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  • Period stone Grade II Listed six bedroom farmhouse
  • Three bedroom cottage
  • Charming range of traditional stone buildings
  • Extensive range of modern farm buildings
  • Beautiful productive farmland being a mixture of arable and pasture
  • Family run shoot
  • Excellent accessibility and edge of village location
  • Wonderful views across the land and surrounding Dorset countryside
  • In all about 527.82 acres
  • Available as a whole or in 3 lots

Property Description

Highly desirable commercial farm in an outstanding setting, set in approximately 527 acres

Church Farm has been farmed as a family farm for over 80 years. Church Farmhouse comprises a Grade II Listed six bedroom stone farmhouse over three floors. The farm has an extensive range of traditional and modern farm buildings that have been used in connection with the family run beef and arable farming enterprise. There is also a sperate three bedroom single storey cottage.

The beautiful and productive land is suitable for grass and arable production with small number of copse and wooded areas used for a family run shoot. The land has very good hard track access with internal and public road gated field entrances. The farm extends to about 527 acres in total.


Church Farmhouse dates from the mid-18th century and is a charming Grade II Listed period stone family home under a slate roof. The farmhouse comprises approximately 5,021 sq. ft. with light spacious rooms throughout.

The house is approached from the road via a tarmacadam drive, ornamental wrought iron gates lead to the front of the house and the walled garden. There is also plenty of parking at the side of the house.

The door at the front of the house leads into the Entrance Hall from which can be found:

Kitchen with large picture window looking south across the garden and attractive farmland beyond, fitted units and cupboards, Rangemaster cooker. Leading on to the Rear Hall and Office.

Dual aspect Dining Room with large open fireplace and exposed beams, sash windows with shutters.

Dual aspect Drawing Room with French doors leading out to the garden, large open fireplace and sash windows with shutters.

Downstairs Cloakroom with WC and wash basin.

From the Entrance Hall the staircase winds up to the first floor with six bedrooms, a family Bathroom, a Shower Room and Airing Cupboard.

A door from the landing opens to stairs leading up to the spacious boarded Attic.

The walled garden at the front of the house gives privacy and seclusion with a pretty silver birch and a weeping willow. The garden at the rear of the house has a sheltered seating area with a ha-ha and beautiful far-reaching views over the pasture land and open Dorset countryside beyond. A door in the garden wall leads through to the former lambing sheds now used as a log store and for general storage.

The traditional buildings adjacent to the farmhouse have considerable flexibility and potential (subject to planning) and are centred around a spacious concrete yard. The buildings comprise:

• Single Garage
• Heated Boot Room and Drying Room with Grant boiler for the house, wash basin and Outside WC
• Former Parlour now used as storage

On the opposite side of the yard lies:
• Spacious workshop

From the farmhouse looking south there are views across the attractive 3.8 acre level grass paddock containing a number of mature trees. This paddock also has its own road access.


Stable Cottage lies adjacent to the drive leading up to the farmhouse and is a former farm building within a courtyard converted in about 2006. The single storey stone cottage under a slate roof comprises three Bedrooms, Bathroom, Kitchen, Sitting Room and Utility Room. Stable Cottage is currently let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement.

At the front of the cottage is a paved area with shrubs and a gravel parking area.


The extensive range of farm buildings at Church Farm comprise a mixture of attractive traditional stone buildings and a useful range of modern farm buildings with their own separate access from the road.

The buildings have considerable flexibility and potential (subject to planning) and comprise:

• Former Parlour used as the Family Shoot Room
• Former Cattle Stores
• Bull Pen.
• Former grain store and milling room now utilised as a general purpose stone barn with; open fronted livestock pens, workshop, plant room and store.

At the rear of the former parlour building is an extensive vegetable garden with fruit cages.

The modern farm buildings with concrete yards and areas of hard standing comprise:

1. Covered Yard; 11 bay steel frame, concrete floor, sleeper and block walls and fibre cement roof (approx. 20m x 14m + 33m x 18.9, + 55m x 19m).

2. Cattle Shed; 6 bay steel frame, concrete block sides, corrugated fibre cement and metal sheet roof, part concrete floor (approx. 27m x 22m). With L-shaped lean-to and outdoor concrete feed yard.

