- Advert Expiry Date: Thursday, 18th May 2017
- Property / Land Type: Estate
- Price Description Offers in the Region of £3,250,000
A well positioned grassland farm and commercial vineyard, in the heart of the Sussex Weald, between the historic Bluebell Railway and Weirwood Reservoir.
Property agent Location
Approached via a long driveway, Kingscote Estate is tucked away in the heart of the beautiful Sussex countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Idyllic and peaceful, it is nevertheless within easy reach of the villages of Turners Hill and West Hoathly, which provide for everyday needs, with Forest Row, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Tunbridge Wells only slightly further afield offering a more extensive range of shopping and leisure facilities.
Kinscote Estate originally formed part of the 1000 acre Gravetye Estate which was once owned by the famous English horticulturalist William Robinson. Robinson completely redesigned and planted the entire landscape, and more than eight lithographs of scenes in his Gravetye Manor diaries were from the land that is now Kingscote Estate. Robinson died in 1935 and bequeathed the estate to the country, to be used for the study of forestry under the Board of Agriculture. Christen Monge purchased the farm in 1999 from the Forestry Commission, he then later returned from Asia in 2009 to establish the thriving vineyard and exciting tourism destination which exists today. The initial vines were planted in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and have been planted on the south facing slopes, which once formed part of the original English country garden established by William Robinson. The first Kingscote vintage of high quality still wines were released in August 2014 and have since all won international awards.
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Method of sale
Please note that Kingscote is being sold as a property asset, there will be an additional sum to be paid for wet-stock (in bottle and in tank) at valuation.
The various enterprises at Kingscote have been trading over a period of time; however, no value has been attributed to the business asset and, as such, buyers will need to form their own opinion of the past performance and future potential of the Estate. Basic information with regard to current income and outgoings is available on request, detailed historical accounts are not available.
The business asset (including goodwill, the brand, business fixtures, fittings and equipment, etc) is inclusive to the sale of the property asset and no additional payment is required. To this end, matters appertaining to the business asset will not be considered as a point of negotiation in the sale price.
In addition to the schedule of current incomes and outgoings, draft Heads of Terms, a list of included fixtures and fittings and an inventory of the wet-stock as at the date stated are available upon request. These are provided in good faith by the vendors and, as such, the Agents cannot be responsible for their content or accuracy.
Viewing of the Estate is difficult at weekends and we therefore request that appointments during the week are made. Where possible we also request that children are not brought along as this is a working farm and certain activities could be considered to be hazardous.
The farmhouse (Mill Place Farmhouse) is currently tenanted, with six months Notice to Quit required to obtain Vacant Possession. The Estate is to be sold subject to this tenancy and it should be noted that access to view is limited and will therefore be reserved for second viewing appointments and likely as a ‘block viewing' at a date to be confirmed.
Occupying a delightful rural setting, Kingscote Estate is a pretty grassland farm and commercial vineyard, nestled within the beautiful Kingscote Valley, between the Bluebell Railway and Wierwood Reservoir. The farm extends to approximately 152 acres in total with an established vineyard and orchard, restored 15th century barn, winery, shop, fishing lakes, principal farmhouse, converted coach house and equestrian facilities.
Within the estate a thriving vineyard and exciting tourism destination has been created. The setting and facilities have enabled the current owners to run activities such as vineyard tours, cookery courses and team building events, as well as outdoor sports including fishing and clay shooting.
From the estate's own vineyards and orchard, premium wines and ‘cyder' are produced by award-winning executive winemaker Owen Elias. 2014 saw Kingscote Estate's first harvest.
Mill Place Farmhouse
The farmhouse sits in a prominent position enjoying views across the vineyard and beautiful undulating countryside beyond.
