PLANS AND SCHEDULES: The particulars and acreages stated therein, together with the plans are believed but not guaranteed to be correct. They are given by the Agents to assist viewers but are specifically excluded from any contract and prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves as to the information contained therein. 

ANTI MONEY LAUNDERING COMPLIANCE (AML): The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information of the Payer) Regulations 2017 came into force on 26 June 2017. This now requires us to conduct due diligence on property purchasers. Once their offer has been accepted, the prospective purchaser(s) will need to provide, as a minimum, proof of identity and residence and proof of funds for the purchase, before the transaction can proceed. Further information can be obtained via the following link: 
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/money-laundering-regulations- yourresponsibilities.

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