Farms & Land


Farms & Land

01432 261325
Guide Price - £3,000,000
Sold Subject to Contract

Avenbury Lane, Avenbury, Bromyard

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Guide Price - £3,000,000
Sold Subject to Contract

Avenbury Lane, Avenbury, Bromyard

Key features:

Upper Venn Farm has come to the market for the first time since being occupied by the Tooby Family in the 1930’s.

Upper Venn Farm lies within the renowned Frome Valley, enjoying the most terrific views over the surrounding rural landscape.

The Grade II listed farmhouse is substantial 4 bedroomed detached timber framed house with potential for further extension and development into the adjoining buildings. The farmland extends to approximately 267.54 acres of arable and pasture land with a range of traditional and modern farm buildings.

Property Description


Upper Venn Farm is situated in the picturesque rural parish of Avenbury just a few miles south of the market town of Bromyard which offers a wide range of services and facilities including Shops, Post Office, Public Houses, Theatre, Doctors Surgery, Primary and Secondary Schools and Banks. The property is also conveniently located between the cities of Hereford and Worcester being just 16 miles away from each.

Upper Venn Farm occupies a private and secluded position over 800 yards from the Avenbury Lane. The farm is accessed via a sweeping private farm drive and bridge over the River Frome.

The farmhouse has an abundance of traditional features including exposed timber frames and beamed ceilings however, the property is in need of full refurbishment. The property enjoys beautiful views across the surrounding countryside.

Upper Venn Farm House

The accommodation in more detail as follows:
Ground Floor
Front Door - Inner Entrance Hallway Leading to:
Living Room 7.08m x 4.38m – exposed beams, timber frame divide and a wood burner
Dining Room 5.6m (max) x 6.26m – exposed beams and fireplace, under stairs cupboard
Lounge Area 4.37m x 4.35m with fireplace
Pantry 3.55m x 4.31m with exposed beams
Kitchen 6.90m x 3.58m with oil fired Rayburn and sink, door leading outside to court yard and coal shed

First Floor
Landing leading to:
Bedroom 1 4.49m x 4.56m (max) – exposed beams and leading to
Dressing Room 2.69m x 4.51m
Bedroom 2 3.98m x 3.65m
Bedroom 3 6.03m (max) x 3.91m leading to
Bedroom 4 4.36m x 4.41m
Stairs down to:
Family Bathroom 3.38m x 3.38m (max) with WC, wash hand basin, bath and airing cupboard

The property has a lawned garden to the front and a brick coal store, outside WC and brick walled court yard to the rear of the property

Farm Buildings

The Farm Buildings comprise of an extensive range of both modern and traditional buildings, comprising of the following:
1. Steel Portal Framed 4 Bay covered Grain Store 24.4m x 18.2m
2. Steel Portal Framed 7 bay Open Fronted Covered Yard with Lean-To to the side and rear 32m x 18.2m
3. 4 Bay Steel Lean-To with concrete block walls and profile sheeting roof 18.2m x 7.6m
4. Steel Framed Open Fronted 2 Bay Storage Shed with profile sheeting and concrete floor 12.2m x 4.5m
5. Steel Portal Framed 5 Bay Open Fronted Lean-To with, concrete floor, profile sheeting and cattle barriers 22.8m x 10.7m
6. Steel Portal Framed 4 Bay Covered Yard with concrete block and profile sheeting 18.2m x 9.14m
7. Steel Framed 5 Bay Lean-To with part stone walls and open sided 22.86m x 6.1m
8. Steel Portal Farmed 3 Bay Covered Yard 13.7m x 12.2m
9. Traditional building of stone and part brick and timber construction over two floors with the top floor a former granary
10. Traditional Stone Barn with exposed beams and tiled roof with barn doors adjoining smaller traditional stone barn
11. Steel portal framed 3 Bay, part clad former loose boxes with profile sheeting 13.7m x 6.1m
12. Steel and timber framed 3 bay former parlour with part timber roof with corrugated tin over the top and timber clad 13.7m x 6.11
13. Two 8 Bay Steel Framed Concrete Sleeper and Concrete Floored Silage Clamps 24.4m x 18.3m

Farm Land

The land is in a ring fence to the east, south and west of the main farm yard. The land extends to approximately 267.54 acres of which 145 acres arable, 115 acres pasture and the remainder comprises the house, farm buildings, tracks and River Frome.

