Land and Property For Sale: A unique Country Estate in the heart of Cheshire to include farm buildings, farmland, woodland, mineral sand quarry and lakes.
The Withington Estate
- Grade 2 Agricultural land including cropped fields and permanent pasture;
- Vacant farm and outbuildings with private lane and adjoining pasture land;
- Managed woodlands and copses;
- Landscaped lake;
- Sand quarrying operation (under restoration) to produce 2 additional lakes and agricultural land;
- Situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park and the historic Alderley Edge;
- Over 250 Hectares in total;
- For sale as a whole or in lots.
The Withington Estate is located in the heart of Cheshire around the village of Lower Withington in the area of Alderley Edge and Holmes Chapel. The Estate lies 7 miles to the south-west of Macclesfield and only 18 miles south of Manchester City Centre.
The property is situated in a rural setting which includes open grazing land and pockets of woodland. The Estate is surrounded by farms and immediate neighbours include Withington Hall and Capesthorne Hall – a renowned private country house hosting exclusive wedding and corporate events as well as a permanent caravan park.
Alderley Edge is notable for its heavily wooded streets and substantial Victorian villas set in spacious gardens. The first villa was constructed in the early 1840s and by 1850 thirty “handsome residences” had been erected, some of them in what is now the Alderley Edge Conservation Area. Cotton barons from Manchester built their mansions here and now (as at around 2010) they are changing hands for several million pounds. The village winds up a high street with many restaurants, designer shops and speciality food shops. Around the village, winding lanes are covered in their original sandstone setts and front boundary walls are usually built from the same local sandstone. The buildings are varied in style with examples of mock Tudor, Italian, neo-Georgian and Arts and Crafts Movement designs.
Adjacent to the Estate is the renowned Jodrell Bank Observatory which hosts a number of radio telescopes, and is part of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester. The observatory was established in 1945 by Bernard Lovell, a radio astronomer at the University of Manchester to investigate cosmic rays after his work on radar during the Second World War. It has since played an important role in the research of meteors, quasars, pulsars, masers and gravitational lenses, and was heavily involved with the tracking of space probes at the start of the Space Age. The main telescope at the observatory is the Lovell Telescope, which is the third largest steerable radio telescope in the world.
Mineral Sand Quarry:
The mineral sand quarry has been operating on the site for over 40 years. It is now in its’ final phase of operation with production ceasing in July 2019 with a full restoration of the site back to Greenbelt already under way (to be completed by December 2020). Upon restoration there will be 3 lakes surrounded by agricultural pastureland, grazing and woodland.
The Estate receives Mineral Royalties and Rent from the quarry, the final proportion of which will be paid to the Estate over the remainder of the restoration period.
Upon completion of the restoration this area of the Estate will include agricultural pastureland, grazing and woodland with more than 200 acres of lakes.
Dairy House Farm:
The farm comprises of a 4-Bedroom, 2-Story Farm House, barns and outbuildings (in a courtyard formation). The property is currently vacant and is prime for development.
The buildings sit within 1 acre of land with another 1.5 acres of paddock area adjacent. There are 6 – 7 acres of prime Grade 2 agricultural pastureland adjoining the building plot.
The farm sits at the end of a private lane and is surrounded farmland, wooded areas and is neighboured by Withington Hall and its’ grounds.
This site provides a stunning opportunity for development into an exclusive property and is particularly suited to a domestic property with an equestrian outlook.
Outside of the Mineral Quarry site and two Farm sites, the balance of the Estate is made up agricultural farmland (both pasture and cropped), grazing and woodland.
Much of the woodland has been managed to produce areas of copse around the Estate that are easily accessible.
All of the self-enclosed fields are given over to either agricultural pasture land or are cultivated for crops. In both cases the fields have been let out to farmers for either grazing or cropping purposes and the opportunity exists to either continue these arrangements or bring the management of this land in-house under the stewardship of the Estate.
Many of these self-enclosed fields are ideal for equestrian use offering a superb opportunity for the Estate to create leasing opportunities.
One area of the quarry, Lapwing Lake, has been fully restored to a finished lake with planted areas and grassed shore-land and banking. The grassed banking has been given over to grazing and is ideal for either cattle or sheep herds.
Upon completion of the restoration of the final two areas to lakes the immediate areas will be of a similar make up to Lapwing Lake with planted areas and grassed shore-land and banking, ideal for grazing.
The various fields and wooded areas benefit from their own access sites from the roads in the area, and some of the wooded areas have access tracks into them.
Further Information & Viewing:
Please contact James Cubbon on 0161 359 4332 for further information or to arrange a viewing.
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