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Situation & Location Malthouse Farm is situated in the parish of Swainsthorpe in south Norfolk, just 2 miles south of the A47 Norwich southern bypass and adjacent to the A140.
From the village there is easy access to a wider range of facilities with Norwich just 5 miles away, Mulbarton 2 miles, Wymondham 8 miles, Loddon 12 miles and with the recent improvements to the A11, Cambridge is now within easy reach.
London is just 90 minutes from Diss by train and 120 minutes from Norwich by train.
LOT 1 - MALTHOUSE FARMHOUSE AND FARM BUILDINGS WITHIN
3.19 HA (7.88 ACRES)
The Farmhouse A fine example of a Victorian gentleman's residence extending to over 5,700 sq ft.
The property was believed to have been built for the bailiff of the Dunston Estate. To the rear the original cottage still stands providing an opportunity for renovation.
The property has generous proportions and boasts a range of original period features including pamment floors, servant's bells and fireplaces but would benefit from a scheme of sympathetic modernisation.
Ground floor accommodation comprises a dining room, drawing room, central reception hall with oak staircase, rear hallway, further reception room, kitchen and bathroom. Rear hallway provides stairs to a cellar.
The first floor provides 5 spacious bedrooms and a family bathroom together with a further smaller storage room.
On the second floor is an impressive open plan attic.
Attached to the rear of the main farmhouse by a passageway is an old cottage used for storage.
The property has mains electricity and drainage with oil fired central heating. Water is via a private bore supply shared with the farm buildings.
Council tax band F. EPC G.
Farm Buildings Within the farmyard is an extensive range of traditional red brick and more modern livestock buildings.
There are 3 principal ranges of traditional buildings of red brick and pantile roof construction.
Since the 1970's the farmyard has undergone regular improvement and extension, originally to accommodate a dairy herd but latterly a beef suckler herd.
Subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents all of these buildings provide an opportunity for conversion into alternative use.
LOT 2 - 52.73 HA (130.31 ACRES) ARABLE LAND
A block of predominantly grade 3 arable land, Burlingham 3 and Isleham 2, accessed from Mill Lane. The land has supported a typical arable rotation for the area including crops of wheat, barley, sugar beet and triticale and has also benefitted from a rotational application of farmyard manure. Some of the land also benefits from formal under-drainage.
Lot 2 will include a license to extract 23,100 cubic metres of water per year from the River Tas granted under licence number 7/34/14*/0102. The licence was renewed in 2003 but has not been used for around 10 years.
All sporting rights are in-hand and the farm retains a healthy stock of wild game birds. The vendors have enjoyed a family shoot on the farm which the Stewardship agreement compliments.
LOT 3 - 10.61 HA (26.22 ACRES) EGG PRODUCTION UNIT
A fully automated free range egg production unit constructed in 2005 housing 12,000 birds and built to Lion Code and Freedom Food standards.
Key features include; 2 x 16t capacity feed bins, time clocks, chain and flight feed track, vencomatic nest boxes, Sparkcup drinkers (2014), Alis LED lighting with dawn/dusk ramping (2015), automatic popholes (2014), temperature controlled and timed air movement fans, internal litter gates, Staalkat egg packer, emergency auto-start generator (2015), auto dial alarm for power supply failure, 9 stand electric fence around range perimeter, veranda area and concrete cleanout pads at each end.
In addition there is a substantial red brick barn currently used for storage. The barn has an elevated position enjoying views down into the Tas valley and has the potential for other uses subject to gaining the necessary planning consent.
The site also has 47.6kW ground mounted solar PV panels which were erected in March 2013. The FIT is 13.03p/kW. This generates around £9,000pa in feed-in tariff and exported electricity and is estimated to save around £2,000pa in electricity costs in running the egg production unit.
The site is accessed from the A140 Ipswich Road and has mains electricity and water connected together with private drainage for on site welfare facilities.
LOT 4 - 18.13 HA (44.79 ACRES) RIVER MEADOWS
An attractive and productive block of grazing meadows running alongside the River Tas with an excellent grass sward.
LOT 5 - 2.25 HA (5.57 ACRES) MEADOWS
Three enclosures of grass accessed directly from the A140.
LOT 6 - 15.05 HA (37.18 ACRES) ARABLE LAND
Two enclosures of grade 3 arable land accessed from the A140 and Church Road.
LOT 7 - 6.23 HA (15.39 ACRES) ARABLE LAND
A single enclosure of grade 3 arable land accessed from Church Road.
Directions From the A47 south of Norwich exit south onto the A140 Ipswich Road.
Continue south past Dunston Hall for around 3 miles and into the village of Swainsthorpe. Lot 6 is on the right side with access directly from the A140 and Lot 7 can be found by turning right onto Church Road. The main farm is just 400m further south on the left hand side.