The land is classified as Grade II and Grade III according to the former MAFF Land Classification Series. There is frontage to the River Frome on both sides.

Basic Payment and Stewardship

The Land is registered with the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) on their Rural Land Register. The Entitlements will be available for purchase for the fixed price of £150 per hectare plus VAT. The Vendor will claim the 2019 BPS payments.
The Property is not currently entered into any Environmental Stewardship Schemes.


Mains Electricity is connected and drainage is to a private System. There are two well water supplies, one to the farm house and one to farm buildings. The property also benefits from oil fired central heating.

It is understood that mains water is available adjacent to the cattle grid off the Avenbury Lane.


The Property is offered as Freehold and Vacant Possession will be available upon the completion of the Sale apart from the arable land where the Vendors reserve the right to harvest and remove the growing crops by 30th September 2019, or sooner by arrangement.

Wayleaves, Easements and Rights of Way

The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all Easements, Wayleaves and Rights of Way both declared and undeclared.

Method of Sale

The sale is upon the kind instructions from the Executors and Administrators of the late Tooby brothers. Upper Venn Farm is being offered for sale by Formal Tender as a whole. A copy of the sale contract and legal documentation is available from the Vendors solicitors as detailed below.
Prospective purchasers should carry out their own enquiries with Herefordshire Council and other Authorities before making an offer for the land. The Tender is legally binding. No further negotiations will be entered into after the Tender closing date. The Vendors reserve the right to not accept the highest, or indeed any offer. The vendors reserve the right to accept an offer prior to the tender date.

The Tender acceptance document should be signed by the proposed Purchaser(s) stating the proposed purchase price and should include a deposit cheque of 10% of the purchase price. These are to be received at either Sunderlands, Offa House, St Peter’s Square, Hereford, HR1 2PQ or Brightwells, The Mews, Hereford, HR4 9BX by Friday 31st May 2019 at 2.00pm Envelopes must be marked “Upper Venn Farm Tender”.
The deposit cheque should be made payable to ‘Lanyon Bowdler’.
The Vendors will then confirm which, (if any), proposed offer to purchase is acceptable to them and the Solicitors will then immediately affect an exchange of contracts with a completion date of Friday 28th June 2019 (or earlier by mutual agreement).

All unsuccessful bidders will have their deposit cheque returned and unsuccessful contracts and documentation will be destroyed.

Vendors Solicitors

Legal packs will be made available from the 16th May 2019 and can be obtained from:
Susan Grazier, Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors, Beaumont House, Hereford, HR1 2LH
Tel: 01432 629036 /

As a result of anti-money laundering legislation all persons offering for the property should include a copy of the following documentation:
1. Photo ID for example Passport/Driving Licence.
2. Residential ID for example current Utility Bill.


Viewing days for the property have been tentatively arranged for Thursday 25th April, Tuesday, 7th May and Tuesday 21st May 2019 from 10.00am until 2.00pm. If you wish to view on these days can you please make specific appointments with the Joint Agents Brightwells on 01432 261325 or Sunderlands on 01432 356161.


From Bromyard take the A44 Worcester Road and immediately after leaving the town, cross the River Frome Bridge. Immediately after the bridge, turn right down the Avenbury Lane for approx. 2.5 miles. As the road rises, the entrance to the farm is immediately on the right hand side over a cattle grid with the house and buildings approx. 800 yards from the Avenbury Lane.

Ref: Jeremy Jehan - 01432 261 325
Joint Selling Agents - Sunderlands Ref: RAH or KP 01432 356161

Misrepresentation Act 1967
These particulars are believed to be correct but their accuracy is not guaranteed nor do they form part of any contract.

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