3. Site of former Straw Barn; (approx. 48m x 24m) with planning consent in place for a replacement straw storage building. Further details are available from the vendors agents

4. Machinery Shed; 8 bay steel frame, fibre cement roof, concrete panel sides and concrete floor (approx. 22.5m x 12m).

5. Three Silage Clamps; concrete floors and concrete panels sides (approx. 30m x 12m each).

6. Dirty water lagoon

To the south west of the farm buildings is a grass paddock known as Hopalong which is just under an acre.


The land at Church Farm extends to approximately 517.97 acres of productive Grade 3 and 4 gently undulating farmland, of which 3.4 acres is woodland and 96.96 acres of grassland. The land is classified as two soil types; being shallow lime-rich soils over chalk or limestone and slowly permeable seasonally wet slightly acid but base-rich loamy and clayey soils.

The land is ideal for growing both grass and arable crops, with a 2020 arable cropping of Winter Wheat, Oil Seed Rape, Spring Barley, Beans and Peas. Maize has also been successfully grown on the land.

The internal tracks and public road gated field entrances mean all the land can be easily accessible throughout the year. The land is divided into good sized parcels able to accommodate modern machinery.

The attractive areas of copse and woodland across the farm, totalling approximately 3.4 acres have been used to form part of the family shoot.

Stable Cottage is currently let under an Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement for £700 per calendar month.

A total of 217.97Basic Payment Scheme Entitlements are claimed by the vendors across the whole of Church Farm and they will retain the 2020 claim. The vendors will use all reasonable endeavours to transfer the Entitlements after completion and the Buyer will covenant to keep the land in good agricultural and environmental condition for the remainder of the year. There will be a charge to the purchaser for the transfer of the entitlements.

Church Farm is sold subject to and with the benefit of all matters contained in and referred to in the Title Deeds together with all existing rights of way whether public or private, including wayleaves, easements, covenants, restrictions and obligations whether specifically mentioned in these sale particulars or not. The buyer(s) shall be deemed to have full knowledge of the boundaries and ownership thereof.

Annual payments are received from SSE for the electric poles located on the farm. Further details are available from the vendors agents.

A single bridleway and a number of footpaths cross the land.

Church Farm is being offered for sale on a freehold basis. Vacant possession will be given on completion subject to the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement on Stable Cottage.

The vendors retain the right to have holdover on the farm for a farm machinery sale to take place after harvest or completion.

An appropriate valuation clause will be included within the sale contract to cover payment for growing crops and other items depending on the date of completion.

Any guide prices quoted or discussed are exclusive of VAT. In the event of a sale of the farm or any part of it, or any right attached to it becoming a chargeable supply for the purposes of VAT, such tax would be paid for in addition to the purchase price.

All fixtures, fittings, chattels and farm equipment whether referred to or not are specifically excluded from the sale, although certain items may be available by separate negotiation.

All viewings strictly by appointment arranged through the Woolley & Walls Farm & Rural Department, no dogs allowed.

Given the potential hazards of a working farm, we would ask you to be as vigilant as possible for your own personal safety when making your inspection especially around the buildings.

Church Farm is located on the southern edge of Marnhull, close to the church, primary school and Crown Inn. The village lies in the Blackmore Vale and is the largest village in Dorset, offering excellent local facilities including a shop and doctor’s surgery.

The nearby small town of Stalbridge offers a family run supermarket ‘Dikes’ with bakery and cafe, Post Office, Pharmacy, Dentist, Veterinary Surgery, Library and Primary School. The nearby towns of Shaftesbury and Gillingham offer Doctors surgeries and a selection of larger supermarkets. The area offers a wide choice of well-regarded state and private Primary and Secondary Schools as well as many leisure activities and clubs. Transport links are very good with a mainline railway station in Gillingham and the A303 a short drive away.

Church Farmhouse - Band G
Stable Cottage – Band C

Church Farmhouse - Mains water, electricity and drainage. Oil fired central heating.
Stable Cottage - Mains water, drainage and electric, gas heating.

From the A303 west bound take the A350 south towards Shaftesbury. At the roundabout as you come into Shaftesbury take the A30 west towards Sherborne. After approximately 4.5 miles, in East Stour, turn left on to the B3092 towards Marnhull and Sturminster Newton. Continue on the B3092 for approximately 3 miles until you come into the village of Marnhull. Pass the Crown Inn on your right-hand side and the main entrance to Church Farm can then be found on your left over a cattle grid.












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Crown Road, Marnhull, Sturminster Newton, DT10

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