Once through the front door there is a good sized entrance hall, with exposed stone floors and a downstairs w.c and shower. The entrance hall leads through to the quintessential farmhouse kitchen/ breakfast room. Very much a farmhouse kitchen, there are a range of painted base and wall units, complete with butlers sink and a 4 oven AGA. The kitchen leads through to the dining hall, which is a particular feature of the property with its stunning vaulted oak beamed ceiling and large leaded light windows, which provide natural light and views across the vineyards and rolling countryside beyond.
The ground floor also features a double aspect drawing room which is full of character with an impressive open fireplace and Elizabethan chimney stack. A sitting room with a inglenook fireplace, study, family room and an oak framed conservatory. A set of stone stairs lead off the drawing room to a small cellar room.
On the first floor you will find the master bedroom, 3 further bedrooms and two bathrooms. The fifth bedroom is an attic room, equipped with a good sized dressing room, which is accessed by the steps leading from the master bedroom.
Surrounding the farmhouse are pretty gardens laid mostly to lawn with herbaceous borders, mature trees and a patio area to the front of the property, which enjoys views overlooking the farm's gently undulating pasture and attractive vines.
Adjacent to the farmhouse, is a three bay garage with fuel store with a large loft area above.
The Coach House
The Coach House is currently used as a holiday let and comprises an open plan living space and kitchen on the ground floor with two bedrooms and a bathroom to the first floor.
The cottage has been sympathetically converted and provides excellent ancillary accommodation to the farmhouse.
Magnificent Tithe Barn / Visitor Centre
An impressive detached timber framed and tile roofed 15th century resorted barn, occupies a prominent position with a courtyard beyond and stunning views.
To the rear there is a picturesque secluded outside area with lawns beside a babbling brook and exceptional views of the valley, vineyards and Bluebell Railway.
The barn has been used as a visitor centre for the estate and has also been used for an AGA-sponsored cookery school. Furthermore, It has been hired out for private and corporate events and is licensed to 9pm.
The Shop, office and winery.
A courtyard adjacent to the barn comprises the shop, offices, store areas and car park. The shop has been finished to a high standard equipped with kitchen, shelves and a seating island in the middle. Off the shop is a good sized office space, w.c, further storage areas and to the front is a pretty covered seating area.
The winery contains all the latest technology for producing premium sparkling and still wine using stainless steel and temperature control. All the stages of wine production from vine to the shop can be undertaken on site. From harvest the whole bunches are delivered to the press using 12kg baskets so that the fruit is not damaged. The Scharfenberger 4,000-litre wine press can process two tonnes of whole bunch grapes at a time. The fermentation vats use thermoregulation and can store 3,000 litres at a time. Sparkling wines have the additional process of a secondary fermentation. The bottling plant bottles still and sparkling wine and has a capacity of up to 2,000 bottles per hour. (NB Some of the winery equipment is co-owned).
A steel portal framed barn contains 15 loose boxes and a secure tackroom. Furthermore, there is a floodlit outdoor ménage.
Vineyards and Orchard
To the north of the estate, fifteen-acres of vines have been initially planted, including Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Bacchus, Pinot Blanc and Regent grapes. The initial vines were planted in 2010, 2011 and 2013. The vineyards have been planted on south facing slopes and have been established to produce still and sparkling wine.
There is also a two acre apple orchard which lies to the east of the farmstead and was planted in 2011 with 14 different varieties of classic English apples including Bramley, Jonagold, Cox and Spartan.
Farmland and Fishing Lakes
The land extends to approximately 152 acres in total and is predominantly pasture with approximately 22 acres of woodland.
The land is extremely attractive, stretching out over opposing sides of the Medway Valley and the River Medway runs through the centre of the farm from east to west. A hard track leads to the top of the farm and from there are some stunning views across the Wierwood Reservoir and undulating countryside beyond, towards the Ashdown Forest.
The soils are classified as grade 3 and 4 on the Land Classification Soil Series of England and Wales.
There are two picturesque lakes on the estate, know as Leggett Lakes. The two lakes are well stocked with Carp, Perch, Bream and Rudd.